FXpansion release Orca monosynth free of charge to all registered users 26/10/06
It might be named after a whale but this is about tunes, not harpoons. FXpansion tell us that Orca is an experimental monosynth built to showcase some exciting new technology that they have been developing. Based on detailed and accurate models of analogue synthesizer circuits and components, they say that Orca excels at deep, squelchy basses and thick unison leads.
Orca has a simple subtractive synthesis structure, being comprised of an oscillator, filter, fixed amp envelope, velocity sensitive filter envelope and an amp module. The monophonic voice engine in Orca runs at twice the hosts sample rate to reduce the aliasing caused by the non-linear analog modeling of the filter and amp modules. A voice priority of newest note is used, and every new note re-triggers the amp and filter envelopes.
The latest version supports disabling of animation which helps some users who have been experiencing large cpu usage due to graphics. The filter algorithm has also been updated for improved resonance drive. Pricing and Availability:
Free for download to registered customers.
ORCA is available as a VST 2.3 plug-in for Windows (XP) and OS X (10.4 PPC and Intel), and can be used in other hosts (Audio Units, RTAS) via our VST-RTAS or VST-AU Adapters. Note that Ableton Live does not support VST 2.3 on Mac Intel.