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Discovery is a virtual analog synthesizer emulation featuring multi-layering, a morphing engine, high quality sound, and a simple interface.
- 128 Patch Memories.
- Bank browser (by clicking arrows in display LED).
- More than 3.500 presets in 40 banks (with a dedicated percussion one).
- Nord Lead 2 and 2X patch import.
- 4 Layers per Patch.
- Layer Morphing.
- 32 Voice Polyphony (One voice used per triggered layer).
- 2 Oscillators (Sine, Saw, Tri, PWM, Square, Noise) with Ring modulation, sync and anti-aliased Frequency Modulation.
- Zero-Delay Feedback Filters (HP, LP12, LP24, BP, HP12), Formant, 8 taps phaser.
- ADSR for Amp & Filter.
- 2 LFOs.
- AD Mod Envelope.
- Built-in Chorus, Phaser, Panning and Delay effects.
- Symmetric, Asymmetric and Asymmetric 2 Distortion Modes.
- Poly/Mono/Legato modes.
- MIDI CC control.
- MIDI Out (hosts are able of doing MIDI learn).
Reviewed By emumk6
May 31, 2006
Reviewed By carrieres
June 15, 2005
i was not very impressed by a VA synth with only 2 osc but when i tried this synth i was very suprised by the quality of the sound very warm and deep, usefull for any bass sound.
the two facts that makes me bought the discovery is the layering feature, it is the possibility to layer 4 patch so it gives you a massive sound produced by 8 osc !!!
this is not a little synth as the two osc feature lets you believe !
the second very cool feature is the morph possibility, it allows you to morph between two layers, i think it's the only synth with this feature, very great to produced evolving sound.
the only drawback is the fact that it eats a lot of cpu but it should be considered normal when you use three or four layers.
furthemore this problem should be resolved with the release of 2.4
it's a synth which deserves to be known and i hope that this review will help.Read more
Reviewed By esden9
September 26, 2004
UI: Well laid out. One complaint is that some of the toggle/ increments are unneccesary or annoying, such as having to click the tiny green led next to Gate or Delay to page the panel. Would be simple to allow clicking the title to perform the same function, and a bit more intuitive. Stepping through oscillator types is also a bit inefficent as well as being inconsistant. Clicking the led next to oscillator type does not switch to that type, which doesn't make sense considering how the Gate/Delay page button works. These are minor gripes, and once acquainted with these quirks, patch creation is a breeze. Morphing is extremely easy to use, and the way morph parameters are presented is truly an innovative approach.
Sound: Awesome! Absolutely no complaints here. It can range from soft and sweet to loud and grating, which is exactly what I had hoped for.
Features: Excellent array of features. Morphing is an excellent feature that Discovery does extremely well, and allows for great expressiveness in performance, as well as being eay to use and visualize. Being able to utilize up to 4 layers is a great method for creating complex patches. The morphable trancegate is awesome, and the filters are excellent.
Documentation: Covers the basics and includes bookmarks. Two thumbs up!
Presets: A vast array of presets are included with Discovery. The sheer number shows how flexible this synth is.
Customer Support: KvR forum exists.
Value For Money: Skip eating out for lunch 15 days in a row and Discovery can be yours. I'm extremely pleased with it, and would gladly buy another at the same price if it were hardware.
Stabilty. No complaints!Read more
Reviewed By lucille
August 14, 2004
I've resolved to live with cpu hogs if they sound right, and the resampling in Ableton Live 4 makes this resolution easier to live with. Many patches come in at 5% on 3 ghtz cpu, but some take up to 25% and more. The Discovery is very stable, and the handsome blue gui is well laid out and the patches are reasonably easy to tweak. There are many great arp patches in the presets, but I haven't figured haw to program the arp yet. Highly recommended.Read more
Reviewed By scuzzphut
January 27, 2004
The GUI is a little plain, but very well laid out and easy to navigate. The new NL2 skin (official DiscoDSP release) brightens it up no end so that's worth investigating. The most notable aspect of the GUI is the setting of morph values for all parameters. Holding "CTRL" while adjusting a knob will reveal a second "ghost" pointer. More Later...
If you like rasping growling VA antics, then Discovery delivers what you're after. One of my favourite sounds is that of sync'ed oscillators and Discovery offers a wealth of options for modulating the second oscillator for some seriously hard-edged sounds. There are a variety of filters on offer which all have their merits, particularly the LP24 which sounds warm and thick and the Formant24 which (as you might expect) uses formant filters to lend "vocal" timbres to the sound. FM of oscillators is available too, so tings, pings, bells and twangs are in amongst the sonic arsenal.
As mentioned in the GUI section , the morphing feature is thing that makes this synth really stand out. Without it, Discovery would be an excellent VA synth. With morphing, this synth moves to a whole new level. Each and every knob can have two settings applied. One main setting and a second "ghost" setting. You can then morph between these using the mod wheel or (my favourite) velocity. Since you can set the synth to ignore velocity on the VCA (ie no volume changes no matter what the note velo) this feature makes this synth come alive. Imagine filter cutoff, resonance, envelope level, oscillator sync depth and vibrato lfo amount all varying with velocity. Set up a sequence in your host, then play around with those little velocity bars underneath the piano roll that you normally just set flat (or ignore) and you can achieve some incredibly complex effects.
The second feature of note is that Discovery can have up to four layers (ABCD) with each layer being a totally independent, completely programmable version of the synth. A nice bell sound, with a low string fading in , all underpinned by a pulsing growling sync bass? No problemo! Admittedly this does make the synth a bit of a CPU hog, but if I'm honest, I rarely go beyond one layer - this synth is that good.
A tempo-synced delay, a dedicated LFO for pan (great feature!), 3 types of filter distortion, incredibly flexible modulation routing (although not as flexible as a modulation matrix, but nearly) all add up to a superb list of features.
A good PDF manual is supplied which is well laid out, clear and concise.
This synth comes with a shed load of presets and you can import Nord Lead 2 sounds too.
DiscoDSP forum on KvR is lively with regular input from DiscoDSP staff.
Really excellent value for money, this synth. I wouldn't be without it.
Never had any problems whatsoever. Never.
In summary? I really love this synth. It's sound and features are top notch.Read more