Image Line Sawer Virtual Synthesizer Software  

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Sawer pays homage to the envelopes and filters of a rare 1980s Soviet analog synthesizer. As Sawer is algorithmic, it solves the problems of tuning and stability, however, in the same way electrical c... Read More

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Sawer pays homage to the envelopes and filters of a rare 1980s Soviet analog synthesizer. As Sawer is algorithmic, it solves the problems of tuning and stability, however, in the same way electrical component instability makes analog gear unique (if not cranky), Sawer benefits from the 21st century equivalent, a coding error. While programming the SAW oscillator, some incorrect variables were accidentally set and immediately the sound gained bass, acquired some light but pleasing noise on the attack and an overall richer sonic spectra. Then it was realized this was no mistake but a discovery. Building on this by adding some frequency modulation to give it a touch of analog authenticity and 'Sawer' was born.

  • Main oscillator for subtractive synthesis: SAW shape with Sync frequency
  • Sub oscillator (-2 to +2 octaves) with level, phase and detune controls
  • 1 NOISE Oscillator
  • Variable polyphony (1 to 24 voices)
  • 8-voice UNISON with user-adjustable stereo panning, detune and 'Octaver'
  • SYNC & RING frequency modulation
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators (one user-assignable to modulation parameters)
  • 4 FILTER modes - low pass (24 & 12 dB/Oct), band pass and high pass
  • Chorus, Phaser, Delay & Reverb effects
  • Muti-mode Arpeggiator
  • 264 high-quality factory sounds
  • PC:
  • Windows 7, Vista, XP (SP2) - (32- and 64-bit)
  • 2GHz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512MB RAM
  • 20MB free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard
  • Mac:
  • OSX v10.4 (Universal Binary)
  • G4 1.5GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512MB RAM
  • 20MB free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers
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Extremely disappointing...


from Cleveland, Ohio

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First, I purchased what I thought was a hard copy only to open the box, and then DVD case to find a note card detailing download instructions...I'm not a big fan of wasting time or resources, which delivering a note card inside a plastic box inside a cardboard box full of plastic bags certainly does...I do however like hard copies of things as I have had to reinstall all my software multiple times, which includes Logic Pro X, Native Instruments Komplete 10 (evenutally upgraded to Ultimate in no small part to have it on a hard drive as opposed to 13 DVDs or whatever it is), a ton of Waves plugins, some SoftTube plugins, and more...but thankfully this isn't a huge program, as the download only took seconds... That said, I can not get the download to not to operate as the demo version...yes, I read the knowledge base article, I downloaded a new Regkey and dragged it to the correct folder (even though the instructions weren't updated for the more recent versions of OS 10...if I use the instrument, every minute or so it fades out and back in. Image-Line has no phone support, they have a forum which they say is monitored by people around the world, at all hours, we shall see how long a response takes, but I don't have high hopes up as previous to my post the most recent one was 4 days ago... As to the quality of the sounds, the jury is out as far as I'm concerned as I want to make sure that things get sorted out before I invest much time in tweaking things...I am underwhelmed as to the number of presets available as jumping off points, and can't say that I see Sawer becoming a go-to choice in situations where I want to get in the ballpark of what I'm hearing in my head quickly, whether it ever becomes something I reach for over other VI's I have I don't know, but instead of being excited by it, or even being happy with it as a one trick pony given the price, I kind of just imagine myself using the Retro Synth stock to Logic in situations where I was hoping Sawer might be an upgrade.

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