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Big Tick updates Zen to v1.6 beta 3, users can now activate any plugin locally

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Big Tick Zen

Big Tick Audio has released version 1.6 beta 3 of Zen, the universal presets manager for Windows and Mac.

I’ve just released Zen 1.6 public beta 3. Here is the mandatory changelog. The first point marks a turning point in the history of releases, lifting up one of the most complained-about limitations of Zen.

Changes in Zen v1.6 beta 3

  • All users can now activate any plugin locally. For designers, the first preset uploaded for a local plugin makes this plugin public.
  • Replaced “hidden” and “favorites” tags by icons.
  • Add presets comments to the ZenCore engine.
  • Better design for the presets sort option.
  • Add shopping cart icon.
  • Zen will now silently ignore duplicate warnings happening within a few ms.
  • Add mousewheel on preset name to scroll through presets.
  • Fixed crash when trying to apply a tag without first selecting a preset.
  • Fixed bug when using full-text with ‘ character.
  • Fixed (for the last time:)) the problem with Zen not exiting properly.
  • User ratings are not lost when uploading a preset. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • Added option to clear the stored path for a plugin. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • ‘untagged’ attribute was sometimes displayed incorrectly. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • Fixed a rogue entry in the synths list. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • Fixed a rare bug where uploads would be stuck in a loop. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • Fixed another bug where Zen would stay running indefinitely in the background. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • Changed installer system on windows – it will prompt for update, or fresh installation. [v1.6 beta 2]
  • Drastic (x10) performance improvements in the search queries. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Added button to clear the current search criteria. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Add presets rating. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Add search results sort options: by ratings + name, by ratings + date, by name, by date. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Add Volume control. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Replaced some tags with icons. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Fixed a rare bug where downloads would be stuck in a loop. [v1.6 beta 1]
  • Fixed rogue tag “JamesXIIIC” appearing in the synths list. [v1.6 beta 1]

Zen is available to download as freeware for PC and Mac.

More information: Big Tick Audio / Zen

Big Tick Zen, unversal presets manager updated to v1.5.3

Big Tick Audio Zen

Big Tick has released version 1.5.3 of Zen, the universal presets manager for Windows and Mac.

It loads in any host as a vsti, and acts as a loader for other vstis. So with Zen, you can search for “Rhodes piano” and get a list of all matching presets – regardless of the final vsti (Rhino, Zebra, Absynth… whatever). When you select one of the presets in Zen, the corresponding vsti is automatically loaded to play the requested preset.

Changes in Zen v1.5.3

  • Added an option to extract/expand tags list with no matches in the current list.
  • Extended virtual banks slots to 127.
  • Added a dot indicator to identify untagged presets.
  • Added support for Audjoo Helix.
  • Added infobox messages and credits in the config page.
  • Fixed tooltip message for the previous preset button.
  • Fixed – sometimes tagging a preset would not be uploaded properly.
  • Reduced CPU usage with UI refreshes.
  • Fixed bug with uploading icon (would keep flashing after uploads were finished).

Zen for PC and Mac is available as freeware.

More information: Big Tick Audio / Zen

Big Tick Audio releases Zen 1.5, universal presets manager

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Big Tick Audio Zen

Big Tick Audio has released version 1.5 of Zen, the a universal presets manager for Windows and Mac.

The biggest change was the creation of a core library, mostly because I am starting to have requests from companies who want to license the Zen engine (database searches + online synchronization) to build their own preset browser.

Changes in Zen v1.5

  • Major code rewrite, separating Zen into a core library (ZenCore) and the Zen Browser itself.
  • Added midi-controlled “virtual bank” slots, where presets from different vstis can be stored.
  • Replaced tooltips with a contextual help box.
  • Added support for Zen-aware plugins, including assets management.
  • Added ‘hidden’ flag to permanently hide presets from search results.
  • Fixed various UI refresh issues.
  • Fixed crashes when duplicating instances in Ableton Live.
  • Fixed button for creating own tags on OSX.
  • Invalid designer keys are now rejected immediately.
  • Optimized dynamic memory allocations.
  • Changes for 64bits compatibility.

Zen is available for Windows and Mac as freeware.

More information: Big Tick Audio / Zen

Big Tick Audio Zen, universal preset manager updated to v1.4

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Big Tick Audio Zen

Big Tick Audio has released version 1.4 of Zen, a universal presets manager for Windows and Mac.

It loads in any host as a vsti, and acts as a loader for other vstis. So with Zen, you can search for “Rhodes piano” and get a list of all matching presets – regardless of the final vsti (Rhino, Zebra, Absynth… whatever). When you select one of the presets in Zen, the corresponding vsti is automatically loaded to play the requested preset.

Most popular vstis are supported, and new ones are added daily. Eventually Zen aims to categorize all available presets, for all vstis.

