Year / Date of Issue: 04.2021
Developer: Audio Damage
Developer site: audiodamage
Format: VSTi, VSTi3, AAX, AUi
Bit depth: 64bit
Tabletka: not required | RETAiL
System requirements: Windows 8.1 or newer, 10.12 Sierra or newer, Ubuntu 18 or later and a 64-bit DAW.
Description: Continua is a virtual analog synthesizer with a twist: a continuously variable triple oscillator. With three interconnected waveform-defining controls, Continua provides virtually unlimited signal headroom, especially when you add cross modulation and noise to your mix.
With two variable filters (varying between LP, HP, BP and cutoff in 2-pole and 4-pole topologies), Continua has a wide range of tone shaping and is well suited for long and complex evolving soundscapes.
With a range of modulation capabilities, Continua is capable of reproducing both simple synthetic sounds and huge evolving soundscapes. With two ADSRs and two flexible envelopes (essentially an envelope sequencer) as well as our four flexible (continuous waveform) LFOs and sophisticated sampling functionality, you can modulate any knob on the user interface with a simple right click.
Continua is completely customizable to your taste and play style. With full and extended MPE support, it can take advantage of the advanced control set of your Linnstrument, Seaboard, Soundplane, Continuum or other MPE controller, and TUN file support allows for tuning tables. The resizable Hi-DPI GUI allows you to adjust the size to suit your visual needs, and the cross-platform preset engine allows you to share your creations with friends and colleagues, no matter what system they are using. Save your preferred settings as the default and Coninua will always be exactly the way you want it.
New in version
> Preset manager now closes when you double-click on a preset.
> Every last vestige of OpenGL removed; this should increase compatibility on Linux and in future macOS versions. It was already off on the Wiindows and iOS versions; we have removed it from the macOS and Linux versions as well.
> macOS payload is now Universal Binary 2, and Continua will run natively on Apple Silicon Macs.
> macOS minim version is now 10.12 “Sierra” due to digital signing requirements by Apple.
> Linux payload now includes VST3 version.
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.