Retro Boy – free chiptune synthesizer VST

February 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Sound-Base Audio has released Retro Boy, a free chiptune synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Retro Boy is a virtual analog chiptune synthesizer/emulator. It does not specifically emulate a single device or sound chip, but it was made with a certain handheld gaming system in mind.

The goal was to make a simple, minimal, synth that could create “8-bit music” without being overly complicated or requiring much knowledge from the end-user.

Retro Boy features

  • Single oscillator with seven different waveforms: Pulse 1 (12.5% duty cycle), Pulse 2 (25% duty cycle), Pulse 3 (50% duty cycle), Saw, Triangle, Sine, Noise.
  • Volume, vibrato, decimation, ADSR envelope, and voice control (adjustable from 1 to 4 voices).
  • Low CPU usage, <1% on an i5 processor.

Retro Boy for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

Get it here >>

Monosc – free VST synth for Windows

August 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Prysm Audio has released Monosc, a free VST synth for Windows.

FEATURES:

  • One oscillator (Sine, Saw, Triangle, Square).
  • Unison, from 1 to 16 voices.
  • Unique filter with 4 filter types.
  • Polyphony (Monophonic Portamento)
  • Easy-to-use

Get it here >>

DrumBurst X-824 – new free drum machine plug-in

July 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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H.G. Fortune has announced the releases of DrumBurst X-824, a free drum machine plug-in for Windows.

Finally here it is: DrumBurst X-824, and the good news is it is free. The bad news, well, not really bad as only temporary this is my last Synthedit based plugin. Thus it marks the end of a 10 years era. Now I’m looking for new tools to create plugins in future, but this may take some time.

DrumBurst is an 8 parts drum machine with 64 waves at each slot making 512 waves in total: not too much for a quick selection but a good variety to work with.

The inbuilt sequencer features 24 Main Pattern each based on the combination of a dedicated wave, Mute status and 1 out of 6 Step Pattern variations per part. This provides a lot of variation and less of programming effort as pattern can be re-used with a different instrument.

DrumBurst X-824 for Windows (VST) is available to download here.

More info here >>

Want a free OSX version of the classic Neuron synth?

May 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Hartmann Neuron synthesizer is rare, the company that released it out of business, and the software version discontinued – until now. Developer Stephan Bernsee has released Neuron VS – the software version of the Neuron – as a free app for Intel Macs. Neuron VS was US $899 when it was originally released.

More information on the Neuron VS:

In 2000, Axel Hartmann and I, Stephan Bernsee, set out to designing a novel synthesizer based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis, the <NEURON> synthesizer. We were able to get support from a lot of people, including well known artists such as Hans Zimmer, and Hartmann Music as a company won several awards for innovation in synthesis technology.

Unfortunately and despite the huge interest in our products, due to some issues with distribution and our hardware manufacturer Hartmann was driven out of business in 2004. With the company dead there was no chance for <NEURON> owners to get tech support or updates.

Just recently, a Facebook group came into existence that managed to attract many knowledgeable and skilled Neuron owners who provide support and advice to each other in their spare time. To aid them in the process of keeping the Neuron alive I have dusted off the old NeuronVS sources in order to revive the NeuronVS VST plug-in, a software-only version of the Neuron synth that came with a powerful hardware controller, the <NUKE>. Thanks to the generosity of former Hartmann CEO Stefan Rapp and Neuron designer Axel Hartmann I am now able to provide an updated version of the original <NeuronVS> software here free of charge, (hopefully) free of bugs – and with no warranties of any kind.

Note: Their are some notable limitations about the current version of Neuron VS:

  • The project is a labor of love by Bernsee, and he notes, “This is a free and unsupported product and we don’t have the resources to develop for Windows.”
  • It’s also based on an older version of the VST standard, VST SDK 2.1. Because of this, the current version will not be compatible with some DAWs.
  • It’s designed to work with the Hartmann Nuke controller, and some features are unavailable without it.

More info here >>

Świerk – new free synthesizer plug-in for Windows

February 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Saltline has released Świerk, a free synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

Świerk is a simple VA subtractive synthesizer. It’s layout and signal path allows the user to create sounds quickly and with ease.

