The Waldorf vcf1 was spotted in the wild at NAMM earlier in the year, but now it’s here! It brings the sound and functions of the Rocket and 2-Pole to your Eurorack with some added harmonic distortion.
You’ve got to love that clean, spotless interface – Waldorf has its own complete sense of style. The knobs are made from real metal (apparently) and give you access to all the important parameters.
At the top is a distortion section that can be used completely independently. There’s two inputs with gain and then a further knob to push in the nastiness. The gain controls enable the vcf1 to handle a wider range of audio signals than just Eurorack. The multimode filter is
The 12dB/octave multimode filter is analog with separate outputs for high, low and bandpass. The resonance is described as “organic” and can be pushed for some extreme self-oscillating effects. Then there’s a post-filter overdrive that can select which filter mode to use and route to its own output.
On the control side there are 2 CV inputs for the cut-off where one features bipolar control. Essentially the first CV input is unipolar and gives very fine control, whereas the bipolar one is less sensitive. Then there’s a CV into to modulate the resonance.
At 18hp it’s quite wide for a filter, but you can’t fault the clarity of the layout. I wonder whether it would somehow look far too clean and ordered in my chaotic rack.
The Waldorf vcf1 is available now for €349. More information on the website.