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Cylonix Shapeshifter

Cylonix and Intellijel have collaborated to bring you a very sophisticated and deeply complex Wavetable VCO. At the core of this module is very powerful FPGA board that has been pushed to the absolute max of its capabilities and crammed full of features. They wanted to create a module that really worked well in the modular context so there are a lot of modulation and control possibilities.

Features at a glance:

  • preset sequencing and morphing
  • extremely high resolution TZFM
  • delay based resonator,
  • 64 band vocoder mode
  • special audiorate modulation modes (MOD A)
  • analog wavefolder
  • extensive sync, pulse and modB options
  • detuneable 8 note chords and tons more

WAVETABLES
Each VCO can select from 128 banks of wavetables , each with 8 individual 512-sample waveforms for a total of 1024 waves.
The choice of waveform within the currently selected bank is under voltage control. There is smooth interpolation between the waveforms within a bank, allowing a very wide range of different possible waveshapes.

CHORDS
Oscillator 1 can be operated in a CHORD mode, which runs 8 copies of the oscillator in parallel with adjustable detuning, leading to very fat, rich waveforms. The oscillators have extensive modulation capabilities including audio rate (98KHz) Frequency and Phase Modulation (FM and PM) via external sources. Nonlinear combination processes allow the outputs of the two oscillators to interact to generate complex timbres and sonic textures.
There are 64 user selectable chords.

WAVEFOLDER
The SHAPESHIFTER module also includes the analog wave folder circuitry from
module to add analog warmth and metallic rasps to the digital oscillator output.
External signals can also be patched in.

PRESETS
The module includes a sophisticated preset mode where panel settings can be stored. There are 12 user-programmable preset slots and another 52 volatile slots that can be used as a scratchpad. These scratchpad slots are initialized to interesting presets on module powerup. The capabilities of the preset mode is not limited to mere passive storage of settings, however. In this mode the user can also step through, or sequence, the settings, either in order or randomly in response to pulses input to the external sync input. This gives the user the ability to generate complex sequences of sounds. The preset mode also allows the user to morph between the current panel settings and a preset providing a very powerful real-time performance tool.

SYNC
8 Different sync modes:  HARD, SOFT, REV, HOLD, BUMP, 2=1, 1=2, OFF
with the ability to internally sync to a sub oscillator

PULSE
User selectable modes for the PULSE output:  OR, AND, XOR, GLCH, +OSC1, EOC, +OSC2, -OSC2

MOD A modes: (audio rate modulation)
COMBO IN, SHAPE IN, PHASEMOD, VOCODER

MOD B options (all with CV control)

-Combo modes for OSC1 and OSC2:
NORMAL, RING, MIN, PONG, INLV, AND, XOR, GLCH
-Waveform TILT
-Chord mode overdrive
-Delay depth and FB
-Percussive mode decay time

There is so much more but it is better covered in the manual and suite of demos.

Width: 26HP

Max Depth: 44mm

Power: 195mA @ +12V, 50mA @ -12V

FIRMWARE:

upgrade instructions are in the manual

Shapeshifer v1.04 .jic

Version 1.04

  • Added a GATE mode to the Perc. Mode. When you
    press the Perc. Mode button twice, the SYNC input acts as a gate instead
    of as a trigger, allowing the sound to be sustained as along as the sync
    input is high.
  • Corrected logic out state (inverted in previous version).

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