Channel Robot just released The Modernist Collection and VST/AU products

The Modernist Collection

The Modernist Collection is a series of instruments aimed at providing beautiful simple interfaces that match beautiful, simple, and useful audio sampling.

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The Modernist Collection has 5 different tuned percussion instruments:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Kalimba
  • Marimba
  • Vibes
  • Xylophone

Two First Channel Robot VST/AU products

Channel Robot released two – Shapiro and S One. They are “Wave-shaping” synths. They come as 15 min-time-out demos so you can try them out take a look here.

S One – a Full Waveshaping Synth Shapiro

S One reduces Shapiro’s 5 oscillators to 2 but still offers a different approach to sound-generation, using its oscillators in a matched pair and allowing you to cross-fade between them. Outputs from the oscillator-pair pass through a WaveShaper, which you can control with an envelope – and on into a dedicated filter section, with a wide range of filter types. The voice output is then passed through the effects section, then through Channel Robot’s “Drift” analog-tuning emulation engine and into a legato system derived from their work on orchestral ROMplers.

S One allows unprecedented control over where and when modulation can be applied, many controls have independent Note Velocity and Sample & Hold modulation sources that you can select. You can use Note Velocity to set the voice volume, set the mix of the oscillators, set the amount of drive into the Wave Shaper and set the Filter Frequency, you can apply Sample & Hold to voice volume, mix, shape amount and filter frequency. Some of these are pretty standard but some are unique and give S One a huge amount of playability and control. Many controls also have a dedicated step-modulator too.

Shapiro – a 5-Oscillator Waveshaping Synth

Shapiro features 5 oscillators configured into two matched pairs, that you can cross-fade between, and a Sub-oscillator. The oscillators in the matched-pairs have 9 different oscillator types, so you can get some unique and interesting sounds like no other synth. Outputs from each oscillator-pair pass through a  dedicated Wave Shaper, with 7 different wave shapes, which you can control with an envelope – and on into a dedicated filter section, with 10 different filter types. Meanwhile, the sub-oscillator passes through its own drive effect and on into its own volume envelope. The combined output of all the voices is then passed through the effects section, then through Channel Robot’s “Drift” analog-tuning emulation engine and into a legato system derived from their work on orchestral ROMplers. Shapiro is a powerful and unique synth, but with a logical and simple layout that allows you to get up and going really quickly.

Shapiro allows unprecedented control over where and when modulation can be applied, many controls have independent Note Velocity and Sample & Hold modulation sources that you can select. You can use Note Velocity to set the voice volume, set the mix of the oscillators, set the amount of drive into the WaveShaper and set the Filter Frequency, you can apply Sample & Hold to voice volume, mix, shape amount and filter frequency. Some of these are pretty standard but some are unique and give Shapiro a huge amount of playability and control. Many controls also have a dedicated step-modulator too.

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