Go2 by Rob Papen Review

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Monday, 25 April 2022
  • Time to read: 8 min.

Go2 by Rob Papen Review

In our review, we are taking a look Go2 by Rob Papen. Go2 is the soft-synth created to be easy to use. With this synth, you can produce elements of your next song. The Interface, and way to use the synth were dumbed down. The results from these synths do sound great and allow you to create the score, drones, and soundscapes you demand.

Rob Papen’s other synths are reviewed on StrongMocha before, see also our  eXplorer4 bundle by Rob Papen Review. The synths that are part of the eXplorer4 package have their strengths and generally come with a large selection of fantastic-sounding presets. Rob Papen did send a review copy with no strings attached.

Installation

You install the software and need to activate it with a provided challenge that results in an activation code. It runs on a PC as 32 & 64 bits VST and AAX for Windows Vista / Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (PC AAX for PT 12 or higher) or on Mac as 32 & 64 bits AU, VST and AAX, for OSX 10.6 or higher.

Go2  – Sound

Rob Papen is a name that has long been associated with quality in the world of music production. His products have always represented great value for money, and his latest release, Go2, is no exception.

At an exceedingly tempting price, Go2 is designed to be a real workhorse of a synth, packed with features that will appeal to both beginners and experienced producers alike. One of the standout features of Go2 is its intuitive user interface, which makes it easy to get great results without spending hours tweaking settings.

With a huge range of sounds on offer, plus the ability to create your own patches, Go2 is a synth that will keep you coming back for more. If you’re looking for a versatile and affordable synth that won’t disappoint, then look no further than Rob Papen’s Go2.

When you look at the range of Synths that the boutique company has already with the release of Go2 this new approach to a synth and more natural Interface was missing in the legacy lineup.

Presets

With over 600 presets immediately available after installation, Go2 is a synth that is sure to inspire. The presets are organized into categorized banks, making it easy to find the sound you’re looking for. But Go2 is more than just another subtractive synth. The interface is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate.

There are a variety of sound-shaping options available, making it easy to create the perfect sound. And for those who want even more control, there’s an advanced modulator section that gives you precise control over the shape and character of your sound. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or want complete control over your sound, Go2 has something to offer.

Compared to the other Synths (see eXplorer4  bundle) Go2 is a quick to use and very powerful synth. Others synths require a higher level of synthesizer understanding than Go2. In a nutshell, Go2 is supporting you when you need fast results and is there for you when you want to dive in deeper.

Go2 by Rob Papen Review 1
Go2 by Rob Papen Review

While the Synth made creating sounds easy to use you can go intense as you can see the supported features below:

Oscillator

The heart of Go2 is the morph oscillator. This oscillator allows you to morph (using Go2’s various morph modes) between two different waveforms.

XY PAD

The XY pad is a combination of live, interactive control and also an automated programmable modulation source

Filter

Analog modeled filter.

HighPass Filter

Additional Filter behind the main filter.

Amplifier

The final volume control in Go2 with distortion on voice level.

Play Mode 

Arranges how Go2 plays its synthesize engine and additional features and settings can be found in this section.

Arpeggiator

Go2 offers a classic style Arpeggiator with some unique features, like sequencer mode and unison/chord control per step.

Free LFO

Go2 has a Free LFO that generates modulation signals to be used as sources in a modulation path.

Modulation Matrix

The 8-way modulation matrix allows you to alter Go2’s parameters dynamically. Using both internal modules such as envelopes and LFOs, and external MIDI Controllers such as Pitch Bend, Aftertouch and other control messages defined in the MIDI-standard.

FX Section

Go2 has three fx units in serial mode

  • Chorus
  • Flanger or Phaser
  • Stereo Delay or Reverb

User interface & Usability

Rob Papen designed the Interface and way to use Go2 to allow you to produce sounds quickly.

The Papen product Morphing Oscillator offers a wide variety of sound options by allowing users to select two different waves (A and B) and use the XY section to morph between them.

The possibilities are nearly endless, providing users with a powerful tool to create unique sounds. The front end also offers a wide range of other features, making it one of the most versatile products on the market. By offering such a wide range of options, Papen has created a product that is sure to meet the needs of even the most demanding music producers.

When it comes to making music, there are all sorts of ways to create an interesting sound. One popular method is to use a sequencer. A sequencer is a tool that allows you to record and playback musical patterns.

