Roland Jupiter-4

February 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

All sounds from the 1978 Roland Jupiter-4 analog synthesizer. One of the best sounding analog poly synths ever built.

The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator – the arpeggiator can be heard in the Duran Duran classic, “Rio”. It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!

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Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter-4′s tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds.

MEIKO V3 – futuristic singing voice synthesizer software

February 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Best Service has released MEIKO V3. Here’s all the details in their own words…

MEIKO V3 is futuristic singing voice synthesizer software. It is the brand-new version of Cryptons first released Vocaloid. The new MEIKO V3 features a beautiful female voice that fits a wide range of music genres from rock to electronic music. With its high sound quality and resemblance of a real voice the software lets you incorporate MEIKOs voice immediately into your music production.

MEIKO V3 features 4 carefully produced Japanese voice banks with various voice tones and moods, and an additional English voice bank for your production with English lyrics.

This all-in-one package includes vocal editor Piapro Studio VSTi, PreSonus Studio One Artist Piapro Edition, and over 200 virtual instruments for your immediate music production.

Easily edit Vocals in your music production environment
A vocal editor that allows you to easily operate and modify Meiko´s voice, Piapro Studio works as a VSTi and AU plugin, and therefore performs at a high compatibility with main music production applications (PreSonus Studio One, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Apple LogicX, Garage Band etc.).

Database (Voice Bank)
The database is based on a human voice, carefully recorded in a high-standard studio environment. Every sound was edited and optimized for the VOCALOID engine in order to create this database. With parameters such as gender factor or brightness, you are able to modify the voice and customize it to exactly fit your sound.

Features

  • Supported VSTi / AU plugin by all main music software applications
  • Piano Roll Editor: Easy to use note & lyric editing. Enter the notes you want Meiko to sing via the easy-to-use sequencer window, then type in the lyrics corresponding to each note
  • Control Effects via Automation: Dynamics, breath, velocity, gender and other vocal characteristics can be manipulated simply with a pencil tool
  • Vocal parts editable while playback
  • Chorus: You can add up to 15 voice tracks simultaneously
  • Leads VSQ, VSQX, MIDI
  • Import MIDI Files as Input: You can import a standard MIDI file and use the notes as the basis for Vocaloid tracks
  • Save/Export Vocal Parts as .wav files
  • Interface Language: Japanese, English, Chinese
  • Display of multiple Automation Tracks
  • Automatic Update (requires Internet Connection)

Bundled Software
MEIKO V3 comes in an all-in-one package for your own music production of songs! The product contains MEIKOs English and Japanese singing voice database, vocal editor Piapro Studio and the music production application Studio One Artist Piapro Edition coming with over 200 virtual instruments (guitar, piano, drums, and various other synthesizers). All applications can be synched with each other which enables you to easily produce whole musical compositions.

Studio One
With Studio One Artist, you can not only create rhythms and melodies, but also add all kinds of effects on Meikos voice! The softwares intuitive operation interface allows easy editing, mixing and mastering of your musical creations.

PreSonus Virtual Instruments & Sounds
Studio One Artist Piapro Edition comes with over 200 instruments, enabling your creativity to explore and compose for a wide range of music genres. [Instruments] Guitar / Bass / Keyboard / Drum / Strings / Woodwind / Percussion and more!

Additional Software included:

  • Tiny VOCALOID™3 Editor (for Windows only)
  • MUTANT VSTi Version (for Windows only)
  • SONICWIRE Bonus Samples

Pricing and Availability:
£125 /  €149

Get it here >>

Classic string synthesizers comparison

February 9, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

‘gstormelectro’ captures a comparison of three classic string synthesizers – in all their creamy goodness:

  • Logan/Honer String Melody II
  • ARP/Eminent Solina SE-IV, and
  • The Roland VP-330 MKI

Presented for your viewing pleasure are three of the creamiest string synthesizer elite:
Logan/Honer String Melody II, ARP/Eminent Solina SE-IV, and the VP-330 MKI. Behold these heavenly machines in a side-by-side sound comparison. With a special appearance by my hand built JH Triple Chorus ensemble module, auditioned with a dry Solina signal run through. http://gstormelectronica.blogspot.com/

Retro Boy – free chiptune synthesizer VST

February 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Sound-Base Audio has released Retro Boy, a free chiptune synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Retro Boy is a virtual analog chiptune synthesizer/emulator. It does not specifically emulate a single device or sound chip, but it was made with a certain handheld gaming system in mind.

