Spectral Scan releases 4 Phase LFO Rack Extension

4 Phase LFO Rack ExtensionSpectral Scan has released a new Low Frequency Oscillator Rack Extension (LFO) – 4 Phase LFO.  In some ways you could say the plugin is roughly analogous to Propellerhead’s Pulsar.  But there seem to be some important differences so read on for the details!

Spectral Scan describes their RE:

4 Phase LFO is an easy to use high precision Low Frequency Oscillator with 4 different phases. A “phase” is a fraction of a waveform cycle which has elapsed relative to the origin. It is typically noted in degrees (0° – 360°) and repeats continuously.

So it’s safe to say Spectral Scan is an early leader for Most Difficult To Understand RE Description 2014 award.

Let me attempt to translate that description.  Pulsar has two LFOs.  4 Phase LFO only has one, but you can output that single LFO with 4 different phase offsets.  So for instance, you could fully invert the phase on the 2nd LFO channel  – which means it’s LFO would be providing no modulation when the main LFO is providing full.  Still not clear?  You can think of it as 4 variants of the same LFO that are all the running the same shape and speed, just offset in time from each other.

Ok, here I was being cheeky and my description is probably just as bad…  Why don’t you just try the damn thing?  And if you like it, you can purchase 4 Phase LFO for $9.  I already did the math, don’t worry – that’s just $2.25 per phase.

UPDATE: After all that, I’m feel a little silly.  Spectral Scan was released back in April 2013.  It has been updated to version 1.0.2 – it is not a new RE.  Sorry for the confusion.  The new update brings:

  • improved CV In behavior
  • performance improvements
  • no more device-reset after play/stop sequencer
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Jeremy Janzen has been working with Reason since 2005, creating ReFills under the Nucleus SoundLab brand. While his sound design work verges into experimental electronic territory - Jeremy is most at home in a heavy metal moshpit, or playing blues/rock bass guitar. Jeremy is also a new father as of 2012, and consequently pretty damn tired.