7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth – Ondes (Olympia Noise Co.)

August 26, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This week: Ondes from Olympia Noise Co.

Ondes is a fantastic app in my eyes for special playing with synthesis. You can also add it to your modular synthesizer setup

Inspired by early electronic instruments such as the Ondes Martenot and the Theremin, Ondes emulates the fluid playing style of those classic instruments with an interface and synthesis engine firmly grounded in the present day.

Whether you’re gliding through melodies & chord changes or creating dense polyphonic sci-fi soundscapes, Ondes is an instrument unlike any you’ve played before.

Support Synth Anatomy and the app is available here: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/lu/app/o…

Here’s a new 4-Oscillator softsynth – Carbon Electra

August 5, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Plugin Boutique has introduced Carbon Electra – a 4-Oscillator subtractive synthesizer featuring informative displays, editable step sequencer, vocal filter, integrated distortion and analog control.

Features:

  • Powerful synth engine that is easy to learn and use with no hidden menus.’
  • 4 analog-style sync-able oscillators with adjustable pulse width, frequency modulation and multiple wave types including pitch-able noise.
  • Informative physics based graphic displays with comprehensive info pane.
  • 6 filter types including powerful vocal filter with filter drive and saturation.
  • Simple, incredibly usable and useful FX section, like having a bunch of great guitar pedals.
  • Editable step sequencer that can be assigned to pitch, volume or cut off independently or simultaneously with various wave types and edit mode allowing node creation and line curves.
  • Over 600 factory presets covering sequences, chords, motions, bass, leads, keys, pads and effects.
  • Ability to run the amp section “too hot” into the built in optional limiter at the main output, creating a modern hyper-compressed sound.
  • Super flexible unison control ranging from subtle warmth to massive super saw or super square sound.
  • Multiple stereo width parameters allowing high precision control of the stereo field.

Carbon Electra is available now, for Mac & Windows, for US $99.

Obscurium – generative synthesizer and timbral organism

July 15, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Sugar Bytes has announced the release of Obscurium, a generative synthesizer and timbral organism.

Feeding on scales, chords and synthesis, producing vivid harmonics paired with an elaborate aesthetic. It is the source of a dazzling array of organic and lively sounds, delivering spherical pads, bubbly arpeggios and deadly percussion attacks.

The playful user interface streamlines the complexity of the inner workings: You can freely change and swap all parameters and motion lanes leading to hundreds of new sounds from the init preset, so you can realise unique and surprising sequences in a matter of a few clicks. Thanks to its VST hosting feature, you can host any of your sound generator plugins in Obscurium for fresh sounds.

Obscurium features

  • 8-voice Saw, Pulse, Super-Saw und FM Synthesis.
  • More than 400 excellent presets incl. pads, drums, atmos.
  • Motion Sequencer delivering sequential melodies and sounds, plus Plugin Automation.
  • Draw Tools, Modifiers and Super Obscure Mode to build and modify sequences.
  • Generative harmonies at your fingertips or normal MIDI-Input.
  • Shift Fader to freely swap parameters and targets.
  • VST Plugin Hosting.

Obscurium for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for 99 EUR / $99 USD.

XILS-lab releases Syn’X 2 with introductory offer

July 7, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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XILS-lab has released Syn’X 2 for Mac OS X and Windows (VST, AU, RTAS & AAX) with an introductory offer until July 21st.

Syn’X 2 offers a combination of clear and punchy DCOs (Digital Controlled Oscillators) with cutting multimode analog modelled filters.

It’s multitimbral; you can use up to 8 different synthesizers, 16 oscillators, 8 0df Analog Filters, 32 DADSR envelopes and Modulation Matrix addressing any of the 132 possible destinations to create your own patches.

