XILS-lab has introduced KaoX, a new virtual instrument that they say is inspired by “a legendary FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer”, but augmented with virtual analogue sound synthesis and additional chaotic algorithms in a two-layer architecture.
It’s like the wild love child of FM synthesis and analog subtractive synthesis.
Two layers, Four effects, Easy to tweak
The layers can be played Single, Double or Split
Two independent Arpeggiators, Playing mode or Unison
Easy access to Vibrato or Tremolo
Four effects with independent routing
All main parameters at a glance
One Advanced Panel for tweaking the various modules
FM Algorithm Matrix, always available when needed
Contextual help windows
Global view with active modules illuminated
The 8 operators are grouped in 2 banks with independent pitch. This typical architecture is useful for creating chorus like FM sounds or punchy stereo presets.
Each operator features:
Wheel and After touch access
Two user define external modulators (to be assign to any KaoX modulation sources)
Keyboard follower 2D pad
Ratio or absolute frequency
Low pass filter
Analog Synthesis – two layers, each with:
2 continuous waveform analog oscillators
2 zero-delay like analog filters
4 envelopes D-ADSR
4 outputs VCA
2 chaotic oscillators and 2 chaotic modulators
4 tracks sequencer
Each track can be assigned to the lower and/or upper layer
Each track can have independent sustain/gating
Each track can be used as a source of modulation
Single Window integrated Preset Manager: Find the right patch in seconds, manage presets, soundbanks and create your own tags.
More than 500 presets created by Nori Ubukata, Soundsdivine, Tom Wolfe, Zensound, Mikael Adle, Xenos, Status, Yuli-Yolo and others….
Pricing and Availability:
KaoX is available now with an intro price of 99,00 €. Note that iLok (iLok1,2,3 and Soft) is required.
Reason Studios has introduced Algoritm, a hybrid FM synthesizer Rack Extension that’s designed to be powerful and fun to use.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“With nine operator slots that you can connect any way you want, Algoritm takes FM synthesis to a new level.
Classic FM operators are at the heart of Algoritm, but each slot can also house a wavetable oscillator, shaper, or filter for a wealth of both familiar and new sounds. This is an instrument designed to make it fun and easy to explore the world of FM, a type of synthesis known for being unapproachable and obtuse for anyone but the most invested.
Algoritm comes stacked with modulation capabilities and sound-shaping effects to finish your sounds. With the three built-in LFOs and two flexible Curves, you can add complex movement far beyond the classic envelopes of FM. The effects include key ingredients to sound great, like reverb and delay, but also a unique unison section for a thicker sound and a resonator with loads of character.
If you don’t want to dive head first into the depths of frequency modulation, you can still reach the deepest levels of sound complexity by rolling the dice with the Randomizer. Just drag it to morph the chosen synth parameters into an endless source of new sounds. Or use any of the over 250 expertly crafted patches for a taste of the incredible sounds you can make with Algoritm.”
Nine operator slots each configurable as an FM operator, wavetable oscillator, multi-mode filter, or shaper
Freely connect the operator slots to create your algorithms
Create both classic FM sounds and brand new hybrid tones
Randomizer function to morph any patch into new sounds
Sonicware has introduced the Liven XFM, a new multi-track FM synth & groovebox.
The Liven XFM is a battery-powered groovebox that offers 4 FM synth engines, a 4-track sequencer and effects.
It comes with over 300 presets, for leads, keyboards, strings, winds, basses, pads, chords, drums, and sound effects. And it offers 16 physical control knobs, parameter locking for each sequencer step, a looper, and SYNC IN/OUT and MIDI IN/OUT connectors to make synchronized performance with other equipment easy.
15 physical control knobs
Optional LATCH function prevents jumps in value when knob position and parameter values do not match.
LCD dot indicates when a parameter value matches the saved value, or when the value has been changed.
One physical encoder.
Stereo line out (stereo 3.5mm mini jack)
Headphone out (stereo 3.5mm mini jack)
Compatible with Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator2 Series SYNC OUT
LINE IN (stereo 3.5mm mini-jack)
‘Compatible with Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator 2 Series SYNC IN
MIDI IN connector (5-Pin DIN type)
MIDI OUT connector (5-Pin DIN type)
SYNC IN jack (monaural 3.5mm mini jack)
SYNC OUT jack (monaural 3.5mm mini jack)
Four FM synth engines, X-LAB, XFORM, X-LFO, and LIBRARY
In his latest Sonic Lab video, host Nick Batt takes an in-depth look at the Korg Opsix, a new keyboard that they call an “altered” six-operator FM synthesizer, because its sound engine goes far beyond traditional FM synth capabilities.
