Moog Minimoog Model D Now Compatible With All Major macOS DAWs

Moog Music has announced that its Minimoog Model D app – originally released for iOS – is now available in a version compatible with all major macOS DAWs.

Free to all current Model D iOS app owners, or available at limited-time introductory pricing for new users of the instrument, the update makes the legendary sound of the Minimoog available directly in your DAW.

New Features & Integrations

The major update allows for seamless integration with Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, Reaper, and – through a free VST wrapper – in Ableton Live and Cubase. Minimoog Model D can also be used as a standalone instrument or effect .

The Minimoog Model D App incorporates a number of features not found in the original hardware. This includes the ability to play chords with up to four-note polyphony, an easy-to-use arpeggiator for rhythmic pattern creation, a real-time looping recorder with unlimited overdubbing capacity, a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping-pong delay module, and the Bender—a wide-range stereo time modulation effect module.

The latest update also includes a redesigned preset management system for quicker navigation and adds a random preset generator function.

Key Features:

  • Ships with over 160 presets (hundreds more available in the Minimoog Model D App Store)
  • Up to 4-notes of polyphony
  • Share presets and audio recordings with friends
  • Arpeggiator module with note-hold and chord latch capability
  • Stereo ping-pong delay effect
  • Bender time modulation effect
  • Real-time looping recorder with overdub and immediate sharing
  • Selectable envelope shapes and triggering behavior
  • Effortless MIDI CC mapping
  • Backup presets to iCloud
  • Play mode for easier panel and keyboard interaction
  • A new take on the classic feedback/overload path

Pricing and Availability:

The Minimoog Model D App for macOS is available individually for $24.99 USD, or in a bundle with the Model 15 Modular Synthesizer App for $39.99.

Cherry Audio Introduces Elka Synthex-Inspired Elka-X Software Synth

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Cherry Audio has introduced their latest software synthesizer, Elka-X, inspired by the rare Elka Synthex., used iconically by synthesist Jean-Michel Jarre.

Elka-X replicates the original hardware synth’s character, and expands on the original’s synthesis capabilities.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Cherry Audio precisely crafted each aspect of the Elka-X synthesizer to sound and behave exactly like a vintage hardware Synthex. Every effort was taken to emulate the prized tone of the original’s DCOs, dynamic filter, and stunning chorus. The innovative sound-sculpting and performance features such as layering and keyboard split have been preserved, and the original’s 128-step sequencer has been greatly improved.

As with its other synthesizer and effects products, Cherry Audio has kept the soul of a classic alive while updating its feature set for modern studio environments.

Elka-X expands the polyphony and filter modes and introduces mono and unison modes that were absent from the original design. The extended functionality of the LFOs and addition of velocity response expands modulation potential, and a new arpeggiator delivers new performance possibilities.

Elka-X adds studio-quality echo and reverb stereo effects, with independent settings for both layers.”

Here’s an in-depth intro, featuring synthesist & developer Tim Shoebridge:

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Pricing and Availability:

Elka-X is available now for Windows and Mac (VST/VST3, AU, AAX and standalone) with an intro price of $39 USD until September 18th, 2022 (MSRP $59 USD).

Cherry Audio Miniverse Modules Make The Moog Minimoog Modular For $39

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Cherry Audio and MRB have introduced the Miniverse Module Collection, an expansion of the Miniverse virtual instrument into 14 flexible modules for use with the Voltage Modular platform.

In a nutshell, the Miniverse Modules make the Moog Minimoog modular as a collection of modules for the Voltage Modular virtual synth platform. And it’s polyphonic!

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“It retains all the classic tone and mojo that made the original Mini great while freeing users of the fixed ‘hard-wired’ limitations of the original. Poly module versions are also included for up to 16-note polyphony, giving users the ability to design the ultimate Mini of their dreams.

The Miniverse Module Collection components have been expertly adapted to the modular workflow. Award-winning synth designer Mark Barton’s (MRB) proprietary DSP coding reproduces every sonic nuance, every curve, and every response of the audio based on the original hardware. In addition, polyphonic module versions of the oscillator, mixer, filter, glide, contour, and VCA sections are included for up to 16-voice polyphony via poly jacks.”

