Today we are featuring the NovaKILL NITROUS NEO synthesizer. It has two total oscilators, an envelope section with graphical cutoff, resonance and envelope control. Two oscillators can be configured with Sine, Saw, Square and Triangle waves. There is also a very fun PWM (Pulse Wave Modulation) control, which can be used to inject rhythmic effects in. PWM settings cool to mess around with, and if you grab this particular synth I would encourage you to do just that. A use LFO completes the package. The controls on this LFO are quite interesting, and arranged in a quite unique manner.
This synth also has a useful “Unison” feature, which can also been seen on such Premium synths as Native Instruments’ Massive. The Unison feature adds in another copy of the sound one or more octaves above or below that sound. This can have the effect of “doubling” the sound, and is especially useful for leads, or wild and crazy effects that need to “pop” over everything else.
Another interesting effect present in this synth, and common to many synths, is the “portamento” feature. This feature can be instrumental in crafting your “beats”, as it will allow you to have the synth play short bursts of sound. Many synths also allow you to tune these short bursts to the BPM of the track, and to specify sixteenth, eight, quarter, half or whole notes.
As with most of the NovaKILL synths, the maker has given us some useful patch presets to play with as well. This means you can cycle through quickly to get a feel for what the synth is capable of. This is typically what I will do when I download a new synth – cycle through the presets, until I have a good idea of the range of the instrument.