New Software Synthesizer, Vital, Designed To Let You Warp Waves In New Ways

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Developer Matt Tytel has introduced Vital, a spectral warping wavetable synthesizer that he says lets you “explore new timbres and create sounds you didn’t think possible with wavetables.”

Vital features a highly visual interface, with realtime, animated graphical displays to make it easier to see what’s going on with your patches.

One of the synth’s unique features is that you can quickly design sounds with a drag-and-drop modulation workflow. The modulation preview gives you an idea of what things will sound like before you drop the connection. With this, you can try modulating different destinations by dragging around the screen.

Stereo-modulation lets you split an LFO to have the left channel’s modulation delayed from the right or give slight stereo time differences to an envelope to create wider stereo effects.

Other advanced features include support for MPE and microtonal tuning, support for custom samples and more.

Features:

  • Wavetable oscillators with frequency warping and wave warping
  • Efficient unison
  • Two routable voice filters with several analog and digital models, each with multiple continuous blending modes
  • Audio-rate modulation so you can create clean drum transients and frequency modulate filter cutoff
  • Stereo-splittable LFOs with custom and editable shapes
  • Keytracked LFO settings
  • Modulatable envelopes with custom curves
  • Modulation remapping so you can customize the shape of every modulation
  • Custom sample source
  • Random modulation sources like Perlin, Lorenz Attractor, S&H and Sine Interplation, each with stereo options
  • Eight routable effects including a multiband compressor, multi-mode phaser and 16 voice chorus
  • MPE support
  • Microtonal file support
  • Oscilloscope and spectrum viewer
  • Preset browser with sort, search, tag and folder organization

Vital Demos:

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Pricing and Availability

Vital will be available Nov 24th for Mac & Windows, with a variety of pricing options:

  • Basic – Free
  • Plus – $25
  • Pro – $80
  • Subscription – $5 / month

The free version offers 25 wavetables & 80 presets, while the paid options add more wavetables, deeper preset libraries and support.

Miclop Intros Mother Source Synthesizer

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Miclop has introduced Mother Source, a software synthesizer based on the Halion engine, that is designed to dynamically generate new sounds from preset patches.

Mother Source is designed to create 130 different sounds from each preset. So 200 Presets =26000 possible sounds.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Mother Source have two layers equipped with unison, vibrato, equalizer, distortion, and a chord generator with which we can create harmonies of up to 5 voices. All send to modulations and effects are independent for layer, so we can easily achieve very elaborate sounds.

Several modulation options such as its 6 Envelopes, 1 LFO and 1 step modulator, all of them with a couple of allocations already connected to improve the workflow.

An arpeggiator/sequencer module loaded with extensive features, not forgetting a section with all the effects needed to take your sound to the next level.

Audio Demos:

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Pricing and Availability

Mother Source is available with an intro price of 49 Euro (normally 69 Euro). An LT version is also available. The only difference with the paid version is that it has fewer presets and sources.

Spectrasonics Trilian 1.5 Available Now As A Free Update

Spectrasonics has released an update to Trilian, their ‘total bass’ software synthesizer.

Trilian v1.5 features over 200 new patches and dozens of new features, including major enhancements to Trilian’s Arpeggiator, dramatically expanded synthesis options and an updated interface. The update also includes a new “Trilian Creative” library for Omnisphere users.

Here’s what’s new in Trilian v1.5:

  • Arpeggiator Update – Trilian’s Arpeggiator has received a major update in v1.5, with new Pattern Modes, Step Dividers, Pitch Slides and the ability to have altered Chord Voicings and Chord Inversions per step. Also included is an Arpeggiator Preset Library that showcases its creative possibilities. Trilian 1.5 can now also capture the MIDI data of the arpeggiator as a standard MIDI file, which can be dragged to your DAW for further editing.
  • Expanded Synthesis Features – Trilian 1.5 adds new Filter Types, Enhanced FM, Ring Modulation, Doubled Harmonia Voices and Polyphonic Waveshaping. Full FX Modulation, double the amount of Mod Matrix slots and new modulation sources have also been added, for more sonic control.
  • New Sounds – Trilian 1.5 features an expanded sound library with over 200 new patches, created by Eric Persing and the Spectrasonics Sound Development team. The 1.5 update also includes the new “Trilian Creative” library, a collection of Omnisphere patches designed for users who also have Trilian. The new library features a variety of patches designed to showcase the power of combining Trilian and Omnisphere 2. Trilian’s detailed bass sounds can be creatively transformed using Omnisphere’s deep synthesis options.
  • Other updates – Trilian 1.5 also features a new Hi-res Resizable User Interface, a new Mini-Browser and new Full Browser, production/browsing features like Sound Match to help you locate any related sounds in the library and Sound Lock, which lets you create useful patch variations by locking sound aspects while browsing other patches.

