Koblo returns with open source music software

Koblo Studio is an open source music making platform.
Koblo Studio is an open source music making platform.

Koblo was a pioneer in the field of soft synthesis, releasing several products, including the acclaimed Vibra9000, around a decade ago.

We've heard nothing from the company for a long long time, but now it's returned (in a '2.0' guise, natch) with a new plug-in and plans to release an open source music making application.

It's the latter product that's got the most potential - known as Koblo Studio, it's a Windows, OS X and Linux-compatible program that's currently in alpha. It doesn't support VST or AU plug-ins yet, though this is on the roadmap, and other features are still to be added, too. However, even at this early stage the concept and design seem solid.

You can download the most recent version of the software from the Koblo website.

The new synth is a 2-oscillator affair called Centaurus. This features the filter from the Vibra9000 and is cross-platform. It runs standalone or as a VST/AU plug-in and costs just $7.49.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.