I wanted to delete this blog altogether, but some people find this post useful, so I’m keeping it up.

Since that Daichi chap doesn’t have the English manual for Synth1 updated in accordance to the latest version (and probably doesn’t intend to change this any time soon), I tweaked the effects in the plug-in and understood what every effect does (with the extensive help of the Japanese manual translated using Google when it came to the compressor and the spectrum analyzer in Renoise with the phasers). This is a reference for me and for anyone else who stumbles upon this blog some time. I’m thinking of making a full and updated guide to the plug-in now… for some reason.

Name in the plug-in Meaning ctl1 meaning ctl2 meaning level meaning
a.d.1 Analog distortion simulation. Amount of distortion. Resonant filter cutoff. Level.
a.d.2 Analog distortion simulation. Amount of distortion. Resonant filter cutoff. Level.
d.d. Digital distortion (triangle wave shaper?). Amount of distortion. Resonant filter cutoff. Level.
deci. Bit crusher/decimator. Sample rate reduction (right to left). Bit depth reduction (right to left). Mix.
r.m. Ring, amplitude modulation/AM. Modulation frequency. [none] Mix.
comp. Compressor. Ratio. Attack. Level.
ph.1 One-stage phaser. LFO depth. LFO frequency. Feedback (0% in the middle/64).
ph.2 Two-stage phaser. LFO depth. LFO frequency. Feedback (0% in the middle/64).
ph.3 Four-stage phaser. LFO depth. LFO frequency. Feedback (0% in the middle/64).
ph.4 Six-stage phaser. LFO depth. LFO frequency. Feedback (0% in the middle/64).

Notes:

  • a.d.1 and a.d.2 are different, but with all my slightly-bigger-than-average knowledge in synthesis, I have no idea what algorithms are used. Same for d.d. (though it’s clear that this effect is impossible to replicate using analog electronics).
  • “Level” and “Mix” are different: a “level” effect will mute everything when it’s 0, but “mix” effects adjust the dry/wet percentages. I have no idea why there are only two effects using “mix”, but you can use an external effect any time in any case.
  • I don’t care if you don’t know how a compressor or whatever works.
  • Tell me if I missed or screwed anything in a comment. Compliments and condemning are also welcome (though I’d rather you avoid the latter). Ah, what the hell, nobody’s ever going to read this.
  • Version used – 1.07 (the latest, and probably the last).
  • UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE (May 20th, 2010):  a test in Absynth 5 demo that took a minute showed me that the d.d. algorithm is most probably a triangle wave shaper. So much for that.
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