Absynth's virtual keyboard.
12 , 2000
Rhizomatic Releases Absynth
software synthesizer includes 64-voice polyphony
Software has released Absynth 1.01 for Macintosh (and only Macintosh).
The program is a real-time MIDI-controlled software synthesizer that supports
64-voice polyphony with support for six oscillators per voice. It also
supports up to four filter modules per voice with a choice of eight filter
a new Factory Presets bank. Most of the presets from the old Demo Bank
are available, as well as several new ones.
features of Absynth include:
- A patching scheme
to combine multiple synthesis techniques, including filtering, fm, am,
ring modulation, waveshaping and more.
- Six oscillators,
four filters, three ring modulators, a waveshaper (distortion) and a
- Absynth's waveform
editor lets users model their own waveforms, which can be used by oscillators
and LFOs and as waveshaping distortion functions. Waves can be drawn
directly or using spectrum mode to trim individual harmonics. Waves
can be mixed, modulated, filtered or fractalized.
- Envelopes have
four modes, including loop and retrigger for creating cyclic rhythms
and non-repeating ambient textures, and each envelope has 68 breakpoints
(up from the previous 32). Transformations include: scale amp, time
and slope, set duration and generate attack/decay pulse. In the new
version, envelopes can control more parameters.
- Delays can be
modulated by the three LFOs and MIDI controller input, and delay times
can be as short as one sample and as long as 10 seconds.
- There are three
LFOs, each modulating pitch, amplitude, filter, fm depth, pan and delay
- Stereo AIFF files
can be saved either as interleaved stereo or split mono pair
- Parameters can
be modulated by MIDI continuous controllers, aftertouch, velocity and
note number. Continuous controller input can be smoothed with a lag
control for wider ranges (+-6 octaves for pitch bend).
window includes an overdub mode that lets users layer sound on top of
what has already been recorded. It can be played through a MIDI keyboard
or the built-in virtual keyboard.
sells for $150 with more than 100 sample presets. It requires a 100 MHz
PowerPC and Mac OS 8.0 or higher. OMS is recommended. For more information
or to download the demo, visit http://www.absyn.com.
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