Year / Release Date: 06.2020
Developer: Audio Damage
Developer’s site: audiodamage
Format: VSTi, VSTi3, AAX, AUi
Tabletka: not required
System Requirements: macOS 10.11 | Windows 8.1 x64
Description: Continua is a virtual analog synthesizer with a twist: a continuously changing triple of oscillators. With three interlocking waveform controls, Continua provides an almost unlimited supply of signals, especially when you add cross modulation and noise to the mix.
With two variable filters (changing between LP, HP, BP and a cut in 2-pole and 4-pole topologies), Continua has a wide palette of tone formation and is well suited for long and complex developing soundscapes.
Continua, which has a number of modulation capabilities, is capable of reproducing both simple synthetic sounds and huge evolving sound landscapes. With two ADSRs and two oscillators with flexible envelopes (essentially an envelope sequencer), as well as our four flexible (continuous wave) LFOs and a sophisticated sampling function, you can modulate any knob on the user interface with a simple right-click
Continua is fully customizable to your taste and style of play. With full and expanded support for MPE, it can take advantage of the extended control set of your Linnstrument, Seaboard, Soundplane, Continuum, or other MPE controller, and TUN file support allows you to use configuration tables. The resizable Hi-DPI GUI allows you to customize the size to suit your visual needs, and the cross-platform preset mechanism allows you to share your creations with friends and colleagues, no matter what system they use. Save your preferred settings as the default state, and Coninua will always be exactly what you need.
New in Version :
>> New Preset Manager. Due to fairly convincing evidence that the preset manager in Continua “sucked,” and also apparently “wasn’t good,” we wrote a new one. It made its first appearance in Phosphor 3, and now is in Continua.
>> Fixed: LFO activity indicator did not accurately reflect phase. Now it does.
>> Fixed: Only one LFO activity indicator appeared no matter how many voices were active. Now there is one for each voice.
>> Fixed: There was some occasional audible stepping in the filter frequency controls. Smoothers have been added.
>> Fixed, Hopefully: The macOS certificate problems from the previous versions. See earlier changelog entries for this saga. If you experience any problems with Continua “disappearing” or whatever, just delete all versions (VST, VST3, AAX, and AU) and re-install and you should be back on the program. Hopefully.
Noise source features a “color” control that affects tonal characteristics of the noise.
ADSR x 2
Continua has two ADSR-style envelope generators, with curve on attack, decay, and release.
Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG) x 2
The two FEGs are arbitrary function generators, with up to 99 steps, curve and step level control, arbitrary loop points, and host tempo sync.
Flexible Low-Frequency Oscillator (FLFO) x 4
The four FLFOs utilize four controls (phase, shape, skew, and warp) to access a virtually limitless palette of waveforms, and feature host tempo sync and retrigger.
Sample and hold
The S&H mod source can sample noise (random) or any of the other mod sources, at either a user-defined rate or a musical division, and includes built-in smoothing and distance limit (for a “walk” effect).
Every knob in Continua is a mod destination, with a very fast and simple assignment matrix access with a right-click on the knob (double-tap on iOS).
Tuning Tables And Global Tuning Offset
Re-tune Continua to new intonations and temperaments using the open-source and easy-to-use TUN file format. A global tuning offset (default to A = 440) allows you to easily retune the entire synth to match a different A frequency without using a tuning table.
MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression)
Continua understands both “legacy” MIDI and MPE. Use your Linnstrument, Roli Seaboard, Haken Continuum, Madrona Labs Soundplane, or Sensel Morph (among others) to directly access per-note pressure, pitch bend, and modulation.
Continua utilizes a per-instance customization method: set MPE mode, aftertouch smoothing, pitch bend range override, tuning table, and global tuning offset for each instance in your DAW, with an option to save any state as your global starting point.
Continua comes with a substantial collection of factory content, including Designer Presets from Red Means Recording, Glitch Machines, and Sonalsystem.
Cross-Platform Preset Format
Continua utilizes an XML-based preset manager. Work between multiple systems without troubles, make a preset on your desktop machine and paste it to the iOS version with Handoff, easily share your creations with your friends, or make a preset bundle to sell.
Fully Resizable Hi-Dpi / Retina GUI
Continua’s vector-based GUI is resolution-agnostic, and displays the same on every system and resolution. Easily resize the UI (per instance) to match your visual needs, from postage stamp to poster-sized.