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  • Cherry Audio Sines Synthesizer UI

Sines is a sensational and innovative original polyphonic synthesizer. Employing four sine-wave oscillators, Sines utilizes diverse waveshaping methods to bend these pure waveforms into infinitely variable and complex shapes. When combined with its wide-ranging modulation capabilities and effects, users can create a distinctive array of unique timbres ranging from the sublime to sizzling.

The Power of Four

The state-of-the-art Sines interface provides immediate hands-on access to all sound parameters. It comes alive with illuminated indicators, color, and mini oscilloscopes, providing instant visual feedback. The primary sound design controls are grouped horizontally in bands emphasizing its "four of everything" nature: four LFOs, four oscillators, and four envelope generators. At the core of each section are the unique sine-wave oscillator waveshaping controls: feedback, phase, width, shape, wavefold, and drive, along with a sub (octave-down) oscillator and a super (octave-up) oscillator. Phase modulation and ratio dials allow the oscillators to be configured in a modulator/carrier arrangement for four-op DX/FM-style synthesis.

But these dangerous curves are just the beginning. Sines features Cherry Audio's most extensive multimode filter to date, four LFOs with 14 wave shapes, four envelope generators, an arpeggio, a "best of" selection of Cherry Audio's finest acclaimed effects, a drift function, and an integrated eight-band graphic EQ. Many controls include an adjacent mod source button, and an outrageously comprehensive four-slot mod matrix provides considerable modulation options for nearly every Sines parameter.

Three Ways to Play

Mastering Sines may seem like rocket science, but we've made it easy to get started. Sines includes over 700 presets, both practical and cutting-edge, as well as a comprehensive user guide that's fun to read. Moreover, the aural and visual immediacy of Sines encourages experimentation and provides a deeper understanding of how the elements interact. In little time, users can design individualized sounds ranging from glorious evolving pads, bright FM plucks, distinctive leads, crisp percussive tones, and much more.

Sines lends itself well to three more direct approaches to sound design: standard subtractive synthesis, where sine waves are wave-shaped into other familiar waveforms, then processed through an analog-style filter. Alternately, an additive synthesis approach stacks sine waves at different pitches and amplitudes, like a supercharged Hammond tonewheel organ. Finally, oscillators can modulate each other in multiple configurations, mimicking the classic DX-style FM carrier and modulator architecture with much less effort than original 80s instruments.

To get users up and running, Cherry Audio and Tim Shoebridge have again teamed up to create an introductory video to walk users through the outstanding features and sound design strategies of Sines.

Last but not least, Sines boasts all of the exceptional touches Cherry Audio is known for, including polyphonic aftertouch, MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE), flexible MIDI mapping, and its industry-leading preset browser. Also included are Cherry Audio's studio-quality effects such as distortion, chorus, phaser, delay, and reverb, all fully modulatable through the mod matrix. Altogether, Sines is the complete package for new frontiers in sound design and performance.

Sines includes a massive library of over 700 presets from an elite team of sound artists

Get started and get inspired by Sines' stunning preset library, created by a wildly talented and diverse group of sound designers, led by veteran sound designer James Terris.

James Terris

James Terris

James is Director of Sound Design, responsible for preset programming and curation at Cherry Audio. He is a long-established sound designer and musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked with Dave Smith Instruments/Sequential, Pioneer DJ, Apple, and Han Zimmer’s Remote Control.

Huston Singletary

Huston Singletary

Veteran sound designer, producer, film composer, and podcaster. Huston has contributed sounds to an endless array of popular products by Toontrack, Izotope, Synthogy, Kilohearts, Roland, Alesis, Spectrasonics, and Sequential.

Katharine Fountain

Katharine Fountain

Katharine Fountain aka FOUNTAINS is an artist, producer, and sound designer based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Katharine graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019. In addition to freelance sound design work, Katharine also releases music under her self-produced solo electronic pop project, FOUNTAINS.

Matia Simovich (INHALT)

Matia Simovich (INHALT)

Matia (INHALT) Simovich has shared his unique sound design skills with various leading musical instrument manufacturers such as Sequential/Dave Smith Instruments, Akai Professional, Elektron, and more. He has collaborated with Peter Baumann (Tangerine Dream), and produced Body of Light’s Billboard charting LP “Time to Kill."

