Loom and, by extension, Loom 2 immediately spring to mind. You can't really morph presets as such, but you can morph states. There's even a vector-synthesis-like XY pad where you can drag around or predraw a trajectory then control the speed of traversal letting you morph across 4 states at once.
BONES wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:50 pm
has a morphing function but I have no idea how well it works.
Pretty damn well! It's really easy to set up too. Just 'arm' the slot and go to town. Massively underrated synth.
Dirtgrain wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:13 pm
Is there a reason it's not more common (not in the big-name synths I think of)? Does it tend to sound bad? In the ones you have all tried, how was the sound transition sounding?
Could be my memory playing tricks on me, but I seem to remember preset morphing was all the rage for a while in VSTi's difficult teenage phase. 2005ish maybe? The main stumbling block was that changes in 'architecture' weren't really taken into account. Clicks and sudden timbral lurches when filter or oscillator types set up like 'hard switches' change, or worse, multiple abrupt changes if the knob has to move through various states to get to its destination (e.g., you want to morph from sawtooth to square, but they're at opposite ends of the dial so you get clicks and jumps through triangle, sine, and whatever else on the journey). Possible mitigations like excluding a knob from the morph or ensuring there's only one abrupt change instead of several wouldn't be there. It was a totally different era in terms of design elegance though. Today's approach focusing more on morphing states within one preset seems a much more sensible, albeit more limited on paper, way of going about things.
recursive one wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:04 am
Most synths with a mod matrix or drag and drop assignment allow you to map whatever parameters to modwheel or macro knobs, so tweak these and you'll be getting essentially that
Never understimate this either. If your modulation matrix has enough slots, anything is a morphing synth. You can even blend one modulation with an equal but inverted modulation elsewhere to morph between things that were never meant to be morphed in the first place (e.g., sacrificing one LFO in Serum to build a more capable LFO that seamlessly morphs between two shapes - a function the synth doesn't have out of the box).