Hello. Does the Odessa module have a characteristic sound? Yes. Is it a one-trick pony? No.versipellis wrote: ↑Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:52 amI've been listening to a lot of Odessa demos, and, I like what I hear. But I get the sensing that the Odessa has a tonality it can't quite "escape", and I'm wondering if that's just an additive synthesis sound because of all the sine partials? Kinda harmonic, ping-y, high-frequency-heavy. It seems to excel at these sounds, and sound amazing doing so, but I'm worried for the hp and cost of it + hel it's.. sorta a bit of a one-trick pony?
The question of cost and size, I don't really understand. I suppose one could fill a row of their rack with several Plaits and consider that a good deal in those terms. To my taste that would be neither technically nor sonically interesting, but to each their own. I'm not saying you suggested as much, but I wonder what a better size-and-cost-to-ability solution would be; particularly if an additive oscillator were a requirement.
As others already said or alluded to, each method of audio synthesis has a characteristic sound. Each interpretation of any given method may also have a distinctive sound. But generally you can count on, for example, all triangle core analog oscillators sounding characteristically like a triangle core oscillator. We gravitate toward certain modules because of how they interpret a method; because of their subtly distinctive sound and feel in use.
A music making device (a synth module in this case) might be a game changer somehow, but that does not exempt it from these principles.
Xaoc Devices commented on this (again!) a few pages ago in this thread, concerning how we think of the Odessa module in use:
Do you remember all the work you had to do, over however many years, to discover then master the real power in use of the raw functionality in your analog oscillators and filters? How after many trials, progressively, eventually you gained a deep understanding of those modules' potential and limitations, each used alone and in tandem with others? Well now, with the Odessa module, you will get to do that again. Some of what you knew will be applicable, but much will not.
What in this game could be more exciting than the chance to bend to your will some novel device, learning its rationale and secrets, then commanding it to voice its excellence?