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Saltline has updated Swierk, the freeware synthesizer for Windows, to version 1.0.8.

Changes:

  • Issues resolved causing DAW problems when running multiple instances.
  • Adjusted envelope release times.
  • 'View' selector added to switch from waveform text to images.
  • Lighter user interface.
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20 January 2014 at 1:12amfluffy_little_something

Thanks for implementing suggestions from us :) Drop-down menu items are fine now, contrast is also much better, the additional EM slots are great, too (there were just two in the previous version if I remember correctly).

I miss the typical sound of a pulse waveform. No matter which pw I dial in for the square, it sounds different from the other synths I have. Sine is also missing, but probably not as much. Saw on the other hand sounds very good, almost like an Oberheim emulation when tweaked right (plus, I sent it through WOK's M-ST plugin set to 150, that creates the wide panorama of an Oberheim to a certain extent) :) It seems to have more high frequencies than most other SE oscillator modules, which sound dull in comparison. I like the raspy nature and bottom of the sound (no unison or effects except the WOK thingy):

https://app.box.com/s/i5z0ijqcfd876i1i8fbx.

Regarding unison, I like that the volume doesn't seem to go up when increasing the number of voices. With other synths there is an annoying dramatic increase in volume...

Maybe it would be better to indicate zero with the unison spread/detune knobs as zero is not at 12 o'clock as one might think and unlike with the other tuning knobs. As already mentioned, the black dot of all metallic knobs is hard to see when within the dark quadrants of the knobs.

The colors of the 3rd envelope are way too dark and similar, nor can I read any of those time values displayed at the top...

All in all a nice synth with a good saw sound and low CPU load, worth donating a couple of bucks for... :)

1 February 2014 at 10:58ammichaelmoye

"Maybe it would be better to indicate zero with the unison spread/detune knobs as zero is not at 12 o'clock as one might think and unlike with the other tuning knobs. As already mentioned, the black dot of all metallic knobs is hard to see when within the dark quadrants of the knobs.

The colors of the 3rd envelope are way too dark and similar, nor can I read any of those time values displayed at the top..."

+1 agreed.

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