Zzap


Ultisynth

Author: Julian Rignall
Publisher: Quicksilva
Machine: Commodore 64

 
Published in Zzap #1

Ultisynth

Where Romik's synth package suffered from an over complicated title page Quicksilva's has a nice simple title page with seven options.

But what appears behind this title page is more important and here's where the program falls flat on its face. Unless you know the instructions inside out then you will find yourself lost within a few seconds.

There are the selectable attack, sustain, delay and release options familiar with all these types of programs. There also also wave formations and bar charts showing the frequency, filter frequency, resonance and various others. There are 154 key combinations for each channel so many sounds can be produced. There are also six accompanying tunes but other than that it is all up to you.

Composing a tune is a long, boring and difficult process, with only numbers needing to be typed in. With a detailed, yet complicated manual and the difficulty of actually getting any sort of musical satisfaction, one can only say that this old piece of software is now rather long in the tooth.

Julian Rignall

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