2MGT Offers EVOX Limited Version Synthesizer FREE For Windows

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Metamusic Generative Tools (2MGT) offers the EVOX Limited Version virtual synthesizer as a free download for Windows.

EVOX v1.0 (32-bit) is an experimental synth that works as a standalone application for Windows.

The EVOX synth has 2 layers (A/B) that you can use individually or together to create more complex patches. The GUI looks very busy at a glance, but each layer has duplicate controls, so it’s not as much to get to grips with as it first seems.

First up is the wavetable selector, where you can choose from the 6 built-in wavetables or your own user wavetables. Your selection here sets the foundations of your sound that you can then shape in various ways. 2MGT says that wavetable/granular synthesis is the primary method of manipulation, which lends itself well to evolving pads and soundscapes.

At the time of writing, I haven’t yet tested EVOX (no access to a Windows system today, unfortunately), but I like the granular aspect of it. Granular synthesis is when an audio sample is split into tiny segments called grains for anyone less familiar with it. It’s a great way to add all kinds of texture to your sound.

Grains usually range from 1 – 100 milliseconds, but there are controls to alter the grain size, wavetable position, and multi-tonality mode. EVOX also has a randomizer for those parameters, which is always interesting with granular synthesis.

With no keyboard, the sound is generated by pressing the playback button, which has multiple playback modes. Pitch is determined through pitch/transpose, pitch shift, and fine pitch controls. Pitch shifting is available up to +/- 24 semitones.

EVOX has a 16 step (8×2) crossfade pattern sequencer. Each step contains an individual patch that crossfades into the next to create longer evolving patterns. You can fine-tune the length, pitch, and other parameters of each step, as well as the crossfade time ratio.

2MGT describes EVOX as a platform to create drones, soundscapes, and ambient music. I think it seems like it does that and a bit more. There are a couple of sound demos on the website, and they showcase a fairly versatile range. All of the sounds on the demos come from stock presets with no further tweaking.

As we are talking about EVOX Limited Version, I should say it does come with some limitations. Unlike the paid (donation) version, you can’t save patches, patterns, or banks, nor can you access Edit mode.

Three’s more to EVOX than I’ve covered, but as I’ve not yet tried it out, I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments.

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11 Comments

  1. Great to have Boris back, he has made some excellent plugs. in the past
    The main downside is that it is only a standalone version, it doesn’t come as a VST. But it is pretty good at creating drone/ambient samples for further use in samplers.

  2. Jan Wachsmann

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    if there is a ‘but’ on freeware/donationware i’d say it’s quite hungry on the CPU, but with tools like this one can imagine any Ambient track ever made being least 50% generative/random and i love randomness

    • Tomislav Zlatic

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      Works here! EDIT: Oh, I just noticed I forgot to add the link in the article. Fixed it now. Thanks for sharing the link in the comments!

  3. iN mY dAyS wE cAlLeD tHiS a dEmO!! also, no link? do we have to rely on our own google-fu skills? Anyways, sounds interesting… Wonder why no VST tho, it’s clearly SynthEdit, would be a lot more fun to add some fx without doing the whole record/play or complex routings.

      • It’s okay, people just expect their food pre-chewed these days. I’m not excluding myself, lol. ;-) (link works, if any doubt)

        • Tomislav Zlatic

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          Either way, I should definitely include links in articles (but yeah, sometimes my mind wanders off and I hit Publish before double-checking everything).

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