Rob Papen Blade Virtual Additive Synthesizer with XY Control

Additive Synthesis Virtual Instrument - Mac/PC RTAS, VST, AU
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Additive Synthesis Made Easy!

Rop Papen's Blade additive synthesizer virtual instrument is what every die-hard synth nut has been waiting for - an additive synth that's fun and easy to use. Thanks to Blade's innovative Harmolator, you can create unique and exciting sounds in a matter of minutes - all by just tweaking a few simple controls. A highly programmable X-Y pad lets you manipulate 12 of Blade's parameters in real time, and you can even record and loop its pad motion. Top it off with filters, envelopes, modulation sources, plus a killer step sequencer and there's really nothing quite like Rop Papen's Blade virtual instrument.

Rob Papen Blade Additive Synthesis Virtual Instrument at a Glance:
  • Harmolator additive synthesis engine lets you define your own original sounds
  • Set your sounds into motion with Blade's advanced X-Y pad
  • Tweak your tones with countless modulators, filters, and onboard effects
Harmolator additive synthesis engine lets you define your own original sounds

Chances are, you've never seen anything like Blade's Harmolator additive synthesis oscillator before. That's because Rop Papen designed Blade with a fresh, user-friendly approach to additive synthesis. A visual display gives you a graphic representation of your oscillator as you tweak the Harmolator's controls. Each of the Harmolator's nine controls lets you shape a critical element within your sound, allowing you to create complex waveforms, without having to master hard math. What's more, the Harmolator also lets you add unison voicings and a sub-oscillator to your sound, giving you even greater sound design possibilities.

Set your sounds into motion with Blade's advanced X-Y pad

Here's where Rop Papen's Blade virtual instrument goes from really cool to totally over the top: the X-Y pad. X-Y pads, in general, aren't terribly novel anymore, but Rop Papen kicked up the potential of the one in Blade by putting it in control of up to 12 separate parameters, including all of the Harmolator's settings. This lets you seriously morph your sounds in real time. But that's not all. Blade's X-Y pad also features pad motion recording with tempo sync, looping, bi-directional looping, and external modulation, giving you tons of great ways to add energy and excitement to your sounds.

Tweak your tones with countless modulators, filters, and onboard effects

Between its Harmolator and its epic X-Y pad, Rop Papen's Blade already leaves most virtual instruments in the dust, at least when it comes to sheer sound-design potential. But these are just the flagship features of this amazing additive synth. Under the hood, Blade gives you access to more modulators and sound-shaping tools than you could ever ask for. Envelopes, LFOs, velocity mapping - you name it, Blade's got it! Choose from a 21 distortion types and 12 fantastic filters, all while tapping into a pair of fully loaded effects engines. There's even a feature-rich and flexible step sequencer onboard Blade, providing you with yet one more way to make your sounds move.

Rob Papen Blade Additive Synthesis Virtual Instrument Features:
  • Powerful additive synthesis virtual instrument that lets you easily create complex original sounds
  • Easy-to-use controls and logically laid out user interface makes sound creation fun and intuitive
  • Unique Harmolator additive synthesis oscillator lets you quickly construct waveforms via 9 simple parameters
  • Graphic waveform display lets provides visual feedback for sound design
  • Flexible X-Y pad allows you to manipulate up to 12 parameters freely in real time, including all 9 Harmolator controls
  • Record, playback, loop, and bi-directionally loop Blade's X-Y pad motion for advanced sound design
  • Further manipulate your sounds with 12 filter types and 21 distortion models
  • 2 x additional multi-effects units allow you to create even more exciting sounds
  • Create and apply velocity modulation and envelope modulation settings for most major parameters
  • Step sequencer provides further possibility for adding motion to your sounds
  • RTAS, VST, and AU formats provides compatibility with most Mac and PC DAWs
Discover the endless possibilities of additive synthesis with Rob Papen's amazing Blade virtual instrument!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
Hands On: 64-bit Plug-ins
How to Use Rob Papen Virtual Instruments Without A DAW

Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel/PPC 1.5 GHz, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Pentium IV Processor, 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/Vista/XP
Manufacturer Part Number RPPU15

Customer Reviews

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These sounds!

Unique soundset, maybe the best Rob Papen VST yet!

New Terrain to explore

Ive had Blade for about a month now, and I;m always finding new things to try with it. Just yesterday I got Rob's book and dvds on synthesis(YOU NEED IT)and today I upgraded to Explorer II.I dont even know where to begin about this collection. Even as I write this, I'm experimenting in ways I had not considered much less tried! If youre just starting or are experienced, you will not get bored with this outfit!!!! Arm yourdelves, and go into sonic warfare!!! It'll be the best time of your learning this software.I knowit is for me!
Music background: Military Musician, Producer, Teacher, Studio Bassist.


Stunning sounds and an unusual, yet surprisingly intuitive approach to additive synthesis. If you like NI Razor you will love this.
Music background: Pro Musician
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