112dB has introduced Cascade, a software synthesizer for Mac OS X & Windows that explores ‘Cascade Synthesis’ – an approach based on a complex delay network that can ‘densify’ a sound up to 5832 times.
This lets you create sounds that can develop over time, with the delay network adding extra dimensions to the sound. You can also select the most interesting part of this development process as the part you want to hear.
Here’s the official intro video:
About Cascade Synthesis
Cascade was inspired by the work of Austrian composer Peter Ablinger.
He experimented in the late 1980’s with sound densification using 12 tape decks. Sound was recorded and played, recorded and played, and so on, until colored static noise itself was the result.
In 1993-94, Ablinger’s concept of sound densification was refined by Peter Bðhm, Wolfgang Musil (ELAK, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna) and Thomas Musil (IEM, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, Graz). Thanks to the IRCAM Signal Processing Workstation (ISPW), that contained an incredible powerful audio processor (for its time), for the first time, sound densification be achieved in real time.
112dB says that they wanted to take this concept to the realm of synthesis to open up a complete sonic territory. In our opinion it’s precisely the subtlety that makes sound densification such an interesting addition to the modern sound repertoire. And of course, we couldn’t resist the temptation to add ‘a little spice’, most importantly the possibility to modulate the cascade synthesis itself. This makes it possible to create sounds with a unique character. If you want to compare it to something anyway, we would say: a super fat chorus ensemble.
Cascade is available now for the introductory price of 99 EUR/USD through September 1st, 2016 (after that, 179 EUR/USD).