Świerk is available to download as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

Features:
-2 Oscillators (each consists of the following)
-3 waveforms (Saw, Triangle and Square)
-Width (Square waveform)
- Octave range (32, 16, 8, 4, 2)
-Semitone (-12 to +12)
-Fine tune (-1 to +1 semitone)
-Unison/detune (up to 8 voices per oscillator)
-Sync (Oscillator 1 master, Oscillator 2 slave)
-1 Sub Oscillator
-Sine wave
-Octave range (-1 to +1 octaves)
-1 Noise Generator
-Noise type (White/Pink)
-Mixer
-Volume for each sound generator (oscillators 1+2, Sub and Noise)
-Low Pass Filter
-Frequency cut off
-Cut off point resonance
-Envelopes
-2 ADSR envelopes (Attack, decay, sustain, release)
-Envelope amount
-2 Low Frequency Oscillators (LFO) (each consists of the following)
-4 waveforms (Sine, Saw, Triangle and Square)
-Width (Square waveform)
-LFO rate (user defined/sync to host)
-Wave cycle re-trigger
-Re-trigger wave position
-Master Volume
-Midi Control
-Pitch bend wheel
-Pitch bend range (1 to 12 semitones)
Modulation wheel
-Midi channel (All, 1 to 16)
-Re-trigger
-Mono mode
-Left click controls for midi learn, unlearn and edit
-Internal Modulation Matrix
-8 Modulation slots (with invert source signal and source to amount control)
-4 Sources
-Envelope 1
-Envelope 2
-LFO1
-LFO2
-12 Destinations
-Oscillator 1 pitch
-Oscillator 1 width
-Oscillator 1 mix
-Oscillator 2 pitch
-Oscillator 2 width
-Oscillator 2 mix
-Sub pitch
-Sub mix
-Noise type
-Noise mix
-Filter cut off
-Master volume
-External Modulation Matrix
-8 Modulation slots (with invert source signal and source to amount control)
-5 Sources
-Pitch wheel
-Mod wheel
-Velocity
-Aftertouch
-Kef follow
-24 Destinations
-Oscillator 1 pitch
-Oscillator 1 width
-Oscillator 1 mix
-Oscillator 2 pitch
-Oscillator 2 width
-Oscillator 2 mix
-Sub pitch
-Sub mix
-Noise type
-Noise mix
-Filter cut off
-Master volume
-LFO1 rate
-LFO1 width (Square waveform)
-LFO2 rate
-LFO2 width (Square waveform)
-IM amount 1 (This sends the chosen source signal to the amount of internal modulation
matrix slot 1 e.g. You select “MOD WHEEL” as your source, you select “IM AMOUNT 1”
as your destination. The mod wheel will now control the signal amount of Internal modulation
Slot 1)
-IM amount 2
-IM amount 3
-IM amount 4
-IM amount 6
-IM amount 7
-IM amount 8

Get it here >>

50+ free synths and more from the KVR Challenge – go fill up your studio

November 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Developers have created 55 new free synths and audio effects as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2012.

49 of the free music apps run on Windows, 7 on Mac OS X and 6 are soundware for other products.

Entrants include:

  • Heliox – a simple experimental synthesizer
  • Aliquoter – an aliquote simple synth built from 6-aliquote tuned oscillators. It is an additive/subtractive synth, but oscillators are tuned to aliquote intervals.
  • Total Composure Orchestra (TCO) is a full orchestral sample library created using only samples that are in the public domain.
  • Hot Robot Vocoder is a vocoder VST effect.
  • Hydra PL is a digital/analog hybrid style polyphonic synthesizer.
  • Orchestral Strings One is an orchestral string library.
  • HYDi is a simple 3 osc subtractive synth, but with some twists.
  • Trans Computer Maschine is a semi-modular Vintage Lead Synthesizer + Pattern Sequencer, modeled after two legendary mono synths and a custom analog sequencer from Germany.
  • Kamioooka is a polyphonic Full-Modular synthesizer with patch cable system.

See the KVR site for details and downloads.

XaKT VSTi – Free Spectral Synth For Dark Textures

October 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Krakli Synths has released the XaKT synth. A spokesperson had this to say, “A completely new plugin from the Krakli dungeon. This spectral synth is gifted at dark textures and sounds with plenty of movement. Take the time to become accustomed to its unusual interface and you will have a real beast on your hands.”

Pricing and Availability:
Free download.

More information:

Expand your music arsenal with these new releases

October 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Free 30-Band Graphic Equalizer

Mildon Studios has released a free 30-Band Graphic Equalizer VST plug-in for Windows with a look that blends perfectly with Cubase.

