Sunday, July 2, 2006
Firebird is not just another synthesizer. It provides a powerful, unique, and innovative synthesis architecture for next-generation sounds never heard before.
300 build-in sounds present a full range of useful workhorse studio standards as well as very special Firebird sounds characterized by multi-layered subtle modulations which add new life and dynamics to the sounds.
Firebird can sound like many other virtual synthesizers but none of them can sound like Firebird can. Why?
Harmonic Content Morphing (HCM) Synthesis
The new synthesis method is based on a large and expandable repertoire of standard waves like saw or pulse as well as complex waves like multi waves, trumpets, organs, pads, pianos, and voice samples. These waves can be modified in real-time by e.g. transposing the wave by one or two octaves and adding it to the original wave, altering its harmonic structure, syncing, compressing or expanding the frequency domain of the spectrum, making the wave fat using only one (!) oscillator by transforming each wave into a hyper-wave, selecting some cycles of a sample and moving through them over time (comparable to wave-table synthesis).
Any modification of a wave can be modulated producing lively shimmery sounds (recall: with only one oscillator!). In total there are more than 14,000 different spectra available for combination and modulation.
Filter and effects
The filter is much more than what you would expect: It is a standard biquad-based or a Moog-type low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, notch, or shelving filter. But it can also provide more complex lter characteristics for vocal or M-shape lters. Finally, it gives you ADSR- or LFO-modulated phaser-effects, AM- or FM-modulation.
The effects section has several reverb and stereo tab delay variations, chorus, ensemble, flanger, and rotary effects as well as combinations.
Firebird comes with an extremely powerful arpeggiator.
A fat knob doubles or quadruples the number of oscillators giving up to 8 (!) oscillators per voice.
IQM (intelligent micro tuning) makes chords harmonically cleaner and at the same time more fat.
* A new, unique sounding synthesis: Harmonic content morphing (HCM).
* High-end sound quality
* 58 oscillator types containing 14,000 morphable waveforms.
* 20 analogue modeled filter types.
* True stereo mode, 4x unison mode, and up to 8 oscillators per voice
* Can sound like other synthesis methods - additive, subtractive, AM, FM, phase distortion, supersaw, vocoder, sync.
* Can sound like natural instruments like piano, brass, organs...
* 23 spectral manipulations or “modifiers” can be applied to the oscillators.
* IQM - intelligent micro tuning for cleaner chords.
* High-end quality DSP algorithms.
* Aliasfree oscillators, aliasfree FM, anti-aliased distortion, oversampling.
* Sample accurate timing.
* Digital precision as well as analogue warmth.
* Easy to program and easy to use.
* 21 arpeggiator types.
* 13 effect types.
* 300 hand picked presets included.
What is Harmonic Content Morphing (HCM synthesis)?
In a studio somewhere, a musician picks up an acoustic guitar and strums a note. As the string vibrates through the air and the sound reverberates through the guitar chamber, this seemingly simple act generates a very complex sequence of harmonic spectra which change over time. In other words, the essence of the guitar sound changes over time, which makes an acoustic guitar sound like an acoustic guitar. It is possible to make a sequence of “snapshots” of these spectra at given times, in essence to capture that change in basic sound over time. And this is where Firebird comes in…
Tone2 has analyzed the spectras of natural instruments and synthesizer sounds, to produce harmonic content snapshots of various sounds which have been included in the synthesizer as waveform morph-tables. Each snapshot in a morph-table is equivalent to a traditional single oscillator waveform, and each morph-table has 256 snapshots! In Firebird, these morph-tables can be loaded exactly like traditional oscillators in subtractive synthesizers, but then you can:
* Modify the morph-table spectrally by changing the harmonic structure of the sound - you can make a fat sound become thin for example, a thin sound become fat, or you can multiply the harmonics… and much more!
* Control the playback of snapshots in each morph-table, over a chosen time period. Inother words, you can change the sound over time, however you see fit.
Harmonic Content Morphing gives you the ability to mimic the sound of real life instruments like guitars and pianos, but also gives you the opportunity to create unique sounds by morphing harmonic content in interesting ways. The possibilities are endless. Unlike traditional synthesis methods like subtractive and additive which for the most part have only static single oscillators, Firebird allows you to alter your basic sound over time because of the inclusion of 256 snapshots per morph-table. Firebird includes over 60 morph-table oscillators, so that means a total of 14,000 snapshots are contained in the synthesizer. Welcome to the power of Firebird!
What is intelligent micro tuning?
IQM (intelligent micro tuning) is a feature of Firebird which automatically tunes the notes that you play so they play in a different scale and sounds more “fat”. For example when you play C2 and C3 on your keyboard, Firebird will detune both notes slightly which results in a fatter or thicker sounds. IQM also allows chords to be processed to make them sounds more clean. For example a major chord has the frequency relationship of
Note 1 : Note 2 : Note 3 = 1 : 1.2599 : 1.498
But after being processed by Firebird, after each note has been detuned slightly, the new frequency relationship would be
Note 1 : Note 2 : Note 3 = 1 : 1.25 : 1.5
This intelligent micro tuning results in cleaner chords, and it happens automatically - you don’t even need to turn IQM on, it’s always working!
Price 69 euro
Published by Stefan Svartling