Cypher 2 £159

Computer Music - - Reviews / Cm Awards 2018 - Web fx­pan­sion.com For­mat Mac/PC

It’s taken ten years, but the sec­ond ver­sion of FX­pan­sion’s mus­cu­lar vir­tual ana­logue synth was well worth the wait. Own­ers of MPE­ca­pable (MIDI Poly­phonic Ex­pres­sion) con­trollers – most per­ti­nently, those of FX­pan­sion’s par­ent com­pany, ROLI – have the most to gain, as Cypher2 fully sup­ports the stan­dard. This brings a whole new di­men­sion of live per­for­mance ac­ro­bat­ics via ‘5D’ per­note mo­du­la­tion. But that’s by no means the only rea­son to up­grade: ev­ery­thing from the os­cil­la­tors to the fil­ters to the mo­du­la­tion scheme has been dra­mat­i­cally im­proved, and the all-new se­quencer is phe­nom­e­nal.

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