Changes in Zen v1.4

  • Added a configuration parameter to define rate of UI refreshes.
  • Added configuration parameters to define the frequency of upload/download tasks.
  • Added an option for checking for new Zen versions.
  • Optimized UI refreshes.
  • Improved skin contrast and fixed pixel alignment bugs.
  • Added many UI visual feedback (hourglass, icons when uploading/downloading).
  • Optimized presets tagging speed.
  • Fixed crashes when removing a user-defined tag.
  • Fixed stuck downloads.
  • Fixed bug with recalled presets.
  • Fixed silent Albino presets in standalone mode.

Zen for Windows and Mac is available as a free download from the Big Tick Audio website.

More information: Big Tick Audio / Zen

Big Tick Audio updates Zen to v1.2, universal preset manager

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Big Tick Audio Zen

Big Tick Audio has released version 1.2 of Zen, a universal presets manager for Windows and Mac.

It loads in any host as a vsti, and acts as a loader for other vstis. So with Zen, you can search for “Rhodes piano” and get a list of all matching presets – regardless of the final vsti (Rhino, Zebra, Absynth… whatever). When you select one of the presets in Zen, the corresponding vsti is automatically loaded to play the requested preset.

Changes in Zen v1.2

  • Property to define the number of I/O channels.
  • MIDI control over the next/previous preset buttons.
  • Option to automatically open the plugin editor when selecting a preset.
  • Support for Linplug MorphoX, Korg MS20, Korg PolySix, Korg Mono/Poly.
  • Better re-synchronization with the server.
  • Occasional infinite loop upon exit. Fixed.
  • Crashes with Oatmeal. Fixed.
  • UI issues with Orion and PreSonus Studio1. Fixed.

Zen for PC and Mac is available as a free download from the Big Tick Audio website.

More information: Big Tick Audio / Zen

Big Tick releases Zen, universal presets manager

Big Tick Zen

Big Tick has announced the release of Zen, a free universal VST instruments presets manager.

It loads in any host as a vsti, and acts as a loader for other vstis. So with Zen, you can search for “Rhodes piano” and get a list of all matching presets – regardless of the final vsti (Rhino, Zebra, Absynth… whatever). When you select one of the presets in Zen, the corresponding vsti is automatically loaded to play the requested preset.

Most popular vstis are supported, and new ones are added daily. Eventually Zen aims to categorize all available presets, for all vstis.

Zen constantly synchronizes his own local database of presets with a master online database hosted at www.bigtickaudio.com – users get new presets daily, delivered right into their sequencer, already categorized.

Commercial presets designers can use Zen to send demo version of their presets to all potential customers.
Users can preview the presets in Zen, directly in the context of their track, and buy the presets they like with just one click. Presets can be bought individually, as opposed to purchasing a full bank of presets.

Zen is available as a free download for Windows PC.

More information: Big Tick / Zen

Big Tick updates Rhino to v2.06

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Big Tick Rhino

Big Tick Audio has released version 2.0.6 of Rhino, virtual hybrid FM synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Changes in Rhino v2.06

  • New spectral editing functions.
  • New, quick A/D/S/R editing for envelopes.
  • Next/previous buttons for waveform selection.
  • UI performance improvements.
  • MIDI activity indicator and panic button.
  • And the usual bunch of small bug fixes.

Rhino is available to purchase as a virtual instrument plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU) for 70 EUR.

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Big Tick re-launches with updated Rhino and freeware plug-ins

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Big Tick Rhino

Big Tick has re-launched its website with the release of version 2.0.5 of Rhino, a hybrid FM synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

so here we are… taking that dreaded first step… with a first post in the blog, a new website, a new Rhino version, and of course, many new ideas for future products… so watch this space, fellow musician – and feel free to leave feedback !

Rhino features

  • Oscillators:
    • 6 oscillators per voice.
    • Hundreds of built-in waveforms.
    • Custom waveforms using samples (sfz) or additive generator.
    • Modulable, variable waveshapers.
  • Filters:
    • 2 filters with flexible routing options.
    • 20 different modes (including our incredibly warm analog emulations).
    • Waveshaping and cross-filter feedback for crazy distortion effects.
  • Effects:
    • Stellar, dual effects section.
    • Tempo-syncable delays, choruses, flangers and phasers.
    • Unusual effects like the Granulator, Crazycomb or Oktaverb.
  • Presets:
    • More than 1000 presets, neatly classified in a searchable database.
    • Thousands of third-party presets available.
  • Others:
    • Slick graphical multipoint envelopes with curvature controls.
    • Fully dynamic routing matrix visible at all times.
    • Step sequencer with random mode.
    • 6 editable performance controllers.
    • User-defined midi assignment of most controls.
    • Microtuning support.
    • Available for PC (VST) and Intel Mac (VST/AU).

Rhino is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU) for 70 EUR.

Big Tick has also announced that Angelina, EP-station, Rainbow, and many other unreleased effects are now and forever free to download (requires free registration).

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