The Concept virtual synthesizer from Krotos gets an upgrade and beefs itself up with a granular oscillator and advanced shape modulator.
We first saw Concept around NAMM last year and I was quite taken with the modulation engine that used colour and animation to reinforce the routing and application. It put modulation front and centre with multiple options including using an audio input as a modulation source. The original was based on virtual analogue waveforms whereas in version 2 we have a new Granular Oscillator.
The Granular Oscillator can use any audio file as a sound source and then slices them up into tiny grains. Scanning and manipulating the grains can produce all sorts of interesting atmospheric sounds, pads and ambience. But it all depends on how you play with the grains. Concept 2 comes with 300 audio files ready to be granulated or you can drag and drop in your own.
The Advanced Shape Modulator adds a new vibe to the modulation engine where you can design your own modulation curves, breaks and shapes. You can then use it as an evolving LFO or an envelope to control any parameter. The modulation engine lets you patch together multiple instances of modulators to create very complex and interconnected movements.
Other upgrades include a lot more presets, more impulse responses for the convolution reverb and numerous workflow improvements. The darker look is also an improvement and I’m happy to see that the modulation is given no less importance than before.
Concept 2 is not overly complex, it keeps the parameters to a minimum while maximising the modulation potential of the controls that really count.
Concept 2 is available now for an introductory price of £78 for macOS and Windows on VST, AU and AAX formats.