Checking Out: Novum by Dawesome at Tracktion

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The most original and powerful synth plugin I’ve come across in a long time. With both deep sound-sculpting capabilities and the ability to import your own samples within any of its 300 presets, Novum will cater to both sound design professionals and those who are just beginning their sound design journey.

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Checking Out: Novum by Dawesome at Tracktion


Novum is one of the most creative and unique soft synth plugins I’ve ever seen. The sound design capabilities of this plugin are infinite. However, it’s uniquely accessible for novice sound designers while remaining uncompromisingly deep for the most seasoned pros.

Novum is a Tracktion plugin crested by Dawesome
Novum normally sells for $179.00 from Plugin Boutique

 

Thoughts

Simply put, Novum is one of the coolest soft synths I’ve played and is the funnest granular plugin I’ve ever encountered. The sound-sculpting capabilities are infinite, but what is so amazing to me about this plugin is how easily it accommodates a wide audience. Normally, plugins are either geared toward the novice sound designer or composer (who simply wants to load up a preset and maybe tweak a few controls), or only cater to the sound design professional (with deep modulation options that go completely over the head of a hobby enthusiast). Novum somehow manages to do BOTH!

The concept behind Novum is genius – it takes a single sample and divides it into 6 layers, giving you complete control over each layer. Each layer provides independent (or linked) sound-shaping controls that allow you to completely change the nature of the original sample. Want to turn a techno drum loop into a dystopian pad? Done! Want to turn a vocal hook into a pulse? Done! One of the genius features that allows beginning sound designers to utilize Novum to create original sounds is the ability to import a sample, lock it down, and then cycle through the presets to “try on” the settings of that preset with your own sample. This is remarkably effective and leads to all sorts of interesting results. To top it all off, Novum has a beautifully artistic user interface that is very intuitive to use. The wave forms are treated with an artistic flair that makes you want to experiment. I love this plugin – it’s simply one of the coolest and most original instruments I’ve yet come across!

Facts

Novum is available in both VST3 and AU formats and uses deep granular synthesis to deconstruct single samples into 6 distinct layers. It comes with full MPE support and many modulation and sound-shaping controls. It includes 300 factory presets and supports drop and drop sample import.

Novum is a Tracktion plugin crested by Dawesome
Novum normally sells for $179.00 from Plugin Boutique

 

Demos of Novum by Dawesome/Tracktion

Videos of Novum by Dawesome/Tracktion




 

Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Novum by Dawesome/Tracktion
“The most original and powerful synth plugin I’ve come across in a long time. With both deep sound-sculpting capabilities and the ability to import your own samples within any of its 300 presets, Novum will cater to both sound design professionals and those who are just beginning their sound design journey.”