Media Overkill (aka MOK) has released Waverazor – a software synthesizer that uses a new approach to synthesis – is now available for Mac & Windows.
Waverazor is described as ‘a futuristic synth that slices waveforms into aggressive new sounds.’ It’s based on a patent-pending oscillator design that slices individual waveforms into up to 16 slices, and then lets you modulate each of the slices individually.
MOK was founded by Rob Rampley, Taiho Yamada and Chris Compton – who have previously designed synths like the Quadrasynth, QS Series, Andromeda, Ion, Micron, Fusion, Venom, BioTek and more.
Here’s a video guide to getting started with Waverazor:
This video goes into additional detail about their new oscillator design:
From the MOK website:
LE FREE VERSION
There are now two ways to get a preview of Waverazor. We still offer a 30 day trial period for the full Editor version, allowing you to completely explore the inner workings of the synth, and now we’ve added Waverazor LE, a free version of Waverazor with no expiration date. The LE limited edition is laser focused on auditioning the factory preset bank and performing with the macro controllers on the main page.
NEW IN VERSION 2
Waverazor now features 50 patches from sound designer extraordinaire, Richard Devine. Known for his innovative ambisonic audio work on Google’s DayDream VR platform, and for giving a voice to Jaguar’s electric I-PACE car, Richard’s signature sound bank takes Waverazor in bold new directions.
“Waverazor’s synthesis approach is very unique in that you can splice almost any combination of multi-shape waveforms, and multiply, degrade, destroy or mutate them with a wide variety of different parameters. The sounds are very organic and interesting. I honestly can say there are some sounds I created with this instrument that I have never heard before.”
– Richard Devine
The Waverazor 2.0 Editor version is here, featuring an innovative new contextual editing system that easily manages the power of thousands of parameters by only displaying what you need, when you need it. Focus on any synthesis module for editing and everything that is linked to it will be shown automatically. This allows you to quickly navigate through the entire synth and craft the connections that bring Waverazor’s unique sounds to life.
A NEW ANGLE ON SYNTHESIS
Waverazor’s patented oscillator technology slices familiar waveforms and recombines them to create tormented futuristic sounds. Start with a radical multi-shape waveform, then mangle the sound beyond recognition by tweaking an array of parameters including tuning, level, phase and DC offset per segment.
MUTANT AM: RING MOD ON STEROIDS
Each waveform segment can have different harmonic content, with individual harmonics subject to amplitude modulation at a rate and level determined by the contents of each fraction. Instead of simply modulating the entire waveform on and off like traditional ring mod, the oscillator modulates harmonics to different levels in a sequenced pattern.
MULTI-SYNC: EVEN MORE OF A GOOD THING
Since each wave cycle is divided into fractional splices, and phase reset is controlled per segment, multiple simultaneous hard sync points can be set up per cycle and even beyond a single cycle. With Multi-Sync engaged, modulating individual wave fractions to different frequencies creates a complex new harmonically rich version of a classic synthesis technique.
SLICE IT, DICE IT, TWEAK IT, PLAY IT
The Waverazor interface offers a unique approach to sound design, with a central oscilloscope that enables precise waveform creation. Two X/Y performance controllers modulate a combination of slice parameters, while additional knobs and buttons make it possible to morph multiple parameters at once.
WAVERAZOR DESIGN TEAM
MOK is on a mission to unveil new, never-before-heard sounds. The company was founded by Rob Rampley, Taiho Yamada and Chris Compton—the designers behind acclaimed synthesizers including the Quadrasynth, QS Series, Andromeda, Ion, Micron, Fusion, Venom, BioTek and more.
MOK debuted Waverazor at Winter NAMM 2017 in partnership with Tracktion Corporation. Tracktion’s new “Tracktion Presents” initiative provides exclusive global marketing and distribution services for promising audio technology startups. For more information on this program, contact Tracktion support.
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