Fellusive uses novel scanned synthesis in its new Nettle Synthesizer VST/AU plugin and invites users to discover it for free.
The KVR Developer Challenge 2021 started recently. Many talented independent developers have released beautiful free plugins on KVR Audio’s annual event. I have already covered some highlights over the last few days
Another notable release comes from Fellusive. It’s a new Synthesizer plugin that is very unique and does not want to swim with the large crowd.
Nettle is a special Synthesizer plugin that uses a synthesis method that has not yet been explored. Not wavetable, physical modeling, or VA, but scanned synthesis with up to 32 voices of polyphony. This creates timbres that constantly evolve and are in motion. These waveforms are produced by scanning the position of masses that are always in motion.
By pressing a key on your MIDI controller, you excite these masses which simulates the action of a hammer striking the connection of masses. Nettle offers different parameters to tweak the character of the masses and the hammer. Thanks to this, you can achieve a wide range of unique timbres.
Then, you get a filter with lowpass & highpass, and a reverb processor at the end of the signal chain. Four LFOs and ADSR envelopes are available for modulation, along with two sources for modulation via your MIDI controller. The plugin also includes a patch randomizer that gives you instant new sounds and inspiration.
At first glance a very different sounding free Synthesizer plug-in. It stands out from the crowd due to its different engine. I am happy to see that developers are trying new things instead of offering VA or wavetable over and over again.
Fellusive Nettle is available now as a free download for macOS as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2021. A Windows version is coming soon. It runs as a VST3 and AU plugin.
More information here: Fellusive