Step into the Abyss with Tracktion Software’s colourful new ‘visual’ plugin synth

There’s always been a strong relationship between sound and colour - music is often described as dark or bright, for example - and now Tracktion Software is offering a very literal exploration of this in the form of the Abyss synth plugin.

Offering a workflow that “focuses on the ‘art’ rather than ‘numbers’,” this gives you many of the features you’d associate with standard synths - a filter, envelopes, LFOs and effects, for example - but enables you to build patches using more than 2000 ‘sound colours’.

Sounds are created by placing your chosen tints or shades on a central tone gradient, and you get an “arbitrary modulation” system with 13 sources and 23 destinations. More than 130 presets are included, and the UI is scalable and responsive.

With its emphasis on the visual, Abyss promises to make it easy for you to create evolving, nuanced textures, which can really come alive when you hook up an MPE-compatible controller. 

Available for PC and Mac in VST/AU formats, Abyss has a regular price of $129, but it’s currently available for $77.40.

Find out more and download a 90-day free trial on the Tracktion Software website.

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. 

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