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- 4 Oscillators, 13 Alias Free Waveforms each plus a Noise Generator per oscillator: Saw, Vintage Saw, Square, Vintage Square, Pulse 50%, Pulse 25%, Pulse 12%, Pulse 6%, Harmonics 5/2, Harmonics 3, Harmonics 4, Harmonics 5, Pure Sine.
4 User Loadable waveforms, in two modes: Simple shot and Full range.
- 64 voice polyphonic (CPU dependant) with polyphony limiter and Intelligent Voice Allocation (no clicks when maximum polyphony is exceeded).
- Full Legato mode for monophonic operation.
- Monophonic/Polyphonic portamento with Fixed or Variable per-key Time.
- Individual adjustment of Level, Waveform, Mode, Phase, Fine, Octave, Coarse tune, LFO sensitivity and Pitch Eg Intensity for each oscillator.
- Key Sync, Inverted, Free Running or Fixed Frequency mode selection for each oscillator.
- Dedicated Pitch Envelope Generator, with Start Level, Attack Time, Attack Level, Decay Time, Release Level, Release Time with fully bandlimited operation.
- Random Pitch control, with individual generators per oscillator.
- 4 Operation modes: Add (normal), Ring Modulation, Hard Sync and Frequency Modulation. Every group of two oscillators can select any operation mode.
- Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) with adjustable depth for every oscillator and phase shift control.
- 2 Superb resonant multimode filters (Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Notch) with individual adjustment for Type, Cutoff, Resonance, Attack, Sustain, Decay, Release, Envelope, Velocity, Keyboard Scaling, Aftertouch, Breath controller, Modulation.
Positive or Negative envelope modes.
- Link mode for the two filters.
- 2 Amplifier dedicated Envelope Generators with Attack Time, Hold Time, Decay Time, Sustain Level, Release Time, Keyboard tracking and Velocity control.
- Linear/Exponential selectable envelopes.
- Dedicated LFOs, for Pitch, Filter and Amplifier:
- 13 waveforms each: Sine, Square, Pulse 50%, Pulse 25%, Pulse 12%, Saw Up, Saw Down, Triangle, Step 1, Step 2, Random 1, Random 2, Sample and Hold.
- Variable offset of all waveforms, Delay, Fade, Speed Depth, Aftertouch, Breath and Modulation controls.
- All LFOs are individually syncable to Host Tempo.
- Loadable LFO waveforms.
- 5 Pitch Bend modes: Normal, Asymmetric, High Note, Low Note, Hold Notes. Pitch Bend range adjustable up to +12 semitones.
- Built-in effects section:
- 2 filter level effects:
- Drive control with Tone adjustment.
- Amp/Cabinet Simulator with 19 different simulations.
- 6 Modulation effects:
- Stereo Chorus.
- 4-Voice Chorus.
- Stereo Phaser.
- 4-Voice Phaser.
- Stereo Spread
- Stereo Delay
- Two Band Equaliser with adjustable frequency and ±12dB range.
- All effects can be disabled to save CPU.
- 2 filter level effects:
- 4 outputs: Main stereo pair (with effects), 2 auxiliary mono outputs (dry).
- Master volume control for the whole instrument (all presets).
- Extensive MIDI implementation: Velocity, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Modulation, Breath, Sustain Sw.
- MIDI Learn mode: Any knob can be assigned to any parameter just shift-clicking on it and sending a MIDI CC. Multiple knobs (in any number) can be assigned to any controller with selectable polarity and MIN/MAX value.
MIDI Settings are remembered.
- 768 programs in 6 banks (a-f), 300 top quality factory presets selectable by right click.
Copy/Paste/Init functions to arrange presets.
- Reduced CPU utilisation.
- Sound Preview feature with MIDI transmit.
- Easy programming layout.
Reviewed By wendallsan
November 22, 2004
Since this synth is skin-able, there are some very attractive skins on it, so I would recommend you look into those, they are very easy to implement and the new look could very well improve your music creation process. Rene has a good following of friends, and customers online and from this community comes some great presets for the synth and skins. It really is a grass-roots built instrument and it's care in detail and quality shows in it's sound.
I used this synth for recordings on an album, then got into Reason for an album, and now I am back and pleased to find the latest updates for this synth add some new features and sounds, like the wavetables. It is nice to see Rene continuing to work on this product even though he has newer machines out.
It is true that this is "just another virtual analog" in that it's feature set doesn't boast anything that your auntie's soft synth doesn't also do. But I think that everyone needs to find their preferred virtual analog and make it "theirs" (or for the collectors amongst us, make it "one of theirs") in that you really take the time to learn the instrument inside out and figure out the nuances of it that sets it apart from everything else. Pentagon is that synth for me, I have used it over and over and it still has the sounds I'm looking for when it comes to analog. It has just enough features without the interface getting TOO rediculously large and it getting too bulky to tweak easily. It is a great balance between power an functionality, and with the support in the forums, the user community behind it, and the sound banks, it is easily worth paying for this instrument when you could conceivably find the same list of features on a freeware synth somewhere. A lot of expert thought and testing has gone into the development of this instrument, and it shows.Read more
Reviewed By Daedalus
May 16, 2004
Reviewed By Sensational
February 4, 2004
Did I mention I love this synth! The bank F patches by BT are incredible. This synth does more and more every day.Read more
Reviewed By Neil Hunter
October 2, 2003
I love this so much. The presets are very varied and range from simple pads to extensive atmospheres suchas the "Chemical" preset.
All analogue style as well. rgcAudio really has found a corner of the market with its P1 and T2 synths.
Highly recommended.Read more
Reviewed By spmadmin
July 14, 2003
User interface: Beautiful & Logical. The skin for 1.30 really does wonders. Knob inertia ...mmm. Virtual wood ...aaahhh.
Sound: With 2x oversampling the sound comes close to true analog. IMO one of the best analog emulations so far, even rivals the MMV.
Features: Contains almost everything you need for semi-modular analog modelling, even good quality effects. Could use some more pre-defined waveforms, though. Why not throw in all the waves from z3ta+?
Documentation: Generally quite good, but the sections on user samples and pentagon as fx/vocoder could IMO be improved.
Presets: A lot! And good ones, too --- perfectly showing off Pentagon's capabilities as an analog emulation. Many more to download from KVR.
Customer support: Well, just see how active and responsive René is on KVR. Says it all.
Value for money: Absolutely. Compare to e.g. MMV at $250.
Stability: Rock solid. Totally.Read more