|Developer||Heart of Noise|
$99 + VAT
|Type / Tags||Synth (Hybrid)Workstation|
Windows XP or newer
500 MHz or faster CPU
6 MB of free disk space
50 MB of RAM
OS X 10.7 or newer
9 MB of free disk space
50 MB of RAM
|Copy Protection||Key File|
GalaXynth is an all-round, workstation-type synth that can produce drums, strings, pianos, synths, and more, all with astonishing fidelity. This is accomplished using a new "Auditory Synthesis" technique, which is based on a reverse engineering of human hearing. Similar to how mp3 encoding works, this algorithm focuses on how sounds are perceived, rather than on their physical basis.
GalaXynth has one of the most advanced synthesis engines ever conceived, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the interface. The hundreds of parameters involved in shaping its sound are hidden from the user. Why? Because Heart of Noise believes that music creation shouldn't be about tweaking knobs for hours on end, searching for the perfect sound. Instead, sounds are discovered by moving through "constellations" of sounds, laid out across the night sky. Each "star" is a preset sound, meticulously designed by the synth's creator. These sounds are then morphed into a continuous 2D surface where previously unheard concoctions of sounds can be discovered. Since this is pure synthesis, it's all done in real time with no latency, no loading times and no samples.
Adding to this is a set of high quality effects so that you can create professional sounding instruments that fit straight into the mix.
Reviewed By bydavidrosen
November 3, 2017
You can read my full review complete with a song demo on my This Thing Rules blog at http://www.bydavidrosen.com/2017/10/18/this-thing-rules-galaxynth/
Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules! This is a really interesting one, as it's a unique rompler from a small, new company called Heart of Noise, that is quite frankly, unlike anything else I've ever played with. GalaXynth is the name of it, and it's a little hard to review, but very cool and worth checking out.
Before we dig into what makes Galaxynth so unique, check out the demo, "Machine Eyes" which was made all in GalaXynth except for the main drum beat.
Picking out presets is kind of pointless with a product like this, since the goal of GalaXynth really is to experiment. There are presets that I used, and it does come with lots of samples to play with... But its the way in which you mess with and most importantly, combine those samples that creates the sounds that you work with.
Heart of Noise says that GalaXynth is a highly advanced "auditory synthesis" modeled after the human ear. That may sound like a lot to take in but what it comes down to is mixing and morphing any of the 100+ instruments included in very natural and smooth ways. In the simplest of terms, there's a box that you drag instruments into and depending on where they are on the X/Y axis as well as how close they are to one another changes the sound of the overall instrument you've created. It's as simple as dragging instruments on and seeing how they mesh.
Of course like any good synth, there are further tools at your disposal to further tweak the sound including 7 high quality effects and intuitive performance knobs. The whole thing has very low CPU usage and practically zero load times. I did run into a few crashes though with certain combinations of sounds which was a little disappointing. After mentioning it to the company they pushed out a patch which actually seemed to fix it, so hopefully those crashes don't raise their heads again, because it's a fun, unique tool to experiment with.
One other thing about GalaXynth that's perhaps a little disappointing is that you can't use your own samples. I suppose the complex nature of making all these sounds mesh together would make that quite hard to plan for, so it's somewhat understandable. And thankfully, GalaXynth is expandable with Soundbanks that Heart of Noise continues to make available including the Pop Stars Vol. 1, Future House, Classic.FM and Neon Dreams packs. Hopefully they'll continue to add more. Don't be scared off though, the initial purchase has enough instrument combinations to really provide a seemingly endless array of possibilities.
GalaXynth is available to buy from Heart of Noise for $99 (there is a free demo available). It's definitely a product in its own category, but I think it's different enough to be worth a look.Read more