The 14 module Miniverse Module Collection includes:

  • Miniverse Oscillator and Poly Miniverse Oscillator modules super accurately replicate the famously brawny sounds of the original Mini.
  • Miniverse Filter and Poly Miniverse Filter are 24dB/oct, lowpass filters based on the famous transistor ladder filter.
  • Miniverse Glide and Poly Miniverse Glide modules allows notes to slide smoothly from one pitch to the next and Mini’s unique glide unique asymmetrical glide characteristics are accurately emulated.
  • Miniverse Mixer and Poly Miniverse Mixer are four-channel mixers, usable with audio or CV signals.
  • Miniverse Contour and Poly Miniverse Contour are ADS envelope generators used to dynamically shape note volume, filter cutoff, or any other voltage-controlled mod destination.
  • Miniverse Noise faithfully replicates the Mini’s noise section. It’s not apparent from the front panel, but the original instrument actually contains white, pink, and red noise generators.
  • Miniverse VCA and Poly Miniverse VCA replicate the unique mojo of the original Mini circuit. They are usable with audio or CV signals.
  • Miniverse A-440 module replicates the Mini’s unique tuning reference oscillator circuit.

Pricing and Availability

The Miniverse Module Collection is available now, with an introductory price of $39 (list $59). A 50% discount from the $39 price is available for customers who previously purchased the Miniverse instrument. For those new to the Voltage Modular platform, it’s fully compatible with our FREE Voltage Modular Nucleus Edition, with no operational limitations. A free seven-day demo of Miniverse Module Collection is also available. T

Spitfire Audio Releases Originals Epic Choir, Featuring The Sound Of A 50 Voice Vocal Ensemble

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Spitfire Audio has introduced Originals Epic Choir, a new software synth that features the sound of a 50-piece large-scale ensemble of London’s finest vocalists, recorded in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios.

Originals Epic Choir features 50 singers, which is the biggest ensemble of voices that we’ve recorded yet,” nootes Spitfire Audio in-house composer Homay Schmitz. “It’s been recorded at AIR Studios’ Lyndhurst Hall, so you get those beautiful acoustics; with it also being a former church, you get the singers in a traditional habitat as well.”

Features:

  • 50-piece ensemble
  • Recorded at Lyndhurst Hall, AIR Studios — home of blockbuster scores
  • Three bespoke signals (Close, Tree, Ethereal)
  • Split into two sections — Sopranos & Altos / Tenors & Bass — both sections offering identical articulations
  • Classic shorts and longs, as well as ‘episodic’ vowel blending textures and short staccato syllables, alternating between vowel sounds

Presets:

  • Sopranos & Altos: Long Ahh — A long sustained note, sung on the vowel sound “ahh”
  • Sopranos & Altos: Long Mmm — A long sustained note, hummed on the consonant “mmm”
  • Sopranos & Altos: Episodic Combo 1 — A long episodically changing sustained note, blending between a combination of different vowel sounds, for a textural and shifting sound
  • Sopranos & Altos: Episodic Combo 2 — A long episodically changing sustained note, blending between a combination of different vowel sounds, for a textural and shifting sound
  • Sopranos & Altos: Short Staccato Syllables — A short, sharp sound, sung on one of up to seven different syllabic sounds
  • Sopranos & Altos: Short Staccato Syllables (keyswitch) — A short, sharp sound, sung on one of up to seven different syllabic sounds, with keyswitch functionality to change between specific syllables
  • Tenors & Basses: Long Ahh — A long sustained note, sung on the vowel sound “ahh”
  • Tenors & Basses: Long Mmm — A long sustained note, hummed on the consonant “mmm”
  • Tenors & Basses: Episodic Combo 1 — A long episodically changing sustained note, blending between a combination of different vowel sounds, for a textural and shifting sound
  • Tenors & Basses: Episodic Combo 2 — A long episodically changing sustained note, blending between a combination of different vowel sounds, for a textural and shifting sound
  • Tenors & Basses: Short Staccato Syllables — A short, sharp sound, sung on one of up to seven different syllabic sounds
  • Tenors & Basses: Short Staccato Syllables (keyswitch) — A short, sharp sound, sung on one of up to seven different syllabic sounds, with keyswitch functionality to change between specific syllables

