Some years ago, an old friend of mine – Dan McCullough (not to be confused with Dan, Dan, the Novachord man) – sent me some samples from magesy download a brightly coloured, 8-voice analogue polysynth, made in Japan and named after a planet (sorry to be vague but although it’s perfectly kosher to sample an analogue synth, one has to be be very careful with regard to manufacturer and products names – I am sure you get the gist though!). I call it JayPea
Anyway… I had a play with them in Kontakt and they sounded pretty good (I thought) so decided to put them out at a silly price to commemorate my best friend’s birthday … which is today … August 1st … and so that others could enjoy the sounds… and it beats me having to buy a card!
I’ve used the Freepacks’ GUI because it’s nice and simple but alarmingly flexible and there are some great sounds to be had here as I hope the audio demo proves (which used nothing but JayPea with no external processing). The GUI has two LFOs (one hardwired for vibrato, the other presented on the panel – means you can have vibrato AND slow filter sweeps), 12/24dB Octave LP / BP / HP filters, two envelopes and a modest but useful chain of multiFX comprising (as should be clear from magesy download the screen shot) chorus > phaser / flanger > mono/stereo echo and out to a convolution reverb with custom impulses.
It can do big strings and smooth pads and massive polysynth sounds with ease as well as more delicate plucky sounds – it’s no slouch for basses and deep, filmic drones either. Useful in any number of musical genres.