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).

Wide Blue Sound Intros Elysium Two-Layer Synthesizer

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Wide Blue Sound has introduced Elysium, a two-layer synth that they say is ‘designed for creating music infused with tonal rhythms, movement and unrivaled playability.”

Elysium features two layers: Perc and Synth.

  • The PERC layer includes synths, mallets, pianos, guitar, and many other types of percussive tonal sounds. By twisting a knob you can quickly add Morph and Bass sounds, and use the Flux, Analog, and Spread controls to easily add variety between each note.
  • The SYNTH layer is familiar to Orbit + Eclipse fans, but with some features that they say have never before seen in a synth, including 11 original & custom-shop filter designs. Combine up to 4 pads that include beautiful atmospheres, synth pads and even a live strings section. Then run them through one of the 3 engine modes — Pulse, Chop or Flow — to create anything from energetic rhythms to blissful atmospheres.

The two layers are optionally controlled by the Phase Sequencer, which allows intuitive sequencing of the Perc Layer, Synth Layer or any of their individual soundsources. Choose which layer plays when, and how fast their engine runs.

It also allows for step-based Pitch, Accents, and a set of Actions that includes Double and Triple hits (ratchets), Tightening notes and Reverse/Fade-in notes.

Performance features include: Mono, Glide, Force Legato (to force glide), and Input Quantize. Keyboard Split decouples the Perc and Synth Layers so you can split chord voicings between the two, e.g. Bass in the Perc and a string section on top.

Elysium also features a massive 31 effects, 300 effect presets and over 700 practical and creative impulse responses. You can create full FX chains for the PERC layer, SYNTH layer, and MASTER FX bus.

The Motion Page gives you 6 sequencers that you can use to automate any parameter in the synth, including the ability to change the Perc layer’s Morph and Bass sounds on every step. It also features the Tide module, which allows you to create multi-bar swells or EDM-inspired LFOs.

Elysium also offers a wide array of motion sources to add evolving motion to your patches.

Features:

  • Hundreds of deep-sampled soundsources
  • Perc layer with up to 3 soundsources at once (Main, Morph and Bass)
  • Multi-mode high-cut and low-cut, Length control
  • Perc layer advanced evolution controls (Analog, Flux, Spread) Synth layer with up to 4 soundsources at once
    11 filter types, both traditional, character/saturation filters and bespoke creative filter types
  • Synth layer triple engine mode (Pulse, Chop Flow)
  • Phase Sequencer with up to 16 steps, swing, and per-step Sound Selector, Accents, Pitch, and Action Controls (double/triple hit, and various attack/sustain controls)
  • Sound Browser with full-range sound preview, mood and source tags. Cancel button to undo changes.
  • Generate panel for algorithmically creating mood-based sound selections +
    new effect chains.
  • FX section with access to 31 stompboxes, amps, modulation effects, delays, reverbs, 600+ convolution presets, EQ, algorithmic Generate FX chain, and more.

Pricing and Availability

Elysium is available now with an intro price of $179 USD (normally $199).

Rob Papen Intros Blade 2 ‘Dream Synthesizer’

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Rob Papen has introduced Blade 2, a major update that they say makes it “a dream synthesizer for synth lovers who like to think out of the box”.

Here’s what they have to say about what’s new in Blade 2:

“We have now included an Additive mode which allows you to morph or mix between 4 additive waveforms using the XY pad. Of course, in addition to using these additive waves, you can also create and edit your own!

Another new addition is a dedicated wave-analyze section that allows to analyze of sample data into a waveform, which then again can be used in the Harmolator or Additive section.

To expand the sound options, even more, BLADE-2 also includes an additional analog-type oscillator plus a noise oscillator. However, it doesn’t stop there, because it now has 32 different Filter types to help shape your sound further!

The Arpeggiator section inside BLADE-2 has also received a huge update with some very cool new features.
There are now two additional rows for controlling the X and Y position of the XY pad. Also new is the ‘ratcheting’ feature including different ratcheting modes.

Last but not least, BLADE-2 has 3 Multi-FX processors with the high-quality top-notch – Rob Papen – FX.”

Pricing and Availability

Blade 2 is available now for $99 USD.

New Synth, Superberry, Inspired By ‘Melodramatic Trance’

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Synth startup Fors (Ess Mattison and Felisha Ledesma) has released Superberry, a new synthesizer for MacOS, Windows & Max for Live that they say is inspired by ‘melodramatic trance melodies’.

Mattison was previously at Elektron, where he created the synth engines of Digitone and Model:Cycles. Ledesma is an interdisciplinary artist and organizer, and co-founded the Portland Synth Library.

“With Fors, we are making software synthesizers that take inspiration from our favorite music, or the music we want to make, and explores that in playful and new ways,” explains Mattison. “Our first synth, Superberry, takes inspiration from melodramatic trance melodies, but employs an FM core that extends the supersaw’s timbral capabilities into new territories.”

Features:

  • 1 × ‘Super sharp’ Supersaw Oscillator
  • 1 × Stackable Sub Oscillator
  • 1 × Ordinary AHR Envelope
  • 2 × Diffusing Bokeh Delay
  • 1 × Poly/Asymmetric Roulette Sequencer
  • 1 × Flexible LFO Modulator

The Superberry bundle includes a Mac/Windows desktop app, as well as the Superberry & Roulette sequencer Max for Live devices.

Pricing and Availability

Superberry is available now for €49. Demo downloads and audio examples are available at the site.

New Synth, Superberry, Inspired By ‘Melodramatic Trance’

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Synth startup Fors (Ess Mattison and Felisha Ledesma) has released Superberry, a new synthesizer for MacOS, Windows & Max for Live that they say is inspired by ‘melodramatic trance melodies’.

Mattison was previously at Elektron, where he created the synth engines of Digitone and Model:Cycles. Ledesma is an interdisciplinary artist and organizer, and co-founded the Portland Synth Library.

“With Fors, we are making software synthesizers that take inspiration from our favorite music, or the music we want to make, and explores that in playful and new ways,” explains Mattison. “Our first synth, Superberry, takes inspiration from melodramatic trance melodies, but employs an FM core that extends the supersaw’s timbral capabilities into new territories.”

Features:

  • 1 × ‘Super sharp’ Supersaw Oscillator
  • 1 × Stackable Sub Oscillator
  • 1 × Ordinary AHR Envelope
  • 2 × Diffusing Bokeh Delay
  • 1 × Poly/Asymmetric Roulette Sequencer
  • 1 × Flexible LFO Modulator

The Superberry bundle includes a Mac/Windows desktop app, as well as the Superberry & Roulette sequencer Max for Live devices.

Pricing and Availability

Superberry is available now for €49. Demo downloads and audio examples are available at the site.

Apple Garageband Update Adds 50 New Instruments & More

Apple has released an update to Garageband for iOS that adds 50 new instruments, allows you to record tracks that are 3 times longer and more.

Here’s what’s new in Version 2.3.9:

  • New audio recordings can be quickly started from the Home screen by touching and holding the GarageBand app icon
  • Maximum song length at default tempo has been increased from 23 to 72 minutes
  • The ruler now offers an option to switch from musical bars and beats to minutes and seconds
  • New downloadable “Keyboard Collection” sound pack includes over 150 keyboard loops and 50 instrument patches like pianos, organs, and electric pianos

It’s available now as a free update.