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Gearslutz' visit to ACL (Berlin) or.. the quest for the perfect Oscillator (VIDEO)
Old 17th May 2018
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Gearslutz' visit to ACL (Berlin) or.. the quest for the perfect Oscillator (VIDEO)

So, after Superbooth (which was nuts) I stuck around and visited ACL, a eurorack manufactering company in Berlin. They make high end modules and their analogue Oscillator is, not joking, one of the best designed in existence.

Is it also the best sounding or some overengineerd lab project?
I'll let YOU be the judge of that, but personally I was stunned by the sound. Because it's so precise, it's actually easier to get usable sounds out of it, and to use in a patch. It can do many different sounds, from deep subbasses to screaming linear FM, and I recorded some (pls also listen to the second video). Also it's not one but TWO oscillators, so you can say this is a "complex oscillator", with many sync and FM possibilities I've not seen on any other VCO. Obviously a result from taking advantage of it's ultra stable core. Something physically impossible for other VCOs.
Of course Youtube takes some fidelity away but with headphones you can hear it's different.
Oh yeah, one more thing: the filter in the ACL is a ladder type (also discrete) but I was curious and tried with a Doepfer SEM and some other filters and it sounds great too.

So.. Have a look? It's 30 minutes long, with ALL the juicy details.
In the description there are link shortcuts to the different parts in the video, so you can skip if you like:

I turned the camera off for this recording. Worked out better.

Hope you like it!
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