HG Fortune release completely rebuilt version of three-layer synth for evolving atmospheres and soundscapes 30/04/10
HG Fortune have released a new and completely rebuilt version of The Dreammachine featuring a largely increased functionality. Here's what they have to say about it...
Still it is a machine intended for slow motion providing complex evolving atmospheres and soundscapes via three synth layers. The concept of the Dreammachine is based on very slow running wave sequencing and sound modulations.
Version 3 of The Dreammachine has gone polyphonic now and can be used as a synth too, so there are three basic ways to play the machine:
1st using the inbuilt Note sequencer and if you like play along that one;
2nd Hold a note and if you like play along or edit;
3rd play the machine as 16 voice synthesizer with max. 6 oscs on one key.
In addition you can manually advance each part using MIDI keys/notes #24, #26, #28 and #29 plus #35 to advance synth parts simultaneously.
As the Note sequencer is hardlinked to the Bottom/Low Part this one will be advanced too.
There are three parts: Bottom/Low (or Bass), Back/Mid (or Pad) and Sparkle/High for three basic layers of sound plus a OneShot part to throw in some
additional highlights such as vocal phrases, percussive sounds or Sfx. Each part has got a 16 step sequencer for waveforms to be played in succession
with the One Shot part having 32 steps. The Note sequencer has an option to play even duophonic in adding a 2nd note selectable in 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 semitones up.
Also Back/Mid and Sparkle Parts can be set in semitones from -12 to +12. All in all you got very flexible means to set up sophisticated complex sound layers.
For most convenience the wave names are not only displayed at each seq step but also selectable from popup menus showing the names. And of course the famous
HGFortune Lazy buttons are also present at each section or part (Pro version only) as small buttons marked with L
Main differences of the little less sophisticated Basic free version:
The Basic free version has got only 8 steps for wave- and note-sequencing, 16 steps for OneShots, 128 bars per loop instead of 256, 32 patches instead of 128,
8 voices instead of 16 max., no 2nd note at note-sequencer, no internal patch selector just a name display for re/naming patches, only one common sf2 file used
by all synthparts instead of three different ones, and one patch/section dependent Lazy button working only at one randomly selected section per patch. Pricing and Availability:
Regular price is 99 Euro - reduced as introductory offer to 79 Euro until May, 9th 2010.