The Interruptor has announced the release of Night Flight, a virtual analogue string ensemble synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Night Flight emulates analogue string ensemble keyboards invented in the early 70′s.
String machines have been widely used in Pop, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Soul, and Disco music throughout the seventies and up to the early eighties when they were popular with New Wave acts. In recent years the sound has stirred interest again due to it’s distinct character and undeniable vintage charm.
“Night Flight” does not use any samples. It is based on an emulation of the ensemble effect first used by Eminent / Solina back in 1972 and an organ-like sound generation (octave divider). You will also find a number of features inspired by other string machines like the 3 band equalizer from the Crumar Performer or the Envelope Filter on the very rare ARP String Synthesizer.
Night Flight features
3 Oscillators (8 waveforms, pulse width control).
Up to three simultaneous ensemble effects modelled on the eminent/solina architecture. Full access to the internal parameters of the ensemble effects.
Optional divide-down mode featuring organ style phase-locked octaves.
3-Band Equalizer: Each band can be configured and automated via the LFO.
Filter: 5 modes (LP2, LP4, BP, HP2, HP4), resonance, cutoff modulation via ADSR envelope, LFO, velocity or keyfollow.
Attack and Release. Decay and Sustain are available as under-the-hood parameters.
For each oscillator a simple organ envelope can be selected as an alternative to the ADSR envelope.
1 LFO routable to pitch (vibrato), Filter cutoff or equalizer automation. Optional note sync.
Selectable keyboard split points for bass and string footages.
phaser (two models) + delay/echo.
configurable effect routing.
Night Flight for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9 USD until April 15th, 2013.
Rhythmic Robot has released Analog Piano, a Kontakt instrument based on an entirely analogue electronic piano.
Analog Piano is sampled from a 1970s Crumar ColorSound electronic piano, an all-analogue stage piano capable of generating three basic tones: Piano, HonkyTonk and Clav. Of these the Piano tone is by far the most musically versatile, emulating an acoustic piano to some extent but with many of the warm, earthy qualities of a Wurlitzer-type electric piano as well. Although the original Crumar ColorSound didn’t respond to keyboard velocity, the software version incorporates several crossfaded velocity layers carefully adjusted in the studio to become progressively brighter and more cutting or mellower and rounder with playing dynamics. This velocity control can be switched in or out from the front panel.
Analog Piano suits contemporary musical styles where a typical multi-sampled grand piano might feel too “classical” for the context. It is particularly effective in roots rock, electronica and dance. Included in the instrument are key effects like tube saturation and tremolo, plus an amp cab simulator with a choice of classic models and a convolved spring reverb to add extra authenticity to the vintage tones. The three presets can be switched in in any combination, and envelope control over attack and release allows for gentler pad or texture sounds to be generated.
Analog Piano — The warm, earthy tone of the Crumar ColorSound piano.
Analog Piano features
24-bit multi samples with velocity crossfades.
Piano, HonkyTonk and Clav tones.
Amp cab simulator with choice of cabinets.
Convolved spring reverb.
Tremolo, stereo spread and envelope controls.
Velocity sensitivity switchable on / off.
Analog Piano is currently available to purchase for £12.95 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt 4.2.3 or later full version.
Manx has recently released the Bit100, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Consider the great analog synthesizers of the 1980′s: Roland Jupiter 8, Rhodes Chroma, Elka Synthex, Crumar Bit One. Well, That last one may not appear on everyone’s list, but for the dwindling number of people who own a Crumar Bit synth, almost all agree that the sound that comes out of this beast is first class – somewhere between an Ob-X and a Synthex; bright & punchy but also rich & erie.
Unfortunately, there are a few down sides to this machine – reliability, poor midi spec, missing features and awkward programming interface are generally the most common grievances. Manx have cast those issues aside with the release of our Bit 100 software emulation of the original Bit One, which combines all of the punchy sound, plus the unique features of the Bit One (such as velocity control of pulse width), with all of the advantages of a software implementation.
However, most important of all, we believe that the launch of the Bit100 brings software analog emulation to a new level of accuracy – check out the audio example below.
Manx Bit100 Crumar Bit One software emulation.
Two fully loaded LFO’s, which can oscillate at audio frequencies.
Duophonic Unison Mode.
3 waveforms per oscillator which can output concurrently.
Velocity sensitivity, assignable to PW & LFO rate as well as the more common destinations.
The Bit100 for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $59 USD.
UVI has announced String Machines, a hybrid instrument forged with the analog imprint of the 11 most musical string synthesizers ever built.
Back in the 70′s, leading keyboard designers around the world attempted to reproduce orchestral string sounds through analog synthesis. The results were far from their original intent but were in no way failures. Used on countless cult records and engrained in our collective memory to this day – these ‘String Machines’ bore an analog soul on their own.
At UVI we are obsessed with this, having spent countless hours working on ways to capture this analog soul and present it as an accessible, expressive, fully editable digital tool. So was born String Machines – a hybrid instrument forged with the analog imprint of the 11 most musical string synthesizers ever built.
UVI has painstaking recorded thousands of samples with the very best analog and digital gear available, putting in all experience ever learned to bring you this comprehensive instrument at an unbelievable price.
String Machines features
Authentic sounds with character reproduce the analog grunge and warmth of yesteryear.
Instant access to tons of presets and preset layers; find sounds you love and get inspired quickly.
Dual layers. Select the machine and the associated sounds.
No loading time when switching machines and sounds.
Shape your sounds using authentic analog-modeled filters, envelopes, and LFOs.
Experiment with the step modulator and take your sound out of this world!
Samples recorded in 24/96 khz with Prism convertors, mastered to perfection and converted to 16/44.1 kHz.
Big Fish Audio has released Solid State, a retro synth collection sample library featuring rare vintage preset keyboards and electro-mechanical devices.
Solid State takes you on a journey to another age, an excursion deep into a retro world of vintage keyboards that don’t often see the light of day. Packed with several decades worth of rare synths, combo organs, electric pianos, and other assorted electro-mechanical keyboard instruments, you’re sure to find some unique sounds to spice up your productions.
Each synth is sampled dry, then presented in numerous effected patches that stretch the boundaries of what was initially possible with the original synths. You’ll find classic names like Crumar, Elka, Farfisa, Hohner, and RMI sampled and ready to use. This unique retro library features 2 gigabytes of content, 22 keyboards, and 464 patches in all. The Flaming Lips would be in heaven.
Solid State for Kontakt 3 or higher is available to purchase for $99.95 USD.
WOK has releasedCromina String Machine, a virtual string machine synthesizer plug-in for Windows.
After more than one year of development we are glad to present you this physical modeling recreation of the electronic strings sound of the 60s and 70s. Solina, Crumar and Logan where the names, which made it first possible for bands to bring a string orchestra on stage or into the studio. The lush sound of these electronic keyboards stamped many songs of this era.
The soundwise peculiarities of the frequency divider circuit and the BBD modulation section can not be successful recreated by sampling. So we developed a plugin with the main emphasis on the reproduction of this typical influence on the sound. Though the drawback is a higher CPU load, it absolutely gives a much better reproduction of the original sound.
Although this plugin has it’s focus on the typical Solina sound (including a phaser and delay effect), it can produce a wide range of typical sounds by using the integrated equalizer, vibrato, envelope variations (including a piano envelope) and other tuning controls.
Cromina String Machine is available to purchase as a VST instrument plugin for Windows PC, priced at 37 EUR.