Progress Audio believes that making a better synth involves more than adding ADRSs, LFOs and endless controls. Enter the Kinisis synthesizer, featuring instead a Timeline which lets you “animate” controls over the course of a note, creating sounds that move and change in incredible ways.
Compared to the well-known ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release) model, the Timeline gives you detailed control over how a parameter changes over the course of a note in an easy, intuitive and powerful way. For example, once you learn how to create a simple filter sweep with the Timeline, you can go on to create complex sounds using any other form of modulation.
You can do most of your sound design work from the main screen, with no need for lots of extra screens and hidden menus. Everything you need is at your fingertips, making it a quick and efficient user interface. The on-screen controls animate as you play notes, showing you how they are changing over time. You can see how the sounds you are hearing are being made.
- 4 parts or ‘voices’ per note for complex layered sounds
- Each voice is a complete synthesizer engine with its own Timeline, oscillators, filter, modulation options and effects routing
- Vector synthesis oscillators which mix between 4 waveforms
- Noise oscillator can be mixed into the main waveform
- Import waveforms from WAV files
- Use the additive editor to change individual harmonics for ultimate control
- Waveform editor allows you to draw in a waveform, great for experimenting
- 12dB/octave resonant filter
- Low pass, band pass and high pass modes
- All parameters controllable by the Timeline for great filter effects
- Per-note modulation matrix and LFOs
- All LFO parameters can be animated in the Timeline
- Modulation amount in each slot of the modulation matrix can be animated over the course of a note using the Timeline
- Delay, reverb, and distortion global send effects
- Effects send amount is controllable for each note by the Timeline
- Global low-pass and high-pass filters for general shaping of your sound
- 6 assignable X-Y pads with MIDI learn and host automation support
- Time freeze: sweep through the Timeline with the mouse or MIDI controller to control which part of the Timeline is being played
Kinisis supports the AU and VST formats on the Mac, and is a Universal Binary for both Intel and PowerPC processors. A demo version is available for download.
You can purchase Kinisis directly from Progress Audio for $110 / €85 / £80.
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