The Dark Side of the Pad
Everyone and everything has a dark side. So has Fatpad. Enjoy :-)
New in 2.2
Second Snapshot Bank with about 60 new, mostly dark and edgy sounds
New Coloring reflects the dark side (changing the background color changes everything, just try for yourself)
Pulse With Modulation
Warped „Tape“ Effect in master section
New in 2.10: Added 3 "Single" Oscillators for versatility.
A 16" Squarewave (Sub), an 8" saw/pulse oscillator and noise
New in 2.03 : OTT-Compressor (OTT -> Over-The-Top)
One of the secret weapons of EDM production. It takes the output of a multi band compressor that really, really squashes the signal and mixes it in with the original signal. It gives that „produced“ shine. I really like it on the choirs, some spacey synth sounds and everything else. Maybe I’m addicted… what do you think?
15 years ago I wanted a synth, that made working easy and gave me the sounds I needed fast. Fatpad was that synth. It had up to 18 oscillators per voice, a choice of 4 filter types, a full stereo signal path, and wasn’t too heavy on the cpu. My synth workhorse for many years. So why a new Version?
The old „F A T P A D“ had some major omissions:
1. no LFOs
2. no Effects
3. not so nice graphics
4. Stupid diction
5. outdated snapshots
So in Fatpad 2 you find anything from „F A T P A D“ plus
1. A 6-phase LFO for pitch-modulation,
2. A syncable Stereo LFO for filter and amp modulation
3. chorus effect with 4 modes (Juno I, Juno II, Tri-Chorus, FatE) + phaser
4. delay (mono, stereo, ping pong)
5. new interface
6. about 100 new sounds/snapshots
I also did some short demo tracks, every sound, except drums, is Fatpad 2
Hope you enjoy Fatpad 2 as much as I do.
Some background information:
The Idea was inspired by Gordon Reeds SOS Synth Secrets article (February/March 2003) about emulating string ensembles with synthesizers. He went a long way to make his synthesizer sound like it had more than 2 oscillators. Something that’s so easy with Reaktor. If you need more oscillators, just take them and you’re done.
So I took 6, made the signal path full stereo, put each oscillator on a separate position in the stereofield and randomized the tuning of each oscillator via a Random LFO Module (btw: praise to whoever invented the random LFO!)
And why six oscillators?
The synth should sound lush and wide without the use of a chorus effect and you need at least 3 oscillators to get a lush sound, but if you spread them to left, center, right the sound thins out again. To get a lush AND wide sound I had to take six. Many „supersaw“ synths rather have seven than six, wich gives them more focus. But I wanted diffusion not focus, so I went with six.
Fatpad 1 didn’t have LFOs because I wasn’t satisfied with the standard ones. If you modulate 6 oscillators with only one LFO, it makes the modulation sound small and artificial. And if you have a full stereo signal path, shouldn’t your LFO also work in stereo? So in Fatpad 2 there are 2 specialized LFOs
LFO 1 (vibrato)
A sine wave LFO for pitch modulation of all six oscillators with a twist. You can give each oscillator a phase shifted version for a much more lively sound.
LFO 2 (filter and amp)
This is a true stereo LFO for modulating filter and amp.
You can define a phase shift between the left and right channel.
You can morph the waveform seamlessly from sawtooth to triangle to sine to square to pulse. You can tempo sync and at the same time modulate the frequency via the mod wheel. If you release the mod wheel to zero, the LFO will return back to sync.