You don’t have to be on drugs to appreciate the Psychedelic FM Superesonator but it probably helps. Banging new floor-filling plugin synthesizer from Eplex7 DSP where you can draw your own FM razor sounds.
Psychedelic FM Superesonator
Combine special super-additive oscillators with the visually and aurally penetrating sound of FM razers and you have a recipe for staying up all night making shapes and nodding heads. The Psychedelic FM Superesonator from Eplex7 DSP goes hard after the edgiest of FM sounds. But the best thing is that you can draw in your own waveforms using the 128 high-resolution drawbars.
A bar graph of additive frequencies represents each of the two oscillators. You can stumble your mouse across them to generate collections of frequencies or you get very precise and just pull in the ones you want. Endless variations in a real-time game of FM sound crafting. Between the two is a weird-looking FM Superesonator Knob that looks like it’s spell-casting rather than delivering FM modulation: Maybe that’s the same thing. The oscillators can also be detuned and have independent mixing.
For filtering Eplex7 DSP gives you 13 high quality, vintage and analogue-style filters to choose from. All modes are represented with low, high and bandpass plug notch, peaking and a few combinations. Cutoff and resonance knobs are freely available for tweaking. There’s a lot of scope for getting just the right about of tone and warmth wrapping around the harshness of the FM sound generation.
On the modulation side, you get separate envelopes for both the amplifier and filter and a 5 waveform LFO. The only effect appears to be the 3D ping-pong delay – it’ll do!
Head splitting sounds
If you can cope with the choice of colour in the interface then it’s completely capable of dealing out some brain-bending sounds. I get the feeling it’s supposed to be a bit fierce and FM sounds can certainly feed into that concept. I can’t help feeling that the interface is a bit dated and doesn’t exactly pull you into the flow. Although the drawing of the additive oscillators is very cool. I’m sure all these things would blur nicely in the haze of an afternoon of supplements.
Psychedelic FM Superesonator is available for Windows for €40 or if you get in there quick you can pick it up for €26.90. There’s also a demo if you just want to give it a try.