Kilohearts has announced the forthcoming launch of Phase Plant, a virtual synthesizer with a modular architecture that incorporates their “Snapins” eco-system.
What are Snapins?
Snapins is an effect chaining plug-in that let you snap-in various effects and modulation modules to create custom plug-ins that run as VST/AU plug-ins in your DAW. Phase Plant takes that idea and adds in synthesis and sampling modules to create a huge hybrid synthesizer.
You start with a single blank page and draw in from your collection of Snapin modules and the new signal Generators. Wire them up, drop in Modulators, functions and audio routing and before you know you’ve got a massive modular thing going on.
Choose from generators such as analogue modelling, wavetables, noise and samples. Add in phase, frequency and ring modulation. Snapin effects per voice or globally and you can layer up the generators. Audio rate modulation is encouraged. The usual suspects like filters and distortion are all present and eager to be incorporated. The LFO waveforms can be customised and all sorts of things are possible with the AHDSR envelopes, random and sample & hold devices and MIDI modifiers.
There will be a massive library of presets to spend time in and you don’t have to own any Snapin plugins to get started as 6 come in the box. Another 5 can be added with the Toolbox Starter pack and over 20 are available separately.
The look and sound of this thing is phenomenal. I’m not entirely sure what the Snapin thing is all about but this is one gorgeous looking virtual synthesizer playground. The sound making “Generators” on the left, Modulators along the bottom and those Snapin effects on the right. It has a glow and vibe that’s very intriguing. Feels a bit like Arturia Pigments mixed with Bitwig Studio 3’s Grid. It will be on demo at NAMM and they hope to release in the Spring for $199 bundled with the Toolkit or $169 on its own.
- Kilohearts Phase Plant webpage.