The MIDI specialists of Hexachords have released Orb Synth, a new wavetable Synthesizer for PC/Mac in the shape of Ableton’s own wavetable synth.
Until November 18th, you can use the code ORBS at checkout and get it for only 1€ instead o 49€ (regular price).
Hexachords Orb Synth
Orb Synth is a two-oscillator wavetable Synthesizer with several pre-installed wavetables. No wavetable import or editor, a bit of shame. Then, we have two multimode filters (3 types) for further sound shaping. There is also a modulation engine.
It has two basic LFOs and two envelopes, one of which is also used to control the volume. You can set the modulation of parameters simply in a matrix on the right side. However, the range of parameters that can be modulated is very limited. This includes oscillator amp, position, frequency, both filter frequencies, and both LFOs rates. Compared to Massive X, Serum a bit lean. But it’s good that you move the wavetables, an essential feature for such a Synthesizer.
Additionally, you have a randomize function inside the modulation matrix that can generate unexpected sounds. Finally, you get two effects (delay, reverb), a saturator, and a controller for glide to refine your sounds.
To be honest, Orb Synth is very reminiscent of Ableton’s Wavetable Synthesizer. It almost looks like Ableton released its Synthesizer as a plugin. Even the design of the modulation matrix is almost exactly like in the DAW from Berlin. In terms of sound, however, it is not on the same level as its direct competitor or Ableton Wavetable. This may also be due to the uninspiring presets.
All in all, Orb Synth is not the most feature-rich wavetable Synthesizer but one of the simple ones out there. There is potential to grow. I hope that a few updates with new features will come in the future.
To Orb Synth (VST3/AU) is currently available for 1€, for this price it is certainly worth a try. To benefit from the deal, add Orb Synth to your cart and use the code ORBS at checkout. This deal is only available until November 18, 2020.
More information here: Hexachords (partner link)