Features:

  • Oscillators with cumulative waveforms (Up to 40 per patch).
  • New 0DF PWM/Hard Sync Oscillators Algorithm.
  • Unique (ChaoX, Rythm) LFOs with cumulative waveforms (Up to 50 per patch).
  • Additional D-ADSR envelopes and Modulation Matrixes (Per Layer).
  • Unison, 2 arpeggiators, 2 Keyboards zones, Guitar Multitimbral mode.
  • A Plethora of monophonic and polyphonic Play Modes.
  • PolySequencer (Also acting as a modulation source).
  • Easy Sound Creation with our unique Smart Load Technology.
  • Vintage sounding effects: Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Analog EQ. True Stereo Technology.
  • 300 presets created by professional Sound Designers.
  • And a dual programming environment which offers you two different edit mode (Easy and Advanced):
    • Easy Mode gives you the benefit of a powerful and intuitive streamlined programming environment, similar to the miniSyn’X duotimbral synthesizer, but with the extra power of additional envelopes, LFOs, etc.
    • Advanced mode unleashes the total power of the Syn’X 2 where you can create thick, complex, and never before heard patches, with a totally revamped workflow.

Pricing & Availability

Until July 21st Syn’X 2 is 119€ instead of 169€. It’s free for Syn’X owners. An upgrade path is available for miniSyn’X owners.

More information on the Xils-lab website.

Carbon Electra – soon to be released 4 oscillator subtractive synthesiser by David Carbone

July 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Plugin Boutique has announced Carbon Electra, a soon to be released 4 oscillator subtractive synthesiser by David Carbone.

Carbon Electra is a powerful and intuitive synth built by producers, for producers. It’s a four-oscillator subtractive synth with a modern feature set.

It has been developed as an advanced learning tool whilst also being a powerful and easy to program synth. It is based on vintage analogue routing and features flexible modulation options including an editable stepper and note performer. The graphical displays act as a comprehensive information tool and as an accurate guide to each parameter change. Best of all, it sounds incredible.

Carbon Electra features

  • Powerful synth engine that is easy to learn and use with no hidden menus.
  • 4 Analog style syncable oscillators with adjustable pulse width, frequency modulation and multiple wave types including pitchable noise.
  • Informative physics based graphic displays with comprehensive info pane.
  • 6 filter types including powerful vocal filter with filter drive and saturation.
  • Simple, usable and useful FX section, like having a bunch of great guitar pedals.
  • Editable step editor that can be assigned to pitch, volume or cut-off independently or simultaneously, with various wave types and edit mode allowing node creation and line curves.
  • Over 600 factory and artist presets covering sequences, chords, motions, bass, leads, keys, pads and effects.
  • Ability to run the amp section “too hot” into the built in optional limiter at the main output, creating a modern hyper-compressed sound.
  • Super flexible unison control ranging from subtle warmth to massive super saw or super square sound.
  • Multiple stereo width parameters allowing high precision control of the stereo field.

Carbon Electra for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) will be available late July 2015 for $99 USD / £59 GBP.

SynthMaster Player for iPad – the mobile player version of the SynthMaster synthesizer instrument

May 27, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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KV331 Audio has announced SynthMaster Player for iPad, a mobile player version of the SynthMaster synthesizer instrument.

It is targeted towards users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds during music production. Although it is a preset based player, users can edit the following parameters:

  • 8 easy parameters assigned by the sound designer
  • 2 XY Pads assigned by the sound designer
  • Effect bypass states and send amounts
  • Layer bypass states and volumes
  • Master volume, polyphony

The free app comes with 100 factory presets. When users complete registration by entering their names and email addresses they receive another 100 factory presets as a bonus. After completing registration, users can upgrade to the Pro version of the app by purchasing the “Factory Presets” bank via In-App-Purchase (IAP) for $9.99. With the Pro Upgrade all of the 800 factory presets are loaded and also the following features are unlocked:

  • Users can save the changes they have made to the presets
  • Users can purchase additional preset banks via In-App-Purchase (IAP)
  • Existing SynthMaster users can download their previously purchased SynthMaster preset banks inside the app, so that they don’t have to purchase them again
  • Existing SynthMaster users can export their own presets in SynthMaster v2.7 and import them into SynthMaster Player for iPad using iTunes.

