MATRIXSYNTH: Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent) Plasmonic Synth Cover

Monday, October 26, 2020

Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent) Plasmonic Synth Cover

Anthony Distefano

"Trying out Brian Eno's - An Ending (Ascent) using Brian Clevinger's new Plasmonic synth."

Some info on Plasmonic from their Indiegogo page:

"Plasmonic combines the resonant depth of physical modeling with subtractive synthesis. My goal is for Plasmonic to approach the depth and detail of an acoustic instrument, while making it easy to shape the sound into anything you want. Its deep modulation capability and MPE support make it very playable and expressive.

The heart of Plasmonic is a self-oscillating waveguide/multimode ladder filter pair, which can be configured in parallel or in series. Each filter can take any combination of the audio sources as input. This creates some very interesting sonic interactions between the audio source and the feedback loop of the waveguide.

Audio sources include two wavetable oscillators, a sample-based impulse generator (built-in samples only), and a filtered noise generator. Both oscillators have waveform transformations which nicely complement the waveguide. The impulse generator is especially suited for making the waveguide ring.

The master section contains a 3-band EQ, a saturator which can be polyphonic or monophonic, modulated delay effects and a final resonator effect. Like the waveguide, the delay effects are capable of self-oscillation, which can lead to all kinds of sonic mayhem.

Modulation is deep and makes it easy to add detail and life to the sound. Each parameter has a popup panel displaying the depth, polarity and inversion of each modulation source, allowing unprecedented control. Currently there are 5 ADSR envelopes, 3 LFOs, a triggered random source, as well as midi control inputs. Development of the modulation section is evolving rapidly, and I intend to make it as fun and flexible as possible."

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