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|Type / Tags||Synth (Analogue / Subtractive)|
- 3 Oscillators (Saw, Square, & Variable Pulse with PWM & hard sync).
- 16 voice polyphonic (Dynamic voice allocation).
- 2 multimode resonant filters connectable in serial, parallel/cross-fade, link mode or in isolation.
- 2 LFOs with selectable waves assignable to most parameters.
- 2 ADSR envelopes assignable to most parameters.
- 64 bit audio engine.
- Fully automatable via MIDI.
- Responds to Velocity, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch & Modulation wheel, with assignable routing.
- X-Y controller, assign any parameter to the X and Y axis and morph them both at the same time using the mouse.
Reviewed By dburgan
February 8, 2004
- Nice UI
- Very intuitive design
- Lots of presets available
- Relatively flexible synth engine
- XY pad is cool and unique
- Dual multimode filters
- Sound is decent, but nothing to write home about
- Oscillator waveforms are hardcoded - WTF?
- Knobs are too small
I'd like to say I reach for Electron first every time I need a VA sound, but unfortunately I don't. There are just too many other VA synths with similar capabilities and superior sound. Electron's a nice enough product, and I love Muon as a company, but it's not the strongest product in Muon's line.Read more
Reviewed By bandasound
February 4, 2004
Reviewed By Scot Solida
June 23, 2003
Reviewed By VicDiesel
June 23, 2003
There are some things that I can't judge: Muon is very proud of their alias-free oscillators. I guess so. There are other synths on the market that don't remark on this that sound fine to me too.
Having played with other soft synths I see as the main limitation of Electron that the oscillators have fixed waveforms. The sawtooth and square wave sound "sweet", and it is hard to get Electron to produce the aggressive tones you get from a triangle wave.
That said, there are lots of routing / modulation possibilities, and the oscilators and filters sound good at what they do. I have no problem getting useful sounds out of this synth.
I have a few other niggles with the user interface, but nothing major. Actually, there is strange bug in the slider for the cross-fade between the filters. Once you know that, you simple grab it at the corner instead of the middle of the slider.
The presets are not great, but there are several good bank for download right here on kvr.Read more
Reviewed By tesla
September 3, 2001
+ great multipurpose sounds
+ innovative X-Y controller
+ flexible filter combination
+ MIDI controllable
- no sync to host for LFO
- fixed waveforms for each OSC
Being a fan of other Muon synths (Atom/Pro, Tau/Pro) I also bought this when it came out in July 2000. At the time of release this was one of the strongest VSTi available. With 3 OSCs, 2 LFOs, 2 ENVs, flexible filter combination and the innovative X-Y controller for a fair price it was a milestone in VSTi development and is still playing in current top league. The original presets haven't been much impressive, but with the newer ones (see kevvvvv's review) you can hear the strong capabilities and power of this beauty.
However, you can miss some things that are 'standard' in newer highclass synths, like you can't change OSC waveform or can't sync the LFOs to host tempo.
But I'm still loving it for creating atmospheric sweeping pads, powerfull basses and leads. As far as I know Muon is currently working on a new version, I'm curious to get...Read more