A soft synth optimized for rich metallic and shimmering timbres 26/09/08
Image Line Software, the developer of FL Studio, has released its latest synthesizer, Ogun, named after the god of iron - In Haitian Vodou and Yoruba mythology, Ogun is a god and orisha who presides over fire, iron, politics, hunting and war. Hereâ€™s what they have to say about the new synthâ€¦
Ogun is a powerful synthesizer for creating real metallic sounds, although it's not limited to this genre. Ogunâ€™s distinctive synthesis engine can generate more than 32,000 harmonics, modulated by â€˜harmonic mappingâ€™ functions, that hand tonal control directly to the user.
Ogun has been developed by the Chief Software Architect of Image Line Software Didier Dambrin. In the beginning Didier made a quick addiditve synth for the chimes, experimented with a â€œcrazyâ€� number of harmonics and as a result it created nice metallic sounds. This inspired him to built a totally new additive synth engine based on FFT (Fast Fourier Transforms) and to test it in combination with love philter, env controller, reverb and flangus.
â€�I found the experiment worked perfectly and made fantastic gong sounds. So knowing what the synth needed, I built the additive engine into the Sytrus architecture and removed the stuff that it didn't need. That's how Ogun was born", explained Didier Dambrin.
The 'Additive synthesis' engine that lies is in the heart of Ogun creates complex waveforms by combining sine-waves of harmonic multiples of the fundamental frequency and generates 32,767 harmonics.
The Timbre section shapes the harmonic spectrum and controls change the weighting, or probability, that each harmonic in the spectra will sound.
One of the easiest ways to create new and complex timbres in Ogun is to use the resynthesis functions. Ogun can analyze an input sound and automatically recreate the timbral essence of the sound. Ogun can create unique harmonic mappings based on the start and on the end of the sample. By morphing between these harmonic mappings the original harmonic motion is reproduced.
Expressive performance is captured with the X-Y modulation window, freely assignable (to target synthesis parameters in Ogun) and can be quickly linked to any external controller.
Ogun comes with several quality effects: EQ, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Filter, Unison. Key features:
A massive additive synthesis engine (up to 32,767 harmonics)
Realistic metallic timbres through harmonic randomization or timbre analysis (resynthesis)
Fast, precise tonal shaping through multipoint envelopes (of Sytrus fame)
Advanced Unison engine
XY modulation pad for live expressive control
Effects: Filter, Chorus, Delay, Reverb and EQ
Ogun can be used as a VSTi plugin. A FL Studio plugin version is in process of development. System requirements:
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Minimum 2GHz AMD or Intel Pentium III compatible with SSE1 support
RAM: 512 MB
Hard disk space: 130 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Ogun can be ordered from the FL Studio Web shop for US $ 79.
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