Kaivo Synth von Madrona Labs

madrona-labs-logoMadrona Labs aus USA haben ihren neuen Kaivo Synth vorgestellt. Dabei handelt es sich um einen semi-modularen Software Synth, der “normale” Synthese mit physikalischem Modelling vereint. Die Software ist für MAC und PC in 32 und 64 BIT Versionen verfügbar. Der Hersteller schreibt dazu:



Madrona-Kaivo1.0Kaivo is a semi-modular software synthesizer that combines two powerful ways of making sound: granular synthesis and physical modeling.

Both Mac and Windows versions are fully 32- and 64-bit compatible. The demo version is identical to the full version, except that a gentle reminder sound plays every 60 seconds or so, and patches made with the demo cannot be saved.

Kaivo’s manual has over 50 pages full of Kaivo lore, tips and tricks, and a complete introduction to sound synthesis!

System requirements:

Mac versions requires OS 10.6.8 or higher. Windows versions require Windows 7 or 8. Windows XP and Vista may work but are not officially supported. All versions require a 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo processor or better.

Kaivo is fairly heavy on the CPU. On a mid-range notebook from 2010, a dual core 2.4 GHz Core i5, four voices of a complex patch use around 40 percent of the CPU time. Results vary between hosts and operating systems—the best thing to do is try the demo before purchase.


Kaivo brings some of the latest academic research in physical modeling to a patchable package for the first time. Mathematically speaking, its finite difference time domain (FDTD) models let the player reach inside the instrument and affect the internal vibrations at any point. This allows for a fine degree of realistic detail, like the bridge rattles on a “gut string” model, for example. And while Kaivo is capable of making very realistic sounds, it is also designed to apply this subtlety to abstract creations.

Der Preis liegt bei 129,- USD. Demoversionen können auf der Webseite herunter geladen werden. Dort gibt es auch einige Sounbeispiele.

Weitere Informationen gibt es hier: Link

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