MackTuesday has released an alpha version of Orz, a fully modular synthesizer VST instrument for Windows that uses "TRAMS" (Tuned Recursive Amplitude Modulation Synthesis) oscillator technology. This allows Orz's oscillators to produce band-limited digital waveforms with rich, complex spectra. Nine sliders that control timbre might remind you of a graphic equalizer; their function bears rough similarity to that of an equalizer, but they don't control specific regions of the spectrum, rather, they affect disparate groups of partials in a way that defies simple explanation. Brightness and Contrast meta-controls affect the regular controls altogether. Brightness sets their average level; contrast adjusts the width of their spread (the standard deviation). Orz is also capable of a sort of E-MU-style morphing filter behavior.
- 4 envelopes.
- 4 oscillators.
- 4 fractional delay units.
- 4 filters.
- 4 LFOs.
- 4 noise generators.
- 2 ring modulators.
- 2 step functions (AKA bitcrushers or amplitude quantizers).
- 2 sample-and-hold units.
- 6 freely routable user controls.
- Partial patch saving and loading.