17. October 2022 | Hardware | Noizefield
After Later Audio released COCO – Create your Own Complex Oscillator
With the COCO series the aim is to bring all the goodness of a complex oscillator while aiming to minimize some of the downsides. The main thing that I appreciate about complex oscillators is that you can have a lot of fun without having to patch too much. By default, you can get some very deep sounds that go far beyond the standard bleep and bloop. On the downside, complex oscillators are big and have a fixed set of capabilities.
The COCO series allows you to choose your oscillator features and choose your control module and connect them all together into a complex oscillator. You can then break them down and each module also works as a standalone module as well. So when you need that extra oscillator for your performance case, you can break the system down and use it accordingly.
You can connect up to a total of three oscillators in a complete COCO system. It is recommended to have at least two or it will not be much fun as a system. The typical configuration would be having one Cascades and two Brooks.
Each oscillator in the COCO series can send and receive Exp FM, sync, and a MOD wave.
For Exp FM (v/oct) and sync, the routing is controlled by the control module via the Track and Sync switches. The exp FM routing is handy for doing chords without having to worry about copying precision voltages. Everything is internally routed with high precision op amps.
MOD wave – Each oscillator controls what it sends as a modulation wave. Cascades has a jumper on the back to change between SIN and MOR outputs, while Brooks will always send SIN. Each oscillator then has an arrow next to each jack that receives a MOD wave signal. One twist on this is that Canyon can also be configured to send it’s mix output as the MOD wave to OSC1, instead of receiving from OSC2. This is because the stepped voltage patterns that come from Canyon can be quite fun to use on an oscillator!