Mark of the Unicorn Inc. (MOTU) has released
MX4, a “hybrid synthesis engine” that the developer describes as having been inspired by legendary subtractive synthesizers like the Prophet-5, PPG Wave and Moog Modular. MX4 supports MAS, RTAS and Audio Units-compatible software, including Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Logic Pro and others. What’s more, MX4 is shipping with capabilities not originally described when it was
MX4 includes built-in chorus and delay effects that allow users to program, save and recall patches with these effects as part of the patch. Six LFOs can independently modulate MX4’s parameters; waveshapes include sine, sawtooth, rectangle, sample & hold, sample & ramp and random walk. A “Free Running” setting allows the LFO to run independently of the notes being played. The MX4 can accept any external audio input through a mono or stereo sidechain bus. The new “unison multiplier” lets users multiply the number of notes played each time a key is struck. And parameter randomization options have also been incorporated — users can constrain what parameters are randomized. MX4 costs US$295.