NI Reaktor – Bassic Overview – How to Tutorial

March 7, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ADSR Sounds say that BASSIC is a Reaktor synth made with the modern electronic producer in mind. They say that they created BASSIC with one thing in mind – Simplicity.

“Stripped of all the things that can distract or confuse when designing killer bass music instruments, BASSIC has all the basic components needed to create professional sounds in just a matter of minutes! No more spending countless hours dialling in settings across parameters that aren’t even necessary. No more complex routing decisions. And no more time spent on things that only seem to derail the creative process!”

Download BASSIC here – http://adsrsounds.com/product/presets…

In this video, I show how to use my newest ensemble, Bassic, which can be bought here:
This video covers the layout and use of the Voicing controls to create huge, aggressive, bass sounds with ease.

Check out the Atmegatron – a new 8-bit monosynth

March 4, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Soulsby Synthesizers has released the Atmegatron – a new 8-bit monosynth. It’s the debut product from Soulsby Synthesizers.

The Atmegatron combines the sounds of 1980s home computers with the flexibility and power of a modern synthesizer.

The Atmegatron is built on the open source Arduino platform. This means that the synthesis engine can be completely changed by uploading software to the synth. One minute it’s a monosynth, the next it’s a drum machine. Soulsby Synths plans to relese new and completely free software versions over the coming months.

Features:

  • 32 waveforms
  • 15 digital filter types
  • 2 ADSR envelopes
  • 1 LFO with 16 waveforms
  • an arpeggiator with 15 patterns and
  • loads of fx including phaser, distortion and the unique Wavecrusher.
  • 16 preset sounds and unlimited preset expandability via the Atmegatron Librarian software available for Mac or PC.

The Atmegatron is available in two versions:

  • Atmegatron Complete – £255 ex VAT & delivery.
  • Atmegatron Synthesizer
  • Power Supply
  • Printed 32 page colour manual
  • Quick reference guide
  • The Atmegatron Complete is housed in a beautiful white aluminium chassis with real walnut side panels.

Atmegatron PCB – £127 ex VAT & delivery.

  • Atmegatron Synthesizer PCB
  • Power Supply
  • Quick reference guide
  • The Atmegatron PCB comes with nylon pillars to keep the PCB raised from its resting surface. The PCB is perfect for programmers and hackers, but is not suitable for outside of the home due to its fragility.

Get it here >>

Dark Synth by Amazing Noises

February 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dark Synth by Amazing Noises is an innovative new Max for Live synthesizer that marries the vast possibilities of additive synthesis with a super-intuitive interface. As a great starting point for immersive sound-shaping, Dark Synth will introduce you to new horizons in sound design.

Learn more and get Dark Synth athttps://www.ableton.com/en/packs/dark…

KORG releases the RK-100S synth/controller keytar

January 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Korg is debuting the RK-100S synth/controller for the 30th anniversary of the original RK-100. Korg’s latest keytar offering provides an alternative to traditional keyboards by allowing players to step out from behind a keyboard and into the spotlight.

Housed in a stylish, solid wood body, the battery-powered RK100S offers a number of additional updates from the original model. Equipped with a full palate of keyboard sounds from the built-in microKORG XL+ engine, it enables users to perform in a wide variety of music genres wherever inspiration may strike. It also functions as a USB/MIDI controller, as well as a vocoder.

There are 200 programs available in the onboard MMT sound generation system, including a broad range of oscillator algorithms such as the characteristic sawtooth and square waves found in analog synthesizers, plus formant waveforms, noise, and classic PCM/DWGS waveforms.

In addition to the 37-note slim keyboard (as featured on the Korg MS-20 Mini), a short ribbon controller on the neck and a long ribbon controller in front of the key bed are included for controlling parameters such as pitch and filter. The long ribbon runs the entire length of the key bed and can also be used to play scales over three octaves. Also included is a built-in arpeggiator, with six arpeggios available. Notes in the arpeggiator can be individually switched on/off, for even more rhythmic variation.

The RK-100S comes equipped with a vocoder function that lets players use their voice, via the optional headset mic, to process the sound of the oscillator.

The Korg RK-100S synth/controller runs on six AA batteries or the optional AD adaptor and is available in a choice of three colors: red, white and black. It will be available June 2014, with U.S. pricing to be announced shortly. For more information, please visit www.korg.com .

