Synthesis 101 with the PX-5S and XW-P1

August 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Utilizing the XW-P1 and Priva PX-5S, Casio’s Mike Martin teaches the basics of Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, LFOs and more in this live Ustream event.
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Nature Oscillator app transforms sounds from nature via spectral synthesis

August 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app, Nature – Oscillator, that lets you synthesize based on the world around you.

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The world around us is an endless source of visual information, the flow of the fractal code of life. Nature – Oscillator is one of the attempts to translate this code to sound, using spectral synthesis algorithm of the Virtual ANS engine (software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS). The program continuously reads the image from the camera and interprets it as the spectrum of the sound.

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AnaddrSynth – new sound synthesis tool for iOS

May 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Christopher L Anderson has introduced AnaddrSynth, a sound synthesis tool comprised of three configurable oscillators, hi/lo/moving filters, a wah-wah effect, an echo/delay effect, and configurable attack-decay-sustain-release and modulation modules.

The video shows a brief demonstration of the sawtooth and square oscillators in oscillator banks 1 and 2. Some harmonization and filter control is shown, as well.

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Intro to Synthesis 2014 – The Building Blocks the Sound

May 5, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Electronic music is everywhere nowadays, so why not join the fun and maybe you’ll become the next synthesizer superstar! The 2014 School of Synthesis will show you how! Yeehaaaw!

‘Rivmick’ on Nord Drum 2

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

‘UncertainMusicCorps’ explores the synthesis capabilities of the Nord Drum 2.

First serious session with Nord Drum 2. Using Vermona fourMulator quad LFO to trigger 4 channels with Stoichea picking up the remaining 2. Using S/H waveforms from the Vermona via attenuators (matrix mixer) for timbral variation on the Nord Drum.

Bent melodic drone comes courtesy of Braids with rhythmic wavetable modulation.

Xen-FMTS 2 – free 4-Operator FM Synthesis for alternative intonations

February 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Xen-Arts has released Xen-FMTS 2, a 4-Operator FM Synthesis with a specialized set of features for computer musicians interested in exploring the expressive possibilities of making music with alternative intonation systems. It includes 115 patches, 55 microtunings and 56 partials files.

Microtuning:

  • Internally loads and externally receives both MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard) Bulk Dump and Single Note Microtuning Files.
  • Operator ratios can easily be set to values that are coincident with the microtuning being used, thereby producing intonation related sidebands in the timbre of the instrument.
  • Microtonal pitch-bend ranges may be configured in cents, harmonics and superparticular ratios.
  • Arbitrary microtonal pitch shifting makes it possible to easily pitch transpose the oscillators in both octave and non-octave increments.

FM-RM Oscillator:

  • 4 Operator FM Synthesis with Ring-Modulation.
  • 57 Operator Algorithms.
  • 11 different Operator Waveforms.
  • Analog Pitch Drift Emulator.
  • Transposition by cents offsets.
  • Partials text files may be used to quantize the frequency ratios of the operators to user specified values.
  • Velocity-to-Harmonics Modulation enables oscillators to dynamically sound harmonics of the fundamental pitch.

Modulators:

  • Seven dedicated hybrid modulators for Operators A, B, C, D, Filters, Amplifier and Pitch.
  • Each modulator includes an ADSR style envelope generator, and an LFO which can be switched to run at audio-rate.
  • Each ADSR Envelope Generator features Per-Stage Keyboard Tracking.
  • LFOs can either be synchronized to the host DAW tempo or set in Hertz. They include 24 Waveforms, a Slewer and can be switched to run at audio-rate.

Filter Section:

  • Pre-Filter Saturation Stage with 20 Saturation Types.
  • Two Independent Filters with Six Filter Types: LP4, LP2, HPF, BPF, BRF, APF.
  • One and Two Stage Filter Cascade.

Performance Control:

  • Full controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning with MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard).
  • MTS Support for both Single Note and Bulk Dump.
  • Loads MTS Microtuning Format Files Internally and Receives MTS Externally.
  • Local (Per-Patch) and Global Microtuning (Static Microtuning for All Patches).
  • Microtunings can be loaded from any directory on hard drives or storage devices connected to the PC.
  • 12 Note Polyphonic.
  • Monophonic Legato Mode.
  • Monophonic Portamento.
  • Microtonal Pitch Bend.
  • Vibrato.
  • Effects include Chorus, Lowpass Filter Cascade (Warm Filter) with 6 dB to 48 dB per-octave filters and Stereo Ensemble.

Price: Free.

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SECRETS OF ANALOG AND DIGITAL SYNTHESIS | Steve DiFuria | VHS instructional course | 1985

February 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SECRETS provides a clear, no-nonsense guide to making any sound on any synthesizer. Starting with the fundamentals of sound creation, it progresses through such advanced topics as programming FM synths like the DX-7. Valuable insights are offered into stage and studio performance techniques which are applied to a variety of makes and models so that you will derive benefit from this video no matter what kind of equipment you have. A 130-page manual is included, making this a complete course on electronic keyboards.

Steve DiFuria is the narrator and featured performer on this video. He is a highly respected consultant in synthesizer design and a Keyboard columnist who has programmed for Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, and Lee Ritenour.

DCI Music Video, Inc. 1985.

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Theometrica – Experimental sound synthesis

January 29, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Theometrica (first prototype)
99-Prepared Needles, Distance RangeFinder, Sound generation software.
Oscar Palou & Alexander Müller-Rakow.

Exposed in ImageTransfer; Universität der Künste, November 2013, Berlin.

Inspired by acupuncture, this sculptural instrument is designed to control sound elements in real time by fixing specific pins into a spinning disk. 99 prepared needles, a distance rangefinder and Max/MSP sound generation software work together to let you use the pins to create geometric shapes that are translated into sound.

AeroMIDI – A little taste test between 3D control and normal expression

January 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This short video shows the difference between normal synthesis and expression control using AeroMIDI, our 3D MIDI controller.

Enzyme – new “scanned synthesis” instrument for Windows and Mac

December 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Humanoid Sound Systems has released a public beta of Enzyme, a “scanned synthesis” instrument for Windows and Mac.

Enzyme incorporates all the popular features of our Scanned Synth Pro, but takes its scanning synthesis in several new directions simultaneously.

Sample import is now available so you can resynthesise existing sounds with automatic pitch detection and click-free looping, while Hybrid Scanned/FM synthesis is also on offer for even more sonic possibilities.

Enzyme features

  • Next generation Scanned Synthesis Engine with Sample import function & Hybrid Scanned/FM synthesis options.
  • Multiple scanner options for fatter ‘Unison Mode’, brighter ‘Harmonic’, or imported ‘Explorer Mode’ with imported samples.
  • New Effects Rack, allowing practically unlimited layering of effects such as analog modelled filters, reverb, chorus, flanger, and destortion.
  • Automatable performance controls, allowing control of important parameters from a single location and multiple parameters to be controlled using a single control.
  • Alternative tunings.
  • VST 2.4, Audio Units (AAX Support coming soon).
  • Support for both 32 and 64 bit architectures under both Windows and OS X.
  • As with SSP, each Enzyme voice includes a complex Scanning Oscillator with hammer, wave, mass and connection matrix controls, a 7-mode resonant filter, three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs, and a separate Multi-Effects section featuring reverb, tempo-synced echo, chorus, flanger and 7-mode resonant filter.

Enzyme for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $49.99 USD. Note: This is still officially a beta version of Enzyme but it is totally safe to run on your computer.

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