Audeon recently announced the availability of the Mac OS X version of its flagship software synthesizer UFO (Unique Filters and Oscillators).
UFO is built upon Audeon's proprietary TransModal Synthesis technology, which makes sound programming particularly flexible and intuitive:
- The sound is defined by various perceptual attributes such as Periodicity, Brightness, Noisiness, Chaos, etc. These sound characteristics are mapped to two-dimensional (XY) control surfaces. Programming a sound comes down to placing dots on these controllers for getting the desired balance between these characteristics.
- The timbre of the sound can be modulated graphically: you simply draw arrows on the control surfaces indicating the way the sound is altered by the various modulations. UFO's synthesis engine allows hundreds of simultaneous modulations, offering a great deal of expressivity while remaining very easy to program thanks to the graphical representation of the sound.
UFO can be purchased online from Audeon's web site. It is available as a VST plugin and is priced $139 / €119.
Windows and Mac OS X demo versions are available for download, including a beta test release of the upcoming Mac update to Universal Binary. A light version of UFO is also available as a shareware (Windows only).