Mate – free synthesizer instrument for Windows

August 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Acrobatics has released Mate, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Mate is a hands-on, simple desktop musicians friend, inspired by synthesizers of the seventies and eighties.

It produces original synth tones and reproduces strings, pianos, basses, organs and bells patches with ease, but it can also explore wild and spacey atmos using its flexible modulation options and smart programming.

Mate features

  • 32-bit ultra-optimized code, zero latency, samplerate independent engine.
  • All sample rates supported.
  • Each control is fully recordable and automatable in host.
  • Most knobs & switches receive external MIDI control changes.

Mate for Windows (VST) is available to download from KVR Audio as part of the Developer Challenge 2014.

More info here >>

NESizer – an 8-bit 2A03 synthesizer

August 6, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Another demo of the NESizer. Added some new functionalty; now patterns for the square 1 and triangle channels can be added as well, and playing along on the square 2 channel.

Information about the project can be found here:https://github.com/Jaffe-/NESizer2

The awaited analog / modular Tera Synth is now on the AppStore

August 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

We teased the upcoming release a couple of days ago and here it is – somewhat faster than we thought the new TeraSynth, details below:

Explore new sound spaces with Tera Synth that go beyond the emulation of synthesizer legends. Use the power of analog and digital synthesis combined with new modules for physical modelling. Wireless patching of modules combined with an intelligible modulation routing simplifies the development of new synthesizer designs from scratch. Distortion effect, Delay/Chorus/Phaser and Reverb effects give your sounds the final polishing. Tera Synth gives your music an individual character with its unique fat sound. The well-designed algorithms and the economical modular structure provides you with a comparatively high voice yield. Precise timing with the unique built-in Arpeggiator let you feel the rhythm.

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Tera Synth supports Audiobus and Inter-App-Audio for integration with other Music Apps.

Modular Analog Synthesis
• Modular synthesizer with free connections between modules.
• 25 Sound Modules
• 4 Low frequency oscillators
• 4 Standard ADSR Envelope generators.
• 4 Multi Segment Envelopes with tempo sync.
• 64 time/level segments per envelope
• Monophonic or polyphonic with 16 voices.
• More than 920 factory presets, unlimited user presets can be shared.

FX
• Chorus with four delay lines.
• 8 pole Analog Phaser.
• Distortion effect with Tube/Tape emulation
• Stereo Echo/Delay effect.
• Hi end reverberation unit.

Live
• Play melodies live with the onscreen keyboard. Drag fingers for slides and vibrato.
• Optionally use CoreMIDI* compatible hardware keyboard.
• Dozens of scales selectable
• Variable Keyboard layout for scale optimized playing

Full featured programmable Arpeggiator
• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
• Can trigger single notes and chords.
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited useer arpeggios possible.
• For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order

Global
• Audiobus compatible (Input slot).
• Inter App Audio
• Audio pasteboard. Copy audio recordings to Clipboard for use with other Apps
• Exchange user presets with File Sharing in iTunes.
• Support for virtual MIDI input connections.
• MIDI learn functionality.
• Publish loops and recordings online with the SoundCloud audio platform.

Get it here >>

Summer NAMM: Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Synthesizer Demo

July 31, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Carson from Dave Smith Instruments presents the Pro 2 synthesizer, at the Summer NAMM 2014 show in Nashville, TN. Enjoy the demo, then click the link above for even more on the Pro 2 synth!

Theremin: How science fiction got its sound

July 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this radio commentary, Bill discusses the theremin, and how it lead to one the music industry’s most fundamental assets, the electronic synthesizer.
This was originally broadcast on December 26, 2000. Visit this link to view complete list of media attributions http://goo.gl/fmGESM.

Streichfett – colourful string synthesizer desktop module

July 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Waldorf has announced the release of Streichfett, a colourful string synthesizer desktop module.

Streichfett combines the best of the previously extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and an eight voice solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago.

The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser and Reverb. Additionally, the Animate Effect can be used to modulate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

Streichfett is available for purchase for SRP 279 EUR (including tax).

More info here >>

A walkthrough of the AY3 synth’s essential features

July 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Checking out Twisted Electrons’ AY3 Chiptune Synth.

Features:

  • 64 preset memory (8 banks x 8 presets)
  • 5 pots and 1 endless encoder with push button
  • 40 blue leds
  • 16 step sequencer to sequence notes on/off, pitch and noise on/off
  • 4 Pitch modulation modes (aka lfo)
  • 4 arpeggiator modes
  • ultra fat 6 voice unison mode with detune knob
  • 6 chords to split the voices
  • 6 voice polyphonic mode
  • Glide mode
  • Stereo sound (3 voice per channel/chip)
  • intuitive 5×6 mode matrix to access and control:
    • volume, pitch, noise volume, envelope assignments, arp modes, sequencer assignments etc
  • control of all knobs and other features via midi CC
  • backlit front panel

The AY3 Chiptune Synth is available via Twisted Electronics for €197.00.