Appearing in 1984, the RK-100 remote keyboard broke the chains of keyboardists, setting them free to perform as they liked. It allowed the keyboard player to challenge the vocalist or guitarist for the main role on stage. Now, thirty years later, the RK has been resurrected. Although beautiful curved surfaces have been added, the essence of the original and very popular design is unchanged. What had been a somewhat large and heavy body has been made more compact and lightweight thanks to modern components such as a slim keyboard. While the original required an external sound module, the new RK-100S contains a built-in analog modeling sound generator. New features and functions include two ribbon controllers, an arpeggiator, and a vocoder, and there are also “favorite” buttons that allow you to register frequently-used sounds for one-touch selection. The RK-100S is your choice for smarter, more active, and more enjoyable performance. Enjoy play anywhere performance utilizing AA batteries. The RK-100S Remote Keyboard is available in White, Black & Red.

For more information on the KORG RK-100S, head over to http://www.Korg.com

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Voice Synth – create new voices, choirs, sounds and soundscapes, based on your own unique voice

December 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Voice Synth is a professional live instrument to create incredible new voices, choirs, sounds and soundscapes, based on your own unique voice. Includes a free trial and two in-app packages with inter-app audio, three 24-band live vocoders, AutoPitch, multiple voice harmony arranger, spectrum stroboscope, pitch and formant shifter, sampler, 24-band equalizer, distortion, delay, chorus and reverb. Paid version selected by Apple in USA Music App Collection “Vocals”.

Take a journey into sound design and discover the endless possibilities: Speak, sing, hum and beatbox in the mic, to turn your voice live into a baby or tenor, a popstar on AutoPitch, a robot from Cylon to iDalek, a church or close harmony choir, animals from birds to dogs and lions, musical instruments from organs, guitars and a groovy bass to percussions and rich 70’s vocoders, amazing effects and ambient, lush string/storm soundscapes. To get you started, we included over 100 factory presets!

This free version offers a try-out of all presets in live mode, so have your headset ready! The in-app instrument package offers the full Voice Synth sound engine at a reduced price, plus a free try-out of the in-app pro package that includes additional pro features such as sampler, inter-app and background audio, midi, noise gate and more.

For musicians, DJs, sound designers, voice artists: Voice Synth is a must-have in your audio toolbox. Voice Synth has a dedicated interface designed for iPad, and a compact interface for iPhone and iPod that includes all features so you can create anywhere you go.

VOICE SYNTH INSTRUMENT SPECS

  • Sound engine 2×32 bit at 44.1 kHz
  • All effects simultaneous, 12-voice polyphonic, live, real-time, low-latency
  • Auto engine sleep to save battery power
  • In-app help, tutorial video and email support
  • Audio dock compatible
  • Audio export in WAV/M4A format, iOS pasteboard, iTunes File Sharing and email
  • VoiceOver support
  • 2 play modes: Live and Repeat
  • Performance recorder to record, play and export your creation
  • 100 factory presets, unlimited user presets, 8 quick presets, import/export
  • Keyboard 2.5 octaves (iPad), 1 octave (iPhone/iPod)
  • 3 vocoders with 24 bands, 5th order filters (Natural, Robot and Breath voice)
  • Low/high register (add voice brilliance)
  • • Equalizer, 24 bands +/- 12 dB, VU 0 to -80 dB, stereo VU meter, with 8 presets (loudness, low-pass, telecom voice, etc)
  • Pitch Shifter 8 octaves (e.g. for lion voice, tenor, gender change, child, baby, duck, squeak)
  • Formant Shifter adapts voice spectrum, range +/- 1 octave, (change headsize from child to giant)
  • Tune modes to alter pitch: fixed, free, inverse, double, auto
  • AutoPitch (always sing in tune)
  • Harmony synthesis of multiple voices in all 12 major/minor musical scales (choirs and rich 70’s vocoder sounds)
  • Autogain, distortion, stereo panning, delay, chorus and reverb
  • Slew rate: special vocoder reverb (plucked strings, wind, thunder, storms)
  • Stroboscopic gate: special vocoder effect to sample and hold your voice spectrum

PRO PACKAGE

  • Background audio
  • Apple inter-app audio input/instrument with midi, host with recorder
  • CoreMidi support
  • Additional Sampler play mode: Record, import and play with your voice, with instant zoom, start/end, loop/hold, extensive trigger methods
  • Keyboard hold on/off, mono/poly
  • Noise gate, input & output mute/volume, engine bypass

Note: iPhone 4 does not support inter-app audio

Get it here >>

DIY time: Home made Touch Synthesizer

December 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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This handmade synthesizer is played by bridging the contact points. There are 15 contact points, each of which plays a higher pitch. It is monophonic and will sound the highest pitch being played and 2 effect points.
There is controllable LFO that is activated by pressing the far left contact point and is fed to the square-wave oscillator producing quick modulation, or an almost distorted throaty sound. In addition to LFO speed there is a low pass filter and volume control. Also the far right contact point will create some interesting effects, responding well to light touches that can zap the frequency well out of audible range.

