Big update for a big softy. 18/07/03Previewed a the MESSE in March, Native Instruments are now shipping this major update to the popular Absynth Software synth.
See our review of Absynth 1.0 for description of the Absynth concept.
What They Say About V2.0
ABSYNTH 2.0 breaks through all the barriers of conventional synthesizers and paves the way for the future of sound synthesis. The flexibility in sound shaping and design is unprecedented: never before has a synthesizer been capable of such an enormous and vivid sound spectrum. The combination of multiple synthesis techniques, granular sampling, and flexible envelope control generates everything from organic textures to rhythmic loops, from
time-evolving soundscapes to vintage sounds. ABSYNTH 2.0 includes more than 800 evocative, expressive, and musical presets that cover an astonishing range of sonic territory.
ABSYNTH 2.0 is now a synthesizer and a sampler. An intuitive patch window
makes it easy to mix sampling, granular sampling, subtractive, wavetable,
FM, AM, ring modulation, and wave shaping synthesis. Each voice has six
synth oscillators (or three sampling oscillators), four filters, three
ring modulators, and a wave shaping distortion function. Waveforms can be
drawn by hand or created by sketching harmonics. A built in context-menu
library of waveforms, envelopes, and even entire oscillator channels
enables the quick construction of complex, evolving sounds with just a few
Nearly every synthesis, sampling, and effect parameter can be controlled
by ABSYNTH's envelopes. Each envelope can contain up to sixty-eight
breakpoints and can be synced to the tempo. It's now possible to
dynamically control an envelope (or a group of envelopes!) with a MIDI
controller to morph and twist the sound with a single gesture. Each
envelope can be modulated with its own graphically displayed variable
speed LFO for creating living, breathing sounds. A new Link mode allows
multiple envelopes to be chained together, with adjustable time,amplitude,
and slope scaling - perfect for detuned chords, phasingfilters, or for
mirroring the sample playback position with filter resonance, for instance.
ABSYNTH 2.0's revised DSP core delivers warm and sparkling sounds, with
many optimizations for efficient operation. Anti-aliasing can be switched
on or off per oscillator to choose between smooth analog highs, or cool
digital jitter. ABSYNTH 2.0 runs completely in stereo, and each oscillator
can be dynamically panned by its powerful envelopes. Several new filter
models are available, including an exceptional two and four pole lowpass
and a multi-pole allpass filter for phasing and resonant effects.
Plug-In operation of ABSYNTH has been greatly enhanced in version 2.0.
Each Plug-In can open its own bank, and the Absynth Engine is no longer
needed to play sounds.
ABSYNTH 2.0 is now available at music retailers at a suggested retail price
of $299US /£199.99.
All ABSYNTH users will be able to update to ABSYNTH 2.0 for 99 Euro.
You can find more info about ABSYNTH 2.0 at