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LAVA

A unique synthesizer with a lush digital sound.

(21 Votes)
mosaic_
0.8.8 (Updated 8 months ago)
48.8MB
August 15, 2018
Reaktor 6

DESCRIPTION

CHANGELOG:
0.8.7 (15 Aug 2018)
- initial release

0.8.8 (19 Aug 2018)
- 11 new snapshots
- several new included samples
- slightly improved wavetable reading quality
- improved wavetable load speed
- reduced CPU usage:
- optimized modulation clocking
- reduced processing for inaudible voices

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This Ensemble isn't done evolving yet - there's a lot of polishing I want to do with regards to the GUI and the CPU usage - but, in the spirit of the ongoing competition, I am releasing it in its current state.

LAVA uses the PADsynth algorithm, originally devised by Nasca Octavian Paul, to convert samples into perfectly looping wavetables. Drop any .WAV or .AIFF file onto the OSCs' sample displays. The algorithm takes the first 5 seconds or so of the sample, performs a series of massive FFTs, and returns a homogenized, thickened version of the timbre. Essentially, LAVA liquefies sounds.

This algorithm creates wavetables for two oscillators, which feed into a standard subtractive architecture. Be aware that LAVA can push REAKTOR to its limits - it can take a few moments for the synthesizer to prepare its wavetables when a new sample is loaded.

I hope to update LAVA soon with more voicing options, effects, and possibly other features. But for now, enjoy.

COMMENTS  (28)

mosaic_
1 month ago
@Roman: I'd call it a synth, since each osc plays back a synthetic waveform derived from the sample, not the sample itself. But I think romplers are interesting in their own way as well.
Roman Vronsky
4 months ago
Gorgeous sounds, but is this really a synth? To me this looks more like a sampler/rompler
Dylan Hisselli
5 months ago
So sick! This synth is epic. Big ups mosaic_
kevin halloran
5 months ago
excellent!
Ryan McCann
6 months ago
This is the best user synth i've found, thank you!
Patrick Charles-Lundaahl
8 months ago
This sounds absolutely stunning; on par with a number of professionally-made synths I own. The textures that come out of this are unique and gorgeous. The user interface is absolutely beautiful: intuitive, highly discoverable, and chock-full of character. An outstanding piece of work.
John Smith
8 months ago
I love it! it sounds great and you've done great on optimization. I'm using it comfortably on a 2014 MacBook air. Though it does take a while to change presets, but I don't mind because it sounds soooo sexy :-)
George Macksoud
8 months ago
I can now play your fine instrument! The CPU idles around 9% and maxes out at about 35%. The difference is remarkable. Thank you!
Paule
8 months ago
If I drive Cal Scott's ensemble (cpu very high) set the latency to 2048. The usage fall down
mosaic_
8 months ago
It's strange... I am working on an update that reduces CPU use; hopefully it will help you out.
George Macksoud
8 months ago
@mosaic I really appreciate your help, unfortunately deleting the displays did not help. Still idles around 85%. I will continue to experiment, but I just don't understand why there would be such drastic differences on our machines. CPU is generally not a problem on mine.
mosaic_
8 months ago
@George Hm... This is a long shot, but try deleting the graphical displays. They are in the Macros [wavetable 1], [wavetable 2], [gui > filter], and [gui > modulation > 0: amp env ... 4: lfo 2]. Let me know if that affects the CPU usage at all.
George Macksoud
8 months ago
Lazerbass running at 3.9% on the Reaktor interface, 9% on Activity Monitor. Not sure which is the most accurate.
mosaic_
8 months ago
As a benchmark, Lazerbass runs at about 11% on my machine... How much CPU does it draw on yours?
George Macksoud
8 months ago
After loading wavetables, it idles between 85% and 95%. When playing the patches I get frequent overages over 100%. When Reaktor finally gives me a processor warning, the whole audio engine shuts down and refuses to function, and no samples or wavetables will import beyond this point. This with all other computer processes shut down.
mosaic_
8 months ago
My i7-6650 with 8 gigs of RAM runs it at about 39%. Does your issue appear when reloading the wavetables?
George Macksoud
8 months ago
@mosaic Thanks for the response...24GB.
mosaic_
8 months ago
@George with how much RAM?
George Macksoud
8 months ago
Might be good some day, but it brings my i7 Mac to a screaming halt.
Paule
8 months ago
Fat sound that moves when left keys. Thank you, Max.
Moshe Banano
8 months ago
Grate work, love it. thanks.
Philippe Loiseau
8 months ago
very work, readable and elegant GUI, thanks for this. Best luck for contest !
mosaic_
8 months ago
The SYNC mode of the LFOs synchronizes the rate to the host tempo and offers cycles up to 96 bars in length.
Greg Killmaster
8 months ago
I really love this a lot. Superb interface! Thank you for it. I would like to have the option of having LFOs that can go to much lower frequencies. As is, the lowest setting on the LFO (1%) is too fast what what I'd like to do. Even if it could be 100X slower, would be amazing to have overlapping super long (low frequency) oscillations. Or maybe even have the option of multiplying LFO my host clock?
Bob Swans
8 months ago
Thanks, I should have just read the description properly ;)
mosaic_
8 months ago
Drag and drop .WAV or .AIFF files onto the sample displays.
Bob Swans
8 months ago
Is the option to change the OSC Wav disabled in this version, I cant figure out how to select them. They change with each snapshot but no way of doing it manually
Bob Swans
8 months ago
Thank you, This is a beautiful sounding synth. Its peaking at about 35% cpu on my I7-7700k 32gb
now