The goal was to make a simple, minimal, synth that could create “8-bit music” without being overly complicated or requiring much knowledge from the end-user.

Retro Boy features

  • Single oscillator with seven different waveforms: Pulse 1 (12.5% duty cycle), Pulse 2 (25% duty cycle), Pulse 3 (50% duty cycle), Saw, Triangle, Sine, Noise.
  • Volume, vibrato, decimation, ADSR envelope, and voice control (adjustable from 1 to 4 voices).
  • Low CPU usage, <1% on an i5 processor.

Retro Boy for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

Get it here >>

The CaSYNTHerette – new virtual instrument library for Kontakt

February 7, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Rattly and Raw has announced the release of The CaSYNTHerette, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

TWO synths, one using waveforms from classic synthesisers sampled from a very rare, stable, full range cassette recorder with loads of character and the other using waveforms sampled using the dirty, noisy Cassamplerette recording mechanism.

Whilst the Cassamplerette was looped and single shot recordings of real instruments, the CasSYNTHerette is a fully functional synthesis instrument using waveforms from some classic synth oscillators recorded and looped onto different cassette tape systems.

The CaSYNTHerette features

  • FOUR cassette tape-based waveform oscillator faders: Square, Triangle, PWM and Soft (a combination wave from a classic synth).
  • Additional SUB oscillator fader!
  • Tape cassette noise fader with stereo and tone controls.
  • Individual waveform tuning via tape speed controls!
  • Individual waveform pans.
  • HP/LP Filter + lfo + envelope.
  • Amplitude envelope.
  • x2 custom convolution reverbs with tone control. One very rare cranky vintage spring verb and one old spacey hardware digital verb!
  • Fully controllable delay.
  • Two state distortion control with ‘soften’ control.
  • Saturation control.
  • LoFi (Bitcrush) control.
  • Chorus and Flanger controls.
  • Wonkiness control – magnify the cassette tape wobbliness!
  • Switchable MONO/POLY.
  • Loads of PRESETS!

The library is available to purchase for £20 GBP.

Get it here >>

Schmidt Synthesizer at NAMM 2014

January 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is the ultimate analog polysynth. Eight voices, four oscillators per voice, all discrete point-to-point circuitry. It costs the price of a new economy car (literally, it’s $20,000), and you know what? We’ll walk to work.

Radikal Technologies Accelerator Poly Synth

January 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Recent advances in DSP performance and the designer’s relentless perfectionism in the development of sound synthesis algorithms have taken things up yet another level. The result is this brand new polyphonic instrument sporting a sound quality never heard before from digital synthesizers.

Each voice consists of three oscillators, two multimode filters, 6 envelope generators, three voice LFOs and one section LFO. Phasemodulation, time linearity modulation, oscillator synchronisation, ringmodulation, sweepable waveforms and a unique modulation and audio matrix allow for a much bigger spectrum fexibility than the analog subtractive synthesizer counterpart. An additional noise source with independent multimode filtering and variable signal routing has been added for more sonic flexibility. A three band full parametric EQ per voice is a perfect addition to the engine to place that instrument right into the mix. A very nice balanced lightweight keyboard with 61 keys, keyboard split option, aftertouch and velocity sensitivity completes the new synthesizer.

The Accelerator is perfectly prepared for Live performances. A lot of synthesizers nowadays do not offer direct patch selection anymore. Instead of using direct access push buttons one has to dial in the desired patch and press enter. The Accelerator makes sound selection instantly available at your fingertips with dedicated patch select buttons.

Additionally the unique program chain feature allows for programming a chain of programs that selects the correct patch automatically for you. Another stunning new feature is the the built in acceleration sensor. Movements of the keyboard are converted into modulation data. This brilliant addition allows for controlling parameters like pitch, the filter frequency or modulation depths by lifting up or shaking the keyboard.

How about step sequencers and arpeggiators? The Accelerator would certainly not be a Radikal Technologies synthesizer if the designers had not integrated some sequencing goodies. You can enter some notes into the step sequencer, transpose the sequences with the left hand while performing a solo at the upper end of the split keyboard. Piece of cake! The powerfully warm and crispy sound of this new flagship synthesizer is destined to become the centerpiece of any keyboard setup. For anyone wishing to expand the Accelerators sonic power even more additional voices with up to 2 DSP expansion modules are available. The DSP expansions not only add extra polyphony to the Accelerator, they will also allow the use up to eight independent synthesizer sounds at a time with the integrated multimode feature.

 

KORG Gadget Mobile Synthesizer Studio for iPad

January 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

KORG fully enters the realms of iOS with this powerful app, details below:

For every situation that creative minded people face, KORG’s answer is “KORG Gadget.”

KORG released the iELECTRIBE simultaneously with the appearance of the first-generation iPad in 2010, and ever since has maintained its position at the forefront of mobile music apps. And now we’ve brought you the ultimate all-in-one studio app for serious mobile music production.

KORG Gadget provides a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets”, which can be freely combined to produce powerful electronic music. Users can take advantage of the simple and intuitive sequencer, and experience track-making in an environment that’s been perfectly optimized for mobile use, while retaining professional quality in everything from the effects to the mixer. Also, songs created using KORG Gadget can be shared on “GadgetCloud,” a music sharing site for KORG Gadget users worldwide.

There’s a roadmap for future updates that will add new gadgets and support audio tracks, further perfecting the system as a mobile music production studio. KORG Gadget will continue to evolve in support of serious mobile music-making.

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KORG Gadget is available on the App Store:
World: https://itunes.apple.com/app/korg-gad…
Japan: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/korg-…
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Learn more about Gadget at http://www.korg.com.

Music & Video produced and performed by Mee Zanook

- The ultimate mobile synth collection on your iPad -
KORG Gadget – the all-in-one music production studio

Stix Digital Drum Synthesizer for iPad – Demo and Tutorial

January 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Fantastic and very versatile drum machine from developer Alexander Smith.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id698024…

STIX is a powerful 16 channel (8×2 voices) sampling synthesizer and sequencer.

Check out Audio and Video demos + download the user manual from our webstite now:

http://twisted-electrons.com/apps/stix/

Each kit features no less than 200 parameters that are controllable in real-time via touch or MIDI.

STIX is also a 8 channel 16 step drum sequencer with recording functionality. The sequencer’s 8 patterns can be chained into songs in Track Mode.

Up to 100 Preset Kits can be stored and the 8 drum modules can be performed on the pads throughout the app’s modes.

STIX also features Audiobus compatibility!

New images: The new Moog Sub 37 paraphonic synth

January 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Via Moog’s Facebook page we get this message:

“…the new Moog synth is ’2-note paraphonic’ — it can play two independent pitches from its two oscillators, in response to two keys played at once. Paraphonic still seemed less misleading than ‘Duophonic’ (to me) because of the single VCF, VCA, and their respective envelope generators. Although ultimately I had very little to do with what got written on the panel”

Paraphony is the property of an electronic musical instrument that can produce multiple notes or voices, but falls short of being truly polyphonic because the voices are not fully independent since they share at least one common element. For example, there might be just one single filter working on all voices collectively rather than the one filter per voice of truly polyphonic instruments; or there might be only one envelope generator.

One well-known paraphonic synth is the Korg Poly-800, which had 8 oscillators and could produce 8 voices (or 4 2-oscillator voices), but had just one filter.

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