On the most basic level, this can be considered something of a mixer, however, it’s a cinch to hit the XY record button and just drag the mouse in any manner of shape, for immediate recall of the same pattern the moment a note is triggered. This means you can easily create complex and interesting musical passages without even having to think about it too much.

Not only that, but you can also change the tempo and pitch of your recorded patterns on the fly, giving you even more control over the sound of your music. In short, sequencers are a powerful and versatile tool for any musician, and anyone who is serious about making music should definitely consider getting one.

Go2 by Rob Papen Review
Go2 by Rob Papen Review

Wavetable synthesis is a powerful tool for creating sound, but it can be complex and difficult to use. Wavetable Morphing makes it much easier to create rich, nuanced sounds.

With Wavetable Morphing, you can quickly and easily change the shape of the waveforms, allowing you to create sounds that are similar to more complex Wavetable synthesis designs. This makes it possible to create a wide range of sounds, from simple to complex, with the minimum of fuss. As a result, Wavetable Morphing is an essential tool for anyone interested in creating sound.

The presets are very valuable, great sounding as we others products from Rob Papen have been known for excellent starting points. There are 700 presets included sorted by categories.

Go2 by Rob Papen Review Presets
Go2 by Rob Papen Presets

If you ignore the technology used you can split synths into two parts, easy to use with a great sound set support and a very sophisticated and powerful synth that is excellent for someone who is used to complex hardware synths.

Go2 falls into the first category with a slight shift to be involved, it includes a great sound set and is easy to use. Go2 comes with an almost dumbed-down but still powerful interface. A UI that is an example of natural for me is Omnisphere 2 where you can consume bought presets to no small extent.

Conclusion

At first glance, Rob Papen’s Go2 may not seem like much. It’s a fairly simple-looking synth, and it’s priced affordably. However, looks can be deceiving. This synth is capable of producing some truly amazing sounds.

The presets are great, but where this synth really shines is when you start to tweak the settings and create your own sounds. There are plenty of options for creating complex, interesting tones, and the synth is very easy to use. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced user, you’ll find plenty to keep you happy with Go2.

Go2 by Rob Papen is an excellent synth that offers a wide range of features and options. It is perfect for anyone who is serious about making music, and its presets provide a great starting point for creating unique sounds.

Pretty damn well, actually. At its heart, Go2 is a subtractive synth with a focus on making the creation of classic sounds quick and easy. The layout is clean and uncluttered, with just four main sections – oscillators, filter, envelopes, and effects.

The oscillators section features three waveforms – sine, sawtooth, and square – with a sub-oscillator for extra depth. The filter section features cutoff, resonance, and envelope controls, while the envelope section has controls for attack, decay, sustain, and release. Finally, the effects section includes delay and reverb. In terms of sound quality, Go2 is capable of some pretty impressive tones.

The oscillators are rich and punchy, the filters are smooth and responsive, and the effects add a nice sense of space without overdoing it.

The Go2 is a powerful little synth that is capable of creating a wide range of sounds. While it is most commonly used for electronic and dance music production, it is actually quite versatile and can be used for a variety of genres.

With its two oscillators, two filters, and three envelopes, the Go2 can create everything from mellow pads to aggressive basslines. And its built-in effects allow you to further customize your sound. Whether you’re looking for classic analog tones or something more experimental, the Go2 is a great choice.

Rating: Five out of five stars

Looking for a synth that can do it all? Meet Go2, the versatile synthesizer that will take your music to new sonic heights. Boasting a sophisticated oscillator and an excellent preset library, Go2 is capable of creating complex, evolving sounds that will amaze and inspire.

With virtually all parameters on view all of the time, you’ll always be in control of your sound. Whether you’re making dance hits or experimental electronica, Go2 is the perfect synth for the job. So dive in and explore the endless possibilities today!

Go2 is an excellent synth with high-quality sounds; one main plus is the sound you are getting from this synth that is easy to use and can be used in a wide range of genres when you score to picture or produce your next EDM track. When you look the price positioning this one is not only for a GAS reason a must buy; you will be happy with the results you can produce.

Rob Papen’s Go2 is a soft synth that aims to be simple and approachable for musicians who are not into deep programming. All of the controls are visible in a single window, and the interface is elegantly laid out.

The synth includes a wide variety of sounds, from classic analog tones to more modern digital textures. There is also a built-in arpeggiator and step sequencer, making it easy to create complex rhythms and patterns.

Overall, Go2 is a great choice for those looking for an easy-to-use synth with a wide range of sounds. Overall, Go2 is a solid addition to any producer’s toolkit.

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