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4ms Spherical Wavetable Navigator (SWN)

¥ 63,900 (Tax excluded / tax excl)
A versatile and easy-to-use 6 poly oscillator / synth voice module that allows recorded material to be wavetable!

Format: Eurorack
Width: 26HP
Depth: 25mm
Current: 185mA @ + 12V, 30mA @ -12V

Cheat Sheet pdf (English)
Manual PDF (English)
Firmware 2.1 (2019/7 release: Change Log)
Wavetable editing software Sphere Edit: For Mac / For windows / For Linux
Sphere Edit Manual PDF (English)

MUSICAL FEATURES

Spherical Wavetable Navigator (SWN) is a 6-channel polyphonic synthesizer voice that allows you to easily create polyphonic melodies, chords, and rich texture sounds from slow morphing drones. For SWNTwo VCOsIs installed, you can control the pitch, volume, and waveform individually. In addition6 LFOsSince it is installed and can be used as a modulation or envelope, this onePolyphonic sequence soundIt is possible to generate Each channel can be used not only as a simple VCO but also as a synth voice, and can also have 6 buttons lined up at the top, internal LFOs, and triggers that detect 1V / Oct pitch changes.

All knobs are endless knobs that can be pushed, and by pressing and turning, you can control the secondary functions written in the golden back caption. You can also set parameters for each channel by turning the knob while pressing the channel button. By displaying pitch and waveform information with such a unified interface and LEDs, many parameters can be controlled quickly and easily without a menu.

SWNWave tableTo call the oscillator waveform. You can also assign different waveforms to each VCO. The wavetable is in the shape of a virtual sphere, and the position in the sphere is specified by specifying the distance (Depth), latitude (Latitude), and longitude (Longitude) from the center, and the waveform stored in that waveform is stored. Is called. It will morph smoothly between waveforms, and if you keep turning the knob, it will return to the original waveform and morph in the same way. The SWN is shipped with 12 wavetables,Own wavetableIs also easy to create. Wavetables can be created from the audio recorded on SWN just by operating on the main unit, or using free SphereEdit software running on Mac, Linux, Windows.
Odd channels are output to the left and even channels are output to the right. In the case of mono output, if you patch only the right output, all channels will be mixed.
    * From July 2019, the firmware will be v7, with the following additional functions. See "How To Use" for more information.
    • Addition of CV / Gate mode that can be triggered by gate for each voice
    • Addition of function to lock parameters for each channel
    • Addition of recording function for each waveform
    • Addition of Sphere export function
    • Fixed code switching in Spread CV so that break voltage corresponds to black key pitch CV

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    HOW TO USE

    About combo operation of buttons and knobs

    SWN often uses a combination of buttons and knobs, but it follows the following rules.
    • Rotating or pushing a parameter knob alone will change that parameter on all six oscillators or LFOs. To set a VCO or LFO parameter for a specific channel, hold down the corresponding mute button and operate the parameter knob. For multiple channels, press multiple mute buttons while operating.
    • It is possible to lock each channel so that the voice and LFO are not affected by turning the parameter knob.Firmware v2 or later). To lock, hold Fine and press the mute button of the channel you want to lock. Locking locks almost all VCO / LFO parameters for that channel and no longer reflects the movement of the knobs. Only the 1V / Oct jack, slider and mute button work the same whether locked or unlocked. Individual parameters can be adjusted while pressing the mute button even on locked channels
    • To control the parameters of the letters on the gold background, press and turn the knob
    • To control a small amount of a parameter, hold Fine and turn the parameter knob. It is also effective for each channel operation
    • To reset a VCO or LFO parameter press the Preset button and the corresponding button
    For the details of the combo operation,manualSee also Button Combo Chart on last page.
     

    Pitch control

    All pitch-related parameters below can be set for each channel or independently for each channel. To set for each channel, hold down the button corresponding to that channel (s) and turn (or hold down) the knob of the corresponding parameter.
     
    • Octave: Raises or lowers the pitch of a channel in octaves
    • Transpose: Raises or lowers the pitch of a channel in semitone steps
    • Fine + Transpose: Raises or lowers the pitch of the channel in minute increments
    • Scale: Select the scale to be quantized for the scale: Major, Minor, Chromatic, No Quantize.
    • Spread: Create the following chord by separating the relative pitch between the channels.

