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de la Mancha updates GTO & GTX to Revision B

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de la Mancha has released revision B of GTO & GTX, a bundle of compressor effect plug-ins for Windows.

GTO and GTX are a pair of vintage style ‘character’ compressors, designed like their muscle car name-sakes for brute power, pure speed and to make a loud noise. They have everything you’d expect in a thorough-bred compressor, but are tuned for maximum control and ease of use, each with their own unique vintage colouring on top.

Changes in GTO & GTX Revision B

  • Added option to chose from 2 attack/release curves with the SHAPE toggle.
  • Added peak meter hold time control, using the screw on the meter to adjust sensitivity.
  • Noise level is now dynamic to output level plus random element, was previously static.
  • Added a ground loop to remove the 60Hz mains hum.
  • Fixed bug where zero release time would disable the sidechain.
  • Internal sidechain only versions for hosts that don’t allow multi-input plugins.
  • Meter selection isn’t now saved with preset.
  • GTX is a less intense shade of blue.

GTO & GTX are currently available to purchase in the Vintage Colouring Bundle Group Buy, where you can buy a bundle of 5 plugins for $21 USD if 20 or more participants sign up before April 30, 2010. The regular price for GTO & GTX is $29 USD.

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Review: de la Mancha bassbomb

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A little over 3 years ago de la Mancha started releasing free VST instrument and effect plug-ins for Windows. Quite prolifically too.

After releasing many freebies — lots of great random/probability-based FSU type stuff, early 2008 de la Mancha released Octav8r, its first commercial plug-in; a 7 band pitch shifter collaboration with Singing Crane.

Currently de la Mancha’s collection of plug-ins spans more than 50 freeware and commercial plug-ins including 4-operator FM synth FMMF (3rd place winner of KVR’s Developer Challenge 2009), and drum sample player ballistic, released as a charity fund raiser for Cancer Research UK (over £1,000 GBP donated already!)

bassbomb is dlM’s latest effort, a monophonic bass “monster”.

bassbomb is a monophonic, bass synthesizer focused on creating a wide range of bass sounds from punchy to chunky via squelchy and fat with a sprinkling of dirt on top. It does everything from dubstep wobble, electro house dirt, funky bounce, breakbeat dirt, hiphop boom, acid squelch and more besides. As well as bass lines it’s also happy banging out kick drums and bass drops, with a pure sine sub osc to really nail that low end.

de la Mancha bassbomb
de la Mancha bassbomb, a monophonic bass monster

bassbomb features 2 (syncable) oscillators with 7 custom waveforms. They have detune and pulse width controls, and adjustable Unison with spread for each. There’s a sub oscillator (sine) to fatten things up.

A 24 dB/octave low pass filter features velocity and key tracking for the filter cutoff.
ADSR envelopes are available for the amp, filter, and modulation. There’s a “pickup” button for each of these, which once enabled will keep the envelope’s attack from re-triggering, which can be useful to minimize clicks.

The mod envelope can modulate the detune and pulsewidth parameters of each one of the (sub)oscillators, the filter cutoff & resonance, and the amount of “dirt” – a home-made cocktail of saturation and harmonics that will bring rawness and filth to your bass escapades, according to dlM.

These mod targets can also be modulated by 2 LFOs, which feature 20 waveforms with adjustable phase. The LFOs can be synced by note (each time you play a note) or by host tempo, from 1/32th beat to 32 beats. The second LFO can also modulate the depth and frequency of LFO 1.

bassbomb also features a straightforward tempo-synced (1/32 beats to 4 beats) arpeggiator. It has a number of patterns (up, down, up/down, down/up, tarnce, and fancy) and plays notes with adjustable note length, from 1 to 4 octaves.

The user interface is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. Knobs can generally be double-clicked to go revert to default settings and you can fine-tune values by holding the Ctrl-key while adjusting a knob. The text below knobs can also be clicked allowing you manually enter exact values, even beyond the range of the knob. The yellow outer rings of modulation targets will move in real time when being modulated, a helpful visualization of what’s going on with your modulation.

What else? Some global parameters are available for pitch and volume. There’s a portamento control, a note sync (restarts the osc waveform at every note) and a mono drop mode which kills the previous note when playing another one.

I find bassbomb quite pleasing to the eye too, but hey… what does it sound like? The included presets (200!) show off its capabilities pretty well, not just bass but also lead, drum and fx sounds are included.

So what do I think?

Product: bassbomb by de la Mancha
Format: VST instrument plug-in for PC
Price: $24 USD (includes free PULS until 28 February, 2010)

Bassbomb does a great job at what it is designed for. It features all you need to create a wide variety of bass sounds for any electronic music genre, and more. The modulation options are great for creating wobbly bass sounds for drum & bass or dubstep, or for getting a more dynamic/moving sound.

