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Abyss

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A Visual Synthesizer

Abyss is a visual synthesiser with character and a bit of fairy dust. It brings to you dark, vibrating drones, vivid cinematic pads and rich evolving textures. With Abyss you find instant inspiration for your music and sound design projects.

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Overview
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Nuanced Instruments

The tone colour approach provides a simple way to create complex sounds. This is paired with a modulation system that is as powerful as it is simple to use. Tweak, mangle, modulate your sound to sonic madness or create sensible, nuanced MPE instruments.

Tone Colors

Whether we describe sounds or colours – we use similar words like warm, cold, dark, soft or energetic. Not by coincidence it is called tone-colour. In Abyss different sounds are represented by different colours – a whole new way to design sounds.

Rich & Deep Sound

The sound engine of Abyss combines the rich and deep textures of natural sounds with the effective flexibility of classical synths. Of course there is a virtual analogue filter, but there are also controls to shape tone colours in unheard ways. Explore fresh sonic possibilities.

Surf Your Sound

Navigating through endless lists of weirdly named sounds is not always fun. In Abyss you can simply surf through a panel with more than 2000 tone-colours. Find your sound faster than ever.

New in v1.2

FM

To further enrich its sonic potential, v1.2 brings a whole world of FM timbres to Abyss! Using FM in Abyss is as simple as using a filter. With just three sliders you can set the level and the tonal character of the frequency modulation.

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Tone Color Gradient

Its variation that makes sounds interesting. By placing tone-colours on the gradient you create a palette of timbral variation that becomes the base of your patch. Whether you mainly used presets or you are a seasoned sound designer, with Abyss you simply follow your intuition to create your own signature sound.

– CAMERON, VENUS THEORY

“Abyss is super, super, super cool and super fun to mess around with – it sounds freaking phenomenal!”

– SYNTH ANATOMY

“Abyss is very special and unique. The concept is well thought out and nicely implemented.”

– BENN JORDAN, THE FLASHBULB

“Abyss sounds exquisite – I’d buy it in a second.”

Expansion Sound Packs

Jovian Attack Expansion Pack

Spektralisk unleashes the true potential of Abyss with Jovian, a stunning double pack with an underlying sci-fi theme.

Installment two Attack shifts focus to deeper, aggressive and generally more transient based sounds. From otherworldly rumbles and earthshaking bass to mutant hits and alien sequences, Attack doesn’t disappoint. Perfect for low end beds, hard-hitting impacts, mutant accents and alien melodies. The collection offers patches that can be played with both regular or mpe controllers, offering a hands on approach to creating music that's truly out of this world.

Features 150 presets.

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Jovian Evolve Expansion Pack

Spektralisk unleashes the true potential of Abyss with Jovian, a stunning double pack with an underlying sci-fi theme.

Installment one Evolve features a vast array of lush, cinematic pads and complex, unnerving soundscapes, perfect for atmospheric cues or epic walls of sound. The collection offers patches that can be played with both regular or mpe controllers, offering a hands on approach to creating music that's truly out of this world.

Features 150 presets.

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Databroth Artist Expansion Pack

Electronic musician and sound design extraordinaire Databroth takes Abyss to new depths with deep ominous pads, ethereal textures, warped fx and more. Inspired by science fiction, nature, biology and mathematics, this pack is an essential buy for any composer seeking a truly unique palette of sounds.

Includes 100 mind-bending, cinematic presets.

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Abyss Design Team

Abyss synth is created by Peter V – mathematician by education, musician by heart. He believes you can find music in everything and that drawing inspiration from visual art can only benefit composition and sound design.

Peter is a veteran in artificial intelligence and founded his first startup already two decades ago. The recent progress in this field made him believe that there is a vast opportunity in applying machine learning to sound design. After quitting his dayjob it took almost two years of research and dozens of prototypes to develop the innovative sound engine and user interface of Abyss.

He aspires to create a new generation of tools that are inspiring and joyful to use and uncover interesting new sonic possibilities.

Full Specs

  • Amazing, intuitive new FM capabilities. Makes dialling in FM sounds as simple as using a filter.
  • Twice as many factory presets.
  • A touchscreen mode has been added for rapid, tactile sound design.
  • Unique and inspiring workflow based on sound colours.
  • More than 2000 sound colours as building blocks for patches.
  • Unique "sound surfing" for selecting sound colours.
  • Each sound colour can be modified with spectral processing.
  • Noise parameter adds "musical noise" - specifically based on and tuned to the selected sound colour.
  • Virtual analog filter with resonance.
  • Four sound effects: Shimmer, Delay, Reverb and Phaser.
  • Optional brick wall limiter.
  • Arbitrary modulation with 13 sources and 23 destinations.
  • A super-useful LEVEL slider has been added to the LFOs, allowing for the modulation of the modulation depth.
  • Panic button and several other improvements based on user feedback.
  • 2 ADSRs, 3 LFOs.
  • LFO supports free drawing of curve.
  • Two of the LFOs can be used as step sequencer.
  • Unique "stereo" modifier that allows to skew most parameters differently for left and right channel.
  • Modulation parameters can be modulated themselves (eg LFO-speed).
  • Easy pitch snap function to stay within scale.
  • MPE support.
  • Scalable, responsive UI.
  • More than 130 carefully crafted patches.
Training Resources

Learning Guides

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System Requirements

macOS 10.11 or Later
64-bit
AU / VST3

Windows 10, 11
64-bit
VST3