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The moon-powered Quadrivium synth plugin sounds out of this world

Space, the final frontier... no longer the case in the world of synthesis. Meet Quadrivium, a softsynth that uses orbital data from 12 moons as modulation sources.

As far-fetched as it seems, it looks like the best way to create spacey synth soundscapes and other-worldly drones can be found in the satellites surrounding the four gas giants in our solar system. 

12 moons surrounding Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus are the subjects of Giorgio Sancristoforo's latest software-based synthesizer. The sound-artist and developer, who also brought us the Berna 2 (opens in new tab) and other softsynths inspired by the cosmos, uses the orbital data to modulate oscillators, filters and delay.

The information has been taken, hour by hour, from 1 January 2020 and will continue through to 1 January 2030. 

We don't have much more to go on except for a comment, posted by Giorgio himself, instructing one viewer to check out his website (opens in new tab) next week where more will be revealed.

Simon Arblaster
Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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