Applied Acoustics modular environment, Multiphonics CV-2, has expanded with many more modules and can now run as an effects plugin. Let’s check out what the new version has to offer.
The original CV-1 version came out a couple of years and looked quite promising. It wasn’t trying to mimic the look of VCV Rack or be as comprehensive as some of the other software modulars; it was neat, self-contained and different. The difference was that it contained Applied Acoustics physical modelling technology, giving it a unique vibe.
With Multiphonics CV-2, they’ve kept all that originality and expanded it into some interesting places. First of all, there’s some housekeeping with a new scalable interface, improved browser and the introduction of stereo audio signals. Secondly, we get a bunch of new modules that tap into more traditional modular utilities, effects and filters. The new effects and stereo flow give rise to the new ability to run as an Effect plugin. And finally, there have been some adjustments to how you patch things, which should make it faster to use. If you run out of ideas, there are 150 new patches to play with.
Multiphonics CV-2 is modular, so you can build your own synthesizers, rework sequences, design multiple layers of effects processing and patch it all back into itself. It does look complicated, but Applied Acoustic has built-in a system of documentation that helps unlock the concepts for you. There are pros and cons to having a single style of interface. It’s often in the uniqueness of a front panel that we discover how a module works, but they all look the same here. The advantage is that once you understand the ins and outs of one module you can apply that to all of them.
What I like about it is actually how contained it is. You’re not overwhelmed with modules or paralysed with option anxiety. You have a few oscillator choices, a few filters, modulators and utilities and so you can explore modular patching without getting lost. The flip side is that it’s not as comprehensive or infinitely complex.
It’s currently on an introductory offer of $99 or £79 for macOS or Windows, and you can get it direct from Thomann via our affiliate link. There’s also a fully functional 15-day trial available for free.
- Applied Acoustics Multiphonics CV-2 as an effect: Applied Acoustics