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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.

More information: de la Mancha / FMMF


KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2009

KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2009

KVR Audio has posted the entries for its Developer Challenge 2009, a contest for anyone who develops audio plug-ins or applications (i.e. a “developer”).

The challenge is to create and release a brand new free audio plug-in or audio application that will benefit the community at large.

Creativity is key, it can be as simple or as complex as you want – KVR members will vote on the entries and pick the eventual winner.

Anyone can make a donation via PayPal, the prize fund will be distributed to the eventual winners.

Developer Challenge 2009 entries

  • amphetamine by easytoolz (by NEK-X), a 6-Oscillator Synth-Module.
  • Anawave (by Lithium), a hybrid analogue/wavetable synth.
  • Antopya (by L-Day), mainly made for Ambient sounds and FX.
  • Armchair Guitarist (by Minouris), a VST plugin for providing MIDI input from one of the numerous console guitar controllers currently on the market.
  • Barberpole Tuner (by Christian Budde), a simple visual tuner based on interference.
  • Black Ops (by gpunk), a FSU effect in the most FSU kinda way.
  • dimensional vector spider (by afdarhus), a midi transmitting vector sequencer.
  • Drum Synze (by Longsoft), a VST-Remake of the ’70s Drum Synce boxes.
  • dschlon_nzElektrik (by Michael Benjamin), a monophonic, arpeggiated and overall freely modelled virtual synthesizer.
  • Eigenmode (by eigentone), an audio file viewer, player, and format convertor by Eigentone Research.
  • EQUINOX (by IIRs), a multiband compressor / limiter which uses dynamic equalisation instead of a traditional cross-over network.
  • Explor3r (by thelowerrhythm), a three oscillator monosynth with channel-dedicated amplitude envelopes, lowpass filters and LFOs, all glued together with a matrix that allows both phase modulation and sync inputs on each oscillator to be fed by the output of any other oscillator (including itself).
  • FerricTDS (by bootsie), a Tape Dynamics Simulator inspired by the smooth dynamic shaping capabilities of some high-end reel-to-reel tape recorders
  • FMMF (by de la Mancha), a 4 operator FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer in VST plug-in format for Windows based hosts.
  • Harsh Digital Nose (by insertpizhere), plays two images (very poorly) as oscillator waveforms.
  • HybridReverb2 (by c.borss), a convolution-based reverberation effect which combines the superior sound quality of a convolution reverb with the tuning capability of a feedback delay network.
  • In-Kult (by mickygemma), a synth with: three oscillators, two filters, two assignable LFOs, two assignable envolvent,64 presets, chorus, phaser, delay… and more.
  • JBM Jagular (by jobromedia), a hybrid synth consisting of many different synthesis methodes packed into one bundle.
  • Lisarock (by seibel1), a ( vst/au ) guitar amp simulator effect plugin.
  • massTURBOtar (by LpD), a hybrid synthesizer with unique morphing capabilities.
  • Metatron (by Jack R), a unique arp-synth with a gated modulation sequencer, versatile graphical envelopes and several modulation options, making it a perfect for creeping basslines, rhythmic techno leads, spacey gated pads and other creative arpeggiated sequences.
  • Midi LFO (by gertius), an open source project using the JUCE library. It provides a user tweakable Midi LFO, which sends a selectable ControlChange Message (CC) with LFO modulated values to a selectable Midi output.
  • MoarF VSTi (by __F__), continuously generates and morphs sound states.
  • NCL Phase EQ (by matt42), a high quality 6 band EQ that allows simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side Processing.
  • New Blend (by xoxos), algorithmic music generator (an ‘in the works’ port of forthcoming breathcube, algorithmic song generator).
  • PanCake (by Jakob / CableGuys), an innovative VST plugin that allows you to create flexible pan modulations.
  • Phase Shifter (by Astralp), phasing effect which emulates four tape decks and many more features such as time stretching, filters & FX.
  • Phonics/Attack Entrancer (by nix808), a synth you might use to make not the rarest sounds, but usable ones.
  • Piezo Drum Pad Pack (by FrettedSynth), designed to be used with a piezo type drum pad plugged directly into your soundcard. Turns the audio input into a MIDI signal usable by any drum VST\I or triggers an internal .wav player.
  • pk_hui (by discodaniel), with pk_hui, a KORG padKONTROL can double as a precise control surface for your DAW.
  • Prodigious Synthesizer (by synthescience), a Mono/Poly instrument based in the architechture of a famous synthesiser from the past, complemented with a few more charachteristics from other well known machines, all combined into a single powerfull yet balanced, performance oriented instrument.
  • RA Mowg (by Chris Roberson), a Minimoog Model D clone created by Roberson Audio.
  • sg-grainbot (by synthgeek), an experimental synth based on granular synthesis and mathematically generated noise.
  • SpectroBits (by g200kg), a “Spectrogram” based Synthesizer.
  • Stolon (by novaflash)
  • SynekDC (by duncanparsons), a simple FM synthesiser which uses a single algorithm and routing configuration to produce a variety of sounds.
  • The Marcus Johnson Collection (by sunahura), a synthesizer, sample player, synth drum instrument made for inspiration, you can layer sounds by controlling the outputs and really come up with some good stuff.
  • Transistorhead (by sonicase), a single oscillator synth with phase patterns, filters, modulation and tape delay effects.
  • Twin Engined Verb (by daz.diamond), two independent stereo echo and reverb units with enhancer and filtering to create a wide variety of spaces ranging from up-close and personal to well, erm … beyond – out there – other.
  • unicycle (by spacedad), polyphonic/mono sample-based synth using 8bit fourcycle waveforms instead of an oscillator,there are 300 to choose from.
  • _02.circles (by rl), an experiment in UI Design for VST plugins.

