New synthesizer from Yonac – Magellan

July 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Magellan is a new synth with two independent polyphonic engines from Yonac, here’s what they have to say about it:

We’ve been hard at work this year, and are very excited to present our new synthesizer. Magellan boldly travels waters where others have not dared to sail: Two independent polyphonic synth engines, with a total of 6 configurable oscillators. Polyphonic unison mode giving 24 simultaneous wave generators. Two filter banks per synth engine, each bank with its dedicated envelope and 11 unique filter types to choose from. FM synthesis module with blend and dedicated envelope. Dual LFOs in each synth with 4 freely assignable destinations each. Complete FX rack with modulation, time-delay, reverb and wave shaping effects. Dual traditional keyboards, as well as dual touch pad performance interfaces with individual parametric control over each voice. Built in arpeggiator for each synth engine, allowing you to run two different arps simultaneously, as well as a built in analog-inspired polyphonic step sequencer, and much more!

Listen to it here:

Ambika – a new DIY polyphonic synthesizer

June 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mutable Instruments has announced the Ambika – a new DIY polyphonic synthesizer.

Translucent, polyphonic, DIY and even a bit sexy – the Ambika will allow for six voices. It can be configured so that all of the voices have the same synth design or with unique synth designs on a per-channel basis.

“It’s huge,” they note, “And it draws a lot of power!”

Mutable Instruments Ambika Features:

  • Up to 6 voices, each with an individual output — in addition to a global mix output.
  • MIDI channels/patches/voices are distinct entities, allowing many different flexible configurations, from 6 independent monophonic parts each on a different MIDI channel, to 1 polysynth, with everything in-between (unison, keyboard split, layering, voice doubling).
  • Connectors for up to 6 voicecards. In true Mutable Instruments spirit, you can mix and match voicecards with different filters, and in the future with different synthesis engines.
  • Easy to use sound programming interface with a large 2×40 LCD display, 8 knobs, 8 switches and 15 bicolor LEDs. Each module of the synthesis engine has a page, each page has a direct access button.
  • Massive patch memory, easy backup/data exchange, fast firmware upgrades with the integrated SD card reader. And there might be other things you’ll load from the SD card in the future…
  • Patch versioning and undo/compare/redo of editing operations.
  • Sequencer, arpeggiator and rhythmic chord generator available for each part. 2 step-sequences per part. Each part can be clocked at a different multiple of the MIDI clock.
  • And of course: DIY friendly, through-hole assembly.

Shapesynth and Sphero – NEW Controls test

June 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Testing out some code having sphero control arpeggio, delay and the filter in shape synth.

Shape is a polyphonic synthesiser allowing the user to draw the shape of the oscillator wave form. The positive side of the oscillation is represented by 32 blocks and the negative side is its mirror, generating all sorts of possible raw retroish sounds. Shape is best experienced with akai synthstation 25 or any other midi device.

Powered by Sparrow.

+++ 16 voices.
+++ Attack.
+++ Decay.
+++ LFO envelope.
+++ Delay.
+++ Akai synthstation 25 compatible.
+++ On screen 25 key stylophone style keyboard.
+++ Arpeggio.
+++ Finite inpulse respons pong filter.
+++ sequencer.
+++ sampler.
+++ coreMIDI (usb and network).
+++ MAPI audio copy.
+++ Soundcloud upload.

Logic Tutorial – Turn the Korg Monotron into a Polysynth

June 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.pointblankonline.net/courses/logic-courses.php This week Paul Yarrow shows you how to open up a new world of performance capabilities for Korg’s Monotron by turning it into a polysynth enabling it to play chords.

Learn more techniques like this on our wide range of Logic courses: http://www.pointblankonline.net/courses/logic-courses.php

Check out even more free tutorials at http://www.logic-cafe.com/

MauSynth – new free polyphonic synthesizer plug-in for Windows

June 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pekka Kauppila has released MauSynth, a free polyphonic synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

MauSynth is a polyphonic analog-modeling substractive synthesizer VST plugin by Pekka Kauppila. You can create all sorts of awesome sounds with it.

MauSynth features

  • Band-limited oscillators.
  • Zero-delay feedback filter.
  • Audio-rate modulation.
  • 32 voice polyphony.
  • Stereo unison.
  • Friendly user interface.

MauSynth for Windows (VST) is available to download as donationware.

More info here >>

Oberheim Matrix 1000 demo

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It’s time for a second short demo from the Oberheim Matrix 1000. Maybe a good alternative for a cheap and good sounding polyphonic rack synth.
As always a multitrack recording with some FX.