Although I rarely use one, the arpeggiator is a nice addition, and overall I feel like de la Mancha is really coming up with the goods here. It’s probably good to mention that de la Mancha uses SynthEdit to create instruments and effects. Some people avoid anything SynthEdit (yes there are a great deal of SE creations out there that probably aren’t worth your time) but in my opinion plug-ins like bassbomb are well worth checking out.

In short, the bassbomb is a very capable little synth for bass and more. Definitely a good choice for those who are looking for a cheap dedicated bass instrument.

A free demo version is available to download from the bassbomb product page. It lacks some of the features but you can get a good idea if this synth is for you.

Until the 28th of February you’ll get a free copy of PULS (a monophonic pulse wave synthesizer with simple controls but complex sounds) with your purchase as well so check it out.

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de la Mancha releases bassbomb

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de la Mancha bassbomb

de la Mancha has released bassbomb, a virtual bass synthesizer instrument for Windows.

bassbomb is a monophonic, bass synthesizer focused on creating a wide range of bass sounds from punchy to chunky via squelchy and fat with a sprinkling of dirt on top. It does everything from dubstep wobble, electro house dirt, funky bounce, breakbeat dirt, hiphop boom, acid squelch and more besides. As well as bass lines it’s also happy banging out kick drums and bass drops, with a pure sine sub osc to really nail that low end.

It features custom waveforms, a composite filter and non-linear envelopes to give that old school synth sound, with 2 LFOs and 3 envelopes to really make stuff move around. Unison, oscillator sync, ring modulation and dirt all add to the flavour and a tempo-sync arpeggiator is the cherry on top.

bassbomb features

  • Monophonic bass synthesizer for bass lines and drum sounds
  • 2 oscillators with 7 custom waveforms each (sine, square, pulse, ramp, saw, triangle, noise)
    • Adjustable Pulse width and detune, modulated by envelope and LFO (per osc)
    • Adjustable Unison with spread control per oscillator
    • Oscillator sync and ring modulation between oscillators
    • Octave selector and level per osc
  • Sub-osc with math-generated pure sine wave for sub bass layering
    • Independent sub-osc detune modulation from envelope and LFO
    • Octave selector and level control
  • Resonant Low Pass filter, 24 dB / octave slope
    • Composite design, non-linear behaviour across frequency range
    • Adjustable Cut off and Resonance, both modulated by envelope and LFO
    • Cut off can also track velocity and note, positive or negative modulation
  • 3 non-linear ADSR envelopes, for amp, filter and multi-parameter modulation
    • All envelopes have pickup mode as alternative to starting attack from zero
    • Multi-parameter envelope covers cut off, res, pwm, detune and dirt
    • Pulse width modulation and detune are selectable per oscillator
    • Detune modulation allows pitch envelopes for kick drum and bass drops
  • 2 tempo-sync LFOs with 20 waveforms, note-sync and adjustable phase
    • LFOs can be tempo-sync to host (32 beats to 1/32 beats) or free (0-100 Hz)
    • LFOs both modulate cut off, res, pwm, detune and dirt
    • Pulse width modulation and detune are selectable per oscillator
    • LFO 2 also modulates the depth and frequency of LFO 1
  • Tempo-sync arpeggiator with 6 patterns
    • Arp can cover 1 to 4 octaves, synced to host (1/32 beats to 4 beats)
    • Adjustable note length (0-100%)
  • Dirt control adds harmonics and saturation for extra oomph
  • 2 monophonic modes, classic and drop (only plays last note)
  • Portamento with adjustable time control
  • Master volume and pitch control
  • 200 presets covering many styles and functions

bassbomb is available to purchase as a VST instrument for PC, priced at $24 USD. Until 28 February 2010, all purchases of bassbomb will include a copy of PULS for free (usually $9 USD).

bassbomb can also be bought as part of a bundle of 4 synths for $48 USD, saving $15 USD on the individual prices The Noise n Bass bundle contains bassbomb, subhuman, dirty hary and PULS.

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de la Mancha announces December Offers

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de la Mancha has announced two December offers.

de la Mancha offers

  • dlM fx bundle – The dlM fx bundle is reduced from $84 to $40. This is a bundle of 5 effect plugins (sidearm, bathtub, pitchfork 2, dirtbox 3, unstable), saving $72 on the price of buying them individually.
  • Vintage Colour bundle, in addition to GTO & GTX compressors and QB-3 EQ, the bundle will also contain GTA until 7th January. GTA is a stripped down version of GTO, with less controls but more flavour.

Both offers are available until 7 January, 2010.

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KVR Audio announces Developer Challenge 2009 Winners

KVR Audio has announced the winners of the Developer Challenge 2009, KVR’s third free-for-all audio plug-in / audio application design event.

With over twice as many points as the second placed entry, FerricTDS by bootsie, a Windows VST effect Tape Dynamics Simulator plug-in, is the clear favourite in this year’s Challenge. Bootsie wins 30% of the prize fund as the top Windows entry!

