Sampleson has shifted its spectral modelling gaze onto the electric pianos of the 1990s and offers up the aptly named Glassy.
They have captured the digital sounds of the Yamaha DX7 and Roland MKS-20 but without sampling or synthesis. The DX7 used FM synthesis and the MKS-20 was based upon additive re-synthesis that they called Structured Adaptive. Sampleson uses Spectral Modelling to analyse the sounds and circuitry down to the component wave elements and then recreate them with a handful of sine waves. The results are remarkably authentic and surprisingly dynamic and nuanced.
There are 20 sounds to play with combining classic digital piano sounds with an underlying Pad Generator which offers that perfect combination of “Piano & Strings” that I would so enjoy playing on those keyboards. The Pad is always available via a volume knob with its own envelope and resonant filter.
The piano sounds are pretty much what you’d expect and they nail that 90s sound. There are no surprises or much in the way of deviation. There’s some chorus and phasing effects and a decent reverb to round it all off. The interface is almost as exciting as those of the keyboards it’s modelling and it’s nice to see that it’s scalable. For me, I think the pad generator is what really turns this is into a wider playable experience. Nice job!
Glassy is available now for Mac or Windows as a plugin or standalone for an introductory price of $19.