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Reviewed By x_bruce [read all by] on 26th January 2004
Version reviewed: 1.x on Windows
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Adder is another excellent VSTi from ConcreteFX. As many others have
ConcreteFX have tested the waters of additive synthesis with their
contribution, Adder. First, Adder follows in it's siblings footsteps with
a
clean, two dimensional interface. Sections of the synthesizer are clearly
marked and easy to learn quickly.
The sound engine for Adder consists of four possible places to load
data or analyzed sample data. With adder it's bet to keep the samples
mono and short. You want to look for what makes the sound and upload
it for conversion to additive format. This section allows you to phase,
several frequency modulation controls, additive and sample effects like
reverse. You don't need to use samples, in fact, on the opening screen
there are several traditional (for additve) settings such as vocal,
analog,
bells, and other pre-built waveforms to plug into a sound. In use they
are excellent ways of working without converted samples to create rich
sounding timbres.

An area that may be of debate and confusion regarding Adder is its
designer's choice to us 32 waveforms rather than the typical 128 or
more found in other additive synths. There is a reason however. Rather
than set up higher numbers of waveforms ConcreteFX has chosen to let
samples or internal preset waveforms have dramatic effect as you
manipulate the frequency ranges within Adder. It's very powerful and
can, as additive is so capable of doing, rip apart an semblance of the
original timbre, creating EBM style sounds all the way to soothing
ambient timbres. Leads and basses are strong as well although the
overall sound of Adder is a bit more digital than some of it's
competitors. As with this new breed of additive synths, Adder is it's own
idea, using additive theory in several ways and because of this
sounding and behaving differently than other additive synths to date.

There are enormous programming possibilities with eight LFOs, eight
variable step sequencers, a mod matrix, FM matrix, the previously
mentioned sample area where converted samples become additive
building blocks for timbres. There's also delay and modulation effects, a
slick randomizing section - you can go from subtile to wild and that's
just one section. You also have a section of the interface that allows for
two multi-filters with cutoff Q and and distortion on filter 1 and cutoff,
Q,
distortion and ring modulation on filter 2.
Above these controls are tuning and additional controls for filters and
other timbre shaping.
Wave manipulation is in the upper left site and controls individual
volume, harmonic, semitone, volume, pitch, wave response and filters,
all that can be graphically set up. In effect you have 32 oscillators to
work with, each harmoncially different to start with and capable of
having substantial synthesis applied to each group.

ConcreteFX took a promising additive system in Ethereal and unleased
a new way of thinking additive.

Highly recommended.

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