(Modulate This) Synth: Blade

Rob Papen Debuts New Blade Synthesizer at NAMM

Musicannews just posted this video of Rob Papen describing his new synth Blade. The synth uses a a “harmolator” to control timber and movement in a sound. Each note is displayed as a dot on an X/Y windows. You can modulate movement with a controller and sync movement to your DAW. Blade also has a sequencer and other standard parameters like LFOs plus two effects.

According to an email I got from Rob harmolator gives you "direct access with the 9 dials (to change the harmonic content) … And of course this XY pad can dynamically change the harmolator using the 9 modulation targets."

So, the harmolator section that lets you dial up harmonic waveforms on a single oscillator then “ripple” through them and change the balance of odd and even harmonics. There is a spread function for thickening up sounds and a sub-oscillator. There is an easy page as well.

The synth should release in late February or early March as they are finishing up the bank manager. Blade will have an intro price of $119 for the first month then will be  $139.

I’m personally excited about this synth as it looks like a great instrument for performance with the opportunity to add motion and visualize the motion.

Update 2/11/2012 – I’ve added more videos I’ve found below:



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