Here’s the official intro, featuring Greg PhillinganesTaylor Gordon (The Pocket Queen) jamming and having fun with some of the sounds of Trilian 1.5:

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Pricing and Availability

Trilian 1.5 is available now as a free update for all registered Trilian users.

ROLI Equator2 Offers ‘Vastly Expanded Synthesis Engine’

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ROLI today introduced Equator2, which they say adds a wealth of new capabilities and an  expanded range of tools for shaping MPE sounds.

“It can go head to head, feature by feature and preset by preset, with the best sound engines and plugins in the world,” says ROLI CEO Roland Lamb. “But it also has unparalleled capabilities for shaping sounds multidimensionally through expressive touch.”

Here’s what’s new in Equator2:

  • A broader array of synthesis engines – Six fully assignable source slots let you build unique sounds, drawing on a wide range of synthesis engines. A wavetable oscillator with a library of over 240 waveforms combines with a high-resolution multi-sampler, a granular engine, FM and more to provide an infinite palette of sounds and textures.
  • New multi-sampled instruments – Equator2 includes 42 new multi-sampled instruments, with over 180 articulations and variations. From vintage synthesizers like the Roland System-100 to world acoustic instruments like the Sitar and Koto, the samples are richly detailed and highly adaptable, opening new possibilities for sound design. Import your own samples easily.
  • Versatile modulation system – Equator2’s versatile modulation system — evolved from the Cypher2, Strobe2, and Equator engines — makes it easy to add modulation to any parameters. A flexible assembly of envelopes, LFOs, key-tracking sources, and macros animate patches and help you create expressive sounds.
  • Expanded effects section – Equator2 gives you an expanded rack of effects, filters and dynamics processors.
  • Larger library of MPE sounds – Equator2 ships over 1,300 presets, including over 500 new sounds built for MPE and 800 standard MIDI presets for conventional controllers.
  • Equator2 Overview Video:
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Pricing and Availability:

Equator2 is now available for Mac & Windows, with an intro price of $199 USD (normally $249). Owners of Equator, Cypher2, Strobe2, and ROLI Studio can upgrade to Equator2 for $99.

Numerical Audio & Jakob Haq Intro Agonizer Synthesizer For iOS

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Numerical Audio, in collaboration with synthesist Jakob Haq, has released Agonizer – a new monophonic bass synthesizer for iOS.

They say that Agonizer is designed for “deep and dirty bass sounds, ranging from classic drum n bass inspired sounds all the way to heavily modulated modern sounds.”

Features:

  • Monophonic Synth Engine with focus on bass sounds
  • Built-in stereo effects
  • 140+ fine tuned factory presets designed by Jakob Haq
  • Supports ROLI Seaboard and other MPE controllers out of the box
  • Standalone operation with support for USB audio interfaces, wired, network & bluetooth MIDI
  • Audio Unit v3 Extension
  • Inter App Audio support
  • Audiobus support
  • Ableton Link
  • Synth Voice:
    • Dual Wavetable Oscillators with 40+ Wavetables, Morphing & X-Mod
    • Dedicated sub osc & noise source
    • Mangle Section with pre-filter Drive, Bitcrush, Lift and Push controls
    • VA Ladder filter
    • Wobulator (Highly tweak-able Sequenced LFO)
    • LFO with Key and BPM Sync
    • Variable Slope AD & ADSR Envelopes
    • Valve emulation based master drive
  • Effects:
    • 2x stereo effect units
    • Vintage Chorus
    • Digital Delay
  • Input/Expression:
    • MPE MIDI hardware including but not limited to ROLI Seaboard Rise, Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block
    • MPE MIDI software including but not limited to Geoshred, Geoshred Control
    • Regular MIDI keyboards featuring channel or poly aftertouch, pitch- and mod wheels
    • Onscreen 2D Touch Keyboard (supports slide and glide)
    • Plain MIDI Input

Pricing and Availability:

Agonizer for iPad is available with an intro price of $9.99 USD (through Nov 18th, normally $19.99).

