It’s time once again to spend a little bit of quality time with our friends at native instruments.
Today I’m going to be checking out Absynth 5, one of their newly updated synths that dropped in October, they sent it over for review shortly after it released.
What is Absynth?
Well…according to the website:
ABSYNTH 5 is an exceptional synthesizer with unique sonic potential.
Its speciality is a limitless spectrum of unusual, evolving sounds created using the powerful, hybrid synthesis architecture and sophisticated modulation and effect system – resulting in sounds far removed from the everyday.
What’s more ABSYNTH 5 is not just a synthesizer, but a powerful effect plug-in for treating audio tracks using the unique ABSYNTH 5 effects bank.
According to me it’s a monster synthesizer capable of making plenty other-wordly sounds very easily.
Since it’s my civic duty to provide the musician community with the best info and personal opinion, I spend hours upon hours reviewing and testing various products.
There are quite a few synths out here available for use, but I am always on the lookout for something that provides a unique angle.
Absynth has a sound that I can’t quite get from anything else I’ve tried. There is something about the “texture” of the sounds that come out of it…they seem to sorta…float.
That’s not to say you can’t get some aggressive and harsh sounds out of it, but for me…it’s uniqueness is in the smooth, evolving, “floating” textures you can create.
There is a synthesis gumbo in the engine of Absynth. FM, subtractive, wave-table, granular, sampling, and sample morphing…not to mention all the filters and modulation in there.
Tons and tons of sounds.
Bottom line is, Absynth has a HUGE collection of sounds. And you can get anything from a sexy silk pad, to a harsh fm lead, to even flutes and guitars…yes…all with that Absynth layer of goodness I’ve grown to love.
There are, according to the website, 1800 sound in this beast!
Don’t worry, they are “Koresounds” so the browser is based on style, type, and characteristics just like Kore 2. That make it easy to find exactly what you want.
Don’t like presets? Make your own then!
With over 1700 sounds, I’m sure you’ll find something you love…but the great thing about Absynth 5, and probably the main reason I wanted to check it out…
The freaking mutator man!
This is the easiest sound design tool I’ve seen, EVER.
You can take a preset, adjust the mutation/random amount, and hit the button!
New sounds pop out like eggo waffles in the toaster.
And you can get as custom as you want. If you just want to mutate one oscillator, go for it, only want to mutate the oscillators but keep the fx? Go for it!
Very flexible and VERY EASY
This is a really amazing and inspiring synth
Like I said, I review tons of products, tons of instruments, but I’m always looking for those that offer something unique.
I haven’t come across a synth that sounds like absynth, harware or software wise.
It’s ready to go out of the box with the amazing collection of presets, but they make it super easy to sculpt your own sounds.
That’s a plus, I HATE synths that don’t make it easy to create sounds. I don’t want to have to go through tons of menus just to make changes.
Sure, Absynth has all the deep menus there for you sound scientists that like to go deep. But they don’t force you there, you can simply create tons and tons of patches right from the front panel, that I love.
The ambient combination of samples and synthesis in this plugin is straight up dope, period.
This is my first time ever playing with Absynth, and I see why it’s so popular, the textures it spits out are amazing.
You can get absynth directly from native instruments, or from any only retailer. It’s also part of komplete 6 (I think that’s the best deal)
so go on over to native-instruments.com and check it out, or hit up one of the vendors in the sidebar.
If you like different, ambient, evolving, organic sounding instruments….this is it.
lemme know what you think
leave me a comment below.