The development team behind Max for Cats announced today a new semi-modular Synthesizer for Ableton Live. With an included virtual patchbay, the new Pallas Synthesizer brings the flair of semi-modular Synthesizer to virtual analog modelling synthesis. It offers a wide range of sound design options and comes with a clever designed GUI. More in depth informations, you get below.
Max for Cats’ latest creation brings the versatility of a semi-modular interface to the world of analog-modelling synthesis. Built around a flexible virtual patchbay, Pallas gives users immense control over a wide range of bold and unique sounds.
Pallas is a Max for Live device that has been specifically designed to model all the grit, character, and charm of authentic analog sounds. Featuring eight-voice polyphony, Pallas is powered by three versatile oscillators. The device’s main two oscillators allow users to mix up to four waveforms (sine, triangle, square, and sawtooth, and an additional noise generator), while the third oscillator is a wavetable-based signal generator that can also be used as an additional LFO for modulation purposes.
Pallas uses the same modulation framework as Bengal (Max for Cats’ powerful semi-modular FM synthesizer) and provides many opportunities for users to sculpt their sounds: extensive envelope settings, two multimode resonant filters (with drive and morph functionality), two LFOs (one with morphable saw-triangle waves, pulse width, and phase retrigger), a ring modulator, and six native audio effects including delay, distortion, reverb, wavefold, frequency shift, and chorus. In addition, Pallas also includes a flexible eight-step sequencer that can be used as a signal modulator.
For those who like to dig deeper, Pallas’ semi-modular capabilities make this Max for Live device’s sonic possibilities practically limitless. Featuring a comprehensive virtual patch panel, users can create any number of custom signal and modulation chains simply by stringing virtual patch cords from square “output” sockets to round “input” sockets, making it easy for even beginners to have fun and get creative with Pallas’ modular components. In addition, the Packs features a large and carefully crafted Preset library that can provide a useful starting point when crafting new sounds.
Like Bengal, Pallas also features a visual control panel at its center. Switchable between three modes (Scope, Phase, and Spectrum), the visual panel gives users another way to see exactly what they are creating and how each patch point and knob turn along the way is affecting their sonic creation in real-time.
- 3 Oscillators: Oscillators 1 and 2 offer variable waveform mixing of all available waveforms, Oscillator 3 offers wavetables with FM and can be used as LFO as well.
- 2 Multi-mode Filters: Filter 1: 4 Filter modes plus an optional Comb Filter and Formant filters. Also you can mix the unfiltered with the filtered signal and add Filter Drive to overdrive the filter for soft saturation. Filter 2: filter morph. The filters can be routed in parallel or in series.
- 2 LFO’s: with tri-saw morph, retrigger, rate modulation and more
- 6 Audio Effects: sound design as part of the instrument
- Step Sequencer: for note input, modulation data or both
- 3 Envelopes: 2 classic ADSR’s with loop plus an advanced multi-segment envelope.
- Modifier Effects: Mix, Scale, Clip etc. your signals.
- Patch panel: over 50 out- and more than 60 input points
Max For Cats Pallas is now available for 49€ form the official Ableton Online Store More informations here: Max For Cats Pallas