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SkyDust 3D: first spacial synth plugin from Sound Particles

Sound Particles is wowing NAMM delegates with “the first spatial synthesiser plugin in the world”, SkyDust 3D, offering instant 3D sound simply by playing notes. “Fantastic for stereo and exceptional in 3D” it’s definitely grabbing the increasing demand for immersive and three dimensional soundscapes in music production, cinematography and the like.

The AAX Native, AUv2 and VST3 plugin offers a number of significant features including multiple, random and sub-presets, filter presets, a spatial sequencer, envelope generators and LFO, independent oscillators, movement modifiers, divergence of note position in the 3D soundscape, output in a variety of multichannel formats, binaural reproduction for stereo headphone use, 3D panning, and a 3D visualiser.

There’s also eight oscillators, a polyphonic synth with up to 256 voices, anti-aliasing, a range of waveforms, noises and modifiers, an arpeggiator with various modes built in, scale adaptions, FM synthesis, subtractive synthesis, and more.

Here’s the full spec list:

  • Midi Indicator
  • Virtual keyboard with pitch-bend, modulation wheel, and sustain pedal indicator
  • Zoom UI (resizable Window)
  • 40 EG’s per voice: 8 gain EG’s, 8 pitch EG’s, 8 filter EG’s, 8 spatial EG’s, 8 extra EG’s
  • 40 LFO’s per voice: 8 gain LFO’s, 8 pitch LFO’s, 8 filter LFO’s, 8 spatial LFO’s, 8 extra LFO’s
  • FM modulation (phase modulation) with 8 operators
  • FM matrix, for custom FM connections
  • 4 FM parameters per operator: ratio (or fixed frequency), detune, modulation gain, feedback
  • A FM view to help visualize the current FM diagram
  • Binaural: 5 HRTF datasets, with more than 100 HRTF profiles
  • Support for SOFA files (personalized HRTFs)
  • Supports Ambisonics up to 6th order (only SkyDust 3D)
  • Support multichannel: LRC, LRCS, Quad, 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 9.0, 9.1, 5.0.2, 5.1.2, 5.0.4, 5.1.4, 7.0.2, 7.1.2, 7.1.4, 7.0.6, 7.1.6, 9.1.2, 9.1.4, 9.1.6, 9.0.8, 9.1.8, 11.1.8, Auro 11.1, Auro 13.1, IMAX 12.0, 22.2
  • Support for stereo: stereo, stereo (VBAP), stereo (MS), stereo (…)
  • Support for binaural (3D sound over Headphones) – 2 XY pads, with custom parameters per axis
  • Snap feature, with snap time, on XY pads
  • FX: Delay, Reverb, Bit-Crusher, Distortion, EQ (3 bands), Parametric EQ (1 band)
  • FX presets and sub-presets
  • Dry/Wet control
  • Meters in-between FX slots
  • LFO’s with depth, rate, phase, delay
  • Ability to sync LFO’s with host (tempo)
  • Global LFO’s (all LFO’s in sync with each others)
  • 11 Movement modifiers: Random rotation, Oscillate, Floating, Random Target, Rotation, Moving Up, Moving To Position, Moving Left, Moving Front, Moving Rear, Moving Right
  • EG with multiple types: AR, ADR, ADSR, AHDSR, DAHDSR
  • Global octave, transpose, detune
  • 4 macros, with support for multiple parameters, and custom curves
  • Multiple 3D views: 360 view, rear view, top view, spherical view, SkyDust view
  • Main volume and main meters
  • Mixer panel, with independent control of oscillators (volume, mute, solo, meter), 4 FX dry-wet and main volume (and mute)
  • Optional monophonic behavior, with “Mono” or “Legato” mode, and variable glide time
  • Curve editor, with multiple point editor and curve adjustment, or using knobs (depth, min, mid, max)
  • Ability to filter matrix entries by source or destination
  • Matrix sub-presets
  • 8 extra EG’s and 8 LFO’s, able to control multiple parameters and associated curve editor
  • Extra EG’s/LFO’s sub-preset
  • Arpeggiator with 7 patterns, and ability to add additional octaves (from -2 to + 2)
  • Ability to sync Arpeggiator with host (tempo)
  • Modern Sequencer with up to 128 steps and multiple parameters
  • Keyboard editor per sequencer step, for easy note entry
  • Polyphonic sequencer (support of multiple notes per sequencer step)
  • 3D panning per sequencer step
  • Ability to add any parameter to sequencer, with step values
  • Intelligent sequencer, with ability to adapt to major/minor sequences, by forcing a scale
  • Initial 3D position by oscillator
  • Variable Oscillator divergence, to obtain slightly random positions on each note
  • Global spatial settings or independent spatial settings by oscillator
  • 3D position Envelope Generator, to define multiple positions thru time
  • 3D LFO, with independent depth for azimuth and elevation.
  • Dedicated pitch EG and LFO per oscillator, for maximum flexibility
  • Random pitch values for interesting pitch effects, such as pitch convergence/divergence
  • Keyboard and MIDI Velocity mapping on filters
  • Random presets, with the ability to lock certain sub-modules
  • MIDI Learn control or manual assignment to attach a control to a parameter
  • Ability to filter presets by bank (factory/user), artist, and type (pads, …)
  • Tooltips (on bottom bar) activated by mouse over parameters

A 30 day trial is available to download from the product page.