Overview

Included in our MUSICIAN and MEGA Bundle at no extra cost!

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) 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

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

  • Pls better presets

    ★★★★☆
    by Naji
    Most presets are bad, I do not like tweaking a lot, synth sounds great.
    Imo presets are a PA's weakness, eg for your SSL or Focusrite SC consoles, why aren't there presets for all common… Read More
  • Knifonium

    ★★★★★
    by Gerard
    It sounds amazing!! The VCF sounds really sweet and analog. Just love it.
  • BASS!

    ★★★★★
    by Psysword
    Now this is an old school bass machine and upon first purchasing it, i found it to be less than Serum or Dica which have infinite modulation capabilities and since I’m in electronic music, I was… Read More
  • Knifonium

    ★★★★☆
    by macman
    Bombastic sonic quality, I use a lot in Unify with the unified presets, this combination can only be described as out of this world.
    Downside: doesn't react at all well with my Roli blocks as… Read More
  • Knifonium

    ★★★★★
    by stuman
    This plugin has a great analog sound and it rocks!!

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 10.15
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 1.0.1 (15 Jul, 2020)
- fixed aliasing issues at higher registers

Version 1.0 (26 Jun, 2020)
- Release version