MATRIXSYNTH: Introducing SONICWARE LIVEN Ambient - Immersive Ambient Generator Synthesizer

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Introducing SONICWARE LIVEN Ambient - Immersive Ambient Generator Synthesizer

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1. LIVEN Ambient Ø (Official PV)
2. How to make ambient music with LIVEN Ambient Ø
3. Layering tones with LIVEN Ambient Ø

Press release follows:

Soundscape Synthesizer LIVEN Ambient Ø Immersive Ambient Generator

4 layers of tone and texture̶Drone, Pad, Atmos, and Noise̶merge to generate resonance and transformation.

Blendwave Modulation Synthesis

Newly developed synth-engine with 6 structures, designed to create undulating and fluctuating tones.

Noise and Space

The Noise layer processes 8-second stereo sampling loops with noise blending and pitch modulation.

Extensive Effects Section

9 types of lush Reverb with shimmer, plus 6 types of effects including Tape Delay and Master Chorus.

Sequencer on Each Layer

Records performances, notes probabilities, and evolving tonal changes.

Immersive Ambient Generator
Ambient Ø (zero) is incredibly easy to use. Start by playing a tone from one layer using the note hold function. While listening closely, simply tweak the knobs to modify the tone and add other layers to shape a pleasing sound.

Blendwave Modulation Synthesis
We conducted extensive research into creating undulating and fluctuating tones for Ambient Ø, resulting in the development of a new wavetable-based synthesis.
Blendwave Modulation Synthesis combines 6 unique structures with 32 WAVEs featuring complex harmonic transitions, making it easy to create powerful low drones, lush pads, and transparent pizzicatos, perfect for ambient music.

4 knobs / 8 parameters offer a wide range of tone creation.

A WAVE contains 128 harmonic tables, allowing for diverse tonal changes such as moving from basic waveforms to complex harmonics. The WAVE is
represented by a yin-yang icon, with the yin representing moves in the reverse direction through the tables during modulation.

6 Structures
Each structure has a different number of oscillators and modulation circuits. ATMOS 1 applies ring modulation, while ATMOS 2 applies FM modulation.

Noise and Space
The Noise layer includes 8 specially selected nature sounds, offering noise blending, pitch adjustment and modulation to infuse unique spatial characteristics.
Additionally, it allows for up to 8 seconds of stereo sampling from the line input, letting you create personalized textures.

Extensive Effects Section
Ambient Ø is equipped with 9 types of lush reverb, each offering unique spatial dimensions and brightness settings. You can individually adjust the reverb send and shimmer send (for layering octaves) for each layer.

In addition to the reverb, the Ambient Ø offers
an effect unit with Tape Delay, Reverse Delay, and 4 master effects; Overdrive, Bit/Rate Crush, Tilt EQ, and Stereo Chorus.

Sequencer on Each Layer
You can not only layer the four tones, but each layer also includes a sequencer that allows you to record keyboard performances.
Furthermore, you can record changes in numerous parameters, including level, pan, and filter movement over time.

16 Ambient Sound Pattern Palettes, crafted by expert sound designers
No need to start from scratch. Choose a palette that fits your mood, start playing tones, tweak the knobs, and layer them following your heart. Thus, your inner thoughts and emotions will be crafted into sound.

Play On The Go: Portable, Built-in speaker, and Battery-powered
Leave your usual workspace and try using Ambient Ø in your living room or outdoors. As its evolving sounds mixes with the surrounding environmental noises, you are likely to experience genuine Ambient Music.

- Note Hold function
- 128 Sound Pattern Palettes (incl. 16 types of
preset palettes)
- Mixing including level/pan for each layer
- Layer (Sound) copy and paste function
- Tune All function changes the pitch of all layers
(±1 octave in 20-cent steps, adjustable in 1-cent step)
- Standard polyphony: 10 voices (depending the structureʼs oscillators x simultaneous voices)

