ArtVera releases ART Pyrite synth plugin

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ArtVera has announced the release of ART Pyrite, a powerful atmospheric software synthesizer for Windows.

ArtVera ART Pyrite

It creates unique variable Atmospheres, Soundscapes, Pads, Textures, Ambient, Sound Effects & Rhythmic and Melodic Sequences.

Running ART Pyrite 32 bit plugin in a 64 bit host might require a bridge-adapter/wrapper like JBridge.
This is not necessary if you use a 64 bit OS (Vista or Windows 7/8) and a 32 bit host.

This software synthesizer offers a wide spectrum of miscellaneous sounds, suitable for all music styles including NewAge and Movie Music.

You can easily create your own presets with basic sounds or by using sounds from external SF2 files. You also can create dynamic sequences by using wide possibilities of the modulation section and/or by using an included step sequencer for one oscillator, couple of oscillators or all oscillators. There is also available the Random button which can be used to change most of the parameters including changes of waveforms to create really unique sounds.

ART Pyrite features

  • Two analog-style oscillators featuring 22 waveforms.
  • Two digital-PCM oscillators powered by 256 different waveforms in two internal source banks.
  • Two filters – 24db Lowpass and 12db Low/Highpass selectable.
  • Two amplitude ADSR-style envelope generators.
  • Two filter ADSR-style envelope generators.
  • One 16-step polyphonic sequencer with Random button of Volume level (BPM syncable or manually).
  • Two LFO with three amounts routed to nine different destinations (BPM syncable or manually).
  • One Sample & Hold with three amounts routed to nine different destinations (BPM syncable or manually).
  • One vLFO for very low frequency modulations (BPM syncable or manually).
  • One specially modulated droning chorus for the digital-PCM oscillators (9 modes).
  • One synced Cross-Stereo-Delay with feedback modulated by vLFO, LFO1, S&H or manually.
  • One Reverb unit.
  • One Random button to randomize different sets of waveforms and most parameters.
  • The possibility to load external SF2 files into digital-PCM oscillators.
  • MIDI Learn/CC Edit for most control elements.
  • Inbuilt MIDI CC/Value displays and Bank/Preset Manager.
  • 12 voices polyphony.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • Straightforward and readable UI – all control elements are on a single screen. Suitable for monitors with higher resolutions.
  • Three full preset banks sorted to sound categories: Atmosphere-Pad, Atmosphere-Ambient-FX, Atmosphere-Melody-Rhythm.
  • Most of presets have the setting to synchronisation of host tempo. These were made at default tempo 120 BPM.
  • Additional presets made by Daniel Kemp.
  • The separated SF2 file for the possibility to use it also in another software applications with SF2 support.
  • Size of “RAR” archive is 147 MB – 218 MB uncompressed.

ART Pyrite for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for $60 USD. A free version with some limited features is available to download.

More information: ArtVera / ART Pyrite

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Artvera releases Exposure free library for Kontakt

Artvera has announced the release of Exposure, a free sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Artvera Exposure

The sound library Exposure is dedicated to a memory of Tim Conrardy (1957 – 2009).

Exposure includes ambient pads, atmospheric sounds, melodic and ambient loops and some arpeggios in 52 instruments.

Exposure features

  • For Kontakt 5.2.1 and higher.
  • 123 samples in ncw format.
  • Total of 52 instruments (341 MB uncompressed).
  • Two layers/groups for each instrument.
  • EQ, LPF, HPF and 5 effects.
  • Chord and Arpeggiator.

The library is available to download from Artvera.

More information: Artvera

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Fretted Synth releases SafFronSE SoundFont synth plug-in

Fretted Synth has released SafFronSE, a free SoundFont synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

SafFronSE is an update to the original SafFron MIDI triggered sound font synth with a beautiful UI by Vera Kinter (ArtVera)

Fretted Synth SafFronSE
Fretted Synth SafFronSE

New in SafFronSE

  • Made with the current version of SynthEdit (should fix use of multiple instances of SafFron).
  • Can now load sound fonts with layers and velocity splits.
  • Load up to three sound fonts with separate controls for on\off, level, pan, course and fine tuning.
  • Updated filter with separate envelopes for cutoff and resonance.
  • Added a five band equalizer and limiter (the limiter is only designed to work with fast peaks, pushing it too hard with sustained material will result in a not pretty distortion).
  • Updated all of the effects.

SafFron SE is available to download as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

SafFronSEDownload size: 3.7 MB

More information: Fretted Synth

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Review: Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio has recently released Alchemy Player, a virtual instrument for playing and tweaking ready-to-play sounds from Camel Audio’s soundbank collection. Alchemy Player features the same advanced sample manipulation engine as its bigger brother, but you only get access to a limited amount of parameters for modifying sounds.

