BeepStreet Dagger Synth is a new raw-sounding analog modeling synth with four iconic filter recreations for macOS and iOS
At the end of 2015, BeepStreet, the developer of the Drambo modular app, released Dagger Synth, an analog modeling Synthesizer plugin with a raw sound nature. A synth that really enjoyed, and where I also published a sound library for it. Wow, that’s 8 years ago now, how time flies.
I’m happy to report that Dagger Synth returns today in a 2023 version with an improved engine.
Beepstreet Dagger Synth
The concept of the Dagger stayed the same. The synth is as direct, fast, and easy to use as the 2015 version. As technology progressed, iPads… became more powerful; Beepstreet could also extract more analog modeling juiciness from the synth.
Dagger remains an analog-modeling Synth with a lovely big, raw character. Unlike the previous version, it’s now a paraphonic analog modeling /VA synth.
Its core consists of two rich oscillators with shape morphing, oscillator mix, phase/detune, and hard-sync option. There is also a glide (auto glide), OSC mod, and octave controls. Next to the oscillator mix knob, you can also find a chord switch turning the synth in paraphonic mode.
From there, it goes into the filter section, the highlight of the synth, at least for me. It features four analog-modeled iconic lowpass filter models, each with 8x oversampled characteristics.
You get a Steiner Parker filter known as the Arturia MiniBrute. Then, two transistor ladders, and a diode ladder. The last you can find in EMS synths or the Roland TB-303. A “Japanese style” naughty 12dB high pass filter also exists. Additionally, you can activate a spice mode that simulates faulty components. Both filter section now also features tracking.
Modulation is pretty straightforward. You get an ADSR envelope generator, and a multi-mode modulator can be a multi-wave LFO, a decay envelope, or a VCO. You can route the modulation to various targets, including oscillator waveform, pitch, phase, amplifier, and filter cutoff.
Further, you have an amplifier with a warm diode clipper and controls for drive, level, and mod. There is also an onboard limiter. Beepstreet ships the new Dagger Synth with 60 factory presets. If this is not enough, there is a randomize button giving you instant new sounds.
Mister Dagger Library?
With the new Dagger 2023 release, some are wondering, is the library coming back. The answer is yes. I will be releasing my patch library in the next few days for free with donation options so you get 64 new patches for it.
Important, however: the patches are based on the 2015 version, so paraphonic sounds will not be included. Depending on how supportive the community is, I increase the library with paraphonic sounds. Let’s see.
As a user of Dagger Synth in 2015, I’m very happy that the synth is now back. The fact that the engine is now paraphonic and that the resolution is even higher suits the raw, great sound very well. The macOS version is also a nice bonus.
BeepStreet Dagger Synth is available now for an introductory price of $12,99/14,99€, including the iOS (iPhone/iPad) and macOS (Apple Silicon) AUv3 plugin versions.
More information here: Beepstreet