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Rob Papen Blade - Virtual Synthesizer

Electronic Download

Availability Details

This product must be downloaded from the Manufacturer's website. You should receive the license code to complete your order within 1-3 business days. Orders placed on Weekends or Holidays are processed the next business day.
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You Pay: $139.00
Product Highlights
  • 16 Voice
  • Extensive Modulation Sources
  • XY Pad (Virtual)
  • Modulate Harmonics of Oscillators
  • Multiple Filters
  • 2 FX Units
  • Arpeggiator/Sequencer
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

Blade from Rob Papen is a virtual synthesizer that takes traditional synthesis further via the inclusion of what the company calls a "Harmolator," a function that allows for modulating the "harmonics" of an oscillator using a virtual XY pad. This oscillator system uses nine global controls which change the harmonic content (partials) of the waveform.

The Harmolator allows oscillator spreading, fattening the sound and producing a square/sine wave sub-oscillator. The original sound source can be further modified using twenty-one per-voice distortions types and fourteen filter types. The synthesizer offers total control of the sound over time using an array of different modulation controls.

A central XY screen allows for either altering things directly by moving the cursor around, or by recording paths that can be replayed. The recorded path can be looped, bi-directional, and tempo synched. Even the speed of the XY path can be modulated for dynamic changes.

Additionally, Blade offers a full range of other modulation sources, including a dedicated envelope, and velocity as a modulation source for the Harmolator controls. Two effects units feature all the effects from the company's other products, plus an Arpeggiator/Sequencer and an Easy page which allow for easily and complete control of sound creation.

  • Sixteen voices, operating in poly , mono 1/2 , legato 1/2 and arpeggiator modes
  • Harmolator oscillator with nine controls, Harmolator wave settings, two types of spread functions, and extended sub-oscillator
  • Twenty-one distortion units operating per voice (ahead of filter)
  • Fourteen filter types including 6/12/18/24 low/high, 12/24 band pass/notch, vocal and comb filter
  • Filter Separation function for unique filter stereo sound
  • Amplifier section with volume, velocity and envelope control
  • XP Pad with twelve amount controls for each X and Y, which can modulate the 9 Harmolator parameters, filter cutoff, filter Q, and volume
  • XY Pad which can operate either directly or with recorded paths, in poly, mono or free modes
  • XY Pad playback can be tempo synced, with different tempo settings, and with loop and bi-directional loop options
  • XY Pad movement speed control
  • XY editing options on right mouse menu
  • Dedicated Harmolator velocity, LFO and envelope controls
  • Pitch LFO and pitch envelope, two free Harmolator control sources, two free envelopes, two free LFOs and four modulation sources
  • All controls can be used as modulation destinations, and there are a full range of modulation sources including MIDI controls and internal controls
  • Two effects units with twenty-seven effects, including distortion, reverb and tape delay plus many more
  • Sixteen-step arpeggiator with each step having its own pitch, velocity and free amount, which can also be used as a sequencer for modulation purposes
  • Easy Page allows control of the main parameters in a flexible and easy way
  • Preset handling with copy, paste, clear and compare function
  • "Quick Browser," "Recently Browsed" and "Favorite" functions
  • Preset Manager Screen allows you to easily find and organize presets and banks
  • Full MIDI control over all parameters including the X/Y Pad
System Requirement Mac
OS X 10.5 or higher
Host software that supports Audio Units (32- and 64-bit), RTAS (32-bit) and VST (32- and 64-bit) plug-in formats
Support for 32-bit Audio Units, RTAS and VST plug-ins under OSX 10.4 (Tiger)

Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Host software that supports RTAS and VST plug-in formats (32- and 64-bit) 1
Please Note:

Additional authorization for second computer/laptop available after registration of the original serial/license


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