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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

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

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.

Nucleus SoundLab announces Viral Outbreak VSTi and Reason Refill

Nucleus SoundLab Viral Outbreak

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

Using the power of extensive 96khz multisampling, manual looping and professional preset design, Nucleus SoundLab brings this powerful electronica sound to your productions!

Viral Outbreak contains all manner of TI-based sounds. Classic wavetables, raw saw and pulse waveforms (sampled at multiple pulsewidths), unison dance leads, breathtaking pads, bizarre formant effects, massive supersaws and even punchy synth drumkits.

Viral Outbreak features

  • No sampler required! Viral Outbreak is powered by a full copy of the amazing WusikEngine V4 by Wusik.com. You can even use this engine to load 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 800+ presets by the best preset designers out there: Pro-Sounds, Teksonik, Tim Conrardy, Jeremy Janzen, rsmus7 and more.
  • An amazing, TI-inspired, Wusikstation v1-v3 skin by Vera Kinter (preview here).
  • Refill details
    • Nearly 2GB compressed in Refill format. (contains the exact same samples as the VSTi)
    • 200+ unique Reason Combinators included by a variety of talented Reason sound designers included Adam Fielding, Tom Pritchard, Nick Hutton and more.
    • 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 will be available in late Q1 2008 , priced at $99.95 CAD delivered electronically. You can already pre-order either the VSTi or the Refill for 15% off – $84.95. In addition, pre-orderers will receive Ambient Drums in either Wusikstation or Refill format as a free gift.

If you already own the Viral Outbreak Volume One Wusikstation soundset, you’ll still find 1.3GB+ of new sample content and a variety of new presets (including 128 professional presets by Pro-Sounds). The crossgrade price is $29.95 (does not include the VSTi engine), or $44.95 for both formats (pre-order price is $24.95, or $39.95 for both formats).

Visit Nucleus SoundLab for more information and sound demos.

ArtVera Music releases Drumatoxin Drum and Percussion Collection

ArtVera Drumatoxin

ArtVera Music has released Drumatoxin, a drum and percussion sound library for Wusikstation version 3.15 and higher.

It is a sparkling collection of electronically processed drum and percussive sounds that can liven the most sagging drum track. Almost 2000 quality drum samples in 32 drum sets offer the broad spectrum of usage in various music styles. You get sounds for live or sequenced drum tracks that are outright drum kits, sequencer driven sets, electronic and ambient, percussive sounds, industrial sounds, and basses.

Drumatoxin features

  • Size: 450 MB (uncompressed), 170 MB downloadable in a RAR archive.
  • 577 presets created by Vera Kinter (Artvera) and Daniel Kemp (dnekm).
  • Almost all presets are rhythmical and/or melodic sequences.
  • Overall: 32 drum sets with almost 2000 samples processed with various effects for really unique sounds (no dry acoustic sets). Each drum set includes 61 samples mapped to keys in range C3 (36) to C8 (96). All samples are in mono format, 16 bit, 44100 kHz.
  • 15 samplesets of bass sounds for creating presets Drum & Bass.
  • Compatible with Wusikstation version 3.15 and higher.

Drumatoxin is available as an instant download for $40 USD. (A bundle of Mistral and Drumatoxin is available for $60 USD, while Mistral users can get Drumatoxin for $30 USD).

Visit ArtVera Music for more information and sound demos.

Venuc releases Ansine v2.0 and Disine v2.0

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Venuc Ansine v2.0

Venuc has released version 2.0 of Ansine and Disine, two freeware VSTi plug-ins made with SynthEdit.

Ansine is a virtual analog synthesizer and Disine is a phase distortion / frequency modulation synthesizer.

New in v2.0

  • Improved sound quality
  • HP,LP,BP,BR Multi Filter
  • Filter LFO (Ansine)
  • Hybrid synthesis (Disine)
  • Phase Distortion / Frequency Modulation (Disine)
  • Cool Graphical Interface (Thanks to Artvera knob design)

Visit Venuc for more information, audio demos, and links to download Ansine and Disine v2.0

Nucleus SoundLab releases VS Resurrection

Nucleus SoundLab VS Resurrection

Nucleus SoundLab has released VS Resurrection, the second volume in the Nucleus SoundLab Resurrection sample line, based on the vector synthesis of the Prophet VS.

VS Resurrection includes all 94 classic waveforms from the VS – as well as 14 more complex, filtered and effected waveforms. Using these waves as a starting point, Nucleus SoundLab designers created patches ideally suited to Wusikstation’s strengths. The result is a eminently playable, rich – and very ’80s digital’ – sample library.

Features

  • 600mb (32-bit format) of carefully sampled/looped VS waveforms
  • 108 unique soundsets
  • 300+ Wusikstation presets authored by a variety of talented Wusikstation designers – tasmodia, Daniel Kemp, Vera Kinter, and elv
  • Each Wusikstation preset has the XY pad fully mapped to a variety of parameters – as a tribute to the original VSs vector synthesis

VS Resurrection is available for Wusikstation v3+ and Soundfont/SFZ and costs:

  • 29.95 EUR for a single-format download
  • 39.95 EUR for the multi-format* download
  • 44.95 EUR for the multi-format* DVD (including international shipping)

* The multi-format includes the raw SoundFont/SFZ files exclusively.

Visit Nucleus SoundLab for more information and audio demos.

Dash Signature releases HQS Volume 1 – Ultimate FM

Yamaha FS1R synth

Dash Signature has released HQS Volume 1 – Ultimate FM, a library of Wusikstation presets for the HQS1.

Ultimate FM is an extensive collection of multi-samples from the FS1r Yamaha FM synthesizer: a modern classic. Making full use of the 8-op FM algorithms, formant synthesis, resonant filters and noise generators on the original hardware, the HQS1 – Ultimate FM Dash Sound Library features plucks, pads, leads, basses, real instrument emulations and formant sequences.

Features

  • 90 multisampled FS1r sounds (300mb of samples in the DASHsnd format)
  • 128 presets for EVE 1.x and EVE 2
  • 32 presets for the Twin Dash Player (TDP comes free with every Dash Sound Library)
  • 135 presets for Wusikstation V3 (compatible with V4)

Wusikstation presets were designed by Artvera, dnekm and Teksonik.

Visit Dash Signature for more information and audio demos.