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Aly James Lab releases VSDS-X drum synth plugin

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Aly James Lab VSDS-X

Aly James Lab has released VSDS-X (Virtual Simmons Drum System eXtended), a Simmons SDSV drum synthesizer emulation for Windows.

The Simmons drums were all over the place, on countless records and live shows during the 80s, used by artists and bands like Genesis, King Crimson, Jean Michel Jarre, Prince, Herbie hancock, Pink Floyd, etc. The sound was not especially realistic but it was not the goal… the goal was to be huge and versatile. The most famous drum brain called the SDS-V or SDS5 was a drum synthesizer, bringing synthesis into the drummer hands. To this day the unique sound of that machine is highly regarded and only using samples of Simmons Drums cannot reproduce the wide range of sounds this machine can deliver and especially the warm and punchy analog character. The whole circuitry stands next to the unique sample based characters of the hihat & cymbal in that unique sounding team. It can also be used for non-standard 80s drums.

VSDSX provides the closest experience to the real thing, it models accurately the analog character of the sound generation, internal circuitry, clocks and counters that read EPROM memory, feed the 8bit DAC which decodes the hihat and cymbal EPROMs data in real-time. It models the SSM2044 filters with fine tuning control over a lots of internal circuitry resistors. CV, trigger shapes and VCA response can also be tuned to produce a wide range of sounds, and punch/response, this also emulates how the module will react if triggered with pads, Simmons pads or sequencer… Separate outputs for your DAW, velocity handling, etc. One voice can load your own external EPROM data like on a real SDS1 (EPROM based) pad… This opens up onto a whole new range of sound, still being processed by the circuitry.

The plugin is available for Windows (VST) as donationware, with a minimum donation of $15 USD.

More information: Aly James Lab / VSDS-X

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Aly James Lab releases vLinn LM-1 drum synth

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Aly James Lab has launched vLinn LM-1, a virtual Linn LM-1 drum instrument for Windows.

Aly James Lab vLinn LM-1

The VLINN LM-1 DRUM VST provides the closest experience to the real thing because it is not based on samples, instead it accurately models the clocks and counters that reads EPROMS memory feeding the AM6070 DACs to decode the EPROMS data in realtime, models the CEM 3320 filters with tweakable control over the CV pulses shapes to let more or less transient pass through unfiltered or completely bypass them, special hihat circuitry and VCA providing different hihat sound on each trigger and decay control, separate tuning for all voices with already a wider range without tweaking the electronics…separate outputs for your DAW, velocity handling etc…

You will maintain that raw sound at every tune! On top of the cake 7+1 voices can be replaced with external EPROM data like on a real machine… Opening up a whole new range of sound, still being processed by the circuitry.

The plugin is available for Windows (VST), for a minimum donation of 15 EUR.

More information: Aly James Lab / vLinn LM-1

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Aly James Lab releases Super PSG synthesizer plugin

Aly James Lab has released Super PSG (Super Portable Sound Generator), a synthesizer instrument for Windows that emulates the SN76489 Sega Master System sound chip, and more.

Aly James Lab Super PSG

SPSG is not simply an SN76489 emulator, it adds many extended features to squeeze to most of the sound chip and a huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful 8-bit tool for modern music production.

You can design typical and not so typical sounds of that era and experiment from the presets already available. Go further with extended controls, and even midi control a real SN76489 sound chip with a special hardware that YOU can built. The system also works with the GENMDM interface designed
by Little Scale.

The plugin is available for Windows (VST) as donationware (minimum donation of $10 USD).

