The XILS V+ combines a Vintage 10 band Vocoder with a Supreme Top Octave Divider based Strings and Human Voices, or any sophisticated layering of these three elements.
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Introducing The XILS V+
The XILS V+ features exactly the same possibilities than its famous hardware predecessor but offers a lot more: while a lot of parameters were hidden under the roof of the hardware, Xils-lab put them on the front panel for a wider range of sound possibilities.
After more than one year of intense modeling deep in the basement of the Xils Laboratories, we offer you this complete recreation of a legend. Its unique vintage vibe and beauty that can only be brought back to life by precisely emulating different ancient and forgotten techniques.
How Does The XILS V+ Work?
The XILS V+, inspired by the Roland VP330, is based on a Top Octave Divider oscillator. Under this strange name is hidden the heart of almost every electronic organ or strings machines built in the 80’s. A very clever concept to get 49 notes or more of polyphony without having to manage 49 or more stable oscillators, or the nightmare of having to tune 49 or more oscillators! Only one square oscillator, oscillating at a very high frequency (the “Top Octave”), has to be designed and adjusted. This oscillator is “divided” to provide the 12 standard tempered frequencies over 4 (or more) octaves, these frequencies are then used to build the waveform of each of the 49 or more available notes. As a matter of fact, all the notes are kept in phase, hence no drift between octaves (see the videos comparison between the hardware and the software).
Another benefit is that there is only a single tuning circuit for the whole keyboard and then when using the envelope glide, all the notes are modulated in the same manner. This is the limitation which gives this very special, very recognizable effect used by a lot of electronic music artists. For some examples of the unique VP330 sound, simply jump to the 5-minute mark of “Movement 1” from Vangelis’ 1985 album “Mask”, or listen to the opening music of the groundbreaking 1982 film “Blade Runner”.
Why The XILS V+ Is Such A Big Deal...
- One finely tweak and emulated Top Octave Divider aliasing free oscillator, providing up to 49 voices of polyphony.
- Access to a lot of parameters which its hardware model kept secret under the roof.
- One strings section.
- One human voices section.
- One 10 bands vocoder.
- A virtual keyboard ( from which notes can be saved in your presets).
- Up to 6 free assignable modulation nodes, with up to 14 sources and 24 destinations.
- A finely tweak analog-like pitch tracker.