Nektar Bolt Harmonics Synthesizer Virtual Instrument Software

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Nektar Synthesizer Plug-In Software Synthesizer featuring Harmonics Synthesis Engine in Audio Unit and VST Formats

Nektar Bolt is the first harmonics synthesizer for VST/AU compatible DAW platforms. Its unique harmonics oscillators will take you from subtle sine waves to overtone-rich pulse chains at the turn of a knob. And Bolt's user interface encourages instant experimentation when creating sounds. No filter required: it all happens right in the oscillator. Experience the speed of new sounds – literally.

  • Unique synthesis: experience Bolt's new harmonics synthesis engine with its rich, organic sound and lots of unique character – no traditional filter required.
  • Easy to use: no PhD in sound design required! Rediscover the fun in tweaking your own sounds with Bolt's streamlined user interface.
  • Fresh sounds: Bolt comes with 500+ factory and artist patches for all kinds of genres. From lush pads to deep basses and screaming leads to sound effects.

Shape it
Bolt's synthesis engine generates a sound's overtone structure directly in the oscillator, so you won't find a filter section like in typical subtractive synthesizers. The unique Harmonics Oscillator takes care of it all: just by turning the HARMONICS and ROLLOFF knobs you change a wave's shape and core sound from subtle sine to bright pulse chain. ODD switches the oscillator to create odd harmonics only; if you additionally bring in DEEP, you will notice the waveforms start to resemble saw or square shapes (with ODD active). In addition, each oscillator has its own amplitude envelope, so all you need for creating the core sound is right there!

Modulate it
Sounds come to life with modulation, so Bolt offers four powerful modulation generators. Its three LFOs and one modulation envelope generator ensure a host of modulation possibilities. No matter: if you are after snappy transients or would like to modulate different aspects of the sound all at the same time, you can do all of that and more. The modulation generators can even modulate each other if you want to push the envelope. The best part is that it's easy to experiment: modulation targets are pre-assigned, so you simply need to bring up a target amount to hear an effect. The MODULATION EG is modeled after classic ADSR envelopes and cover a range from ultra-snappy and percussive to lush soundscapes. The four modulation targets can be assigned to many destinations, including LFO frequency and intensity.

Bolt's low frequency oscillators go beyond the range you'd expect from a typical LFO, with an extended range from 0.01 Hz to 10 kHz. They go well into audible range, which allows for some extreme modulation effects including amplitude and frequency modulation. Choose from 13 different waveforms, including random and stepped waves. Switch CYCLE off to use the LFOs as additional auxiliary envelopes or sync them to the beat. Of course each of them can be synced differently, so you can create interesting polyrhythms. You can even assign them to cross-modulate each others' tempo. You'll probably never run out of new interesting modulation combinations to try out.

Refine it
Four integrated effects processors ensure that Bolt's patches are ready to be dropped into your productions: EQ, CHORUS, DELAY and REVERB provide the essential effects at your fingertips. The effects are optimized ease of use, with only 3 parameters per processor to ensure you'll get results quickly. Still you'll find enough tweakability, including tempo sync for the DELAY or parametric and bandpass modes for the EQ.

More Information
Manufacturer Nektar
Condition New
Software Type Synthesizer
Plug-In/Standalone Operation Plug-In
Plug-In Formats Audio Unit
VST 2.4
Mac/PC Compatibility Both
Operating System Compatibility macOS 10.9 or higher
Windows 64-bit 7, 8, 10 or higher
Licensing Method Online Authorization
Delivery Method Download
Unique Features
  • Unique harmonics synthesis
  • Support for multiple sample rates
  • Automatic 2-stage protection limiter
  • Up to 16-voice polyphony
  • Poly and mono modes
  • 500+ factory and artist patches included