GForce impOSCar


From the homepage:
If you want subtractive, additive, monophonic, duophonic, polyphonic, multiple oscillator waveforms, multiple LFO types, multiple filter types, multiple triggering modes, keyboard velocity response, integrated effects, an arpeggiator, filter overdrive, programming immediacy, a hefty patch library and the capability of producing a vast and varied range of sublime tonal textures, then the impOSCar really could be the only virtual synth you need!

This is a bold claim, we know, but such has been the response to the impOSCar and our belief in it's ability to produce the highest quality sounds across an extensive tonal range, that it might not be so fanciful after all!

The impOSCar is modelled on the unique and wonderfully esoteric British synthesiser, the OSCar, manufactured between 1983 and 1986 and subsequently used to great effect by artists such as Ultravox, Jean-Michel Jarre, Stevie Wonder, Underworld, Orbital and even Oscar Peterson. Because it was released at the same time as MIDI and early affordable polyphonic synthesisers, the instrument wasn't a huge commercial success and only 2000 were produced before the company ceased trading.
However, to those in the know, OSCar has been a highly prized item and the secret weapon in many programmer's sonic arsenal. In a sea of monophonic subtractive synths available at that time it was unique and refreshing in many ways:
It looked interesting. It had an additive synthesis section. It had memories. It was duophonic and monophonic and, with the exception of the filter, it was all digital. All of these features contributed to its sound which could be summed up in one word- Awesome.
From sublime to screaming, from clean and clinical to phat as phuck, the OSCar did it all.
The impOSCar was two years in production and since its release it'amount of s become one of the most respected virtual synthesisers on the market. All the notable features of the original instrument are evident here as well as several enhancements including a more intuitive additive section, polyphony, increased LFO waveforms and a chorus and delay effects section.
The filters are a particular highlight of the impOSCar and feature two stunning 12dB filters running in series, a filter overdrive and sublime separation control. In fact these filters are now so respected, ace instrument and sound design company Spectrasonics licensed them for use in their wonderful Stylus RMX.
With additive and subtractive synthesis, a huge number of potential waveforms on offer, a plethora of kick-ass filter modes and an intuitive design, the impOSCar is capable of a range of sounds far beyond that of any standard subtractive synthesiser.

Core features
2 Oscillators, 13 Waveforms
Programmable Additive Wave Matrix
Unique filter section: 9 filter types with Drive, Cutoff, Q and Separation
Two Envelope Generators
Mono, duo and polyphonic arpeggiator with 4 modes
5 Keyboard Triggering modes
Extensive LFO section with sync
6 portamento modes
Powerful Effects section
Programmable Velocity responses
MIDI Learn with storable CC maps
A vast range of sonic possibilities
Retractable keyboard
500+ Patch library. Including sounds from many original OSCar users including Billy Currie (Ultravox), Mark Moore (S-Express) Rick Smith (Underworld), Lee Groves (Basement Jaxx, Terminalhead), Tim Dorney (Republica) and Paul Wiffen, original OSCar sound designer and OSCar programmer to Stevie Wonder and Jean Michel Jarre.

More Good News... our second Mac Universal Binary instrument update, impOSCar, is now available. This update is free to Mac users who purchased and registered their instrument after the 1st October 2006. For these users the instrument has automatically been allocated to your account. Simply log in and head to "My Software" where you should download the installer and click on the "Mail installation code" to have the installation codes sent to you via email.

Price: 99.00 dollar