Kodamo gave followers a have a look at its upcoming Masks-1 polysynth throughout this yr’s SoundMIT 2022 pageant. The in-development instrument makes use of a ‘bit masking’ soundmaking methodology to create distinctive sounds.
In response to Kodamo, Masks-1 splits a sine manner into totally different sections earlier than rearranging them right into a remaining waveform, leading to complicated and harmonically wealthy waveforms well-suited for resonant filters.
“Some find yourself containing a number of octaves inside and even fractal-like shapes,” says Kodama in a product description. We’re simply making guesses right here, however It sounds nearly like a granular meets FM method?
Apparently, Masks-1 will allow you to experiment with this bit masking approach with a single parameter – very curious certainly. The bit masks module is current on each oscillator paths earlier than an ADSR envelope. And the third sound generator onboard is a noise module.
Masks-1 additionally comes with two built-in results modules: the primary provides choruses and phasers, distortions, bit crushing and ring mod, whereas the second provides delays, comb filtering, reverbs and room simulations. Every creates its personal stereo subject.
When it comes to expressivity, Kodama says it designed Masks-1 to sound “vigorous and natural with out the necessity of an excessive amount of knob twiddling throughout a efficiency” – it has computerized word slurring, hybrid poly-mono mode, legato portamento, delayed LFOs and paraphonic modes.
Different options embody a 61-key Fatar weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, a number of envelopes per voice, two LFOs and 15 mod locations.
Masks-1 has a deliberate launch set for March 2023. In response to Synth Anatomy, it is going to be priced at 1,790€ + VAT.
Be taught extra and browse up on specs on the Kodamo’s web site.
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