The initial idea for the Blade virtual synth was born out of Rob Papen´s desire to have more ‘human input’ into the sound using the keyboard and controllers like the pitch bend or modulation wheel. An XY pad is perfect for the human input, but it only controls the filter and volume. This was too limiting for Rob Papen who wanted to also be able to control the ‘harmonics’ of the oscillator... changing the waveform using the XY pad.
Hence, Blade was born...
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.
The Harmolator allows oscillator spreading, fattening the sound and also square / sine wave sub-oscillator. What´s more, the sound can be modified further by the 21 per-voice distortions types and 14 filter types.
Blade offers total control of the sound over time using an array of different modulation controls. The most significant of these is the central XY screen. Here you can either alter things directly by moving the cursor around, or you can record paths which can be replayed, thus creating an incredibly advanced LFO.
Furthermore, Blade has the full range of other modulation sources, including dedicated envelope, LFO, XY knobs, velocity and any other modulation source for Harmolator controls, two free envelopes, two free LFOs and 4 modulation slots which allow all of Blade parameters to be changed.
Two FX units featuring all the FX from other Rob Papen products, plus the Arp / Sequencer and an Easy page which allows you to easily control sounds, all add up to an amazingly flexible and useful instrument at the cutting edge of today´s synthesizers!
16 voices, operating in poly , mono 1/2 , legato 1/2 and arp modes.
Harmolator Oscillator with 9 controls, harmolator wave settings, two types of spread functions and extended sub-oscillator.
21 Distortion Units operating per voice (ahead of filter).
14 Filter Types including 6/12/18/24 low/high pass, 12/24 band pass / notch, vocal & comb filter.
Filter separation function for unique filter stereo soundAmp section with Volume, Velocity and Envelope control.
XP Pad with 12 amount controls for each X and Y, which can modulate the 9 Harmolator parameters, Filter Cutoff, Filter Q and Volume.
XY Pad which can operating either directly or with recorded paths, in poly, mono or free modes.
XY Pad playback can be tempo synced, with different tempo settings, and with loop & bi-directional loop options.
XY Pad movement speed control.
XY editing options at right mouse menu
Dedicated Harmolator velocity, LFO and envelope controls.
Pitch LFO and Pitch Envelope, 2 Free Harmolator control sources, 2 Free Envelopes, 2 Free LFOs and 4 modulation sources.
All of Blade´s controls can be used as modulation destinations, and there are a full range of modulation sources including midi controls and internal controls.
2 FX units with 27 effects, including distortion, reverb and tape delay plus many more.
16 Step Arpeggiator with each step having its own pitch, velocity and free amount, which can also be used as a sequencer for modulation purposes.
Easy Page allows control of the main parameters in a flexible and easy way.
Preset handling with copy, paste, clear and compare function.
´Quick Browser´, ´Recently Browsed´ and ´Favorite´ functions.
Preset Manager screen allows you to easily find and organize presets and banks.
Full midi control over all parameters included the X/Y Pad.
"Blade cuts through all the guff and establishes itself as an approachable synthesizer with that all too rare quality: a distinct identity." - Sound on Sound
"With a solid arpeggiator, plus an array of pitch, modulation and effects parameters to explore, Blade offers a rich palate of possibilitiess for both sound design and performance." - Future Music (Rating 9/10)
"If you like deep, moving pads or wild wobbulating effects, this is the place to find them." - Computer Music
"I love the way Blade allows you to create modern and old skool sounds by reinventing the way a synth can be programmed. The modulation abilities are fantastic and the sound quality goes well beyond the usual soft synths. Very easy to create synced bass lines and rich phasing pads. The XY pad allows amazing morphability. Blade really does provide you with infinite possibilities." - Davide Carbone, DnB Pioneer
32 & 64 bits VST for Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / 8
32 & 64 bits AU and VST, AAX & RTAS for OSX 10.5 or higher