Blade: Rob Papen’s new synth

Rob Papen has built a new synth: Blade. The UI is beautiful, but does it sound good?

According to this month’s Computer Music #175 Blade is Papen’s response to Image-Line’s Harmor; additive technology but presented in an easy-to-use way.

At the heart of BLADE, ready to twist and transform your musical mind, lies the Harmolator. An additive synthesis system, which rather than using the system of changing additive partials, uses global controls which capture the essence of additive synth in an intuitive way making the creation of sounds much easier than using other additive synths. The nine Harmolator controls allow you to create a vast range of sounds so you get all the amazing sounds that additive synthesis can generate with the added simplicity of traditional subtractive synthesis.