The Ensemble Oscillator by 4ms is a unified polyphonic voice of sixteen complex oscillators that combines additive, FM, phase distortion and wavefolding synthesis techniques in new, unorthodox ways. Being polyphonic here doesn’t mean you can play all 16 oscillators directly. They share a single CV input, but you can very easily and quickly create your own scales to shape the chord the way you want it.
What really makes the Ensemble Oscillator special, however, is the sheer endless sonic possibilities offered by the Twist, Warp and Cross FM parameters. From sharp and cutting to wobbly and warm sounds, it’s just a few twists on these three parameters. Although they are very complex operations, you never feel lost and wish for a reset button – quite the opposite, the work with the Ensemble Oscillator always feels simple and encourages you to explore areas you never even thought of before.
The Eurorack version of Jürgen Haible’s legendary interpretation of the ultra rare Tau “The Pipe” Flanger from the 70s is a great analog effects unit that really breathes life into any sound. Random*Source’s 18-pole phaser produces a powerful and unique phaser sound. It likes complex signals, like pads or FM sounds, but can also be pinged very well, for special percussive sounds – some of them at the end of this video.