Introducing Mitosynth

June 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new hybrid additive/wavetable synth for iOS.
From Wooji Juice, creators of Sylo Synth and Grain Science.

For more information, check out: http://www.wooji-juice.com/products/m…

Or look it up on the App Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id864041…

At the heart of Mitosynth is the Wavechamber. This is like a big vat where you pour in audio and mix it up. You can feed into it from the on-board additive synthesiser, you can record new samples right within Mitosynth, use any of the waveforms supplied with the app, or import your own from other apps using standard tools like AudioShare and AudioPaste.

You can also use the prefilter, which syphons off sound from the Wavechamber, applies an effect to it, then pours it back in for further mixing. In total a patch can have 32 pieces of audio in the Wavechamber. Each one can be mono or stereo, single-shot or looped.

Each voice has its own Wavechamber — the audio in the chamber is the same for all, but the blending can be different for each one. The results are then modulated (again, per voice) with your choice of modulation mode, and only then are the voices mixed together and sent through the subtractive-style, programmable global FX chain.

The FX chain lets you install the effects you want (multiple times, if you like) in any order. Just tap “add fx” and pick one out. Simple! The chain ends with a high-quality reverb unit for giving your audio that sense of vast space (of course, you can bypass it if that’s not your thing).

This is a powerful audio engine that you can easily tailor to your needs. But it’s only one half of the picture.

Electra2 – the successor of the ElectraX synthesizer instrument

June 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Tone2 Audiosoftware has officially announced the forthcoming release of Electra2, the successor of the ElectraX synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Coming early July, a major upgrade to our successful ElectraX synthesizer workstation will be released. Equipped with a high quality sound engine, multilayer support and a large range of music production features, yet designed in a way that puts you in control.

Electra2 will have a large number of new features, like a comfortable patch browser to give you an instant overview of all available categories and sounds. 16 new effects, a sample editor, physical modeling synthesis, 5 new filter types, enhanced sound quality, improved user interface and a huge number of further enhancements.

Electra2 features

  • Over 700 additional patches.
  • All factory sounds were completely reworked.
  • Comfortable patch browser.
  • Sample editor.
  • Physical modeling synthesis.
  • 16 new effects.
  • 5 new filter types.
  • 236 additional waveforms.
  • Enhanced sound quality.
  • New graphics.
  • Better user interface.
  • Enhanced performance.
  • Electra2 is fully downward compatible with the previous version.
  • A large number of further features and enhancements.

Electra2 will be available in early July, 2014. Until the release, a purchase of ElectraX will come with a free update to Electra2 upon its release

More info here >>

Demo featuring the RSF Polykobol II

June 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

RSF Polykobol 2 demo. 
All tracks are made with the Polykobol, except drums.
Cubase Vst used for the record, and synchronised with Polykobol arpeggiator

About RSF and the Kobol line:

The RSF Kobol was the French synth company’s first compact keyboard synthesizer, certainly inspired by the Minimoog. It is a much more compact instrument than the Modular Model 11 series of synthesizers they had been making thus far. It is a monophonic analog synthesizer with traditional controls, knobs, switches and two oscillators for a good solid analog synth sound. Initally released as a keyboard in 1978, a 3-unit rack-mount system was later released in 1979.

Although it is mostly a traditional analog synth with stable oscillators and lots of knobs that allow you to control the ADS envelope, the filter section and the nice LFO, it did offer some unique features for its time. Most notably, the oscillator waveforms can be continuously swept across for a very cool morph from square to saw to pulse, etc. This, as well as note on/off and other parameters can be controlled via CV/gate. External sounds can be processed through the Kobol filter and envelope sections too.

The rack version came in four different components. The Kobol Rack (Expander I) was essentially only the VCO/VCF/VCA/LFO sections of the Kobol in a rack module. The Expander 2 was an add-on to the Kobol that added some new processing modules such as ring modulation, sample-hold, and envelope followers as well as extra VCA and LFO modules. The Programmer rack module contained the memory circuits for storing patches and sequencing. And the KM8 was an 8-channel rack-mount mixer. The connections between modules were normalized but could be bypassed by external patches, similar to other semi-modulars like the ARP 2600 and Korg MS-20.

The Kobol looked and sounded great, and was quickly snapped up by the big names in synthesizers of the time. But being a small French company, RSF were never able to truly mass produce these on the same sort of scale that Moog, Arp, Roland or Korg could. Less than 200 Kobol keyboards were made, around 800 Kobol Racks, 200 Expander 2’s, 200 Programmer’s and only a handful of the KM8’s. This makes them quite rare and quite pricey too!

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