This year’s seasonal offering is an homage to the fabulous 80s DCO polysynth – ‘you know’ the one I refer to and it’s fairly obvious from the GUI!!! Firstly, it has a DETUNE control so that the waveforms can be detuned for a thicker sound that can rival the more serious two oscillator polysynths. It also has a multiwave LFO (compared with the original’s triangle wave only), a 12/24dB/OCtave switch on the filter and perhaps, most importantly, has two ADSR envelopes, a vast improvement over the original’s one envelope. Not just that but we’ve sampled two banks of waveforms – one with the original’s gorgeously crusty, analogue bucket brigade chorus in all its rich, stereo and swirly wondrousness but also the raw waveforms so that you have the best of both worlds. The chorused bank allows some truly massive sounds to be created, especially with the detune control.
It also comes with 40 presets to get you started which range from supremely lush strings and pads to chunky basses, organs and spikey arpeggios.
But it doesn’t stop there!
All this passes to a comprehensive FX section that pretty much speaks for itself…
Fairly self-explanatory … flanger > phase shifter > rotary cab simulator > echo > convolution reverb with spring, plate and hall impulses.
But best of all perhaps is that over the seasonal period, this is available for a mere 2 until the twelfth day of Christmas when the staff here at HS Towers in rural Wales take down the festive decorations and all the mince pies are eaten. At which point, a zero will be added to the price.