September 22, 2006

Freebie from FXpansion...

by Chris Randall

Check this out. A free monosynth from our good friends at FXpansion. Marketspeak: "Orca is an experimental monosynth built to showcase some new technology that FXpansion has been developing. Based on detailed and accurate models of analogue synthesizer circuits and components, Orca excels at deep, squelchy basses and thick unison leads."

In real life: I haven't tried it yet, but it looks fly, and they're trying to get some feedback on a new synthesis method (which is almost certainly some old synthesis method.) It's sort of creepy looking, like an alien vagina or something, the Rubber Johnny of user interfaces. Registered FXpansion members only; you just have to create an account, then you can get the synth. Grab it>here.

UPDATE: I've just spent a few minutes with it. It has a distinctly ARP-ish sound; it actually sounds really good for software. Not much you can program (amp filter env, freq and res, and some detune shit) but incredibly usable sounds. Definitely give it a try, unless you're an Intel Live user; Intel Live doesn't load VST2.3 plugs, which this is.



Page 3 of 3

Sep.25.2006 @ 4:24 AM
i wonder if i could wrap it in Bidule to get it working in Live....

ah, if only i had the motivation.



Sep.26.2006 @ 2:56 PM
Free, easy to use, looks cool, makes decent sounds.

pretty hard to complain about. Thanks for the alert on this one.


Sep.30.2006 @ 11:58 AM
<Chris Randall>I've just spent a few minutes with it. It has a distinctly ARP-ish sound; it actually sounds really good for software</Chris Randall>

Indeed Chris if you mean the ARP Odyssey, assuming the AM4032 is basically like two CA3080's then yes, although I'm not sure what non-linearities are in the resonance path of the AM4032 either. It's actually modeled on the Juipter-6 SVF, which is basically two cascaded Oberheim SEM filters to get you 4 poles of attenuation.



Sep.30.2006 @ 12:56 PM
Just checked a schematic of a clone of the AM4032, the resonance non-linearity is indeed the same, but the circuit is a slight variation on a regular SVF so will probably sound slightly little different to the Oberheim SEM and Roland Jupiter-6. The Jupiter also used a custom Roland chip, which could also change the sound slightly.



Page 3 of 3



Sorry, commenting is closed for this blog entry.