Rob Papen’s Latest Release Go2 Is A Beginner Friendly Synthesizer Plugin

With Go2, Rob Papen shows that plugins can be very beginner friendly.

Rob Papen has released a lot of different Synthesizers and effect plugins over the past year with the help of his development team. Each product has its own strengths and sound design options. These were also known for it’s more complicated and less beginner friendly interface. Now Rob Papen delivers on this point and today released Go 2,  a new Synthesizer plugin that is very easy to use and is light on CPU.

Go2 comes with one versatile oscillator, two filters, three envelopes & more. It includes over 600 presets created by Rob Papen. To get an overview and sound demo, check out my first look on the SYNTH ANATOMY YouTube channel.

ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of Go2 — an appropriately-named, go-to synthesizer, set apart from its award-winning software siblings by virtue of all its controls and features always being in plain sight and always available to access onscreen, so simplifying usage for the average user — as of April 27…

In the wonderful world of synthesis according to Rob Papen — wonderfully wide-ranging as it is, there was only one type of software synthesizer missing…until now, that is! Indeed, who better to make the formal introductions to Go2, then, than the talented individual to which the company owes both its existence and also its well-known name — renowned sound designer Rob Papen himself: “The Rob Papen brand contains many synthesizers with a different focus and types of synthesis. However, they have one thing in common, which is a vast number of features. A creative synthesizer which has all controls visible, and — in many cases — easier to use out of the box, was still missing. And now it’s here. Welcome to Go2!”

Going briefly back in time, though the then-current collection of Rob Papen software synthesizers spanned many types of synthesis, each embracing many features, for some average users they could sometimes appear daunting. Make no mistake: musically-speaking, there is always something tempting about — and fun to be had with — something simple… something like Go2, perhaps?

Put it this way: when thinking back to the early Eighties, a time in which groundbreaking (and bank-breaking) synthesizers like Roland’s top-tier Jupiter-8 programmable analogue polysynth flagship flourished alongside a lot simpler — still successful — synthesizers like that same company’s now-classic (and considerably cheaper) SH-101 analogue monosynth, sometimes the less is more maxim also applied to synthesizers. Sure, with a heavily-featured synthesizer it is perfectly possible to create a less complex patch, but more often than not it takes more time to achieve that simpler result.

Reality bit hard for Rob Papen, producing Go2 as a direct result of this thinking — though Rob Papen himself is keen to put that observation into its rightful perspective. “Just because all controls are visible doesn’t mean that you’ll get bored easily with this synthesizer,” says its instigator, before moving onto its ‘edited highlights’ herewith: “Go2 offers some unique features which will make you feel intrigued to find out more. 

Features At A Glance
  • The heart of Go2 is the morph oscillator, this oscillator allows you to morph (using Go2’s various morph modes) between two different waveforms.
  • Oscillator morph modes (mix, morph, ring mod, FM, inter and range)
  • XY section (The XY pad is combination of a live, interactive control and also an automated programmable modulation source)
  • Analog modeled filters
  • Filter Types: 12dB LowPass, 12dB BandPass, 12db Notch, 24dB LowPass I, 24dB LowPass II, 24dB BandPass, 24dB Notch, and Comb.
  • Additional high-pass filter behind the main filter.
  • Amplifier section with an distortion effect
  • Play Modes: Poly (16voice), Mono, Legato and Arpeggiator
  • Arpeggiator section: Go2 offers a classic style Arpeggiator with some unique features, like sequencer mode and unison/chord control per step.
  • Free LFO section: Go2 has a Free LFO (sine, triangle, saw up, saw down, square, S&H) that generates modulation signals to be used sources in a modulation path.
  • Free Envelope section: envelope with Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain-Fade and Release
  • Modulation Matrix section: The 8 way modulation matrix allows you to dynamically alter Go2’s parameters. using both internal modules such as envelopes and LFOs, and external MIDI Controllers such as Pitch Bend Aftertouch and other control messages defined in the MIDI-standard.
  • FX section: 3 fx units in serial mode (chorus, flanger or phaser, stereo delay or reverb)
  • Preset browser with over 600 presets

Rob Papen GO 2 Synthesizer is now available or VST/AU/AAX for PC and Mac for a price of $49 USD / 49€ from the official website and any retailer.

More information here: Rob Papen 

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