FireWalker - A VST/AU/Stand-Alone Pad-based System

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Lind0n
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93 posts since 2 Feb, 2005 from UK

Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:37 am

Channel Robot announce the release of FireWalker - a Hybrid Pad System.

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FireWalker is a four oscillator synth. Three unique hybrid oscillators, and one sub-oscillator.

Each of the three hybrid oscillators is set up to use any of over 300 sound sources custom designed to work as pad sounds. Each sound was built using our wave-table generating system - tho’ FireWalker is not a wavetable synth in any sense.

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Simply click on a sound name and the Sound browser will allow you to select one of the sounds from the categories included. You can also note a sound as one of your favourites.

These oscillators are ideal for making moving evolving, emotive pad sounds, and when you combine three together you can get enormous long-running pads out of single note playback.

Unlike "classic" hybrid-oscillators we don't do any time stretching, so the rate of change in each note is different. Normally this is a problem, but for pad-based sounds like the ones here this adds to the sense of movement and variation.

The three hybrid oscillators pass through a volume envelope and the wave-shaping module from our wave-shaping synth Shapiro. The audio then passes through a multi-mode filter and on into a sequenced volume gate.

The output of all four voices is then combined and passed through the effects section, then through our “Drift” analog-tuning emulation engine and into a legato system derived from our work on orchestral ROMplers.
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Firewalker includes over 100 presets and a randomisation function to allow you to generate evolving pad sounds that are all your own, keep pressing “Randomise” until you get something you like, or tweak a randomised set-up to your liking.

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FireWalker also includes our unique MIDI CC Management system and an Arpeggiator with all the classic arp controls.


FireWalker is available immediately from www.channelrobot.com or KVRMarketplace

Normally £50.00 currently on introductory sale at £30.00

Downloadable demo available(times out after 15 mins).

https://soundcloud.com/channelrobot/set ... alkerdemos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ifuOlc5B8
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BlackWinny
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3920 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: FireWalker - A VST/AU/Stand-Alone Pad-based System

Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:09 am

Hello Lindon!

Three questions (for the moment):

1. Is it possible to enable/disable the keytracking on the filters ?

2. Is there also a sensibility to the aftertouch ?

3. All the three demos are very cold and dark style quite typical to dark sci-fi background. Could you also show one or two other pads much warmer from this synth ? ("Krautrock" or "Ambient / New Age" styles)

Kind regards,
Jacques
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Lind0n
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93 posts since 2 Feb, 2005 from UK

Re: FireWalker - A VST/AU/Stand-Alone Pad-based System

Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:33 pm

Hello Jacques,

1. There's no key tracking - do you mean the velocity tracking? If so yes you can switch the velocity modulator in or out on volume, wave-shaping and/or filter independently for each voice. See the little "v"'s in the interface? Those are the points where velocity modulation can be added/removed.
2. No after touch is assigned - but you can use the CC management part of the interface to assign it to any number of parameters
3. OK - If I get the time I will have a go at something like you suggest.
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Lind0n
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93 posts since 2 Feb, 2005 from UK

Re: FireWalker - A VST/AU/Stand-Alone Pad-based System

Post Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:24 am

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FireWalker - The Brexit of User Interfaces

As some of you may know we released a new hybrid pad synth this week called FireWalker.

Its user interface has divided the whole internet (well maybe not the WHOLE internet).
People either love it or they hate it, and when they hate it they really really hate it.

So lets not say we dont listen to feedback from our (potential) customer base, even those
few who were pretty personnally insulting - but we decided to think that they were just
having a bad Sunday afternoon.

There was even a nice guy who did a UI to show us what he thought worked, sadly we couldnt
use it because, well, it was his, plus it wasnt going to vectorise efficiently - and scalable
vector based UI's is where we are headed. The FireWalker stand-alone interface can be resized from
50% all the way up to 200%.

So FireWalker now includes three interfaces to choose from:

- The original "hey its Christmas" Red & Green
- A more sober Grey & Red
- An out-there Purple & Yellow - yeah we're joking here, we dont really expect anyone but you rabid Minnasota Vikings fans to go for this one.

If you've bought FireWalker just head back to the download page and re-download - your exisitng authorisation codes will work fine. Just choose which version you want to install.

As to everyone else - We hope these options work better for you, and thanks for your feedback.
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