Sloth LFO

Type: Module

Category: Source

Updated: Aug 02, 2019

Manufacturer: Benard

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Do you ever feel that LFOs are just too fast for some tasks, and find yourself struggling with a knob to try to set an LFO to its slowest possible value, only to find out that even that is not slow enough? Enter the Sloth! This is an LFO with really slow values that will allow you to produce very gradual changes to parameters in your patches.

Instead of setting the frequency of the LFO, here you select the period, or how long it takes for the oscillator to go through a full cycle. Therefore, higher setting of the knob result in slower values. The fastest range, with the range switch set to its top position, goes from a period of 0.10 seconds (or 10 Hz), up to 10 (one cycle every 10 seconds). With the switch set to its middle position, the range goes from 2 seconds, up to 5000 seconds per period. At the lowest setting the range is measured in minutes, going from 0.33 minutes per cycle, all the way to 166.67 minutes per cycle. That's close to 3 hours for the oscillator to complete a single cycle!

To keep track of the cycle, there is a progress bar below the period length knob, which can be turned off with the toggle below it, as you may want to do especially for fast values.

There are separate outputs for sine, ramp, triangle, saw, pulse, and random values (a random value is produced only once per cycle). Each of these outputs also has its own level attenuator. There is also a switch to control the polarity at the top left, and CV inputs for period length and for pulsewidth (which affects only the pulse output), and a knob at the top right to control the initial pulsewidth value.

The cycle of the oscillator can be reset by sending a trigger to the reset input, or by pushing the button just above it.

This module is great for generative patches, and for slowly moving drones and ambient textures. Once you start using it, you will probably find yourself using it all over your patches!

Included in the Benard Mega Bundle Vol. 2.