For many who are starting out in music production, you may have heard of more experienced producers recommending synths such as Native Instrument’s Massive, Xfer Records’ Serum or Lennar Digital’s Sylenth1. Although these synths are so-called “industry standards” and sound great, they often come with a steep learning curve and hefty price tag, which are not ideal if you are just getting into producing.
Circle2, on the other hand, is a lightweight and fun synth that is also capable of producing some stellar sounds. It has all the essential features you need to know and learn about synthesis without the intimidating user interface of Massive or Sylenth1.
Here are a couple of reasons why I think Circle2 is the perfect synth for the beginner producer.
1. It is easy to use
Circle2 has a beautiful user interface – full of color and (of course) circles. On first look, the interface may seem pretty complicated but it isn’t. The main workspace is divided into three segments. The left section is where your sound generators live, the middle section is where you can apply filters and effects to your sound, and the right section is where you have your modulators.
Speaking about modulators, most advanced synths such as Serum and Massive have pretty complex ways of carrying out and routing modulation. But what I love about Circle2 is how easy it is to modulate a parameter and hear how each modulator changes the sound. To modulate a parameter, simply drag the “circle” at the top left of the modulator and place it on an empty circle below a parameter. Hovering the circle over the parameter auditions how the modulator affects the sound.
A beginner producer can design patches quickly with Circle2’s easy to navigate interface. In fact, we have a few guides to get you started on creating Circle2 patches within a matter of minutes.
2. It sounds great
Don’t let Circle2’s playful interface fool you. The synth is capable of some unique sounds with the implementation of VPS oscillator wave shapes. Like many of the top tier synths, Circle2 has a bunch of effects such as distortion, echo, delay and unique filters such as a “mouth filter” to enhance your sound.
It also has an amazing selection of wavetables that can create gritty sounds that you want to cut through the mix.
3. It is affordable
At Splice, we offer Circle2 on our Rent-to-Own program for $7.99 a month. Rent-to-Own allows you pay monthly for a plugin or instrument till you own the software outright. Once you own it, you stop paying and get the full license for the plugin.
Circle2 will take about 16 consecutive payments for you to own the plugin outright. With Rent-to-Own, you have the added flexibility of pausing your subscription and resuming where you left off.
If you are a beginner looking to start dabbling in synthesis, why not give Circle2 a try? You can try it free for 3 days and then start your monthly payments at $7.99 a month.