Aodyo Instruments Anyma Phi is a new affordable, desktop physical modeling Synthesizer that invites you to journey through acoustic timbres.
I am a friend of synthesis forms that give us musicians and sound designers new inspiring sounds. Timbres that go beyond that of an analog synthesizer. Physical modeling synthesis is one of my favorites, and the news about a new hardware Synthesizer that has it onboard makes me prick up my ears. Yes, you read that correctly and it is also affordable.
Aodyo Instruments, known for the Sylphyo electronic wind instrument, has today published the Kickstarter campaign for the Aynma Phi. It’s a hybrid monophonic Synthesizer that uses an advanced physical modeling engine capable of creating sounds from the real world. Perfect for the simulation of acoustic sound sources, such as strings, reeds, as well as resonating structures, like wood, glass, or metal.
Timbres that we only know from plugins like AAS Chromaphone 3… Physical modeling in a hardware synth is not new, the Korg Z1 or Prophecy are good examples here who have offered this earlier. This one is however far more compact and smaller. However, just in mono.
Aodyo Instruments Anyma Phi
Anyma Phi is a desktop synth that hosts a monophonic physical modeling engine with three oscillator slots, five effect slots, and a mono reverb. Then it has a modulation system with 8 modulator slots including DAHDSR envelope generators, LFOs, curves, interpolators, slew limiters, and more.
The engine relies on a 5×4 matrix that follows a physical metaphor, with four macros for each of the five stages of sound generation. It includes sections for excite, vibrate, diffuse, global, and animate. These 5 elements form the sound body and are responsible for the timbre.
If you want to dive deeper, you can take control of the powerful semi-modular synth engine beyond the matrix, with oscillators covering a wide range of synthesis techniques, effects, and modulators. If you want to dive deeper, you can go beyond the matrix and unleashed the complete synthesis power of Anyma Phi. For example, you can choose for each oscillator one of four sound sources including physical models, classic spectral, noise sources, and external input.
This flows in the next step in an effect processor with five slots. You can find here resonators, filters, delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, folder, and more. A cool addition is the ability to use the internal effects with external audio signals. As already said, there are also numerous modulators to set parameters in motion.
You have to congratulate the developers for the connections. They did a lot right there. It has two mono line jack outputs, one stereo headphone jack output, and stereo input, all on 1/4”. Further, it has a built-in MIDI Interface (in/out) as well as a USB input. I’m very happy to see the additional USB host connection with which you can simply connect a MIDI keyboard with a simple USB cable. This is super handy and should have more synthesizers in 2020
More Kickstarter Supporters, More Features
The journey is not finished here. If they get more money from pledgers in the Kickstarter campaign as planned, they will expand the engine further. In this case, Anyma Phi will feature a percussive surface right on the case, a patch editor, more patch memory (63-200), micro tuning support, new sound modules, and Bluetooth MIDI.
All in all, the project sounds very tempting. As a fan of physical modeling synthesis, this project is all the more exciting for me. I hope that the project will find enough supporters. I bought one and find the project very exciting. With an early bird price of € 329 + shipping, this physical modeling Synthesizer is very affordable and unique. The campaign ends on December 31, 2020.
More information here: Aodyo Instruments
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