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Gunnar Ekornås releases ME80
Gunnar Ekornås has released ME80 the “Aftertouch Synthesizer”, a virtual synthesizer plug-in for Windows.
The sound of ME80 will remind you of an acoustic instrument. It sounds synthetic, but has the expression of a real instrument.
You can shape the tone with aftertouch like you would do on a brass instrument. The velocity feels very alive with a separate velocity-envelope that took 1 year to develop. Different velocities will have totally different envelope shape. If you want arpeggiators on this synth you do not deserve to play it. The instrument takes practice to master, like a real instrument. Polyphonic aftertouch is supported, but you can select “last played” mode for the aftertouch, and you will have fake polyphonic response from your mono aftertouch keyboard.
ME80 is available to purchase as a VST instrument for Windows PC, priced at $40 USD. A demo version of ME80 can be downloaded from the Memorymoon website (has some audio dropouts).