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Entries in synth (59)

Use AIR Loom Synth As A Vocoder In Pro Tools

Russ shows how to use the new AIR Loom Synth as a cool vocoder. Here he does it in Pro Tools but Loom is AAX, RTAS, AU and VST so can be used in any DAW that supports these formats.

Loom is an award-winning modular additive synthesizer with a shape-shifting Morph Pad that makes it easy to create rich, swirling, and captivating sounds. Loom takes a unique modular approach to additive synthesis, a synthesis technique that involves combining simple waveforms together to create complex sounds, by allowing anyone to select from and combine 30 editable modules.

You can create anything from wobbles, ethereal pads, ambient soundscapes, and much more. The programmable Morph Pad brings your Loom patches to life by morphing between user-defined variations of your patch, adding motion and momentum that continues to evolve.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.0 Announced - Video

Perhaps the most loved synth on the planet Spectrasonics Omnisphere is getting updated, rather than just a makeover this is an entirely under the hood change.

Spectrasonics say: 

After many years of development, we are thrilled to announce that Omnisphere 2 is coming in 2015. This is the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it’s truly a gigantic one! 

It arrives April 30th, in the meantime watch this Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.0 video here from Eric Persing.

Features In Omnisphere 2.0

Vast New Synthesis Possibilities:

  • Audio Import - Use your own audio file as a soundsource in Omnisphere
  • Over 400 New DSP Waveforms for the Synth Oscillator - an increase of 100X
  • Wavetable Synthesis - Each Waveform is now a Morphing Wavetable
  • Powerful New Granular Synthesis algorithm
  • Deeper FM/Ring Mod capabilities for aggressive timbres
  • 8 New Filter Types - New Power Filters, Vowel, Resonators
  • New Unison Drift models Analog Polysynth behavior
  • Expanded Modulation with new sources and many more targets
  • Polyphonic LFO and Modulation Envelope options
  • Soundsource Reversing

Now includes over 10,000 sounds!

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Waves Element Review

Russ took a look at the Waves Element virtual instrument synth. Find out what he thinks with this show and tell video review.

The Waves Element Synth is on special offer in their Halloween Monster Deals. It is normally $200 but until Monday it is only $79. So if you like it too then snap it up before the end on Monday.

Creating Your Own Sounds Using Waves Codex Synthesizer

In this free video tutorial Russ shows how to create a sound from scratch using the Waves Codex synthesiser. 

In this video Russ shows how to start from scratch, how to modulate the pitch of an oscillator using an LFO, change the envelope. He then shows how to give the sound rhythm and movement using both a sync LFO and the inbuilt sequencer. Finally he adds some effects to give the sound some final polish.

This video is perfect for those new to synths and who want to know more about programming and moving beyond presets.

Watch ‘Creating Your Own Sounds Using Waves Codex Synthesizer’ here

Oli Larkin's Endless Series 3.3 Now available - Also In AAX 64bit 

Plug-in developer Oli Larkin has updated his tone modulating Endless Series Plug-in to AAX 64 bit,
If you have not seen (or heard!) this plug-in you really have to check it out, as words cannot really describe its sound except its…..Endless!

Have a listen to the audio demo’s here or download the demo version and try it yourself.

Heres what Oli say’s about the release:

Endless series is a unique multi-effect based on the Shepard Tone auditory illusion, which generates mind bending risers, infinite scales, psychedelic drones and fascinating sonic textures. It works as a tone generator, a ring modulator, phaser, flanger or resonant filter bank.

        • Added 64bit AAX Native version for Pro Tools 11.
        • Fixes for retina Macs.
        • Several other small fixes.
        • New demo version available.

Full details, Sound examples and demo version available at Oli Larkin’s website. 

Waves Release Codex - A Brand New Wavetable Synth

Waves Codex is a cutting-edge polyphonic synthesizer based on an advanced granular wavetable engine and powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage technology.

In this video, producer/engineer and Codex developer Yoad Nevo (Bryan Adams, Jem, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes) demonstrates some of the endless sounds you can create with Codex, Waves’ brand new advanced wavetable synthesizer.

Waves’ Codex synth comes with hundreds of original sound presets, and also lets you import your own audio files and turn them into wavetables for further manipulation. With advanced formant control technology, Codex maintains consistent resonance character that is true to the original signal and gives you direct control over the acoustic resonance of the sound.

