This is a hybrid product in more ways than one — not least because it can be controlled via a dedicated DAW plug-in.
Announced at last year’s Summer NAMM, Audified’s Synergy R1 immediately grabbed my attention — studio-quality hardware reverbs aren’t released every day, especially for the 500 series. But even in the company of other outboard reverbs, the Synergy R1 stands out. Not only is there a stereo digital reverb boasting a range of original algorithms running on the on-board DSP, but there are also three all-analogue saturation circuits. On top of that, not only can the whole ensemble be operated from the front panel but, courtesy of a tiny USB socket, it can be controlled via software too: there’s a stand-alone app and a (VST2, VST3, AU or AAX) plug-in for Windows and Mac OS.
I’ll explore the Synergy R1 first as a stand-alone hardware processor, before moving on to consider the software side of things. The ‘double-wide’ face-plate is required not only because this is a stereo device — which obviously means that it needs access to two channels of the 500-series host chassis’ I/O — but also because you’d never fit all the controls and displays on a single-width module. In my opinion, Audified have used the available panel space to good effect.
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