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A HUGE Update For WoodSynth With New Sequencer Features And More

Woodman’s Immaculate Maple Syrup Studio have released a huge update (version 3.0) to WoodSynth which includes a number sequencer focused additions, improvements and more. WoodSynth is curreny available to iOS users for only $13.99 and MacOS users for only $44.99.

Here’s what’s new:

New Sequencer UI:

  • New large panel with all 16 steps in 1 row
  • New per step Mute/Skip button
  • new large Volume fader per step
  • Added led on/off and led playing for each step
  • Volume curve can be drawn
  • Added “All Steps” button. (modifying a step parameter is set in all steps)

New Sequencer functionality:

  • Step “On” or “Skip” probability
  • Random note can now be set per step (was previously on/off for all steps)
  • Random note probability per step
  • Random note range can be set per step
  • Ratcheting (repetition of same note in the step) per step
  • 9 ratcheting patterns provided (triplet, 4-sixteenths, 2-eights, etc)
  • Different duration per step. (regular step time multiplied or divided by 2,3 or 4)
  • Ratcheting probability per step
  • 4 sequence Variations (which can have different values for all step params)
  • Variations can be selected manually, randomly or from a Playlist
  • Playlist allows to create 64 steps sequence or can be used for verse, chorus, etc
  • Variation glide for note values and volume : gradual transition between 2 Variations
  • Sub semitone allows for “strange” note values in a Variation glide or for random notes
  • Variation glide between notes can be limited to the selected scale
  • Variation glide and Sub Semitone can be set on/off per step
  • Added Envelope ADSR parameters per step
  • Added more scales to the random note Limit Scales. (Ionian, Minor Harmonic, Acoustic, Lydian, Dorian, Phrygian)

Smaller improvements

  • Touch bar lowest center note is now C1 (was C2)
  • Floating panels (Sequencer, CV, 3D, Advanced) can be moved around
  • Midi Out channel for Sequencer and Touch bar are now global and not part of a preset any longer
  • Delay now has its own Mod LFO (freeing up the general LFO’s)
  • Stereo Out delay now only applied on delay and reverb (to avoid destroying center bass notes)
  • Resizing the window does not toggle between the classic-expanded view any longer
  • Smaller iPads can now also toggle to the expanded view (overview …)
  • Fixed a problem in the Copy Factory Presets (was sometimes duplicating presets)
  • Fixed delay and reverb in 3D output

New Presets (all in the new factory subfolder “sequences”)

  • Creeping
  • Electroad
  • Lymbo’s Echoes
  • Mozartificial
  • Mystic Candles
  • Ratch 22
  • The First Day In The Universe

About WoodSynth

WoodSynth is a synthesizer with 4 independent layers. Each layer is in fact a synthesizer in its own.

Each layer has 3 VCO’s plus a samples or wavetable based source, coming from a file or from recording the audio track.

Up to 16 voices can be set per layer.

Layers can be used in parallel, assigned to a region of the keyboard or used in a sequential mode where the first note(s) on are played by layer 1 and the next note(s) by layer 2 and so on.

This last mode allows to have a different sound per note played (and independent from a keyboard region).

WoodSynth has a polyphonic pitch-bending touch bar which also displays notes received from a keyboard.

Each layer has its own filter and envelope with ADSR per voice, a pitch shifting envelope per VCO, a delay, a basic reverb, a modulator LFO per VCO, 2 general LFO’s and a 16 steps sequencer.

Key tracking can be applied on the ADSR attack and release, on the filter cutoff and on the VCO modulation.

The app can be used stand-alone (device audio input and output) or as a plugin in a DAW.

Features include:

  • AUv3 (iOS) (MacOS) AU, AAX, VST2, VST3 and stand-alone app.
  • Has 4 independent synthesizers, each with up to 16 voices.
  • Supports MPE.
  • Has a polyphonic touch bar with polyphonic pitch bending.
  • Velocity, channel pressure, (polyphonic) aftertouch, CC74 can be used to modulate several synth parameters.
  • VCO’s have the usual waveforms (sine, saw, square, triangle, pulse and noise) and can be modulated in various ways (FM, AM, Pulse Width, Slew rate)
  • Samples can be recorded from the audio input/track or loaded from file (sample files should be in the WoodSynth iCloud folder)
  • Wavetables can be loaded from file or converted from loaded or recorded samples.
  • Each voice has a 4-pole Moog Lowpass filter with resonance and ADSR envelope.
  • An offset can be set in the Filter cutoff for the R channel to create a stereo effect.
  • Each voice has a pitch shifting ADSR envelope which can be independently enabled for each VCO.
  • Has Key tracking for VCO pan, Filter cutoff, ADSR Envelope Attack and Release.
  • Each layer has a delay unit (which can be separately panned) and a basic reverb.
  • Each layer has a 16 steps sequencer which can run on multiple voices (poly mode).
  • Each layer can set the midi channel and range of receiving midi notes (which allows for up to 4 split keyboard regions).
  • Layers can be set in sequential mode : first note(s) played on layer1, next note(s) on layer2, etc.
  • Layers have an additional high-pass filter saturation and crush control.
  • Synth audio and delay can be panned independently.
  • The 2 general LFO’s can have their source from the samples or wavetables (or track input).
  • Supports Ableton Link to sync tempo and start-stop.
  • Has 4 User Control rotaries which can be freely assigned.
  • The User Controls can be controlled by a midi CC which can be set or learned.
  • Presets can be stored in iCloud Drive (makes them available on all your devices).

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