Yorick Tech Low Frequency Expander 3.0 Adds New Modulation Options To Your Synths

Yorick Tech Low Frequency Expander 3

Yorick Tech has introduced the Low Frequency Expander 3.0, a major update to their external modulation source for synthesizers.

The Low Frequency Expander 3.0 features new front panel designs and a major firmware upgrade, including polyphonic modulations using MPE for the P6 and OB-6. The firmware upgrade is free to all users.

The LFE is a standalone, hardware modulation expander that supports the OB-6 and Prophet 6, Rev 4 Prophets 5 and 10, Moog Voyager, Korg Prologue, Nord Wave 2 and a generic ‘CC- Synth’: any device that can be controlled by midi CC messages. It uses MIDI to provide 3 complex LFOs and a 6-stage envelope – which can also be configured as a 2 to 16-step modulation sequencer – to add considerably more complexity, movement and playability to these synthesizers.

It also acts as a 4-slot modulation matrix, allowing you to route velocity, key, aftertouch, mod wheel, CV in (optional) and others up to 80 destinations, depending on the synth.

Selecting a new patch on the synth makes the LFE automatically recall the same-numbered LFE patch from its memory, so the two have their patches locked together. The LFE will also display the synth patch’s name and category for Sequential synths.

Here’s what’s new in the LFE 3.0:A

  • New front panel designs.
  • MPE Midi Polyphonic Expression. For the OB-6 and Prophet 6, the LFE can send modulations to each of the synth’s voices independently, so it will send polyphonic rather than global modulations.
  • Each of the LFE’s 4 modulators on its front panel now operates 7 modulators ‘under the hood’ (1 global and 1 per voice), so the LFE is actually running 7 independent envelope/sequencers and 21 LFOs.
  • The LFE also allows MPE to work in Poly Chain mode, giving you 12 voices of MPE and 13 envelope/sequencers and 37 LFOs.
  • MPE Spread settings allow each of the LFOs run at slightly different frequencies and the envelopes to run with slightly different slope times, allowing ‘vintage’ type variations between voices.
  • Aux MIDI channel. The LFE can now split its modulations between two different Midi Channels, so you can for example, send LFO 1 and LFO 3 to channel 1 and LFO2 and the envelope to channel 13.
  • You can also set up the LFE to send a new Bank and Program number on the Aux channel every time the LFE changes patch. This allows you to change the Program of an attached FX unit or second synth, to your own choice of Program number, every time the primary synth changes patches. Arpeggiator.
  • The LFE now has an Arpeggiator, primarily for Prophet 5 / 10 and Voyager users. It has Up, Down, Up-Down, Down-Up, Random and Played-Order modes, 1 to 4 octaves, the usual clock sync multipliers and a Key Hold function. There is also a Gate length control, adjustable up to 200%, for overlapping notes.
  • OLEDs are available in white, blue, green or yellow.

See Yorick Tech on Facebook for additional details.

Imaginando Intros MIDI-Controllable VS – Visual Synthesizer

Imaginando Intros MIDI-Controllable VS – Visual Synthesizer
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Imaginando has introduced VS – Visual Synthesizer, a new application for iOS, Mac & Windows that lets you use both audio and MIDI to control visual creations.

VS uses dynamic ‘materials’; a variety of different graphical elements, from glowing particle effects to warping geometric planes, each with its own set of attributes. These materials can be layered on top of each other, then triggered and manipulated by modulating their parameters, providing an interactive way to create complex compositions.

Using MIDI, VS can be ‘played’ just like a regular synth, including polyphony. Multiple simultaneous notes translate into multiple visual voices.

VS’ extensive parameter and modulation functionality provides the flexibility to create highly customizable visuals with complete control. Use any combination of LFOs, envelope generators, audio-reactive modulators and MIDI data, to transform your creations.

VS is also available as an audio plugin, bringing the world of creative visualization into your DAW.

Features:

  • 8 Polyphonic visual layers
  • 1 background layer with solid color/image/video (no modulations)
  • 4 voices per layer
  • 50 built-in materials
  • Exclusive factory presents by @Perplex On
  • 4 LFOs
  • 2 EGs
  • 4 Dual-mode Audio Modulators (peak and band)

Pricing and Availability

VS – Visual Synthesizer for Windows, Mac and iOS, with the following intro pricing:

VS – Visual Synthesizer Desktop (Windows/MacOS):
Standard price: 99 EUR – Launch price: 49.5 EUR!

