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LinPlug MorphoX, virtual synth coming soon

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Computer Music posted some exclusive news on MorphoX, the upcoming virtual synthesizer instrument by LinPlug.

LinPlug MorphoX
LinPlug MorphoX

From Computer Music:

MorphoX is essentially a hybrid virtual analogue synth, and includes all the standard VA features, such as a variety of blendable oscillator shapes, unison detune, ring, amplitude and frequency modulation, built in chorus and delay effects, arpeggiator, and modulation matrix.

The main difference between MorphoX and LinPlug’s other synths is the Morph Wheel, which allows the user to quickly and easily morph between two patches. Using this feature, it’s possible to create highly expressive performances and complex sounds in real-time via MIDI.

A few audio demos are available from the Computer Music website. A review of LinPlug MorphoX will be published in CM160.

More information: Computer Music / LinPlug

Time+Space Contest: Win one of three ESI Keycontrol 25XT and CM Special subscription bundles

Time+Space ESI Keycontrol 25XT + CM Special contest

Time+Space has announced a contest in which you can win an ESI Keycontrol 25XT and CM Special subscription.

Did you know that not only do those hard working people at Computer Music deliver a magazine packed full of first class tutorials, reviews and software each month, they also publish a bi-monthly spin-off mag that focuses on a particular aspect of music production or a popular software package?

Computer Music Specials have been around since 2002 with early issues showing us how to burn our own CDs “There’s nothing quite like holding a CD of your own music in your hand”, and Time+Space adverts featuring the very first release of Garritan Personal Orchestra, Rob Papen’s Albino 2 and Toontrack’s DFH Superior.

Nowadays we’re being advised on the best ways to distribute our music online, Garritan Personal Orchestra is on its 4th version and Toontrack has pushed the boundaries of drum sampling to the extreme with Superior Drummer 2.0.

One thing that hasn’t changed however, is the computer musician’s need for Midi keyboard controllers, which explains the huge demand for ESI’s brand new KeyControl 25 XT keyboard. With robust aluminium casing, and no extra power supply or drivers needed, Keycontrol 25 XT is the ideal solution for musicians on the road or in the studio. These features combined with an RRP of just £79 means it came as no surprise that our first shipment sold out straight away!

Time+Space is offering a chance to win one of three prize bundles each containing ESI’s new controller and annual subscriptions to the Computer Music Specials.

To enter, all you need to do is send Time+Space the answer to the following simple question: “What is the name of ESI’s new MIDI controller?”

The competition closes 31st October 2010 and the three lucky winners will be announced in early November.

More information: Time+Space

CableGuys updates FilterShaper, VolumeShaper and PanCake

Cabeguys FilterShaper 2

Cableguys has released updated versions of FilterShaper, VolumeShaper, and PanCake, three effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

We fixed two bugs and addressed some complaints that Computer Music had in their recent review of FilterShaper 2.

Changes in FilterShaper v2.0.3 / VolumeShaper v2.0.1 / PanCake v1.0.3

  • Fixed: On Sonar (Win) the waveform area was sometimes not shown correctly.
  • Fixed: On Nuendo (Mac) the plug-ins could not be closed.
  • Improved: For all plugins, a new button to change the displayed grid of the waveform has been added.
  • Improved: FilterShaper’s LFOs have been labeled numerically.

FilterShaper is available to purchase as a VST effect plug-in for PC and Mac, priced at 49 EUR / $69 USD, while VolumeShaper costs 15 EUR / $20 USD. PanCake is available to download as freeware.

More information: CableGuys

SampleScience releases free SR-202 drum kits

Brown Coffee Recordings

SampleScience of Brown Coffee Recordings has released three free drum kits for the CM SR-202, the drum sampler included with the Computer Music magazine (developed by Muon).

SampleScience SR-202 drum kits

  • Dub Trio Kit — mp3 demo
    The vinyl noise was added in the sound design creation process. Extensive use of EQ & compression have been used to bring these samples to “life”. The kit is called dub trio because it consist of three elements: a tabla, a metallic tam tam & some FX percussions.
  • ElectroScience Kit — mp3 demo
    The sounds were created using various VST drumsynths & FX units.
  • Glitch-o-tron Kit — mp3 demo
    The sounds were created using various VST drumsynths passing through various glitch FXs.

All the samples were recorded by SampleScience and you can use them your music productions be it commercial or not (you cannot resell these sounds or re-distribute without SampleScience’s permission).

Download the kits below (3.4 MB).

SampleScience SR-202 Kits Downloads: 6212 times

Short links for September 18th, 2008

Push For Free Cheese by Vidiot @ Flickr

Some interesting things I found recently:

# IK Multimedia Rebuts Mag on Free Software; Why They Missed the Point

Freeware vs Commercial software? I know what I prefer… Whatever gets the job done!

Peter Kirn wrote a great article at CDM:

There’s a strange debate going on over the free software (as in freeware, not necessarily open source) issue of Computer Music magazine. After seeing the magazine’s top 10 reasons to use free software, commercial developer IK Multimedia got surprisingly defensive, and issued a rebuttal.

# aeo: DrawSound + Balls
DrawSound is a performance instrument that uses multi-touch input technology to create sound and music from the act of drawing. DrawSound has been used live by The SINE WAVE QUARTET and aeo. It was on display at the Second International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction [Bonn 2008].

# Stanton to Release Touch DJ Controller; Surface One, Thunder, Reborn?

Peter Kirn reports on the Stanton DaScratch

Stanton is teasing a new DJ controller with touch controls, and particularly a circular scratch/control area, with live LED feedback. This allows “virtual” controllers not only for DJs, but (Stanton hopes) VJs, laptop musicians, and the like. (Stanton says “multimedia artist,” to which we suggest “visualists”.) I especially enjoy the “confidential” site, though I’m not sure marking press release with “do not publish / embargoed” has much more impact given a lot of sites these days.

# hiuman – Runaway Harp – As the 1mm water streams are interrupted, the light weakens, fingers find delights in the water harp. Echo is silent, until light returns.


FUKUCHI Kentaro writes:

TENORI-ON is one of the coolest electric musical device: it is portable, easy to play and good for audio-visual performance. But I have not purchased it yet because it is expensive and a shortage in Japan.

So he built his own version, the Tenori-Off.