DS Audio Thorn V – Plugin Alliance
In addition, many of the patches utilize the noise layer to the full extent, adding a tasteful organic layer or textures complimenting its live synthesis. A lot of love and appreciation also went into crafting these additional noise samples, blending as many as 5 layers of ambiences into one source. The goal was to subtlely aid the beauty and power of thorns beautiful unique sound, without ever masking it. In addition, Serene Galaxy also includes 17 bpm synchronized bass sequences ideal for a cinematic and modern electronic vibe.
Review: Thorn Synthesizer from DS Audio
Tweet This article continues my celebration of independent developers with a look at the new synth by DS Audio called Thorn. I asked him for a brief statement about his motivation and approach in creating Thorn.
I had been thinking about a synth which could be programmed to produce a usable modern EDM sound in just a few seconds, without the need for post-processing with external effects.
I wanted it to be very aggressive and punchy. However, I also love advanced features that allow me to experiment. So I included additive synthesis, spectral effects and a harmonic filter section. Later, during development, I added a built-in glitch sequencer and the concept of Thorn was complete. The synth turned out to have quite a harsh and aggressive character due to additive synthesis and strong saturation in filters and effects. A quick run through the presets, organized by Bass, Lead, Pad and Sequence categories, yielded amazing sounds right out of the box.
The percussive and biting aggressiveness of some the bass and lead tones seem to jump right out of my monitors. The pads include several lovely sounds with slowly evolving textures. The Sequence category features settings the highlight the use of the Glitch Sequencer.
Global Controls The standard global controls regarding tuning, polyphony, glide and pitch bend can be found along the top of the interface. There is a De-click button that will remove the click often associated with zero attack times. Clicking on the name exposes a drop-down menu where you can select the size of the GUI that includes large, huge and giant settings, a nice feature for the visually-challenged like myself.
Oscillators The sound generation starts with three Oscillator sections that include some standard controls and some unique ones. From the manual: This method allows us to define the exact amount of harmonics mixed together in order to produce complex output sound. Oscillators in Thorn use harmonics tables available for editing and processing with a set of spectral effects.
They include: Shifts the source spectrum up by the specified amount COMB. Emphasizes prime-numbered harmonics in the source spectrum FM. Frequency modulation between two oscillators RM. Ring modulation between two oscillators SYNC. The same as Sync mode with an additional window applied PWM. Applies pulse width modulation to generated signal Using the Position Knob, the user can generate harmonics by selecting from the 16 frame spectrum tables. The available tables are organized by Basic, Classic, Metallic and Organic.
Clicking on the wave table graphic opens an editing window which allows the user to freely edit amplitude orange and phase blue independently see below. There is also a nice copy and paste feature that facilities duplicating settings from one oscillator to another, nice for making slight alterations or variations. There is a dedicated Noise section that goes well beyond the standard flavors of noise and includes 19 noise varieties and other percussive sounds.
There are also two Multistage Envelope sections with an array of preset patterns including curved functions. There are at least three ways to map a parameter to a modulation source: It offers six effects, each of which can be randomized by click the R button on the right of each lane.
Latches a part of the input signal and repeats it several times, the value set on the grid determines how many times the signal is repeated LP. Low-Pass Filter with a cutoff frequency controlled by the grid value HP.
High-Pass Filter with a cutoff frequency controlled by the grid value BT. Bit Crusher. Reduces bit resolution of the input signal by the amount specified by the grid value SR. Sample Rate Reducer. Resamples the input signal at a lower sample rate. The grid value defines decimation factor GATE. Applies a gate effect, the grid value controls how long the input signal is muted Generating a tasty and crunchy rhythmic loop can be accomplished with relative ease.
There is an Arpeggiator section that offers the usual controls. Lastly, the onboard Effects section offers nine effects: While there are certainly better effects available in myriad dedicated plugins, these modules sound surprisingly good and seem to include all the essential controls with an emphasis on simplicity.
This makes it possible to insure that user presets will sound the same across sessions since they will require minimal post-processing. It would be nice to have more extensive mouse-over hints for the controls. But on the whole this is a great instrument that can cut through any mix with ferocity. For anyone that uses soft synths, this instrument definitely deserves a place in your arsenal. It also might be worth exploring other offerings by DS Audio including: Tantra and Diversion.
Please check out my other articles in The Pro Audio Files. Missing our best stuff? Talk to you soon. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again.
Thorn by Dmitry Sches (@KVRAudio Product Listing): Thorn is a modern software synthesizer, flexible and easy to use. The sound engine in Thorn is built on. Next on our list of quality softsynths to check out is Thorn from Dmitry Sches. Thorn is a software synthesizer that was designed to be easy to use and deliver. Without question, Dmitry Sches is one of the most brilliant developers on the planet, so when he drops a new plugin well, it’s kind of a big.
Dmitry Sches’ Thorn Soundset
Tweet This article continues my celebration of independent developers with a look at the new synth by DS Audio called Thorn. I asked him for a brief statement about his motivation and approach in creating Thorn. I had been thinking about a synth which could be programmed to produce a usable modern EDM sound in just a few seconds, without the need for post-processing with external effects. I wanted it to be very aggressive and punchy. However, I also love advanced features that allow me to experiment.
A contender to change the sound of electronic music?
Images Overview Thorn was made to provide you with a great tool for modern electronic music production. The main goal was to develop a top notch software synthesizer, which knows everything about creation process of punchy, snappy and aggressive modern sounds. Simplicity, flexibility and effectiveness are the key principles of Thorn.
WATCH: Serene Worlds Soundset for Dmitry Sches Thorn Synthesizer from Touch The Universe Productions
The DS stands for Dmitry Sches, a software developer based in Minsk, “When I started making Thorn, I wanted to create a really easy to use. The Serene Worlds Soundset contains high quality presets for the utterly beautiful Thorn synthesizer from Dmitry Sches and is suitable for any contemporary. Next on our list of quality softsynths to check out is Thorn from Dmitry Sches. Thorn is a software synthesizer that was designed to be easy to use and deliver.