MATRIXSYNTH: Pollen(8) - An 8 voice full featured synthesizer for your electro-smith Daisy pod!

Friday, August 14, 2020

Pollen(8) - An 8 voice full featured synthesizer for your electro-smith Daisy pod!


"Pollen(8) is a firmware download for your electro-smith Daisy pod that emulates a fully featured 8 voice analog synthesizer with a dual FX engine (chorus + delay/reverb), controllable completely from the basic UI provided with the Daisy pod!"

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Pollen(8) is a "full featured" 8 voice 2 oscillator virtual analog synthesizer for your Daisy pod. "Full featured" includes:

2 Oscillators per voice with the following features:
Smoothly mix from Triangle to Saw....
Or from Saw to Variable Pulse Width
Oscillator Sync
White Noise Generator
2 LFOs
Currently LFOs are triangle only, this may change in the future if demand sees fit.
These are applicable to pitch, pulsewidth and filter cutoff.
Low pass filter with resonance
Filter Overdrive - Allows you to overdrive and clip the input to the filter
Four play modes supported:
Polyphonic - 8 voice polyphony
Monophonic - 1 voice only
Unison - All 8 voices / 16 oscillators playing at once
Poly-Unison - All 8 voices play at once, but the voice pitches are re-allocated as the number of keys pressed change.
Unison spread from 0 cents to up to 1 octave per voice!
Two pitchbend modes supported:
Standard, where the position of the pitchbend determines the pitch
Motion-bend - where moving the pitchbend wheel determines the speed at which the pitch bend occurs
Pitchbend key range
So you can keep bass notes in tune while pitch bending higher notes, or vice versa, etc.
3 Chorus effects :
"Hera", my popular 80's style loguesdk chorus
A flanger
"*Buckets" (fixed 'brigade' version) - Also from my loguesdk work - a 70's string machine triple chorus
2 Delay effects
A basic delay with up to 1.36 seconds delay, and up to infinite feedback
My popular "Cathedral xd" loguesdk reverb, with variable low pass filter on the reverb signal and up to infinite feedback
A 3 band equalizer
Variable low pass and high pass frequencies
Gains for low/mid/high levels
Up / Down modes available
External input support
With support for pre-post fx routing
Save / load patches to SD card, with support for default patch loading on startup

All of this is controllable via two buttons, and two knobs, using the RGB leds to indicate the current menu - with the encoder serving the File read/write functions. In addition, the seed LED is used to indicate MIDI activity, and will glow inverted if you are on an unused menu.
The encoder wheel is used to control the SD card file reading and writing.

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