This is a very powerful feature, and will let you manipulate the sound via the mod matrix in a multitude of ways. This is an increase from the original Dune, which had up to seven available. The winner received a free copy of Orion Platinum. They started developing software in November 1998 as Sonic Syndicate and changed their name to Synapse Audio with the release of Orion Platinum in 2002. Hence, it will be familiar to many musicians who are used to work with such gear.
The system requirements for Dune 2 have gone up since the days of the original Dune. Now that it has been released, does it live up to all the expectations? This is where you can get very creative, and use different voices for varied types of modulation. Some of the modes have distortion type of effects combined with a low pass filter, while the others are straight-ahead filters; high pass, low pass, notch, and comb filters round out the list. In addition, Dune 2 has a filter effects section with 14 different modes to choose from. It allows you to affect each of the eight unison voices separately, modulating each in different ways. Installation was easy, and it uses a serial number for copy protection. One I liked right away was the Perfect 5th setting; a quick and easy way to get a great lead sound.
The degree of change is adjusted with the Amount control. Is it still easy to use, and how are the presets that are included with it? This combines fast workflow with great depth. . There are many filter types available; low pass, high pass, band pass and acid low pass. The manual suggests it can be used for modulations that start at zero phase.
Usually you would probably have this off, but it is useful to have the option available for certain types of sound design. There are three operators, each of which uses a sine wave. You can use it with a certain mode on individual voices, and utilize another mode on other voices at the same time. You can adjust the pulse width, and the oscillators can be synced. The Reset control can be used so the oscillators all start with the same phase. The manual is well written, and has many screenshots and examples. Thinking to myself, I wondered: How will it sound? The effects are processed in order from left to right, and you can easily click and drag them in to a different order.
For instance, you might set the filter cutoff to be modulated by the amount of velocity, and have it set so it only affects voices one and two. Furthermore, as a little xmas gift, we added 250 Ambient patches by sound designer Armin Malbertz. However, you can still have both installed on the same computer with no problems. The name Synapse Audio was thought of by Epilogue, an Orion user. What do I mean by outside oscillators? Welcome to SoundBytes Magazine, a free online magazine devoted to the subject of computer sound and music production.
The standard tuning controls are also here, so you can adjust the semitone and fine tuning. The presets included are very good, but within a few minutes I turned my attention to the oscillators themselves. They also feature an improved resonance behavior above 10 khz and were designed to work best with the new analog envelopes. You really should just check it out for yourself. The complexity is in the modulation matrix, which is only accessed when needed. There also are a few categories of filters as well, giving more variations to work with.
Thankfully, Dune 2 includes that functionality. The Tuning menu presents a good range of options. This can easily fatten up the sound. At full polyphony, up to 8320 oscillators can be active simultaneously. When I heard that Dune 2 was going to be released, I knew it was going to be a special event. The Detune control only works if there are two or more oscillators in the stack. There is a 30-day demo version available, so there are no excuses.
Setting it up is a simple matter, and there are a good number of destinations to choose from. Besides the default look that it has, there are eight other color choices you can pick from. The level of each operator can be modulated in various ways, making for some interesting and useful sounds. The Sync can also be used on just one oscillator, as Dune 2 will use a separate virtual oscillator to accomplish the task. One cosmetic touch added in Dune 2 is the ability to change its color. For me personally, I feel that its new feature list easily makes it one of the top synthesizer plugins available. There are settings for key tracking, amount, ratio, and fine tuning.
In its simplest form, say you have set the Density to three, so then there are three oscillators in the stack. There are four of these multiple segment envelope generators, and they allow you to design your own envelopes. We hope you'll enjoy reading what you find here and visit this site on a regular basis. It uses white noise, and there are controls for a low pass and high pass filter to shape its sound. I will admit that I did the exact same thing. It still has the ease of use that the original Dune has, but this new version just sounds awesome.