UVI has announced PX Apollo – a new software synth, based on a rare synthesizer prototype from the early ‘70s, of which only 2 are known to exist. (aka, the Moog Apollo).
The PX Apollo project represents an enormous effort and commitment to quality on many levels.
Due to the components available at the time of their design, early polyphonic synthesizers were and remain particularly susceptible to failure and require continued maintenance. The unit used for PX Apollo was no exception, initially inoperable, it required a tremendous restoration effort and no expense was spared to ensure complete authenticity and original functionality.
Here’s the official intro video:
Each key was sampled in a multitude of configurations and for each, 4 round-robins were created per note. The resulting PX Apollo sound bank consists of over 4,000 samples. From this library over 150 patches were made.
The UI for PX Apollo was inspired by the aesthetics of the original hardware, while the layout and control schema were designed to provide intuitive and efficient use while maximizing flexibility. According to the developer, it’s designed for both quick edits to preset sounds and deep customization, by way of a full compliment of synthesis tools and effects. This includes: 3 oscillators, envelope generators, high-quality filters, pitch and stereo controls and per-oscillator modulation and arpeggiation.
Here are the official audio demos:
PX Apollo is available now, with an introductory price of US $49, through January 31st, 2016.