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Newfangled Audio Generate

Newfangled Audio Generate

Newfangled Audio’s Generate soft synth embraces chaos...

Hot on the heels of the free Pendulate mono synth, also distributed via Eventide, Generate can either be used in mono, four‑voice, eight‑voice or layered voice unison mode. Eight voices may not sound over‑generous, but trust me, you probably won’t want to play big chords on this thing — in many cases, two notes at a time is one note too many. Pendulate is definitely worth investigating if you don’t have it already and is a good way to explore the basics of Generate, but Generate takes the concept much further, not just by adding polyphony but also by providing significantly more features. It also supports MPE, for those with a keyboard controller that sends it. Authorisation is via an iLok account, either using a physical iLok or computer authorisation. There are plenty of presets to get you started while you’re becoming familiar with the controls, and there’s also a Random button that produces usable results more often than you might imagine.

As with Pendulate the sound generator is described as a chaotic oscillator that feeds into a wavefolder to modify the harmonic structure, and then something akin to a filter section that is actually a low‑pass gate based on a concept devised by Don Buchla, a legendary name in synth design.

The instrument also includes envelope shapers, effects and assignable modulators, but the real key to the sound is the way the oscillator, wavefolder and filter section work together. It is explained that one of the oscillator modes is based on the principles of two pendulums that interact, sometimes in a complimentary sine‑wave kind of way but other times in a more chaotic manner producing complex modulations and harmonic changes. This is the only oscillator type in the free Pendulate version while Generate has five different types on offer.

Organised Chaos

Generate’s interface is unusual, with square controls that have a blue line around them tracing the amount and, when adjusted, the value shows inside for as long as you tweak the control, then it reverts to the control name. As you play notes, the three main sections of the GUI display animated shapes that sit behind the controls. These ghostly yellow shapes relate to the dynamic...

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Published May 2021