This is a massive update to the previous release, adding 12 new synths, exciting new, advanced, and much-requested functionality, and a huge number of all-new presets for the 22 original synths taking advantage of all these new features.
Syntronik 2 offers 34 legendary synths available in 4 different versions or as individual instruments. There are over 5,600 presets that cover a wide range of sounds from 55 of the most iconic to ultra-rare vintage synthesizers. For fans of the original version, all of the Syntronik and Syntronik Deluxe legacy presets are also included and sound identical in Syntronik 2.
For highly flexible sound manipulation, while maintaining the exact sound of the original hardware, our synth engine now includes circuit-level models of the 4 best sounding filters ever: the Moog transistor ladder, Roland's IR3109 chip, the famous Curtis CEM3320 chip and the Oberheim SEM state variable filter. Syntronik 2 also provides powerful digital filters like Formant and Phase filters that can take the analog source oscillators into new sonic dimensions.
An easy-to-use layering interface lets you quickly map and play up to 4 different synthesizer parts simultaneously, as well as create advanced splits for maximum flexibility and live performance, while a brand-new controller filter tab for Syntronik 2 offers detailed filtering of sustain, PB, MW and AT per part for unparalleled sound design.
The 4 synthesizer parts in Syntronik 2 feature a powerful note and chord arpeggiator, each with its own assignable range and settings as well as the ability to store them for instant recall. Along with a new step sequencer, this allows you to build complex rhythmic textures and sequences with extreme ease and inspiring effectiveness.
The Sampletank family graphically mimics hardware synths, right down to the large 'display' that dominates its operating window. Half of Sonik Synth 2 's window is taken up by the 'Combi' display, which lists the plug-in's 16 multitimbral or layerable parts, in two switchable banks of eight. There is a confusing mixing of the words 'instrument', 'voice' and 'part preset' in the manual and software, but all effectively refer to a 'patch' as most of us would use the term: a multisample and its attendant synthesis and effect settings, saved under a unique name. Each of Sonik Synth 2 's 16 parts can have one of these Instruments assigned to it, and is equipped with a set of basic mixing and other controls: mute, solo, pan and level are pretty standard fare, and the display also indicates how much memory the currently selected Instrument requires. Additionally, the user can alter the MIDI channel (parts are layered by assigning them to the same MIDI channel), polyphony and stereo output pair. This multitimbral Combi can be saved by the user, and the healthy collection of themed presets supplied is worth exploring.
Phew! Non-synthesizing electric keyboards are also represented, courtesy of Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Hohner and Yamaha electric piano and Clavinet sets. Various organs appear in the general sound set, too, and a Mellotron 400 was comprehensively sampled, as was a rare disk-based Vako Orchestron. The patch list suggests that related tape and disk-based machines, such as the Chamberlin, Novatron and Mattel Optigan, were also part of the sessions. Drum machines have not been left out of the picture, and classic Roland examples are part of the SS2 sound picture: TR808, TR909, TR606, CR78 and SR120.
The same tactics are being followed for the new synth plug-in: Sonik Synth 2 Free can be downloaded for Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP, along with about 20 voices. More will downloadable in future, making this a great 'try before you buy' option. Most functionality remains the same, though saving is disabled; that said, any panel tweaks the user makes can be saved within the host song, and all parameters can be controlled via MIDI. What are you waiting for
The second synth engine, labelled PS/TS (for pitch-shift/time-stretch) is best suited to allowing sampled loops to be played back at different pitches without affecting their length and different tempos without affecting their pitch. There's no way for you to import loops into the plug-in, but there is a range of looped material included with the software; I'm not entirely sure this is DVD space and sample-editing time well spent, but many users may welcome this extra material. The percussion loops are a varied selection, and a certain number of textural loops are useful in abstract sound design.
One on-screen item seems to promise more from the Combi: a button labelled Zone at the bottom of the display implied to me some way of creating key splits for layered voices. This isn't the case, since key splitting of layered voices doesn't yet exist in the Sampletank universe (though it is planned for an imminent update). Enabling the Zone button just shows the key ranges of individual samples in the multisample used by the currently selected voice. This may not seem all that useful, initially, but highlighting a single sample or keygroup in this way allows synth parameter tweaks to be applied to just that sample. This would be great, perhaps, for customising the individual drum samples in some of SS2 's drum kit voices (though voices can't be routed out of the Instrument individually). More creatively, different keygroups in a multisample could be given drastically different LFO or filter settings, or respond to velocity in different ways.
