Aodyo Anyma Omega is a new powerful 16-voice polyphonic physical modeling Synthesizer with keys or desktop, now on Kickstarter.
Physical modeling is one of my all-time favorite synthesis types. It makes organic-sounding timbres possible like no other. Most of the physical modeling-based instruments are found in software products, i.e. plugins such as those from Applied Acoustics Systems, Rhizomatic Software Synthesis, Korg, and others.
Only a few have dared to use hardware with this technology. Both in the past and today. For example, the Korg Prophecy and Z1 are old-school physical modeling synths that are still very popular today. The reason is simple: there are no real successors.
So I was all the most pleased when Aodyo from France announced the Anyma Phi Synthesizer at the end of 2020. A Blofeld-style PM synth with a very deep engine.
The only downsides are that it’s monophonic and not super hands-on. The developers heard these criticisms from the community and are now showing the polyphonic answer to the Phi with the Omega. It is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
Aodyo Anyma Omega
The new Anyma Omega takes the Anyma Phi physical modeling engine to the polyphonic world. It will be available in a FATAR keyboard version with velocity + aftertouch and in a desktop version. Great detail: if the campaign gets more than 160k, they will add a polyphonic aftertouch keybed from FATAR.
Both Omega versions are powered by the same 16-voice polyphonic engine with layering, split and 4 part stacking capabilities. This allows you to create very complex multi-layer sounds.
Omega uses the same huge, versatile engine as the A. Phi, only with polyphonic bones. More precisely, you get three oscillator slots with more than 30 different types, including wind/string physical models, modal resonators, virtual analog, and digital algorithms). There are also 5 effects slots with more than 30 types ranging from classic delay, reverb up to unique processors like resonators, granular, and FM operators.
Then, it comes with an exclusive Polymorph functionality that gives width, density, and depth to the sound says the Aodyo Instruments developers.
The modulation is just as powerful as the oscillators and effects. You get 16 modulation slots with more than 40 different mod types. You create modulation signals using envelopes, LFOs, curves, interpolators, slew limiters, sequencers, physical and algorithmic processors, and more. And you can map the modulators to parameters in a 32-slot modulation matrix with sidechain input and min/max/cure smoothing.
There is also a built-in arpeggiator and sequencer on each part with internal patterns, internal/external MIDI clock sync, and custom triggers. The Anyma Omega also has micro-tuning support.
In addition to the polyphony, the Omega offers a more hands-on operation. The Phi uses a matrix user interface that is reminiscent from the Waldorf Blofeld. Not the polyphonic brother/sister. The Anyma Omega takes a different approach and features a big OLED screen with 16 knobs arranged below it. The keyboard version benefits from 4 more.
On both versions, you will also find many buttons as well as 16 illuminated pads. There is also a ribbon controller with which you can probably morph the sounds
Further, the keyboard version hosts hardware pitch and mod wheels, as well as a big touchpad for triggering sounds or morphing parameters. According to the developer, the Omega also offers an editor with which the sounds can also be remotely controlled from the computer. Similar to the Anyma Phi.
Connection side, it will feature a main stereo out (L/R), phones, aux stereo out (L/R), main + aux stereo in (L/R), full-size MIDI in/out/thru, two pedal inputs (expression, hold), and USB ports for device and host.
The official retail price of Anyma Omega will be 1650€ for the keyboard and 1200€ for the desktop. There are special discounts and bundles available if you pre-order it from Kickstarter. You can pre-order it now and the first unit ships in June 2023.
More information here: Kickstarter