Statement Lead starts with recordings of rare, modern and legendary synths that drop through a step modulated filter, tonally controlled by shape and articulation and flows out through effects. Simple, clear and instantly usable.
These things don’t have to be complex. Statement Lead has 90 curated and crafted waveforms recorded from a bunch of vintage synthesizers that form the backbone of a synth that’s useful in almost any situation. Sourced and produced by sound designer and synth collector Tobias Menguser who took the sounds through several layers of processing to find their way into this synth. This is not about pure waveforms it’s about the blending of synth sounds.
So, you select a couple of sounds, blend them, detune them, push in some dirt, punch in some tone, glide it and age it. You can choose different sorts of dirt like Robotic Noise or Taped Storm, and increase the unpredictability of the pitch drift by adding mayonnaise and mojo with the ageing knob. The filter is modelled on an analogue 6, 12 and 24dB per octave filter with controllable cutoff, feedback, envelope type and timing. You can turn on the sequencer from 1-16 steps and inject movement and modulation into the mix.
Then, at the end, you can dial in some drive, reverb, delay, compression and spatialisation based on the Softube mixing plug-ins.
Statement Lead is an immensely usable and immediate synthesizer that takes the slog out of sound design. That can make it a bit simplistic but there’s always space for something that just sounds good with the minimum of effort while giving you a good range of things to play with. It’s very similar to Monoment Bass which Softube also made with Tobias and you could see them as a complementary pair.
Statement Lead is out now for a special price of €89 for MacOS and Windows on AAX, AU and VST formats and needs an iLok.