DreamStation 1.0 is our old standalone software synth workstation which consists of an analog synthesizer module, a 32 tracks step-time sequencer, dual stereo FX processor and an eight channel stereo mixer. We made DreamStation 1.0 free with the release of its more complex second version.
Up to three oscillators can be used for each voice, where every oscillator is generating sine, triangle, sawtooth, pulse (OSC2&3 square) or noise waveforms. Linear frequency modulation, ring modulation and hard synchronization are available between OSC1&2. You may replace the traditional waveforms with 16 bit mono samples, and use them as the source of ring and frequency modulation. A multimode filtering architecture is responsible for eliminating/exciting specified frequencies of the generated signal by supporting 2 pole lowpass, bandpass, highpass, 4 pole lowpass and formant filter modes. Three ADSR envelope generators (each one individual for the amplifier, filter and a user defined EG for general purpose), one LFO, vibrato and portamento are the modulation sections.
All this is controlled by the built-in 32 tracks step-time sequencer. The composer can easily track any actions/events (such as filter sweeping, retriggering, mixer programming, instrument selecting) step by step. This built-in sequencer is synchronizable to external MIDI clock.
The effects processors provides programmable effect types such as delay (mono, stereo, spatial, Ping-Pong), chorus (single, dual voice, mono, stereo), phaser (mono, spatial), flanger (mono, stereo), and reverb (room, hall, plate). Up to three different effects can be used simultaneously, two of them are linked serially and form a separate effects processor.
Just like on a real mixing console, you have eight channels which you can group any number of instruments to, controlling the pan, volume as well as individual sends to the effect blocks. The final material can be downmixed and rendered or captured into a stereo wave file, then burned directly to a CD.
Please note that the development of DreamStation 1.0 has been terminated 8 years ago, therefore it may lack of features (such as plugin support) you would expect from a workstation today. If you need a more up to date host please try DreamStation II.
A totally basic PC is adequate to run DreamStation 1.0. Be sure to have at least 128Mb memory and a Direct-X compatible soundcard. It runs under Windows 95/98/ME and XP.