The long-awaited Three Body complex oscillator is finally open for preorders. Let’s take a peek at this monster of a triple-trouble VCO.
Two years ago it was nearly ready but only now is Schlappi Engineering taking preorders. Shipping is expected in September. It sounds like it hasn’t been an easy road bringing the Three Body to market but a new video will hopefully tell us why it’s been worth the wait.
Three Body is a digital, FPGA-based triple oscillator. Each oscillator is independent with its own 1V/Oct input, phase and FM input, modulation index input and sine, triangle, sawtooth and square wave outputs. In fact, there are 16 audio outputs in total covering all 12 waveform outputs plus a couple of phase-related stereo outputs from the central oscillator.
Once we’ve established the VCOs fierce independence, we can start routing them into each other to enable a playground of uber-complex interactions. You can switch each one from free-running into ratio mode. It really becomes a toolkit for phase and frequency modulation exploration. If weird and wonderfully interactive sounds are your thing then Three Body is for you. Although you don’t have to fall down that rabbit hole because if you ignore all the cross-modulation you’ve got a chords worth of highly precise oscillations to run through your modular system. That’s pretty cool all by itself.
Watching the video you come to realise that the sound modification is really intuitive. You might not fully understand the interactions but the working of the phase and FM is really remarkable. It’s like the sounds are falling or rolling down a mountain of timbres. Impressive.
The Three Body complex oscillator is available for preorder for $550 and is strictly limited to 1 unit per customer.
- Schlappi Engineering Three Body: Schlappi Engineering