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Review: Dmitry Sches Diversion

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Early 2010, Dmitry Sches released Ambient Voices, a soundset for the Zebra software synthesizer by u-he.

I was quite taken by Dmitry’s sounds, which I would describe as deep, rich, moving and edgy. Digital sweetness. With such a stunning debut I was kind of expecting there would be more soundsets in the near future, but… almost a year and a half passed without anything new. And then, I find Dmitry announcing something new over at KVR.

Hello! I’m Dmitry Sches and I proud to introduce new software synth – Diversion.

To be honest I didn’t even notice the first line in Dmitry’s announcement, as my eyes were all over the screenshot posted directly below it.

Dmitry Sches Diversion
Diversion screenshot taken from the initial release in August, 2010.

I know a good looking GUI doesn’t mean good sound, but a nice interface definitely helps spark my interest. Turns out the feature set is pretty impressive as well.

Diversion has 4 oscillators with waveforms that are done on the fly, in real-time. The idea here is that these generated waveforms (so not wavetables) allow for output with smooth two-dimensional morphing capabilities and clean high frequencies. Sure enough, Diversion sounds clean and crisp to my ears.

Various waveform shapes are available, grouped in basic, fatty, resonant, synthetic, harmonic and noise categories. The X/Y pad lets you play with the timbre of the sound source, usually with brightness and tone parameters (depending on the selected waveform).

Diversion oscillator fx

Below the waveform selection are another four controls in which a selection from 7 oscillator effects can further modify the sound. Things like boosting high frequencies or creating aliased, inharmonic sounds can be achieved here. The effects go from subtle to rather dramatic.

Oscillators 1 and 3 have frequency and ring modulation controls, where the paired osc 2 and 4 are the modulating sources. A mono multi-mode filter with saturation stage and output section is also available for each oscillator.

Two bus sections take input from the oscillators and offer a stereo version of the filter found in the oscillator sections, distortion and lo-fi (bit crusher and decimator) effects. Each oscillator can route its output to either one or a mix of both bus processors.

Arriving at bottom panel we find a Mod Matrix with 4 sets of 6 modulation slots, and three tabs to switch between the FX Matrix, Modulation panel, and Arpeggiator.

Diversion FX Matrix

Available effects include the usual things like delay, reverb, EQ, chorus, etc. and a special kind of pitch shift effect called GrainShifter. Two instances of each effect unit are available to route to up to 8 effects per fx line, with a separate fx line for each bus output. The point where both buses are mixed into a single signal (from which on effects are applied to the mixed output) can be changed. It’s a bit of an odd system at first but it works quite nicely and is flexible enough to create complex fx chains.

Diversion’s modulation system features 4 LFO’s, 4 envelopes, 4 MSEG’s (multi-segment envelopes), and the “Master Morph” X/Y controller (in the bottom of the middle blue screen). These can be assigned to parameters in the modulation matrix, or directly from the controls to be modulated. Quick and easy.

Finally, the 16-step trance gate and 32-step arpeggiator provide ways to create rhythmic and melodic sequences. Pretty straightforward stuff really. Not something I personally use a whole lot, but I always hear people appreciate these types of features so it’s nice to have a well-rounded set of arp and gate tools at your disposal.

The best way to experience Diversion is to give it a spin yourself. If you are short on time the official audio demos a pretty good job showcasing its sounds and character.

Note that Diversion is currently available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows only. Dmitry has recently announced that version 2.0 is in development for both Windows and Mac platforms. A release is expected late Fall, 2012.

So what do I think?

Product: Diversion by Dmitry Sches
Format: VST for Windows
Price: $169 USD excl. VAT
Like: Crystal clean sounds, great workflow
Don’t like: Can get CPU intensive, price
Verdict: 9/10

Diversion is pretty amazing. It has a wonderful workflow and even though at first sight this is no ground-breaking synth, Dmitry has implemented a number of unique features that make Diversion stand out from the crowd. Most importantly though, this synthesizer offers a high quality sound, one I would describe as being pristine, clean and freshly edgy.

I think Dmitry’s heart for sound design shows in Diversion. The amount of control over the sound is impressive. A lot of sonic depth is provided with things like the oscillator tone-shaping section, multi-mode filters, and a comprehensive modulation system. The included presets showcase a lovely selection of bread & butter type modern day sounds.

Diversion has a lot to offer, but it comes at a cost: CPU. The manual includes some tips on how to reduce CPU usage – which is helpful, but personally I prefer to keep the CPU intensive sound and bounce it down rather than make changes to the sound in order to reduce CPU. Make sure to check the demo version to see how your system copes, especially since the plugin isn’t exactly cheap either.

In short, Diversion is an incredible feature-rich synthesizer with an outstanding sonic quality.

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Solo Stuff releases KnobVersion for Diversion

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Solo Stuff has released KnobVersion, a soundset for the Diversion software synthesizer by Dmitry Sches.

Solo Stuff KnobVersion

KnobVersion is my first sound bank for the powerful synthesizer Diversion, containing 425 presets. This synth has a unique architecture and incorporates little toys that can produce from typical trance sounds to the most wild circuit bent havok.

This more or less comprehensive sound bank was created in the aim to try to explore the sonic capabilities of Diversion without concentrating heavily on a certain genre. The main motive here is creativity, and to help you deviate out of the norms, while still providing you with usable and musical presets.

KnobVersion features

  • 425 creative presets in many sound genres.
  • 75 additional variations presets, going beyond the XY and mod wheel variations for more interesting results.
  • Each preset has been professionally tuned to produce high quality results.
  • All presets (except a few) are modulated using XY master morph + modulation wheel mapped where applicable.
  • Includes a short manual containing useful tips for beginners to intermediate users of Diversion.

