They call it a “polychrome software synthesizer” and it combines wavetable, virtual analog, granular, and sampling in one engaging and organically flowing machine. If Massive X is radical then Pigments is emotional — it’s all about movement and engaging all of our senses in the exploration of sound and synthesis.
Right from the start Pigments oozes life and visual excitement. It wears its modulation front and center with graphical representations of every wave, every curve, and every possibility. You can almost program this synth visually and know exactly what it’s going to sound like.
Getting into the details: you have 2 synth engines that can handle any of the available types of synthesis and then combine and modulate through each other. With the sampling side, you can load up to 6 slots of samples and play them like a sampler or route them through a granular engine to pull out the grains and generate new soundscapes.
There are multiple filter types including SEM and Buchla low pass gates to sculpt your sound and then you can create the most amazing amount of movement through the many-faceted modulation engine.
You can trigger automation from the keyboard, wrap it in envelopes, move it with LFOs, create mathematical functions, randomize and combine modulators to form new modulators. This is crazy town. And once things are moving you can work it all through the step sequencer with lanes of further automation and explorable randomization.
Pigments has awesome architecture and a workflow that’s easy to use and fun to stumble through.
Street Prices: $199