xoxos Syng2, a voice synthesizer plug-in for Windows PC, is now available for free.
To mark the advent of 2009, I held a poll at kvraudio to elect one of 2008′s commercial plugins as freeware. Syng2 had 37 votes with Horizon following at 29.
Syng2 is a classic source > filter voice synthesizer with some improvements, including word sequences and processing external audio in mono or stereo.
You can listen to some Syng2 demo mp3s here, or download the full version from the xoxos website.
xoxos has released fauna, a VSTi which emulates animal vocalisations by inducing oscillation as a function of structure instead of processing a source oscillator.
fauna is an elementary application of the kelly-lochbaum tract in conjunction with a simple reed model.
The kelly-lochbaum vocal tract employs a series of coefficients representing open area of the vocal tract to compute transmission.
The length of the tract is divided into five sections, or waveguides. these waveguides function as conventional delays set to very short times to model the acoustic transmission through air.
xoxos explains fauna with a pretty illustration.
The low waveguide count allows a variety of animal sounds to be mimiced to some degree at a low cpu expenditure.
The glottis functions as a valve, opening with pressure from the lungs and closing with pressure returning from the mouth. The smaller the aperture, the higher the reflection.
The throat of the tract is tapped separately and passed through a resonant low pass filter to add throat or body resonances. These are key components of some tones. The signal at the throat is generally less detailed than the mouth output.
The final stage of the signal chain is a 6db high pass filter, which can indicate size and proximity of the source.
fauna is freeware and can be downloaded here.
2008-02-06: Fauna is now released as donationware. A demo version is available for download (demo has 16 patches, paid version has 107).
More info here.
xoxos has released Piamo, an elementarily modeled virtual piano, providing variable performance timbrality in a gentle emulation leant to abstraction.
“What would a simple physically modeled piano sound like?”
Piamo (“I love Pi”) provides the performance benefits of modeling in a low computational form.
The fundamental elements of the piano are modeled to create a timbrally expressive instrument less convincing than the excellent commercial emulations.
Piamo is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC. It is included with Pling3.
A functional demo is can be downloaded here (limited to three voices of polyphony, the full version is distributed with 8 voices).
Visit xoxos for more information and a demo mp3.
xoxos has released Spring2, a spring reverb emulation effect plug-in for Windows.
Spring2 uses conventional signal processing techniques to model the well-known spring reverb effect. While significantly more CPU power would be required to achieve closer emulation using this method, especially to model the dispersive characteristics more accurately, this version is intended as a compromise between what is possible and what is sensible, and the impulse response of this effect is generally similar to that of a physical spring.
Spring2 allows the length and dispersive frequency of up to three springs to be configured and includes a non-linearity to model the amplification transformer.
Spring2 is available to purchase as a VST effect plugin for Windows, priced at $10 USD.
More information: xoxos / Spring2
xoxos has released Horizon, a virtual instrument plug-in for Windows PC.
Horizon combines lush stereo unison voicing with a phrase sequencer that stays in key when the sequence is transposed.
This simple format makes Horizon ideal for lead sounds in dance and other styles. The oscillators are also suitable for producing panoramic pads, before any stereo effects are applied to the signal.
- 2 x 32 voice oscillators with five stereo algorithms.
- 10 oscillator waveforms including 4 modulating contours (sine, saw, ramp, peak, triangle, square, curve, pulse-saw, sine-saw, res).
- noise oscillator.
- per voice prefilter distortion with 6 modes.
- 2 stereo 6 pole filters run in serial or parallel.
- 3 tempo syncable LFOs (sine, triangle, ramp, saw, square, dip, hump, 4 curve modes, step rnd, smooth rnd).
- 3 envelopes.
- 9 modular destinations.
- 8 step phrase sequencer which transposes to user input scale.
Horizon is available for purchase for $25 USD. A demo version (limited to two voice polyphony) is available for download here.
Visit xoxos for more information.
xoxos has released amboea, a delay effect plug-in for Windows.
amboea is a multitap/multidelay effect designed for ambient music. it arose from this discussion where i proposed a delay with irregularly spaced echoes. spirit described an effect that had varying synced echoes for ambient music, and this is my interpretation.
- 8 stereo biquad filtered, panned integer delay lines.
- Serial or parallel configuration.
- Algorithmic crossfading before or after delay lines.
- Windowed pitch shifting.
- Randomised lfo modulation of feedback amount (optionally amp or cutoff).
amboea for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $10 USD until 1 March, 2011 (regular price $15 USD).
More information: xoxos
Xoxos has released Noisemo, a freeware VSTi plug-in for Windows PC.
xoxos Noisemo GUI
Noisemo features 2 synced noise ‘oscillators’ with an ‘autoblend’. The result sounds like overprocessed samples, good for idm, d&b fx, etc. Noisemo includes 16 presets to get you started.
Looks like a nice synth to experiment with. Download it from xoxos.net here.
xoxos has released the Effects Suite 2010, a bundle of effect plug-ins for Windows.
This bundle is an assortment of standard audio VST effects.. delays, a reverb, filter.. produced for various reasons. The reverb is intended to be a cpu-economising solution for when Ambience VST is too much.. a modulation delay and multiband equaliser provide oversampling for my own applications.. a modulated filter plugin I’ve been using for years.. a filtered static delay that crossfades between stereo and ping pong settings, and a phaser just for the experience of coding a phaser..
Perhaps one or two of these effects may be appealing to most users. For the sake of enterprise I’ve bundled the lot of them at a current price of $10. Why anyone would pay for basic effects is beyond me, however should you choose to purchase the bundle, you’ll find an extra “fun surprise” effect included – the happy meal, or sugary breakfast cereal of consumable VST effects packages.
The xoxos Effects Suite 2010 bundle is available to purchase for Windows PC (VST), priced at $10 USD.
More information: xoxos