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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
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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)
PC Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 Host software that supports RTAS and VST plug-in formats (32- and 64-bit)
Additional authorization for second computer/laptop available after registration of the original serial/license