new monster in your pocket
REVOLVER is an analogue synth refill and multisample library,
based on the sounds of DSI Evolver keyboard.
In other words, it can be viewed as a continuation of the
Monsters series: REVOLVER provides vivid, dynamic
and rich-sounding real analogue sounds, giving you a powerful
new synth in your Reason rack.
Evolver is an incredible synthesizer that incorporates
many of Dave Smith and Sequential's old secrets, circuits
and technologies. It uses a monstrous four oscillator voice
architecture - two analogue DCOs and two digital - with
two independent Curtis analog low-pass filters.
The analogue oscillators feature multiple classic waveforms
plus pulse-width modulation and hard sync, and they sound
really nice and big. The digital oscillators feature FM
synthesis, Ring Modulation and 96 wavetables. Modulation
capabilities are handled by four LFOs and three ADSR envelope
The Evolver's analog-style sequencer brings itself to life
with animated evolving sounds. All modulators can be synced
for massive rhythmic sounds.
the analogue hack
Evolver is a digital/analogue hybrid synth. It means the
oscillators and filters are analogue, but the on-board effects
(feedback, delay, distortion, hi-pass filter and mixer)
are all digital. This concept is a very serviceable feature
for performers, but a bit annoying for us – we don't
need the digital effects, we want to use the original analogue
The "analogue hack" is a way to achieve this:
it taps the analogue signals before the onboard effects'
AD converters and leads it out as two separated dual mono
channels. (This hardware modification needs a skilled technician,
so many thanks to the Absolute
The results are true analogue sounds, without the unnecessary
extra AD/DA conversions. Thanks to the Combinators, we can
use Reason's own effect arsenal in a much more flexible
and complex way – and this is our big goal! :)