Julie Kathryn

Julie Kathryn

Julie Kathryn (I AM SNOW ANGEL) is a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sound designer. She has developed a signature dreampop aesthetic as I AM SNOW ANGEL. She regularly designs MIDI presets for Ableton Live and has created audio sound packs for Splice and BandLab.

Darrick Atwater

Darrick Atwater

Darrick Atwater (Agent Method) is a sound designer, producer, engineer and a comedic content creator in the Metro Atlanta area. He pulls influence from genres of the early aughts and combines them with dubstep, future bass/trap EDM, and vaporwave. He creates content and sounds for major audio companies and is building his own effects and plugins.

James Dyson

James Dyson

James is a freelance sound designer and musician based in the UK. He creates third-party preset packs as JD Soundsets. He draws inspiration and influence from Tangerine Dream, 80s film scores, and others and has been a long-time sound designer for Cherry Audio, Modal, and IK Multimedia.

Christian Matthew Cullen

Christian Matthew Cullen

Christian has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry as a musician and producer. He is best known for his enthusiastic and soulful playing style and uncanny ability to sound design classic and modern sounds. His company, SOUNDS FAMOUS, recreates iconic patches, samples and sounds from famous records and artists.

The Sounds of Sines

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Sines Features

  • Four independent sine waveform oscillators, with waveshaping controls to bend the pure waveforms into other standard waves (sawtooth, square, pulse, triangle) and more complex and novel shapes

  • Six waveshaper controls: feedback, phase, width, shape, wavefold, and drive, each with modulation source assignments available

  • Sub (octave-down sine wave) oscillator and a super oscillator (octave-up sine wave) for each oscillator

  • Oscillator utility function to copy/paste, randomize, or reset any oscillator settings

  • Glide (portamento) and keyboard (pitch) controls independently enabled for each oscillator

  • Up to 16-voice polyphony

  • Polyphonic (two modes), chord memory, single voice, and unison with unison detune

  • Resonant multimode filter with 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct lowpass, highpass, bandpass, or notch modes

  • Four tempo-syncable LFOs with 14 waveforms: sine, triangle, sawtooth, sawtooth, exponential sawtooth, logarithmic sawtooth, three-step sawtooth, four-step ramp, exponential ramp, logarithmic ramp, three-step ramp, and four-step square random

  • ADSR filter and amplifier envelope generators with velocity controls

  • Two additional auxiliary envelope generators usable as mod sources

  • Four-slot mod matrix allows modulation of nearly every parameter in Sines

  • Arpeggiator with tempo sync

  • Four fully modulatable effects sections: multiple distortion and sample-crushing options; mod FX with phaser, chorus, flanger, or rotary speaker; delay with stereo, ping-pong, or tape delay modes; five reverb effects, including our acclaimed "Galactic" algorithm

  • Drift controls that optionally apply variation to oscillators and filter frequencies to add authentic analog character

  • Eight-band graphic EQ

  • Channel pressure and polyphonic aftertouch as a polyphonic modulation source

  • Support for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) -- Pitch, Channel Pressure, and Timbre -- making Sines capable of more organic and expressive performances when using MPE-compatible controllers

  • Cherry Audio's popular Focus zoom-in feature, as well as standard UI zoom and resize with drag

  • Over 700 presets created by a talented and diverse group of sound design veterans

  • Complete MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls, with easy-to-use MIDI learn

  • Preset and Global level MIDI mapping

  • Highly optimized coding for optimal performance with ultra-low CPU load

  • User-adjustable oversampling control

Sines is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats.

A free 30-day demo of Sines is available. This demo will play white noise periodically, but is otherwise unlimited.

macOS Requirements: macOS 10.13 or above. macOS 13 Ventura supported. 64-bit required. Native Apple M1 or greater processor support, including Ultra. 3.4 GHz Quad-Core or M1 CPU with 8GB of RAM recommended.

Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above (including Windows 11), 64-bit required. 3.4 GHz Quad-Core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.

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