GForce Software has introduced a new heavyweight in the world of virtual synthesizers: AXXESS. This polyphonic powerhouse is designed to be both user-friendly and deeply programmable, catering to a wide array of musical styles and production needs.
The Legacy of ARP® AXXE Reimagined
Drawing inspiration from the legendary ARP® AXXE synthesizer of 1975, AXXESS maintains the soulful warmth of its predecessor while expanding its capabilities. This isn’t just a rehash of a classic; it’s a reimagining that brings the essence of the original into the modern era. The AXXE was known for its uniquely angular and powerful analog ARP sound, which was still in demand among more seasoned synth players for quick analog bass lines, lead sounds, and synth FX. The AXXE was used by several notable musicians and bands. Electronic music pioneers 808 State are known to have used the AXXE. Herbie Hancock, a renowned jazz keyboardist, also used the AXXE, among other ARP synthesizers.
Feature-Rich for Sound Sculpting
AXXESS boasts an array of features that make it a formidable tool for producers and sound designers. With over 350 presets, a sub-oscillator, an arpeggiator, and a 16-step sequencer, it’s ready to tackle any genre. Effects like distortion, stereo delay, and reverb, along with a ‘Vintage’ knob, add character and depth to the sounds. The fully scalable UI ensures a comfortable workflow on any screen size.
X-Modifiers: The Heart of Innovation
The X-Modifiers are what set AXXESS apart. They offer independent LFOs and Envelopes for nearly every parameter, allowing for intricate sound design. This feature propels the classic AXXE sound into new territories, offering a playground for sonic exploration.
Presets and Browsing: Speed Meets Creativity
The new preset browser streamlines the workflow, making it easy to organize, tag, sort, and search through the extensive library of sounds. The presets themselves are crafted by a diverse group of sound designers (including Zardonic, GEOsynths, Christian Laffitte, Richard Veenstra and Ramon Kerstens (K/V), Jordan Passmore, Alex Ball, Dave Spiers, Tom Wolfe, Graeme Rawson, Myjima, Boudicca’s Bass Service and more), ensuring that AXXESS is ready to jump into any production.
Pricing and Accessibility
AXXESS is hitting the market with an introductory price of £33 + VAT, which will later settle at £66 + VAT. This pricing positions AXXESS as an accessible yet professional-grade instrument. Gforce is second to none when it comes to classic synth emulations (see their recent Oberheim-inspired updates)
AXXESS by GForce Software is a versatile and powerful synthesizer that bridges the gap between ease of use and complex sound design. Its rich feature set, combined with the heritage of the ARP® AXXE, makes it a compelling choice for producers looking to add a touch of vintage warmth and modern flair to their tracks.
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