Cobalt is a VSTi
software synthesizer for Windows inspired by many of
the digital synthesizers from the 1980s.
In the early 80s as digital
technology became cheaper, many manufacturers
designed synthesizers that combined earlier analog
technology with newer digital technology. These were
known as hybrid synthesizers. Well-known hybrid
synthesizers are the Korg DW8000 and DW6000, the
Ensoniq ESQ-1, and the Kawai K3.
In analog/digital hybrid
synthesizers, the oscillators responsible for
generating waveforms are digital while the filter
section remains analog. This approach freed
designers to use any kind of waveform; they were no
longer restricted to traditional analog waveforms
such as sawtooth, triangle, and pulse. However, by
using an analog filter, these synthesizers retained
the warmth earlier analog synthesizers were known
Though Cobalt is a purely digital
synthesizer, its overall architecture is very much
like those early hybrid synthesizers. It features a
wide selection of waveforms, most of which were
resynthesized from actual hybrid synthesizers, while
providing traditional subtractive synthesis
capabilities for sculpting its sound.
- GUI created by grymmjack.
- 26 waveforms - many of which were resynthesized
from 80s hybrid synths.
- Flexible modulation routes.
- Apply PWM to any waveform.
- LFO delay.
- Polyphonic Portamento.
- Key tracked envelopes.
- Rich overdrive effect based on a custom algorithm.
- Stereo delay effect with MIDI synchable delay
- Easy to use.