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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
If you're a musician who wants to add time-evolving soundscapes, create perfectly resolved waveform loops, or draw from more than 700 preset sounds, Absynth offers it all from a neat and tidy interface. The version we tested doesn't come with the full array of presets, but the demo library of close to 150 sounds is more than enough to speak to Absynth's amazing sound diversity. We like the straightforward nature of the interface, which lets you choose presets quickly and play with waveform, envelope, and oscillator channels to shape new sounds. You can draw your waveforms by hand or choose from Absynth's collection to make the complicated process much easier. We were a bit put off by the annoying 30-minute demo limit, but after a few run-throughs, you'll probably want to buy the full version anyway. Offering a full range of sounds, editing capabilities, sampling features, and extensive waveform and envelope flexibility, we recommend this program wholeheartedly to musicians looking to create warm, rich sounds with ease.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.1

General

Release November 8, 2008
Date Added April 1, 2005
Version 3.0.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 58,436
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

ABSYNTH 3 is a powerful instrument combining synthesis with sampling. The clearly structured user-interface and innovative features turns the sound design process into a creative and enjoyable musical journey. Let your imagination be heard.

Now in its third generation, the award-winning synthesizer continues to build on its untouchable reputation. From futuristic synths to rhythmic mayhem, vintage sounds to ambient layers and completely unique, alien soundscapes ABSYNTH 3 seduces with sublime sounds. The possibilities offered by its semi-modular architecture and powerful, unique features stretch well beyond the boundaries of existing synthesizers, creating an extremely diverse spectrum of amazing sounds.

ABSYNTH 3 brings dozens of new features that greatly expand its already extraordinary sound spectrum. The powerful synthesizer now incorporates a new user interface with convenient one-window editing, envelope-controlled surround sound features, live audio inputs, real-time fractalization, unison mode, advanced envelope control, 2 new special effects and 256 additional presets.