18 June 2010


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Produced by Cyberwave EMS
No.Tracks 9
Playing Time 20:27
Mixed Mode CD
Released 1999

Waveplant may be a name your unfamiliar with as its a synthesiser that you won't find in any shop or magazine. That's because it's a unique creation made by Cyberwave, a small UK company based in Powys, Wales. The Waveplant sounds like a complete beast of a synthesiser from the specification, 9 sound oscillators, 36 virtual modulation oscillators, 6 filters, 6 LFOs enough to make the mouth water. It sounds kind of similar to the sorts of devices that were being put together in universities and by Tangerine Dream in the seventies. This CD is the public's opportunity to sample the sounds produced by this unique synthesiser.

This is Cyberwave's first foray into the sample CD market and they deserve every success, it's the sort of thing that 5 years ago would hardly have been possible, but with the Internet they have a world wide audience for their product. They certainly deserve some kind of reward for the thousands of hours over 3 years they put into this machine. A labour of love if ever there was one.

But we're looking at the actual sounds so what do we get for your UKP 22. Well the CD is mixed mode and the sounds come in three varieties, audio, Soundfont (as one 59.2 Mb file) and .Wav format (125Mb of data), so plus points for providing the sounds in a variety of formats, though useful more for the PC users amongst us. The Soundfont has some additional features applied for simple manipulation within that environment rather than just being purely a sample housing shell.

The packaging is fairly basic, but totally adequate, the inlay card has a short introduction, a page of instructions and a listing of all of the sample groups and sample categories. From first view of the card you would think that there are only 48 samples, though when one inspects the .Wav files and listens to the CD for some of the sounds, well most of them in fact, there are two or more versions, dry and effected, and in some cases up to four variants of the sample are presented. The processing in most cases though is fairly subtle - you can certainly tell that the wet and dry versions are the same base sample.

Incidentally there is no licence or copyright notice on the CD packaging itself, just contained on a readme.txt on the CD, the sort of thing I would suggest would be sample CD makers take care over. Who knows when "that" sound will feature on a hit record.

The sample CD is broken down into 8 sections - Textures, Bass, Organs, Polysynth, Otherworld, Weird & FX, Lead and Filter. There is no demo track or test tone.


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