Vengeance-Sound’s VPS Avenger is a hybrid instrument in the truest sense of the word, combing analogue, wavetable and sample-based synthesis in an epic architecture, supplemented by an enormous modulation system and 32 high-quality effects. It even includes a decent drum machine, complete with its own pattern sequencer.
A quick tour
At the top left, the preset browser 1 gives access to a vast library of categorised patches, including elaborate multi-layered constructions that almost qualify as full tracks triggered by one note. A VPS Avenger patch can comprise up to eight main Oscillators 2 and a Drums Oscillator 3 , switched between via the tabs at the top of the interface. Each Oscillator hosts a static wave, wavetable or multisample chosen from a well-stocked menu and manipulated using the controls around the waveform display 4 ; while the V-Saw and Voicing pages 5 enable unison voice stacking and automatic chord generation.
Routing, modulation & FX
The flow of each Oscillator’s output through the rest of the synth is defined in its Route panel 6 , where you select which of up to four Amplifiers 7 , Filters 8 and Shaper distortion modules 9 should be brought to bear, as well as one of eight Arpeggiators. Wavetable, Pitch and Mod Envelopes, and Step Sequencers 10 are accessed through the central display, and the four LFOs have their own panel 11 , shared with the Mod Matrix. Elsewhere are the Arpeggiator, the crazy FFT Editor, and three Macro knobs 12 can be assigned to as many parameters as you like.
Finally, VPS Avenger gives you an abundance of effects processing to work with. You get eight insert FX racks 13 , plus a Send FX rack and a Master FX rack, each one holding up to eight from a roster of 32 superb modules. Phew!