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New Synth: Modulator

May 18, 2012

Well, things have been sort of quiet around here lately, but here’s a new project to make up for it, hopefully.  Modulator began life as a clone of Ableton’s Operator. About halfway thru making it I decided to morph it into it’s own project, but it still has many aspects that make it similar to Operator, the envelopes, for example, are quite similar to Operator’s. Modulator also features a faithful reproduction of the wavetables contained in Operator, plus I added a substantial number of wavetables from Absynth as well.

Check out a sound sample here (all sounds other than the drums are Modulator).  This quick little sample does not really do Modulator justice – it is capable of making absolutely huge sounds, while the sample is focused on a softer feel.

Download Modulator and a manual here.

Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. meter maid permalink
    May 18, 2012 4:04 pm

    Cool thing. A complaint: the first and last envelope handles are hiding like turtles behind the frame. A feature request: an algorithm selection screen to cut down on the fiddling a bit. Thanks for this!

    • May 18, 2012 4:10 pm

      What do you mean algorithm selection? A screen for controlling all the pitch transposes and harmonics you mean?

      • meter maid permalink
        May 18, 2012 4:22 pm

        Like with ableton operator how you can flip through the operator relationships though I don’t know if that would really work with your model I guess.

      • May 18, 2012 4:40 pm

        Oh yes, I never got around to doing that and it can’t quite be achieved with this model. You can of course create some of them, out of the 9 pictured setups you can create 5 with Modulator. The Operator sound is achieved through phase modulation, despite them calling it an FM synth. So to create the selected sound in the picture you posted, you’d select OSC B as the phase mod source of OSC A, select OSC C as the phase mod source of OSC B, and select OSC D as the phase mod source of OSC C.

  2. meter maid permalink
    May 19, 2012 2:15 am

    I have been trying to cook up my own wavetable to load in. I worked out that each cycle is 4410 samples which seems uncommon wave cycle length. I couldn’t find a hz/note/sample conversion chart or anything but I sussed out a roughly 4410 sample sine at 9.45 hz but it didn’t work again when I tried with a square. Have any tips for me? How did you get the samples from Operator?

    • May 19, 2012 7:23 am

      they are simply waves played at 10hz, I actually recorded their values into an audio table then saved them as text files. they are that long because it really helps with the FM sound to have as little interpolation as possible.

      both absynth and operator allow you to set arbitrary hz values for any oscillator.

  3. DoanoUe permalink
    May 19, 2012 12:56 pm

    Thank you very much . I played for a while and really loved it. I think I will continue using this synth.
    Also, the manual is very easy to understand, even for people like me.

    BTW, Happy Reaktor’s update to 5.7 !

  4. 5at0 permalink
    May 8, 2014 2:24 am

    Sounds awesome, very nice UI, nice idea and realization, i didn’t even have a look at the manual yet and am finding my way around very easily, but big respect that you provide this as well!


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