In the last year, KVR anounced a new Developer Contest, so I came up with the idea for TranceDrive. Basically it is a subtractive synth like many other, the challenge was to build it completely from scratch using SynthMaker. So, every single part of it was custom made, and optimized to the limits (of SynthMaker). Also I don’t use the standard FX from SynthMaker, instead I made my own versions by using some hints from Harmony Central. After concentrating on all this technical stuff, I forgot to submit the result for the KVR Developer Contest. Shit happens!
So, enough about the story here are the facts:
TranceDrive is a subtractive synthesizer, that was build for Trance music. That means, it has builtin supersaw oscillators for realy fat synths and pads, harsh filters, a trancegate and a hugh reverb effect.
Here is a list of the features that I can remember:
- 3 main oscillators
- each main oscillator supports 6 waveforms: sine, saw, triangle, pulse, saw7, cry
- the waveform “saw7″ is a supersaw with 7 detunable sub oscillators
- the waveform “cry” is an experimental waveform, it is built up with several hardsynced saws
- main oscillator 2 has an additional unisono mode, when it is enabled, the whole oscillator triples its voice and the voices can be detuned from each other
- the oscillators can be chained (osc1 to osc2 and osc2 to osc3) using FM, PM and sync, these 3 options can also be used at the same time
- seperate noise oscillator
- 3 LFOs, each supports 5 waveforms: sine, saw, triangle, pulse, sample and hold
- the LFOs can be synchronized to the host tempo or run free at a specific frequency
- each LFO can control multiple parameters of each OSC, you can even assign several LFOs to the same parameter
- LFO1 can control the filter cutoff
- 2 Envelope generators (Mod & Amp) with variable shapes
- the modulation envelope can control multiple parameters of each OSC, and it can also be mixed with the LFOs. Additionally it can control the filter cutoff
- 3 types of filters: lowpass, highpass and bandpass
- each filter type can be set to 6dB, 12dB, 18dB and 24dB steepness
- 9 effects, and they can be used at the same time: gater, chorus, phaser, flanger, distortion, delay, reverb, equalizer, stereo-effects
- each of the unused parts of the synth is shown with less contrast, so you can focus on the active parts
- the output of the synth can be clipped to avoid overdriving noise. The clipping is done with a soft limiter, that can be used to compress the whole synth sound (just enable clip and turn up the main volume)
Of course you’ll also find the standard features that every synth supports, but I don’t want to list them here, that’s just too much
Right now there are only a few presets, I’m not good in programming this and I don’t want to waste my time with stuff, that every musician can do. Hopefully someone else makes a nice bank and I can include it in an update, but right now I haven’t this person
The synth is Freeware, you can use it as it is. If you like it, please show me your appreciation for my work by making presets.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 5:31 am and is filed under SynthMaker, VST-Plugins.
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