The analog Matrix 1000 is essentially 1,000 Matrix 6 patches in a single-space compact rackmount MIDI module. It has the same synth architecture as the Matrix 6. Each of its 6 voices have two DCO’s (digitally controlled analog oscillator), a low pass filter, 2 VCA’s, 3 envelope gens, 2 LFO’s, and 2 ramp gens. The sounds are plentiful and good enough, however sounds can only be edited via MIDI, so you’ll need an external MIDI editor (such as MOTU’s Unisyn) or Access’ Matrix Programmer to edit parameters. You can also load sounds from the Matrix 6 via SysEx or software.

The Matrix 1000 provides an excellent source of pads, textures and ambient sounds. It has 195 “keyboard” sounds, 118 “strings”, 130 “woodwinds & perc”, 239 “synthesizer”, 119 “bass”, 74 “lead” and 125 “effects”. For the price, there is no better way to find genuine analog Oberheim Matrix sounds in a compact and very in-expensive rack module that is loaded with more sounds than you’ll ever need! The older versions of the Matrix 1000 have a black front-panel. The newer models in the ’90′s have a cream colored face-plate.

Hπ Instruments Microsynth: New Synthesizer App For Mac

May 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Make some microtonal music on your Mac with Hπ Instruments Microsynth, a polyphonic multi-timbral microtonal synthesizer application (standalone). It’s now available in two versions: the multi-timbral version and the mono-timbral (single-track) version dubbed Microsynth-mini.

Both are Mac OS X SoundFont synthesizers for microtonal music, supporting seven types of tuning files, instant retuning, audio file recording, routing to and from standard MIDI hardware controllers, and sequencing and notation software such as Sibelius and Finale. Overall, Microsynth is designed to give you total control of tuning in your music.

The tuning features are the same in both Microsynth and Microsynth-mini. There are 16 independent tracks, each with tuning, MIDI I/O, SoundFont, and patch selection. Check out all the synth features, below.

Microsynth features:

  • Unlimited tunings, any key to any pitch
  • Individual tuning per track
  • Supports MTS real-time Sysex messages
  • Supports .scl .tun .hz .csv .mtx .gly and .tonex tuning files
  • Supports single channel tuning tables of 128 tones
  • Supports OMNI-channel tuning tables of 2048 tones
  • Allows real-time transposition and remapping of scales
  • Unlimited user-defined MIDI CC tuning switches and tuners
  • Supports pitch bending of microtonal pitches
  • Comes with GM / GS sound set
  • Built in reverb
  • Loads .sf2 SoundFonts
  • Unlimited MIDI connections
  • One virtual MIDI input and output
  • Records WAV audio files
  • Loads and saves scenes
  • Multiple Undo

The Hπ Instruments Microsynth synth for Mac (standalone) is available for $19.99. Microsynth-mini (single-track) is half as much, at $9.99. For more information, go to the company’s Web site at h-pi.com.

Time machine: CRUMAR TRILOGY Analog Synthesizer 1981

May 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a short HQ sound demo of the Crumar Trilogy. I played it dry without any additional effects.

The Crumar Trilogy is a multi keyboard instrument / string machine from 1981. It has 3 polyphonic sections: ORGAN, SYNTHESIZER and STRING ENSEMBLE. The best about the Trilogy is the polyphonic synth section, which has 2 VCOs per voice, 24 dB filters which employ the famous SSM chips… The STRING ENSEMBLE and ORGAN sections sound somewhat cheesy, but hey, sometimes you need some vintage cheesy sounds ;-)

Very impressive looking. It has no patch memory like you might think. The Oberheim-type led buttons just recall presets.

On a Vangelis record (I don’t remember the title) you see a picture of the Trilogy.

Pekka Kauppila updates MauSynth beta

May 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pekka Kauppila has released a new beta version of MauSynth, a free polyphonic synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

MauSynth is a basic subtractive synthesizer with emphasis on high sound quality and friendly interface.

The plugin is written in c++. It is currently in beta stage, feedback is welcome. MauSynth will stay free even after beta.

Changes in the new beta version

  • Improved oscillators.
  • Improved filter.
  • Improved GUI.
  • Aftertouch support.
  • Adjustable velocity sensitivity.
  • Improved legato mode.

The MauSynth beta is available to download as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

More info here >>

Roland Jupiter 8 “Wicked”

May 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Jupiter-8 is an eight-voice polyphonic analog subtractive synthesizer introduced by Roland Corporation in early 1981.

The Jupiter-8, or JP-8, was Roland’s flagship synthesizer for the first half of the 1980s. Although it lacked the soon-to-be standard of MIDI control, later model Jupiter-8s did include Roland’s proprietary DCB interface, and all of them sported advanced features such as “Four on Four” and the ability to split the keyboard into two zones, with a separate patch active on each zone.

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