Rob Papen has released Blue II.
- BLUE-II: Euro 149– | USD 179
- Upgrade from BLUE to BLUE-II: Euro 44– | USD 49–
- PC: 32 & 64 bits VST/AAX for: Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
In Blue-II they go beyond FM synthesis to what Rob Papen calls ‘Cross-fusion synthesis’.
Today BLUE-II remains true to that ethos with even more sound dimensions and features to its extended name, starting with six oscillators beating at its musically creative heart. These can be connected in various ways, together with two analogue-style modelled stereo filters with 27 different filter types, an enormous range of processing and modulation options, sequencer, and an incredibly powerful arpeggiator. A new range of specially selected waveforms based on samples have been meticulously fashioned for creating new and fresh-sounding synth sounds, so don’t go expecting acoustic pianos galore here. However, since choirs and strings are an excellent basis for so many synth sounds BLUE-II has them in abundance — with much more besides!
Moreover, BLUE-II takes the useful XY pad features from its popular virtual instrument sibling Blade — a cutting-edge additive synthesis powerhouse with a human touch — and transplants them into its own equally extraordinary workflow… perfect for time-based sound movements and vector pad-type sounds. Complemented by four top-quality FX processors, each offering 35 FX types, BLUE-II is a phenomenally powerful virtual instrument to behold.
I contributed to some of the factory presets in Blade (see this post http://www.modulatethis.com/2012/03/rob-papens-blade-synthesizer-now-available.html) and really loved the XY pad so it’s great to see this make it to Blue-II.
All these new features with Blue's 6 oscillators really opens up the sonic range and sound design possibilities. Here is a an intro video to help you wrap your head around this release.
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