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Baby Audio have just dropped a new synth called Atoms. It’s super wonky… in the best way possible! Instead of dwelling on the feature set, just listen to the sounds of the randomizer. So good!
Synthesis from the other side
Atoms is a new kind of synth plugin that utilizes cutting edge physical modeling to generate an endless variety of organic and otherworldly sounds. Use it to build naturally rich textures that the world hasn’t heard before.
Complex Physics In A Simple Package
Physical modeling simulates the behavior of real life instruments. However, Atoms takes you beyond what’s possible in the natural world. Its features are complex enough to explore the outer bounds of sound design, yet so simple that you can easily mangle, shape and create.
At its core, Atoms is powered by a simulation of interconnected masses and springs with tweakable properties and dimensions. The model is triggered by a virtual bowing action that excites the system and makes it vibrate to generate sound.
A Living Organism
Nothing in the natural world is ever truly static. Physical modeling adopts this trait by generating sounds that have the same organic fluctuations as acoustic instruments.
But Atoms takes it further. Its six main parameters can be automated with a selection of powerful motion options to add extra life. This lets you create soundscapes that are constantly re-generating, like a natural organism.
If you’re used to working with sample libraries, Atoms will bring a new level of otherworldly realism into your tracks.
Program New Patches With A Click
Atoms comes equipped with a powerful randomization engine. At its heart is a musically calibrated algorithm that selectively adjusts each parameter based on its relationship to the others, giving you usable patches with every roll of the dice.
You can narrow the algorithm further by limiting the random ranges for any knob or locking parameters from changing.
Finally, the Recycle button is a second randomizer that will create new patches similar to the current patch. Once you have a sound you like, click recycle to explore related options.
Physically Modeled Effects
The bottom panel gives you a range of creative effects to further sculpt your sound. You can also choose between four sonic profiles, each offering a different calibration of the mass spring network simulation that powers Atoms.
With the exception of Space (reverb), all effects in the bottom panel are created by altering the physical model itself, as opposed to adding a separate FX chain. This gives you a range of unique modulation effects that are an inherent part of the physical model and sound naturally pleasing.