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redsound darkstar XP2

infoCountry: UK
Weight: 2,5 Kg
Dimensions: 340 x 230 x 50 mm
audio demo trend price : 200€
manual demo video comments

Red Sound Darkstar XP2 (2000)
8 voices polyphonic synthesizer

 

Desktop Virtual analog synth module - a revamp previous version DARKSTAR MK1 with a new grey design and some minor enhancements.

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logo dark star Xp2

info DESKTOP MODULE optional rackmount kit (5 units height ) model "Rack-02". The main panel features a segment display, a control joystick, a rotary encoder 15 knobs, 8 pads and 22 buttons.

Rear panel terminal connectors are:
- input for external signal processing
- Midi interface
- jack stereo out
- headphones.

ac Power supply 9VDC external PSU +)- 800 mA.





edit
VOICE XP2 synthesis is based on VA physical modelling generates 8 voices polyphony.
There are 2 detunable oscillators per voice:
- OSC1: progressive from saw to square waveform with variable width.
- OSC2: is much more complex with same progressive OSC1 waveform plus two special modes: formant and sinewave mode. Also a noise generator with 3 colors pink/ white/ blue.
Oscillators can be ringmodulated in this way: OSC1 > OSC2.


progressive waveform



edit PERFORMANCE the 8 voices polyphony can be assigned to 5 parts each with individual settings:
- keyboard zone assignment
- Midi channel
- panning stereo
- gain volume
- pitch transpose
- monophonic mode (8 glide modes)
- aftertouch to filter
- aftertouch to LFO.


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edit VECTOR the joystick can be used to control different parameters in real-time:
- vector mode mixes between part volumes
- ringmodulator ratio
- filter cutoff and resonance amount.

 

vector

 

edit FILTER digital 2-poles resonant filter features 3 modes: lowpass, highpass and bandpass.
Special keyboard tracking at 25, 50, 100, 150% of cutoff compensation.



vector



edit ENVELOPE there are 2 EGs with quite free routing:

  EG1 EG2
OSC1-2 amplitude hardwired -
OSC1-2 pitch yes yes
OSC1-2 width yes yes
filter resonance yes yes

 

edit LFO up to 2 interchangeable delayed digital modulators (shapes: ramp, triangle, square, sine, pulse, sample-hold and random). Modulators can be retriggered at notes, synched to external Midi clock at various dividers from 1/8th beat to 4 bars.
LFO Destinations are:
- OSC pulse width
- OSC amplitude
- OSC pitch
- stereo panning
- filter resonance


LFO

 

 

edit EFFECT a digital chorus is included with variable rate/depth.

chorus mode



edit MIDI
all parameters are mapped to Midi CC# and the knobs transmit also this controller.



edit
MEMORY
- 64 RAM slots.
Patches and performances can be only saved to Midi exclusive dump.

resound xp2 mainboard

 

 

edit EDITOR not much softwares has been released for this module but the "Dark Star Editor".

xp2 editor

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:

Darkstar classic MK1

Darkstar classic MK1- first version version with different design.

mk1 vs XP2 differences: Mk1 features RCA instead of Jack, no headphones, lacks the chorus and special SINEWAVE mode (for OSC2).

redsound elevata ELEVATA is another VA from REDSOUND VIDEO


 

demo AUDIO DEMO

demo Factory demo
demo PadLFO
demo Sequence 1
demo Sequence 2 (filter)
demo Sequence 3 (formant)
demo Sequence ALESTE MSX
demo Bass Vintage
demo Pad filtered
demo Robot PWM
demo Bass with LFO
demo Speedup 303esh
demo Bass quite normal
demo Detuned synched
demo Chill chords
demo Drone?
demo House organ
demo Sequence (another)
demo Weird prodigy
demo Weird resonance trick
demo Commercial mellow
demo pad raw
demo raw oscillator
demo raw osc ringmodulation
demo raw osc lfo sync
demo raw osc part 2
demo bass droning
demo pan slicer
demo dog darkstar bark
demo FX bubbling
demo FX ringme
demo Horror panning
demo TEST: OSC progressive waveshape
demo TEST: Sinewave TONE
demo TEST : formant and sync
demo TEST: 3 noises OSC2
demo TEST: Sinewave + sync
demo TEST: ringmod
demo TEST: rectangle width range
demo TEST: filter
demo TEST: LFO range on pitch + shapes
demo TEST: chorus test
demo  




video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

Red Sound Dark Star - examples of sound xp2 demo RedSound DarkStar RedSound DarkStar
clip1 clip2 clip3 with Korg electribe ER1


Red Sound Darkstar XP2

 

Company: Redsound
Model: Darkstar XP2
Class: module
Dates: 2000
Price: 200€
Synthesis: Virtual analog
Polyphony: 8
Oscillator: 2
Filter: BPF / HPF / LPF
Lfo: 2
Memory: 64 slots
Demo: 41

 

darkstar xp2

 

 

manual
MANUAL

 


edit

Darkstar XP2 reset procedure

Press and hold down the [PROGRAM]
button power on. The main display will show ‘SURE’ to prompt confirmation of the load. Press the
MENU [EDIT] button marked ‘VALUE +’’


manual
-XP2 SERVICE MANUAL
-FREE sample set

 

 

 

 

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Dates: 2000
Price: 200€
Synthesis: Virtual analog
Polyphony: 8
Oscillator: 2
Filter: digital BPF / HPF / LPF
Lfo: 2
Memory
: 64 slots


comment

REVIEW "A little better than mk1, but still the interface is not so intuitive. Anyway, it is quite rare, not my favourite VA, but give it a at good price."

manual manual
-enhanced mk1 - display/edit
-vector joystick
-polyphony
-rare  

"Welcome to DARKSTAR XP2, an 8-voice polyphonic synthesiser with all the highlights of the analogue tradition,Pulse Width Modulation, Ring Mod, Resonant Filtering and ADSR Enveloping, combined with all the advantages ofmodern MIDI instruments like rock-solid tuning, perfect program recall, velocity response and 5 different timbres simultaneously available". Redsound


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redsound darkstar XP2 2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. price €150