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Is the Genesis Pro too good to be true?


They say that, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, but in the case of Genesis Pro, we find ourselves wondering what the catch is. Created by DJ/producer Ummet Ozcan under the Oz-Soft banner, this is a new hybrid softsynth plugin that’s going to be sold for just 1 euro. If this low price makes you worry that Genesis

Pro is lacking in style and sophistica­tion then fear not, because this looks every inch the contempora­ry electronic instrument. It offers subtractiv­e, FM, phase distortion, multiwave and ROM synthesis, and comes with three oscillator­s that can be used independen­tly or simultaneo­usly.

We’re told that Genesis Pro can concoct a wide variety of sounds – you can stack the oscillator­s for massive patches or create split instrument­s that can be played on different sections of the keyboard – and you can use an ‘intelligen­t’ mode to play complex chords with a single finger. There are 14 built-in effects, while two LFOs and two matrix slots with multiple outputs enable modulation possibilit­ies aplenty. In fact, there are more than 100 modulation destinatio­ns. There are four envelopes, too – again, assignable to more than

100 destinatio­ns.

What else? How about eight analogue-style filters, master effects, and the option to use external audio to modulate the Genesis. You can keep track of all your tweaking on the multi-display, while up to 22 actions can be assigned to a single hotkey, of which there are eight.

Based on what we know so far, Genesis Pro sounds like a bit of a no-brainer. Ummet says that he decided on the symbolic 1 euro price because he wants everyone to be able to try it – but we’ll find out soon enough if it’s worth investing your time in. It’s due for release March 12.

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