Friday, 26 May 2017

SUPERWAVE SIRIUS SYNAPSE CIRCUIT

 SYNAPSE CIRCUIT 

SUPERWAVE SIRIUS SPRING SALE £11.99 NORMALLY​ £14.99 REVIEW!

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Synapse Circuit keeps bringing you more VST synths (and soon to be effects) for your music making pleasures... 

SUPERWAVE GETS SIRIUS...
Sirius is a powerful virtual analogue synthesizer incorporating a Moog Filter for that nostalgic warm and fat analogue sound.

If you're technically squeamish look away… NOW!

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications
Oscillators
35 Oscillators + Noise Generator with integrated 12dB Resonant Filter
Waveforms: Sine, Saw, Ramp, Square, Pulse, Bi-Pulse, Triangle, Vintage Saw, Exp Saw, Morph Triangle, Parabola, Saw Square, BPF Noise, White Noise
Controls: Tune, Semi Tone, Pulse Width/Morph, LFO1 WFM Depth, LFO2 WFM Depth, Ring, Sync, Active

Mixer
3 Channel Mixer
Controls: OSC1, OSC2, Noise

Filter
Resonant Filter: Moog 4-Pole 24dB
Filter Type: Low Pass
Controls: Cutoff Frequency, Resonance, Keyboard Track, Envelope Intensity, Velocity Sensitivity, Velocity Curve

Amplifier
Controls: Level, Pan, EG2/Gate, Distortion, Distortion Shape, Distortion Limit, Keyboard Track, Velocity Sensitivity, Velocity Curve

Envelopes
2 Envelopes with Time Scale and Output Contour function
Contour Types (Curve): 13
Controls: Curve, Time Scale, Clip Attack, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release

Low Frequency Oscillators
2 LFO's (Low Frequency Oscillators)
Waveforms: Ramp, Pulse, Triangle, Sine, Sample and Hold
Beat Ratios: 33
Controls: Select (Waveform), Frequency, Key Sync, Tempo Sync, Sync Note, Motion, Phase, LFO1>LFO2 Frequency

Virtual Patch Function
Virtual Patch function x4 (8 Source Inputs, 8 Destination Outputs)
Controls: Select (Patch), Source, Destination, Depth Level

Arpeggiator
Classic Arpeggiator
Types: Up, Down, Alt1, Alt2, Alt3, Alt4
Range: 1-4 Octaves
Beat Ratios: 18
Controls: Type, Range, Latch, Resolution, Velocity Mode, Transpose Channel, Transpose Mode, Tempo, Gate

Sequencer
16 Step Sequence x4 (Modulation x3, Gate)
Destinations: 29
Types: Forward, Reverse, Alt1, Alt2
Beat Ratios: 18 (Independent beat resolution for each sequence)
Controls: Select (Sequence), Depth/Length, Motion, Sequence Type, Run Mode, Resolution, Key Reset, Knob (Destination), Step Value

Effects
Effect Types: Chorus, Phaser, Delay (Stereo, Cross, L/R), Distortion, Equalizer
Chorus Controls: Speed/Time, Depth, Pre-Delay, Modulation Depth, Feedback, FBK Mode, Waveform, Phase, Level, Panpot
Phaser Controls: Speed/Time, Depth, LFO (Internal, External), Waveform, Freq Min, Freq Max, LFO 1 Depth, LFO 2 Depth, Stereo Diff, Feedback, Stages, Key Sync
Delay Controls: Speed/Time, Depth, Type, Tempo Sync, Sync Note, Feedback
Distortion Controls: On/Off
Equalizer Controls: High Freq, High Gain, Low Freq, Low Gain, Active

Other Features
Integrated Patch Browser for loading and saving of FXP and FXB files
16 note polyphonic operation
Main volume control
Mono/Polyphonic control
Portamento control
Pre-Bend function
Compatible with Korg MS2000 control surface
Midi CC control with learn capability
128 high quality presets

2 GHz+ Processor recommended / 1024 x 768 pixels screen resolution / 24 bit colour depth.

Gosh! Did you get all that?

THE PRESETS
Above: Sirius working like a dream in MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium, which is a cost effective level entry DAW, and my has it grown! See review here: MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium

As you know, the preset patches are a good indication of what a synthesizer is all about. Once again, I am truly astounded by the eargasmic range of the presets. The bass patches are rich and deep - check out the Moog basses; luscious pads, and multitude of great authentic sounding patches from strings, arpeggiated Instruments that brings back that era of 80s Synth Pop, and Trance oriented Instruments. WOW!

AESTHETICS

Again, I'm blown away at how great the interface looks for a synth coming in at this price. It's not gimmicky, it's complex but on the right side of complexity - if you know what I mean. Okay, when you first launch it as a novice the knobs and buttons may as well be embedded within the dashboard of a pilot’s cockpit! But when your eyes and brain calm down you'll see that it's not so complex. Going through the presets gives you an idea as to how the onboard sequencer works for example.

As always, I encourage novices to get stuck in and create unique patches. Look, I can tell you that as a computer musician I don't have an in-depth knowledge of synthesizers, it never stopped me from messing around with hard and software knobs and sliders to get the sounds that I want.

THAT ANALOGUE AGE
Sirius transports me back to my youth and discovering synthesizers for the first time. My Electronic music heroes are very varied; from Parliament/Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell to Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb to Depeche Mode, Front 242 and many others! The aforementioned made me swap my guitar for a synth (Kawai K1), drum machine (Roland R8) and sequencer (Kawai Q80). I was a kid on a budget but I managed, with no prior knowledge, to program some great patches on the K1.

It was an exciting time for me as I and anyone else could get on a stage, press ‘play’ on the sequencer and music would come out! Amazing! But, sadly, today people are still doing the Industrial thing.


Sirius, has given me the synthesizers that I wasn't able to afford from yesteryear! I was able to feel nostalgia and excitement from being in the possession of a great synth! I feel like making music again. Gosh!

CONCLUSION
I'm impressed by the care and attention to detail in how this synth was put together. The quality is unprecedented at this price point, £15! £12 - if the sale is still on by the time you get to read this review!


I can't fault Sirius! It's great! It's a monster of a synth! I'm sure that the seasoned synth enthusiast/professional would get a tremendous amount of joy from Sirius! Please, do not overlook Sirius and SuperWave in general in favour of synths that costs considerably more! You'll be missing out!

SCORE
Trust Synapse Circuit on this one… Sirius is super-cost effective and awesome in sound! It is a no brainer!

Sirius scores an heartfelt... Synapse Circuit Platinum!
You can purchase it here: SUPERWAVE SIRIUS

Enjoy!
Thank you for reading!
Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene