Cosmosƒ – real-time dynamic stochastic synthesis engine

March 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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sonicLAB has announced version 2.2 of Cosmosƒ, a real-time dynamic stochastic synthesis engine.

newest update: Cosmosƒ V2.2 offers a powerful and unique preset morphing mechanism. With 2D / 3D control interface + homogeneous and heterogeneous micro waveform handling, it “rethinks” for you what you know as “morphing”…

A sonic morphing process defines a metaphor of exploring the sonic shape and timbral evolution on intermediate levels. Cosmosƒ V2.2 gives the possibility to manipulate its composants responsable for its bottom-up sonic construction within necessary correspondance, precision and smoothness.

Changes in Cosmosƒ v2.2

  • 2D / 3D preset morphing mechanism. Up to 4 different preset parameter space can be morphed by traveling inside a 3D sphere by adjusting the polar coordinates within a unique interface design.
  • Stochastic morphing with distribution range for altering the morphing position, speed and interpolation control.
  • Built-in mathematical functions to automatically and precisely move the morphing pointer in the space.
  • Precise audio rate parameter update with the possibility of reaching amazing morphing speeds (44100times a second!)
  • turns Cosmosƒ into a super oscillator by accumulating up to 4 different presets in heterogeneous micro event mixing mode prior to the morphing phase.

Cosmosƒ for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 89 EUR.

More information here >>

Reaktor Tutorials: Additive Synthesis and Building a Simple Sampler

March 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This tutorial looks at using the Sine Bank Module in Reaktor to build basic waves such as Saw, Sqr, and Tri. We also talk about using the very powerful “Iteration” module to calculate all the partials as fast as possible, and briefly discuss the idea of Anti-Aliased Oscillators.

In this video Peter Dines walk you through creating a simple multipurpose sampler in Reaktor.

“I introduce you to basic Reaktor concepts like control and audio signal flow, polyphony, sample import and mapping, signal modulation with an envelope and adding factory effects. This is an introductory level video but it covers a lot of important territory you need to know to build more advanced structures.

Look forward to more videos from me – the next one will be on creating a sequenced beat production center from scratch.”

Get more Reaktor information and exclusive downloads at reaktortips.com

Applied synthesis and more from the Moogfoundation

February 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

When you have the ability to control multiple resonances, you can create “formants.” Formants are the acoustic resonances of the human voice. Marc creates a patch which uses multiple resonances to generate a human-voice-sounding sound.

Inspired by Leon Theremin’s incredible device, Maurice Martenot set about creating a device of his own. His Ondes Martenot became an important stepping stone in the development of synthesizers, as well as an inspiring musical instrument for composers. Marc describes the history and effect of the creation of this device.

Many more new videos from the Moogfoundation can be found on their channel >>

Exploring the Vo-96 – Acoustic Synth

February 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Vo-96 Acoustic Synth is the newest innovation from Paul Vo, the inventor of The Moog Guitar. It opens a new method of musical expression called Acoustic Synthesis. Will Rayan and Vincent Crow of The Electric Jazz Project try it out for the first time. Learn more at www.voinventions.com

Many more synth tutorials and videos from the Moog Foundation

February 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Moog Foundation has really been busy over night – uploading some 20+ videos, below you will find a snapshot on what you can explore on their Youtube channel

This is the introductory video for the Bob Moog Foundation/macProVideo series “The Foundation of Synthesis.” In it, Marc Doty sets the stage for the intent of these videos, which is an integrative instruction which not only describes synthesizer function and operation, but also gives a historical foundation for the functionalities and their implementation.

Pulse Width Modulation is a pleasing aural effect generated by the voltage-controlled adjustment of the width of a square wave. In this Foundation of Synthesis video, Marc demonstrates this function on several classic synthesizers. The video includes an oscilloscope, which shows you exactly what is happening when the width of the square wave output of the oscillator is changed!

In this part of the 3rd Tutorial of the Foundation of Synthesis, Marc outlines the history of the filter from its origin in the telephone to its application in electronic devices in order to give a firm understanding of how the filter came to be an important part of modern synthesizers. The filter is a function which removes harmonics from a sound. Since harmonics define the timbre of the sound, this is a fast and easy way to create new timbres.

Control voltage is the concept synthesis had waited for for 60 years. This technology united the synthesizer into a single device as well as allowed that device to become fully controllable and automated. Control voltage was a revolution in synthesis. In this video, Marc gives a short history to this amazing development.

 

Ambisphere for Rayblaster

February 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Ambisphere soundbank for Rayblaster.

Coming soon: 150 fresh new ambient presets for Rayblaster.

More info here >>

XenFont – new two oscillator, hybrid SF2 SoundFont & Subtractive Synthesis VST

February 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

XenFont

Xen-Arts has released XenFont – a two oscillator, hybrid SF2 SoundFont & Subtractive Synthesis VST for Windows.

It features full-controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning, using the MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard) format, where any MIDI Note Number can be freely microtuned to any desired pitch across the MIDI range, enabling computer musicians and composers to explore the expressive possibilities of composing music with alternative intonation systems.

XenFont is ‘a microtonal sound-designer’s SF2 sample-based synthesizer’, with a carefully designed workflow for quickly creating powerful sounding and musical useful timbres. The instrument lets you load your own SF2 SoundFont files. Routing the SF2 SoundFont Oscillators through the internal synthesis functions of the VSTi, provides a way to radically transform the original sounds and create new synthesized timbres.

XenFont is also an educational tool for learning about computer music sound-design, sampling and subtractive sound synthesis, as well as musical instrument intonation (aka microtuning and xenharmonics).

Key Features:

  • Load your own SF2 SoundFonts into a fully microtonal, hybrid sampling & subtractive synthesis based VSTi.
  • A ‘knob-less’ design featuring slider controls only, which enables intuitive direct control with a computer mouse.
  • A dedicated control signal system mapped to the most important synthesis functions.
  • Settings are made by typing values into fields, dropdown lists, left-and-right arrows, switches and sliders.
  • Specify precise microtonal pitch-bend settings.
  • Features arbitrary microtonal oscillator transposition settings.
  • Velocity modulation of harmonics enables dynamically playing harmonics of the fundamental pitch.
  • Envelope generators with per-stage ADSR keyboard tracking.

More info here >>

Close encounter with the Kurzweil Kore 64

January 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kurzweil KORE 64 ROM expansion for Kurzweil PC3 and PC3K demonstration

The KORE 64™ ROM option represents a complete expansion and reimagining of the PC3 and PC3K’s sonic potential (not for the PC3LE). Pushing the limits of V.A.S.T. synthesis for both realistic and experimental electronic sounds, KORE 64™ adds over 300 new programs, including stunning new Synths, Electric Guitars, Horns, Drums and Percussion. With KORE 64™ installed, the PC3/K built-in program library now totals over 1400 presets!

Tone2 Rayblaster Feature Overview

November 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Tone2 Rayblaster Feature Overview

Rayblaster employs a new synthesis technique called Impulse Modelling Synthesis (IMS)

Opposed to using looped waveforms, Impulse Modelling Synthesis creates its sound by using short bursts of energy, which are then combined to form its sound. Allowing free manipulation of pitch, time and timbre in real-time, to create complex compositions.

IMS no longer requires a separate filter section, its oscillators can authentically mimic the filter sound of other synthesizers and filters, using one of the factory impulse presets or by simply importing one of your own impulses. RayBlaster is capable of modelling both the sound of existing filters, as well as create completely new artificial filters, exclusive to Rayblaster.

Next to importing filter characteristics into its oscillators, Rayblaster also offers resynthesize options to import the waveform of any other source or synthesizer. By using one of the quick importers, or by directly importing your sample into one of Rayblaster’s four oscillators, providing a large amount of possible wave-shapes, all capable of being morphed in real-time.

RayBlaster ships with an inspiring library of over 500 outstanding presets from some of the world’s top sound designers. Many complex sounds such as arpeggiators, vocals or drumloops automatically synchronize to the BPM.
For fast & easy access to the specific sound you desire, all sounds are arranged into categories, making them easy to locate whether for live performance or within a professional studio environment.

For more information on Rayblaster and our other products, please visit the Tone2 website at http://www.tone2.com

Rob Papen Secrets of Subtractive Synthesis masterclass

November 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info here – http://bit.ly/XFjhIO

8 years in the making, Secrets of Subtractive Synthesis is a 200+ page book, which is accompanied by four DVDs with over 10 hours of content. Written by Rob Papen, the book gives an in-depth insight into his approach of working with subtractive synthesis — the most commonly used method of synthesis.

Rob Papen is a globally renowned sound designer whose sounds and virtual synthesizers, including Predator, Blue and Blade, to name just a few, are used and loved by many synthesizer players and music producers.

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