Klevgrand has introduced SyndtSphere, a freely downloadable (pay what you want) virtual instrument in VST and AU plugin formats based on 70 presets from the Syndt synthesizer.
SyndSphere is a preset-based instrument with a twist. Although it is limited to 70 preset sounds, the user can morph between these presets to create unique tones. Preset selection and morphing is a very interesting and enjoyable experience thanks to the innovative user interface which represents a 3D sphere with presets scattered on top of its surface. By rotating the 3D sphere, the user can choose the desired sound and mix it with other sounds. As the sphere is rotated, each preset shows a percentage to indicate how many of its properties are featured in the sound on the output.
Apart from the main control surface, SyndtSphere also features a built-in delay effect with adjustable mix, time, feedback, and stereo swap parameters. The instrument can be set to work in polyphonic or legato mode with adjustable portamento. These additional controls are accessed by clicking the gear icon in the lower-right corner of the UI.
The developers at Klevgrand keep surprising us with innovative interface designs. Starting with the old Svep and Vandelay plugins and moving forward to their current releases, the company manages to create virtual instruments and effects that are equally fun in inspiring. And although SyndtSphere certainly isn’t the most versatile virtual instrument on the market, I can hardly remember the last time I spent this much time playing with a synthesizer that offered nothing but a bunch of presets.
SyndtSphere is free to download and use on PC and Mac with optional donations if you enter any amount higher than $0 when downloading the product. The instrument also available for use on iOS and is priced at $1.99 in the App Store.
SyndtSphere is available for free download via Klevgrand (3.52 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin formats for Windows & Mac OS).