Element from Waves is a virtual-analog synthesizer that is designed to combine the sound of a classic subtractive analog synth with the control and convenience benefits of the digital world. It features two oscillators, four LFOs, integrated effects, MIDI learn, a modulation matrix and a 16-step sequencer and arpeggiator.
Element's two analog style oscillators allow you to switch between virtual Voltage-Controlled Oscillation (VCO) and Digitally-Controlled Oscillation (DCO) modes. Utilizing "Virtual Voltage" technology to emulate the more erratic VCO behavior of an analog synthesizer, the VCO mode starts the oscillation at a random phase and also randomizes the pitch slightly within a certain range. This is designed to lend a dirtier, less precise sound typically associated with vintage analog oscillators. The DCO mode, on the other hand, starts the oscillation when triggered by a MIDI note, giving it a tighter and more consistent sound each time it's played.
Continuing in the spirit of combining the strengths of the analog and digital worlds, Element also features two free and two synched low frequency oscillators (LFO). Modeled after a traditional analog LFO, Element's free type LFO modulators have a continuous cycle rate control with a frequency range of 0.1 to 100 Hz.
The synched type LFOs, on the other hand, are tempo locked to the BPM of your host application. They also start their oscillation when the MIDI note is triggered, and their timing is set using musical note values. These factors lend to a tighter, more precise sound and feel.
Element's modulation matrix allows you to assign up to six different modulators to each affect different destination parameters. You can patch modulators such as LFOs, aftertouch or the mod wheel on your MIDI controller to a myriad of selectable parameters such as global pitch, delay time, or the pulse width of a particular oscillator just to name a few.