Babylon Synth by W.A Production

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plexuss
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3430 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:08 pm

I saw Plugin Boutique has this on sale for $13.80 ! I don't know much about WA. I assumed this was an old product that they were deeply discounting. I don't mind buying new-to-me synths if the have a sound I feel I can use so I decided to try the demo. It comes with 2300 presets. I was quite surprised how good it is. I was expecting a pretty bad synth... it's not an upper-tier synth for sure, but as a basic synth it has a decent sound and some unique character too.

https://www.pluginboutique.com/products/5784-Babylon

After looking it up I was surprised to see its NEW! At least... I think it's new...

http://www.synthanatomy.com/2019/10/w-a ... c-mac.html

Anyway, for $13.80 it might be a good buy for you. I am not saying it's an amazing synth, but I do think it's worth looking at especially at that price.

The demo will generate loud sustained noise after some period of time. The only way I can see to stop it is to disable it. I did NOT RTFM. YMMV

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Calenberger
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280 posts since 8 Sep, 2019 from Calenberg

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:35 pm

Looks like an interesting thingy...
Microtonal approach seems to be quite attractive.
Petty cash for fun or inspiration, that's the question!?!
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ramseysounds
KVRian
505 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:41 pm

That'll be £9.95 in English money. Was funny cos I just got the email through from PIB when I stumbled on this thread. May be worth a punt. Another tool in the tool kit and all that.
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

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mladi
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697 posts since 14 Apr, 2016 from Germany

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:48 pm

I paid more for some soundbanks with 120 presets. Bargain!
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Calenberger
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280 posts since 8 Sep, 2019 from Calenberg

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:56 pm

IMO we see the new sweet spot for audio tools: around 20$ price and we do impulse buys...
Why not!?!
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raiderpdog
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30 posts since 26 Jul, 2018

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:59 pm

got it yesterday but hadn't had time yet to install.

The right, cheap price + right time (wasn't actively looking for anything or was I, subconsciously? lol) = nice impulse buy

ramseysounds
KVRian
505 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:18 pm

Calenberger wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:56 pm
IMO we see the new sweet spot for audio tools: around 20$ price and we do impulse buys...
Why not!?!
Jumped in and got it for £6.80 using virtual cash. A no-brainer really even if I use it just occasionally. Up and running in minutes. Edit - the GUI is scalable to either 50% or 100% of full size; shame you can't drag to suit your screen size, but hey ho. Other than that, bargain :tu:
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

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exmatproton
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2587 posts since 25 Apr, 2011

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:00 pm

I like it. Fun little and fast synth. Usable fx (as in; not aweful), great aray of osc's shapes and quite a good filter. Reminds me a bit of Carbon in terms of usability and sound. I like it.

Would love to see a 75% size option. 50 is too small. 100 is too big :ud: :dog:

Seawind
KVRer
3 posts since 19 Jul, 2019

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:03 pm

Is the GUI suitable for a 4k monitor?

db3
KVRAF
2234 posts since 22 Aug, 2012

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:32 pm

This seems a great little synth for dialling in quick sounds. No brainer. :tu:

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plexuss
KVRAF
3430 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:40 pm

And, you get Loopcloud for free right now... whatever it is. I haven't dug into it yet.

Doug1978
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2021 posts since 19 Jun, 2011 from a world of Black Thunder chocs

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:50 pm

As others have noted, the synth sound itself is nothing special, and it would be nice to have GUI size options beyond 50 and 100%.

However, this synth is excellent and unusual with its microtonal possibilities - especially if you have Melodyne, as you can then take new microtonal melodies / chords audio from the rather mediocre sounding Babylon, 'Melodyne' the notes back into midi and put them into any better sounding synth you have.
For around £10, I can now get Sylenth etc playing microtonal passages of music by this method.

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wagtunes
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17437 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:55 pm

Doug1978 wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:50 pm
As others have noted, the synth sound itself is nothing special, and it would be nice to have GUI size options beyond 50 and 100%.

However, this synth is excellent and unusual with its microtonal possibilities - especially if you have Melodyne, as you can then take new microtonal melodies / chords audio from the rather mediocre sounding Babylon, 'Melodyne' the notes back into midi and put them into any better sounding synth you have.
For around £10, I can now get Sylenth etc playing microtonal passages of music by this method.
Maybe I'm missing something but couldn't I do this with Zebra 2 or any synth with tuning files?

Doug1978
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2021 posts since 19 Jun, 2011 from a world of Black Thunder chocs

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:06 pm

I might be wrong as I'm not very experienced at making microtonal vst music beyond loading up the occasional .tun or .scl file in the handful of synths (such as Zebra, Pianoteq or Alpha3 etc) which accept loading up such files.

However, as far as I can see it, if you have Melodyne, you can now (with the aid of Babylon's simple to use tuning capabilities) transform Babylon's audio into a Melodyne midi sequence and then stick this in any synth, even those (like Sylenth), which can not load .tun or .scl files.

Of course, you could do a similar thing by loading up a .tun file in, say, Zebra and then 'Melodyning' that audio into midi and then into something like Sylenth.
However, I do like the setup of Babylon as it allows you to microtune every note very easily with individual dials.

There are no doubt other methods too, but if you have Melodyne and Babylon, but don't like the mediocre (imho) sound of Babylon then this is a fun and extremely simple way to experiment with microtonal frequencies for individual notes for any synth for approx £10.

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dionenoid
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435 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Re: Babylon Synth by W.A Production

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:21 pm

Meh.
More BPM please

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