Surround enabled, multi-channel and live input 29/10/04
Absynth makes the heart grow fonder
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The original Absynth was a landmark instrument, with a real wow factor to it's sound, it appealed to many, not least the film and television community who found it's giant soundscaping potential a real turn-on.
Absynth 3 is set to take the vision even further with the addition of several new features.
ABSYNTH 3 is now fully surround-enabled, offering comprehensive
multi-channel implementation, powerful new oscillator functions and additional integrated effects. A live input function turns ABSYNTH 3 into a real-time sound mangling tool. Flexible MIDI parameter control and a revised user interface further increase ABSYNTH´s versatility and ease of use.
The role of surround sound is rapidly increasing in all areas of music
production and sound design, and ABSYNTH 3 delivers: Integrated
multi-channel support includes a wide range of formats, ranging from 3.1
and 5.1 up to 7.1 and even 8.0, with dedicated surround panning sections
in each oscillator channel. Panning envelopes and LFOs offer far-reaching
and convenient control over spatial movement, allowing for animated
soundscapes that can be both subtle and overwhelming. Surround integration
takes ABSYNTH´s signature evolving pads and complex atmospheres to a
completely new level, and existing sounds can easily be adapted to make
use of the new features.
ABSYNTHs powerful oscillator section is also greatly enhanced, adding a
"real-time fractalize" mode and "frequency shifting" modulation to its
existing arsenal of subtractive, FM, sampling and granular capabilities.
Furthermore, each of ABSYNTH´s oscillators now offers both an optional
free-running mode and an additional "unison" function combining up to
eight detuned oscillators simultaneously, for increased "analogue feel2
and fat monophonic lines. The new "live input" mode can process up to
three external stereo signals at once, routing each into a separate
oscillator channel for individual treatment with ABSYNTH´s versatile
filter, waveshaping, envelope and effect sections.
The revamped user interface of ABSYNTH 3 offers more convenience and
control, with a single-window-architecture that reduces screen clutter and
improves workflow. The greatly enhanced envelope editor makes working with
ABSYNTH´s powerful multi-breakpoint envelopes much easier, thanks to new
features like multiple breakpoint selection, copy/paste functionality, and
a real-time envelope cursor.
ABSYNTH 3 comes with more than 1000 presets, including 256 brand new ones
that make use of the added features, as well as over 800 sounds from the
ABSYNTH 3 will be available in December 2004 for a suggested retail price
of $ 339 / 289 Euro.