Novation Announces XioSynth Synth/MIDI Controller

Novation has announced the XioSynth, a synth, audio interface and controller in one compact unit. The new XioSynth provides Novation synthesis in a compact case, with seamless audio interfacing and MIDI controlling capabilities.

The XioSynth features 200 onboard patches, several programmed by “international producers,” utilizing a new optional filter distortion to produce an even greater range of sounds than on previous Novation synths. Furthermore, 60 of the onboard sounds come from internationally acclaimed artists and producers from a variety of musical genres, including James Zabiela, Ferry Corsten, Rennie Pilgrem, Roots Manuva, Shimon and Skeewiff.
Also included is a brand new patch programming facility called “X-Gator”. This is a 32-step sequencer where varying levels of each step can be set to create interesting rhythmic patterns, without having to rely on an external sequencer. The X-Gator, like all effects, as well as the arpeggiator, will synchronize automatically to incoming MIDI clock.
In addition to quality synthesis, the XioSynth provides everything else required to produce and perform music with a computer, through its comprehensive audio/MIDI interfacing and MIDI controlling ability. One USB cable is all that’s needed to turn your computer into a complete workstation for recording, controlling and synthesizing. However, for those keen to escape the confines of the studio, XioSynth works just as comfortably as a standalone instrument, even powering off AA batteries for complete portability.
Sixteen onboard memory slots for MIDI Templates are pre-programmed to work with popular software straight out the box and, since the device is class compliant (no drivers for Win XP or Mac OSX), you truly can just plug and play. Additionally, the XioSynth boasts a new hybrid mode that allows simultaneous synthesizing and MIDI controlling, making it the most flexible device on the market and a worthy tool for the widest range of applications.
The audio interfacing spec includes the ability to record a microphone with phantom power, as well as simultaneously stream the onboard synth audio directly to the sequencer via the USB cable. Additionaly drivers are provided that minimize the latency and make XioSynth more stable with certain software platforms.
As with the ReMOTE SL (Automap MIDI controller), an accompanying DVD offers a series of video tutorials, which explain the operational basics and main features. These are offered in addition to the written manuals and are a quick and easy way to get started with XioSynth.
With all of these features, plus the semi-weighted keyboard mechanism and Xpression pad and stick, all for a very attractive price, the XioSynth sounds like a great value on paper.
Prices: XioSynth 25 Key: £229 UK RRP (inc VAT) XioSynth 49 Key: £299 UK RRP (inc VAT) More information on the Novation XioSynth

Author: FutureMusic

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