The KnobVersion soundset is available to purchase for the introductory price of $20 USD until March 31st, 2012 (regular $40 USD).

More information: Solo Stuff

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Dmitry Sches releases DiversionFX Computer Music Edition

Dmitry Sches has released DiversionFX Computer Music Edition, a free multi-effect plugin based on the Diversion synthesizer.

Dmitry Sches DiversionFX Computer Music Edition
DiversionFX Computer Music Edition

DiversionFX CM Edition features

  • Input processing – DiversionFX offers two bus processors to transform the incoming audio into a wide variety of possible sounds. Each bus processor consists of a stereo filter with a lot of different modes, distortion and LO-FI section. We have implemented many filter modes and types of saturation stages to bring you a great armoury for creating almost any sound you need.
  • Effects matrix – The output of buses is processed by the effects matrix. DiversionFX uses two flexible FX lines for a separated processing of each bus processor?s output. With the separated FX processing you can make a lot of layered sounds, even which has two parts located in two fully independent sound spaces. Up to 8 effect instances can be stacked in one FX line, which is enough to create any desired processing chain.
  • Modulation – Many parameters in DiversionFX can be modulated by 4 LFOs, 4 MSEGs and one XY-controller, called Master Morph. These options, along with use of the Modulation Matrix, can really breathe life into a sound. Of course, automation and midi controllers are supported.
  • Oversampling – Typically, after a non-linear processing of the waveform inside the bus processors, digital aliasing can occur. DiversionFX takes care of this by using internal oversampling. This allows DiversionFX to achieve a perfect sound quality with an insignificant level of aliasing.
  • Trancegate – Finally, DiversionFX features a 32-step Trance Gate module, which turns the plugin into a monsterous multi-effect.

DiversionFX Computer Music Edition (Windows VST) is included on the CM176 DVD, and will be included with future issues of the Computer Music magazine.

More information: Dmitry Sches / Computer Music

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Dmitry Sches updates Diversion synth plug-in to v1.11

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Dmitry Sches has updated the Diversion synthesizer plug-in for Windows to version 1.11.

Dmitry Sches Diversion

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production.

Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Changes in Diversion v1.11

  • Fixed crash rarely occurred when switching presets.
  • Fixed CPU spike observed in Studio One.
  • Slightly reduced overall CPU load.
  • Envelopes now can be modulated by LFOs and MSEGs.
  • Fixed possible noise burst when playing sawtooth wave.
  • Fixed problems with scrolling in Preset Browser.

Diversion for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $150 USD.

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Dmitry Sches updates Diversion to v1.1

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Dmitry Sches Diversion

Dmitry Sches has updated the Diversion virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows to version 1.1.

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production. Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Changes in Diversion v1.1

  • Exponential and variable slope envelope modes.
  • 2 analog lowpass filter modes.
  • Filter parameter DMP renamed to Control. Now it works for each filter mode, except 6 dB lowpass. See the manual for details.
  • Hyperbolic shaper type.
  • Feed, Erose and Chip Oscillator Effects. Oscillator Effects are selectable now.
  • GrainShifter FX.
  • 2 tube modes for Distortion FX.
  • Crackles LFO mode.
  • Redesigned BUS Distortion.
  • 6 additional slots for ModMatrix.
  • Fixed occasional crashes.
  • Minor fixes for ModMatrix, Master Level range, pitch modulation, Scissor and LO-FI modules, GUI and many others.
  • Added 50 new patches.

Diversion for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $150 USD.

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Emerge Audio releases Trance’n’Dirt soundset for Diversion

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Emerge Audio Trance'n'Dirt

Emerge Audio has announced the release of Trance’n’Dirt, the first commercial soundset for the Diversion software synthesizer by Dmitry Sches.

This soundbank consists of 100 patches, mainly for trance, dubstep, techno, minimal, hardcore and other, similar genres of music. So if you are interested in modern trance presets, easy to tweak and control and also powerful, harsh and dirt sounds do not look any further than new bank from EmergeAudio.

All presets utilize X/Y pad and modulation wheel for morphing, changing timbre, effects, etc.

Trance’n’Dirt is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9.99 USD until 31 October, 2011 (regular price $12.99 USD).

More information: Emerge Audio

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Dmitry Sches updates Diversion to v1.02 (incl. 64-bit support)

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Dmitry Sches Diversion

Dmitry Sches has updated the Diversion virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production. Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Changes in Diversion v1.02

  • Single installer for Windows x86 and x64 versions.
  • Added 50 SFX patches.
  • Several fixes for modulation matrix.
  • Minor GUI and engine fixes.
  • Improved host compatibility.

Diversion for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $150 USD. The update is free to existing Diversion customers.

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Dmitry Sches updates Diversity to v1.01

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Dmitry Sches Diversion

Dmitry Sches has updated Diversity, a software synthesizer for Windows.

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production. Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Changes in Diversity features

  • Fixed abnormal CPU spikes.
  • Fixed occasional distorted noise burst (not a demo noise).
  • Fixed several voice engine problems in legato/retrigger modes.
  • Fixed problems with GUI updating for Mod Matrix.
  • Several fixes for Preset Browser.
  • Several fixes for host compatibility.
  • Added numeric readout functionality.
  • Added Midi Learn for XY controls, including Master Morph.
  • Knobs can be reset via double-click now.
  • ARP react on input note’s velocity now.
  • Updated license.txt and corrected user manual.

Diversity for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $150 USD.

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