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By Nick Magnus FXpansion’s first foray into the soft-synth world yields some unexpected but welcome results Extensive modulation facilities are the order of the day in all cases. FXpansion have elected to call their modulation system ‘TransMod’, and details of how it works can be found in the ‘Mod Squad’ box.
FXpansion DCAM Synth Squad
By Nick Magnus FXpansion’s first foray into the soft-synth world yields some unexpected but welcome results Extensive modulation facilities are the order of the day in all cases. FXpansion have elected to call their modulation system ‘TransMod’, and details of how it works can be found in the ‘Mod Squad’ box. Strobe Cypher: The central display screen gives live feedback on the status of waveforms, LFOs, filter and more. Strobe is the simplest of the three DCAM instruments.
However, powerful extra features are on offer. Cypher Amber: Cypher’s oscillators can modulate each other directly, to provide FM, sync, ring modulation and waveshaping via the following hardwired options: Osc 1 acts as the sync source for Osc 2 and 3, and it can be ring modulated by Osc 2. Osc 2 is the waveform mod source for Osc 3, and can be ring modulated by Osc 3.
Osc 3 can apply FM to Osc 2, and is ring modulatable by Osc 1. Cypher has two filters, which can be used in two parallel and two serial configurations. The filters can be also be spread across the stereo output for wide, panoramic effects. Cypher also has the same integral arpeggiator, glide and Unison voicing facilities as Strobe.
Amber sets out to model the sound and characteristic ‘paraphonic’ behaviour of these classic instruments, of which the ARP Omnis and Roland RS were amongst the best known examples. Their relative levels are adjustable, so if you want only the strings, simply turn the level of the Synth section right down, and vice versa. The Synth section comprises three mixable waveforms: Needless to say, like Strobe and Cypher, many further modulation options exist, as explained in the ‘Mod Squad’ box.
The Synth section’s output can optionally be routed via the Ensemble section’s formant filter or chorus more of which later or just sent au naturel to the main output. Three ‘vintages’ of Chorus are on offer: It’s even possible to get very close to that famous VP choir sound. Performance options enable each sections’ envelopes to adopt various characteristics — for example, when the Ensemble section is in ‘para’ mode, its amplifier envelope becomes fully polyphonic, providing independent attack and release envelopes for every note.
Alternatively, when set to ‘MonoRel’, the amplifier release envelope resets to zero when new notes are played, just like the Solina and ARP Omni. The same rules apply to the Synth section’s am envelope — but bear in mind that any filter modulation derived from the Mod envelope will always behave monophonically, regardless of the amp envelope behaviour.
Fusor Fusor’s Animator in Modulation Sequencer mode, using Mod Glide to smooth transitions between neighbouring control values. These are layered or split by assigning them to keymaps; any keymap can address any combination of synths. Three aux effects slots and three master effects inserts are provided for the overall output, while each synth has three insert effects slots and three aux sends. Fusor includes its own set of assignable monophonic modulators — four LFOs and four envelope followers, which form part of the FuseMod system, described elsewhere.
Essentially, it comprises four independent step-sequencer engines, each of which can function either as an arpeggiator, note sequencer or modulation sequencer of up to steps in length. Arpeggios and sequences are presented in three sets of lanes, providing control over pitch, velocity, gate, shift, duration, repeat, mod value and mod glide for each step.
Whichever mode it’s in, Animator is always sync’ed to your host DAW’s tempo, and gives plenty of triggering options to ensure things operate smoothly. The arpeggiator engine offers the usual directional playing modes and octave ranges, with additional refinements such as various note-order priorities, swing, and the charming Advance Octave feature, which alternates the octave ranges with each consecutive step, rather than waiting for the pattern to repeat.
The Note sequencer takes the ‘traditional’ analogue sequencer approach, with note pitches, velocities, gates and durations being drawn in the control lanes.
Note sequences are also transposable in real time from the keyboard. Steps can either output control changes abruptly, or the transitions from one value to the next can be smoothed by drawing different values in the Mod Glide lane. Animator engines are directed to the target synth via switches on the keymaps.
And lastly, the eight Macro knobs at the top of Fusor’s display are assignable via MIDI Learn to the hardware controller of your choice, and are available throughout DCAM elements as modulation sources. The assignment of these knobs is permanently storable from Fusor’s preferences page.
Space restrictions prevent further discussion of DCAM’s finer details — but, nevertheless, the keen synthesist’s appetite should be thoroughly whetted by now!
However, as alternatives to the individual synths, the following could be considered Gforce’s VSM Virtual String Machine, although sample based, is an excellent source of authentic string synthesizer sounds, although it doesn’t model the paraphonic behaviour of certain instruments.
AlgoMusic’s String Synthesizer V. It even includes an ADSR envelope, filter, and delay and phaser effects www. Mod Squad: Clicking the middle displays the destinations those yellow bands and rings. It’s an intuitive and highly visual way of seeing what’s happening. Each button’s source can also be modified by an additional source, the main source being routed ‘via’ the second.
For example, imagine you want to modulate filter cutoff with both Mod Envelope and key velocity. Rather than using two separate TransMod buttons, first assign the Mod Envelope as the principal source.
This time, choose key velocity, and now, when you apply modulation to the cutoff by dragging around its outer ring, it responds to both sources. The choice of modulation sources is very comprehensive, encompassing everything from constant values to random, LFOs, envelopes, gates, voices and unison — in fact, too many to list! Fusor parameters have access to any loaded synths’ modulators, and — as if that wasn’t enough — any synth has access to the modulators of any other loaded synth. Not enough for you?
Now you can morph between the two presets using any modulation source you like. Pros Excellent fat, punchy analogue sounds. A dazzling array of modulation possibilities throughout DCAM. Summary DCAM offers the opportunity to delve very deeply into analogue-style synthesis if you wish, yet it never comes across as arcane. Fusor’s semi-modular integration of the three synths brings much scope for creative experimentation, and the sounds of all three synths are bright, punchy and full of life.
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DCAM strobe The simplest of the synths is Strobe, a subtractive job with a mixer that enables you to blend sawtooth, pulse and noise oscillators. In addition, you can mix sine, triangle, saw and square sub oscillators, each of which can be set to any of the three octaves below the root note. The pulse width of the main oscillator and sub oscillators can be set independently, and there’s a drivable, self-resonating multimode filter with a whopping 22 types to pick from. For phattening things up, the Stack and Detune knobs essentially give per-oscillator unison of up to five voices – with Detune at the maximum setting, gradually increasing Stack introduces tones an octave above and below, then a fifth above and a fourth below – this is in addition to DCAM’s generic unison capability.
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