New filters, four samples per voice and more 13/12/05
Fusion V1.2 all the difference on the inside
That's the beauty of disc based operating systems, the devlopers can continue to ad features and capabilities that the hardware can support. Thing is, this depends on the manufacturer, onece youâ€™ve been sold the unit, OS updates often are not so forthcoming. Not so Alesis, who released v1.10 barely a month ago V1.20 is now available for download from the Alesis FusionSynth.com website.
The new OS update comes with a combination of new sound data, a number of significant new functions, and additional software that facilitates greater compatibility with commercially available sample data.
Sounds come in the form of a wide assortment of pianos, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and synthesized timbres, Preset 5 is a hard drive-based bank of sounds that take advantage of the Fusionâ€™s new synthesis features and add more sonic variety - enabling keyboard players to use the Fusion in more musical applications.
The Fusions four types of synthesis have been enhanced in V1.20 with the addition of several new synthesis functions. The Fusionâ€™s filter capabilities get a boost with the addition of the RP low pass filter derived from Alesisâ€™ popular Ion synthesizer and three formant filters. The Fusion now facilitates up to four sample oscillator layers per Program as well as up to four insert effects per Program. There is also a new parameter that has been added to the oscillator to have it reset its sample in monophonic legato mode.
Also part of the V1.20 update, two new process functions have been added to Sampler Mode: â€œQuantize Regionâ€� and â€œReverse Regionâ€�. These functions enable programmers to change the bit rates of samples from 1 to 15 bit (Quantize Region) and reverse samples (Reverse Region.).
To help performers gain the most from their Fusionâ€™s phrase sequence arpeggiator, the V1.20 upgrade includes two new keyboard modes: â€œMono Lowâ€� and â€œMono Highâ€�. These keyboard types follow the lowest /highest key currently being played in an arpeggiationâ€”enabling greater variety by simply changing the chord inversion.
The Fusionâ€™s sampling playback capabilities get a boost with the V1.20 update as well. Included is a new software program called Fusion Converter that enables users to convert various sample format libraries into Fusion format. Supported formats include WAV, AIFF, and Akai programs for S1000/S3000/S5000 (samples and program data), as well as soundfonts. Fusion Converter reads the supported file formats and converts the data to the Fusionâ€™s format. Sound data transfers to the Fusion are made via high speed USB 2.0. A Macintosh version of Fusion Converter will be available shortly.
The free V1.20 update is downloadable from FusionSynth.comâ€”Alesis' website dedicated to all aspects of the Fusion workstations. Audio samples of the Fusion's sounds are also available here in MP3 format for prospective customers to audition.
Mark Frederick, Alesis' head honcho at Sales and Marketing, noted, "All of us at Alesis are very excited about this new update, as it represents a significant increase in capabilities for Fusion workstation owners. Of equal importance, this update is just one in an ongoing series of updates planned for this versatile keyboard. We intend to enhance the Fusionâ€™s sounds and functionality on an ongoing basisâ€”enabling the instrument to continually provide new capabilities to its owners."