|Type / Tags||String Ensemble SynthSolinaString MachineSynthesizer|
Night Flight creates the sounds of the analogue string ensemble keyboards invented in the early seventies. It is based on an emulation of the ensemble effect first used by Eminent / Solina back in 1972 and an organ-like sound generation (octave divider). No samples are used at all. You will also find a number of features inspired by other string machines like the 3 band equalizer from the Crumar Performer or the Envelope Filter on the very rare ARP String Synthesizer.
Besides the clearly laid out main panel there are 6 sub panels giving access to a large number of under-the-hood parameters like filter and amplifier modulations, ADSR, LFO, keyboard split points, equalizer automation and two additional simultaneous ensemble effects for even thicker pad sounds. Finally there is an onboard effect section providing the typical phasing and delay effects which are essential for some of the best known string machine timbres.
- 3 Oscillators (8 waveforms, pulse width control).
- Up to three simultaneous ensemble effects modelled on the eminent/solina architecture. Full access to the internal parameters of the ensemble effects.
- Optional divide-down mode featuring organ style phase-locked octaves.
- 3-Band Equalizer: Each band can be configured and automated via the LFO.
- Filter: 5 modes (LP2, LP4, BP, HP2, HP4), resonance, cutoff modulation via ADSR envelope, LFO, velocity or keyfollow.
- Amplifier section:
- Attack and Release. Decay and Sustain are available as under-the-hood parameters.
- For each oscillator a simple organ envelope can be selected as an alternative to the ADSR envelope.
- 1 LFO routable to pitch (vibrato), Filter cutoff or equalizer automation. Optional note sync.
- Selectable keyboard split points for bass and string footages.
- Effects section:
- phaser (two models) + delay/echo.
- configurable effect routing.
Reviewed By sfd
June 8, 2014
I was introduced to Night Flight by a friend of mine, who is a real synthesizer enthusiast with a lot of knowledge about synthesizers. At first I was a little sceptical to this low priced string machine. But I couldn't be more wrong. Don't let the price mislead you. Night Flight is a very, very good synth.
My first reaction when I tested this synth was that it really sounded like it came right out of Jean Michel Jarre's famous record Oxygene. Jarre actually used an Eminent 3100 a lot on this and other records.
If you want the sounds of an Eminent 3100 this synth is an obvious choice. There are sampled string machines out there. But compared to Night Flight they sound very static. Night Flight is really an instrument that feels and sounds alive.
With Night Flight it's very easy to tweak the sounds. There's also a MIDI learn function for easy assignment. Apart from the main panel, that looks pretty familiar, there are another six sections (ensemble panel, VCO, LFO, phaser,delay etc...) for in depth tweaking.
The sounds are amazing. I just dreamed away for hours just playing around with the presets.Read more