What is the strangest synth you've encountered?

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sQeetz
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702 posts since 8 Jan, 2005

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:19 am

Delay Lama was pretty weird back in the days.
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KVRAF
3000 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:07 am

Olga :hihi:

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alienmachine
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408 posts since 13 Sep, 2004

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:43 am

Block 4's Microcomputer. Strange digital beast from early 2000s. I loved this one.

Jonathan Shepherd
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492 posts since 28 Jan, 2003

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:59 am

As someone above said, Sophia. And all things Madrona Labs.

morphex
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569 posts since 30 Oct, 2003 from Pacific NW, USA

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:38 pm

I still use some of the Reaktor ensembles from Twisted Tools. I load up my own recordings into UltraLoop and S-Layer and then I'm able to create completely new loops that can spark my creativity if I'm feeling uninspired. Dust from Soundmorph is really nice for granular atmospheres and delicate textures.

As someone who loves cinematic music, both Plasmonic and Absynth are amazing, deep synths that I could play with for hours. I took the time to really dive into Absynth years ago and I'm still impressed with it's sound and functionality. I also have Absynth loaded as an effect on a bus as part of my Logic Pro X sound effects template. I'd really love to see a fresh update for it.

concon
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35 posts since 1 Mar, 2021

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:41 pm

vurt wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:59 am
foosnark wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:57 am
Synths aren't strange, people are strange.
women seem wicked, when you're unwanted and streets look ugly.
Those DOORS are closed. Surprised you didn't mention your favorite synth, FORM from NI. That can get pretty weird.

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vurt
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88513 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:45 pm

concon wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:41 pm
vurt wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:59 am
foosnark wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:57 am
Synths aren't strange, people are strange.
women seem wicked, when you're unwanted and streets look ugly.
Those DOORS are closed. Surprised you didn't mention your favorite synth, FORM from NI. That can get pretty weird.
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ive decided to keep form as my super secret weapon :D


you are correct though, awesome and weird!
reaktor is full of weird :ud:

MaF
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110 posts since 22 Sep, 2002 from Germany

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:56 pm

In that regard and in my experience nothing comes close an old software that goes by the name Argeiphontes Lyre. Literally everything was strange: the name, the parameters, the UI and the results. I did not know what I was doing and therefore was waiting for the results in excitement. (It was an offline sound generator for classic MacOS, rendering the results to an audio file.)

Check out for yourself, it seems, it‘s still in development: 😃http://www.akirarabelais.com/o/software/al.html

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krzys
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100 posts since 3 Jul, 2005 from Ottawa,Canada

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:06 pm


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aMUSEd
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33069 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:15 pm

krzys wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:06 pm
Truly innovative synthesis http://www.amaranthaudio.com/products/cycle/
Yeah I need to see if it still works on Big Sur but given it hasn't been updated for years I'm not hopeful

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aMUSEd
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33069 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:39 pm

aMUSEd wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:15 pm
krzys wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:06 pm
Truly innovative synthesis http://www.amaranthaudio.com/products/cycle/
Yeah I need to see if it still works on Big Sur but given it hasn't been updated for years I'm not hopeful
OK it won't install. I expected the installer to need to be run as an uncertified installer but even then it crashes before it gets a chance to install anything. Pity.

Gribs
KVRian
1077 posts since 9 Feb, 2007 from San Ramon, California

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:42 pm

Palindrome is a glitchy, vector morphing along a path, granular sampler. It is cool but not all that strange too me.

Madrona's stuff, especially Aalto, is Buchla-inspired semi-modular and likewise cool but not all that strange to me at all.

Synplant was definitely strange when I first tried it, but strange in a very good way. I so wish for a version 2, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. I don't know what Magnus has been doing since he worked with Teenage Engineering to make the PO-32 (meh). I was offered a PO-32 in lieu of $50 in a trade deal and took the $50.

I would say Ruismaker's Mononoke for the iPad is my most recent "strange" soft synth. It seems to have taken a certain inspiration from the Lyra-8 hardware synth and improved on it in the digital realm. I wish it was also available as a VST. Oh well. It is a great thing to patch into Aum with other stuff.

I think I am going to buy Thermo and maybe the bundle with Fundamental 2 after work today while it is on sale. I didn't realize Sonic-lab was having sale until late last night.
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krzys
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100 posts since 3 Jul, 2005 from Ottawa,Canada

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:25 pm

aMUSEd wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:39 pm
aMUSEd wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:15 pm
krzys wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:06 pm
Truly innovative synthesis http://www.amaranthaudio.com/products/cycle/
Yeah I need to see if it still works on Big Sur but given it hasn't been updated for years I'm not hopeful
OK it won't install. I expected the installer to need to be run as an uncertified installer but even then it crashes before it gets a chance to install anything. Pity.

That’s unfortunate. The dev has a wonderful synth that unfortunately didn’t receive enough airplay to take it further down the development path. Thanks for the heads up re: big sur.

highkoo
KVRAF
4252 posts since 26 Jun, 2004

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:50 pm

I like weird. Id nominate Obscurium and Aparillo, and Madrona for sure, as weird-but-useful.
Metaphysical is the classic.

Weirdest I ever saw was Cal Scott's last-I-knew-now-deleted Reaktor user lib stuff. Absolutely bonkers out there, speaker and cpu and soul destroying devices with truly special sounds and graphics.
He returned, but last I saw all that old weird shit was gone. I have it all archived, but I hope it lives on somewhere else...
There is a thread on KvR about his madness I think..
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jamcat
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1380 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:07 pm

sQeetz wrote:
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:19 am
Delay Lama was pretty weird back in the days.
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