The contact strip is sensitive to pressure and even the resistance of a particular player’s skin. For example someone with sweaty hands will produce a higher frequency. Please note with excess sweat on the contact points you will find a slight decay, however it’s quirks are easily learned and tamable.

It has a 1/4″ output and is powered by an included 9volt battery. The copper finish will have an aged look especially after being played a bit.

Robotic Drums – Drum synth with probability sequencer for iOS

November 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Introducing Robotic Drums, a new Universal iOS app by Big Robot Studios.
Robotic Drums is a drum synthesizer with a probability sequencer.

It features:
– 6 analog-modeled synth voices with realtime control
– A probability sequencer for each voice
– Dropbox support
– Midi-clock sync support
– AudioBus support
– Quantized patterns switching
– An optimized, simple UI

For more info see: http://bigrobotstudios.com or find it on the App Store.

Live performance on the Radikal Technologies Spectralis 2

October 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Spectralis 2 in action, for more info on the machine read below:

Spectralis 2 is the even more powerful successor of Radikals sophisticated Hybrid Synthesizer. With up to 4 GB sample memory and tons of new features Radikal raises the bar again for our competition. Never stop the sequencer engine again with our fully redesigned sequencer engine that allows for on the fly realtime sequencing.

Quick Sound Selection for every part – your most favorite sounds are just one fingertip away. Transpose your patterns and step sequences with the attached keyboard. There is only one thing, we left untouched in our new design – the sound engine. Still the warmest and richest sound out there with the power of a modular synthesizer in a box.

The Spectralis 2 hybrid synth, fueled by the latest DSP- and true analog technology, delivers maximum tonal capabilities and leads you into a radical new world of sounds full of life and animation. The Spectralis 2 oscillator section takes sound design to new extremes. The 4 oscillators offer continuously variable waveshapes plus time linearity modulation, FM, PM, oscillator synchronisation, bit reduction and independent pitch and volume envelopes. The self resonating filters, a 4 pole lowpass and a 2 pole multimode filter with LP, HP, BP and notch outputs, use two highly improved true analog circuit designs to overcome the restrictions of modelling based synths.

The way players can interact with the destinc-tive user interface makes the Spectralis 2 hybrid synthesizer a killer live instrument with unbeatable richness and stunning flexibility. The synthesis engine takes advantage of a sophisticated step sequencing system – 32 independent parameter control lines with up to 192 steps let you explore an universe of previously unheard rhythmic effects and atmospheric textures. Punchy high resolution envelopes, are the cutting edge of todays synthesizer technology. They are the perfect weapon for the creation of floor pounding kicks, state of the art sequencer staccatos and numerous percussion effects.

More info here >>

Aleph – new open source all inclusive machine

September 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Ezra Buchla (son of Donald) and Brian Crabtree of Monome have made a Linux based open source device for “everything” called Aleph.
with connectors for monome, soundplane and shnth
100 will be made – it will be $1.4k – and it has 4 CV outputs as well.

runs BF533 DSP, programmed in C under Linux –
first in will be:
a looper,
a digital synth,
a sampler and
a drummachine

-> Forum • Aleph Crabtree/Buchla.
-> http://monome.org/aleph

filmed by emily lacy and kelli cain. edited by kelli cain.

performed by ezra buchla and brian crabtree.

monome.org/aleph

BX-13-MICRO Vintage Roland Analog Guitar Synth to Modern GR-55 Bus Converter with VCA

September 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The BX-13-MICRO is a most advanced, yet easiest to use, vintage 24-pin to 13-pin Roland guitar synthesizer bus converter.

The BX-13-MICRO tackles the problem of controlling the level of the normal guitar by including a voltage-controlled amplifier inside the BX-13, doing the same job as the voltage controlled amplifiers found inside a GR-500, GR-300 or GR-700.

And here is an added plus: no loss of tone as you turn the guitar volume down! The advanced VCA design does not roll off tone like a passive volume control. You get the full range of tone at any volume.

With an entirely redesigned circuit, the transparently converts the 24-pin format to the 13-pin format, and there are no levels to adjust, no additional cables, just clean, analog signal processing with no latency.

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