RAZOR - Native instruments

RAZOR - Native instruments

 

Discover the new cutting edge of synthesis with RAZOR – a refreshing, truly new instrument based on additive synthesis. Created by maverick Berlin producer Errorsmith in partnership with NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, RAZOR has a characteristically dynamic and precise sound suited to tense basses, bristling leads and shifting, sci-fi soundscapes.

Discover the new cutting edge of synthesis with RAZOR – a refreshing, truly new instrument based on additive synthesis. Created by maverick Berlin producer Errorsmith in partnership with NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, RAZOR has a characteristically dynamic and precise sound suited to tense basses, bristling leads and shifting, sci-fi soundscapes.

 

 

RAZOR’s approach to additive synthesis is pragmatic and musical, providing detailed control without sacrificing usability. So shake off the virtual analog dust – go additive and carve a new path with RAZOR.

In additive synthesis, the sound is constructed from partials – single sine waves firing in parallel, changing amplitude and even frequency over time. The resulting sound remains clear and precise at all times, even when heavily modulated.

RAZOR's additive engine consists of up to 320 partials. Everything you hear - the filters, the stereo imaging, even the reverbs and delays are created by manipulating these individual sine waves. This gives RAZOR an up-front, high-resolution sound, unmistakably different to other software synthesizers.

The Library contains over 350 carefully designed and instantly usable presets.

Apart from outstanding sound quality, the level of control in additive synthesis provides a host of new possibilities for shaping sound. Here are some examples of what’s possible in RAZOR:
Creative filters – variable slopes and boosts
Dissonance – from modulating single partials to compressing the whole sound
Reverb per-partial – the reverb tail follows pitch
Partial panning – pan parts of the frequency spectrum separately
Complex formants - as filters and oscillators
Echo steps – create evolving echoes
Vocoder – an exceptional 34-band vocoder

RAZOR’s interface draws on familiar concepts from more ‘traditional’ synthesizers. You'll recognize the oscillators, filter section, and many other parameters, but the options are new – the formant or the waterbed settings, for example. This combination of new and familiar makes creating sounds surprisingly simple.

RAZOR has been designed for musicians, not scientists. The entire interface is compact and focused, with a straightforward internal modulation framework and a large graphical display. When you’re creating sounds, this display provides extremely helpful visual feedback. And some beautiful 3D graphics.