Denmark (January 13, 2006)–Kjaerhus Audio has released its software synthesizer called Spectra. Spectra is a synthesizer plug-in which combines multi-stage additive synthesis with subtractive synthesis in an easy-to-operate and intuitive product. It provides timbral possibilities ranging from classic synthesizer sounds to re-synthesized instrument sounds and sound morphing.
It features a 250 partial additive engine with up to eight detune-able oscillators per voice. Up to 100 harmonies can be made on a timeline for re-synthesis and harmony morphing. An audio analyzer is available to convert wave files into harmonies. The subtractive part includes 12 analog modeled filters with resonance, two of those to self-oscillation. Two LFOs are available for tremolo, vibrato and filter modulations. Five flexible multipoint envelopes with looping and time-stretch capabilities are available to control amplitude, filter cutoff, pitch and modulation level for each of the two LFOs.
The effect section features Chorus/Flanger, Delay, Phaser and Reverb. A 2-bank preset system is available for easy program handling; there is no latency, which makes the instrument suited for real-time performance in the studio or on stage.
Torben Larsen, founder of Kjaerhus Audio, commented, “Our goal was to make a musical instrument with new and interesting sound possibilities that was also easy and intuitive to work with. We have done our best to make this synth as logical and non-technical for the user as possible, focusing on the quality and features that make a difference to the musician.”
Spectra is available for online purchase. The price will be $198, but until February 3, 2006 it can be purchased for only $158 as an introduction discount.