Cakewalk have announced the world wide availability of Rapture, their wavetable synthesizer in Frankfurt. In addition, the company also announces the free Rapture 1.1 update providing Intel enabled Mac support, and usability enhancements sorting out a handful of usability issues that were reported after Rapture began shipping.
Following the recent successful launch of Dimension Pro, Rapture is the latest dual platform synthesizer to come from the Cakewalk Instruments engineering team. Cakewalk say that, in Rapture, musicians will find powerful and flexible wavetable synthesis in an inspired creation tool that enables vast sonic possibilities and experimentation.
What follows is a reprint of their press release describing their own view of Raptureâ€¦ Rapture Highlights:
Wavetable synthesizer with cutting edge sound manipulation capabilities, well suited for Electronica and Urban music styles
Non-aliasing Expression Engine for pristine sound quality
Over 600 professionally-crafted sound programs
Six fully-programmable, stereo sound-generating Elements
Multi-waveform Oscillators with ring modulation
Two 16-mode filters per oscillator with LoFi and Drive
Over 40 Envelope Generators, LFOs, and Step Generators for superior parameter modulation
Comprehensive MIDI Modulation Matrix
Mix and modulate all Elements through global FX and dynamic Step Generator
Superbly designed graphical envelope generators and LFOs for ease of use
Expandable with native support for SFZ sample formats
Mac formats: AUâ„¢, RTASÂ®, VSTiâ„¢
Windows formats: DXi (32-bit & x64), RTAS, VSTi
Rapture sounds like no other synth, offering brilliant sound design capabilities with patches that blend up to six different Elements. Out of the box you get a stunning collection of over 500 programs including Basses, Leads, Pads, Arpeggios, Textures, Electronic Percussion and Sequences.
At the heart of Raptureâ€™s six-part sound engine are powerful, multi-mode wavetable oscillators. These pristinely produced wavetables provide a virtually endless array of sonic possibilities, plus you can multiply each oscillator up to 9 times across the stereo field with controlled detuning, creating some of the fattest sounds ever heard. Raptureâ€™s high resolution anti-aliasing Expression Engine ensures that every note of every voice will be pure and vibrant.
Advanced Modulation Capabilities and Sound Design
Raptureâ€™s modulation capabilities provide the basis for awesome synthesis capabilities sure to inspire listeners, performers, and sound designers alike. Rapture offers over 40 Envelope Generators, LFOs, and Step Generators per patch. These Step Generators breathe life into your sound, allowing for dramatic trance gate effects and percussive rhythms. With graphical step sequencing of sound parameters, Rapture provides a modern extension to traditional envelopes and LFOs, allowing you creative control of Pitch, Filters Amplitude, and other parameters.
And Raptureâ€™s global and per-Element FX stages provide the finishing touches to your sounds. In the Global FX Stage Rapture offers 3 multi effect units with 9 Delay and 3 Chorus types, 3 Parametric EQs, and a dynamic Step Generator for volume with independent L/R control. The per-Element FX stages offer the multi-effect units and EQs mentioned above, plus two 16-mode filters per oscillator with LoFi and a 5-mode Overdrive section for additional control.
Raptureâ€™s interface is infused with sleek and elegant design, carefully constructed to enhance usability at every turn. Everything you need to make your sounds come to life are easy to find, and more importantly easy to use. A comprehensive MIDI Control Matrix provides for extensive MIDI controllers mapping of all of Raptureâ€™s functions, with the added sensitivity over modulation depth and smoothness control. An X-Y pad lets you assign multiple Rapture parameters to X and Y axes, allowing you to intuitively glide between various parameter levels with ease.
Pricing and Availability
Rapture, available through Roland and Edirol distribution partners, ships with English, French, German, and Spanish versions all contained within one box.
Europe's suggested retail price for Rapture is â‚¬219 inc VAT; U.K. pricing is Â£149 inc VAT. Rapture is available at select music and sound retailers around the world.
The free Rapture 1.1 update will be available to registered Rapture customers at www.cakewalk.com Q2 2006.