Microtonal scale conversion and a hybrid sample and oscillator sound engine bring a powerfully modern world vibe to Solo.
TAQS.IM partnered with musicians around the world to build the sound library for Solo. It’s designed to offer an authentic way to play and sculpt modern “World” sounds.
The hybrid synth engine lets you mix and match 3 oscillators as either analogue-style waveforms or library and imported samples blending these elements together in interesting ways. And then you have the traditional forms of filtering and synthesis techniques to add tone and movement. A matrix of modulation provides a comprehensive range of sources and destinations and then the effects engine spruces everything up with a choice of reverb, distortion, phaser and delay.
Perhaps the most important element in Solo is the Microtonal Makam Scales. It punches you out of the 12-tone scale and dials in a whole world of alternative tunings with an “oriental-style” scale converter. You can choose from a huge library of scales.
The interface isn’t the finest I’ve ever seen but it’s straightforward and clear as to what’s going on. The sounds are pretty unique and intriguing and I can see how brilliantly this serves the world music community and people who wish to compose in those forms. The blend of samples and synth sounds is pretty epic and exciting and takes it out of the realms of purely ethnic instruments and into some other place. Check this out:
Solo is available now for macOS or Windows as a VST or AU plugin for $159 on a special offer and is usually $189.
- TAQS.IM Solo webpage.