00:00 Overview 07:15 Sounds demo 1 14:45 Synth engines 16:38 Filter 18:20 Envelopes and LFOS 20:25 More sounds 23:20 FX 28:05 Bass patch 30:35: DX7 patches 33:48 Sequencer 35:35 More Sounds 39:50 Summary
Check it out and let us know what you think of the Korg Opsix!
Sinevibes has introduced Node – a four-operator FM synthesis engine for the Korg Prologue, Minilogue XD and NTS-1 synthesizers.
Node features four sine oscillators (operators), which are connected together via multiple different algorithms that let them apply frequency modulation onto one another. The plugin packages a total of 24 FM algorithms and lets you set operator frequency ratios within an extremely wide range, delivering nearly 90,000 possible combinations – and opening a huge range of both classic and modern timbres.
Node’s engine runs 2x oversampled and employs a filter to suppress unpleasant aliasing frequencies, enabling a cleaner sound even in the higher octave range.
Node also offers a flexible modulation generator that can be configured in a number of ways: exponential or linear envelopes, multi-waveform LFO, sample & hold, or random triangle.
Genuine four-operator FM synthesis engine
Internally runs at 96 kHz sample rate with an anti-aliasing filter, delivering superior audio quality even in the higher octave key range
24 total FM algorithms: 12 base configurations plus two variations each – with and without self-modulating feedback
Individual frequency ratio selection for operators 2, 3, and 4, plus variable operator detune
Flexible modulation generator with 24 modes: exponential envelopes, linear envelopes, multi-waveform LFO (triangle, saw, square, pulse, trapezoid, peak), sample & hold, and random triangle
Built-in lag filters for noise-free, ultra-smooth parameter adjustment and modulation
In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the new Korg Opsix keyboard synthesizer.
While the Opsix has a six-operator FM sound structure like classic FM synthesizers, it goes much further, featuring new operator modes, 11 filter options, 30 effects, a polyphonic step sequencer and more.
The video starts with an overview of the Opsix, and then digs into the details of the synth engine, effects, performance options and more.
5:50 Operator basics
12:10 OP envelopes
13:30 OP params
14:50 Ring mod
16:05 Filter mode
17:50 Filter FM mode
18:25 Wave folder
19:20 Voice filter
23:00 Arp, sequencer
25:45 PATCH IDEAS
25:55 Bi-timbral split
28:25 Tri-timbral seq
28:55 Velocity mod
29:30 More arps?
30:30 LFO key sync
30:50 Massive chords
31:20 Chord trigs
31:40 Seq to arp
32:00 Fake hard sync
32:30 Cutoff knob
34:40 Pros & cons
37:25 All 250 Presets
Check out the video and share your thoughts on the Korg Opsix!
Korg today officially introduced the Opsix, described as an ‘expansive reimagination of classic digital synthesis’.
The Korg Opsix is described as an “altered” six-operator FM synthesizer, because the keyboard’s sound engine goes far beyond traditional FM synth capabilities.
Although the instrument has a six-operator FM sound structure like classic FM synthesizers, the Opsix goes further, featuring new operator modes, 11 filter options, 30 effects, a polyphonic step sequencer and more.
The Opsix was originally previewed at this year’s NAMM Show. At that point, the prototype that they showed was more of a flagship keyboard design:
The Opsix that they are introducing, though, is closer in design to the recently introduced Wavestate. And that’s how they are positioning the new synth:
“Much like Korg did when bringing wave sequencing back in a more powerful, more musical, and more immediately accessible way with wavestate, so was the approach to FM sound generation of the opsix, resulting in another incredibly flexible and unique synth.”
True six-operator FM synthesis
Full editing with the DATA ENTRY knobs
Five operator modes that expand FM synthesis
40 preset algorithms and user algorithms
Three EGs, three LFOs and 12 virtual patches offer an extensive range of modulation
Eleven powerful filters, including MS-20 and Polysix
Three series of 30 types of high-definition effects
Visual editing with a spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
16-step polyphonic sequencer
Add unpredictability to sounds with the Randomize feature
Favorite and smooth sound transition (SST) functions
Compact design featuring a 37-key keyboard
Korg Opsix Audio Demos:
Pricing and Availability
The Korg Opsix is expected to ship in December, priced at £699/€799. See the Korg site for more info.