February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Ableton
Ableton announced the release of their own soft synth, Operator,
designed to be used specifically with Live 4, Ableton's award-winning real-time music production platform. Operator brings an eclectic spectrum of
sonic possibilities and musical inspiration to Ableton Live users. Ableton's Robert Henke explains, "Our aim was to create a truly
unique and inspiring instrument that combined the sonic richness and character of hardware synthesizers with the power of Ableton Live. By integrating
Operator with Live, we were able to give users the flexibility and power of clip envelopes, hands-on control and zero latency."
The core of Operator's voice architecture consists of four oscillators and a resonant multimode filter. This setup allows for both
subtractive and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. In addition to a wide
selection of sine waveforms, which faithfully emulate the aliasing artifacts of classic hardware FM synthesizers, each of Operator's
oscillators can also generate saw, square, and triangle waveforms, as well as noise. Each oscillator can either deliver audio signals to
the output or modulate other oscillators. Following Live's refreshing design philosophy,
Operator is powerful without hogging screen real estate. Every parameter of Operator can be
automated or remote-controlled via MIDI, allowing you to get completely hands on with an external controller.
To purchase or try Operator, simply download the 4.1 update of Live from the Ableton website. An activation code for Operator can be
purchased online for $149.
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