The app is available for download for iOS 7 and higher.

Crystal Synth XT Demo for iPad

May 20, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

You can get Crystal Synth XT here at the App Store.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cryst…

Crystal Synth XT is a full featured semi-modular synthesizer, ideally suited to creating lush evolving soundscapes. Crystal VST has long been a popular synthesizer on the desktop. Crystal XT brings that same powerful synthesis engine to the iPad and iPhone. Crystal XT features MIDI keyboard input via the iPad’s camera adapter or any CoreMIDI-compatible MIDI interface such as the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer and sharing of sounds with the desktop version of Crystal.

== Features ==
Browse through the included sounds and use the 2 octave keypad to trigger notes to produce evolving, rhythmic, or melodic sounds. Create your own sounds with a single button press using the breed feature. When using an iPad, you can delve into a tweaker’s dream by using the extensive editing features to sculpt sounds to your heart’s content (editing features are only available when used on an iPad).

Crystal features both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lfo rates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing and granular synthesis. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless.

== MIDI ==
With MIDI keyboard input, you can connect a MIDI keyboard to your iPad and play Crystal XT like a hardware synth. Or use a CoreMIDI-compatible MIDI interface such as the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer and connect your MIDI keyboard to Crystal XT on an iPhone.

== Virtual MIDI ==
Use virtual midi to play Crystal from a midi controller app. Use the Settings app to turn on the CrystalSynthXT Background Audio mode to enable Crystal to play audio when in the background. You can then play Crystal from a midi controller app which supports virtual midi.

== Sharing ==
With patch sharing you can create sounds on your iPad or iPhone while away from the studio, then transfer them to the desktop Crystal when you get back to the studio to use in recording projects. Or, create banks of sounds on the desktop Crystal, then transfer them to the iPad/iPhone Crystal to use in a live performance for a truly portable rig. Use Audio copy/paste to record your performance on Crystal and transfer that performance to another app. Or copy your recorded performance to your computer.

== Audiobus ==
To use with Audiobus, use the Settings app to turn on Background Audio for Crystal Synth XT.

== Different Versions ==
If you don’t need all the features of Crystal XT, try the basic version of Crystal, also available in the app store from Green Oak Software. With the basic version you can browse sounds, play notes, and create new sounds, taking advantage of its powerful semimodular synthesis engine. Crystal XT adds MIDI keyboard input via the iPad’s camera adapter and sharing of patches with the desktop version. Choose the app that is best for you!

== Notes ==
Important note for iPhone and iPodTouch users: Crystal XT runs on both the iPad and the iPhone. Because of the limited screen space on the iPhone however, the editing pages, which contain the edit controls, are not available when running on that device. But on the iPhone you can still browse sounds, play notes from the keypad, create new sounds with the Breed feature, modify patches with the Design feature, and share sounds with desktop Crystal VST.

MIDI input via Apple’s camera adapter requires an iPad. Apple’s camera adapter is not supported on the iPhone/iPod Touch. On the iPhone/iPod Touch use CoreMIDI-compatible MIDI interface such as the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer to connect your MIDI keyboard to Crystal. We recommend www.iosmidi.com as a good place to go to learn whether specific keyboards will work with the camera adapter.

For videos and information about Crystal XT, visit:
http://www.greenoak.com

Waldorf has finally released Nave for VST/AU/AAX

May 15, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Waldorf has released Nave for VST/AU/AAX, an advanced wavetable synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Nave, our award winning next generation wavetable synthesizer, comes pre-packed with superb sounds, ranging from spatial pads to vivid wavetable scans and cutting leads to solid basses, but, above and beyond that, also an abundance of incredibly imaginative sound worlds – many of them professionally produced by some of the top sound designers around.

