Polivoks insired DIY VCO with sync input and perfect tracking over 8 octaves.

he core of this VCO is borrowed from Polivoks VCO, but we added unique Sync feature to sync the VCO on rising or falling edge of the input signal. Syncable VCO is 35mm deep, skiff friendly, and consists of 2 paralel PCBs, doesn't require wiring, has 7 octave switch, and tracks perfect over 8 octaves.
Sync edge switch allows VCO to be locked to either rising or falling edge of the input wave. This feature has many uses:

• As the input sync wave can be of any character and from any source, on arbitrary waves one edge may work better then the other.

• Even when wave outputs of master and slave oscillator are simply mixed together, sync lock edge will determine the resulting shape due to addition or subtraction of different parts of waves. For example, if synced wave is square or saw, and the master is triangle or sine, edge setting will significantly change the timbre of resulting sound due to cancellation or boosting of the fundamental tone.

• When oscillators are multiplied (ring modulated) together, especially with complex waves, effect of sync edge setting may be even more pronounced, as different (shifted) parts of waves will get multiplied together.

• Furthermore, if sync source wave is a PWM, sync edge setting determines if synchronized slave VCO will lock to the static or moving part of the wave. With dynamic pulse width modulation (especially - fast), slaved VCO pitch will sound different when set to synchronize to the moving part of input PWM.

Same as in Polivoks VCO case, you can build two VCOs – VCO2 with Detune (+-2 semitones) option and VCO1 with X-Mod (FM on audio rate) option. In Polivoks synth VCO1 was frequency modulated by VCO2.


  • 40 mA +12V
  • 36 mA -12V
  • ? mA 5V
  • 35 mm deep

Module is available as a DIY project only.

No info about availability.

$80 Price in €
14 HP Oscillator
submitted Aug 25th 2015, 10:27 by EricaSynths | last Change Aug 25th 2015, 10:28 by EricaSynths
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