Witch is a standalone programmable beast of a little synth that supports the OWL platform patch library, multiple polyphonic synth engines and MPE.
New from Rebel Technology comes the evolution of their OWL DSP platform in the form of a little desktop synthesizer. A programmable DSP heart can be a little overwhelming or confusing in that this little box can be whatever you want it to be and so Rebel Tech are putting it forward with four different synthesizer engines with two variations as its standard factory state. From there you can download different patches and transform this box into anything you can conceive in Pure Data, Max gen, SOUL, Faust, Maximilian and C++.
So, keeping it simple we have:
- SubTract Virtual Analogue synthesizer with 48dB resonant filter
- VoSim Voice Simulator formant synthesizer
- WaveBank Morphing wavetable synthesizer
- QuadSampler Sampler with peak filter
Each of these synth engines has two modes: Expressive Mode offers continuous pitch control and MPE support and Performance Mode with discrete pitch control, standalone chords and classic MIDI support. Also packed in there are a pair of assignable tap-tempo LFOs with variable shapes and a digital effects section.
You can edit the Witch via a browser-based Synth Editor and download OWL library patches into it of which there are more than 300. As it can be almost anything the Witch is a tricky thing to explain or describe. I have one on my desk and I hope to do a review of it soon and hopefully, I’ll be able to unpack what it’s all about. It’s certainly very cute and full of functionality.
It’s available fully assembled from Rebel Technology for €295 or you can get a kit version from Befaco who also make the OWL-based LICH Eurorack module with similar versatility.