The XS-4 is a VST host compatible virtual instrument for PC / Windows
6 note polyphonic.
Three 6-stage envelope generators.
Two oscillators, each can output up to 4 square waves simultaneously.
The filter section is switch-able between polyphonic & mono.
Programmable midi automation, midi learn for all parameters, patch library.
The XS-4 attempts to reproduce the sound a group of similar analog synths which appeared in the mid 80’s. Examples are
the Korg Poly 800, Siel DK-80 and Suzuki SX-500. These instruments have a very similar architecture, but do not have
identical sonic characteristics.
The oscillators, typically built around chips designed to power organs, do sound very nice when run through an analog filter
and a punchy set of envelopes - we felt this was a sound well worth emulating.
The result is the XS-4, and were broadly happy with its performance.
Regrettably, it’s rather power hungry (CPU usage) because the oscillators are outputing 8 waveforms per note and the filter /
envelope stages are varients of the Manx V2 audio path technologies, which are known to be CPU demanding. Oscillator
pitch modulation will place a particularly high load on the CPU, as will long decay times.
Despite this, we feel that sound wise, the instrument has considerable merit; you can assess it yourself, with in minutes, by
downloading the demo from the link below.
Copyright 2014 Manx Synthesizers - in association with Heliosphere Software, UK
The XS-4 is a vsti instrument - it requires a vst compatible host, which runs under windows. 64bit
DAWs may require bridging software.
14 MB hard disk space.
(Mac version is at least 6 months away).
Version 1.000 (Build 0034)
THE RETAIL XS-4 WILL BE AVAILABLE VERY SOON!
CPU Usage: Heavy
This is identical to the retail version except for a short audio gap which occurs once per minute.