Superbooth 22: Xaoc Devices Sofia analog oscillator, Koszalin frequency shifter, and more

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Superbooth 22: Xaoc Devices intros Sofia unique analog oscillator, Koszalin a CV-controllable frequency shifter, a summator, and new Leibniz modules.

The news always comes last minute before the start of the Superbooth 22. I am very pleased that some companies followed my request and made their new announcements public earlier.

This also applies to Xaoc Devices from Poland, which will come to Superbooth with five new modules. Two who get instant love from me.

Superbooth 22 Xaoc Devices Sofia

The complete feature sets are not yet out yet, but the developers give us a first look at the upcoming modules. Of course again in the classic red and black colors. Suitable to the Synth Anatomy logo hehe. The front panel is available in standard silver or black as an addon.

Xaoc Devices Sofia

The biggest addition and one of the highlights of the 2022 Xaoc Devices wave is called Sofia. It’s a new advanced analog oscillator with an original waveform concept that comes with a set of unusual features. According to the developers, the sound is a mixture of a warm saturated base tone and two modulating ripple elements.

Xaoc Devices Sofia

The module has a wide range of shaping parameters including a bi-directional knob with intriguing LEDs for the pitch and a wide range octave knob. Sofia also comes with a plethora of input controls and separate outputs for numerous components of the sound-shaping chain. The developers promise extensive self-patching and complex animations of the final waveform.

Sofia is capable to create vowel-like timbres, juicy hard-sync effects, woody pings, warm and warm and fuzzy sine-like evolving tones with unique bits on it. It pairs well with filters, but also shines alone just with a VCA.

The heavy design reminds me a lot of the Odessa harmonic oscillator, which sounds super unique and out of this world. The linked sound demo makes you want more sounds from this upcoming analog oscillator. Sounds very wild and definitely not like a classic off-the-shelf oscillator.

Xaoc Devices Koszalin

Last year Dieter Doepfer caused a big wow at the SB22 with his Frequency Shifter module. Soon there will also be one from Xaoc Devices. It’s called Koszalin and is a full stereo frequency shifter (2 ins/4 outs) offering both quasi-exponential and linear frequency change of up to +/-5kHz. Plus it gives you full stereo feedback with CV control. That sounds like a lot of fun. They say further:

Frequency shifting results in linear translation of signal spectrum producing all kinds of atonal sounds. It should not be confused with frequency scaling, also known as pitch shifting. Complex phase cancellation patterns occurring with frequency shifting and deep feedback produce spectacular barber-pole effects.nds like a lot of fun.

Koszalin features a whole pool of direct controllability over the feedback path including the amount, routing, and response. There is also a linear TZFM input making frequency modulation of any stereo audio signal possible.

The first sounds are available in the linked sound demo. They sound like ear candy. I didn’t check out the module in detail, but I’m already in love with the module or maybe just with the lovely, twisting, frequency-shifting timbres.

Xaoc Devices Sopot

Then, they will present at Superbooth 22 Sopot, a new compact utility module made for summing multiple stereo and mono sound sources. It supports up to four signals for each section. More precisely, it’s a triple summing mixer featuring three signal-adding sections with the middle one optionally fed to the top and bottom ones.

The middle section has a switchable contribution between 0%, 50%, and 100%. Each of the summing sections consists of high-quality opamps paired with a soft-clipping circuit for nice saturation. There is also an option to reduce the gain to -12dB in order to allow the summing of hot signals. Sounds like a super useful module for stereo systems.

Xaoc Devies Sopot Gera Poczdam

Gera & Poczdam

And for users of the Leibniz subsystem there are two module extensions. Gera allows you to mask individual bits of the digital data by the use of logical AND operation. It features 8 individual gate inputs that affect the individual bits of data, as well as 8 illuminated tact switches for manual inverting of each control input.

According to Xaoc Devices, the bit processing logic in Gera is hardware-based, so you experience no latency and the binary signals may change at extreme rates.

Lastly we have Poczdam which is a binary data solution for the Xaoc Leibniz subsystem. It’s made for a bunch of different functionalities. First, it allows you to manually or remotely switch between two Leibniz data sources. Very handy and you can also re-clock the data with its onboard CV controllable wideband oscillator or with an external clock signal.

Xaoc Devices says that Poczdam is either very useful to simplify patching in complex Leibniz setups. So like a hub for big systems. Or a door opener for creative patching in smaller setups including waveform splicing, disrupting rhythmic loops, or generating digital chaos. Both Gera and Poczdam are exciting additions for the Leibniz subsystem.

There are 5 exciting new modules to discover at the Superbooth 22 at the Xaoc Devices booth. In September, the devs had an epic modular tower, I think this one has grown again.

The new Xaoc Devices modules will be available in Summer 2022. Sofia for 490€, Koszalin for 330€, Gera for 160€, Poczdam for 210€ and Sopot for 90€. You can visit Xaoc Devices at booth Z420 at Superbooth 22.

More information here: Xaoc Devices

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