Spectral – new synthesizer instrument plugin from LinPlug

November 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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LinPlug has announced the release of Spectral, a new synthesizer instrument plugin for Windows and Mac.

If you are familiar with subtractive synthesis, you will feel right at home with the Spectral, because you can choose an oscillator waveform, choose a filter shape and go on from there.

But Spectral delivers far more options than you would expect from the well sorted user interface. Both Oscillator Waveform and Filter Shape can be edited in depth. The unique audio engine is capable of delivering many sounds never heard before.

Spectral features

  • Four Oscillator and Filter modules with powerful yet detailed harmonics and filter band editing and modification functions.
  • Extensive Oscillator and Filter audio rate cross-modulations..
  • Versatile Arpeggiator with in depth editing of every step, including length, transpose, voice number and Glide.
  • Each Oscillator and Filter with own dedicated envelope to control its volume or frequency respectively.
  • Additional 3 freely assignable Modulation Envelopes..
  • Five LFOs with various waveforms, up to 320 Hz, tempo-sync, poly-, mono- and one-shot-mode, unipolar and bipolar options, integrated delay-attack-envelope, phase, symmetry and smoothing adjustable.
  • 15 slot Modulation Matrix with 35 sources and more than 100 destinations including all important parameters.
  • Fully recognizes Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch Bend , Modulation-Wheel and various other MIDI controllers.
  • A sophisticated effects section containing 15 Effects including various Delays, Chorus, Phaser, Filter, Reverb, Flanger, Gator, Stereo Enhancer, Parametric EQ and Crusher.
  • Glide / Portamento featuring mono/polyphonic operation, constant Time / Rate operation, Auto-Bend Modes and detailed options on where Glide takes place.
  • 32-voice polyphony (CPU and sound program dependent) and adjustable voice limit.
  • Supports AU and VST hosts on Mac OS X and Windows PC.
  • Scaleable user interface on PC.
  • Comes with 850 presets to get you started.

Spectral is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until December 31st, 2013 (regular $149 USD).

More info here >>

New Reason tutorial featuring additive sound design with Parsec

November 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Download the .reason song file (requires Reason 7): http://cdn.propellerheads.se/products…

The Parsec Spectral Synthesizer is a sound designers dream. With two independent sound engines, up to 1024 oscillators per voice, a wide range of sound sculpting tools, built-in effects and free modulation routing, Parsec is capable of an incredibly wide range of sounds.

In this tutorial, product specialist Mattias shows you how to create a beautiful bell sound from scratch. If you want to go deeper with Parsec, this video is for you.

Nitroflex – new virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows

November 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Synthblitz has released version 1.8 of the Nitroflex synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Nitroflex is a powerful, feature packed virtual synthesizer that is well suited for professional music producers, enabling them to create unique waveforms.

The new version introduces 2 new LFOs, 300 new presets for a total of 1024, and other new features.

Changes in Nitroflex v1.8

  • 300 new presets for a total of 1024.
  • 2 new LFOs for a total of 3 LFOs.
  • Added in “edit” panel “single cycle waveform from disc”.
  • Fixed “waveform random generator”.
  • Adding controls for multiplication and subtraction (in edit panel).
  • New “Output” for create 3d sound.
  • New “Options menu” in the principal panel.
  • New Vibrato setting (vibrato attack,delay,speed,range,velocity and more).
  • The main panel has been modified to simplify access to functions.
  • Solved the problem in Cubase (preset recall).
  • Added new LP filter.
  • Added 80 new waveform files in the folder.
  • interpolation and normalization of each waveform before and after the mathematical operations.

Nitroflex is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

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Korg R3 Analog & Presets Sound DEMO

October 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Quick groove sound check of custom & stock sounds on Korg’s R3 Virtual Analog Synthesizer

The R3 is marketed as a “Synthesizer/Vocoder”, and the included gooseneck mic lets you take full advantage of its 16-band vocoding capabilities right out of the box. Simply enter Vocoder mode for access to all of the vocoder’s variables that work with an internal or external carrier signal. It also lets you record up to sixteen 7.5-second Formant Motion sequences, allowing you to play saved phrases—albeit at a fixed tempo—through the vocoder without external input. Whether you’re looking to channel the spirits of sci-fi robots, make a guitar do backing vocals or are in need of some unconventional choral accompaniment, the R3′s pro-grade vocoder earns its place in both the mix and the title.

