Max for Cats has announced the availability of Pallas, a semi-modular, analog-modeling synthesizer. The synth has been designed to give Ableton users access to “a new palette” of raw and authentic analog sounds. Featuring eight-voice polyphony, this Max for Live device is powered by three oscillators and offers a large and “carefully-crafted” preset library.
Building on the modulation framework included with Bengal, Max for Cats’ semi-modular FM synth, Pallas provides additional opportunities for users to sculpt their sound, including detailed envelope settings, a pair of multimode resonant filters, two LFOs, a ring modulator, and six native audio effects (delay, distortion, reverb, wavefold, frequency shift and chorus). In addition, Pallas includes an eight-step sequencer that can be used as a signal modulator.
Like its predecessor Bengal, the heart of Pallas’ power lies in its semi-modular capabilities. Built around a virtual patch panel, users can create any number of custom signal and modulation chains by stringing together virtual patch cords from square “output” sockets to round “input” sockets. Additionally, the patch panel has been designed to be easy to understand and use, even for those with little-to-no experience with modular synthesis.
Other notable Pallas features include an intuitive, user-friendly interface and a visual control panel (which is switchable between three modes) that allows users to see how their sounds are evolving in real time. Pallas also comes with remote control capabilities, which enables users to control the device’s most essential parameters from any device that is connected to the same network as Pallas, and has access to a web browser.
- Eight-Voice polyphony
- Three oscillators (two with mixable waveforms and one wavetable oscillator)
- Two multimode resonant filters
- Two flexible LFOs
- Eight-Step sequencer
- Six native audio effects (including delay, distortion, reverb, wavefold, frequency shift, and chorus)
- Virtual patch panel
- Visual control panel
- Eight Push-ready macros with free patching functionality
- Web-Based remote control