Plugin Alliance has announced the availability of Knif Audio Knifonium — an enhanced emulation of the unique Knifonium vacuum tube synthesizer.
The hardware Knifonium features two tube-driven oscillators, a 4th order ladder filter, a ring modulator, and a ‘steampunk’ aesthetic. Handcrafted in small batches by designer Jonte Knif, the original hardware unit offers countless possibilities for shaping and modulating sounds.
The plugin version is designed to be more accessible and easier to use than the original, and to add features that aren’t feasible in the analog world.
With eight independent voices, Knif Audio Knifonium makes it possible to create pads that sound like they were produced by a total of 208 vacuum tubes. The software version also adds M/S (mid-side) and stereo Spread capabilities, a powerful Unison mode, as well as an FX section, including a vintage-style Phaser, plugin partner brand SPL’s EQ Ranger, Wavefolder, and more.
Brainworx Audio modeled the complete circuits of the original hardware — including all 26 tubes, and applied its patented TMT (Tolerance Modeling Technology) to recreate the natural variations in Envelope parameters, Pitch, LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) speed, and many more characteristics to make this recreation sound as realistically analog and natural as possible.
Here’s a playlist of videos that explore the new synth in depth:’
Pricing and Availability
Knif Audio Knifonium is available now with an intro price of $199.99 USD through August 10, 2020 (normally $299.