Ocean Swift Synthesis offers all of its virtual instruments for FREE download.
When we say all of its products, we are talking about a wide range, not just one or two. The OSS range includes a superb selection of synths, multi-effects plugins, filters, wavetable packs, and more.
Ocean Swift plugins are available in 32/64-bit VST formats for Windows, with some offering standalone use, too. All Kontakt instruments require Kontakt 6 or above unless otherwise stated.
Before getting into the plugins, I’d like to say thank you very much, and best wishes to the Ocean Swift team. It appears they are moving on to other projects, and what a way to go out!
Rather than mention every product, I’ll focus on one; Polyphenom 2, and encourage you to check out the lot.
Polyphenom 2 is a hybrid of additive and subtractive with some FM synthesis elements. The GUI has 2 pages, each with 8 sine oscillators, and it looks like a mixer. Each of the channels/oscillators is identical, and by default, they are set up as a harmonic series (1-16).
Using the faders, you can bring in precise amounts of each harmonic, which is a really nice way to do it. One of the cool things about this feature is that you don’t have to stick with the basic harmonic series. You can enter different values for any channel and create some weird and wonderful combinations.
Every channel has pan and modulation depth controls with 4 available modulators (2 pages of 2). The available modulators are analog-style LFO’s with sine, saw, triangle, and square waveshapes. Given that there are 16 harmonic channels, and you can set/modulate the level of each with such precision, the scope for sound design is very wide.
Much of the GUI works with pages, and if you look to the bottom left, you’ll find an FM circuit and OSC/ENV/LFO pitch modulation circuits on page 2. Next to those pages is a multi-effects section including reverb, chorus, delay, and more. Beyond that, you have the filter, filter LFO, and a pair of ADSR envelopes, amp, and filter.
While barely scratching the surface, it’s fair to say Polyphenom 2 is an ambitious synth and a credit to the developers. It could be a powerhouse for sound design, especially creating dissonance and tension.
Go check out the entire range, and once again, thank you, Ocean Swift Synthesis.
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