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Native Instruments Absynth 5

Absynth 5, Virtual Modular Synth from Native Instruments in the Absynth series.

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Native Instruments has announced Absynth 5, a new semi-modular software synthesizer.

The new version is designed to enhance the sonic capabilities of Absynth with additional synthesis and effects features as well as overall improved audio quality, and offers a new way to create complex sounds based on musical attributes, according to NI.

A "Supercomb Filter" is designed to open up "a new world of physical modeling-type sounds" with intricate acoustic resonances, while the new granular-based "Cloud Filter" can supposedly add both "subtle and drastic" spectral modulations. The addition of filter feedback paths is also designed to enable a new range of organic, gritty and unpredictable tones.

The effects section of Absynth has been expanded with the new "Aetherizer," an algorithm that breaks up sound into microscopic particles and rearranges them in complex ways, creating new sound treatments.

Absynth 5 also introduces the "Mutator", a feature that enables intuitive sound creation and variation based on actual musical terms. For any given preset, users can choose specific attributes from the sound browser that they want to change the sound towards. The software then analyzes other presets related to these attributes, and adjusts the original patch to adapt the desired sound characteristic.

The sound library of Absynth has been expanded with 250 new presets that make use of the new soundshaping features, resulting in about 1,800 ready-to-play presets that are accessible through the integrated Kore-compatible sound browser.

Absynth 5 also utilizes new oversampling algorithms in various stages of the signal path that enable increased sonic clarity in the crucial upper frequency range, NI says.

Pricing & Availability
Absynth 5 will be available in October 2009 for a suggested retail price of $199 / €179, and will also be part of the new Komplete 6 bundle. An update for owners of previous versions of Absynth will be available for $79 / €69.

More information on Absynth 5 including audio demos can be found at www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/absynth-5.
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