Overview

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The Knifonium is an exceptionally beautiful-sounding monophonic synthesizer that is driven by a whopping 26 vacuum tubes. This upscale synth features two tube-driven oscillators, a 4th order ladder filter, a ring modulator, and a gorgeous “steampunk” aesthetic.

The original hardware units are handcrafted in small batches by high-end audio device designer Jonte Knif, with his incomparable sense for detail. But as beautiful as these synthesizers are, the Knifonium is not just a piece of eye-candy capable of making “weird noises". It is an exceptionally musical and inspiring instrument that offers countless possibilities for shaping and modulating sounds.

Although Knif Audio is a new addition to the Plugin Alliance family, the name is well-known by hardcore synth freaks and audiophile engineers alike. Lead designer Jonte Knife has been making vacuum tube-based hardware for mixing, mastering, and sound design for years. And his Knifonium synth is carefully crafted to be the best in its class. No one sums it up better than Jonte himself, who simply says: "It sounds like nothing else."

Now, the engineers at Brainworx have taken a great thing and made it even better. Not only is the plugin version of the Knifonium even more accessible and easy to use than the original, it also adds features that just aren’t possible in the analog world.

First and foremost, this plugin emulation of the Knifonium adds 8 independent voices to the synthesizer, opening up an entirely new universe of possibilities. Imagine an atmospheric pad sound produced by a total of 208 vacuum tubes!

The software version of the Knifonium also adds on mid-side and stereo spreading capabilities, a powerful unison mode, as well as the carefully-curated BX effects section, including a well known vintage-style phaser, SPL EQ Ranger, Waveshaper, and more, giving you a wide range of effects that you will actually want to use.

Even at its most basic, the Knifonium sounds uniquely rich and captivating. And Jonte Knif confirms that it sounds and behaves just like the real thing. Brainworx engineers modeled the complete circuits of the original hardware, including all 26 tubes, applying their patented Tolerance Modelling Technology (TMT, US Patent No. 10,725,727) to recreate the natural variations in envelope parameters, pitch, LFO speed, and so many other characteristics to make this digital recreation sound as realistically analog and natural as possible.

Features

  • Up to 8-voice polyphony driven by up to 208 carefully-modeled vacuum tubes
  • A powerful effects section featuring well-known studio-grade effects
  • A complete arpeggiator including flexible panning functions
  • Over 300 presets included by top sound designers
  • Mid/Side processing and onboard stereo field enhancements
  • Modeled using Brainworx patented TMT technology for extreme realism (
    US Patent No. 10,725,727)

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Hannes Bieger

    Hannes Bieger

    Mixing Engineer, Music Producer & Electronic Music Live Act

    What I love about the plugin version is the added polyphony feature. This really opened up another world for me.

  • Junkie XL

    Junkie XL

    Multi Platinum Producer, Musician, Composer

    Knifonium is going to be huge for film scores - the gnarly nature of this synth will be able to power through any mix and deliver a huge amount of weight to anything it's unleashed on.

  • edIT Beats

    edIT Beats

    Music Producer (The Glitch Mob)

    Fat analog sound but it's all about that feedback knob.

  • Eauxmar

    Eauxmar

    Electronic Music Producer & Live Act

    Knifonium really is a Swiss Army knife of a synth. Nothing really sounds like it. As I’m always striving to make the most unique sounds ever, I feel like Knifonium is amazing at doing that. The… Read More

  • Cazzette

    Cazzette

    Electronic Music Producer & Live Act

    Super fun synth to work with. There is something very magical to the built-in saturation features and the GUI is really inspiring to me. I go to Knifonium for grit analog-sounding basslines.

Customer Reviews

  • OMG!

    ★★★★★
    by Steele
    Someone said pair this with Diva and take over the world. Yeah, no kidding. We need a new way to spell PHAT!
  • Knifonium

    ★★★★★
    by Following Light
    Amazing synth , i love it ! Very quality and Unique !
  • Amazing synth

    ★★★★★
    by BluelagoonStudios
    Bought this one a week ago, very impressed with this one. If you're in making Chakra's this is the synth you want. But I have to run it on a separate dsp_server because CPU is getting low fast,… Read More
  • Hell of a synth!

    ★★★★★
    by Luiz Zen
    This is an amazing synth capable of producing a great amount of fat, classic, weird and analogue sounds. The presets are very useful and inspiring, and the presets manager is awesome, letting you… Read More
  • monster synth

    ★★★★★
    by monster
    amazing sound

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

Knifonium

Knif Audio Knifonium - Changelog

Version 1.2 (Mar 22, 2021)
- General: Compatibility with Logic on Apple Silicon devices via the Rosetta-2 layer
- General: Fixed possible artefacts when freezing or bouncing tracks in Pro Tools
- General: Fixed automation highlighting disappearing in Studio One
- General: Improved license dialog visibility in dark mode
- Fixed possible sound vanishing upon reloading a session
- Fixed crash with engaged Arp and duplicating a track in Reaper in VST2 format
- Fixed memory leaking

Version 1.1
- skipped

Version 1.0.1 (15 Jul, 2020)
- fixed aliasing issues at higher registers

Version 1.0 (26 Jun, 2020)
- Release version