Synesthesia.2 (Hybrid Granular FM Sampler/Synth)
Hybrid Granular FM Sampler/Synth
New link for download and description of instrument: http://synestheticsoul.com/releases/synesthesia-v-2/
Synesthesia has been a labor of love for quite sometime. There was really no one synth that employed most of the functionality I like to use. There are a few that come close but, most of the time I’m bouncing things to and from different instruments. If I want a sampler that had FM ability, I have to use program A. Then I want to granulate it, I have to use program B and so on. Not that I won’t still use these programs, Synesthesia just makes it easier to piece things together. The Synth is mostly geared towards making very ominous, detailed, and layered type sounds. Included are quite a few samples of my own that even make this sound like an “additive” type synth but, technically I won’t say it’s additive. You should have plenty of options with these samples but, the real power becomes apparent when you import your own samples into Synesthesia. Coupling that with Reaktor’s morph and randomize abilities… This turns into a very good “happy accident” machine. At first sight Synesthesia may seem a little intimidating but, there is also an easy to read one page manual included and every knob inside has detailed tooltip information. Just hover over a knob and see what it does.
Functionality of Synesthesia
4 oscillators with selectable types: Sin, Triangle, Pulse, Saw, Noise and Sampler. Each oscillator has an independent Dly-ADBDSR amp envelope as well.
All oscillators accept FM input except Noise. The Noise oscillator can still -send- FM. This is used and visualized easily with the on screen FM matrix. Meaning, no menu diving to fine tune the FM controls for everything.
Granulation abilities are possible with the included Grain Cloud effect.
When the sampler module is selected, each oscillator has 34 preloaded samples. The samples range from simple waves, to complex additive like soundscapes.
13 filter types: 2 pole highpass, 2 pole bandpass, 2 pole lowpass, 4 pole bandpass, 4 pole bandlimit, 4 pole lowpass, 1 – 4 pole ladder (modeled after the moog’s lovely filter sound), Pro-52 (modeled after the Sequential Circuits’ Prophet-5 filters and used in Native Instruments Pro-52 Synth), 2 pole notch, and 1 pole allpass. Filters operate in both series and parallel mode as well as having a fade option between the outputs of each.
12 modulators: 4 Dly-ADBDSR envelopes, 4 LFOs with an array of settings, and 4 sequencers.
Modulation Matrix with 10 slots, 12 Mod From selections, and 23 Mod to destinations. This gives the synth an array of modulation possibilities.
5 built in effect units: Grain Cloud Delay, Chorus, Reverb, Compression, and Stereo Imaging. Each of these effect units have a fair amount of tweak-able controls, many of which are modulatable from the Mod Matrix.
And to polish it off, a very ascetically pleasing interface to work with. Also, most controls are directly in front of you.
33 presets/snapshots included to get you going.
**Note: there is still one bug in this release, I’ll do my best to fix it in an update. On RARE occasion a NaN error pops up in the Delay unit, causing audio to completely drop out. To fix the audio drop out, simply use the power button in the upper right corner to turn Reaktor off and then on. This resets everything and it should be fine from then on after.
Version 2 is now available but, currently working out version 3; which is a massive overhaul with many new features.
Teaser list: over 100 custom wavetable oscillators, granular oscillator mode, new filters, new effects, Multi Breakpoint Envelopes, more modulations destinations, modulation modifiers and more. STAY TUNED !!!