Superbooth 24: Xaoc Devices Berlin, new VCO with a Leibniz binary subsystem pipeline

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Superbooth 24: Xaoc Devices Berlin is a new VCO for Eurorack with a pipeline to the fascinating Leibniz binary subsystem.

I’ve already explored a lot in the Eurorack world, including analog, digital, and hybrid concepts. One thing that is still missing from my synth bucket list is the Xaoc Devices Binary Subsystem. It’s a concept that is dedicated exclusively to acquiring, mangling, and generating signals in the 8-bit address space.

If Eurorack isn’t wild and experimental enough for you, this might be something for you. And friends of this system can now look forward to another module. For Superbooth 24, Xaoc Devices releases Berlin, a new VCO that could be the gateway to the Leibniz Subsystem.

Xaoc Devices Berlin

Xaoc Devices Berlin

At first glance, Xaoc Devices Berlin is a classic, compact 8HP VCO with square and saw waveforms. It also has hard sync, FM input, and octave switching. Berlin has a second face that lies behind the front panel. It has a direct pipeline to the Leibniz binary subsystem: LBZ out and LBZ in. 

On the front panel, you have the LBZ gate input and the corresponding link button that switches between the saw wave and a signal passed through any Leibniz module or combination. Xaoc Devices’ press release has a patch example for the Berlin oscillator.

Patch the Xaoc Devices Jena or Rostock to Berlin’s Leibniz connector for more advanced wave processing, and you will get a vintage-style hackable wavetable oscillator.

According to the Polish developers, Berlin operates similarly to the classic PPG Wave and Fairlight CMI synths and employs a variable sample rate of an extremely wide-range internal clock. The sample rate changes with the oscillator frequency, so Berlin’s waveforms have no aliasing effect. 

Berlin’s possible frequency range is super wide. It spans from 30 seconds in LFO mode up to 250 kHz, with the clock reaching an astounding 20 MHz. That’s pretty crazy for a VCO. The results that can be achieved here are far beyond classic waveforms.

First Impression

Since I haven’t delved deeper into the Leibniz system yet, I can’t say much about it. However, the possibility of shaping a classic oscillator using this system sounds fascinating and new. 

Xaoc Devices Berlin is available now for 220€ (MSRP)

More information here: Xaoc Devices 

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