Native Instruments Absynth 2 (Mac / Win)
By forging together synthesis and sampling, ABSYNTH 2.0 breaks down all barriers between inspiration and realization. ABSYNTH 2.0 draws its formidable power from a combination of multiple synthesis techniques, granular sampling, and flexible envelope control. A versatile semi-modular architecture and clean interface make it effortless to sculpt everything from organic textures to rhythmic madness, from time-evolving soundscapes to vintage sounds. ABSYNTH 2.0 includes more than 800 evocative, expressive, and musical presets that cover an astonishing range of territory.
Is it a synth, or a sampler? Both. ABSYNTH 2.0's intuitive patch window makes it easy to mix sampling, granular sampling, subtractive, wavetable, FM, AM, ring modulation, and wave shaping synthesis. Each voice has six synth oscillators (or three sampling oscillators), four filters, three ring modulators, and a wave shaping distortion function. Waveforms can be drawn by hand or created by sketching harmonics. A built in context-menu library of waveforms, envelopes, and even entire oscillator channels enables the quick construction of complex, evolving sounds with just a few clicks.
Driven by Control
Nearly every synthesis, sampling, and effect parameter can be controlled by ABSYNTH's envelopes. Each envelope can contain up to sixty-eight breakpoints and can be synced to the tempo. It's now possible to dynamically control an envelope (or a group of envelopes!) with a MIDI controller to morph and twist the sound with a single gesture. Each envelope can be modulated with its own graphically displayed variable speed LFO for creating living, breathing sounds. A new Link mode allows multiple envelopes to be chained together, with adjustable time, amplitude, and slope scaling – perfect for detuned chords, phasing filters, or for mirroring the sample playback position with filter resonance, for instance.
Digital Sensory Perception
ABSYNTH 2.0's revised DSP core delivers warm and sparkling sounds, with many optimizations for efficient operation. Antialiasing can be switched on or off per oscillator to choose between smooth analog highs, or cool digital jitter. ABSYNTH 2.0 runs completely in stereo, and each oscillator can be dynamically panned by its powerful envelopes. Several new filter models are available, including an exceptional two and four pole lowpass and a multi-pole allpass filter for phasing and resonant effects.
Plug-In operation of ABSYNTH has been greatly enhanced in version 2.0. Each Plug-In can open its own bank, and the ABSYNTH Engine is no longer needed to play sounds. Available for OS X, OS 9, Windows, and nearly every Plug-In format, ABSYNTH 2.0 sounds great and plays well with others.
- Semi-modular synthesizer combining multiple synthesis techniques and granular sampling
- Exceptional range of organic and expressive sounds
- More than 800 presets included
- Waveform editor for creating custom waveforms
- Tempo-synced breakpoint envelopes can control nearly every parameter
- Conventional sampling with linked pitch and time
- Granular sampling for atmospheric, freezing, and time-stretching effects
- Integrated waveform, envelope, and oscillator library for easy patch creation
- Many envelope enhancements, including full MIDI control and Link mode
- Improved filters, antialiasing oscillators, and more efficient CPU utilization
- Improved Plug-In implementation
- VST 2.0
- VST 2.0
Minimum: Mac OS 9.1 or higher, G3 400 MHz, 256 MB RAM/ Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, G4 400 MHz, 256 MB RAM Recommended: Mac OS 9.1 or higher, G3 500 MHz, 256 MB RAM/ Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, G4 500 Mhz, 512 MB RAM