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Messiah - a Prophet 5 inspired synth

What would you say if I asked you about Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Vintage Synth emulation ? Most of you would probably point me at Native Instruments website and their Pro-53 virtual synth for 199 EUR. Others would say - pick SCI Prophet 5 or Prophanity, they're freeware.
But, is there a third option - cheap / average priced, commercial, quality soft synth ? Fortunately, there is. It's called Messiah, it's created by Gunnar EkornÄs (remember Minimogue VA ?) and after 3-4 hours testing session I'm really wondering why this synth seems hmm forgotten. To be honest, even I, vst instruments freak ;), had problem to notice it. Actually it was one Vst Cafe user who recommended me this softsynth and it convinced me to give Messiah a try.

First I started with the presets. Factory bank contains 128 presets - there are leads, arps, basses, effects, chords, guitars - it's almost everything. I was surprised because many presets sounded very nice. At this moment I didn't know anything about the whole concept of Messiah. All I saw was an upper gui part which looked quite similar to Pro-53 (or maybe I should say Prophet5 VA :) ) and the keyboard at the bottom.

But then I started the real testing. It turned out that there are additional three pages with knobs, buttons, switches. I remember this moment perfectly because it was just - "woow" :)



Messiah has three very innovative oscillator types:
1. Morph oscillator - you can morph between 4 waveforms (11 waveforms to choose such as: sine, saw, square, triangle, ramp, soft ramp, peak ramp, peak, octava, cluster1, cluster2)
2. Unison oscillator - 7 voices (and you can put this oscillator into 5 voice unison for 35 voices) for creating fat detuned sounds.
3. Flexi oscillator - two separate waveforms that can perform PWM, Ring Mod, Phase distortion and more

Messiah development took over one year. An author has been analyzing Prophet5 soundfiles (for example at filter design stage) to reach the best effect. Sure, it's not 100 % accurate emulation but it's actually more than just an emulation. These oscillators are really doing the great job and they're NOT killing the CPU - Messiah is very low CPU hungry.

Is it worth ? To be honest I don't remember the sound of Pro-53 but one thing I do remember - I didn't like the unison - the more detuned sound (and since I'm much into trance, I like to detune everything ;) ) I had, the less brightness and more noise I heard. Fortunately, Messiah unison sounds as it should - fat, detuned (if you want to), but still pretty bright and without noise.

The most important thing - it's very hmm creative synth. I was giving myself about three hours to write this short review but I failed miserably. "Tweaking knobs" part just took too long :) I managed to create few nice presets ranging from Usher - Yeah, Deadmau5 plucks to trance pluck. Factory presets are very nice too - especially I like presets called "Depeche" - I spent half an hour playing "just can't get enough" ;)

Don't forget to check the demo - you shouldn't trust the guy you virtually know nothing about ;) The demo is fully functional + silence effect, which to be honest is too frequent. At first I thought that there's some bug in Messiah hehe

Last word - Messiah needs more attention. It's an amazing, powerful synth. Sure, there are tons of free plugins - some (for example Synth1, Outmeal, Atlantis) are as good as commercial. But if you have them all and you need something new - Messiah will give you that new feeling. It's pretty unique synth - good enough to be a commercial product. Great work Gunnar! :)

Here are some examples I did during Messiah testing (there's tiny amount of external reverb - rest is Messiah)


Price: 30 $ (or 40 $ with Memorymoon - plugin inspired by Memorymoog polyphonic synth).

More info: http://memorymoon.com


8 comments:

Kort said...

Oh my god! What an amazing soft synth, nice and fat. Thanks for showing it to us Greeg. Keep up the good work mate. YAY

Anonymous said...

As a beta tester and programming advisor for Messiah and Memorymoon from nearly the beginning, I just only have to say, to me, GunnarE´s creations are the most promising ones ever made w/ SE, because these are separate voice design similar to OPX-Pro. These plugins sound awesome and I won´t forget to mention I had the real things too in the past.
It was a shame to see these great but also cheap plugins in the warez departments as soon the previous versions were released some time ago.

PeWe

Anonymous said...

wow - amazing synth

Anonymous said...

Yup. I just bought the set (Moon and Messiah) because I was freaked out with the Messiah demo. It is absolutely worth the price!!

I come from a heritage of the old analog stuff. I owned a Prophet-5, Jupiter-8, Polysix, JX-3P, Rhodes Chroma Polaris and a Matrix-6, but not at the same time :^(

These synths are pretty close to what I always hoped I could do with the real thing (way deeper and cheaper)

Ex Posterboy

Anonymous said...

Hi, have tried the Messiah demo which had the drop-out - fair enough. Really enjoyed the synth as well, but after a couple of days it had the word 'EXPIRED' in red on the VST and stopped working, which is really annoying! Surely the drop-out was enough for a demo?

FINDSP said...

Absolutely incredible units!

Anonymous said...

Extremely impressed with this, I have a Prophet 08 and a Prophet 5, I wouldn't really call it an emulation, but it certainly wouldn't seem unusual to have THIS sound coming out of a Prophet something :)

Avoid the Arturia one, this is the business.

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