I went almost immediately to the Instruments contained in the two Elements folders, because I wanted to hear raw samples from the fabulous collection of synths contained in SS2. I was not disappointed, though inevitably it was when layering Instruments using two or more Combi parts that things really got going for me. It was at this level that I found that there weren't as many keygroups per multisample as one might like, but you're rarely aware of this audibly: it becomes more apparent because of that Zone button! I also thought some samples rather obviously short, though this was seldom conspicuous in the context of a patch or song playback. Such efficiency means that the user has access to a lot more material in their 8GB than might otherwise be the case.
Sonik Synth 2 is great value for money, sounds excellent, and integrates nicely with host software. Sound-editing options are just right, and given the reservations noted above, I loved the accessibility of so much audio material from so many classic synths: if you're familiar with the originals, then you'll appreciate having their sonic signature in one package. At this price, what choice do you have
IK Multimedia's Sonik Synth 2 is one sexy beast of a plug-in! Itis of the workstation-style, ROM-based ilk like the JV-series fromRoland, Proteus fromE-mu and Korg Trinitysynths. Out of the box Sonik Synth 2 is ready to get you going with overeight GigaBytes of sampled sounds, multi-effects, and easy access tosimple and effective synthesizer-style controls courtesy of its simple andintuitive interface. Sonik Synth 2 operates under Macintosh and Windowsplatforms as VST, RTAS, DXi and Audio Units plug-ins (unfortunately nostand-alone version as of yet).
Sonik Synth 2 is the type of synth that lets you combine individualsampled sounds including vintage synths galore, brass, pianos, drums, guitars,strings, and other sounds to create realistic and/or super-naturalresults called Combi Patches. Each Patch can layer up to sixteendifferent sounds! You are limited to the library of sounds it ships withand can not load your own samples however. Nevertheless it ships withover 5,000 sounds and hundreds of Preset Patches which are plenty enoughto get you started right away, and it is dead-simple to create your ownCombi Patches. The SS2 Instruments are all labeled and categorized(Synths, Keyboards, Guitars & Bass, Drums, Brass, Winds, Orchestral,Vocals, SFX and more). Just click on a Part and click on an Instrumentto assign it to that Part. Each Part has its own solo/mute, volume, panand output assignments (Sonik Synth supports up to 16 separate outputsper instance). Polyphony is adjustable from 1 to 256 voices and can beset individually for each Part - this is great because you can combine amonophonic drum loop with polyphonic pads so you can play chords withoutmessing up the loop. You can also assign any MIDI channel to any partfor a truly multitimbral sound module - create one mega performance Combi Patchor a band-in-a-box-type patch with different instruments on independent MIDI channels and outputs.
The same can be said of SS2's synthesizer edit section. It offers eightpages including LFO 1 & 2, Envelope 1 & 2, Filter, Synth,Velocity and Macro. Just click on a page such as Filter and theknobs and switches for the Filter appear. Like the effects section, onlythe selected Part in your Combi Patch will be effected by any tweaks youmake here for total sound shaping and modulation control. And eventhough the parameters are simple and easy to control they offer a lot ofdepth. The LFOs feature multiple waveform shapes, speed, depth, delay,level and more (but they don't sync to tempo as of yet!!). The envelopesoffer AHDSR controls and more. The filter offers selectable low, band orhi-pass filtering with 6, 12 or 24 dB/oct slopes and frequency cutoff andresonance controls. The Synth section offers pitch controls like tuningand pitch bend amount per Part as well as resampling, pitch/timeshifting and stretching.
So how is Sonik Synth 2 different from IK Multimedia's other major plug-in SampleTank Well they arebased on the same engine and other than one being red and the other bluethey are both ROM-based sample players. The main difference is in theirlibraries - SampleTank focuses on natural and acoustic sounds as itsbuilding blocks whereas Sonik Synth 2 offers up a monstrous load ofsampled synthesizers. You'll find classic vintage synths from Arp, Moog,Mellotron, Serge and Jupit