Homegrown Sounds Ammonite
According to HG Sounds, Ammonite can be used to good effect on a superficial level by people less experienced with synths, and the deeper elements can become apparent through usage.
Each synth section combines 2 Oscillators and has various Modes which decide how they interact with each other; such as Add, Subtract, Dual Pitch and FM. Each Oscillator is said to be capable of over 3,500 waveforms ranging from the usual suspects, such as Sine and Saw, to FM bell like sounds, through to cutting digital Waves. There is also an assortment of filters from Low Pass, Hi Pass, Band Pass, Shelving and Comb, which are cascadable up to 8 times. There are two 32 stage Envelopes per synth, one dedicated to the Volume, and the Second to the Filter, both capable of repeating a range. Each synth is completely independent and has it's own FX send level, Noise, Tuning and Drive.
The effects section, is comprised of the TerraNova FX system which has 5 main effects including SoundScaper, Delay, and 3 multi-purpose Modulators which can be used to do an assortment of Modulating effects such as Flanger, Phasers, Ring Modulators, FM, Pitch Shifters, Filters, Mod Delays, Decimator and synth tones. These can be routed in any order using drag and drop routing, or randomized using a dedicated randomizer. Other effects include, Harmonic Exciters, a Compressor, an 8 band graphic EQ, Low and Hi Cut, plus Drive with 4 different modes.
As for sequencing, Ammonite has an assortment of options which include a Polyphonic Gate Sequencer capable of triggering any of the 5 envelopes, plus a unique way of using a polarity setting to trigger Synth 2 on the off positions, as well as either of the filter envelopes. There is a second monophonic gate sequencer which is dedicated to driving a Gapper and/or re-triggering the LFOs in the FX Modulators. Finally there is an Arpeggiator/Sequencer, which can do all the classic ARP stuff, plus can be programmed as a one note sequencer, with an additional Muter mode for deciding which steps will sound, the company says. The Muters can be used with the standard ARP Mode, and along with independent step size can create unique ARP patterns.
Pricing & Availabiliyy
Ammonite is available now and priced at $60 directly from the hgsounds.com website, but for the first week of release it will be available for half price. There is a 30 day demo available which is fully functional apart from the Microtuner, 4 note polyphony, and sound will stop after 30 minutes of use in each session.
For full product specs, check out www.hgsounds.com.
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