ZoneMatrix Turns Kontakt Into ‘A Monstrous Performance Tool’

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Developer Hagai Davidoff let us know that he’s released a new tool, ZoneMatrix, that is designed to turn Kontakt into a ‘monstrous performance tool’.

ZoneMatrix is a powerful performance tool for Kontakt that lets you multiple sample libraries simultaneously, by organizing them into powerful performance multi’s. It lest you build multi’s on the fly, so you can perform anything from trios, quartets to fully blown orchestras, all live.

Features:

  • Trigger multiple instruments simultaneously across different key and velocity ranges.
  • Transpose instruments on the fly to create chords/intervals/textures.
  • Use the Octaver to play massive chords and melodies.
  • Set fixed velocity values or shift velocity around.
  • Zone dependent Polyphony Limiter.
  • Fine tune your MIDI control using the built in CC Filter.
  • Mix your multi with the built in MIDI learnable mixer.
  • Use 8 different independent, key switched scenes for the ultimate performance!
  • Extensive MIDI Learn functionality and Hotkeys for ultimate workflow.
  • If used inside a DAW, ZoneMatrix can be used to control other VSTi’s.
  • ZoneMatrix presets for swift recall.
  • Extensive MIDI Learn functionality and Hotkeys for ultimate workflow.
  • ZoneMatrix presets for swift recall.

Pricing and Availability

ZoneMatrix is available now, with an introductory price of $50 USD (normally $80 USD). Full Kontakt app is required.

Ableton Announces Live 11 – Here’s What’s New

Ableton today announced Live 11, a massive update to the popular music creation and performance software.

Live 11 introduces a huge array of new features, including flexible comping tools, support for expressive performance with the MPE standard, new devices, creative randomization options, live tempo follow, new sound libraries and more.

Here’s what’s new:

Comping:

  • Comping – Live automatically organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. The best parts of these takes can then be stitched together for the desired final result. Comping can also be used as a fun way to explore sound and the sound design process.
  • Linked-track editing – Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously.

MIDI Polyphonic Expression Support:

  • MPE support – Lets you add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures more easily.
  • Expression View (above) – You can now edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of takes or do sound design in new ways by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.
  • MPE-capable native devices – Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator have been updated
    to support MPE. You can now control parameters per note for these devices, as
    well as third-party plug-ins.

New Devices:

  • Hybrid Reverb – Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs, making it possible to create effects from accurate real-world environments to those that defy physical reality.
  • Spectral Resonator – Breaks the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials, then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or a note in subtle or radical ways. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.
  • Spectral Time – Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency- based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effects. The Freeze function captures and holds a slice of audio – either free-running or in time with the beat – for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.
  • Inspired by Nature – Six ‘playful’ instruments and effects, created collaboration with Dillon Bastan, that use nature and physics as their inspiration.
  • PitchLoop89 – Created in collaboration with Robert Henke, this device creates ‘jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato’.

Features for the Stage:

  • Live Tempo Following – Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band, instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow.
  • Macro Snapshots – Musicians can store the state of Macros for later recall – a fast way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during performance.
  • Rack improvements – Racks can be configured to have between 1 and 16 Macros, Macro states can be randomized with the push of a button.

Tools to add Chance:

  • Note chance – Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate variations to your patterns that change over time.
  • Velocity chance – Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
  • Improved Follow Actions – Follow Actions can now be linked to the clip length, be set to jump to specific clips and be enabled and disabled globally. Scene Follow Actions make evolving arrangements possible.

New Sounds:

  • Voice Box – A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.
  • Mood Reel – Evocative layered instruments that combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.
  • Drone Lab – Tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multi-sampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.
  • Upright Piano – Upright Piano is close-recorded for an intimate feel – a classic sound that is at home in many styles of music. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
  • Brass Quartet – This instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
  • String Quartet – This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.

More Additions & Updates:

  • Refined clip editing – Musicians can edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll.
  • Improved CPU metering – Live now shows current and average CPU usage. Per- track CPU meters show which tracks in a set use the most processing power.
  • Keys and scales – Allow musicians to use scales directly in Live’s MIDI editor as a guide or reference by seeing which notes are in key or folding the piano roll to show only those notes.
  • Improved Clip Detail View – New tabs and fold-out panels in the Clip Detail View provide a clearer overview of and access to relevant parameters and properties of audio and MIDI clips.
  • Updated devices – Devices already in Live – including Redux, Phaser-Flanger, and Chorus-Ensemble – now have expanded ranges and new modes, adding more sound and making each device more musical and usable in every session they’re used in.
  • Updated Core Library – Live’s Core Library is expanded with new drum kits, Instrument Racks, Audio Effect Racks, Grooves, presets, and loops, all with a focus on contemporary music production.
  • Updated Packs – Selected Packs from Live’s current library now include new MIDI drum grooves, MIDI chords, licks and basslines played by professional keyboard players, mix-ready presets and more.

