Australis is a polyphonic analog synthesizer emulator for the Chameleon capable of producing an enormous range of high quality synthesized sounds, from warm pads to distorted, punchy basses. The sound is generated using modern digital signal processing algorithms running on the Chameleon's DSP chip to emulate classic analog circuitry, while adding the benefit of digital control and stability.
The sound textures obtained with these techniques recreates the character found in classic vintage analog synthesizers of the 70's and 80's.
A standalone computer Graphical User Interface (GUI) has been developed for Australis, allowing to edit, save and upload presets, as well as loading the skin itself, with easy parameter control via MIDI. Users can design their own patches, manage their libraries of sounds and save everything locally to their hard-disc.
It's available for Windows, Macintosh OS9 and Macintosh OSX.
Australis V1.23, with User guide and GUI ;-
The Australis User guide is available seperatly.
- Computer Graphical User Interface for convenient preset editing and management
- 16 dynamic allocated voices
- 8 multi-timbral parts
- 4 single sound banks with 128 available presets each
- 1 multi sound bank with 128 available presets (each multi sound is composed of 8 individual addressable single sounds)
- 3 Factory sound banks filled with 384 sound textures, many preprogrammed multisets and 4 demo songs
- 2 multiwave oscillators (sine, triangle, sawtooth, square and a list of over 35 complex waveforms), suboscillator, coloured noise and ring modulation per voice; square wave with variable pulse width; synchronization and frequency modulation (FM) between the oscillators, allowing the generation of metallic or percussive timbres; different phase initialisation options per oscillator
- Unison mode, with configurable detune and pan spread amount, to make the sound fatter
- 2 resonant analogue-like multi-mode filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandstop) per voice, with 12dB/oct slope and selectable routing between serial-parallel configuration (the serial configuration gives you a equivalent 24dB/oct slope filter); adjustable balance between filters when in parallel mode.
- 2 ADSR Envelopes (filter, amplifier) per voice
- 2 multi-wave LFOs (sine, tri, saw, square, sample&hold) per voice; LFO functionality includes adjustable fade-in, phase initialization and square waveform with variable pulsewidth
- Huge modulation matrix
- Individual Chorus FX available per part
- Individual Phaser FX available per part (with 3 and 6 peaks mode)
- Individual Distortion FX available per part (with several distortion curves)
- Global Delay FX with individual send level assignable per part
- Audio input for running external sounds sources through the effects mixer
- Individual programmable arpeggiator per part, with 128 pattern presets available (which can be redefined by SysEx) and adjustable gate time, velocity, direction and note sort order
- Tempo Sync (external, internal, auto) for time-based parameters (Speed in LFOs, Chorus and Phaser, DelayTime in Delay, and note length in arpeggiator)
- Comprehensive MIDI automation and bulk dumps
- Front-panel real-time controllers assignable to most internal parameters, with several operating modes: absolute, relative and pick up
- Parameters assignable to external controllers, including support for aftertouch and sustain and expression pedals
Downloadable arpeggiator patterns via MIDI SysEx
- Multi mode control of arp patterns and delay sends for individual single presets within multi mode
The following songs were played in a Chameleon with the Australis skin loaded and no additional equipment. Only the Chameleon and a computer (for the recording process) have been used. The songs were converted to MP3 without additional processing.
These songs are the factory demo songs included with Australis v1.21 which are played in the Demo operating Mode.
These songs were created with an earlier version of Australis, before many improvements were added.
- There's Nowhere to Hide (4.28Mb, MP3)
This song reveals "a strange psychological combination of sadness and exasperation"...makes use of some of the available sonic tools found in Australis. Written and arranged by Raul Jordan.
- From the Darkness (5.95Mb, MP3)
A psychedelic trance song where synthetic textures re-create "the feeling of being inmersed in a colorless atmosphere". Written and arranged by Raul Jordan.
- Convergence (1.81Mb, MP3)
This is a little transition work of the cosmic opera "The long trip of Argus", arranged by A.Jacob.
- The Plumed Serpent (1.14Mb, MP3)
Piece of work created from the preset "005 - Ensemble" of the Australis synthesizer factory bank, where you can hear realtime performance of the internal filters. Arranged by A.Jacob.
- Bit of an Auguer (1.41Mb, MP3)
a composition in a sequence arranged by A.Jacob.
- From the Darkness (remix) (6.44Mb, MP3)
Alternative mix version of the song "From the Darkness", written and arranged by Raul Jordan.
You will find more songs where the Australis synthesizer was used with other equipment in the A.Jacob and Raul Jordan information pages.
- Technoid (1.75Mb, MP3)
This is a small sequence generated directly by playing with the factory multi preset 002-Technoid. Bass and drum sounds are mapped to the lower portion of the keyboard and the melody synths are assigned to the upper portion of the keyboard. All sounds are automatically sequenced using the internal arpeggiator.
- Acme (1.06Mb, MP3)
This small sequence was generated by playing with the factory multi preset 004-Acme. Bass and drum sounds are mapped to the lower portion of the keyboard and the lead synth is assigned to the upper portion of the keyboard. All sounds are automatically sequenced using the internal arpeggiator.
- Transient (1.11Mb, MP3)
Again, this sequence was generated by playing with the factory multi preset 003-Transient. Bass and drum sounds are mapped to the lower portion of the keyboard and they are automatically sequenced using the internal arpeggiator. The strings and lead sound is assigned to the upper portion of the keyboard.
- Thinness (1.15Mb, MP3)
This piece of music was generated by playing with the factory multi preset 005-Thinness. Bass sound is mapped to the lower part of the keyboard and it is automatically sequenced in first part of the song using the internal arpeggiator. The bells and string sounds play a known dance melody...
- Presets Game (7.42Mb, MP3)
Here is a collection of sequences created by Raul Jordan playing with several presets, some from the Australis factory bank, others created from scratch.
- Blue Dream (558Kb, MP3)
This melodic short passage has been composed using the factory multi preset "002 - PianoStr", which stacks the single sounds EPiano, FilmPad and TypBass in the same MIDI channel.
- Factory Trip (3.94Mb, MP3)
Here is a file containing 34 short sequences played when navigating across the sounds found in the provided factory singles bank.
- Dance Beat (643Kb, MP3)
The sequence recorded in this MP3 has been created using the factory multi preset "003 - DanceSeq", which uses the internal arpeggiators to recreate the drum rhythm (DanceKick, ClosedHH, OpenHH, AnaSnare, Clave) and the Bass lines (SynBass, Psychotic).
- Trance Beat (694Kb, MP3)
An hypnotic sequence created with the factory multi preset "004 - Trance"; all sounds internally arpeggiated.