You can pay what you want for the Invader 2 softsynth from E-Phonic

E-Phonic Invader 2
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E-Phonic has unleashed Invader 2, an 8-voice, virtual analogue polysynth, which has been designed to be a powerful yet easy-to-use instrument.

The softsynth is a classic analogue emulation with two oscillators and a sub-oscillator feeding into one of two low-pass resonant filters, featuring drive and high-pass functions. You're also treated to two LFOs, two envelopes, a stereo noise generator, ring modulator, delay, arpeggiator and a 16-step sequencer.

The interface itself offers knob-per-function so users should find it easy to use with an intuitive and familiar design to vintage synths. However, should you find yourself a bit stuck then Invader 2 comes with a healthy load of 200+ presets to get you started.

Despite the seemingly easy-to-use nature of the softsynth, the sonic results are rather pleasing indeed, as the sound demo below will prove and all without any extra effects or processing.

Invader 2 is available now for 64-bit Mac and PC systems in VST3 and AU formats from the E-Phonic website (opens in new tab). Perhaps the best part is that the synth comes with an intriductory offer where you get to pay what you want, just as long as it matches or is above the $5 minimum.

Invader 2 specs

  • Knob-per-function interface
  • 2 oscillators + 1 sub-oscillator (tri, saw, PW, sync)
  • Polyphonic stereo unison with optional low CPU unison emulation mode (up to 48 voices)
  • 2 low pass resonant filter types (clean and raw)
  • Filter drive or high-pass option
  • Stereo noise generator
  • Ring modulation
  • 2 LFOs with delay function
  • 2 Envelopes
  • Delay effect with normal, ping pong, tape and diffusion delay modes
  • Arpeggiator / 16 step sequencer
  • 4 x oversampled engine
  • Medium and high-quality modes
  • 200+ presets
Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

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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