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Ghostwave Audio releases Time Capsule for Charlatan

Ghostwave Audio Time Capsule

Ghostwave Audio has announced the release of Time Capsule, a free soundset for the Charlatan software synthesizer by BlauKraut Engineering.

This bank contains 60 patches and its concept is related to my love for cassette tapes: 60 presets for 60-minute cassettes (some of my Sony Metal XRs are shown in the artwork) in 2 banks of 30 patches corresponding to sides A & B.

This bank is very diverse and can be used for any type of electronic production.

Time Capsule features

  • 60 patches:
    • Arpeggiated (2).
    • Bass (8).
    • Brass (1).
    • Keyboards (1).
    • Lead (15).
    • Mallets (1).
    • Pads (13).
    • Plucks (10).
    • Synthesized (9).
  • Includes installation instructions and all patches have been appended with the type tag for easy browsing.

The soundset is a free download. Donations are accepted.

More information: Ghostwave Audio / Time Capsule

BlauKraut Engineering updates Charlatan synth plugin to v1.4

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BlauKraut Engineering has released version 1.4 of Charlatan, a freeware synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

BlauKraut Charlatan
Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synthesizer plugin with design focus on sound quality and easy usability.

The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just flexible enough to cover a wide range of sounds while deliberately abstaining from countless parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process.

That being said, Charlatan’s architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.

Changes in Charlatan v1.4

  • Noise source now separate from Osc 1.
  • Osc 2: narrow pulse wave.
  • LFO: extended rate range.
  • GUI update.
  • BUGFIX: potential crasher.
  • Some more presets.

Charlatan for Windows (VST) is available to download at no charge.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering

BlauKraut updates Charlatan synth plug-in to v1.2.1

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BlauKraut Charlatan

BlauKraut Engineering has released version 1.2.1 of the Charlatan freeware synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability. The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just large enough to cover a wide range of sounds rather than an infinite number of parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process. That said, Charlatan’s synthesis architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.

Changes in Charlatan v1.2.1

  • Ring modulator: perform DC blocking at output rather than inputs.
  • Envelopes: reduce minimum decay/release time to 4ms.
  • Less excessive smoothing of filter cutoff parameter (adaptive to audio buffer block size): allows more accurate automation.
  • GUI: change color of version text to light gray (for people changing background color).
  • Minor filter tweaks.
  • Minor envelope tweaks.
  • Support Cockos VST extension to display correct parameter values in automation envelope lanes in REAPER.
  • Compiled with latest version of Microsoft(R) compiler: possibly improved Windows(R) XP compatibility.

Charlatan for Windows (VST) is a free download.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering

Charlatan Free Subtractive Virtual Analog Synthesizer updated to v1.2

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BlauKraut Engineering has updated its Charlatan freeware synthesizer plug-in for Windows to version 1.2.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability. The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just large enough to cover a wide range of sounds rather than an infinite number of parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process. That said, Charlatan’s synthesis architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.

BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan
BlauKraut’s Charlatan now includes LFO sync to host tempo and more in version 1.2.

Changes in Charlatan v1.2

  • New: LFO sync to host tempo.
  • New: set LFO phase at song start (applies also to non-synced LFO rates).
  • New: DCO (“Digitally controlled oscillator”) switch (see readme.txt).
  • New: Osc1 shape parameter now applies lowpass/highpass filter to noise source (center position yields white noise). Note: no shape modulation for noise.
  • Improved filters: better solver for nonlinear zero-delay feedback (credits to Teemu Voipio aka mystran), nicer saturation characteristic.
  • Improved UI graphics.
  • Legato mode: only retrigger LFO delay on non-legato notes.
  • Fixed: reset all voices when playback starts.
  • Some more presets.

The Charlatan plug-in for Windows (VST) is a free download.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering

BlauKraut updates Charlatan free synthesizer plug-in to v1.1.4

BlauKraut Engineering has updated the Charlatan freeware synthesizer plug-in for Windows to version 1.1.4.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability.

BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan
BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan subtractive virtual analog synth

Changes in Charlatan v1.1.4

  • Revision of the 4-pole ladder filter implementation. Placement of nonlinearities as in the original circuit.
  • New switch 2OCT for Osc2: double detune range (+/-2 octaves).
  • 90 degree phase shift of Osc2 square wave relative to Osc1 (only when sync is inactive). Emulates behavior of sub-oscs of Roland synths.
  • If Osc1 is set to noise, the ring mod input from Osc1 is now the rectangle signal rather than noise.
  • Reduced max. filter key tracking from 200% to 100%..
  • LFO delay parameter was completely hosed (10x the displayed value!) Fixed.
  • Handle LFO delay time on samplerate change. Fixed.
  • Doubled max. LFO delay time (10s -> 20s). Fixed.
  • Additional Minor tweaks and fixes.

Charlatan for Windows (VST) is available to download free of charge.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering

BlauKraut Charlatan synthesizer plug-in updated to v1.1.3

BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan

BlauKraut Engineering has updated the Charlatan virtual synthesizer to version 1.1.3.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability.

Changes in Charlatan v1.1.3

  • Bug fix: corrected placement of non-linearities in 4-pole low-pass filter. Mainly noticeable with high resonance.
  • Filter key tracking: account for glide and pitch bend.
  • Introduced slight pitch tuning error of voices in polyphonic mode.
  • Detune parameter is now non-linear to make it easy to dial in small values.
  • Minor tweaking of presets.

Charlatan is available to download as a freeware VST instrument plugin for Windows.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering

BlauKraut updates Charlatan free synth VST plug-in to v1.1.2

BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan

BlauKraut Engineering has updated its Charlatan software synthesizer for Windows.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability.

Changes in Charlatan v1.1.2

  • Handle MIDI program change.
  • Bug fix: aliasing artifacts of triangle oscillators at very high pitch.
  • Smoothing of filter cutoff parameter to eliminate artifacts when doing fast manual sweeps.
  • Bug fix: regression which broke compatibility with older hosts such as Cubase SX.
  • Some more presets (based on banks from KVR member Alvfaria).

Charlatan for Windows (VST) is available to download at no cost.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering

BlauKraut Engineering releases Charlatan v1.0 free synth plugin

BlauKraut Engineering has released version 1.0 of Charlatan, a freeware virtual analog synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability. The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just large enough to cover a wide range of sounds rather than an infinite number of parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process. That said, Charlatan’s synthesis architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.

BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan
BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan

Charlatan features

  • 2 oscillators with triangle, sawtooth, rectangle and noise waveforms.
  • Oscillator pulse-width modulation (PWM) and slew rate modulation (morphing between triangle and sawtooth).
  • Oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators.
  • 1 LFO.
  • 3 filter types emulating nonlinear characteristics of classic hardware: 4-pole (24 db/oct) and 2-pole (12 db/oct) lowpass, bandpass.
  • 3 voice modes: Monophonic with retriggering, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • 100% coded in C++.
  • Native 64-bit support.

Charlatan for Windows (VST) is available to download at no cost.

More information: BlauKraut Engineering