The sumbitted entries are now available to download. Voting will begin on Monday 2 November, 2009.

More information: KVR Audio / Developer Challenge 2009


Musicrow releases Shaker Maker VST

Musicrow has released Shaker Maker, a freeware VST effect that will turn any rhythmic content into a convincing natural shaker rhythm.

Musicrow Shaker Maker
Musicrow Shaker Maker, developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2007

Shaker Maker can produce a wide variety of shaker sounds, and you can shape your shaker to sound exactly the way you want it to.

How to use:

  1. load Shaker Maker in the insert slot of your audio track.
  2. load a drum loop or any other rhythmic audio file to this track.
  3. choose one of the 16 prepared shaker sounds, or shape your own shaker.

More information: Musicrow / Shaker Maker


xoxos wins KVR Developer Challenge 2007

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The KVR Developer Challenge 2007 has its winner: xoxos (Rurik Leffanta).

xoxos took first place with Sounds of Nature, a collection of VSTi for emulating common natural sounds – wind, rain, thunder, songbirds and insects.

xoxos Sounds of Nature
xoxos Sounds of Nature

Well done Mr. Rurik! I did not vote myself (lack of time to check all the entries), but even if I wouldn’t have put xoxos’ entry first place, it is a well deserved win. xoxos has released tons of cool freeware plug-ins over the last few years, more than doing his part in the community.

Second place goes to Mucoder’s Hypercyclic, an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator. I guess I will have to take a better look at this… First time I tried it I couldn’t get it to work really, but it seems useful enough.

UGO‘s synth The Element of Surprise gets third place. This one was on my original list of plug-ins I was interested in. It looks a bit simple but it can do some really nice sounds. If you like randomize stuff like I do, be sure to check this one out.

I’m glad to see de la Mancha & Sink’s multi-effect VST plug-in truc up there as well (4th place). Out of all the DC plug-ins of this year, I think truc will get the most use. It’s great for crazy FSU type effects.

Check the KVR Developer Challenge page for the complete list of entries.


