It’s been a long time coming. There were demos at Superbooth last year and it was rumoured to be released before the summer of 2016. But here we are, almost to Superbooth 2017, and it’s finally arrived. The Radikal RT-311 is a Swarm Oscillator which builds huge sounds by cloning its two oscillators into a sonic swamp of 16 competing, clashing, detuning and interval-ing tones.
RT-311 Swarm Oscillator
At a basic level it can act as a two oscillator Eurorack module. You’ve got tuning, waveform select, FM inputs and voltage control. But even at this stage Radikal like to give things a twist. They have something called Timelinearity Modulation (TLM) which is a bit like an advanced mode of pulse-width modulation. Along with the FM there’s also Phase modulation and morphing between waveforms.
Then it gets even more interesting. Inside the RT-311 is a DSP-driven engine that can do some very cool things. There’s a snapshot mode which allows the module to store up to 8 memory setups. These can then be morphed between using the huge knob in the middle of the panel – each light representing a memory. In Interpolator mode the snapshots can swirl around, transitioning and mixing via voltage control from whatever source. At the highest mess-with-me setting it can generate swarms of up to 16 oscillator clones building huge sounds. They can be detuned into musical intervals, chords, clusters or one big fat noise.
It’s a fabulous looking module. Those rotating LEDs surrounding the central knob are rather intoxicating. And so is the sound. Check out the demo video below for a taste of what’s on offer.
The Radikal RT-311 Swarm Oscillator is available now for €598. More information on the Radikal website.