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The golden Age of DCO and VCF
Like its ancestor, it combines punchy and clear DCOs (Digital Controlled Oscillators) with cutting analog multimode filters: the unique sound of an era.
Simple, Flexible, Powerful : Splits, Layers and Singles Patches
Like its instigator, the miniSyn'X combines 2 independent synth engines in a disarming clear one panel view, enabling you to build thick or complex stacks, captivating split sounds in a flash, as well as classic analog single sounds.
Layers can benefit from the same rich sounding double analog BBD Chorus found on the original model, once again very closely emulated. And the stunning original Glide section is here too.
Mini in the name, and in the price. Maxi in the sound, and possibilities
Due to its duotimbral native architecture, the miniSyn'X is very versatile, and offers any patches from raw analog sounds, to silky complex evolving pads.
It's a Xils. So we added a lot of things the venerable ancestor could not do: Cumulative Oscillator waveforms, cumulative LFO waveforms, an Intelligent Patch Creation system, an enhanced 4 part polysequencer, some clever stereo scene control, polyphony handling per engine, Gang Mode Editing, an enhanced Joystick, and a large library of presets.
New Technological breakthrough: The miniSyn'X uses the exclusive 0 Delay Feedback PWM algorithm recently developed by Xils-Lab, that greatly improves the quality and perception of patches using PWM (Like the legendary Laser Harp sound)
Inspiring to operate, easy to program, gorgeous to play, and .... thoroughly automatable
On top of that, we added some adaptive UI/GUI design, so that you only see the controls you need at a time, making the MiniSynx a breeze to control and program, with solo modes for each synth engine, simple and effective layer control functions.
And a bit of AI, to make patch creation a joy (Exclusive Smart Load function in Double and split mode will guarantee you'll quickly generate a good percentage of useful and rewarding patches created on the fly)
And finally, every miniSyn'X parameter, from filter and oscillators to the sequencer track mute buttons and gate control is automatable via MIDI CC. Paradise for those who like to push automation beyond limits.
The miniSyn'X in short
- Two synth engines that can be combined in 3 modes (Double, Split, Single).
- Single Panel GUI for each Synthesizer engine.
- Up to 10 Oscillators per patch (Cumulative OSC technology, 2 x 5).
- Modelled DCO Oscillators, PWM for each waveform, 0DF PWM Algorithm.
- Multimode analog Filter using 3rd gen 0DF Filter technology (up to 2 per patch).
- Modelled Ultra Fast Envelope Generators (up to 4 per patch).
- Smart Load TM exclusive technology to create new interesting sounds quickly.
- Gang Edit in Double and Split mode.
- All parameters automatable via MIDI Cc control (including Sequencer parts).
- Three mode BBD Analog Chorus Unit.
- Only Serial Protected
Reviewed By sfd
March 25, 2015
I remember when I saw Jean Michel Jarre's famous convert in Houston in the mid 80s where he had that amazing laser harp. I was just blown away by the fantastic sound of that harp. Later on I learned that the sound was generated from a synth by the Italian company ELKA called Synthex.
The Synthex was one of those synths of my dreams. Just like the RFS Kobol and the EMS VCS 3.
Today many of those dreams became real thanks to the invention of software synthesizers.
Thanks to XILS-Lab I now have an amazing emulation of both the kobol and the VCS 3 in PolyKB II and XILS 3.
And now - also the Synthex.
Yes, it's true. XILS-Lab already had the Syn'X. And even though it's an emu of the original hardware it's so full of additional features so it got a bit to far form the original - IMO.
Although the miniSyn'X also has added features it's much more true to the original.
The sound of the miniSyn'X is absolutely amazing. And I think the miniSyn'X, just as the original, is very unique sounding.
One don't have to be a sound designer or a synth expert to use it. There are, of course, all the great factory presets. But on top of that - it's ridiculously easy to create one's own sounds with miniSyn'X.
XILS-Lab added an awesome feature called Smart Load. It's a little of AI that helps creating patches. The only eventual drawback of this function would be that it's very addictive. I always wonder what other cool sound will there be if I hit the button once more.
Additional to that there's also a more classic randomizer.
I found miniSyn'X pretty soft on the CPU, It loads fast too.
However some presets (pads) can be fairly heavy on the CPU when played on the higher end in double mode.
Worth mentioning here is that the miniSyn'X has 3 modes. Single, Double and split.
There are also some nice hotkeys that makes it easier to mannage the synth.
Something that I appreciate a lot since I don't really like to work with the mouse.
I'm not the tech guy. I approach and use synthesizers from an instrumentalist's and a musician's point of view.
So, for me the ammount of oscilators and LOF's is of less interest then how it sounds.
And it do really sounds lovely and unique. Especially the basses and leads.
And of course...Yes among the presets there is THAT Laser Harp Sound .Read more