VS – Visual Synthesizer Mobile (iOS/iPadOS):
Standard price: 21.99 EUR – Launch price: 10.99 EUR!

VS is also available to Rent-To-Own for 9.99 EUR per month for 12 months

NUSofting Intros Sinmad Hybrid Virtual Analog + Physical Modeling Synthesizer

NUSofting Intros Sinmad Hybrid Virtual Analog + Physical Modeling Synthesizer

NUSofting has introduced Sinmad, a hybrid virtual analog + physical modeling synthesizer for Mac & Windows.

Sinmad is a VA synth, but, in addition to the the standard subtractive resonant filter, it uses a resonant delay network, creating sounds that the developer describes as ‘wild’ and ‘organic’.

Features:

  • Multiple oscillator, including standard waveforms and FM, sub oscillator, noise and the one-shot sample player with special functions called HIAT [harmonically integrated attack transient].
  • Main subtractive filter (VCF), plug a fixed HP pre-filter and bit depth reduction.
  • Polyphonic delay matrix , a highly configurable feedback delay network (FDN) featuring three delay lines per voice [E.G. your can have 9 modulated comb filters in a 3 notes chord].
  • Three envelope (2 x ADSR, 1 x AR) and two LFOs.
  • Custom equalizer : HP, Notch, LP , Hi boost :to shape the timbre before the effects sections.
  • Effects : # saturation limiter combo (‘sat lim’) to emulate amp high gain, # ‘echobis’ a double delay effect with sync to time and pitch functions, # reverb in two flavors.
  • MIDI controls : pitch-bend 24 st range, assignable modWheel (CC1), assignable aftertouch, assignable keytracking
    Microtuning (per octave) editable on GUI.

Pricing and Availability

Sinmad is available now for €81,50. Audio demos are available at the developer’s site.

REZZ, Dove Cameron share twisted kiss in new visual for ‘Taste Of You’

REZZ, Dove Cameron share twisted kiss in new visual for ‘Taste Of You’REZZ And Dove Cameron

Realities are blended in REZZ‘s newest music video for “Taste of You” featuring Dove Cameron. Cameron is a multi-threat talent, working as both a singer and an actress, so naturally her place in the starring role of the new visual makes for a complementing fit.

The video brings the track to life with a car crash under hazy skies, broken up by galvanizing pink lightning bolts. Sultry, dark, and emotive, the visuals follow the track’s lyrics, culminating in what proves to be a fatal, albeit sweet, and entirely disorienting kiss between the collaborators. Ultimately proving to be an artful, stirring representation of “Taste of You,” the track now coolly wears its name on its sleeve with the release of the new accompanying video.

Directed by Felicitiy Heath, the new video for “Taste of You” out now via RCA Records. Watch below.

Featured Image: REZZ/Instagram

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California lifts all state safety mandates for COVID-19

California lifts all state safety mandates for COVID-19946754230

Live music has been gone for more than a year. Touring crews have been facing a total loss of income, with some at the threat of losing their homes. While artists have been itching to hit the road after being stuck at home, live concert crews have been anxious to get back to work so they can survive.

Now, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. June 15 saw California Governor Gavin Newsom lift all COVID-19 mandates. With nearly half of California’s residents receiving at least their first COVID-19 vaccine, concert venues, bars, baseball stadiums, and Disneyland are all allowed to reopen.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has allowed all businesses to resume “usual operations,” with the exception of “mega events.” Capacity limitations and physical distancing will not be required in venues of any size, however for indoor crowds larger than 5,000 people, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be necessary for entry, while outdoor crowds larger than 10,000 may require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Outdoor venues that may require proof of vaccination will be required to inform attendees ahead of time. Additionally, mask mandates will only remain necessary for those who are unvaccinated, and will utilize the honor system. The state of California will asses the guidelines once again on September 1, and will either restrict once again or lift the mandates all together on October 1, depending on if COVID-19 rates increase or decline.

With the lift on restrictions, many of the shuttered music venues that have been struggling to survive are able to reopen. New festivals and tours continue to be announced every day, providing hope for out-of-work concert crews that they can once again hit the road.

The music industry is returning with a splash, with numerous artists hosting pop-up concerts in Los Angeles to celebrate. Other states have also lifted their restrictions, with New York seeing a mega concert in Central Park to celebrate the city’s reopening.

