Sugar Bytes Factory – Just When You Think You Have Enough Virtual Synths…

Ok Sugar Bytes guys, you win easy this time. With a press release for a new virtual poly-synth that goes like…
“Factory is your safari ticket to the wilderness of sound. Bearded basslines go fishing for diamonds in a lake full of frogs. Crank the crossfader to morph from a tricky beat to some mellow chords. Combine what no one else has combined yet. This is not your usual preset-clicker. Factory is the new poly-synth from Sugar Bytes. The one with the matrix.” I mean, how can we resist?

At ANR we are fans of Sugar Bytes (see our reviews of Obscurium, Looperator, Turnado, Effectrix, Thesys) and this looks like their most ambitious product to date.

True, virtual synths lately don’t look as exciting as they did years ago (I think we’re close to saturation), but this looks like a powerful and versatile synth with very inspiring features (like the ability to use audio input as modulator source!) and a great interface.

Here the main features of the instrument:

  • 2×10 Oscillator Engines, plus Sub Osc (with RingMod mode) and Noise (with 5 Colors)
  • 8-Voice VA-Sync, FM, Transformer, Wavetable (6 Flavors), Waveguide, Fractal Synthesis
  • 11 New Filter models, matched to the oscillators
  • Morph Crossfader allows for morphing of all continuous parameters
  • “Liquid” Mod Matrix with 8 sources & 10 targets is the centerpiece of sound creation
  • 3x Multi-Effect with drag ‘n’ drop signal flow, incl. newest reverbs (Corpus, Piano, Spring, Shimmer)
  • 4x Sequencers for all kinds of Gates and CV’s, incl. 36 motion curves, uni/bipolar
  • Arpeggiator, Intonation engine, Scale Quantizer
  • Over-Featured Envelopes, LFOs and Sample+Hold

Here’s a video of the Oscillator section

And here you can see the Matrix in use

Stay tuned for our Factory review!

Price and compatibility
Factory is available for 139€/150$ approx.
Windows (32/64 bit), Win7 or higher, 2GHz, 2GB RAM
Mac OS X (32/64 bit), 10.6.7 or higher, 2GHz, 2GB RAM
Mac OS X: VST / AU / AAX*
Windows: VST / AAX*

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