Drag your mouse across a creepy scene of Alienize infiltration to generate tones, drones, textures and melodies fir for a Sci-Fi movie.
Alienize is a fascinatingly weird and playful software synth from Sampleson. It pulls together a number of different sound generators and modulators to create evolving textures that interact with the movement of your mouse across the interface.
The sound comes from a combination of Granular, wavetable, virtual oscillators and samples. These are accessed by 41 different modules that are named as a suggestion as to what they may contribute. Alienize gives you three slots to load the modules starting with Pedal, then Generators and finally Textures. Each has its own set of modules, and they blend together to give you its spooky sci-fi sound.
All the modules react differently to the mouse component. All you’re really doing is dragging the mouse from left to right on the GUI. This can just as easily be mapped to a MIDI control. But it’s quite interesting hearing these different layers, like thuds, scraping metal, rustling and theremins all competing for attention under your mouse movements.
In total, you’ve got 120 presets that cover drones, arps, lead and instrument sounds, textures and environments. There’s also a reverb on the master output. The interface looks amazing, is completely scalable, and it’s really easy to use. It’s not very deep, there’s only a little bit of access to how the Textures function, but otherwise, you’re just there for the ride. But for $39 it’s a really nicely presented ambient sound generator.