August 8, 2014


by Chris Randall

Well, that only took us a year, but it's finally out. We're pleased to announce Basic is now available in the AD store for immediate purchase.

You'll recall we've had two discussions on AI about mono synths, here and here.It's no secret that we have a hardware agenda, and that agenda includes eventual non-Euro releases. However, subtractive synths haven't been in our purview, and it's something we needed to learn how to do. While that was going on, I've been teaching at a local college, and via my own observation and discussion with the department head, it became obvious that beginning students have a hard time wrapping their head around Massive (which has every feature ever in the history of ever) or Monark (which requires an instanced host), and most of the synths that remake classics are so idiosyncratic their usage doesn't translate.

So, two goals: learn about how to do subtractive synthesis and performance-oriented MIDI handling in software, and make a synth for college-level sound design and synthesis classes that is easy-to-understand. Hence, Basic.

I also took the opportunity to try out a new UI style; it generally seems to be well-received, but we'll see how that goes. I borrowed heavily from the styles of FUI designers Ash Thorp and G-Munk for the look, and all deference is due to those two, men amongst men.

Basic is US$39.00 until Sept. 4th, when it goes up to US$49.00.


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Aug.08.2014 @ 11:10 AM
I think for what you set out to do, you nailed it. I'm no synthesis beginner, but it is actually kind of refreshing to work with a limited palate again that happens to also sound great. I also like the new GUI approach as well. It's a darker than I'm normally used to, but not to the point where I'm needing to adjust the brightness on my screen.

I also love the Digidirt waveform and Freq Syncing. Both do sound very cool indeed.

The one thing I did notice is I wish there was a bit finer control on the OSC tuning knobs. Shift/left click usually helps with finer knob movement, and I think you've implemented that on some other controls (I didn't test everything). But it is something much desired on the tuning knobs, as it can be a bit fiddly transposing an OSC to exactly +7.00 semitones.

Other than that, I don't really have any other constructive critisicm. It was a no-brainer for me.

Well, actually it would have also been nice to be able to flip the direction of the Mod Env, so that the filter envelope could be applied negative to the cutoff point. But whatevs, that may be against what you were going for and complicate things unnecessarily for the educational market.

Aug.08.2014 @ 11:38 AM
Hey Chris,

I'd like to second the request for finer controls on the sliders and knobs, the mouse control can sometimes be a wee bit fiddly getting as close to a setting as wanted.

Do you have plans for future developments for the synth, such as poly mode? or is this strictly going to be a mono synth only for educational purposes?

I had a great play around today and saved a few sounds over on kvr.

link []

Aug.08.2014 @ 8:42 PM
nice! congrats on another fine thing

edit: gui looks awesome btw

Aug.08.2014 @ 9:02 PM
beauty pill
This thing is really cool. Simple and fantastic. Feels great.

Thanks for your work!

- c

Aug.09.2014 @ 10:55 AM
I do numeric entry with the keyboard for nearly everything and often end up not using things that don't have it. I just find it too tedious and frustrating to use a mouse.

I like this synth a lot so far. As time goes on I really appreciate the simple tools, and use those the most.

Aug.09.2014 @ 11:39 AM
Sorry if this seems n00b-ish but I noticed that the initialized patch doesn't have filter 1's cutoff opened all the way. Is that a product of the filter's design or am I just crazy in thinking that it would be fully open?

Aug.09.2014 @ 3:28 PM
I too did up a "first impressions" preset pack.
link []

Aug.09.2014 @ 5:52 PM
Totally love this synth. Haven't yet instanced it and felt bored. Awesome work AD!

Aug.09.2014 @ 11:05 PM
Thank you for the triangle waves. So many otherwise great looking synths leave them out in favor of the all but useless sine wave. I just...I don't understand the way some people's brains work.

Aug.10.2014 @ 6:55 AM
One thing I noticed, that's particularly quirky: Set up the envelope (assuming 0 is full Counterclockwise, 100 is full clockwise) to A=0 D=2 S=0 R=0

Play something -- say a steady stream of 8th notes of short (1/32nd duration)

You'll get a short percussive blip. Now turn up R, and at about 3 you get a decaying tone. Turn up release more and it becomes a sustained tone with an initial chirp.

Even weirder, it interacts with the note length -- the shorter the note, the louder the release phase gets.

I thought that when you set Sustain to zero, Release became irrelevant, because it's decaying from 0 to 0. That's how all the hardware synths I own work.

I have illustrated this behaviour here: link []

The first pattern is 8th notes 1/16th long, the second is 16th notes, very short. Turn down the speakers before you play the second pattern.

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