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Heavyocity Calc-U-Synth

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Grab all of the digital retro goodness of the original "band in your hand" with this faithful reproduction for Reaktor and the free Reaktor Player.

 

Heavyocity Announces Calc-U-Synth

for Reaktor & Reaktor Player

NEW YORK, September 19, 2017 – Heavyocity has partnered with Icebreaker Audio to release Calc-U-Synth, a vintage lo-fi synth inspired by the Casio VL-Tone. Calc-U-Synth liberates this classic digital calculator/synthesizer hybrid from that dusty spot under your parent's bed to Native Instruments’ Reaktor & Reaktor Player. Grab all of the digital retro goodness of the original "band in your hand" with this faithful reproduction. Calculator sold separately.

"Calc-U-Synth was designed to present the full capabilities of the original’s programmable features in a more convenient interface,” says Icebreaker Audio Founder Adam Hanley. “We took great care in measuring and reproducing every aspect of the original accurately. Features like the built-in speaker and the key-click sounds of playing the instrument were sampled and included, to retain the character of the instrument.”

Calc-U-Synth, like the original, can be run in one of two main modes: calculator or synthesizer. The synthesizer is a monophonic instrument that has 5 preset sounds as well as a user programmable 6th slot called ADSR. The sound was then expanded beyond the VL-Tone, featuring over 70 customized presets, and using a number of effects and performance options including an arpeggiator, circuit-bending glitch controls, and a filter & delay effect module. Calc-U-Synth was developed using the Reaktor Blocks framework, which means that owners of the full version of Reaktor can incorporate the 9 individual blocks into their own creations.

Powered by Native Instruments’ Reaktor & Reaktor Player version 6.2, Calc-U-Synth offers all playback and sound shaping functionality through Reaktor & Reaktor Player version 6.2 (or later).

 

The Original "Band in Your Hand"

Calc-U-Synth

Calc-U-Synth

Calc-U-Synth is an emulation of the Casio VL-Tone, the classic digital calculator/synthesizer hybrid released in the summer of 1979 and manufactured until 1984. The VL-Tone can be run in one of two main modes: calculator or synthesizer. The synthesizer is a monophonic instrument that has 5 preset sounds as well as a user programmable 6th slot called ADSR. Calc-U-Synth was created using the Reaktor Blocks framework, which means that if you own the full version of Reaktor, you can incorporate the blocks into your own creations.

 

Spot-On Emulation

Spot-On Emulation

Calc-U-Synth was designed to present the full capabilities of the VL-Tone’s programmable features in a more convenient interface, while retaining the character of the instrument. Great care was taken to measure and reproduce every aspect of the original accurately. The VL-Tone had its own built-in speaker, which was analyzed and modeled for an authentic tone. For added lo-fi realism, the key-click sounds of playing the instrument were also sampled and included. You can dial in as much, or as little as you like. The sound was then expanded using a number of effects and performance options including an arpeggiator, circuit-bending glitch controls, and a filter & delay effect module.

 

Flexibility

Icebreaker Audio

Icebreaker Audio, the brainchild of Adam Hanley, was created in 2011 as an outlet for boutique product concepts and personal obsessions. Adam's name appears in the credits of many high-profile Kontakt and Reaktor products, working on anything from African drums to additive synthesis. He is also responsible for the Kontakt scripting at Heavyocity, pushing the platform to the limit in order to bring even the craziest of ideas to life. Calc-U-Synth was born out of years of R&D into lo-fi synthesis and vintage digital electronics, combined with Adam's deep appreciation for the digital retro charm of the VL-Tone.

 

Tech Specs

Requires Reaktor or Reaktor Player (version 6.2 or later)
Size: 19.5 MB (on disk)
Available as direct download only
74 Snapshots
9 Reaktor Blocks for Reaktor Full users

 

Requirements

Powered by the Reaktor Engine
Reaktor or Reaktor Player (version 6.2 or later) required.
Minimum System RequirementsMac: OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
PC: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
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