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Parawave Audio updates Rapid Synthesizer to 1.7.0 - Adds New UI Theme, Oscillator Insert-Effects, Filters and FX Version

Parawave Audio

Parawave Audio has updated Rapid to version 1.7.0 and added an improved new user interface theme, new oscillator insert-effects, filters and an extra FX version of the plugin.

A New Look
The added main theme improves the overall visual style and is intended to be easier on the eyes than previous iterations. On the basis of user requests, the fonts and colors were reworked into a modern darker style. Ideally suited for longer sound design sessions.

Insert Power
There are three new oscillator insert effects. The new synchronization bends combine hard sync and phase bending to achieve some interesting and complex wave manipulations:

  • Sync Bend A.
  • Sync Bend B.
  • Organic Drift.

The drift insert adds a randomized organic behavior to each unison voice, ideal for analog emulation and vintage patches. It's comparable to the heat dependent properties of analog component and adds small inaccuracies to add unique characteristics.

Filter Wizardry
There are three new lowpass filters. The designs of these filters are based on analog architectures and implement a more intricate feedback drive and resonance behavior:

  • Pro LP 12dB.
  • Pro LP 24dB.
  • Xtreme LP II.

Reverb Magic
Four new spatial types extend the existing reverb by adding a new internal early and late reflection model and smooth the spectral impulse and frequency decay. They simulate different space sizes from small (Nuclear) to very large (Space):

  • Nuclear.
  • Solar.
  • Nova.
  • Space.

Rapid FX
It's now possible to use Rapid as effect plugin. The "Effect" version is an additional plugin and will be installed alongside the normal Rapid Synthesizer plugin and also includes a basic set of 93 effect presets. They can easily add very complex motion to mixer, insert or send channels and are ideally suited for build ups, drops and other track highlights.

Here is the complete change log.


  • New oscillator insert effect: Sync Bend A & B.
  • New oscillator insert effect: Organic Drift.
  • New filter: Lowpass-Pro 12dB and 24dB.
  • New filter: Xtreme Lowpass II.
  • New insert: Attack Booster.
  • New insert: Lowpass Highpass 12dB. Serial & Parallel.
  • New Reverb models: Nuclear, Solar, Nova and Space.
  • New Talker FX formant modes "Mate", "Babe" and "Daft".
  • Modulations targets now show an icon in the top left corner when routed.
  • Routing amount is now directly settable from the corresponding target knob.
  • Solo layers. Right-click the layer button LED to toggle solo states. Holding Command-key (CTRL) to un-solo all.
  • BPM synced rates in modulators and other modules are now routable as target.
  • Oscillator context menu now contains a reset function.
  • New Option: One-Click loading of sound presets within the preset browser.
  • Quickly change dropdown parameters with Command-key (CTRL) plus Left- or Right-click to select the previous or next parameter value.


  • Increased modulation value interpolation accuracy.
  • Increased sub-buffer MIDI offset accuracy.
  • Smoother UI parameter change interpolation.
  • Voice stealing now has an immediate effect on active voices according to the voice limit.
  • Improved voice stealing heuristic, so oldest voices are robbed first.
  • Arpeggiator timing is now modulatable.
  • If a routing entry gets in focus, the position is now always in a visible area.
  • Reordered context menu entries in the routing target selection.
  • Additional DC Filter on Glitch declick values greater than 50%.
  • Increased layer name character maximum to 10.


  • Very high MIDI mode arpeggiator loops used an invalid note index.
  • MIDI note events are now cleared when switching from a preset with MIDI data to one without.
  • MB Saturator. Corrected per band ring modulator phases.
  • Moving the sequence loop point now avoids unpredictable jumps.
  • When changing BPM synced rates in modulators the index now continues at the correct position.
  • Sequences now begin at the start of each step when using a mode with random phase.
  • Arpeggiator phase in UI now shows a more precise shuffle timing.
  • Arpeggiator MIDI note off events at the end of the sequence, on rare occasions, were not triggered correctly.
  • Improved monophonic voice mode. Phases and envelopes now continue smoothly when re-triggering a note.
  • Improved fade out of robbed voice release state when the voice limit is reached.
  • After reloading, Ensemble FX damping was only updated when changing the knob value.
  • Time based effect interpolations are now correctly initialized on preset/state change.


  • Added new "Modern" theme as default.
  • Replaced and unified all fonts.
  • Moved master compressor display up and band control knobs down.
  • Changed layout of master modifiers.
  • Added beat markers to trance gate display.
  • Arpeggiator note tool-tip shows note key value and velocity percent.
  • Increased frame count of knobs and wheels.
  • Polaris and Crimson theme don't use pattern backgrounds anymore.
  • Replaced "Gold" theme with "Titanium".
  • Removed "Paradise" and "Retro" theme.
  • Various layout adjustments of knob and label positions.
  • Various small pixel enhancement and rounded corners.
  • Various color adjustments in different color themes.
  • Style Data version changed to 1.7.


  • 93 Rapid FX Presets.
  • 18 Rapid FX Templates.
  • 24 Feature Presets.
  • 14 Sound Presets.
  • 75 Sequences.
  • 38 Reverb Presets.
  • 17 Dual Delay Presets.
  • 17 Saturator Presets.
  • 13 Delay Presets.
  • 7 Trancegate Presets.

Price: 179.99€.



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