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Eventide and Newfangled Audio recently paired to bring us Pendulate, a virtual monosynth that utilises a brand new oscillator technology based on a double pendulum's physic properties to create sounds we've never heard before.
Described as a chaotic monosynth by its developers Newfangled Audio, Pendulate revels in creating biting basses, searing leads and gritty textures. If you're interested in creating less in-your-face sounds will find Pendulate more than capable, but it's true calling is to create sounds that will grab you by the throat.
Load up Pendulate in your DAW and you'll be greeted by its control-rich UI. Sound creation is mainly handled by it's three lead modules: oscillator, wavefolder and gate, whose inspiration we're told comes from the legendary synth designer Don Buchla, and more specifically the Buchla 259's wavefolder generator and low-pass gate module.
It's here that you can begin creating sounds from scratch and once you get past the plugin's slightly confusing oscillator setup, sound creation never stops being fun - especially when you're going for it on the chaos and animate controls.
Below these three modules you'll find a global controls, as well as an LFO and ADSR which can be used to modulate your sounds - they even connect via virtual wires which is extremely satisfying. There's also the option to control the sounds using both MIDI and MPE sources.
Pendulate is free to download for Windows and macOS (32-bit, 64-bit, VST/VST3/AU/AAX) using the link below, you're just required to enter your email to redeem the plugin. A full paid version, Generate, is also available and features four more oscillators, an additional LFO, two envelopes, sample and hold, a step sequencer and more internal effects.
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Newfangled Audio Pendulate
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