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Arto Vaarala updates Kirnu Cream to v1.1

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Arto Vaarala has released version 1.1 of Kirnu Cream, a MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream

With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff. The only obstacle is your imagination :)

Changes in Kirnu Cream v1.1

  • Chords can now be played by using keys. The first CM slot can be played using the first key from Track Key Area. Second note triggers the second CM slot etc..
  • CM Triggering feature can be enabled by mouse right click on the track selection buttons and selecting from the selection list.
  • Improved looping behaviour in various hosts.
  • Fixed data looper synchronisation problems.
  • Fixed pattern sort order change bug when switching patterns via Pattern Sequencer.
  • New feature: Patterns can be changed now with program change messages. message 0-11 changes Track 1 patterns, message 12-23 changes Track 2 patterns etc.
  • Usability: Added numbers to data bars.
  • New presets added.

Kirnu Cream for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 35 EUR.

More information: Kirnu

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Arto Vaarala updates Kirnu Cream to v1.0.8

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Kirnu Cream

Arto Vaarala has released version 1.0.8 of its Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. It works on both 32 and 64 bit systems. Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

Changes in Cream v1.0.8

  • New: MIDI FX plugin for Logic X.
  • Improved overall loop playing problems.
  • Improved AU plugin MIDI connection scheme. Cream connects automatically to the first IAC Bus it finds.

Kirnu Cream for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs 35 EUR.

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Review: Arto Vaarala Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin

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I don’t normally use arpeggiators much. It’s not that I dislike them, I just don’t really need them for producing my music.

That said, I do enjoy happy accidents and I like drawing inspiration from things I would normally not think of doing myself — randomize FTW — so why not give Kirnu Cream a try.

Aarto Vaarala says this plug-in is not like your traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer, rather it is a very powerful MIDI performer, intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Arto Vaarala Kirnu Cream
Kirnu Cream is a full featured MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Setting up Cream is quite straightforward. Just load the plugin on a MIDI track, set the output to the instrument you want to control, and feed Cream some MIDI notes. MIDI routing is not the same for all host applications, so if you’re not sure how to do this you can check Arto Vaarala’s YouTube channel for instructions on setting it up with Ableton and Logic.

Kirnu Cream has 4 tracks that can drive individual MIDI instruments with up to 12 patterns each. The patterns feature gate, swing, octave, transpose and rate controls for each of the patterns. These controls can be locked to prevent presets from changing the values.
Each track has the following pattern data screens:

  • Order sets which note is played (none, previous, last, first, high, low & random).
  • Chordmem selects which chord is used (16 chord memory slots available, up to 8 notes per chord).
  • Length multiplies the note lengths of a step.
  • Gate sets the note length for individual steps.
  • Accent adjusts note velocity.
  • Transp for transposing notes in semitones (or chosen scale).
  • Div allows notes to be divided into multiple (shorter) notes.
  • Shift lets you shift notes left and right.
  • Seq specifies which of all notes of a held chord in a step are actually played.

You also get 8 MIDI CC slots in which you can control additional parameters after assigning them with MIDI learn.

Each pattern data screen has up to 32 steps and various play orders, and they can be looped individually with the loop control. Looping is left to right, right to left, or back and forth between start & end, and reverse. The pattern data can simply be drawn in with your mouse, and there are handy copy/paste, randomize and clear buttons. Unfortunately there is no undo/redo.

A pattern sequencer is also included. It has 16 slots in which you can assign the pattern, length and amount of repeats. Cream uses a number of MIDI keys to control pattern data toggles and pattern changes, which follows the global pattern change sync. Cream comes with some 40 scales to restrict the notes used by the arp.

Check this nice demonstration video on how to use Kirnu Cream’s loop points, patterns and the pattern sequencer to create a nice chord progression.

So what do I think?

Product: Kirnu Cream by Arto Vaarala
Format: VST/AU instrument plugin
Price: 35 EUR
Like: inspirational & flexible MIDI performer, control zones, randomize
Don’t like: not so intuitive
Verdict: 8/10

Well, I’m still a bit divided on Cream. While I am well impressed with what it can do, I prefer to simply program my sequences manually. That is, when I know exactly what I am looking for.

I think Cream (and arp tools in general) might be more useful to producers of certain types of electronic music. Arps are a staple of the trance diet, and I can see Cream will definitely be something that can improve/speed up one’s workflow a lot. However, I don’t produce trance.

What does totally click with me though, is using Cream as an inspirational tool. Enter some data in the pattern screens, clicks a randomize button, set some loop points, and voila! It allows me to create sequences that I would never not think of myself. With the right settings you can even use it on drum/percussion instruments to create interesting rhythmic sequences. Being able to control patterns with MIDI is great for live performances, as well as the creative process in the studio.

I would like to point out that I didn’t find Cream totally intuitive. This could be due to my lack of experience with arp tools. The manual explains the basics pretty well and it is worth a read for the shortkeys, but for more hands-on instructions you should watch Arto Vaarala’s YouTube videos.

In short, Kirnu Cream is powerful and inspirational MIDI tool. It goes well beyond the traditional arpeggiator, offering lots of flexibility in programming and performance.

More information: Kirnu Cream

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Mystery Islands updates JP-80×0 Hardware Editor Plug-in to v1.1.6

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Mystery Islands JP-80x0 Editor

Mystery Islands has released version 1.1.6 of its JP-80×0 Editor Plug-In for Mac.

