Graphite comes only one day after Matt Tytel released Vital, the long-awaited wavetable synthesizer, which is also free (with optional paid upgrades). Should this year’s Black Friday season be called wavetable synthesizer season instead?
Either way, Graphite certainly looks interesting on paper.
The instrument’s oscillators use wavetables with 2048 samples in WAV format. The user can import generated wavetables into Graphite from the Node (£11.97) wavetable editor by Sonic Academy.
Graphite also offers a pair of multi-mode filters that can operate in parallel, serial, or split routing. The modulation section consists of four ADHSR envelopes and three LFO modules, along with macro knobs and external modulation sources.
The user can further shape the sound using Graphite’s built-in effects. The instrument features two different reverb effects, chorus, flanger, a tube preamp, compressor, and a delay. It is also possible to build simple sequences via Graphite’s arpeggiator module. The FX modules can be rearranged freely.
The thing I mentioned as Vital’s biggest advantage was its interface. For such an incredibly complex synthesizer, Vital looks unusually inviting and intuitive.
While I don’t think that Graphite’s GUI design is bad, it could definitely be improved. The color scheme is almost too dark, so some labels and controls are hard to see. Some of the knobs and controls could be a bit larger, too.
That said, Graphite is a promising instrument and one that could easily become quite popular if a few improvements are made.
At the moment, the instrument doesn’t come with any presets. You can save custom presets, but be sure to place them in the correct folder (Documents/SporeSound/Presets if you’re on Windows).
Graphite is free to download and use, with optional donations. The software is compatible with 64-bit VST, VST3, and AU plugin hosts on Windows and macOS.
More info: Graphite (30.3 MB download size, EXE installer, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin format for Windows & macOS)