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16-voice additive-based virtual instrument capable of creating new sonic textures that has been designed to be as easy to manipulate as subtractive synths

Rob Papen Blade
(Retail Box Version)

Prod Code: 254381

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Expected delivery to you - Thu, 24 Apr 2014(UK Mainland)
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16-voice additive-based virtual instrument capable of creating new sonic textures that has been designed to be as easy to manipulate as subtractive synths

The power of Rob Papen Blade lies within the Harmolator - a set of global controls that get to the heart of the synthesis engine without the need to edit the additive partials that make up the waveform. Nine Harmolator controls shape the underlying partials, putting you in control of the harmonic content of the sound in an intuitive and musical way.

Further sound-shaping can be applied with the use of a square/sine wave sub-oscillator, multiple distortion types that can be applied individually to each voice, and 14 different filter types. Modulation of Harmolator and other Blade parameters is extensive, including 3 envelopes, 3 LFO's and XY knobs, most of which are freely assignable in one of four modulation slots. The central XY screen can record 2 dimensional movement allowing for unique LFO-type modulation.

Blade also features familiar Rob Papen effects, housing two effects engines and an arpeggiator/sequencer to add melodic and rhythmic variation within the sound. For those that feel intimidated by the amount of control available, an Easy page is provided to make editing simpler, getting to the heart of the synth engine in just a few clicks.


  • 16 voices, operating in poly, mono 1/2, legato 1/2 and arp modes
  • Harmolator Oscillator with 9 controls and sub-oscillator
  • 21 Distortion Units operating per voice
  • 14 Filter Types including 6/12/18/24 low/high pass, 12/24 band pass / notch, vocal and comb filter
  • XY Pad which can operate either directly or with recorded paths, in poly or mono modes
  • Dedicated Harmolator envelopes, LFOs, velocity controls and modulation controls
  • 2 Free Envelopes, 2 Free LFOs and 4 modulation sources
  • All of Blade's controls can be used as modulation destinations, and there are a full range of modulation sources including midi controls and internal controls
  • 2 FX units with 27 effects, including distortion, reverb and tape delay plus many more
  • 16 Step Arpeggiator with each step having its own control which can also be used as a sequencer for modulation purposes
  • Easy Page allows control of the main parameters in a flexible and easy way
  • Manager screen allows you to easily find and organize presets and banks
  • Full midi control over all parameters
  • Version for 32 / 64 bit PC VST, 32 / 64 bit Mac VST / AU / RTAS
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  • Special order items are ordered on request and the expected delivery time will be stated on the item.
  • We offer a 'hassle free' returns policy on all hardware products we supply.
  • Software cannot be returned if it has been opened or unsealed in any way unless proven to be defective.
  • Please contact us within 14 days of receipt of goods if you wish to return an item. We will then issue a returns number.

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    Rob Papen Blade

    5 out of 5
    based on 3 ratings.
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    • A distinct identity
      Reviewed by Sound on Sound from United Kingdom on 18.01.2014

      Blade cuts through all the guff and establishes itself as an approachable synthesizer with that all too rare quality: a distinct identity.

    • A rich palate of possibilitiess
      Reviewed by Future Music from United Kingdom on 18.01.2014

      With a solid arpeggiator, plus an array of pitch, modulation and effects parameters to explore, Blade offers a rich palate of possibilitiess for both sound design and performance. (Rating 9/10)

    • Truly unique sounds
      Reviewed by Computer Music from United Kingdom on 18.01.2014

      If you like deep, moving pads or wild wobbulating effects, this is the place to find them.

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