       1: No transposition
       2-4: Fifths
       5-7: Major thirds
       8-10: Minor thirds
       11-13: Major sixths
       14-16: Major sevenths
       17: Major ninth chord
       18: Major eleventh chord
       19-21: Minor sixths
       22-24: Minor sevenths
       25: Minor nine chord
       26: Minor eleventh chord
    • Fine Spread (Fine + Spread): Raises and lowers the relative pitch between channels in minute increments (useful for unison etc.)
    • 1V / oct jack: 1V / Oct input for scale control of each channel
    • Transpose Jack: Global 1V / Oct input
    • Spread CV Jack: Global spread CV control for chord selection
    The LED outer ring displays the octave status of each VCO when you press the Octave knob, and the pitch status that reflects the Transpose and Spread of each VCO when you press the Transpose knob.

    Press Preset and Octave to reset the octave, press Preset and Transpose to reset Transpose and Spread, and hold Preset and Fine to press Transpose to reset fine tuning.
     

    LFO / envelope control

    All LFO related parameters can be set for each channel or independently for each channel. To set for each channel, hold down the button corresponding to that channel (s) and turn (or hold down) the knob of the corresponding parameter.
     
    • LFO output jack: Each channel has its own LFO / envelope output jack.If you want to control the volume of the VCO of the same channel, you can also press the LFO-> VCA button without patching.
    • LFO Speed: Tempo control for each LFO. It is possible to synchronize to the same size / divided (Div / Mult) of the main clock. If you don't want to sync, use the LFO speed fine control. It works in the LFO audio range as well, and the speed control is adjusted in semitone steps.
    • LFO Waveform: Choose from 25 LFO waveforms
    • LFO Gain: Controls the size of the LFO. Also useful as an attenuator during self-patching
    • LFO Phase: Adjust the LFO phase (waveform start timing)
    • LFO type button: Select from trigger, gate, and wave shape (waveform selected by LFO Shape)
    • LFO CV Jack: LFO speed control
    • External clock jack: Master clock jack for LFO synchronization
    You can reset the waveform by pressing LFO Speed ​​while holding Preset and pressing the LFO Shape while pressing Preset. Press and hold both Preset and LFO Speed ​​/ Shape to fully reset the LFO. If you press LFO Speed ​​and LFO Shape at the same time, you can switch between patterns in which the phases of 6 LFOs are aligned and patterns that are offset by 60 degrees.
     

    Volume control

    The volume of each VCO can be controlled with sliders and mute buttons. The slider state is not stored in the preset, but the mute button state is stored in the preset.LFO → VCA buttonIt is also possible to create and save complex polyphonic sequences. By operating while pressing the mute button, you can also determine whether or not there is a keyboard mode or LFO → VCA mode.For each channelIt can be set.
    • slider: The level of each channel can be controlled with a slider
    • Mute button: Mute is possible with the button of each channel
    • Key button: In keyboard mode and note mode, the mute button is used to trigger the envelope of the corresponding channel and make a sound.
    • VCA input jack: The role of the jack can be switched by a switch so that the level of each channel can be controlled with the 1V / oct jack.
    • LFO-> VCA Button: When pressed, the LFO is internally patched for each VCO's level control. It can also be set for each individual channel.
    If you press the LFO → VCA button and the LFO shape button at the same time, the function of the mute button push will change, switching to note mode, keyboard mode, CV / Gate mode (firmware v2 or later) and returning to the original mute mode.
    • Note mode: In note mode, VFO modulation by the LFO will not work, and only the VCO whose pitch has been changed by the 1V / Oct signal, Transpose, or Spread will automatically trigger the sound. You can also trigger the sound of each VCO by pressing the corresponding mute button.
    • Keyboard mode: Triggering each VCO with the mute button is the same as in note mode, except that pressing the button does not sustain and it becomes an AD envelope, and the envelope is not automatically triggered when the pitch changes.
    • CV / Gate mode (firmware v2 or later): In this mode, each VCO can be independently triggered externally. The envelope reflects the LFO of the corresponding channel. Jacks such as Waveform In and Dispertion CV are used for the gate input of each voice, changing their roles as follows. The Spread CV jack will be the gate input for all voices.

      * 1 The gate input of a voice whose cable is not inserted into the V / Oct jack is invalid and operates as the original input. For example, Depth can be controlled by CV when not patched to 1V / Oct of the C oscillator.

    Wavetable control

    All wavetable related parameters can be set for each channel or independently for each channel. To set each channel, hold down the button corresponding to that channel (multiple selections are possible) and turn (or hold down) the knob of the corresponding parameter.
     
