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Native Instruments has announced Absynth 4
, the fourth generation of its
award-winning semi-modular software synthesizer that is renowned for its
unique evolving sounds and textures.
The new version offers extended sound
design and performance capabilities through a new customizable signal flow;
additional oscillator, waveform and envelope features; and a completely
revised modulation concept. NI tell us that numerous usability improvements, including a new
Kore-compatible sound browser, provide a more convenient creative workflow and that with its refined combination of sonic flexibility and ease of use, Absynth 4
strengthens its role as the leading sound-design synthesizer for innovative
timbres and complex soundscapes.
The sonic capabilities of Absynth have received a major extension in its
fourth revision. The semi-modular signal flow is now customizable, allowing
users to freely specify the combination and order of filter, modulator and
waveshaping modules in each oscillator channel. A new "Wave Morph" function
creates a wide range of new timbres through seamless interpolation between
two user-definable waveforms, with real-time modulation of the interpolation
readout leading to dramatic, highly musical results. A new "Sync Granular"
oscillator mode also adds an entirely new sound source, resembling a blown
or strummed acoustic instrument.
Open The Envelopes
Powerful envelopes are one of the signature features of Absynth, and the
fourth generation of the instrument offers significant enhancements. A new
global Master ADSR envelope can be used to shape even the most complex sound
in a quick and intuitive way. The individual multi-breakpoint envelopes can
now be synchronized to a beat grid, creating sound movements that follow the
global tempo of a host sequencer. With this new feature, Absynth 4
effectively integrates the concepts of envelopes and step sequencers into a
powerful new tool for creative sound design.
A completely revised modulation concept in Absynth 4 offers significantly
increased real-time performance and automation options. Sixteen assignable
macro controls can now manipulate any combination of oscillator, filter,
modulation and effect parameters, with the additional option to convert any
pair of controls into an XY field. "Audio Modulation" also now allows an
external input signal to be used as a routable controller.
Absynth 4 ships with more than 1,200 preset sounds, while a new
integrated sound browser provides advanced categorization and search
features. The Absynth sound browser is now fully compatible with Native
Instruments' Kore host system and its KoreSound format.
Pricing and Availability:
Absynth 4 will be available in October 2006 for a suggested retail price of
$ 339 USD / 299 Euro from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop. An
update for owners of Absynth 3 will be available for $ 119 USD / 99 Euro.
Absynth 4 is also a part of the Komplete 4 bundle, which will in turn be
available as a free update for all owners of Komplete Care 2006.