- Publisher: Reason Studios & Blamsoft
- Product: Zero Hybrid Synthesizer
- Version: 1.3.1-DECiBEL
- Format: Reason Rack Extension
- Requirements: You need R2R Reason release and TEAM R2R Reason Rack Extension Cache Builder
Zero Hybrid Synthesizer brings modern FM synthesis to the Reason rack. Featuring six operators with tons of waveform possibilities and a powerful algorithm matrix, you can create unique FM sounds not previously possible in Reason.
But it’s not just for FM.
Zero also packs in additive, subtractive, and RM synthesis, flexible graphical envelopes, and three high quality on-board effects; chorus, delay, and reverb.
Factory presets by renowned sound designers Aiyn Zahev, eXode, and Navi Retlav Studio provide you quick access to a wide variety of sounds, like EDM plucks, lush pads, and aggressive bass.
Zero is a powerful beast, but still user friendly and fun for experimentation.
New in version 1.3
- Alt-click menu in the harmonics display with powerful editing tools
- Waveform button allows you to load Yamaha DX11/TX81Z and Sequential Circuits Prophet VS waveforms
- Global and operator fine tune are available as Mod Matrix destinations
- Envelope settings utilize popup menus
Zero packs additive, subtractive, FM, and RM synthesis into one very flexible and powerful synth. Six additive waveform generators, called operators, can modulate each other through frequency or ring modulation. There are two multi-mode filters for subtractive synthesis. Low frequency modulation is available through dedicated LFOs and envelopes in the operators, two global LFOs, and a comprehensive mod matrix. Three high quality on-board effects; chorus, delay, and reverb, complete the signal path.
320 factory presets designed by Aiyn Zahev, eXode, and Navi Retlav Studio provide you quick access to a wide variety of fresh sounds. Looking for EDM presets? Aiyn Zahev and eXode give you their best work.
Zero’s operators have powerful additive synthesis engines with virtually endless possibilities. Start with a variable sine/triangle/saw/pulse waveform and duplicate it at any of 126 harmonic frequencies with adjustable magnitude and phase. Tweak the final output by setting the number of harmonics and spacing between harmonics. The operator waveforms have virtually no aliasing for superb quality. Unison of up to 4 voices is provided.
Audio Rate Modulation
Frequency Modulation (FM) and Ring Modulation (RM) can be controlled by adjusting knobs in the matrix section. The ability to use FM and RM with the many unique waveform possibilities of the operators is one of the main reasons why Zero stands out in the Rack Extension crowd.
Zero offers two multi-mode filters, each with 16 modes. Each operator can be individually mixed into the filter inputs and the filters can be routed in series. The latest Zero Delay Feedback technology was incorporated into the filters for a state of the art design.
Low Frequency Modulation
Zero has very flexible envelopes, and plenty of them. Click and drag editing takes place in the graphical display so you can easily see the envelope shape. Each envelope can have up to six stages, with either free or tempo synced times. And the envelopes can be looped for powerful modulation possibilities. Each operator has a dedicated LFO, plus two global LFOs are available. A mod matrix provides routing to over 150 destinations.
The last stage in the signal path is the built-in effects. The Roland Dimension D style chorus nicely thickens up a sound. The Delay offers many tweakable parameters beyond the basics. And the reverb is a high quality Feedback Delay Network algorithm. The effect parameters can be modulated, nice for things like delay or reverb ducking.
Zero has numerous CV ins and outs for external control and modulation.