Designed to create sounds that range from warm acoustic and analog emulations to completely new, never-before-heard intricate and evolving textures, Codex’s sound design capabilities put new possibilities at your fingertips.

Waves Codex Synth Features

  • Cutting-edge polyphonic wavetable synthesizer
  • Powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage Technology
  • Innovative oscillators with progressive wavetable scanning capabilities
  • Advanced and comprehensive Modulation Matrix
  • Formant control – direct control over the acoustic resonance of the sound
  • Wavetable (sample) importing
  • User-replaceable wavetables
  • Arpeggiator/16-step sequencer
  • Integrated chorus, delay, reverb, distortion and bit crusher effects
  • Visual dynamic waveforms
  • Plugin and standalone instrument

Waves Code Synth Pricing

Normally $200, with an introductory offer of $99

7 Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Synth Parts

Synths appear so much in modern music, be that in dance, pop or even in film scores. If you are not careful they can just add mush and swamp a track like a blanket or an arp can be just an annoying riff.

Here are our 7 top tips for making them work harder for you.

Filters Are Essential

Filters are cool. Of you have a pad sound you can add some movement to it, either as a long sweeping filter or an organic LFO driven filter. This works well on pads as well as strings. Read this free article on using filters in Pro Tools

Sometime A Big Bottom Is A Bad Thing

Roll off the bottom end with a 1 band Eq. Simply insert and then filter out everything from around 120Hz downwards. It can help remove a lot of mush and give space for the bass and kick.

Make Your Own Arpeggios

Be creative with arpeggios. It is easy just to find a cool preset arpeggio, hit the keys and just let them play. Instead create you own with step input, copy and paste and some transpose. You would be amazed how much better your own creation sounds.

Stacks Sound Better

Stack the sounds. Try building layers of sounds to create new and complex ones. Add some metal, pad, sweep and the see how they work with each other. Watch this video to see how to do it

Time Based Effects Can Really Add Interest

Have fun with delays and reverbs. Take a simple synth line and then add a delay, perhaps working on an alternative rate such as a triplet, it can really help to add interest to top lines and leads.

Sample And Stretch The Sound

Create a new sound and then sample it, then play it way out of its original sample range. As you play a sample beyond these ranges the character of the whole sound changes and creates some very cool effects. For example try sampling a bell at C5 and then playing it at C1!

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink

Copy and slide. Very like a delay effect, but sometimes you can create some really cool effects by copying, pasting and moving MIDI parts on the grid. Try just moving the part a 16th or making a copy and creating a MIDI delay! Check out Julian’s recent nudge video here

Have fun! Any ideas you want to share?

Xfer Records Announce Serum A New Wavetable Synthesizer

Our friends at Xfer Records have announced Serum, a new Wavetable Synth with a host of extra features. Serum is available for Mac OS X and Windows in VST, AU and AAX plug-in formats.

Xfer say:

“The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with low aliasing / high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface, the ability to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these tables further in real-time.”

Wavetable Editor With FFT, Formulas, Draw

A full-blown utility inside the plugin - Serum has a comprehensive wavetable editor built right in, and you can create your own wavetables in a variety of ways. Import audio directly from audio files - Serum has a variety of methods and options for importing + analyzing audio (WAV or AIFF) for breaking it apart into individual waveforms:

  • You can import single-cycle wavetables of course, as well as many at once (with in-built sorting options, or manual re-ordering).
  • Morph between various wavetables using standard linear interpolation (crossfading) or via harmonic/spectral morphing.
  • Draw directly on the waveform, with optional grid-size snapping and a variety of shape tools.
  • Generate or modify waveforms using FFT (additive).
  • Create or process waveforms using formula functions.
  • Processing menu options allow you to do the other tasks you would want, such as apply fades, crossfades, normalize, export, and much more.

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AIR Xpand2 Video Tutorials - Premium Content Now Free For Everyone

To celebrate the release of the new AIR Xpand2 with VST and AU support we’ve unlocked the Xpand2 video tutorials section of Pro Tools Expert, making them free for everyone.

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Free Kontakt Synth With Cool Sequencer - A New Once Each Day

The team at Prodyon are giving away a synth a day on their YouTube page. 

Today’s synth is very nice giving an organic synth sound which moves over time with the sequencer patterns.

There are plenty of knobs to tweak, so geeks should be in their element.

Watch the video and get the free synth link from here