Absynth 4 Ninjas hallucinate in e.s.p.

Most highest of all Ninja,First of all, let me start by saying that ninjas have to stay sharp—refining awareness through substance abuse is a sacred part of our cultural heritage, behavior that should never be emulated by lesser beings.

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That having been said, abusing Absynth 4 grants the “user” various mystical powers, including but not limited to propagating new vibrations into the physical universe. Allow me to explain.

One new feature of this program is the Wave Morphing capability, which allows users to fuse two distinct waveforms together. This provides greater variety in initial sounds generated and provides more depth for the process of sound wave shaping.

The Sync Granular Mode modulator also adds a new dimension to your audio shaping, allowing you to use algorithms that mimic strumming or blowing through tubes to your sounds. Personally, I find its delivery a little too robotic to be considered life-like, but in terms of pure sound creation, this brings yet another palette of organic flavor to your attack and decay possibilities. Another new feature is the Audio Mod oscillator, which allows the use of outside audio signals as the modulation source, letting you use Absynth’s other sound shaping abilities as a brolic effects processor.

Underneath Absynth’s straightforward (if stylized) interface, lies an ocean of possible constructions. Even after getting past the initial, additive synth layer (where the user builds the raw sound wave), effects available on the back-end add yet another level of sonic manipulation to you. The pipe delay, which basically mimics the echo effects you experience in a tunnel, allows you to change the virtual source’s distance, decay, and spatial attributes with ease.

Absynth has true surround sound capability, allowing you to not only alter the position and number of your sound sources (8), but also have them rotate around your auditory self. Your R0b0tninja is tempted to buy some surround sound headphones, just to better enjoy what is already a dizzying experience.

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But lets get down to basics, so you get a better understanding of this drug once before you get to drinking. The boxes you see in the picture above each correspond to an oscillator, a modulator, or a filter (top three rows). As you can see, the lines only converge when they reach the last row, which houses another modulator, filter, ending with an independent effects processor (I say independent, because the surround sound, pipe, and other effects come later on in the chain).

Unless you are well-versed with the synthesizer universe, let me suggest that you start by simply going to the instrument browser. The encyclopedic library of patches is effortlessly accessible, broken down into instrument type and sound quality. Take a minute and compare how the different sounds are constructed. Available to you is a vibrant and powerful sonic generator, complete with wave and envelope drawing capabilities. Even the R0b0tninja’s mightiest words can only describe absynth’s effects—until you can see the glowing green ninja-goblins yourself, they will remain encased in your subconscious, leaving you incapable of fully appreciating how vivid this synth’s sounds can become.

yours.truly

R0b0tninja

Posted: November 20th, 2007
at 6:56pm by Bertr0n


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