Since every Alchemy soundbank now comes with a copy of Alchemy Player you don’t actually need the full product anymore to enjoy these sounds.

I had a go with Cinematic, one of Camel Audio’s latest Alchemy soundbanks.

Cinematic will provide loads of inspiration for film, TV and ambient composers. With dramatic soundscapes, mysterious textures and evocative atmospheres, it covers a lot of emotional ground, with moods ranging from gentle and thoughtful, romantic and moving, through upbeat all the way to bleak and disturbing.

Ideal for many genres such as action and adventure, suspense, sci-fi and horror, and packed with slowly evolving details and innovative instrumental layers, Cinematic also includes over 100 MB of new samples ranging from a collection of thunderous hits and stabs to tinkling chimes, suspense-filled drones, bowed horror ambiences, treated guitar washes, and a selection of analogue and digital synths and keyboard sounds.

The Cinematic soundbank includes 150 presets, with 8 variations each for a total of 1,200 sounds that can be dialed in from the remix pad. Here’s the breakdown in types of sound: 53 soundscapes, 27 pads, 19 sound effects, 13 loops, 11 vocals, 5 arps, 5 mallets, 4 basses, 4 strings, 4 synths, 3 organs, 2 keys.

The sounds were programmed by a host of sound designers: Martin Walker, Artvera, Luftrum, Denis Goekdag, Junkie XL, Christian Kjeldsen, Niklas Silen, Cyforce, Ugo, Antonio Blanca, and Himalaya.

The Alchemy Player itself has a straightforward interface with a preset browser section and a bunch of performance controls.

Camel Audio Alchemy Player
Camel Audio Alchemy Player

For manipulation of the sounds every preset has specific parameters linked to the performance controls. The full Alchemy sound engine is available in the player version but you will only be able to manipulate those parameters that the sound designer chose for each particular preset.

Note: You can actually turn the player into a time-limited full version of Alchemy (3 week demo) but let me warn you that this is a cunning plan devised to get you addicted to Alchemy. There is a considerable chance you’ll end up wanting to upgrade… yes, it’s that great!

Not all of the programmed sound variations sound terribly different from one another but you certainly get a lot more than the 150 initial sounds, and you can morph the remix pad variations and use the performance knobs to create new variations of your own.

You can listen to a few preset by preset demonstrations below. The remix pad is used to morph between variations.

So what do I think?

Product: Cinematic (for Alchemy) by Camel Audio
Format: Alchemy soundbank, includes Alchemy Player (VST/AU)
Price: $59 USD/£39 GBP/49 EUR

I found Cinematic to be a well balanced collection of sounds with plenty of variation within the various categories. The overall quality of presets is outstanding; I especially enjoyed the soundscapes section.

Each of the sound designers brings his/her own personal flavor yet the whole thing still feels like a pretty coherent set of sounds. Highlights for me are Luftrum’s stunning pads and pretty much everything by Martin Walker, who consistently delivers amazing, highly cinematic sounds.

Much like Native Instruments with its Kore and Kore Player platform, Camel Audio is now offering its soundbanks to a new audience with Alchemy Player. For those who are looking to just get some great sounds without investing in an expensive and possibly superfluous instrument, this player format is perfect.

Still, I would recommend activating the 3 week Alchemy demo just to experience the full potential of this fantastic instrument.

More information: Camel Audio / Cinematic

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Nucleus SoundLab releases Viral Outbreak

Nucleus SoundLab Viral Outbreak

Nucleus SoundLab has released Viral Outbreak, a new soundware product based on the sounds of the Virus TI hardware synthesizer.

Viral Outbreak features

  • Powered by a full copy of the WusikEngine V4 by Wusik.com (No sampler required). You can even use this engine to load our other Wusikstation libraries.
  • Nearly 3.5GB of multisamples comprising 180+ soundsets.
  • Sampled at 32-bit 96khz quality (For resource efficiency, then carefully downsampled to 24-bit 48khz).
  • Comes loaded with nearly 950 presets by the best preset designers out there: Pro-Sounds, Teksonik, Tim Conrardy, Jeremy Janzen, rsmus7 and more.
  • TI-inspired skin by Vera Kinter.
  • Nearly 2GB compressed in Refill format (contains the exact same samples as the VSTi).
  • 235 unique Reason Combinators included by a variety of talented Reason sound designers included Adam Fielding, Tom Pritchard, Nick Hutton, and Shaun Wallace.
  • Large variety of additional individual patches for Reason’s modules.
  • Programmed for Reason 4, and as such makes good use of Thor and RPG-8.

Viral Outbreak is available as an download for $99.95 CAD (DVD optional for $10). Both a demo Refill and demo VSTi (Windows PC) are available for free download.

Visit Nucleus SoundLab for more information and sound demos.

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