Wednesday, October 6, 2021

FREE VST SYNTH NEWS: Full Bucket FB7999 VST Synthesizer.


I have vague recollections of the odd DW6000/8000 coming through one of the retail emporiums I used to work in either as a second hand or part exchanged item. 

I seem to remember rather linking them. Something a bit warmer than the Yamaha FM synths of the time, easier to program, and a bit more instantly gratifying. I only really started to like FM synths once they'd developed and bit and started offering stack modes and such. TX81Z/DX11 generation. That kind of thing. Seem to remember DW Series was a little bit before then. 

Never sold them new. Never really sold any Korg products from new. During my time selling keyboards and synths in the West End, the Korg distributor had their own shop there and were happily retailing items whilst also wholesaling them to dealers. We never involved ourselves in such unethical practices, so no Korg products form me during my time on Denmark Street. 

Interestingly, it's a practice that continues to this day. I don't understand why any keyboard/music shop would spend time, money, and effort grinding out Yamaha products whilst they are happily competing with you via their own swanky, no expense spared retail emporium in the heart of London. But hey..... music retail has never been a bastion of high-ethics. 

Anyway. Before I say something really controversial and end up getting sued, back to the FB7999......

So before Korg conquered the world with the M1, and also before they barely made a ripple with the FM derived 707, and in the wake of the Poly 61, there were the two DWs. 

FB Music seem to specialize in Korg emulations, although there are some 'original' style instruments such as the WhispAir wavetable synth that I checked out a couple of months ago. You'll find this via the link below. 

As it's name suggests, and since it has the 16 digital waveforms of the DW8000, and will respond to velocity information , it is fair to say that the FB7999 can be thought of as a DW8000 emulator. Although I don't think it has the arpeggiator. 

DW Series generated a number of waveforms via two digital oscillators known as DWGS (digital waveform generators). After that, a pretty standard subtractive mode of synthesis is employed with filters and pitch/filter/amp envelope generators. Although digitally controlled, the DW Series are equipped with genuine analog filter and amp sections. 

The two polyphonic and the two unison modes of the original DW have been retained, only now you have 64 voices of polyphony to play with instead of 16. 

The digital delay of the DW Series has also been implemented. The very short delay times can be used to create chorus and phasing effects. 

Anyway. That's about all I can tell you at this point. I've downloaded my copy and will check it out shortly and deliver my verdict/opinion, although I don't have any real DWs lying around so it won't be really possible to assess it's authenticity compared to the real hardware versions. But we'll take a look shortly.

In the meantime, you can find more information and download your own copy via the Full Bucket Music website below. 


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