Ableton, in conjunction with Amazing Noises, has released Dark Synth – a powerful new Max for Live synthesizer that opens up the vast sound-shaping possibilities of additive synthesis via an extensive, yet easy-to-use interface.
At the heart of Dark Synth are 2048 independently-controllable sine wave oscillators (partials) which are capable of creating many varieties of classic waveforms such as sawtooth and square wave. But this is only the beginning – with direct access to each partial and the ability to draw, modulate, distort, filter, and morph sounds at the spectral level, a world of rich sonic possibilities awaits.
The hands-on interface lets users quickly and intuitively dial in complex and dynamic soundscapes, from vibrant warbling leads and warped bass sounds, to Detroit-style techno pads, lo-fi chillwave atmospheres, mutant organs, ambient textures, and much more. Along with stretch, overdrive, and granular stereo simulation effects, Dark Synth features the unique capability to create up to 128 detuned and phase-shifted copies of all 2048 partials. This vast 'choir' of oscillators creates a deep and natural chorus effect. Dark Synth's selection of presets is both an extensive palette of production-ready sounds and an ideal starting point for exploring the radical sound design potential of additive synthesis.
Dark Synth is available for download for $69 / €49.
Dark Synth requires Ableton Live version 9.1 and Max for Live version 6.1.6.