Bootsy FerricTDS
KVR DC 2009 Winner: FerricTDS by H.L. Goldberg

Second place goes to HybridReverb2 by Christian Borß, a convolution-based reverberation VST effect plug-in for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Third place is for FMMF by de la Mancha, a 4 operator FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

Developer Challenge 2009 Top 10

  1. FerricTDS by bootsie
  2. HybridReverb2 by c.borss
  3. FMMF by de la Mancha
  4. Twin Engined Verb by daz.diamond
  5. massTURBOtar by LpD
  6. Antopya by L-Day
  7. Phase Shifter by Astralp
  8. SpectroBits by g200kg
  9. PanCake by Jakob / CableGuys
  10. EQUINOX by IIRs

More information: KVR Audio / Developer Challenge 2009

de la Mancha releases fr33some

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de la Mancha has released fr33some, a 3-band, stereo splitter effect plug-in for Windows.

You can use it to define 3 frequency ranges for low, mid and high frequencies, and output each band to a different stereo output, for individual processing.

fr33some is a free version of the splitter used in thr33some which is a stereo widening/narrowing processor

fr33some features

  • 3 band splitter
  • Split stereo input into 3 stereo outputs for low, mid and high frequencies
  • 3 frequency ranges are user definable using non-linear knobs
  • Zero phasing band splits using inversion rather than crossover
  • free version of the splitter used in thr33some

fr33some is available as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

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de la Mancha releases QB-3

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de la Mancha QB-3

de la Mancha has released QB-3, a vintage-style, 3-band EQ plug-in, with its own unique colouring and a few tricks up its sleeve.

For each band you can adjust the centre frequency and gain. For the low and high shelving bands you can adjust the steepness of the slope, whilst for the mid peaking band you can adjust the bandwidth. This allows a range of sounds from steep, sharp cuts to smooth and gentle boosts.

But the Queen Bee is not a super clean and transparent plug-in. QB-3 features a pleasing combination of harmonics, saturation and low level noise to bring a subtle mojo to your sound. You also have the option to switch on a 40Hz cut to boost your low frequency headroom and a limiter to curb any peaks.

QB-3 features

  • Vintage-style, 3-band EQ.
  • Subtle colouring from a home-made blend of harmonics, saturation and low level noise.
  • Full Stereo processing.
  • Centre frequency adjustable for each band.
  • Gain adjusts positively and negatively for each band.
  • Low and High bands have adjustable slope, including negative ‘resonant’ like curve.
  • Mid band has adjustable bandwidth for narrow to wide curves.
  • Master gain control.
  • Optional 40Hz cut for low frequency optimisation.
  • Optional limiting on final output.
  • Non-linear knobs for precise control at small values, with double-click reset to default value.
  • 33 Presets covering many different configurations.

QB-3 is available to purchase as a VST effect plug-in for Windows PC, priced at $24 USD.

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de la Mancha releases FMMF

de la Mancha FMMF

de la Mancha has released FMMF, a 4 operator FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer plug-in for Windows, written as an entry into the KVR Developer Challenge 2009.

The waveforms, algorithms and envelopes in FMMF are all shown graphically, with the envelopes allowing dragging of nodes and clicking to change contour. Special attention has been paid to the envelopes to allow you to customise them in many ways, such as the number of stages, the contour of each stage, sustain and repeat points and tempo-sync. There are envelopes for the volume of each operator, the pitch, and the effects section (filter, distortion and delay) all with velocity and key tracking. Further modulation comes in the form of LFO’s for the pitch and effects section, with many LFO waveforms available, including my favourite, randomising.

For further sound design potential you have a low pass filter, a multi-mode distortion and a flexible delay (with comb delay option). An arpeggiator let’s you add even more movement to create rhythmic sequences.

FMMF features

  • 4 Operator FM Synthesis instrument with 17 FM algorithms.
  • 11 different waveforms per operator, with note sync option.
  • 7 Multi-segment Envelopes (up to 32 stages) for amp, pitch and effects modulation.
  • 3 LFO’s for pitch and effects modulation.
  • All envelopes can be free or tempo-sync, each stage can have it’s own contour.
  • Envelopes can have user defined sustain and repeat points with flexible locking and zeroing options.
  • LFO’s can be free or tempo sync, with 20 waveforms and phase & note sync options.
  • Each LFO has it’s own ADSR envelope.
  • Arpeggiator with 6 modes and adjustable tempo-sync, note length and octave range.
  • Resonant low pass filter with key and velocity tracking, can be modulated by envelopes or LFOs.
  • Distortion effect with 18 flavours, can be modulated by envelopes or LFOs.
  • Delay with comb delay option, size, feedback and damping, modulated by envelope or LFO.
  • Harmonics can be adjusted from 1 to 256, with limit on frequency beyond Nyquist.
  • Polyphony adjustable from 1 to 16 voices.
  • Portamento time.
  • 64 presets by brian botkiller covering many styles.

FMMF is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

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