August 8, 2014

Monophony...

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.13.2014 @ 7:55 AM
Chris Randall
Yeah, what Adam said. Also, none of those synths are that uncommon. Tonetweakers, Analogue Haven, Three Wave, and Five G all have most of them in stock at any given time, have for years, and they're not hugely expensive. (Except the Memorymoog, really.) They're on par, price-wise, with current offerings from DSI, et al.

What I mean to say is if you want to buy a 3-osc, a couple emails and a couple thousand dollars will get you one. But the difference between making Basic a 2-osc and making Basic a 3-osc was, quite literally, a ctrl-V in Illustrator, about 20 lines of code (also copied and pasted), and 1% on the CPU load. The first oscillator took 6 months. The other two took 6 minutes. So if we have to do 2, why not have three?

-CR
 
 

 
Aug.13.2014 @ 6:15 PM
shamann
Given that it's a monosynth, I think having the 3rd oscillator makes for a fine trade-off between being obstinately simple and still offering up a few surprises. The topology remains pretty basic at oscillators to filter to volume, with minimal modulation.

I might be with you if you held that the inclusion of distortion on the output is above basic, but I'm not disappointed by its inclusion.
 
 

 
Aug.14.2014 @ 6:12 AM
un.ku
A 2 OSC synth would seem pretty pointless to me. Gotta be able to do my one note triads.
 
 

 
Aug.14.2014 @ 6:32 AM
Vaihe
"But the difference between making Basic a 2-osc and making Basic a 3-osc was, quite literally, a ctrl-V in Illustrator, about 20 lines of code (also copied and pasted), and 1% on the CPU load. The first oscillator took 6 months. The other two took 6 minutes."

WoW!
You could then release also 5 osc version that could make chords. When i get money next time i will buy it even as i don't need any new synths, but i want to support AD.

This synth was just released and it's probably most basic synth ever with only one osc: link [www.synthtopia.co...]
 
 

 
Aug.14.2014 @ 9:18 AM
un.ku
Pfft! 9X detuned Saw + Pulse waveforms + a sub osc + noise generator. Talk about decadent! If you want a real race to the bottom, it would be a synth with a single sine osc and no keytracking, just tuned to 432 Hz (remember this crap: link [attunedvibrations.co...])
 
 

 
Aug.14.2014 @ 5:02 PM
beauty pill
One of these days I'm gonna learn about synthesizers.
 
 

 
Aug.14.2014 @ 8:26 PM
takokichi
I'm with beauty pill.
 
 

 
Aug.16.2014 @ 8:44 AM
chaircrusher
@Chris "if we have to do 2, why not have three? "

link [bit.ly]
 
 

 
Aug.18.2014 @ 1:45 AM
Transistor
Just go all the way and go to 11. (As for "basic" synths (= modern and readily available?) with three oscs, the SE-1x should fit the bill quite nicely.)
 
 

 
Aug.18.2014 @ 3:18 PM
Chris Randall
I kind of lump the SE-1x in with the Minimoog, personally. It is, after all, basically just a clone of the original, with added bonus zipper noise. But yeah, that is probably the most common currently available 3-osc outside the Voyager.

-CR
 
 

 
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