Digital synthesis isn’t anything new, but Waves’ (the company more known for it pro audio plugins) new Element synthesis provides both analog sounds and a familiar analog style interface that are both user and listener friendly.

 

The Element will be $200.00, but is now at an introductory price of $99.00.

 

The software has a huge library of sounds which can be tweaked by adjusting…well, just about everything; Oscillators for pitch, tuning, digital or analog oscillation, modulation, etc.; Voltage control filters for envelopes, resonance, slope, etc.; Voltage control amplifier for velocity, shape, punch, etc.; and that is just the start of the list.

 

All of the parameters are accessible at the same time, without the use of drop down menus or new windows to open…just grab and turn (using your mouse and curser, of course).

 

Waves Element Interface

Snapshot of the Waves Element Interface

 

Effects such as chorus, reverb, distortion and delay are included, as well as a arpeggiator/sequencer for composing tracks.

 

The Element was created in conjunction with producer/engineer Yoad Nevo (Air, Goldfrapp, Pet Shop Boys) whose love of analog synths played a role in the new product.

 

“In my work, I use synthesizers quite a bit. Even though I have a large collection of analog synths, I’m always on the lookout for cool new virtual instruments. So when Waves decided to build a synth from the ground up, there were certain things I made sure it had. We knew we wanted to create a synth that would be straightforward and easy to use, so we started with a basic subtractive synthesis engine. We then developed the engine further, adding features and functions along the way, until it grew into a mature synth.”

 

To watch the official Waves Element Demo click here.

 

Look for a full review here shortly.  For more information visit the Waves website.

Originally posted 2013-01-10 17:54:58.