Entries in synth (58)

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

An Exclusive Sneak Peak of Sample Logic's new Cinematic Keys “blurring the line between music and sound design.TM

Updated on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:50PM by Registered CommenterMike Aiton

For those of you who have read my posts before, I am a post production dubbing mixer (spelt “re-recording mixer” in the US!) and a such, often have a section in a documentary or a drama where more tension or feel is needed for the scene. If this section has not been scored by the composer, the first quick response is often to borrow a bit of music from elsewhere in the programme and attempt a cheeky edit or two. But what if there is nothing suitable? How many times have we all been caught thinking I would love a bit of suspenseful underscore or drone here?

Whilst looking for a solution for this problem I came across Sample Logic and their unusual mission statement…

to design cutting edge tools for composers, producers, sound designers, musicians and performers of all musical styles and genres and to develop new concepts for sample libraries that focus on blurring the line between music and sound design.

As both a post mixer and a hobbyist guitarist, I can’t speak MIDI very well (I can barely even order a beer in it) and panic if a chord on on the keyboard needs more than four notes (root, third, fifth and “the other one”), so I have always traditionally hit fast forward when people spoke of samplers and other such dirty words. This “blurring the lines” really caught my eye and Joe Trupiano at Sample Logic took great pity on my sad & sampleless life and sent me some of his wizardly sampling cook ups to taste….

So what on earth is Cinematic Keys and the Sample Logic product line all about?

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AIR Announce New Riser Synth Plug-in With Special 48 Hour Sneak Peak Free Demo Download

AIR Music Technology introduces The Riser, an all-new synthesizer for creating powerful transitions. Created with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind, The Riser infuses tracks with progression and hype brimming with AIR’s signature sound quality. 

What Is The Riser Synth Plug-in?

At the heart of The Riser are three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – letting the user manipulate the movement, timber, and tonality of the transition. Three low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) provide modulation duties to each patch, including beat-synced movements and the “Pumper” effect – a modern pulsating effect used to modify dynamics. Reverb, delay, and mixer controls let the user shape transition volume, effect saturation, and stereo imaging. Users may draw transitions from scratch, or, edit 300 presets spanning rises, falls, swells, fades, and more.

Why Was The Riser Plug-in Created?

“We understand the science behind the suspense and emotion that a great transition delivers,” noted Ben Wendelstein, AIR Music Tech Product Manager, “Until now, recreating the transition in your head has been a convoluted, manual process. The Riser puts intuitive sound-shaping tools right where you need them so you can design effects that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.”  

The Riser Highlights:

  • Transition designer optimized for electronic music production
  • 3 editable oscillators;
  • sweep, noise, and chord
  • 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper
  • Pumper effect creates pulsating movement based on native DAW tempo
  • Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing
  • Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control
  • AU, VST, AAX; 32- and 64-bit; Mac or Windows

15 Day Pre-Release Trial Of The Riser Plug-in

Get a full-version, 15-day trial of The Riser as a free download for a limited period of 48 hours here.

The AIR Riser Plug-in Price And Shipping Date

The Riser will be available for purchase on September 1st, 2014 with a price of $79.99 USD. For more information, visit www.airmusictech.com/theriser

Watch The Exclusive Pre-Release Review Of The New AIR Riser Plug-in

Pro Tools Expert were given an exclusive pre-release copy of the new AIR Riser plug-in, you can watch our video review of the AIR Riser plug-in here.

AIR Announce New Synth The Riser With Tease Video

AIR Music Tech have released a tease video of their latest instrument The Riser which should ship in the next few weeks.

The Riser will be ‘the ultimate’ riser synth, a popular synth motif used in dance based music. The Riser aims to make the task of creating these sounds easier and aims to offer a set of features to help producers knock themselves out.

The Riser video is here

Create Rich And Complex Textures In Pro Tools Xpand2 - Free Video

In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows those who may have limited budgets that you don’t always need to spend money on plug-ins to get great results.

Russ takes users under the hood of Xpand2 to show how to create rich and complex textures that can be controlled during a performance.

In this video Pro Tools users will learn how to stack sounds, use arpeggiators to create movement, assign filter controls and use MIDI CC for extra control.

Watch it here

Waldorf Announce AAX Versions of Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition

For lovers of Waldorf synths then there’s some great news. Waldorf have released 64 bit versions of their plug-ins in AAX format, the updates features Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition.

Waldorf Largo AAX

Largo offers three fat oscillators, two of them with sub oscillators. These oscillators include models of classic analog waveforms as well as a selection of waves from the PPG and Waldorf Wave stored in two Wavetables. All these run through two Waldorf multimode filters with steep cutoff, resonance up to self-oscillation and a drive stage to add even more punch and grainyness to the sound. Ultra-fast envelope generators and flexible LFOs as well as an easy to understand, yet extremely versatile modulation matrix make for a sound designer’s dream.

PPG Wave 2 AAX

PPG Wave 2 was the very first digital Wavetable synthesizer with analog filters that allowed completely new worlds of sound and endless sonic possibilities. Shortly afterwards, the successor PPG Wave 2.2 came out and was born to make history. With a gigantic arsenal of waveshapes, it could not only reproduce known analog sounds, but also brilliant choirs, bells and whistles. The digital sounds of wavetables had been unheard until then and offered sensational sonic evolutions by smoothly going through 64 waves back and forth.

The Waldorf Edition AAX

The Waldorf Edition features the famous and award-winning PPG Wave 2.V, Attack and D-Pole plug-ins as VST and AudioUnit variants.

More information from Waldorf

TAL-U-NO-LX Synth Plug-in £27 - 25% Discount

Recently we offered the TAL Bassline 101 as a deal and a lot of you took up the opportunity to get that great monophonic bass synth plug-in. As one of this month’s deals we are offering another TAL product which is an emulation of a very popular hardware synth.

TAL-U-NO-LX is a complete rewritten emulation of the popular hardware with a new engine and GUI. Up to date zero feedback delay filters and carefully calibrated controls make this synth a good replacement for the analog device with all the advantages software plugins have. As an addition, the TAL-U-NO-LX also supports portamento and different filter LFO waveforms and some more useful features. An arpeggiator with different sync modes and hold function is also included. A very fast envelope with a smooth roll-off, emulated inaccuracy and a very smooth filter sound gives this synth the typical sound. The synth was calibrated after a hardware device that’s property of TAL.

TAL-U-NO-LX  Features 

  • Self resonating zero feedback delay filter (24dB LP).
  • Filter range up to ~40kHz (depends on the sample rate).
  • Calibrated and tuned after TAL’s hardware device.
  • Midi learn / automation for all controls.
  • Improved alias free oscillators for an authentic sound also @ 44’100Hz sampling rate.
  • Arpeggiator with different sync modes (host, midi clock, not on).
  • Portamento and mono mode.
  • LFO manual trigger button.
  • Sustain pedal support.
  • Up to 12 voices.
  • New file based preset system for transparent preset management.
  • More than 300 factory presets by different sound designers (FMR, Particular - Sound, TAL).
  • Original hardware “Factory Bank A” included.

TAL-U-NO-LX System Requirements:

Windows: Windows XP or higher (32 / 64 bit)
OSX: OSX 10.6 or higher (32 / 64 bit).
AAX: Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher

A Really Simple Way To Add Interest To Midi Synths And Beats - Video

A Really Simple Way To Add Interest To Midi Synths And Beats

Russ shows a really simply way to add interest to synths and beats.

In this video he shows some automation tricks that take average to great.

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