When sampling technology was in its infancy, samplers lacked the power required for high-quality interpolation and filtering. Analog-digital converters were primitive, and the sounds that went into these machines came out grittier and darker--but also warmer and punchier. The same qualities that degraded the audio from a technical standpoint had the effect of enhancing the audio from an artistic standpoint.
But where are these instruments today? Why do samplers nowadays endeavor to produce an exact carbon copy instead of adding their own touch? Whatever happened to character, to samplers that feel as if they belong in the hands of musicians instead of laboratory technicians?
We asked ourselves those very questions, and we couldn\'t come up with any good answers. So we decided to change that.
Morgana is an authentic representation of a vintage digital sampler, designed to be musical rather than accurate while simultaneously free from the clumsy interface or sub-megabyte RAM limitations plagued by old hardware. Morgana doesn\'t try to boast the most impressive spec sheet, or the most transparent sound. By returning to a simpler architecture, Morgana actually transcends the limitations of typical software samplers, creating an experience that sounds and feels like an actual instrument--one that is inspiring and with a sound all its own.
Morgana aims to provide an authentic representation of an early digital sampler, designed to be musical rather than accurate. Per voice Morgana offers extensively modeled VCFs, amp and filter envelopes. It also features a unique interpolation method, which enhances digital artifacts, and a pre-amp to shape each sample, simulating a primitive analog-digital stage.
Morgana is also capable of sampling, either through its own inputs or through a technology entitled \"SampLink\" which effectively allows Morgana to sample from any track in a multitrack environment in a simple and no-hassle way.
Morgana comes with a custom recorded sample library of about 300 presets.
Some highlights include:
Faithful representation of sampling technology circa 1984
High quality 4 pole lowpass filter per voice (analog modeled OTA design)
Non-destructive input modeling, including samplerate adjustment and mic preamp
Vintage microprocessor emulation including modulator quantizing and digital crosstalk
Support for multiple output modes, including mono, stereo, pseudo- stereo, and pseudo-surround with up to 8 outputs
Dynamic multisample keymapping
Each copy of Morgana can be made to sound subtly different, just like analog hardware
Proprietary SampLink technology allows live sample recording across different applications
Specifically tailored for use in live performances
16 voice digital sampler
Two part multitimbrality
8-bit sampling rate
Variable sample rate from 10.1KHz to 29.41KHz
Two APDSR envelopes for filter and amplitude
Two sample oscillators per voice
4-pole analog modeled filter per voice with cutoff and resonance controls
Keytracking generator for filter cutoff
Relative level, cutoff, transpose, and detune per sample
Non-destructive input modeling with antialias filter, mic preamp, and gain control
LFO with MIDI clock sync
Flexible MIDI learn system
SampLink technology for full-featured realtime sampling capabilities
Support for WAVE, AIFF, and ReCycle (.REX/.RX2) sample formats
Support for different tunings through .SCL tuning files
Morgana is available in VST and Audio Units formats for Mac OS X (Universal Binary)