Each of the 128 editable patches can contain up to two timbres, sharing the somewhat meager polyphony between them. These can be layered or divided across the keyboard and can be assigned to individual MIDI channels. Each of these two timbres contain all the capabilities listed, so despite being well suited for mono and lead styles it’s possible to get surprisingly complex, evolving pads which belie its 8-note polyphony. This is best displayed when using each timbre’s modulation sequence, which lets you record a variable’s knob changes and can yield complex changes in a single key press. There’s also a 6-mode arpeggiator with a toggle button and latch control to further animate the sound.

Every timbre consists of two LFOs, two oscillators, a wave-shaper with sub-oscillator options, two insert effects, and three envelope generators for filter, amp, and one for assignment using the Virtual Patch system. This feature lets you define up to six additional routings, giving the unit a fitting touch of modular dynamics which can add subtle dynamics or make sounds spiral off into mayhem. Unfortunately the routings are limited, but most of the logical sources and destinations are included. The two oscillators cover a wide range of traditional analog waveforms with some useful extras (osc1 includes 64 DWGS preset waveforms and the vowel-like Formant wave) and allow a number of interactions between them: ring mod, VPM and unison, among others. External signals can also be processed through the filters, gates and effects. All of this is wrapped up with one master effect and a variable 2-band EQ with some other fine-tuning mods to polish the finished sound.

All of this programming demands an intuitive interface, and although it involves some menu-diving, this is handled by selecting the category with a rotary encoder and then editing individual variables with the 4 main pots. Though it isn’t “per-knob” editing, each pot is encircled by a slick-looking LED halo which shows the value regardless of the knob’s current position. Each knob also has its own small LCD screen which can show the variable or its value by hitting the shift key. This combination along with the Original Value light takes much of the drudgery and guesswork out of building your own patches, but it’s recommended to load up the included software editor since some sub-variable and effects tweaks can seem cryptic at first.

Introducing Slate Digital’s VIRTUAL MIX RACK

October 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s just one of the many interesting new products introduced at the AES show over the weekend. It’s the Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack, an emulation of a 500 series rack starting off with 4 modules: a Neve-style EQ, an SSL style EQ, a VCA compressor and an FET compressor.

Slate Digital is pleased to announce a preview of the VIRTUAL MIX RACK plugin. The VMR is a modular channel strip that comes bundled with the most authentic recreations of classic analog EQ’s and Compressors. Check out www.slatedigital.com for more information.

TrueGrid – Web based modular synth

October 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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ModularGrid – a site that lets you design modular synthesizers, based on existing modular modules –  has introduced a new feature. TrueGrid is a web-based modular synthesizer which lets you create, listen and share modular synth patches. You can create your own patches by dragging cables from module outputs (green) to module inputs (blue) sockets.

So far only Google Chrome is supported

Go create here >>

Korg R3 – Analog sounds: test, tweak & listen

October 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Testing sounds (stock and non stock), modulations, filters and general ooomphh on Korg’s virtual analog synthesizer.
Recorded in 24bit/48Khz uncompressed wave – enjoy!

Details about the Korg R3:

Occupying the middle ground in Korg’s MMT lineup between the flagship Radias and the ultra-portable microKorg XL, the R3 delivers sophisticated virtual analog power in a compact yet sturdy package. Its 37 full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys and four assignable knobs make it a lightweight yet flexible performance instrument for shaping classic modeled sounds with a synthesis engine in the spirit of the MS2000.

The R3 is marketed as a “Synthesizer/Vocoder”, and the included gooseneck mic lets you take full advantage of its 16-band vocoding capabilities right out of the box. Simply enter Vocoder mode for access to all of the vocoder’s variables that work with an internal or external carrier signal. It also lets you record up to sixteen 7.5-second Formant Motion sequences, allowing you to play saved phrases—albeit at a fixed tempo—through the vocoder without external input. Whether you’re looking to channel the spirits of sci-fi robots, make a guitar do backing vocals or are in need of some unconventional choral accompaniment, the R3′s pro-grade vocoder earns its place in both the mix and the title.

Each of the 128 editable patches can contain up to two timbres, sharing the somewhat meager polyphony between them. These can be layered or divided across the keyboard and can be assigned to individual MIDI channels. Each of these two timbres contain all the capabilities listed, so despite being well suited for mono and lead styles it’s possible to get surprisingly complex, evolving pads which belie its 8-note polyphony. This is best displayed when using each timbre’s modulation sequence, which lets you record a variable’s knob changes and can yield complex changes in a single key press. There’s also a 6-mode arpeggiator with a toggle button and latch control to further animate the sound.

