Whether you are designing experimental sounds, producing music in a future-leaning genre or looking for a modern digital synthesizer to complement your existing setup, Circle2 enables you to communicate your musical ideas effortless by placing flow and intuitiveness at the core of the music making process.
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Circle2 is the new major update to Future Audio Workshop’s flagship software synthesizer, Circle. Since its release in 2009, Circle has achieved cult status, becoming a key tool in the arsenal of both seminal underground and pop hitmakers such as Hudson Mohawke, Arca, David Guetta and Deadmau5. The 2015 update incorporates several new features, modules and effects, extending the spectrum of sounds that can be composed. Circle2 also features a completely redesigned user interface, providing a forward-thinking interpretation of Circle’s esteemed user-centred design approach.
Usability is at the heart of the design of Circle2. With the affordance of the power of modern computer processors, many software synthesizers have become progressively more complex and difficult to use. The aim of Circle is to step aside from this path, and to instead focus on placing flow and intuitiveness at the core of the music making process. Rather than burying a deluge of synthesis parameters in submenus and external windows, Circle2 encourages experimentation by presenting parameters in an accessible and intuitive manner. The unique Circle2 interface enables a level of experimentation that would be unachievable via a more typical, convoluted interface; allowing the user to focus on creativity rather than technicalities. This design philosophy sets Circle2 apart in the synthesizer landscape and provides the foundation for the development of the next generation.
Instead of designing Circle2 to graphically replicate its analog predecessors, Future Audio Workshop have been working alongside Berlin-based designer Lars Hammerschmidt to bring Circle2 firmly into the 21st century through the use of a contemporary design language that looks more to the future than the past. The goal was to construct an even flatter design with brighter, more distinct colors than was seen in Circle.
Based on state-of-the-art digital synthesis research, the brand new VPS (vector phaseshaping synthesis) oscillator is one of the most exciting new features of Circle2. The new oscillator utilizes a cutting-edge synthesis technique introduced by researchers at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering and The National University of Ireland, and further developed for its implementation in Circle2 via an academic collaboration with Future Audio Workshop.
The VPS oscillator works by glueing together a pair of sine waves with specified frequencies. Via its two parameters – which control the frequencies of the sine waves and the location at which they are glued – the VPS oscillator provides direct control of the waveform’s intricate harmonics. Experimentation throughout the oscillator development process has led to a range of results; from dirty Reese style bass patches to ethereal pads and gritty lead lines. Modulating the parameters can produce a wide range of effects, either used subtly to give gentle movement, or used harshly to twist and contort a synth into oblivion. We’re excited to hear what synthesis results users can achieve using the new oscillator.
The update also provides several enhancements to Circle’s instantly recognizable and critically acclaimed sound engine, helping to ensure that Circle2 sounds better than ever before. Furthermore, on top of Circle’s existing modules, Circle2 also comes with new Bucket Delay and Tube Distortion effects that bring a vintage flavour to its sounds. This gives Circle2 a new total of 15 inbuilt sound modifiers / effects.
Circle2 will be available to purchase in the Future Audio Workshop webstore in early 2015. The price for new users will be $129/€99. However, to thank Circle’s fanbase and supporters, the upgrade will be available for free to all existing Circle users. Extra free preset banks and video tutorials will be released via the Future Audio Workshop Facebook page over the following months, so there’s never been a better time to join the ever-growing community of Circle users worldwide!
Key Update Features
- ● Unique to Circle2, the VPS is new type of oscillator, the outcome of a research partnership between FAW and Maynooth University.
- ● Totally redesigned interface. Retina ready and optimised for creative flow.
- ● New Bucket Delay and Tube distortion modules.
- ● Improved preset management via the new preset browser.
- ● Performance enhancements and improved sound via a totally rewritten audio engine.
- ● Utilizes the latest version of JUCE audio framework, resulting in a more stable and future proofed Circle2.
- ● Now official support for Reaper, Studio One and Bitwig Studio.
● New factory preset bank, full of future leaning sounds, ready for use in your music.
● Full 64bit and 32bit support, both on Windows and OSX. ● Free upgrade for all existing Circle users!
● Analog Oscillator
● Wavetable Oscillator ● VPS Oscillator
● Mouth Filter
● Fuzz Distortion ● Overdrive
● Parametric EQ ● Shelving EQ
● Phaser Filter
● Ring Modulator ● Filter
● Dual Filter
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