Pricing and Availability:
Free download

More information:

AudioThing has released TX-101 for Native Instruments Kontakt

TX-101 is a 4-track sequencer designed for the creation of evolving rhythm patterns. Each track has 4 different samples (for a total of 16 samples), including organic glitches and metal hits. It is possible to store eight presets that can be joined and looped together to build a 128 steps sequence (16×8). It is also possible to sequence Delay and Flanger effects as two additional tracks. Both parameters (cutoff, resonance, effects) and steps can be randomized separately.

There are 6 different variations (.nki instruments) of TX-101 for different mood/styles. The modulation wheel is also assigned to a different set of parameters for each instrument.

Details:

  • Sequencer: 4 Tracks and 16 Steps + tracks for Delay and Flanger.
  • 8 Patterns presets.
  • 6 Kontakt Instruments (.nki) presets.
  • Mod. Wheel assigned to different parameters for each preset.
  • Size: 16 MB installed / 9 MB Download.

Price: $18. TX-101 is available for the introductory price of $14 until October 11th, 2012.

Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.4+ full version is required.

Cableguys Curve 2

Curve 2 out now!
FULLY FUNCTIONAL DEMO: http://www.cableguys.de/downloads.html
MORE INFO: http://www.cableguys.de/curve.html

Curve is a software synthesizer with an irresistible waveform editor, huge sound library and slick interface. Ideal for both experimentation and detailed tweaking at an excellent sound quality.

• Sound Features – Curve features aliasing-free oscillators with custom waveforms, noise generation and broad FM options. Waveform crossfades provide for changing timbres; a comprehensive unison mode delivers fat lead sounds, wide pads and massive sound. Drawable LFOs deliver everything from melodic and rhythmic patterns to dubstep wobbles and punishing bit-crushing effects. Flexible filter routing, a feature-rich mono mode plus legato and glide, are all designed for great depth of control.

• Preset Library – Curve’s preset library is a shared online database, providing a constant source of inspirational sound. Public preset sharing allows an ever-increasing number of great presets, public preset voting will help you manage the vast number of sounds, all from within the plugin. Curve ships with an excerpt of this ever-growing sound library. Macro knobs let you explore vast sound variations quickly, for quick access to those parameters that define the core of a sound.

• Elegant Interface – Curve shows you everything important at a glance, featuring high contrasts and a fresh color scheme. Inbuilt MIDI assignment allows you to set up external MIDI controllers quickly.

• Curve Community - Since the first beta of Curve 1.0, the Curve community has steered the synthesizer’s future by submitting feature requests, comments and bug reports, and by sharing presets. Curve 2 is the result of our users submitting wishes and uploading great sounds. Big thanks to all of you!”

Samsara Cycle Audio releases Saw Wave Synthesizer VSTi for Windows

September 20, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Thursday morning freebee stuff – Saw Wave synth, details below:

Samsara Cycle Audio has released the Saw Wave SynthesizerVSTi.

Features:

  • 4 Pitch controls with selectable ‘feet’ switch in the range of 32′ 16′ 8′ 4′ 2′
  • Filter Section: Cutoff Resonance with individual level controls
  • Filter Pass Mix Section: Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Q settings
  • Glide
  • Mono / Poly Selector
  • Filter and AMP section LFO Level Control
  • AMP and Filter Envelope Sections: Attack, Decay, Release, Sustain and Amount
  • LFO Section – Selectable Host Sync Function
  • Flanger effect: Speed, Phase, Feedback and Depth Controls
  • Pitch Control
  • Output Level Control
  • Midi Learn

Pricing and Availability:
Free download.

More information:

Saturday freeware: Datmatriks modular synth

September 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Meesha has released a free modular synth for Windows, Datmatriks:

Damatriks is a “classic” modular synthesizer system VST plugin, inspired by the modular analog synths. With many different modules in place, endless creativity is guaranteed. These modules can be patched using a CV (control voltage) matrix module, creating complex CV patches.

Modules:

  • MIDI/cv
  • vco type 1 (2)
  • vco type 2
  • vco link (sync/Xmod)
  • mixer (with noise gen)
  • envelope type 1 (2)
  • vca type 1
  • filter type 1
  • filter type 2
  • delay
  • phaser
  • clock (with multiplier)
  • stepsequencer
  • lfo type 1
  • lfo type 2
  • s/h
  • cv mixer
  • cv matrix 9->14
  • output

It’s a free download at the Meesha site.

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