Strap on your VR goggles, it’s going to be an awesome ride with this latest highly evolved version of SynthSpace which is heading for release in December.
We first saw this back in May where they had a pretty basic but intriguing video featuring a fully realised row of Eurorack style modular synthesis. Well, look at it now. No, really, you should watch the video:
This is completely nuts in the best possible way! The combination of the visual and functionality is astounding even to the point of giving you a box opening experience. SynthSpace seems to incorporate all sorts of ideas and vintage functions while building in digital sampling and impressively interactive interactions. Those sample cartridges are out of this world. So, yeah, this looks very cool to me.
On launch, you get to play with 25 modules within 4 environments and run as many instances as your system can handle. It also has the facility to record your performance. Developer Markus Hofer says that it will cost “the price of a nice lunch” – let’s hope that’s at Subway and not The Ivy.
However, it all lives and dies on how feasible it is to operate musically in a virtual plane of existence. How comfortable is the gear, how fluid are the movements and how easy is it to touch, move and position things so that you don’t get angry? That is always the question with VR based synthesis and music-making.
SynthSpace is being released on Steam on the 4th December and you can sign up to test it early if you want. Obviously, you’ll need the right VR gear and computer. I’m fascinated to know how well this is going to function and I applaud Markus and Bright Light Interstellar for showcasing such an extraordinary possibility.