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Crisalys is a software synthesizer characterized by a powerful audio engine that can work up to 192kHz.
Crisalys features three oscillators that are driven by custom waveforms designed specifically to grant top quality sound in any situation. Each oscillator has built-in FM, Ring Modulator and Cross Modulation options controlled by three separate internal LFOs. The Ring Modulator can achieve sound characteristics that can go beyond the common sonorities of this effect, thanks to an internal custom circuit which has been developed for this purpose.
The audio path continues through two multi-filters which can operate as state variable filters, analog emulations or in EQ mode.
The modulation section offers, in addition to the classic controls (modulation wheel, aftertouch, velocity, etc.), four LFOs, two aux envelopes and two step LFOs which can be used as modulation sources to create atmospheric pads, control the filters, create rhythmic sequences and so on. Each LFO has a special "Quantize" control which can be used to introduce a small (or huge, if turned fully clockwise) variation to the LFO wave and sync speed. Used on pads this can produce interesting effects, adding some "granulosity" to the sound.
The effect section includes a classic stereo flanger, a delay (which can work in classic or cross mode), a compressor and a reverb. Crisalys features eight built-in step sequencers (up to 32 steps) which can work all at the same time. The active pattern can be edited manually or recorded in realtime using an external MIDI keyboard. The sequencer patterns can be stored in the hard disk as separate pattern files or as a bank of 64 patterns.
Reviewed By Numanoid
September 11, 2011
It comes loaded with 256 presets, which IMO is particularly usable for trance or Berlin School type music.
The filters have got a nice responsiveness, which makes Crisalys very hands-on straight out of the box.
What makes this program special though is the fantastic sequencer, one really can make some complex and unique loops with that.
My only criticism is that Crisalys is rather heavy on CPU use, and during complex sequences playback can begin to stutter. The adequate provided documentation contains tips for how to sort out this problem, but it goes without saying that you need a better than average machine to fully appreciate Crisalys.Read more