Friday, November 17, 2006


"Morgana is an authentic representation of a vintage digital sampler, designed to be musical rather than accurate. Morgana doesn't try to boast the most impressive spec sheet, or the most transparent sound. By returning to a simpler architecture, Morgana actually transcends the limitations of typical software samplers, creating an experience that sounds and feels like an actual instrument--one that is inspiring and with a sound all its own."

Looks like the Mirage to me. Title link takes you to the product page, but check out this post on SIGHUP for an excellent review. This reminds me, I need to add SIGHUP to my blogroll.

"It isn't a specific emulation, mind you, as they've decided to make it functionally less limited, while remaining functionally similar. And it sounds dirty, dirty, dirty. It hasn't hit a feature freeze yet, so stuff will inevitably change, but here's a quick run down of some of its greatness:"


  1. Interesting idea, but...

    "Each copy of Morgana sounds slightly different--just like analog hardware"

    ... how can _soft_ware sound different.

    How do they wanna achieve that?

  2. a 'fata morgana' is the same as a mirage.


  3. "... how can _soft_ware sound different."

    Easy, just make slight differences in the coefficients for filter are computed. Or how the ADSR (APDSR in this case) envelopes are scaled. All you have to do is write a mild randomization function for the lookup tables. Quite a clever idea, really.

  4. Copying a cheap ensoniq is not clever. They're just out of new ideas.


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