The oscillators modes are a panel of different algorithms, which lets MicroFreak generate a wide variety of sounds.
The algorithms are:
Noise Engineering presented 3 prototype algorithms designed for their upcoming DSP oscillator platform, offering a choice of 2 to port for MicroFreak.
After some deliberation and quite a bit of French charm, it was decided that all 3 would be used - each one had such a strong identity and exciting sound, that it was simply impossible to choose.
These amazing oscillators are available for your MicroFreak for free. You can download them here.
A lean, mean, low-end machine. This non-linear waveshaping algorithm uses a quadrature oscillator principle to produce unique waveforms. The result is ultra-heavy digital density and gritty in-your-face bass that demands your full attention.
Controls: Saturate, Fold, Noise
Bass mode becomes a flickering lead with added dusty cartridge character to taste.
Bass mode brings filthy basslines galore with this bubbling detuned monstrosity.
Harm mode combines additive synthesis with wavefolding to produce shimmering textures with heaps of overtone detail. Think of the classic hard sync sound, but from a different dimension - choose dense octave overtones or blow the harmonic series wide open.
Controls: Spread, Rectification, Noise
Peaceful daydream pads with bright overtones and subtle watery swirls, courtesy of Harm mode.
Harm mode going full octave sparkle, bringing some sonic sunlight to a cloudy mix.
Relatively straightforward sawtooth manipulations with complex sonic results. SawX is the supersaw sound contorted and sharpened beyond recognition. With added chorus and phase modulation, it’ll bring the dirt in no time.
Controls: Saw Mod, Chorus Amount, Noise
A rusty buzzsaw pluck from SawX mode that’s small in size but big in vibes.
Classic video game boss fight basslines, with Bass mode bringing the lo-fi distorted low-end.
The WaveUser oscillator model is a new addition to the existing oscillator models, brought by the 4.0 firmware update.
The WaveUser oscillator model works much like the Wavetable Oscillator, with the important addition that you can load your own wavetables using the MIDI Control Center software.
Here are the steps to load your own wavetables:
- First, connect your MicroFreak to your computer, and go check the Wavetables tab in the MIDI Control Center.
- Second, check the top of the Computer section and look for the Import button.
- Then, choose one of the three options at your disposal to import the desired wavetable. You can either replace the currently selected Wavetable with a file of your choosing (MFWZ format or WAV/AIFF format), or import a new bank of your choosing, which will show up in the Computer section.
- Finally, once you've imported your wavetable, click on the Send to MicroFreak button to send the whole bank of 16 wavetables to the MicroFreak.
It is that easy.
Even better, you can now drag and drop individual Wavetables between the computer and MicroFreak in either direction.
If you want more detailed information about wavetable management, and the new drag and drop feature, please refer to section 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 of the MicroFreak manual.
Note: Please keep in mind that if you use these wavetables in a preset, and that you make changes to those, the preset will be changed as well.