Controls:

  • Reverb — A realistic Hall-style impulse response
  • Release — A release trigger which only applies to long patches
  • Tightness — This cuts further into the note to make it tighter and only applies to short patches

Signals:

  • Close – Valve spot mics summed together for a direct and upfront image of the string ensemble.
  • Tree – A decca tree microphone array, giving a spacious and enveloping sound.
  • Ethereal – A treated signal (saturation, reverb, EQ) which adds texture, brightness and width to the vocals, while retaining an organic feel

Pricing and Availability:

Originals Epic Choir is available now as an AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible plug-in, supporting Native Instruments’ NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD) for Mac (OS X 10.13 – macOS 12) and Windows (7, 8, 10, and II — latest Service Pack) priced at £29.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$29.00 USD/€29.00 EUR (inc. VAT).

Piloslib Is A Free, Open-Source Library Of Audio & Modulation Tools Focusing On Synthesis

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Akunull has introduced Piloslib, a free open-source library of audio and modulation tools that focus on synthesis, live electronic music, interconnection, probability, unique sounds and intuitive interfacing.

Piloslib has been developed by Akunull in Pure Data, starting in 2014.

Here’s what’s included in the library:

Vanilla only patches without expr(~) editable in pd
Syntactic sugar to make Pure Data programming more efficient
Several ways to make complex rhythms and a global clock to guide it
A save and load system with preset management
A way to handle per voice modulation for synthesizers
Unique modulators for control
Tools for generative design
Model-(View)-Controller programming architecture
An assortment of synths and audio effects capable of some classic sounds and many strange ones

The synths:

Rhine-2 osc synth with 2 filters and mhx modulation system.
Sentinel-2 osc synth with variable pole lp/bp filter and mhx modulation system.
Imp-2 osc synth with a lot of linkage to exponential envelopes and mqu modulation system. Built around synthesizing drums.
Ajah-3 osc synth with fm interconnection between them and mhx modulation system.
Osciano-Simplest synth, one oscillator.
Nbd-Simple bass drum synth.
Rhibd-Simple bass drum synth with complex per voice modulation (mhx).
Rewbd-Bass drum synth with more saturation options.
Ncym-Simple cymbal synth.
Nhh-Simple hi-hat synth.
Nsn-Simple snare synth.

The audio effects:

Asym_tanh-Asymmetry and tanh(x) for non-linear compression, distortion, tape-like saturation.
Bellmid_3band-3 band eq with tanh(x) (non-linear compressor) with the middle channel also including the low and high.
Eq_3band-3 band eq.
Eq_3band_tanh-3 band eq with tanh(x) (non-linear compressor) on each band.
Bit_red-Bit reduction.
Bp_mix-bandpass filter with dry/wet mixing controls.
Lop_mix-lowpass filter with dry/wet mixing controls.
Hip_mix-hipass filter with dry/wet mixing controls.
Vcf_mix-bandpass filter with dry/wet mixing controls.
Vcf_np-vcf (bandpass filter) with variable amount of poles.
Vcf_npnp-vcf~ (“voltage controlled” filter) with variable amount of poles and variable “low-pass” or band-pass.
Formant_filter-Formant (vowel) filter with 5 formants.
Formant_filter_3v-Formant (vowel) filter with 3 formants.
Delay_extfb-Delay with external feedback so you can customize the delay line.
Delay_ms-Simple delay.
Delay_ms_pitch-Simple delay with pitch shifting in the feedback loop.
Pitch_shift-Pitch shift via phase vocoding.
Downsample-Down-sampler.
Retrig-Retrigger/stutter/buffer/beat repeat.
Retrig_ij-Retrigger with multiple rates inspired by Instajungle.
Tanhx-Tanh(x), a non-linear compressor capable of emulating a lot of saturation and distortion.
Vverb-Reverb via freeverb algorithm.

Piloslib is available as a free download via Github.

GForce Software & Tom Oberheim Intro Oberheim SEM Software Synth

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Tom Oberheim and GForce Software have introduced GForce Oberheim SEM, a software synth for Mac & Windows that recreates the sound of Oberheim’s classic synth design.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“When Tom Oberheim created the first Oberheim® Synthesizer Expander Module (model SEM-1) in 1974, he had one goal – to make a synth that sounded great, whilst being extremely simple to use. In the decades since the release of this iconic synth, it’s been used by countless legendary musicians, making the SEM one of the most revered synthesizers of all time.

