Shares Our Verdict Despite some niggles, Loom II is a shiny, modern-sounding synth that excels at scintillating pads and animated textures. Pros Massive and excellent preset library. Rewards experimentation. No manual. No choice of macro assignments.
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Shares Our Verdict Despite some niggles, Loom II is a shiny, modern-sounding synth that excels at scintillating pads and animated textures. Pros Massive and excellent preset library. Rewards experimentation. No manual. No choice of macro assignments. Lowering the volume of all partials above a certain frequency has the exact same effect as a low-pass filter, for example. The modules include filters, effects, sequencers, dynamic shapers and a set of core Basic devices, which turn off specific partials to conjure up immediately usable raw sounds.
Full of additives Loom II introduces four new modules to what was already a well-stocked list. The Five Sines module in the Basic category kills all but the first five partials, for stripped-back, straightforward sounds.
Its controls consist of volume sliders for the four partials above the fundamental. The most interesting of the new modules, Double Wave literally doubles up on the original vocoder-style Wave module, shaping the levels of the partials in accordance with the sonic profile of two audio files. Like the regular Wave module, you can only instantiate one Double Wave in a patch. A real-time graphical representation of the partials in every module makes it easy to see keep tabs on the effect each one is having on the signal.
Spectral Distortion draws on a library of 18 spacing algorithms to collectively mess with the partial frequency spread, while Spectral Modulation applies random per-partial LFO modulation centred on a user-defined average rate for cyclical frequency shifting.
New to Loom II, the Spectral Noise section mixes noise in with the synth output, using a separate bank of noise oscillators that output across the same spectrum as the partials at any given note pitch. Alternatively, you can draw a node- based playback path in Auto-Morph mode, for key-triggered automation. The whole system is largely the same as it was in v1, but you can now store paths a collection of preset ones is included , and path nodes snap to grid on the X axis for precise rhythmic morphing.
Also new, the Sub Harmonics section simply offers a pair of additional, independently levelled sine wave oscillators at one and two octaves below the fundamental – just the thing for adding depth and weight at the low end. At the end of the signal path sit four effects Distortion, Modulation, Delay and Reverb and a Master section offering stereo widening and a limiter. Previously, the effects lived in a shared panel, but now they each occupy their own space in the interface.
The highlights are the Spectral Noise and Sub Harmonics sections, and the Double Wave module, all of which bring even more spectacle and interest to this already- spectacular and interesting synth. The simplicity of the modules does limit the depth of control somewhat, but we appreciate the effort to which AIR have gone in making its complicated behind-the-scenes architecture easy to use.
We do, however, wish we could freely edit all macro assignments. With its admirably straightforward modular workflow, easy morphing and impactful sound, Loom II is a fine and quietly innovative synth, the odd technical and creative brick wall aside. The best of MusicRadar in your inbox Don’t miss the latest deals, news, reviews, features and tutorials No spam, we promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and we’ll never share your details without your permission.
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Despite some niggles, Loom II is a shiny, modern-sounding synth that excels at scintillating pads and animated textures. Loom II is a major upgrade to the original, pushing the boundaries of additive synthesis. Loom II is ideal for all skill levels. Whether you’re starting out and just.