MSK 013 Middle Path VCO

Ca$660 shipping included
Current stock: 2

Because of unexpectedly high demand, and difficulties sourcing parts as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, I'm having trouble keeping this item in stock. I expect more in September; and I will try, but cannot promise, to have at least a few more before then.

Also available as an SDIY kit.

Versatility without excess

North Coast's complex VCO is comfortable on a journey to the East or the West, while providing a stable foundation at home in any Eurorack. The module contains two triangle-core VCOs, each with four waveforms and standard V/octave control. As basic VCOs running independently these can be the heart of a traditional subtractive East Coast synthesizer. But the Middle Path's oscillators can also be used together, with or without sync, to drive its unique multi-output Gilbert-style sine shaper. The shaper, which can also take external input, offers wave shaping, distortion, folding, phase modulation including through-zero, and imitation stereo. These effects take the sound into West Coast territory.

The design emphasis is on harmonious combination of simple principles. The exponential converter uses premium analog multipliers and a transistor array to ensure temperature stability without fiddly adjustments or hard-to-control "tempco" resistors; it should provide consistent tracking, and especially between the two oscillators, without needing to warm up. The triangle cores are intrinsically frequency-accurate without needing extra circuitry to compensate for reset time. The sine shaper includes our own novel quadrature modification which can be used to generate a stereo signal or in combination with other modules to create frequency shift effects. The sync circuit joins the oscillator cores in another way with a selection of soft and firm modes.

The Middle Path is available as a pre-built 24HP Eurorack module or a DIY kit. It may be the only VCO path you need walk in this or multiple lifetimes.

  • High-quality potentiometers with bushings fastened to the panel for wobble-free operation; conductive plastic for smooth feel
  • Normalization to the Eurorack bus allowing it to receive pitch control without needing an input patch
  • All-new design, not a clone or imitation of anything else. Innovative quadrature sine shaper offering through-zero phase modulation with a range of up to 1080°
  • Genuine AD633 and THAT320 chips in the exponential converter; sockets on all DIP ICs
  • Through-hole for easy hand construction and maintenance
  • Connectors between boards, and panel controls mounted on a board - no flying wires
  • No compromises on build quality: real aluminum panel, not PCB material, with colour printing; panel screwed solidly to both the PCBs and the pots and jacks, for maximum ruggedness; nickel and gold plating on the circuit boards; close-tolerance metal film fixed resistors.
  • Fully open design - no lock-in

Specifications

  • 24HP Eurorack synthesizer module, 36mm deep including space for the power cable.
  • Maximum current requirements in normal use: 75mA +12V, 105mA -12V. 16-pin power cable with polarized connectors, and protective diodes on the ±12V rails.
  • Build difficulty: intermediate. All through-hole. Multimeter and oscilloscope are recommended for adjustment.

Resources

Audio demos

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