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Echograin 'Tranzwave': A Kontakt Wavetable Synthesizer based on Legendary Ensoniq Fizmo featuring Creative Editing and Randomization for Creation of New Sounds with Ease

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Text 2024-01-15

 

© Echograin (photo by Ina Aydogan)



Echograin 'Tranzwave': A Kontakt Wavetable Synthesizer based on Legendary Ensoniq Fizmo featuring Creative Editing and Randomization for Creation of New Sounds with Ease

 

 

Echograin, the Austrian sound design company founded in 2022, has recently announced the release of its debut product 'Tranzwave'. Tranzwave is a wavetable synthesizer* inspired by Ensoniq Fizmo synthesizer from the late 90's and enhanced by the powerful Kontakt engine from Native Instruments. With the flexible modulation engine coupled with creative editing and randomization features, Tranzwave simplifies the creation of new and innovative sounds. Tranzwave brings all the original wavetables from the Fizmo into the modern age for new creative explorations. With Tranzwave you will navigate through wavetables and effects with ease, crafting new sounds through a user-friendly interface. Tranzwave runs on Kontakt 7 or free Kontakt Player and can be used as a stand-alone app or as a VST3, AU or AAX plug-in for Windows and Mac.

 

 

*About 'Wavetable Synthesizer':

The oscillator in a subtractive synthesizer typically allows you to choose from a few harmonically rich but mathematically simple waveforms, such as sawtooth and square waves. That's because these waveforms were easy to produce in the analog domain, using a configuration of electrical components. Instead of offering this fixed set of waveforms, wavetable synthesis reproduces waveforms that have been recorded digitally. Wavetable synthesizers typically feature a range of waveforms — some of them quite unusual — meaning they offer a greater breadth of sounds than a classic subtractive synthesizer. Some even allow you to input or create your own waveforms. And, crucially, wavetable synthesis enables the user to morph between different waveforms stored in a "wavetable", creating unusual, shifting timbres not possible through other modes of synthesis.

(source from https://blog.native-instruments.com/what-is-wavetable-synthesis/)

  

 

© Echograin (photo by Ina Aydogan)


In the late 1990s Ensoniq pioneered "Transwaves", a unique form of wavetable synthesis featured in their Fizmo synthesizer. Unlike earlier forms of wavetable synthesis, which could sometimes produce more static or stepped sounds, Ensoniq's technology facilitated fluid transitions between different waveforms within a wavetable. This innovation led to the creation of evolving and dynamic soundscapes. Ensoniq's approach allowed for a more seamless and organic morphing of sounds, enabling musicians to craft rich and textured sounds that changed over time.

 

Tranzwave does not aim to be a direct replica of Fizmo, particularly not mimicking its filter and effects designs. Instead, Tranzwave brings this older and unique wavetable concept, known as Transwaves, into the modern era of music production. These Transwaves have been meticulously sampled and pieced together to provide a seamless and playable wavetable experience. While accessing and utilizing the pure wavetables posed a challenging task on the original synthesizer, Tranzwave simplifies and elevates this process, augmenting it with the capabilities of a contemporary sample engine. 

  

 

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The selection of wavetables in Tranzwave can be automated via MIDI or triggered directly by pressing a note, eliminating the need for menu diving and streamlining the browsing experience. This practical and user-friendly approach distinguishes Tranzwave from other wavetable synthesizer plug-ins, offering a more immediate and intuitive interaction with its sound library.

 

Tranzwave introduces a flexible randomize engine which greatly simplifies the creation of sound variations without diving into patching. This randomization feature can be activated by a note input or an arpeggiator. Starting from the default and incrementally adjusting parameters allows a patch to gradually become more random. Modulators and wavetable controls can be gradually included or excluded in the randomization process offering a performative approach. Tranzwave's parameters are already set up for NKS 2 and offer the  flexibility to be mapped to any MIDI controller or controlled via host automation.

  

 

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The FX Engine in Tranzwave offers 4 insert FX slots, providing access to all Kontakt effects up to version 7.4. including the Convolution Reverb. Replika Delay, Psyche Delay, Verb, Ring Mod, Flair, Choral, and Phasis come equipped with a selection of effect presets, simplifying the process of sound alterations. Users can select if an oscillator is sent to the FX chain or not, by using the toggle on the Wave Selection Panel.

 

Tranzwave allows the import of up to 63 User Wavetables. Once imported these Wavetables become accessible at the same index position on all four oscillators. For compatibility, each Wavetable has to have a format of 2048 samples per frame.

 

Tranzwave is designed for use with an external controller, such as Maschine or any other MIDI controller. Users can have the GUI (Graphical User Interface) dynamically updated in response to controller adjustments by enabling Link Hardware feature. 

 

 

Features

  • 4 Wavetable Oscillators, each with a sub oscillator
  • Access to 54 Wavetables + 1 Wavetable (containing Sinus, Square, and Sawtooth Wave from the original)
  • Wavetables are dynamically selectable and can be MIDI-automated
  • 63 User Wavetables
  • Filter Types: 37
  • Modulators: 8 per Oscillator, including 2 LFOs, 2 ENVs, Modwheel, Mono Aftertouch, Velocity and Key Tracking
  • FX Slots: 4
  • FX Engine includes all main Kontakt FX (up to version 7.4)
  • FX Slots provide presets for Replika Delay, Verb, Flair, Phasis, Choral, Psyche Delay, and Ring Mod
  • Easy link and edit
  • Hardware Link (GUI follows MIDI controller)
  • Flexible and performative Random Engine
  • Download Size: 86MB
  • NKS 2 Ready: Mapped for the Komplete Kontrol Series (including the new Kontrol-S Keyboards) and Maschine

 

 

System Requirements

  • Kontakt 7 or free Kontakt Player
  • Intel Mac (i5 or higher): macOS 10.15, 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)
  • Apple Silicon Mac (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)
  • Windows: Windows 10 or 11 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2GB RAM
  • Graphics: hardware support for Direct 3D 11.1 (Feature Level 11_0) or higher
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • macOS (64-bit only) supports Stand-alone, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit only) supports Stand-alone, VST3, AAX

 

 

Price

€50 EUR (VAT not included)

 

 

For more information on 'Tranzwave'

 

 

 

Teaser 

 

 

Tranzwave Randomize Feature 

 

 

Fizmo Wavetable Comparison 

 

 

 

Echograin · Tranzwave Presets

 

 

 

 

 



 

About 'Echograin' (https://echograin.io/)

Founded by a sound designer and software developer Gerhard Funabiki-Senz in 2022, Echograin is a sound design company based in Vienna and Tokyo. Tranzwave is Echograin's debut product on the market, featuring advanced wavetable synthesis based on legendary Ensoniq Fizmo synthesizer.

 

 

 

 

 

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