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Eurorack Modular Oscillators Part Two

This month, Dave Gale goes digital, with some prize DCO Eurorack modules that offer all forms of harmonic content…
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Some people like Marmite, some people like jam. Yet, strangely, some people in the Eurorack community can get a little snobby about digital oscillators, and here’s why.

In music, one of the things we all like is the element of inconsistency that often comes with performance. This might be in the form of tunings that are a shade out, or timings that aren’t completely exact: and it could almost be followed back to that age-old argument about vinyl versus CD/digital – remember that one? Before vinyl became more of a collector’s pursuit, when MP3-style downloadable formats ruled the world? Well, the bottom line is, there’s room for it all, and actually the one thing that contemporary digital oscillators can do that VCOs can’t is offer a far wider range of harmonic content in a waveform. Because of the intrinsic nature of the way these things sound, many of their noises feel brittle in timbre, but they really do have their uses. So here are a few choice modules to hunt out, if you fancy something a bit different.

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