New Plugin, ‘Node’, Puts An FM Synthesizer Into The Korg Prologue, Minilogue XD & NTS-1

Sinevibes has introduced Node – a four-operator FM synthesis engine for the Korg Prologue, Minilogue XD and NTS-1 synthesizers.

Node features four sine oscillators (operators), which are connected together via multiple different algorithms that let them apply frequency modulation onto one another. The plugin packages a total of 24 FM algorithms and lets you set operator frequency ratios within an extremely wide range, delivering nearly 90,000 possible combinations – and opening a huge range of both classic and modern timbres.

Node’s engine runs 2x oversampled and employs a filter to suppress unpleasant aliasing frequencies, enabling a cleaner sound even in the higher octave range.

Node also offers a flexible modulation generator that can be configured in a number of ways: exponential or linear envelopes, multi-waveform LFO, sample & hold, or random triangle.

Features:

  • Genuine four-operator FM synthesis engine
  • Internally runs at 96 kHz sample rate with an anti-aliasing filter, delivering superior audio quality even in the higher octave key range
  • 24 total FM algorithms: 12 base configurations plus two variations each – with and without self-modulating feedback
  • Individual frequency ratio selection for operators 2, 3, and 4, plus variable operator detune
  • Flexible modulation generator with 24 modes: exponential envelopes, linear envelopes, multi-waveform LFO (triangle, saw, square, pulse, trapezoid, peak), sample & hold, and random triangle
  • Built-in lag filters for noise-free, ultra-smooth parameter adjustment and modulation

Presets:

Pricing and Availability:

Node is available now for $39.

30 thoughts on “New Plugin, ‘Node’, Puts An FM Synthesizer Into The Korg Prologue, Minilogue XD & NTS-1

  1. Some will see 4 operators as too few, but in this case, its another real asset for the Minilogue format. Sinevibes is making the most of the engine. Their plug-ins might not beat a specialized FM or modeling VST, but you could base a capable rig on them and cover a lot of ground. Its like a tiny mad scientist’s rig.

    1. That is precisely why we developed it – it makes the prologue and the minilogue xd even more of multi-talented beasts. Incredible stuff is possible from just a single piece of gear, which is a huge deal for gigging musicians especially (and in these times when not many people can afford to gave 5-10 different synths at the same time).

        1. No self-respecting professional developer would ever use language like yours, Henry. Can you please show your portfolio to confirm your credibility to judge this particular product? There is a HUGE difference between static wavetables and real-time oversampled (!) FM synthesis and what it takes to design and calibrate such an engine. Sure you can load Moog One samples into a volca sample, but that doesn’t make the latter become the former…

      1. Blending a super offensive word with something unrelated to make your point puts you in the same position as the person you are criticizing. Especially when your point was just to call someone cheap, at the expense of people who already have plenty of offensive jokes made about them. You are willing to pay for your synthesizer, wow so righteous, but you have no compassion for people who don’t understand things the same way you do.

    1. I think you’re confusing the ability to load custom wavetables with having a full-fledged 4-op synthesized voice. I can build wavetables by sampling a minimoog, but that doesn’t mean the end result sounds anything like a Moog.

        1. That’s not the same as real time FM or PM synthesis. Scanning through wavetables has limitations. No real time expressiveness through velocity, pressure or other performance controllers. And simply making a wavetable brighter using a filter isn’t the same thing. If it was, we wouldn’t need anything other than wavetable synthesis.

          1. I’ll wait for “Harry” to show us his oscillator first. Then, I’ll listen to him. Until then, I’m working on mine and enjoying real work like Artemiy’s.

            Where do these silly opinions come from?

  2. Node is a fine FM engine. Sounds beautiful for 4OP. Although, I have several FM engines already, even one I’m working on – this oscillator makes lovely sounds. Good combination of factional frequencies, nice envelope timing and shape selection. Could add a few ‘inverted envelopes’?

      1. I am loving the first envelope Artemity; exponential decay in the very low millisecond range :0)

        Deliciously tight plinks and plings! I’m starting to really like the iterated Envelope Type/Speed control over the AD/AR envelope with a speed pair. Too bad we have to squeeze everything in to 8 controls.

  3. Sadly it seems not to be possible to make special versions of Logue-Plugins for the NTS to sell them seperately at an appropriate price point.
    I mean, Sinevibes OSCs are at 20% to 40% of the purchase costs of an NTS-1 – that’s quite steep.

    1. I feel your pain. I love playing around with my NTS-1, but I get the idea that it’s a bit like the dirt-cheap razor matched with an ever-expanding variety of expensive blades. But there’s lots of free or cheaper things to enjoy my NTS-1 with, and I can be content with that!

    2. It’s not that our plugins are expensive… it’s that the NTS-1 is very cheap! 🙂 Also, yes, we can’t technically sell different packages because they are all compatible anyway. As an analogy, if you do desktop plugins, you can’t price them differently for people who have $500 laptops and for those who have $5000 laptops…

    3. The NTS-1 is a Development Board. Development Boards are generally sold at or below cost. Development boards are never sold through standard commercial channels, but either direct from manufacturer or through component suppliers.

      Korg’s decision to offer their development board at cost through retailers is unusual and revolutionary.

      The price really can’t be compared to anything commercial.

  4. I’m all-in with softsynths now, including a couple of Korgs, but the demos on all of this are scary-good. As much as people like to pile up gear, I’m intrigued by what just one XD and one XDm could do. You shouldn’t play just one maker’s instruments overall, as the differences have a lot of creative merits. Still, I keep envisioning a pair of XDs as a whopper for composing, with a different engine in each, or acting as an 8-voice synth. Kronos players need one of these on top. It has a unique wildness that’s unlike its other engines.

    1. Hi Dave! Technically, these ARE actually softsynths, just running inside a digital-analog hybrid instrument. And indeed, a minilogue xd or a prologue is now a dream hardware instrument for small studios as well as gigging musicians, you no longer have to have a ton of gear to get this kind of variety of sounds. In fact the prologues can already run two separate oscillator engines (as they have two patches you can layer or split). You can have Groove with bass sound and a drum kit on the left – and Node with a cool FM sound on the right, it’s incredible. And we’re not even mentioning the effect plugins…

  5. I really like what they did here and the presets are excellent, too. I think many Minilogue XD owners will be very happy with this new plug-in.

    Well done!

    1. We are very happy to hear about your positive experience with Node, John! BTW we will be adding more presets soon! It’s just too easy to make them 🙂 10 more patches will come later this week, we hope.

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