Every timbre consists of two LFOs, two oscillators, a wave-shaper with sub-oscillator options, two insert effects, and three envelope generators for filter, amp, and one for assignment using the Virtual Patch system. This feature lets you define up to six additional routings, giving the unit a fitting touch of modular dynamics which can add subtle dynamics or make sounds spiral off into mayhem. Unfortunately the routings are limited, but most of the logical sources and destinations are included. The two oscillators cover a wide range of traditional analog waveforms with some useful extras (osc1 includes 64 DWGS preset waveforms and the vowel-like Formant wave) and allow a number of interactions between them: ring mod, VPM and unison, among others. External signals can also be processed through the filters, gates and effects. All of this is wrapped up with one master effect and a variable 2-band EQ with some other fine-tuning mods to polish the finished sound.

All of this programming demands an intuitive interface, and although it involves some menu-diving, this is handled by selecting the category with a rotary encoder and then editing individual variables with the 4 main pots. Though it isn’t “per-knob” editing, each pot is encircled by a slick-looking LED halo which shows the value regardless of the knob’s current position. Each knob also has its own small LCD screen which can show the variable or its value by hitting the shift key. This combination along with the Original Value light takes much of the drudgery and guesswork out of building your own patches, but it’s recommended to load up the included software editor since some sub-variable and effects tweaks can seem cryptic at first.

Overall, the R3 is a fun, good quality, affordable synth for anyone who enjoys sculpting sounds using traditional subtractive synthesis, and offers enough complex features and character to earn its place in the mix. Great to program and built with portability in mind, the R3 has what it takes to rock the stage!

Mello – free software recreation of the iconic tape-based Mellotron

September 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

French audio developers UVI have announced the immediate availability of Mello, a free software recreation of the iconic tape-based Mellotron.

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The Mellotron was made famous by John Lennon, and in the spirit of the Lennons’ ongoing humanitarian effort, UVI are pledging to match donations made by its customers to the Japanese Red Cross to help survivors of the Fukushima earthquake over the next three months, during which time Mello (normally $99) will be available for free.

For those unfamiliar with the Mellotron, it was one of the earliest samplers and used tape to capture the desired sounds. When a key was pressed, the Mellotron would pull a section of tape through a magnetic play head to produce a sound. Originally built in 1963, the Mellotron became popular throughout the ’60s and 70s with bands and artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and David Bowie, and although they fell out of fashion for a time, they have been used more recently in big tracks from Radiohead and Vampire Weekend.

UVI have multisampled dozens of original tapes to create the most faithful recreation of the original intstrument. Being a sampler, the Mellotron had a whole range of available sounds and Mello provides 28. These are: Brass, CelestaAndVoice, Cello1, Cello2, ChoirFemale, ChoirMale, ChoirTron, ChurchOrgan1, ChurchOrgan2, ChurchOrgan3, Clarinet, Flute1, Flute2, Guit12Str, GuitElectricA, GuitElectricB, GuitSpanish, Harp, Oboe, Piano, Sax, Strings1, Strings2, Strings3, Strings4, Vibraphone1, Vibraphone2, and Viola.
Free iLok from UVIUVI’s Mello requires an iLok, which UVI are also doing a great deal on. If you buy an iLok from their web site you’ll receive a coupon for the value of the iLok plus shipping ($78), which can then be redeemed against any future purchase from the UVI store.

For more information on the iLok deal, go here: http://www.uvi.net/en/store/ilok-smart-key.html

For more about Mello, go here: http://www.uvi.net/en/vintage-corner/mello.html

The Art Renaissance Project

August 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Art Renaissance Project has announced the release of MoNo’s, a new full soundset for the DUNE virtual synthesizer instrument by Synapse Audio.

128 brand new presets. This time we offer just lead sounds to start jamming at once.

Sometimes things have to be easy. Sometimes we love the things simple. And this time you will have this with this soundset. Course this time it is all MONO.

You would not believe how a mono DUNE sound can rock you. Have it easy, and now have it MONO:)

The soundset is available to purchase for the introductory price of 18 EUR for 1 week (regular 21 EUR). A free demo bank with 40 patches is available to download.

More info here >>

Kraftpad – Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer

August 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Kraftpad is a Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer which is capable of creating your own electronic drum sounds by offering 10 different kinds of dedicated synthesizers to easily create each drum sound.

Main Features

- Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer (no samples used)
- 10 Different kinds of dedicated synthesizers to easily create each drum sound
- Kick, Snare, Rimshot, Clap, Hi-hat, Tom, Conga, Claves, Cowbell, Cymbal
- 6 Pads (6 Voices)
- 99 User editable & storable programs
- Master Reverb FX
- Real-time Looper for Live Performance
- Wave file export for iTunes File Sharing
- Exported files can be re-loaded to Looper for overdubbing

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