Xoxos has announced the release of Outer, a freeware “coupled oscillator” synthesizer in 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows-based host applications.
With a name like Outer, you can expect a synthesizer to be rather “out there” – and it is. Veteran VST plugin creator xoxos is currently developing several synthesizers that have some unexpected types of oscillation at their core.
This particular synthesizer is described “as three coupled oscillators with chaos attractor synthesis”. Not really being sure what that means, I found a YouTube video that demonstrates “coupled oscillation” pretty well. Essentially, the technique involves the momentum of the oscillators being transferred from one to another. I stumped Google searching for what “Chaos Attractor” is, so we may have to have faith that it is something that will sound cool.
In any case, Outer also utilizes feedback and filtering along with LFOs to create some very strange sounds. The controls layout is fairly extensive but appears to operate like a typical subtractive synthesizer. There’s the standard oscillator selector, separate ADSRs, host syncing, LFO routing, filters, and blending options. The synth even has glide and legato toggles for, you know, when you need to rip up a coupled oscillator chaos attractor solo.
Currently, there are audio and video demos available for other products in xoxos’ line of 3D rotation-based synthesizers, but not Outer. However, based on what I heard from its fellow Angle and Black synths, Outer likely has a complex sound that rich in harmonics, overtones, and subsonic frequencies. Certainly living up to the name “Outer”. Right now it is available as a VST plugin only for 32-bit Windows-based digital audio workstations.
Outer is available for free download via xoxos (2.3 MB download size, RAR archive, 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows, made with SynthEdit).