Plasmonic is ready for preorders on Indiegogo and says it’s a deeply expressive virtual synthesizer that combines the resonant depth of physical modeling with subtractive synthesis.
Plasmonic is the first virtual synthesizer from Brian Clevinger of Rhizomatic Software Synthesis. Brian is better known as the man behind Native Instruments Absynth. There are definitely some shades of Absynth in the look of the interface.
My goal is for Plasmonic to approach the depth and detail of an acoustic instrument, while making it easy to shape the sound into anything you want. Its deep modulation capability and MPE support make it very playable and expressive.
Plasmonic’s sound generation comes from 4 sources: 2wavetable oscillators, a sample-based impulse generator and a filtered noise generator. These feed, in any combination, into the self-oscillating waveguide/multimode ladder filter pair, which can be configured in parallel or in series. Modulation comes in the form of 5 ADSR envelopes, 3 LFOs, a triggered random source, as well as midi control inputs. And at the end we have some EQ, Saturation, modulated delay and a final resonator.
The sound examples in the video and the way the interface and parameters move and interact is very interesting and impressive. It’s also immensely pleasing to see something develop out of Absynth which has always had bags of innovation and possibility.
Plasmonic is MPE compatible, supports NKS and will run on MacOS and Windows in the usual plugin formats. The preorder price is £76 and it should be available in June.
- Plasmonic Indiegogo page.