Novation's stylish, compact and highly affordable XioSynth 25 offers a staggering amount of classic and cutting edge sounds, many from internationally acclaimed artists, along with its X-Gator patch p... Read More
Novation's stylish, compact and highly affordable XioSynth 25 offers a staggering amount of classic and cutting edge sounds, many from internationally acclaimed artists, along with its X-Gator patch programmer and optional filter distortion. It has everything required for producing music on the move through its audio interfacing and MIDI control capabilities.
Novation-class synthesizer with updated features
The XioSynth features a mono-timbral Novation synth engine with 8-voice polyphony. In addition to 3 oscillators (17 waveforms each), 1 Filter (varying types), 2 LFOs (32 waveforms each), an arpeggiator and multi-effects board, this subtractive synth also boasts some brand new facilities such as the X-Gator patch programmer. The X-Gator can be made to gate each patch to create unique 16-32 step rhythmic patterns for every onboard sound, all automatically synchronised to MIDI clock from a sequencer; just press and hold one key to groove along to a track with style.
The XioSynth features 200 hard-hitting onboard patches, utilizing a new optional filter distortion to produce an even greater range of sounds than on previous synths; from the distinctive clean British sound to the filthiest and grittiest of sonic characters. Furthermore, 60 of the onboard sounds come from internationally acclaimed artists and producers from a variety of musical genres, namely James Zabiela, Ferry Corsten, Rennie Pilgrem, Roots Manuva, Shimon, and Skeewiff. As such, every one of the patches on the XioSynth is eminently and instantly usable for creating synthesized music of any kind.
High quality audio interface
The XioSynth includes an ultra-low latency two-in/two-out audio interface for high-quality recording and playback. This allows you to record a microphone with phantom power as well as simultaneously stream the onboard synth audio directly to the sequencer via the USB cable. You can also plug a guitar straight into the XioSynth for DI recording while also recording via microphone.
Flexible MIDI controller for software or hardware
In addition to synthesizing and audio/MIDI interfacing, the keyboard is also a comprehensive control surface with 11 knobs and buttons (doubled to 22 by a Group A/B switch), plus a freely assignable touchpad and joystick. All of these controls are pre-programmed in 16 onboard Templates, so that the XioSynth can instantly control many software applications straight out the box. Add to this many more Templates online, a free Template Editor software application and hybrid modes for simultaneous synthesizing and MIDI controlling, and you have an extremely versatile package for producing or performing.
Simply connecting the keyboard over USB is all that's required to start recording, synthesizing and MIDI controlling. As the device is class compliant, no drivers are required for Windows XP or Mac OSX (although some are provided to improve latency and stability in some apps). Furthermore, if wanting to excape the confines of the studio for a while, the USB cable can be unplugged and the XioSynth can be powered by batteries, functioning as a standalone synth completely separately from the computer.
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Comments about Novation XioSynth 25:
I've had this synthesizer for about 6 months now and so far it's been great. When I first tested it out I was a bit on the fence whether I wanted to buy it or not because of some of the dance presets on it. But I went out on a limb and bought it anyways. I haven't regretted it since. It's great for almost any music style. Although, I haven't quite grasped the whole MIDI controller part of it yet, it's great just as a stand alone synth.
Comments about Novation XioSynth 25:
This synth is great. With the presets it is a tabletop synth you can definitley just sit down and play. However once you figure out the programming, this synth is just incredible. The things you can do with this synth are limitless. I have had this synth for a year now, and I love it. I would recommend it to beginners, but I dont want to limit anyone to the presets. It takes a little time to figure it out, but after that it is just great.
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