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August 13, 2004
Planned for release in September 2004, Hartmann Music announced their Neuron VS Software Synthesizer, a PC and MAC compatible application. The software package includes Nuke, a USB hardware controller for use with the sofrware constructed with aluminium. Nuke is not only the controller for the software, but also a dongle to protects against piracy.
Neuron VS is built around the same sound engine found the Neuron Hardware Synthesizer. Neuron VS includes 2 Resynators, the Blender module, the Mod- and Slicer Module, a Silver Unit (Multimode Filter plus Time and Frequency Effect unit) and 7 ADSR Shapers. Unlike the Neuron Hardware Synthesizer, Modelmaker, Surround capabilities, 4 levels / 4 times Shapers, high-end Delay and Reverb are not included.
The Resynator Page
The Resynator page allowes for the realtime setting of all Resynators' parameters. The Resynators give access to the very heart of a sound.
Neuron VS features 2 Resynators - each capable of driving one Model. Neuron VS comes with a huge variety of Models. The Resynators (and Silver) need Nuke, the hardware controller, to drive the parameters represented by the two bubbles on this page (and the bubble on the silver page). All movements of Nuke's stick can be recorded in realtime and stored as part of a sound.
Additionally, Neuron VS includes 7 ADSR shapers, that are switched by simply clicking on one of the smaller icons. The Blender offerc 10 different settings to merge and mix Models or parts of Models together.
The Silver Page
Silver includes a powerful multimode filter ( 24dB lowpass, 12dB lowpass, 6dB lowpass, 6dB highpass and bandpass) plus two multieffect units. Cutoff and Frequency are beeing controlled crosswise by the Nuke stick - or one can use the scrollers to set the parameters separately.
The Frequency FX Module includes a EQ / Compressor, Distortion, Ring Modulator, Decimator and SP Warp Effects. The Time FX Module includes Stereo Spread, Left/Right Delay, Flanger, Phaser and Chorus Effects.
Silver includes a dedicated ADSR Shaper for the Filter. All Shapers can be set to Repeat Mode - adding one more very flexible cyclic effect. The silver page is the home of the Mod and the Slicer. Mod represents an LFO. Slicer is a Neuron exclusive Module that allowes for cyclic "3 dimensional" modulations.
The Nuke Page
On this page of the software, you can set the destination of the freely definable endless knobs (encoders). Select the parameter you want to control for each knob and store the setting together with the sound.
The Nuke Controllerbox
The buttong selects which of the Neuron VS Modules that is controlled by the stick: Resynator 1, Resynator 2, or Silver. It is not possible to work on the settings of those parameter groups without Nuke. Nuke also offers 4 freely definable endless knobs (encoders), that are set on a third page of the Neuron VS software.
Designed to perfectly fit in your hand, it is made of aluminium and offers exactly the same kind of stick controller and encoders you find on the Neuron keyboard. The handrest is made of special soft synthetic material.
Nuke is included in the Neuron VS software package.
Suggested retail price: Euro 706.00
For more information, visit their web site at www.hartmann-music.com