As well as painstakingly recreating the huge, unmistakable sound of the SEM, the GForce Oberheim SEM also recreates the ethos of the original – a simple monophonic synth that allows you to shape incredible sounds in an instant. And with Tom Oberheim’s seal of approval, you can be confident in its authenticity. Add to this more than 400+ categorised patches, and inspiration is just moments away.”

While GForce Oberheim SEM is designed to recreate the sound of the original, the software version of the synth feature several enhancements over the original.

Alongside a new VCO3, which doubles as an LFO with audio rate for additional modulation and FM possibilities, the SEM now has tempo-syncable LFOs with multiple wave shapes, and a host of performance controls via velocity and aftertouch. It also features an arpeggiator & sequencer, a stereo delay and a lush reverb.

Finally, it features 400+ factory patches designed by top sound designers, designed to demonstrate the sonic range of the SEM. Every patch has been categorised and is quickly accessible from the patch browser (arrow navigation friendly). The SEM also integrates with the GForce Oberheim OB-E, so you can load SEM presets in either device. This means you can sketch out your sounds in the SEM, and then make them polyphonic in an instant.

Features:

  • Recreation of the monophonic SEM experience and sound
  • Augmented with a 3rd VCO
  • 400+ factory Patches designed to fit in a mix, all tagged and categorized
  • Librarian for easy access to the presets
  • Sequencer, Arpeggiator, Stereo Delay, Reverb
  • Undo/Redo, Extended and Flip mode
  • SEM presets can be exported to and imported from OB-E
  • Extensive Velocity & Aftertouch modulation

Audio Demo:

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Pricing and Availability:

The GForce Oberheim SEM is available now, with  an intro price of £29.99 + VAT (normally £49.99 +VAT).

Arturia Intros Their Biggest Software Bundle To Date, Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne

Arturia has introduced their biggest software bundle to date, Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne.

The Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne builds on the expansive collection that originally marked Arturia’s 20th anniversary in 2019; it now features 33 V Collection instruments, the latest version of cutting-edge softsynth Pigments, the 26 plugins included in FX Collection 3, and the Exploration Sound Library.

Here’s what’s included:

  • V Collection 9 – The latest version of Arturia’s reference instrument suite, with 33 classic and modern software instruments – the ultimate hit-making ensemble.
  • FX Collection 3 – The latest version of Arturia’s curated selection of classic studio effects and creative production plugins, re-engineered for modern producers.
  • Pigments – State-of-the-art multi-engine softsynth, combining instantly-gratifying modern sound with deep sound design in one thrilling instrument.
  • Exploration Sound Library – 50 best-selling sound banks with over 4000 presets in total, unlocking a wealth of versatile and exciting sounds for every style.
  • 256GB SSD – Quick and easy installation, including additional available storage space to back up your important music projects and files.

Pricing and Availability

Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne will be available to buy exclusively from dealers worldwide, and exclusively from Sweetwater in the USA, until September 27th, with a street price of about $800 USD. Contact or visit your local store to purchase.

Tracktion Intros Novum, A New Take On Granular Synthesis

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Tracktion Corporation has introduced Novum, a next-generation granular synthesizer from Dawesome.

Novum is a creative sampler plugin which combines spectral, granular and subtractive synthesis. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Similar to how a prism takes white light and splits it into separate colors, Novum takes a sound and separates it into natural tone ‘colors’. Its unique decomposition algorithm allows users to break down any sample into layers, providing the freedom to edit them individually. This enables easy cross synthesis via the drag and drop of timbres and envelopes from other samples.

The granular engine provides as many as 6 layers and has unique features like Homogenization to create delicate velvet-like sound textures that are hard to achieve with classical granular synthesis.

Extracted tone colors can by spectrally modified through the timbre flower that offers variations on the original.”

Novum Preset Demo:

Here are examples of Novum in action:

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Pricing and Availability:

Novum is available now, with an intro price of $179.

