Stadium Sized Sound.

Pocket Sized Price.

Trueno sounds just as good as the big boys, without the premium price tag.

Why Analogue?

Why do I need a real analogue synthesiser when I can just get a plugin, you might ask. Many plugins try to approximate the sound of analogue circuits; however, general purpose computers are still not capable of emulating an analogue synthesiser at component level in real time. Instead, plugin developers use simplified approximations to produce something that resembles the sound without requiring a supercomputer. In other words, they may sound close, but they’re still not the real thing; and in our opinion, nothing compares to the inspiration you get from a real analogue instrument.

It could be down to many things. The subtle pitch variation of the oscillators caused by temperature and component manufacturing discrepancies. Or it could be the unique distortion that arises from combining several analogue circuits, each with its own distinct distortion characteristics. More likely, it’s a combination of everything that makes an analogue instrument so pleasurable to hear and play.

Hardware Features:

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    3 Voltage Controlled Oscillators

    Saw, Square, Triangle waveforms. VCO 3 has a digital noise generator. VCO 1 has an adjustable pulse-width. Digital additive oscillator mode with 64 partials; 256 wavetables included.

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    Analogue Modulation

    Amplitude Modulation, Pulse-width Modulation, Filter Frequency Modulation.

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    Voltage Controlled Filter

    Low-pass and Band-pass mode.

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    Integrated Analogue to Digital Converter

    44.1KHz 24 bit ADC.

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    Beautifully Packaged.

    Aerospace grade aluminium case. Size: 78mm (L) x 31mm (W) x 7mm (H). Weight: 25g

Why Trueno?

Unfortunately, the majority of analogue synthesisers with a reasonable set of features, are out of reach for many musicians. The most expensive part of these instruments is often the user interface. We figured since most electronic musicians already have access to a MIDI keyboard and a computer; why not get rid of the expensive user interface and instead let you use what you already have.

That’s how we came up with Trueno, an analogue synthesiser that costs the same as a plugin. Despite its low price point, Trueno doesn’t suffer from the limited feature sets and questionable build quality found in similarly priced offerings. It has 3 full-fat voltage controlled oscillators all capable of saw, square and triangle waveforms as well as 256 digital waveforms. It’s built from aerospace grade 6061 aluminium rather than wobbly plastic; and it remembers all your settings (almost 500!) rather than forcing you to recreate sounds from blurry pictures on your smartphone.

A Better Analogue Experience.

Trueno integrates perfectly; saving/recalling presets, automating and sequencing are a breeze.

Complete Integration.

While it may have lost some of the immediacy of having real knobs, we feel this is more than made up for by the level of DAW integration. Trueno works exactly like a plugin, you can play, sequence, automate and recall presets all through a gorgeous user interface. Trueno will work with pretty much any DAW; we’ve provided VST 2, VST 3, AU (OS X only) and standalone versions of the editor. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are included for both PC and Mac – there are 14 versions in total!

We spent a long time thinking about layout to come up with what we believe is a truly elegant user interface. The most used controls are large and clear. The signal flow goes from left to right, top to bottom; the same way your eyes view the screen. The bold colour scheme is functional as well as attractive. All this adds up to a seamless user experience that never gets in the way of your creativity.

Software Features:

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    Powerful Oscillator Control

    Monophonic and 3 voice paraphonic modes. 4 glide modes.

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    Extensive Modulation Options

    LFOs and envelopes can be easily assigned to VCO pitch & volume, VCF cutoff and resonance as well as master volume by dragging and dropping.

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    4 LFO Generators

    Sine, saw, square, triangle and random waveforms; tempo sync and note trigger options.

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    6 Envelope Generators

    4 assignable generators. With exponential mode. Dedicated filter and master volume envelopes.

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    Easy Recording

    One click recording of Trueno’s output, saved automatically to prespecified location.

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    FX

    Multi FX: Variable delay effects with feedback. Flanger, phasor, 4 and 8 voice chorus modes.

    Delay: LP, HP and BP Filter. Mono, stereo and ping-pong modes. Tempo synchronised.

    Reverb: Algorithmic reverb. LP, HP and BP Filter.

  • System Requirements

    • 32/64 bit Windows 8 or 10 PC (Note: Trueno does not currently work with Windows 7 or below).
    • Mac running OS X 10.11 or above.
    • A relatively modern processor. Trueno should work well with most mid-range CPUs made in the last few years.
    • 2 GB of RAM or above (each plugin instance uses around 40 MB or RAM).
    • 1 free USB 2.0 port.
    • CD drive or internet connection for installation.
    • To play Trueno, you will need either a MIDI Controller or a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with VST or AU support.
    • On Windows systems we highly recommend you use Trueno (or your DAW) with an ASIO compatible audio interface for optimal performance.

Epic Oscillators.

With 3 fully featured VCOs, your sounds are sure to make an impact.

The most important part of any synth is its oscillators, and Trueno’s are no exception. All three are capable of producing saw, pulse and triangle waveforms as well as gritty additive waveforms. In addition, oscillator 1 has pulse width control and oscillator 3 has a digital noise generator – great for percussion and sound effects. Oscillator 3 can be used as a modulation source for oscillator 1 for pulse width modulation and amplitude modulation; ideal for more aggressive lead sounds.

For Trueno’s oscillators, we took a highly respected modular VCO design and adapted it for digital control. This digital control allows Trueno to do all sorts of clever things, unheard of in traditional analogue designs. For example, Trueno can tune all of its oscillators in 10 seconds, giving you confidence that everything’s in tune before you hit record. Another advantage, is that values can be switched immediately allowing you to save and recall sounds instantly.

It Does Digital Too!

Trueno’s digital mode is perfect for adding some Lo-Fi goodness.

Towards the middle of the 1980s, many synthesiser manufacturers were creating analogue/digital hybrids. Some of these included a completely digital oscillator architecture, the low fidelity output was then passed through an analogue filter to create some wonderful sounds, unsurpassed in either the digital or analogue domain.

Due to memory constraints these synthesisers typically only had around 30 preset waveforms. We went one step further. As well as including 256 waveforms with our digital oscillator, we’ve allowed you to design your own using the additive generator.  Trueno’s oscillators are able to output at an endearingly lo-fi 22.05kHz in 8 bit, with plenty of aliasing! We think this brings back some of the magic of those early machines that’s often missing from today’s high fidelity recordings.

Floor-shaking Filter.

Wild and aggressive; it’s like a sonic punch to the face.

Most new analogue synthesisers use one of the two or three usual candidates for their filter design; we decided to go for something a bit more left field. Trueno’s filter is based on a soviet Russian design known for its unmatched harsh, aggressive sound. Sure, it can do warm and subtle when needed; but it really shines when you crank the resonance up and make it scream.

All the features you expect in a filter are there: key follow, a dedicated envelope as well as audio frequency modulation from oscillator 3. Trueno’s filter really has to be experienced to be appreciated, head over to the demos page and listen to some filter sweeps and you’ll see what we mean.

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