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Mr. Alias 2 uses non-bandlimited oscillators which can be transposed near to and beyond the Nyquist frequency, causing most of their spectra to be aliased back into audible non-harmonic frequencies. The sound can then be further processed by a number of crude "effects."
Though it is based on the same concept as the original, Mr. Alias 2 is completely rewritten for cross-platform compatibility, and has a number of significant improvements.
- 2 oscillators.
- 18 waveforms.
- Full stereo processing.
- 6 filter types including a formant filter.
- Filter envelope.
- External audio processing.
- Patch randomizer button.
- Highly configurable MIDI control with MIDI learn.
- MIDI-controllable patch morphing.
- Drag & drop preset and MIDI map loading.
- Resizable GUI.
Reviewed By _oswald
August 16, 2005
The oscillator in Mr. Alias operates in a very unique fashion. First you have the selectable oscillator, with sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, sine and square waveforms to choose from. Further mangling of the oscillator is achieved by three vertical sliders on the left of the GUI. 'Osc. Scale', 'Pulse Width' and 'Osc. Pitch' all serve to mangle that pure waveform into the sound of 10,000 screaming 14.4 baud modems.
Beneath the three vertical sliders there is a horizontal slider for 'Sine Mix' and to the right of that, a box for changing the frequency of the sine wave.
The resulting signal is then passed into the envelope filter and spit into the filter. Mr. Piz features one filter with three options - flat (disabled), low-pass or high-pass. The latter of the two featuring cutoff, resonance and ring-modulation.
After the signal leaves the filter it runs into a master volume amplifier followed by a distortion unit ('Clipper') and spit out into the host of your choice.
However, the real fun with Mr. Piz is it's unique playing and signal routing options. You can play Mr. Piz in monophonic, retriggered monophonic, 'fake' polyphonic or 'real' polyphonic modes. The signal path can also go through a myriad of paths, with 'Thru', '/1', '/2', '/3', '1M', '2M' and '3M' as options. Below the signal routing entry slider you can tweak the values for '1M', '2M' and '3M' to spice up the results to your liking.
However, I really don't have a clue what any of the options mean due to the lack of documentation (Mr. Alias does have pop-up help tooltips on all functions), but they all produce very interesting sounds, screeches and wails.
If you're looking to create soothing pads, best look elsewhere. However, if you want to wake the kids up screaming, Mr. Alias could be your best friend.
ps - you can make Mr. Alias alias like the dickens by clicking on the second 'a' in his name. Enjoy!Read more