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At the Winter NAMM show, IK Multimedia announced Sonik Synth 2 plug-in synth workstation, a cooperation between IK Multimedia and US sound designer Sonic Reality.

Sonik Synth 2 is a new dedicated virtual instrument plug-in and the sequel of the original Sonic Synth, a cooperative effort initiated in 2001 that was a combination of Sonic Reality sounds and IK Multimedia's SampleTank LE plug-in. Now Sonik Synth 2 is a complete integrated sound module plug-in with unique features that takes the concept of virtual instruments into a whole new sonic territory.

Sonik Synth 2 sounds are created using multiple layers of up to 16 multitimbral parts with effects and a variety of synth engines combined together. Covering a wide range of ethereal soundscapes, moving bass tones, leads, orchestral textures, spectral and vocal formant pads and all of the workstation variety of keyboard sounds and drums in one package.

Sonik Synth 2 gives the user fast access to more than 500 sounds designed with layering of more than 1,000 individual parts made up of multisampled instruments, waveforms and performance elements. Each of these parts can also be combined by the user to obtain millions of different sonic possibilities giving this synth workstation plug-in the flexibility of endless creativity.

At the heart of Sonik Synth 2 is source material from Sonic Reality. Waves and textures ranging from original orchestral soundscapes to rich vocal layers to wine glasses to traditional instruments like pianos, organs, guitars, drums and ethnic instruments are the elements of Sonik Synth 2's massive sound set.

Beautiful true analog circuitry and a variety of flavors from different manufacturers and models makes the broad range of collectible vintage synths from around the world appealing in so many styles of music. Sonic Reality has compiled one of the most diverse sample collections of vintage synthesizers ever and incorporated a virtual synth museum inside of Sonik Synth 2. With the character of classic analog and digital hybrid synths ranging from the most popular sounds used on endless hit songs to the esoteric and unique flavors of rare keyboards, Sonik Synth 2 has it all. From the rich character of synth sounds to real instrument sounds and combinations used on popular recordings to new dynamic and inspiring explorations in sound, Sonik Synth 2 is vast and powerful for styles of music ranging from film soundtracks to classic rock to R&B or to the latest dance styles and beyond.

Sonik Synth 2 offers a unique, state-of-the-art software design with many special features and sounds. 32-bit synth engine including IK's multisample playback and exclusive harmonic STRETCH synthesis. 5 global combi effects and 5 insert effects per part for a total of 85 different effects slots.

More than 30 DSP effects to choose from, developed using sophisticated analog modeling cover popular effect needs within this amazing synth-workstation. From Classic Analog Modeled Filters to Vintage Phasers, Flangers, BPM Sync Delays, Choruses, Tube Modeled Pre Amps, EQs, Compressors, Distortions and many more fully automatable effects, Sonik Synth 2 has everything you'll need to shape your sounds like never before.

Sonik Synth 2 will be available as a RTAS, VST, Audio Unit, Dxi, and MAS plug-in for Mac0S9, Mac0SX and Windows XP all from the same box.

Price and availability

Sonik Synth 2 will be available by Q2, 2004 and will have an MSRP of $399.

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