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.10.2014 @ 6:59 AM
That being said I'm a fan of this synth. It is similar in intent to the Meeblips, but sounds completely different, or as different as two monosynths can sound.

I will try and do a track with meeblip se, meeblip anode, and Basic...

Aug.10.2014 @ 8:26 AM
The GUI looks really nice ! And I like also the design philosophy, where everything is easy to access. I have used a lot the synth FAW Circle for that reason only.

I have a question : what make you choose a topology MS20 like for the filters instead of something else ?

Aug.10.2014 @ 10:15 AM
thought of the ms20, too, due to the filters. congratulations on the release.

Aug.10.2014 @ 10:29 AM
Chris Randall
I just like it. No other reason. Our "Moog" model is nice and juicy, but for my own music, I prefer the bark of the MS20 filters.


Aug.11.2014 @ 8:37 AM
How bright is this UI? The photo off the screen from the prior blog post looks bright, but the screen print here actually looks quite subdued and lacking contrast. I'm just wondering which is a better representation of the actual UI.

Aug.12.2014 @ 12:28 AM
UI looks a bit like FAW Circle:
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Circle have been my go-to synth due the best GUI in VSTi so far. Afaik it's also touchscreen compatible. With 49€ it's also quite good beginners synth.

3 osc's in "basic" synth?
Never had synth with more than 2 osc's, but it's 2014 so it's probably ok :D

Aug.12.2014 @ 8:18 AM
Adam Schabtach
@Vaihe: Re 3 oscs in a basic monosynth: see minimoog.

Aug.12.2014 @ 10:34 AM
Chris Randall
Arp 2600, VCS3, Steiner Parker Synthacon, Synton Fenix, Waldorf Pulse, Gleeman Pentaphonic, Spectral Audio Neptune, Aelita, DSTEC OS1, EML 101 (four oscs!), Oberheim 2-voice (also 4 oscs), Memorymoog (3 oscs per voice).

That's off the top of my head. If I sat and pondered it, I'm sure I could come up with a dozen more. Besides the Minimoog, of course.


Aug.13.2014 @ 5:44 AM
Speaking of "basic" synths only Waldorf Pulse applies. 98% of electronic music makers have never seen/touched the others. Basic mono synth is SH-101. Probably most used synth due the low price, availability, sound and ease of use in 90's like Juno-106. Minimoog was 3k already in -95 so no mortals own those :D Others in the list are either even more expensive or too rare.

Aug.13.2014 @ 7:10 AM
Adam Schabtach
It would be pretty stupid IMHO to enter into a debate about what constitutes "basic", but I will say that it depends in part on how old you are. A friend bought a minimoog when we in high school because they were cheap at the time. I've seen/touched another minimoog, a 2600, a VCS3, a Synthacon, a Memorymoog--but never a Pulse.

The point about the minimoog is mostly that it set the de facto standard voice features for monosynths. The real point, however, is that a preference for 3 oscillators was voiced on this very forum some time in the not-too-distant past.

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