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With some similarities to physical modelling, scanned synthesis starts with an exciter - in Enzyme's case, a mathematically modelled 'hammer' - that stimulates and continues to influence various 'nodes', which have mass but no size. The nodes are strung together, pushed and pulled with 'springs'. The hammer whacks the nodes and springs into action, and the pitches of the nodes are then seen as an ever-changing wavetable.
Confused? Understandable. Fortunately, Enzyme's intuitive interface invites experimentation, and it isn't long before you're knocking out interesting, unusual and, at times, quite musical timbres.
Enzyme is affordable enough for even the casual experimenter, who will bag themselves an instrument that challenges ideals and preconceptions and - although it might not at first be obvious - is capable of producing sounds of staggering beauty as well as knee-wobbling, teeth-grating terror.4 Stars