More information: Aly James Lab / Super PSG

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Aly James Lab updates FMDRIVE plugin to v1.23

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has released version 1.23 of FMDRIVE, a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis FM synthesizer instrument for Windows.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

Changes in FMDRIVE v1.23

  • Rewritten envelope cycles system to improve YM2612 engine accuracy again.
  • Improved volume tables.
  • New SSG selection method.
  • Adjusted PCM DAC ladder noise.
  • Corrected DAC on/off register not being saved with patches.
  • Solved Program change memory BUG (causing certain YM2612 registers not being updated after closing and re-opening the plug-in interface).
  • Pitch bend range can now be set (1-12 semitones).
  • Glide mode can be set to portamento or glide behavior.
  • Corrected sync between GUI and registers.
  • Envelope generator sliders reversed for a better sync with GenMDM.

FMDRIVE for Windows (VST) is available for a minimum donation of 10 EUR. The update is free to registered users.

More information: Aly James Lab / FMDRIVE

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Aly James Lab updates FMDRIVE synth plugin to v1.2

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has updated the FMDRIVE Sega Mega Drive / Genesis FM synthesizer plug-in for Windows to version 1.2.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI!

It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

Changes in FMDRIVE v1.2

  • Rewritten fast & accurate distortion emulation “ladder effect” of MD model 1.
  • PCM sample data DAC filter improved (now also benefit from the ladder effect too).
  • New DAC PCM data read LOOP function (can loop the sample data with start and end point for nice fx).
  • New DAC PCM wav files can now also be browed & imported via windows native explorer (with no location limitation).
  • New Polyphony up to 6 voices.
  • New optional frequency FREEZE (fixed frequency) for SPECIAL MODE.
  • New solid or line view for the envelope generators display with release stage highlight.
  • Improved CSM mode implementation.
  • CSM mode now respond to Release rate (RR) and handle external MIDI channels correctly.
  • Glide is now available in polyphonic mode too!.
  • Improved MONO mode.
  • Plus minor audio engine and GUI improvement.

The FMDRIVE plug-in for Windows (VST) is available as donationware with a minimum donation of 10 EUR.

More information: Aly James / FMDRIVE

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Aly James Lab releases FMDRIVE synth plugin

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has released FMDRIVE, a virtual synthesizer instrument that emulates the Sega Genesis / Megadrive sound chip.

Fact is that the Megadrive had a very characteristic and cool sound, -much- cooler than Nintendo’s :)
I grew up playing some great games on the genesis. So, I thought the Genesis/Megadrive also deserves that kind of attention and its own VST Instrument.

You may think, the YM2612 chip is basically another 4 Operator YAMAHA FM synth but there is more… DAC, SSG Envelopes and Special operating MODES. On top of that the SEGA had a distinctive distorted sound, more or less present, depending on revision models.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

You can design a vast range of sounds on top of 33000 instruments presets already extracted from Games ROMS. Go further with extended controls, and even MIDI control the real hardware with a special add on interface: The GENMDM designed by Little Scale.

FMDRIVE for Windows (VST/Standalone) is available at a minimum donation of 10 EUR.

More information: Aly James Lab / FMDRIVE

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Aly James releases Bite Crusha effect plug-in public beta

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Aly James has announced a public beta for the Bite-Crusha effect plug-in.

This brand new Aly James vst plugin is designed to crush, decimate and transform any wave signals into square bits chip colored romance!

For all sound designers & music experimentalist, primarily designed for electric guitar & bass this
baby can be used on drums, synths, vocals & basically every sound you plug in this machine…

Bite Crusha beta features

  • Internal Preamp Stage.
  • Filtered Octaver.
  • Bit Crusher 24bits to 1bits & Sample Rate Reducer 44100 to 200 Hz.
  • Alienator Granular Time & Amplitude Modulation (pitch shifter/ ring mod/ delay).
  • Speaker amp simulation using marshall 1970 guitar cabinet impulse.
  • Decimator Stage with Sample & Hold and Signal Quantizer.
  • Analog modeled Low Pass Filter.
  • Internal Limiter.
  • In & Out Scopes.
  • Full Midi assignable Control.
  • Assignable LFO.
  • Internal Double Resonant Midi Controlled Oscillators.
  • Stereo Mode.

Bite Crusha beta (VST) is available to download exclusively from Aly James’ Facebook page.

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