    • Browse: Zigzag scan inside the wavetable sphere and morph while covering the waveform inside the table
    • Depth: Move the Depth coordinates to morph inside the wavetable
    • Latitude: Move the latitude to morph inside the wavetable
    • Longitude: Move longitude to morph in wavetable
    • Sphere: Choose from 12 factory wavetables or 108 user wavetables
    • Dispersion: Controls the distribution in the wavetable of the waveform that each channel calls.
    • Dispersion Pattern: Select a distribution pattern
    • Wavetable Spread (WT Spread): Assign each channel to a different wavetable
    Also, hold Preset and press Depth and Latitude to reset the wavetable.
     

    preset

    All settings except the state of the level slider and 1Voct / VCA switch can be saved and recalled later.
    • Save Preset: Save the current SWN state. Turn Preset to select the desired slot, press and hold Preset to turn it red, then press Preset again to confirm saving.
    • Load Preset: Recall a saved preset. Turn Preset to select the desired slot, press Preset to turn green, then press Preset again to confirm the call
    • Clear Preset: Clear the saved preset. Turn Preset to select the desired slot, press and hold Preset for a short time to change the color of the LED, then press Preset again to confirm the clear.
    • Undo Preset: Preset operations such as clear and save can be undone only once. Hold Fine and press Preset

    Sphere recording

    There is a special mode of recording the sound for creating the spherical wavetable used in SWN, where each control plays a different role. Press the three knobs Depth, Latitude and Longitude at the same time. The LFO → VCA button will light red, and the trigger, gate, and wave shape switching buttons will light green, and you will be in recording mode. During recording, a pulse is output from the LFO jack, which is convenient for various synchronization.
    Recording method
    • Waveform In Jack: Enter the audio you want to wavetable into here. The gain is adjusted automatically. Line level sound can also be input
    • recording: Press the LFO → VCA button to start recording the sound from Waveform in. The recording lasts approximately 2.5 seconds and builds 2.5 waveforms from this 27 second audio segment. AlsoFirmware v2 or laterWith, you can also record each waveform by pressing LFO → VCA while pressing Fine. When you finish recording, turn Browse slightly to the right and record one waveform again, so that you can record the waveform while adjusting each one.
    • monitoring: It is also possible to monitor the input. Press the green button
    • Test tone: A test tone can be output for tuning. You can monitor the 86.13Hz test tone by pressing the green button while holding Fine. The tone of the original sound can be reflected by adjusting the recorded audio to this pitch.
    Edit after recording
    • After recording, we will edit the audio and actually store it in the wavetable. You can do the following before saving
    • Waveform shift: Scan points in the recording for waveform selection. Push and turn the center knob.
    • Waveform spread: Adjust the pattern that takes the waveform from the recording material. Hold Transpose and turn the waveform browse knob to control where the waveform is picked up from the recorded audio.
    • Waveform stretch:Stretch the waveform to adjust the pitch in octave units. Hold Octave and turn the waveform browse knob.
    You can also apply the selected effect to the waveform by turning the waveform browse knob at the bottom center while pressing the mute button. Effects are selected from the leftmost mute button.
    • Wave folder effect: Control to apply recording material to wave folder
    • Bit reduction effect: Control to stain recording material with bit reduction etc.
    • Metallizer effect: Adds metallic overtones to the waveform
    • Low pass filter effect: Low-pass filter the recording material
    • Gain / Normalize effect: Adjust the gain of recording material
    • Smoothing effects: Eliminates the clicking sound at the edges of the waveform
    It corresponds to.

    When you're done editing, save the wavetable sphere to a slot in your user-defined table. Turn the Preset knob, select the slot for recording the wavetable, and then press and hold the Preset knob until it turns red. Then, press Preset again to confirm saving.

    Also, when monitoring is turned on in sphere recording mode and the center knob is pressed, 27 waveforms in the wavetable are played 8 times each from the SWN output (total about 2.5 seconds). By recording this with a recording device and saving it, you can export and share the sphere, and edit it on your PC.Firmware v2 or laterFunction).

    For more information on Sphere RecordingsQuick guidePlease see page 3 of
     

    Firmware update

    SWN allows you to update the firmware using audio files. The current firmware version can be found from the ring status when SWN is started. The inner red ring is the major version number and the outer blue ring is the minor version number.


    Firmware version display example
     
    • Unplug all cables connected to SWN
    • Power down the module
    • Sound can be monitored from the Right output
    • Set the volume of the firmware file playback device to 100% and set it so that no other sound is produced.
    • While holding down the waveform browse knob in the bottom middle, power on the module. After a while, when you release the browse knob, the mute button on A CH will blink green.
    • Start playing the firmware audio file. The slider LED should animate
    • If the update is successful, the LED ring will glow blue or green and the mute button will also blink blue and green. If you make a mistake, you will not hear the sound you are monitoring, and one of the buttons will turn red. Return the file to the beginning, check the cable connection, volume, etc., then press the CH A mute button. Flashes green and waits again for the firmware audio file from the beginning, so start playback.
    • After a successful update, press the browse knob and the new firmware will restart for normal operation
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