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Its Modular. The true power of Buzz.
Buzz is the first ever "easy to use" free modular software based synthesizer. What this means is that the entire system is based on objects, which may be routed in a modular fashion, giving you the freedom to be as creative as you want. For example, if you wish to run 3 Physical Modelling synths and a Drum Machine through 2 seperate Stereo Delays, into a Mixer, through a Compressor and Parameteric EQ, and finally out to your speakers - no problem. Lay down your synths, connect the wires and you're done. Check out the screenshots below for examples!
Its Expandable. Buzz introduces the concept of a Machine.
A Machine is an object in Buzz which either creates or modifies sound. A Machine is the equivalent of a single piece of gear in a traditional music studio. It may be a synthesizer, a sampler, a dsp effect, a mixing board, or any other piece of gear that exists in a studio. Every piece has the same parameters and functions you would expect to find in the studio you know and love. Whats better is that all existing machines are free. Because creating your own machines is quite simple (someone with little knowledge of C++ should find his way in the SDK), you'll also find machines in Buzz which aren't really common in studio's. This makes Buzz a very innovative software studio.
Its in Real-Time. Buzz moves with you.
Every aspect of Buzz is built to be controlled in real-time. This means that as you tweak the resonance on a virtual analog synth, you hear it's classic sqeualching response immidietly. The same goes for all DSP effects, drum machines, synths, samples, etc.
It's Built for Speed.
Unlike other audio packages which require a super-computer to power a single synth, Buzz has been programmed for speed. It is not at all uncommon to employ 10 completely seperate polyphonic synthesizers, 5 samplers, 2 drum machines, 3 mixers, and 10 DSP effects all simultaniously. Thats on a decent machine. A fast machine could easily triple that. The more complex machines you are using the more CPU power Buzz requires.
Its Portable. A studio in a briefcase.
Imagine having a studio with over 300 pieces of gear. Now imagine fitting it on a laptop and taking it anywhere with you. It sounds like a dream to any Musician, but its completely possible with Buzz. An install size of 8 megs (Stealth Pack, doesn't include all the machines), with a memory requirement of 32 megs. Buzz fits easily onto most decent laptops.
Its Free. Is there anything else to say?
Thats right. $0.00 US! That translates to roughly 0 British Pounds, which translates to 0 Finnish Marks which translates to 0 Euros which translates to 0 Japanese Yen which translates to 0 German Marks which translates to 0 Swedish Kronda which translates to 0 Swiss Francs which translates to 0 Russian Roubles. You can always donate money to Oskari to encourage further development.
Its a Secret Weapon. Its cooler then a lot of other programs out there.
Don't be mistaken. Buzz is not a Soft-Synth. Buzz is not a Tracker. Buzz is not a Sequencer. Buzz is all of these things and more. It is the worlds first true soft-studio. Strike that, free soft-studio.

Luke Freiler

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System requirements
A 133MHz computer with 32 megs of memory should be enough to run Buzz. Ofcourse, to hear some sound you'll need a soundcard too. The more complex machines you are using the more processor power Buzz requires.

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