The Softpop SP2 synthesizer is getting an upgrade to become a digital oscillator that comes with a raft of extra waveforms, features and a truckload of stability.
The SP2 is a radical little synthesizer that’s full of unconventional pathways. It smashes together unconventional digital control and an analogue modular synth. A digital brain running an analogue heart or something along those lines. The result is something beautifully chaotic, musical and inspired.
In a new firmware update, Bastl has somehow managed to add a complete digital oscillator. The original analogue triangle core oscillator still exists, but you now have a digital alternative which can then run through the rest of the analogue architecture. The new oscillator comes with 8 digital waveforms, detuning and wave shaping, which massively extends the Softpops tonal possibilities.
The digitalness of the oscillator also brings in vastly improved tuning precision and stability – something that was perhaps lacking in the original release.
There are other improvements too. The new firmware brings envelope gate probability, the updating of sequence pitch only at active gates, a fine-tune fader mode and the CV output mode now has pitch tracking. The MIDI implementation has been expanded, so things like MIDI notes trigger the envelope, transposition, and MIDI Clock. There are all sorts of CC control possibilities, like the FX being controlled by MIDI notes.
This upgrade radically changes the sonic range of the Softpop SP2, giving it vastly more colour, tone and character. The update is free to all users.
- Softpop SP2: Bastl Instruments