Audified has announced the availability of SYNERGY R1 which is their first foray into hardware with a ‘remote-controlled’ software/hardware hybrid digital reverb and an analogue saturator processing module for the 500-series modular rack frame format.
Synergy R1 has seven types of algorithms in synergy with three kinds of true analogue saturation, all remotely-controlled from within a DAW. Modern-day producers tend to shy away from audio hardware effects in this day and age because the luxury of recalling such sessions can be a time-consuming process and shrinking production budgets dictate that today’s time-stressed producers choose the convenience of plug-ins over the use of hardware. The Synergy R1 is designed to get over that limitation because users can now control the device directly from their DAW, automate it, and store session settings, courtesy of its front facia-positioned USB (Universal Serial Bus) connection.
Synergy R1’s hardware heart are two switchable sections.
- REVERB is digital, providing premium- quality 24-bit A/D (analogue-to-digital) and D/A (digital-to-analogue) converters, 32-bit floating point DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and true BYPASS functionality; all told, there are seven selectable reverb algorithms (simulating several different types of spatial acoustics), ranging from Room all the way up to Tunnel, and users can control four front panel-accessible parameters: DECAY, PRE-DELAY, COLOR, and TYPE.
- SATURATOR: This section features three switchable saturation circuits with GE (Germanium), OA (OpAmp), and JF (J-FET) types that add harmonics to the signal and a GAIN control. A centrally positioned distinctive display has LEDs to assist with parameter editing visually via numeric and bar indication of values — LEDs for the edited parameter change colour to yellow and the value is visible in the numeric part of the display while other parameter LEDs remain green; when editing is finished, the display returns to the default view — numeric area displaying preset number and all value indicators in green... or red if the parameter is switched off.) Both sections include wet/dry MIX controls, so SYNERGY R1 can be used as a 100% digital reverb or a 100% analogue saturator (and anything between those two worlds).
The Audified Synergy R1 is a 500-series pack, but every one of its functions can be remote controlled via the included Synergy R1 Control plug-in that can be used from within all major DAW host applications on Mac and Windows (with AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3 support). Hardware parameters can be fully automated and are saved within projects. The plug-in supports multi-instance usage, so several plug-ins could be assigned to one hardware unit.
Also included is a standalone Synergy R1 Control application, allowing for independent control of Synergy R1 via MacOS (10.9.5 and above) or Windows (7 and above).
Czech composer/ producer Boris Carloff, is the talent behind the design of the Synergy R1. He told us...
I own 11 hardware reverb units in my studio, including an EMT 251, Bricasti M7, and AKG BX25 spring reverb — all classics, but I always dreamt of having something with the mellowness of old plate reverbs like the EMT 140. The analogue saturation of overdriving circuitry made their sound so lush, three-dimensional, and significant that I think I prefer them to any of the classic digital reverbs. On the flipside of the coin, I love the versatility of digital’s different algorithms. And, of course, I also like simple DAW control. So something with the best of both the analogue and digital worlds, with all their wonderful possibilities combined, seemed like a good solution to me, which was the thinking behind Synergy R1 .
New high-end algorithms with real analogue saturation makes for an unbelievably lush- and nice-sounding reverb, but there is also an option to use clean digital reverb. With real bypass of the digital reverb it is also possible to apply three different types of parallel analogue saturation to your mix.
George Shilling — owner of the commercial, Cotswolds, UK-based Bank Cottage Studio agrees...
Synergy R1 is a great idea... we’ve all got lazy using plug-ins for instant session recall, so to be able to get the quality of hardware with that convenience has got to be a good thing.
Price And Availability
The Audified Synergy R1 has an MSRP of $1,399.00 and Audified are offering free shipping on orders placed before the end of November 2017.