Whether you are designing experimental sounds, producing music in a future-leaning genre or looking for a modern digital synthesizer to complement your existing setup, the Circle2 synth enables you to communicate your musical ideas effortless by placing flow and intuitiveness at the core of the music making process.
Since its release in 2009, Circle has achieved cult status, becoming a key tool in the arsenal of both seminal underground and pop hitmakers such as Hudson Mohawke, Arca, David Guetta and Deadmau5. Circle2 is the new major update to Future Audio Workshop’s flagship software synthesizer, Circle. The 2015 update incorporates several new features, modules and effects, extending the spectrum of sounds that can be composed. Circle2 also features a completely redesigned user interface, providing a forward-thinking interpretation of Circle’s esteemed user-centred design approach.
Usability is at the heart of the design of Circle2. With the affordance of the power of modern computer processors, many software synthesizers have become progressively more complex and difficult to use. The aim of Circle is to step aside from this path, and to instead focus on placing flow and intuitiveness at the core of the music making process.
The unique Circle2 interface enables a level of experimentation that would be unachievable via a more typical, convoluted interface; allowing the user to focus on creativity rather than technicalities. This design philosophy sets Circle2 apart in the synthesizer landscape and provides the foundation for the development of the next generation.
Instead of designing Circle2 to graphically replicate its analog predecessors, Future Audio Workshop have been working alongside Berlin-based designer Lars Hammerschmidt to bring Circle2 firmly into the 21st century through the use of a contemporary design language that looks more to the future than the past. The goal was to construct an even flatter design with brighter, more distinct colors than was seen in Circle.
Based on state-of-the-art digital synthesis research, the brand new VPS (vector phaseshaping synthesis) oscillator is one of the most exciting new features of Circle2. The new oscillator utilizes a cutting-edge synthesis technique introduced by researchers at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering and The National University of Ireland, and further developed for its implementation in Circle2 via an academic collaboration with Future Audio Workshop.
Read more about Circle2 synth over on Future Audio Workshop’s website here.