Spire (synthesizer)

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Spire
Developer(s) Reveal Sound
Stable release
1.1.12
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Type Synthesizer plugin
License Proprietary
Website [1]

Spire was the first software synthesizer developed by Reveal Sound. The synthesizer utilizes multipurpose oscillators, filters, and effects units within a digital graphic interface. Spire combines elements from both Analog and software synthesizers.[1][2] The synthesizer utilizes wavetable synthesis.[3] The software can be run by itself or within a digital audio workstation.[4] The plugin has been used almost exclusively in dance music.

Synthesis[edit]

Spire combines multiple forms of digital synthesis with reproductions of classic analog synthesis techniques. The synthesis techniques used by Spire are most easily described as subtractive,[5] although the options available are much more complex than most real analog synthesizers.[6] There are six modes available for each oscillator: Classic, Noise, FM, HardFM, AMSync, and SawPWM.[1] The sounds from the four oscillators can then be routed to the modulation units, which include four envelopes,[7] four Low Frequency Oscillators, two step sequencers, and routing matrix.[1] There is also an effects section, which contains five effects: delay,[8] phaser, chorus, reverb, and waveshaping.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Spire: User Manual" (PDF). Reveal-sound.com. Reveal Sound. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Spire: User Manual" (PDF). Reveal-sound.com. Reveal Sound. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.musicdsp.org/files/Wavetable-101.pdf
  4. ^ "DAW Comparison Chart". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Rise, Scott. "Subtractive Synthesis". Synthesizer Academy. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Reveal Sound Spire". www.musicradar.com. Music Radar. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Envelopes Explained". Image Line. Image Line. 
  8. ^ Smith, Geoff. "Creating and Using Delay". SoundOnSound.