New Toys: Newfangled Audio Generate

Generate is a new poly-synthesizer developed by Newfangled Audio and distributed by Eventide. Generate combines top-line synthesizer abilities with its revolutionary “chaotic” oscillators. The results are beautifully complex pads, warm moving keys, jittery sequenced basses, (seemingly) out-of-control leads, and fantastical aural textures. This is a new synth that you must download the demo. I was enraptured for hours!

I thought programming Generate would be difficult but you can start with any of the huge collections of patches that come with it and just dive in! I liked the Matt Lange and Chris Carter folders.

Three Global Synth modules are listed in a row at the top of the visually active GUI. There are five chaotic generators that fade from sine waves to total chaos; they act as the oscillators. The musical textures created include distortion, harmonics, grunge, static, and noise.

Next is the Wavefolder with three choices of overtones generation and finally, an ADSR section—the most instantly recognizable synthesizer module in this plug!

I just love the square knobs for most tweak-able parameters—when you touch any synth module, be it Global, Envelope 1, Env2, LFO1, LFO2. Sample/Hold, or Sequencer, their perspective parameters show up in a single window. There are also a four band EQ, Chorus, Delay and Reverb. Finally, there is a limiter on the stereo output, as the level of things can get chaotic!

Newfangled Audio’s Generate sells for $149 and comes in AAX, AU, VST2 and VST3 versions and runs in either Windows 8.1+ or MACs 10.9 or higher.