Scanned by Qu-Bit Electronix is the first wavetable oscillator for Eurorack that use scanned synthesis by Max Mathews for creating very organic sounds.
If almost everything has been developed in the analog oscillator world, one is very glad that there are digital ones with exciting new concepts. Qu-Bit Electronix released this week Scanned, a new wavetable oscillator for the Eurorack format that is based on a new sound generation method. It use scanned synthesis developed by Max Mathews which allows to animate wavetables that are created in real-time.
It use a technology that is comparable with physical modelling but doesn’t try to replicate acoustic instruments. The created sounds are very organic and rawer with a unique sound texture. A very cool new module in my opinion that brings fresh sounds to the Eurorack world.
Scanned is an organic wavetable oscillator. It uses an unexplored technique known as Scanned Synthesis to animate wavetables that are created in real-time. This synthesis method was conceived by the father of computer music, Max Mathews, as the next paradigm in digital oscillators, and until now, has never been implemented on hardware.
The wavetables are dynamically generated from a set of “objects” tied together on a virtual string. These objects have physical properties including Mass, Stiffness, and Damping which affect the way that the string moves through space and time. Unlike physical modeling, however, this algorithm is a means of creating new electronic sounds, not replicating acoustic instruments.
To animate the waveform, the objects are morphed into the currently selected hammer shape and then released. This excitation of the sound generates evolving timbral landscapes that contain harmonic movement without external modulation. The hammer section also determines whether Scanned is a free-running oscillator, or a triggered sound source allowing it to function as a complete voice without additional filters or VCAs.
- First hardware implementation of Scanned Synthesis
- Organic wavetable generation and animations
- Can be a free-running oscillator or triggered voice
- Inject input allows external audio or CV sources to excite the string
- Evolving timbral landscapes without external modulation
- Four hammer shapes with interpolation
- Aluminum front panel
Qu-Bit Electronix Scanned is available now in a black or silver faceplate for $349 USD.
More information here: Qu-Bit Electronix