u-he proudly announces the release of ACE (Any Cable Everywhere). ACE is a small, hungry, modular mini-synthesizer with an outstanding sound and an enormous fun factor!
ACE delivers top quality sound at a highly competitive price. The selection of modules and clear layout make ACE the ideal instrument for newcomers delving into the fascinating world of modular synthesis. The number of ways to connect modules together is practically infinite, and you will soon discover how much more fun it is to make your own sounds in ACE than in a non-modular synthesizer.
[This] song was completely mixed in Logic with 24 tracks of ACE and 8 tracks for vocals. There’s no EQ or anything anywhere, just a few compressors on the vocals.
What is a modular synthesizer? ACE is presented as several individual modules, each of which can have a different effect on sound when it passes through. Many synthesizers are designed this way in theory, but internally they have a pre-determined, hardwired signal path.
With ACE, virtually everything can be plugged into everything else. You can route the traditional, for example, connecting your keyboard’s modulation wheel to filter cutoff or LFO. You can also plug an LFO into a filter and from there use it as a source for FM. If you so choose, you can go far into the deep end with no one dragging you back to the kiddie pool. Any Cable Everywhere.
- 2 x LFO (1 sine, 1 sine/tri/saw/sqr) 0Hz – 20kHz
- 2 x ADSR (same as Bazille)
- 2 x VCO (saw/pwm) 0Hz – 20kHz, VCO1 with SubOsc
- 2 x VCF (two variable outlets each: LP1/LP2/LP3/LP4, HP/BP/BR)
- 2 x VCA/Pan
- 2 x Multiples (as in Bazille)
- 1 x Mixer (Osc balance, Sub, Noise, Aux)
- 1 x Ramp Generator (up->hold->down->rest, loops if rest < 100)
- 1 x noise (white, pink)
- 1 x the common extras, such as Glide/Glide2
- 1 x stereo chorus (global)
- 1 x ping pong delay (global)
- 1 x Bass/Treble booster (global)
- 1 x Mapping Generator (creates variable values for each note or key, can be used as custom waveform for LFO2)
ACE boasts 25 signal sources, 30+ signal targets, and some pre-wired internal paths so that it makes noise even without a single cable attached (think ARP 2600). There’s even a Tweak page for circuit benders and control freaks.
ACE is available in VST, AU and RTAS plug-in formats. The Mac version requires OS X 10.4 or later on a G4 processor or newer, with an Intel Core 2 Duo or better recommended. According to u-he, “ACE is very demanding on CPU. You will only be able to enjoy it with a modern, fast computer.”
Early adopters who purchased a license when it was in beta can now download version 1.0, everybody else has the opportunity to get it for only $85/€69 from the ACE web site.
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