Minipol: 6-voice virtual analog with Smart Random feature
Minipol from Karanyi Sounds has some random smarts to inject fun and uniqueness into this cool looking 4-voice virtual analog software synthesizer.
This looks fun, fruity and sounds very tasty. It’s a colourful virtual analog synth that invites you to enjoy messing about with sounds and finding your groove in the super-intuitive workflow.
It has at least 4 voices although it might be 6 voices depending if you’re looking at the front of the synth or the specs on the webpage. But we know for certain that there are 4 oscillators based on classic synth hardware. Each oscillator has tuning, panning and level so there’ll be lots of lovely detuning on offer and a good bit of stereo placement. You can add in some noise if you wish and for the sub-oscillator they’ve gone for a sample from a Sequential OB-6 – nice!
There is, of course, a multimode filter although there’s another multimode filter in the Effects section which is interesting but only the first one has its own envelope and LFO. Speaking of effects there are 5 stereo effects with all the usual suspects including a bunch of reverbs sampled from interesting machines.
Minipol’s thing is the Smart Random bar that runs along the bottom looking like something to do with video colourisation. The colours are in fact coded to the colours of the knobs in the synth and to each section of the synth. This effectively means that you can choose to randomise the knobs of one or more colours which gives you a more interesting and contained journey through these possibilities.
Minipol is nicely laid out, with very clear intention, sounds great and is rather lovely and charming to look at. There are 300 presets to get you started and it will run as a plugin for macOS or Windows. The cost is £21.18.
More information from Karanyi Sounds
- Minipol webpage
Just a suggestion and maybe I missed it somewhere, but it would be really useful if you would mention if something is software or hardware before the last sentence of the article?
Ha! Fair comment – it does give the impression of hardware. It’s usually stated in the title or first line but not this time so I’ve added the word “software” for clarification.