H/T: Billboard

Featured image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

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Autograf, Win and Woo link for melodic voyage on ‘Break Me Down’

Autograf, Win and Woo link for melodic voyage on ‘Break Me Down’Autograf Win And Woo Instagram

After teasing fans with the news of an exciting collaboration, melodic maestros, Autograf, have joined together with their fellow Chicagoans Win and Woo for a mellifluous new track titled, “Break Me Down” via Armada Music.

Merging with yet another high-powered Chi Town native SINGA, “Break Me Down” certainly promotes an obvious synergy between the whole Windy City cohort. Kicking off with SINGA’s enchanting vocals, the song reverberates with a uniquely airy atmosphere. “Break Me Down” captures the expertise of all four producers, incorporating impeccable sound design into a well-crafted summer anthem.

Win and Woo have already made their first appearance back on stage this year, while Autograf is slated to perform alongside Dabin, Gryffin, and Dancing Astronaut’s Breakout Artist of 2020 Moore Kismet, at Insomniac’s Lost In Dreams Festival this September 4 and 5 in Las Vegas. Grab your tickets here and stream “Break Me Down” below.

Featured image: Sean MacWilliams

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Free Update Brings Native Apple Silicon & VST3 Support To All Spectrasonics Instruments

Free Update Brings Native Apple Silicon & VST3 Support To All Spectrasonics Instruments
Native Apple Silicon support allows significantly more instances of Spectrasonics plug-ins, along with major improvements in latency.

Spectrasonics let us know that they’ve released free updates for all of their instruments, adding Native Apple Silicon and VST3 support.

Spectrasonics has released free updates for Omnisphere, Trilian, Keyscape and Stylus RMX, which include full native support for both Apple Silicon based Macs and Steinberg’s latest VST3 plug-in standard.

The company says that native Apple Silicon support allows for significantly more instances of Spectrasonics plug-ins, with major improvements in latency, even with inexpensive Apple laptops.

The updates also include numerous maintenance improvements, optimizations and fixes.

“We’ve long dreamed of the day when our powerful instruments like Omnisphere and Keyscape could easily be used and provide excellent performance with average, off-the-shelf computers. We’re thrilled to say, that day has finally arrived!” says Spectrasonics Founder Eric Persing.

“Support for VST3 is also important for the future, especially since it is used as the basis of MIDI 2.0 development, which we are also working on,” adds Persing. “The future is bright for Spectrasonics instruments, and these new updates allow us to support the next generation of users!”

Pricing and Availability:

The updates are available now and are free for all registered Spectrasonics users.

Elektron Updates Digitakt With New Modulation & Synthesis Options

Elektron Updates Digitakt With New Modulation & Synthesis Options
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Elektron has released “a proper whopper of an upgrade” for Digitakt, adding new modulation and synthesis options and more.

Here’s what’s new in Digitakt 1.3:

  • Second LFO – The Digitakt now has double the LFO power. The second LFO gives you even more modulation possibilities, opening up a bonus parameter to modulate. It also includes the ability to control the first LFO with the second.
  • Extended Pitch Range – You can now dive three extra octaves down for tune-melting, bass-rumbling possibilities. \
  • External Input Mixer – The Digitakt now has an external input mixer. Process your sound in stereo or split the mix and dual wield in two mono channels. You can send it through the  reverb and delay or process it with the master compressor.
  • Improved Multimode Filter – The Digitakt’s Multimode filter now has an even larger sound-shaping toolbox to work with. Emphasize different parts of your sound and find that sweet spot with a new EQ-style filter type. They’ve also added an Envelope Delay, to give extra focus to the transient of your kick or add a swelling effect to your pads.
  • Base-width Filter – This additional filter gives you more control when it comes to finding space for your sounds, working in tandem with the Multimode filter. You can also access it via LFO destination to unlock even more modulation potential.
  • There is also the addition of multi-track step recording, global FX/mix, individual track resampling, GUI improvements, performance improvements and more.

For a full list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes – see the Elektron site.

A new book on electronic music’s women pioneers will be published next month

 A new book on electronic music’s “women protagonists” will be published next month through Amazon. 

Johann Merrich‘s ‘A Short History of Electronic Music and its Women Protagonists” arrives on 1st July via the online retail giant, and promises an insightful read on 95 composers from Russia, India, North America, Japan, Europe and Latin America, following the development of new technologies and artistic languages in the last century. 

