Warp Sirens – 10 variations on a twisted theme from the Roland System100M modular synth. 2 sets per sample – one with delay and distortion, the other dry. Recorded hot through valve pre-amps onto one-inch tape (into the red). With 5 token presets, this isn’t designed as a synth, like Tronto for example, but as a player, with a virtual tape machine running all the time beneath the engine. You have 3 types of control (via the ‘Degrader’) over tape damage – via filter,amplitude or pitch, with a tape speed slider as well, so Boards of Canada style sounds are easily obtainable, or you can set the controls to zero to bypass the effect.
There is a simple low pass filter (no resonance) that can be connected to velocity (as can amplitude) for instrumental expression, but also more interestingly is hard wired to the ADSR envelopes, so a slower attack also brings about a slower filter attack (if engaged), to emulate the tape head coming into contact with the tape (likewise with the release).
The player also has a sample reverse function, as well as a saturation button with Tronsonic’s ‘magic wav’ impulse response (as found in Tronto) blended with Kontakt’s own saturation effect.
Many thanks to Total Composure for the scripting, Glyn for the graphics, and Will for the tweaking.