KVR Developer Challenge 2007

KVR Developer Challenge 2007

The KVR Developer Challenge 2007 is KVRs second audio plug-in/application design event, a challenge to create and release a brand new free audio plug-in or audio application that will benefit the community at large.

The challenge has already entered the voting stage (September 17th and end on October 22nd), with 41 entries to consider for a top 5 vote list.

The Windows platform dominates in this years batch (similar to last year), with just 3 Mac plug-ins, and 1 Linux entry (which is the multi-platform LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator hypercyclic by mucoder.)

I have yet to give most of these entries more than a few minutes of my time, so I can’t really say which ones are my favorites.

On a first glance, the following ones look promising to me:

  • Bagels (Stefan Hållén), an instrument that utilizes up to 12 resonant bandpass filters instead of oscillators, giving it a different sound while maintaining flexibility and tweakability.
  • The Element of Surprise (Ugo), dedicated to creating randomly generated presets, for fast inspiration and experiments in spontaneous song writing. The interface is simple, but under the hood there is a full synth with multiple oscillators, filters, various types of modulation, and effects, all optimized to provide a wide variety of usable randomly generated sounds.
  • Blip (Nicolas Fournel), a sound design program / loop creator / performance tool. The concept behind Blip is to create innovative sounds and loops by drawing with the usual graphic tools (pencil, airbrush, lines). The classic painting functions take a whole other dimension, as they create melodies and rhythms in the musical domain.
  • ellipsis (arcDev Noise Industries), a VST loop player designed specifically for live use, featuring BPM-synced queueing and playback of whole & subdivided wave files.
  • truc (de la Mancha / Sink), a multi-effect VST plug-in, with 4 banks of effects controlled by the movement of 2 pucks. The top puck controls the wet/dry level and/or volume of each effect bank, the bottom puck modulates any 4 of 13 parameters within the effect banks. This allows continuous morphing of the sound by moving the pucks to vary the impact of each effect bank.

Over the next few weeks I will digg a bit deeper, but in the meantime, why don’t you share with me which plug-ins you’re excited about and why.


Leftover Lasagne updates PushTec 5+1A to v1.2

Leftover Lasagne PUSHTEC 5+1A

Leftover Lasagne has updated PushTec 5+1A to version 1.2.

PushTec is a free 6-band midrange & program EQ VST effect plug-in, originally released in the KVR Developers Challenge of 2006.

Updated in v1.2

  • Cubase SX bug fixed
  • Winamp mono bug fixed

PushTec 5+1A v1.2 can be downloaded from KVR.


Leftover Lasagne updates PushTec to v1.1

Leftover Lasagne PUSHTEC 5+1A

Leftover Lasagne has updated PushTec to version 1.1.

PushTec is a free 6-band midrange & program EQ VST effect plug-in, originally released in the KVR Developers Challenge of 2006.

Updated in v1.1

  • new ‘state-save’ implementation for the best possible SNR at any setting
  • up to 50% less CPU usage! (depending on the settings)
  • fixed Winamp preset store bug

You will have to email Lucia & Leonardo at leftoverlasagne[a]googlemail[d.t]com to get the update.


mdsp @ Smartelectronix Fire plug-in

Fire by mdsp @ smartelectronix

Fire is an effect plug-in recently created by mdsp (Smartelectronix) for the KRV Developer Challenge. I hadn’t mentioned this plug-in before, but it does some pretty cool stuff so check it out.

Fire is a sort of multitap delay with panning and controllable morphing between settings. Instead of controlling each echo separately, there are a bunch of parametrized functions that you can use to generate various kinds of effects.

If anyone is interested in doing an A/B with Fire on a loop or something send me the result and I’ll post it.

Fire is available as VST for Windows and VST/AU for MacOSX UniversalBinary (AU only seems to work on ppc). Visit mdsp@smartelectronix for a link to download Fire.