The work uses unpublished research and original studies, such as letters by Hilda Diandi and a new critical reading of Lady Ada Lovelace’s life. Other artists in the work include Daphne Oram, Suzanne Ciani, Pauline Oliveros, Lucie Rosen, Teresa Rampazzi, Hilda Dianda and Barbara Holdridge. Delia Derbyshire (pictured), whose sounds formed part of a recent BBC documentary drama, also appears in the pages. 

“In its digital form, the history of the work of women in electronic music is separated from the male world, thus continuing on the path of exclusion and resolving the complexity of the issue in a handful of names disconnected from the broader picture,” a press release reads. “The “young” age of electronic music – together with the traditional privilege granted by historians to the productions of North America and some European countries – contribute in obstructing the drafting of an equal, diagonal and comprehensive understanding of this topic.

This is the first time the book has been available in English. It first appeared in 2019, in Italian, with this translation made possible thanks to involvement from the Mariann Stegmann Foundation, which works to advance women in music and art. Heroines of Sound Festival also assisted with the new edition, a global showcase of live music, performance and sound art, panels, workshops and films established in 2014. To date, more than 150 female and non-binary artists have appeared at the event in 24 countries. 2021’s edition runs 1st – 4th July, with parts of the programme accessible digitally.  

DJ Mag recently published its list of ‘Essential new books about electronic music‘, which includes ‘Ten Cities’, another publication that looks to increase the musical history spotlight on regions outside North America and Europe. 

Elektron Digitakt 1.30 adds tons of new sound features – guide to everything you can do

Elektron has been busy lately – a massive 1.30 OS update for Digitakt brings external audio mixing/sidechaining, a second LFO, filter features, workflow improvements, and more. Here’s a look:

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I just got a Digitakt in to test and flashed firmware to OS 1.30 release candidate, long enough to give it a quick run-through. Even a fast test reveals some terrific stuff for the compact sampling drum machine.

This one is especially terrific for sound design, which is kind of the whole reason to love this box.

New in 1.30:

First, not only is there a second LFO but a number of LFO improvements:

  • A second LFO. It’s just as assignable as the first, so knock yourself out. Plus
  • LFO UI is improved. And —
  • LFO Fade envelope resets in free mode. With LFO.T set to ON, you can free-clock LFOs and the envelope still resets with each trigger. I actually had one of the design team show me this in a field, and there’s actually a ton of sound design features.

Audio input is another major breakthrough:

  • Audio input + external mixer in. Yes, you could always sample from the inputs on the Digitakt, but now you can also use those signals live for two more things –
  • Mix external audio input. There’s a new external mixer in page – hit FUNC + LFO three times. AND –
  • Sidechain input to the compressor.

Individual internal audio tracks are now sample sources, too, which for me is a big part of sampling workflow so also something major hidden here in features. And other little tweaks:

  • Extended tune range. Now it goes to -60 semitones.
  • Multi-track recording in step recording mode. Elektron isn’t even much pushing this, but it seems a big deal.
  • Adjust LED and OLED sensitivity to your liking. Check SYSTEM.
  • Easily adjust global FX and MIX settings. There is a new GLOBAL FX/MIX menu item under SETTINGS that lets you set global parameters, instead of being limited to the active pattern.

And there are a bunch of filter improvements too:

  • Filter envelope decay parameter. Yeah, that’s actually kind of huge.
  • New Parametric EQ filter type.
  • Base/width filter added (check Filter Page 2).

There are also a lot of little improvements like having an option to remember parameter subpages. (Menu diving bookmarks!)

So, all in all, this is pretty great. The Digitakt is a powerful little box, and now you get a ton of additional options for external signal and sidechaining, filters, and LFOs.

Video tutorials

Some excellent detailed hands-on features to help you explore:

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In other Elektron news…

Transfer 1.4.0 for (nearly) everyone. Also, for a ton of Elektron gear, Transfer is an essential companion between your computer and your device. At the end of last month, Elektron updated that, with Transfer 1.4.0. That added a ton of fixes, plus the ability to back up projects and sounds/presets packages on all devices apart from Octatrack. So if you don’t have that, go get it:

https://www.elektron.se/support/?connection=transfer#resources

More on the new team… Also, yes – a well-deserved mention of the elephant who left the room, Cenk Sayinli (Dataline). Cenk was long the face of Elektron to many of its users. There are some new folks there, though, who we’ll introduce soon. That’s a story for another time, though – meanwhile I’m wrapping my head around the new OS and what you can do with it, so will share soon.