Native Instruments Absynth 5 Software Synthesizer

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Native Instruments has introduced ABSYNTH 5, a synthesizer specializing in evolving sounds.

New features in ABSYNTH 5:

  • Expanded Sound Library – ABSYNTH 5 contains more than 200 new synth sounds, fully taking advantage of the new filter and effects, to create brand-new, unusual sound material. In addition, there are 30 new effect settings for using ABSYNTH 5 as an extraordinary effect unit. In total, the number of ABSYNTH 5 sounds now stands at around 1,800.
  • The Mutator – With ABSYNTH 5 you do not need deep knowledge of synthesizers or sound design skills to create your own professional sounds. The new Mutator technology represents an entirely fresh approach to sound design, allowing the intuitive combination of sound characteristics from several sounds of the factory library, without dealing with the complex Editor Pages of the oscillators, envelopes and effects sections.
  • Aetherizer Effect -The new Aetherizer is enormously powerful and versatile. A sophisticated granular effect “decomposes” the sounds in to the smallest particles (“grains”), which are then manipulated and re-assembled in a variety of ways. The results are unusual chorus and vocoder sounds, grain clouds, delays, pitch shifts, reverbs and strange reflections – and everything in between.
  • The Cloud Filter has a similar structure as the Aetherizer’s granular effect, but acts in each of the three oscillator channels. It provides granular-based results such as unusual Chorus, Pitch Shift and reverb effects, and can make synth sounds that are dense and aggressive.
  • This new SuperComb Filter creates expanding physical-modelling-like sounds with finely adjustable resonance, which means even more realistic, acoustic and voluminous sounds can be achieved.
  • Filter Feedback – Many filter types in the oscillator channels now offer an additional feedback path for more drastic sound manipulation, creating significantly more complex, dirty and distorted results. This feedback loop allows you to send a portion of the filter’s output back to its input, and makes the use of modulators such as wave-shapers, frequency shifters or ring modulators which vastly increase the possibilities for adding distortion to your sound.

Details are available at the Native Instruments site.

ABSYNTH 5 is available as a single product only in the NI Online Shop starting October 1st, 2009.

Full version: $199 / 179 €

11 thoughts on “Native Instruments Absynth 5 Software Synthesizer

  1. Damnit!!! I am *not* going to buy another synth – hard or soft – until I've learned to programme the ones I've already got and make some decent tunes… Therefore, I shall just imagine the granular timbral cloudscape for now.

  2. Well hey hey hey maybe I should upgrade to Komplete 6 seeing as the upgrade is cheaper than absynth 5 by itself. It actually looks remotely useful this time around. Just kidding.

  3. Absynth not useful? I object! Sure the interface is.. err, 'enigmatic', but it has some pretty great sounds right out the box for your 'starting patch' needs. very deep and awesome synth if you wanna get into the nitty gritty with it. I, like you, also recently got Komplete 5, and you know what, for $400, its immensely awesome and useful and a great value. I personally don't see a 'kompelling' (har har) reason to upgrade tho, the current versions are sufficiently awesome for me and I plan to use them into the ground untill they cant be used no more.

  4. Absynth is actually quite useful, and deep. And thats just it, does 5 really make it worth it for a person to buy it by itself for $200? Not how I see it. It is however 'kompelling' to go from komplete 5 to 6 for less than $200. It is some aggressive marketing however, all the sonic deliciousness aside. I'll give in, and I am kicking myself at the same time.

  5. I use Absynth on almost every track…now. When I first popped the hood I was pretty baffled, but I've gotten to where I understand about .05% of what it can do. It's become essential. Plus also, I got it for free with my interface!

  6. I also use Absynth on pretty much every track I make, although I've been using a P4 2.4 ghz so I've been using A3 over A4 this whole time. I just upgraded my workstation to an Intel Core i7 860, so I'm really curious to see what A4 (and of course A5) can do now that I've got the hardware to back it up, but haven't upgraded to Komplete 6 just yet.

    I've been a NI Komplete user since version 2, but I'll really have to look at v6 before spending the money, even if it's a great deal.

  7. I also use Absynth on pretty much every track I make, although I've been using a P4 2.4 ghz so I've been using A3 over A4 this whole time. I just upgraded my workstation to an Intel Core i7 860, so I'm really curious to see what A4 (and of course A5) can do now that I've got the hardware to back it up, but haven't upgraded to Komplete 6 just yet.

    I've been a NI Komplete user since version 2, but I'll really have to look at v6 before spending the money, even if it's a great deal.

  8. I also use Absynth on pretty much every track I make, although I've been using a P4 2.4 ghz so I've been using A3 over A4 this whole time. I just upgraded my workstation to an Intel Core i7 860, so I'm really curious to see what A4 (and of course A5) can do now that I've got the hardware to back it up, but haven't upgraded to Komplete 6 just yet.

    I've been a NI Komplete user since version 2, but I'll really have to look at v6 before spending the money, even if it's a great deal.

  9. I have found this synth to be the most in line with the type of music I like to compose and listen too.
    I think the new age sounds and very exotic sounds are very interesting.

    I own the Absynth 4, but alas, have not really learned how to use it in making productive sounds. Its a ball of potential, but its also an educational challenge to modify the library sounds to your style or make new sounds from scratch.

    I do anticipate buying the FIVE as an upgrade, but now could hardly say I am a user who has the competence in the Four to justify the expense.

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  11. lol @ those who find the absynth interface not “user friendly”. it’s the most logical interface for an off the shelf soft synth. this is perhaps because i’m used to creating stuff in max/msp :p. compared to that absynth is easy peasy japanesy.

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