The original polysynth, the Oberheim Four Voice (or the Two Voice, if we’re counting duophony; an Eight Voice came later), was actually four monosynths chained together with an analog version of this RE – called a voice allocation unit. The VAU scanned the keyboard for new notes and routed them to a synth. Each synth had its own panel’s worth of knobs and switches to be tweaked, making the larger instrument big, heavy, and difficult to manage. In normal use, an integrated poly-synth with cv routings done behind the scenes and one interface for all voices is much more practical, so why is Blamsoft taking us back to the beginning with Distributor? Well, sound synthesis has never been a field very interested in practicality…
From across a sea of synthesizer satire, indie developer Blamsoft invades the rack with the “authentic classic analog synthesizer experience,” or, VK-1 Viking. But is the horned helmet insignia enough to strike fear into the hearts of the English and Russian developers, such as its namesake? Let’s find out.
First, the elephant in the room: Does it sound like a Moog?
Noxious is the flagship RE of small French developer zvork, also responsible for the ‘Volt’ CV utilities. Taking “an intermediate route,” zvork was the first to bring additive synthesis to the Rack, with this very competitively priced synth of the generator-modifier variety. Is Noxious worth – ehem – adding to your Rack? Let’s find out.
Synapse Audio’s Antidote was one of the first Rack Extension synths to make it to the PropShop and, despite being one of the most expensive, remains one of the most frequently recommended REs in Propellerhead’s own forum. What’s all the fuss about? Read on for the full review!