Today saw the addition to the GTK Studio arsenal of a software synthesizer called Scanned Synth Pro (SSP), created by Scottish software house, Humanoid Sound Systems.
The SSP doesn't sound like other synthesizers, and it was the aim of the developers for it not to. It uses a new sound engine that Humanoid Sound Systems call Scanned Synthesis engine, which appears to combine physical modelling and wavetable synthesis, apparently it's a technique that was developed in the late 90s by a pioneering team of scientists at Interval Research. The SSP has a unique sound and is packed full of personality and presence, which whilst endearing itself to lovers of chaos in it's purest form, retains an element of control that oozes sonic power. This synthesizer is very easy to use, and it doesn't take long to start coming up with some very complex sounds that kind of create an atmosphere of their own.
I have to tell you that if you're looking for a synthesizer that does warm, luscious pads and sparkling leads, Scanned Synth Pro is NOT for you. It's aggressive, it's dirty and you need a bath after using it. Naturally, I love it already. And when you have controls such as "Psycho" and "Danger" that give you some serious nastiness and unpredictability, what's not to love???!!!
It has a good range of features, an excellent effects section and is great to use within a DAW owing to it's comprehensive MIDI implementation.
Humanoid Sound Systems also offer a range of additional presets, one of which is both free and excellent.