JUCE 7 Now Available, With Updated API Support, Improved Graphics & More

The JUCE Team has released JUCE 7, a major update to the open-source cross-platform C++ application framework, used for the development of desktop and mobile audio applications.

In addition to improved graphics and accessibility, JUCE now supports the Audio Random Access SDK (ARA) and the LV2 plug-in format, enabling more sophisticated audio processing workflows and access to additional platforms and communities.

“JUCE 7 brings substantial improvements to where and how you can process audio, with the Audio Random Access SDK, LV2 support, and a MIDI 2.0 API adding to JUCE’s core capabilities as an audio processing framework,” notes Tom Poole, Director of JUCE. “We have also improved our graphics backend so that drawing commands are synchronized with hardware refresh rates. This gives us full compatibility with modern devices and makes rendering GUIs more efficient in all cases. JUCE 7 will make your software better.”

Below are the major improvements in more detail:

Audio Random Access (ARA) Support

Plug-ins and plug-in hosts built on top of JUCE can now use the Audio Random Access (ARA) SDK to access a much more powerful plug-in API. The ARA SDK augments the VST3 and Audio Unit interfaces to allow plug-ins to read audio samples from a DAW outside of the normal live audio time constraints, enabling the development of plug-ins like Celemony’s Melodyne. Without being tied to individual realtime buffers plug-ins can operate more like sample editors, and the dynamic exchange of information like tempo and key provides a rich platform for building much more advanced audio effects.

LV2 Support

The addition of LV2 to JUCE’s suite of plug-in formats widens the reach of JUCE-based plug-ins and hosts. It is now much easier to integrate JUCE into many open source projects and developers can access new audio platforms and communities.

macOS and iOS Graphical Rendering Improvements

On macOS and iOS we have a new asynchronous default rendering mode that moves much of the computational burden off the main application thread, resulting in faster and more responsive GUIs. We also have the option of enabling much more precise control over redrawn regions via a new Metal layer renderer, which can improve performance of particularly busy GUIs dramatically.

Hardware Synchronised Drawing

On Windows, macOS and iOS drawing events are now synchronised with hardware screen refreshes. The batching of graphical invalidation regions eases pressure on the main application thread and provides compatibility with the dynamic refresh rates provided by Apple’s ProMotion displays. Display synchronised drawing prevents redundant computation and provides smoother animations.

JUCE 7.0 is available now.

Cherry Audio Intros Lowdown Bass Synthesizer, A Virtual Taurus

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Cherry Audio has introduced Lowdown Bass Synthesizer, a new software synthesizer based on the most renowned dual-oscillator bass pedal synth ever made, the Moog Taurus.

The original analog gear was the first dedicated foot-controlled bass synthesizer outside of a handful of organ-oriented instruments. Its colossal tone was an integral part of top acts of the 70s and 80s, including Rush, Yes, Genesis, U2, and The Police.

It was more than just a standard monosynth with pedals attached. It used Hz/oct oscillator scaling, instead of the more common volts/oct oscillator scaling), which allows the detuning amount to remain constant across the range, minimizing the phase cancellation of two oscillators playing simultaneously.

While the Hz/octave design of the original meant that it was only practical to use within a limited range (like the more recent Minotaur synth), Cherry Audio’s virtual version doesn’t have that physical limitation.

Features:

  • Virtual analog emulation of the renowned monophonic bass pedal synth
  • Beyond bass: propel Lowdown from the fat deep end and up to soaring leads
  • Massive dual oscillators (Saw, Square)
  • Throaty 24dB/octave lowpass filter with controls for Cutoff, Emphasis, and Contour
  • Single-button access to Bull, Tuba, and Bass three factory presets
  • Variable live-panel mode, available with a single click
  • Additional one-button controls to activate Glide, Decay, and Octave
  • Loudness and Filter master “foot” sliders
  • Recessed panel provides access to programmable functions: Tune, Beat, Glide, Octave, Mix, and OSC B Frequency
  • Rendered and animated foot pedal keyboard
  • Select from 14 under-the-pedals floor surfaces
  • Over 40 presets in an extensive preset browsing menu, and unlimited user preset storage
  • Full MIDI control
  • Full DAW automation for all controls

Pricing and Availability:

Cherry Audio Lowdown is available now, with an intro price of $25 USD. .