You ever wanted to control, automate & work with your Roland JP-8000 / JP-8080 the way this modern world requires? Now it’s possible with our AU / VST plugin that allows you to get your Hardware into your modern DAW.

We developed this plugin together with Arto Vaarala who’s long experience with coding made all this possible. This plugin is great even if your JP-8000 / JP-8080 is broken (knobs & sliders not working).

Changes in JP-80×0 Editor Plug-In v1.1.6

  • All knob movements from Hardware can be seen visually in Plugin user interface.
  • All button / menu selections are updated to the Plugin user interface as well.
  • Added delay between outgoing SysEx packages, so the data is handled correctly.
  • Added All Notes Off (CC#123) message to prevent hanging notes while changing patches.
  • Fixed value displays for Tempo, OSC 2 range and Fine tuning knobs.
  • New knobs added to replace the old ones.
  • Storing patches to the hardware unit is now possible.
  • Soundset by Alan Marcero included.

The plugin is available to purchase for Mac (VST/AU) for 49.95 EUR. A VST version for Windows is in development.

More information: Mystery Islands / JP-80×0 Editor Plug-In

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Arto Vaarala updated Kirnu Cream to v1.0.3

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Kirnu Cream

Arto Vaarala has released version 1.0.3 of the Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. It works on both 32 and 64 bit systems.

Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

Changes in Kirnu Cream v1.0.3

  • Improved behavior when host transport is in loop mode.
  • Improved odd notes behavior.
  • Fixed: Inconsistent PLAY ORDER for adjacent notes.
  • Fixed: 1.0.2 broke something in arp timing.

Kirnu Cream for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs 35 EUR.

More information: Kirnu Cream

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Mystery Islands releases JP-80×0 Hardware Editor Plug-in

Mystery Islands has announced the release of the JP-80×0 Hardware Editor Plug-in for Mac.

You ever wanted to control, automate & work with your JP-8000 / JP-8080 the way this modern world requires? Now it’s possible with our AU / VST plugin that allows you to get your Hardware into your modern DAW. We developed this plugin together with Arto Vaarala who’s long experience with coding made all this possible.

Mystery Islands JP-80x0 Editor

JP-80×0 editor features

  • Load in as an AudioUnit or VST for MAC (32 & 64 bit INTEL only!)
  • Edit both layers separately from single plugin window.
  • Link layers to edit both layers at the same time.
  • Scroll thru User Performances (U:11 – U:88) from Hardware.
  • Sends out all parameter values when you open up your project with the plugin or load a saved patch.
  • MIDI & SysEx transmission between the DAW and the Hardware (requires MIDI interface).
  • Patches saved within your daw are scrollable.
  • Load and Save banks to and from your HDD.
  • Edit almost every function of your JP. JP-8080 and JP-8000 incompatible parameters marked with **.
  • All important parameters can be automated.

The plugin is now available to purchase for Mac (VST/AU) for 49.95 EUR. Windows VSTi is scheduled for release in Q3, 2013.

More information: Mystery Islands / JP-80×0 Editor

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Arto Varaala updated Kirnu Cream to v1.0.2

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Kirnu Cream

Arto Varaala has updated the Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plug-in to v1.0.2.

Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. It works on both 32 and 64 bit systems.
Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

Changes in Kirnu Cream v1.0.2

  • Track key area ranges caused key area overlapping (i.e track 3 C5-B5, track 4 C6-B6 pressing C5 caused track 4 also to trigger). Fixed.
  • Pattern step data copy/paste doesn’t work. Fixed.
  • Stuck notes when Swing is used with Div and too low Gate length. Fixed.
  • Fixed: Cream is now fully compatible with OS X 10.5.
  • Fixed: Step indicator visuals are stuck on “off” steps.
  • Fixed: Odd notes (1/16D,1/16T) handling.

Kirnu Cream is available to purchase for 35 EUR (Windows and Mac, VST/AU).

More information: Kirnu Cream

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Arto Vaarala updates Kirnu to v1.2

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Arto Vaarala Kirnu

Arto Vaarala has updated Kirnu, a free MIDI arpeggiator plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Changes in Kirnu v1.2

  • Kirnu 1.2 now uses completely new MIDI engine.
  • Fixed bug when automating the Direction parameter.
  • Looping problems in Studio One, Cubase…
  • Custom sort mode changed to use absolute note list values.
  • Custom sort mode fixed to behave correctly as it should have from the beginning.
  • Fixed memory leaks.
  • Midi learn available in pattern step view.
  • Midi learn state is now saved when preset is saved.
  • Kirnu is no more focused when it gets mouse over event.
  • [Mac OS X] Popup Menu bug fixed – No more popup menu versions.
  • [Mac OS X] Experimental AU version which supports virtual output. The Bus selection is in the about box and set as ‘Virtual output’ by default. Expect some latency because Kirnu and host aren’t in sync when using this method.
  • Known Issues:
    • No presets yet they will be added soon as will new tutorial videos.
    • There are still looping misbehaviours when using Studio one 2 because of Studio One’s looping bugs. Kirnu will work properly when the bugs are corrected by PreSonus.

Note: Kirnu version 1.2 is not compatible with previous versions because of parameter changes.

Kirnu for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to download at no cost.

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