|Type / Tags||Synth (Analogue / Subtractive)|
- 2 oscillators (saw, pulse, triangle, sine).
- Noise generator.
- FM mode.
- Sync mode.
- Ring modulation.
- 2 modulators (saw, pulse, triangle, sine).
- 3 modulation modes for each oscillator ( mod1, mod2 and mod1+mod2 ).
- Modulators are syncable to hosts tempo. ( with sync rate selection ).
- Option to inverse the modulation signal for each oscillator.
- Option to quantize the modulation signal for each oscillator.
- LP filter with selectable modulator.
- Smooth option for filter modulation.
- Stereo modulated delay.
- Midi CC (CC map included).
Reviewed By kritikon
May 25, 2004
It's aimed at being a spcialFX synth, which is exactly what it does best, so don't expect to be able to play Chopsticks on it, or even play a recognisable note depending on the settings!
Invader is a VSTi that I load up often when I'm doing dub. It's just perfect for those heavily delayed synth bleeps and warbles that you use for effect rather than as part of any melody. In fact, every now and then I get a sound from it that's quite reminiscent of my MS20 - generally it's not aimed at being a clone of anything in particular, but when you patch up weird sounds, it can take on some definite analogue character. It can range from mild but interesting to complete modulation madness, and it does it better than most general synths.
Sound - as stated, it has it's own character, and occasionally takes on the character of quite esoteric h/w synths. The perfect sound for dub, ambient, experimental, or soundtracks. It can be obviously digital and thin, but more importantly can be full and warm-sounding.
Features - plenty of scope for modulation mayhem - you can modulate pitch, filter, FM, amplitude, and the mod sources and destinations are quite flexible. One of the nice things about Invader is that you don't have to be an expert programmer to get weird sounds from it. OK, it helps to know what you're doing if you have a specific sound effect in mind, but any beginner can have immense fun and good results by just twiddling knobs at random. Many synths work the exact opposite way - play with too many parameters and you ruin a sound if you're not careful. But Invader invites you to make silly sounds, and then delivers. Not a huge amount of oscillators but it really doesn't need that many.
GUI - if you're not familiar with synthesis, then you could be scratching your head to fathom it out, but it does actually make sense and is logically laid out. My only beef is the GUI is a bit too small for my screen settings - too many GUIs are designed for low res, but if you're working with a big host it's often better to have very high res, so you can get more of your mixer channels etc on-screen - but this makes some GUIs very small and difficult to read from any distance. I would like it bigger.
Presets - not many, but I'm not convinced that Invader needs any more. Because it's designed to make weird specialFX by modulation, you'll probably have to make your own, otherwise they're too distinctive and easily recognised to be of original use. It really is a breeze to get your own sounds - simply move any or all knobs until the sound is as weird as you want it to be.
Stability - no crashes, and a surprisingly small CPU hit considering it's Synthedit. I'm often not flattering about Synthedit VSTi's, but it shows it can be good if programmed well with thought (which e-phonic has done)Read more
Reviewed By Dogboy73
February 14, 2004
The parameters on the Invader are your standard subtractive synthesis fair - 2 Oscillators, Amp envelope, Filter, Filter envelope & 2 modulaters that can be synced to your sequencers BPM & routed to the oscillators &/or the filter. This is handy for adding rhythmic modulations to your sounds. There's also a delay section & the main area has a glide control for portmento effects, A noise generator & a Ring modulator.
Sound wise is where the Invader stands out from the usual VA/Subtractive soft synth. It's cleary been designed with more obscure, Esoteric sounds in mind. That's not to say it pumps out random, unusable nonsense - quite the opposite. It's sounds have a fair amount of character, Warmth & depth to be honest. It's certainly just as capable of creating nice fat, warm bass & leads tones it is at making more esoteric sound FX.
Sound quality wise the Invader scores quite highly to my ears. It often reminded me of the old C=64/SID type sounds only with much more analogue style fatness & character.
As a freebie that will give you something a bit different that also sounds fantastic Invader is absolutely essential.Read more
Reviewed By warbug
June 17, 2003
Reviewed By norman666
March 13, 2003
I really like Invader.
Low CPU for a Synth Edit VST and very good sound.
It's perfect for effects and atmospheric sounds.
The coolest feature is that the signal of the modulators can be quantisized. This gives an effect of some sort of an appregiator.
The modulators can be controlled and routed in many ways.
You even can modulate the modulator and route that to the pitch of an oscillator, control the amount of modulation, inverse the modulation, send it to the filters cutoff and so on.
It has FM and Sync and Ringmodulation. And these can be on at the same time.
All these options are placed in a clean interface.
The sounds it can produce are from a simple bass synth to complex effects.
The build-in modulated delay makes the sound complete and rich sounding.
An other nice freebee from ephonic. I guarantee it's not a waste of time to try this one. Just listen to the presets that go with it... nice...Read more