Here’s the official video intro to the new features:

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Pricing and availability:

Ableton Live 11 will be available in early 2021. Here are the details on pricing:

  • A discount offer is running now until the release of Live 11. During the promotion, all Live 10 editions are 20% off. The purchase of any Live 10 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 11 edition upon release.
  • Ableton Live 11 will be available for purchase from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
  • Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
  • Existing Ableton Live owners should log into their accounts to check upgrade pricing.

AudioKit Intros 909 Drum Machine For iPhone, iPad

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AudioKit has introduced AR-909 Drum Machine, a new hybrid synth/sample drum machine for iPad and iPhone.

While it takes inspiration from the classic Roland TR-909, AR-909 is a new design that the developers say “feels more alive today than machines in the ’80s”.

Features:

  • Standalone app & AUv3 Plug-in
  • Create your own drum sounds
  • Vintage style Shuffle/Swing
  • Classic sound with modern power and features
  • Space saving: Entire app under 20mb total
  • Create beats with sequencer or play pads
  • Like having a piece of hardware on your iOS device
  • Add your own analog drum sounds to your songs & beats

Pricing and Availability

AR-909 is available now for $2.99 USD.

Sugar Bytes DrumComputer Now Available For iPad

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 Sugar Bytes has released DrumComputer, previously for MacOS & Window, as a virtual instrument for iPad.

DrumComputer is virtual instrument designed for creating synthetic drums, combining classic and modern synthesis with flexible modulations and sequencing.

Features:

  • 8 Sound Engines, each one layering a Resonator, Wavetable/Analogue Oscillator and Resynth/Sampler
  • Filter, Compressor, Overdrive and 2 kinds of Send Reverbs: Room and Hall
  • 2x Env/LFO, plus Synth-Engine-Modulators, Sequencer-Modulators, ModMatrix
  • Intelligent Randomizers for endless Drum Sounds
  • 16 Step Sequencer and Pattern Generator, Probability, Rolls, +/- Step Delay, Swing, Humanize
  • Auto- und Manual Remixing/Fills
  • Easy Keyboard Mapping for Patterns, Mutes and Engine Triggers
  • Keyzones for Rolls, Pitch and Modulation
  • MIDI File Drag & Drop
  • Multiple Audio/MIDI Outputs

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

DrumComputer is available now for iPad as a free download. Unlocking the full version is a $26.99 USD In-App purchase.

Kirk Hunter Studios Intros Lyric Series String Quintet Virtual Instrument

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Kirk Hunter Studios has introduced Lyric Series String Quintet, a new virtual instrument for Kontakt that is designed to let you create lyrical string parts, with realistic legato, vibrato and bow changes.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

While there are plenty of good-sounding solo string libraries out there, I found it interesting that for me, a professional string player, it took a lot of “fiddling” with the instrument to get really musical phrases and melody lines. It was easy to get nice “pads” and “fillers” for sure, but I really wanted a believable single, melody line. Nothing out there, not even my older libraries, seemed to capture that certain essence you hear when listening to a professional player unless you took a lot of time to tweak whatever you were working on. And live-playing? No way. Not “out of the box” anyway.

In creating Lyric Series String Quintet, the developers calculated the probabilities of legato performance styles and incorporated that into the instrument. The instruments (except the Romantic Guarnerius Violin) analyze your playing style and handle all three vibrato parameters (amount, speed and fade-in) to give you the closest approximation of a real string player’s style.

Finally, the instruments provide you with realistic bow changes. By default, they are markedly separate and distinct. But if you prefer, you can “connect” the bowing for a more fluid phrase. In addition, “slurred” or “fingered” legato is also available.

Features:

  • ‘Unrivaled’ vibrato control.
  • Intuitive, string-oriented legato transitions.
  • Rapidfire spiccato for fast, aggressive phrases.
  • Quick to load.
  • Easy-to-learn interface.
  • Multis for small string ensemble work.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

Lyric Series String Quintet is available now with an introductory price of $179.99 USD (regularly $399.99 USD).