Świerk is my take on the most classic of synthesizers. It is a relatively straight forward subtractive synthesizer with familiar sound generators, controls, routing, look and feel.
Świerk comprises of 4 sound generators, 2 oscillators with 3 different selectable waveforms, a sub oscillator and a noise generator.
6 “internal” modulation sources can be routed via any of the 12 modulation slots to a choice of 20 destinations. I have tried to provide as much control as possible to get the best results out of the 2 onboard low frequency oscillators. 2 simple ADSR envelopes and the new 8 stage envelope generator give users the ability to create a wide range of sounds. The “external” matrix is where users can route midi controls such as pitch wheel, mod wheel and velocity to 37 different destinations in any of the 8 modulation slots.
The new simple preset manager allows for easy browser and file management of the 128 presets that come with Świerk. 50 of which have been created by several excellent sound designers. Soon we will have more presets from them available to download for free from the saltline preset page.
Below are a few tracks that Świerk has been used in including a very chilled track by Opposite Plans where Świerk was used extensively along side sonic charge’s microtonic (a huge favourite of mine) and an excellent track from Farraway & Halstead “your eyes and leaves” in which Świerk was used to create all the music and saltline’s CBW01 was used to create the beats.
(Świerk is currently available in 32 bit VST format for windows only.)
Świerk featured on the cover disc of Keys magazine issue 6.
Świerk review and tutorial in Beat magazine issue 92 rated 5/6 (V1.0.4).
"Although Świerk is not reinventing the wheel, it is a convincing virtual analogue synthesizer with simple operation, and a voluminous, good-natured character. A great-sounding and resource-saving weapon for analogue standards."
V 1.0.9 (2-2014) graphics update.
V1.0.8 (1-2014) Issues resolved causing DAW problems when running multiple instances. Adjusted envelope release times. ‘View’ selector added to switch from waveform text to images.
V1.0.7 (1-2014) Larger preset bank and new preset manager. 4 extra internal modulation slots. LFO 1+2 signal release. 8 stage envelope added . 3 different metering modes. Oscillator to filter bypass. New user interface. Minor maintenance updates.
V1.0.6 (10-2013) Extra filter modes. Minor GUI changes.
V1.0.5 (9-2013) Pitch bend wheel fix. Minor alterations to velocity source signal.
Saltline plugins are free to download, however, if you would like to make a donation towards further development it would be greatly appreciated.