As a synthesizer thoroughbred at heart, Nave really represents a phenomenal playground for sound creation creativity. Its oscillators offer expanded wavetable functionality with elaborate editing facilities and an extremely effective speech synthesizer.

Nave features

  • Two independent advanced wavetable oscillators.
  • Osc module with (up to) 8-oscillator Überwave with saw, triangle, PWM, white and pink noise.
  • Two ring modulators.
  • Multimode filter with LP/BP/HP, 12dB and 24dB.
  • 3 envelopes, 2 LFOs.
  • 10 Modulation Matrix entries.
  • Drive with adjustable curve, depth, and position.
  • Modulation effect with either Chorus, Flanger or Phaser.
  • Reverb, Modulation Delay.
  • Three-Band Parametric Equalizer, Compressor.
  • Blades with musical scales and optional chord mode.
  • Polyphonic Aftertouch.
  • Up to 3 X/Y control pads.
  • Arpeggiator.
  • Polyphonic unison.
  • Speech synthesizer for wavetables, 3D wavetable editing.
  • Generation of wavetables from external audio files.
  • Patch management with user banks and patch categories.
  • Sound Patches can be exchanged with Nave iPad version.
  • Supporting 32bit & 64bit VST, VST3 and AudioUnit hosts.
  • Supporting ProTools 11 with AAX64 native.

Nave for VST/AU/AAX is available for purchase for 149 EUR.

ENKL Monophonic Synth by Klevgrand, Demo for iPad

May 1, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

You can get ENKL here at the App Store.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/enkl-…

This fully featured monophonic synthesizer can create a huge variety of sounds. Fat basses, stabby leads, glitchy noises, old style chip tune sounds (including arpeggios), weird percussion, you name it. Enkl does the job!

Enkl comes with 93 high quality factory presets, all crafted by professional music producers. Of course it is possible to create new ones and save. The Extended Keyboard makes Enkl really fun to play in standalone mode, choose scale, key and hit it off! With Inter App Audio, AudioBus and MIDI support it’s easy to connect the app to other DAW apps, MIDI generator apps or external devices. When it comes to MIDI, Enkl supports both MIDI IN and MIDI OUT. It’s even possible to play other MIDI compatible instruments with the Extended Keyboard.

Noteworthy features:

• Realtime rendered audio – no samples involved
• Two separate oscillators with separate LFO’s
• Oscillators can generate Triangle, Sawtooth, Square or Noise waveforms
• Oscillators can be summed or multiplied together
• Each LFO has its own ADSR and modulates its oscillator’s pitch or volume
• High cut and low cut filter with resonance (also controllable via MIDI)
• Chiptune-style arpeggiator
• Legato mode
• Ping-pong delay as a post effect
• Three band EQ as a post effect
• MIDI support (including IAA MIDI and Virtual MIDI)
• Extended Keyboard for live performing (also sends MIDI to any output port)
• Local on / off
• Pitch bend, Modulation, Low Cut, High Cut and Resonance controllable via MIDI
• Comes with 93 factory presets
• Documentation within app
• Inter App Audio support
• AudioBus support including state saving

7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth – Photophore Synth (Taika Systems Ltd)

January 14, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This week the Photphore Synth by Taika Systems Ltd

Photophore is a unique instrument that uses flocks of up to 100 sound generators to create rich, organic synthesizer sounds. By controlling the behavior of the flocks you can make Photophore sound like a choir of synthesizers or, at more extreme settings, a swarm of angry insects.

Unlike other digital synthesizers, Photophore creates warmth and character in a completely new way. Instead of modeling analog circuits, it models animal behavior. Photophore’s sound engine is made up of flocks of oscillators that move through a virtual three-dimensional environment. Their motion is controlled by a special behavioral algorithm and physics simulation that keeps the oscillators in tune with each other, but allows for a certain amount of natural drifting and detuning. This creates rich timbres that are perfect for crafting massive bass sounds, complex pads and searing leads.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo…

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