Native Instruments Absynth (Mac / WIndows)
As a benchmark for the future of soft-synths, the powerful semi-modular architecture and clean interface of ABSYNTH make it effortless to sculpt everything from organic textures to rhythmic madness to vintage sounds. ABSYNTH's unique strengths lie in its multiple synthesis techniques combined with the most flexible envelope control ever. Forget everything you know about modulation - with ABSYNTH you can create everything from timbrally morphing percussive loops to physical modelling textures to time-evolving soundscapes. Any parameter adjusted in ABSYNTH is immediately heard without clicks or glitches. For a taste of the intoxicating power of ABSYNTH, try drawing the shape of your LFO with the mouse while twelve 68-point rhytmic envelopes twist your sound as you perform on a keyboard or MIDI sliderbox.
Patching and Waveforms
ABSYNTH's flexible patching scheme makes it easy to combine subtractive, FM, AM, ring modulation, and waveshaping. Six oscillators, four filters, three ring modulators, a waveshaper (distortion) and a delay processor are available per voice along with the unprecedented graphical modulation capabilities. Start creating sounds immediately in Absynth's Patch Window - just click on a module to activate and play - no need to create your own structures. ABSYNTH's waveform editor allows you to freely model your own waveforms which can be used by oscillators, LFO´s and as waveshaping distortion functions. Draw waves directly or use the spectrum mode to trim individual harmonics. Mix, modulate, filter or fractalize waves. Best of all, you hear the results continuously while you edit. Waveforms become an expressive parameter that adds new depth to classic synthesis techniques like FM and ring modulation.
LFOs and Envelopes
The 3 LFOs can each modulate pitch, amplitude, filter, FM depth, pan or delay time. Sample and Hold turns the waveform into a discrete step function, a classic effect of modular analog synths. Best of all, waveforms can be drawn and edited directly in the Waveform editor for ultimate versatility and ease of use. ABSYNTH gives you more than a dozen envelopes with up to 68 breakpoints each. Envelopes can loop or retrigger to creating cyclic rhythms and constantly evolving ambient textures. The Editor window displays multiple envelopes simultaneously, so you can precisely sychronize the evolution of different layers of sound in time against a tempo grid.
Effects, MIDI and Recording
Modulated delay effects can be tightly integrated into each patch. Delays can be modulated by the 3 LFOs and MIDI controllers just like ABSYNTH´s other modules. Six parallel delay lines modulated by Absynth's versatile LFOs are flexible enough to build physical models of acoustic instruments. Delay times can be as short as one sample and as long as 10 seconds - imagine controlling that with your mod wheel! ABSYNTH is designed for maximum expressive control. Parameters can be modulated by MIDI continuous controllers, aftertouch, velocity and note number. Continuous controller input can be smoothed with a lag control, making wide ranges possible (for example +/- 6 octaves for pitch bend). Notes can control parameters through note scale maps, where each parameter can have a different value for every note. Now multiply everything you've read by eigh - run eight instances of ABSYNTH in any VST 2.0 compatible host. Create massive rhythms ensembles or ambient textures with hundreds of oscillators. ABSYNTH also supports DirectConnect, MAS, and ASIO to fit into any studio environment. It is difficult to compare ABSYNTH to any other softsynth, but ABSYNTH is among the most efficient software synthesizers yet. Maximize your polyphony in multitimbral mode and still have plenty power left over for mixing and composing.
What is a synthesizer without sounds? ABSYNTH comes with hundreds of professionally designed patches covering a wider range than any other synthesizer. Everything from classic resonances to acoustic models, from poignant pads to p