The deputy Mark II is a VST2.4 software instrument for Windows in the tradition of classic string machines and early "polyphonic" synthesizers, written in native C++ code. The main features are:
- Polyphonic string/synthesizer (Poly) section and monophonic synthesizer (Mono) section.
- Built-in Ensemble and Phaser effects.
- Flexible keyboard assignment for Poly and Mono section.
- Poly section:
- Up to 61 voices polyphony.
- Two band-limited frequency divider-driven oscillator banks.
- Sawtooth and PWM waveforms.
- 2-pole multi-mode filter and ADS envelope per voice.
- Global ADSR envelope for paraphonic modulation.
- Resonator bank (3 zero-delay feedback filters).
- Mono section:
- Single VCO plus suboscillator and noise.
- 4-pole zero-delay feedback lowpass filter.
- ADSR envelope and LFO.
- Output of Poly section can be send to filter input.
- Plug-in comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
- Fully compatible with SM Pro Audio's V-Machine.
The deputy emulates an instrument that might have been built this way in the 1970s. Due to technical and economical reasons it would have been a compromise between which features a musician expected, what he was willing to pay for it, and what fitted in a single box. It is (technically speaking, and as to nowadays standards) a fairly limited instrument. However, I strongly believe that technical limitation can be a source of great creativity. Prost.