Resident Advisor reviews Rob Papen Go2 virtual synth

Resident Advisor reviews Rob Papen Go2 virtual synth

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It doesn't take long to realise that Go2 is a lot more involved than it first appears. Despite technically only having one oscillator, there's a hell of a lot you can do with it. For example, you could turn it into a quasi-second oscillator. Using the Spread knob, it's possible to stack an additional, detuned waveform atop the first. Then you can add a third oscillator one octave below the original with the Sub knob. Turning it to the right gets you a square wave, and to the left, a sine. Already, one oscillator has become three.

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An Arpeggiator/Sequencer section sits next to the modulation matrix. Something of a Rob Papen signature, it's incredibly powerful, enjoyable to use and does a great job of bringing out the latent musicality in even the most intense of patches. What's new to Go2, however, is the addition of a Chord function. Expanding on a typical Unison mode by tuning each additional voice to create harmonies, it allows you to play chords with a single key. This has been incorporated into the sequencer in such a way that it's possible for each of the 16 steps to play a different chord.

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All in all, Go2 is hard to fault. Rob Papen appears to have achieved what they set out to do: create a cheap, workhorse of a synth with enough bite and depth to keep you entertained in the long term while not being too complex. The extensive morphing and modulation system is enjoyable and simple to use, meaning it's just as easy to dig into unique, wild-sounding synthesis as it is to knock up the most basic of patches. Its price, sound quality, versatility and ease of use mean that Go2 might just live up to its name.

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