4 Layer Construction
Drone, Pad, Atmos Layers
- New Blendwave Modulation Synthesis for creating undulating and fluctuating tones - 6 Structures, 32 Waves
Drone 1: 2 oscillators, modulates Detune
Drone 2: 2 oscillators, modulates Harmonics
Pad 1: 3 oscillators, modulates Harmonics
Pad 2: 3 oscillators, modulates Harmonics
Atmos 1: 1 oscillator, ring modulation on output
Atmos 2: 2 oscillators (frequency modulation), modulates Pitch
Voice mode
- Polyphonic mode
- Mono mode (adjustable glide time)
- Legato mode (adjustable glide time)
- Unison mode (adjustable detune)
- Arpeggiator modes (Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, Up&Down, Down&Up, Up+1, Up+2, Down-1, Down-2, Random, Play Order)
Noise Layer
- 1 Structure, 8 Waves
Noise: 1 oscillator, modulates Pitch
- Loop or One-shot playback, White noise mixing
- 16bit - 32kHz Linear PCM sampling (stereo)
- Up to 8 seconds of sampling per sample (crossfade settings from 1 to 4 seconds) - Auto start sampling function with the input level (input level can be set)
- Import and export of a slot of samples (via MIDI)
*Import of audio files from PC/Mac is not supported.
Voice Mode
- Polyphonic mode
- Mono mode (adjustable glide time)
- Legato mode (adjustable glide time)
- Arpeggiator modes (Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, Up&Down, Down&Up, Up+1, Up+2, Down-1, Down-2, Random, Play Order)
Each layer has its own envelope, filter and 2LFOs. Envelope generator
- Attack
- Release
- Low Pass Filter - High Pass Filter

- Band Pass Filter
- 2 LFOs assignable to various parameters (individually adjustable) - Adjustable LFO Shapes and trigger count
9 types of high-quality reverb (Send amount to reverb and shimmer adjustable per layer) - Small.L
- Small.M
- Small.H
- Large.L
- Large.M - Large.H
- Infinity.L - Infinity.M - Infinity.H
6 types of diverse effects - Tape Delay
- Reverse Delay
- Master Overdrive
- Master Bit/Rate Crush - Master Tilt EQ
- Master Chorus
- 4 tracks (1 track on each layer)
- Up to 64 steps per pattern
- Step length can be set from 1/1 to 1/32 or 2/1(Breve) to 8/1(Maxima) - Real-time recording
- Overwrite REC function for real-time sequence replacement
- Directly enter notes for each step when playback is on or off
- Enter longer notes (Tied notes)
- Metronome and pre-count function
- Step copy and paste function
- Track copy and paste function
- Duplicate to extend a sequence
- Transpose function
- Pattern BPM / Global BPM can be set
- Pattern chain function (Loop playback possible)
- Track level and pan can be set independently

- Parameter Lock function to record parameter settings for each step - Sound Lock function to record sound settings for each step
- Note playback probability can be set from 25 to 100% for each step - RANDOM function to play back steps in random order
- Notes, control changes, clock input/output - Import and export user data
- Firmware update via Sysex
27 keys (with a hold function)
- 15 physical control knobs
- Optional LATCH function prevents jumps in value when knob position and parameter values do not match.
- One physical encoder for fine adjustments.
- LCD dot indicates when a parameter value matches the saved value, or when the value has been changed.
Audio in
- LINE IN (stereo 3.5mm mini-jack)
- Compatible with Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Series SYNC IN
Audio out
- Stereo line out (stereo 3.5mm mini jack)
- Headphone out (stereo 3.5mm mini jack)
- Compatible with Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Series SYNC OUT - Built in speaker
- MIDI IN connector (5-Pin DIN type)
- MIDI OUT connector (5-Pin DIN type)
- SYNC IN jack (monaural 3.5mm mini jack)
- SYNC OUT jack (monaural 3.5mm mini jack) Size
297mm (W) x 176mm (D) x 48mm (H)
11.7 in (W) x 6.92 in (D) x 1.89 in (H)

Weight 790g 1.74lb.
Power supply
- 9V DC output AC adapter
Current: 1A or greater, Plug Type: EIAJ3 Standard, Inner Diameter: 1.7mm, Outer Diameter: 4.75mm, Polarity: Center +
- Compatible with power supplies designed for the Korg Volca.
- 6 AA batteries
*The AC adapter and batteries are not included.

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