The original Blue was built around what the developer called “crossfusion” synthesis, combining familiar analogue subtractive synthesis with old-school 6-operator FM, along with a bit of phase distortion and wave shaping. It also threw in such extra niceties as step sequencing, multistage envelope generators, dual effects processors and loads of additive and digital waveforms to complement the standard analogue fare.
In Blue II, each of the six oscillators now sports even more waveforms, more than double the number of filter modes, and double the number of effects slots. There are plenty of other new features, too, but the takeaway message is that Blue II sounds at turns lush, deep, complex and alive, or biting, aggressive and modern.
A truly sophisticated synth offering endless programming possibilities, Blue II is worth every penny.45 Stars
Rob Papen Blue 11 review coming soon