When we conducted our first market survey on the idea of a Hardware synth hosting analog modules from the past, one of the key pieces of feedback that we got was that musicians were keen on having a lot of Hardware controls over the sound.
Origin offers a true hands-on experience. It comes with
- 20 encoders
- 23 potentiometers
- 13 switches
- 91 buttons
- 1 joystick
The joystick can be used in three situations:
#1 You can assign the joystick to any parameter you want. On the horizontal axis you will have control over one parameter while on the vertical axis you will control another one.
There are three different modes and you can make two assignments for each of them.
- mode 1 : XX’ assigned to the Cut-Off of the Filter, YY’ assigned to the Resonance of the Filter.
- mode 2 : XX’ assigned to the Pitch of the first oscillator, YY’ assigned to the frequency of the second oscillator
- mode 3 : XX’ assigned to the decay time of the envelope, YY' assigned to the LFO rate.
#2 The 2D envelope module (a new module inspired by the Prophet VS structure which allows you to program amazing sound variations) works with the joystick.
First you need to define the parameters which are to be modulated by the envelope. Then you can program the 2D-envelope itself.
#3 The Mixer VS is a module controlled by the joystick, allowing a dynamic mixing of 4 audio signals.
First, on the Edit page, you can select the audio signals you want to mix. From there you can program an evolution of the mix using the joystick. It is also possible to mix in real time. In fact you can have both the programming and the real time option.
The Analog Area
In a modular system, each sound structure, or patch, can be different. But all synthesis patches come with some common modules : oscillators, filters and envelopes. Very often you will also find LFO’s.
As they are vital, these modules are easily controllable in Origin, in this area we call the Analog Area.
If you have several modules of the same type in your patch, for example several oscillators, using the Select button, you can decide which one you will control Then you can set the values for this particular module.
When turning the select button, you will find a stage called « Macro ». In Macro mode, you can control all modules of the same type at the same time. This is a great system to create dramatic evolutions of your sound such as sweeping all filters together.
The Macro mode
The Analog Area allows for the control of different popular modules: oscillators, filters, LFO’s and envelopes. As you just saw, the Select button cycles from one oscillator to the next one, offering control on any module of this type.
The macro mode controls all modules of the same type, at the same time. You can, for example, decide to control the pitch of the oscillators of a patch with the same knob.
If we get a bit more into details, the Macro mode offers 4 options: relative, absolute, advanced and tune. All of them offer interesting associations of several modules under one controller.
The color knobs
On top of the Analog Area, Origin offers 8 assignable encoders to control any parameter you want.
Assigning an encoder to a sound parameter is a very simple process:
- Select a virtual controller on the interface
- Click on the color knob
- The virtual knob then takes the color of the encoder it’s been assigned.
- You can also check all assignments on the Live page. This is where you have a complete view of all assignments from the interface: joystick, encoders, Analog Area knobs.
The Fine button
Origin offers a fine mode in which potentiometers and encoders are more precise. When the fine button is on, you have extreme precision on any controller.