UADx Opal Morphing Synthesizer

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dubguy99
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223 posts since 28 Jun, 2017

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 4:02 am

I'm aware this one will be a miss for a lot of people, cause UAD, subscription, iLok, who needs another Wavetable synth, yada yada.

But.

If you think a sub to UAD might work for you and like analog sounding synths I really recommend giving this a try. Cause it sounds divine. Even just the basic oscillator and filter tone. It's sort of a RePro5 meets Massive X. And it has dual continuously state variable filters, which neither of those have. FM and Sync sounds are some of the best I've heard. Great internal FX including an awesome comb filter. Wavetable part is a little rudimentary compared to others but I can live with that given how good it sounds.

I'm really surprised there's virtually no discussion about this thing online. I guess nobody needs another Wavetable synth. But yeah. If you're willing to put up with the caveats and care about analog sonics this is definitely worth a try.

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487 posts since 4 Oct, 2016

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 5:37 am

I heard that Spark is not coming to Windows until this month.

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zvenx
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11772 posts since 16 Feb, 2005 from Kingston, Jamaica

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 5:45 am

Spark came to Windows a few days ago.
I had bought their moog then their waterfall (B3) about 3 months ago, tried Opal then too. It never moved me.
Different strokes.. different folks.

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Vortifex
KVRAF
2909 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:04 am

It sounds decent enough, but the price of admission - buy UAD hardware or pay a subscription - makes the competition a lot more appealing.

Also please post a link to the plugin if you're gonna make a thread about it.
Last edited by Vortifex on Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:35 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Erik_Lucas
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187 posts since 16 Jul, 2021

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:15 am

Does anyone know if the synth runs on UA's pcie cards? I might just be interested in buying the synth perpetually if it runs on their hardware for Windows, instead of the subscription.

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zvenx
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11772 posts since 16 Feb, 2005 from Kingston, Jamaica

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:54 am

no it runs native.... all their synths run native...

But you can buy it outright for currently $199US

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Funkybot's Evil Twin
KVRAF
10215 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:58 am

Does OPAL have a pre-configured MIDI Assignment? I was very disappointed that the UAD Minimoog has hardwired MIDI mappings. Made it a nightmare to work around in Reaper to finally get it going with my System-8 (had to use a JSFX to remap a bunch of CC's then combine other parameters with Reaper's own Learn system). Some parameters have no automation at all and just could not be controlled either in Reaper or via MIDI. I get that instruments are new UA, but they really implemented a very poor method of hands-on instrument control with the Minimoog that's basically in the stone age.

I really hope MIDI Learn and exposing more parameters to automation is high on the to-do list if they're going to keep developing instruments. This otherwise isn't acceptable.

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36 posts since 2 Aug, 2014 from Hannover, Germany

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:51 pm

Does the synth support MPE, MTS-ESP resp. *.scl or *.tun Files?

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KVRist
487 posts since 4 Oct, 2016

Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:50 pm

I just tried it, and I think I rather have Icarus 2, which can be bought from Thomann for $113.

dubguy99
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223 posts since 28 Jun, 2017

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 12:14 am

Funkybot's Evil Twin wrote: Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:58 am Does OPAL have a pre-configured MIDI Assignment? I was very disappointed that the UAD Minimoog has hardwired MIDI mappings. Made it a nightmare to work around in Reaper to finally get it going with my System-8 (had to use a JSFX to remap a bunch of CC's then combine other parameters with Reaper's own Learn system). Some parameters have no automation at all and just could not be controlled either in Reaper or via MIDI. I get that instruments are new UA, but they really implemented a very poor method of hands-on instrument control with the Minimoog that's basically in the stone age.

I really hope MIDI Learn and exposing more parameters to automation is high on the to-do list if they're going to keep developing instruments. This otherwise isn't acceptable.
It's working fine for me in Ableton with Push2. All the parameter you'd expect to map are exposable in the DAW.

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KVRAF
10215 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:18 am

dubguy99 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 12:14 am It's working fine for me in Ableton with Push2. All the parameter you'd expect to map are exposable in the DAW.
Good to know. Thanks! I think they missed the mark on the Minimoog, but hopefully they improve MIDI control and automation on that one.

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_leras
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1795 posts since 20 Apr, 2005

Post Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:33 am

I should have picked it up when it was on sale a short while ago.

I think it sounds pretty great. Quite solid and present sound.

Some nice sounds in here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buoS8VpN0EI

briefcasemanx
KVRian
1329 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Wed Oct 05, 2022 2:52 am

_leras wrote: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:33 am I should have picked it up when it was on sale a short while ago.

I think it sounds pretty great. Quite solid and present sound.

Some nice sounds in here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buoS8VpN0EI
This sounds incredible

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_leras
KVRAF
1795 posts since 20 Apr, 2005

Post Wed Oct 05, 2022 4:15 pm

Everything UAD flies under the radar here.

I agree this sounds really good.

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Omkar
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927 posts since 25 Dec, 2007 from Hamburg,Germany

Post Fri Oct 07, 2022 5:11 am

I`m so getting used to the card & fx system,
I have problems to get my head around the more recent development.
can some point me in the right direction?
(I`m mainly interested of extending fx with their vsti`s).

Quote myself over at GS (no reply):
"Interesting development, at this point it looks like this:
if one does have a UAD2 card, purchased plugins get ported.
Further purchases remain card related & get ported later
(except the few ported already).

Card owners cannot purchase ported Luna content via Spark
and must follow a subscription model to access them.

Is current state of deal properly reflected for card owners?"
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