Cableguys has released version 2.0.1 of FilterShaper, an effect plug-in that allows you to create complex volume, pan and filter modulations with ease.
FilterShaper allows you to easily draw your own waveforms with impressive precision and unparalleled ease. Using the unique waveform drawing tool, you can construct your own modulation curves in a very intuitive manner.
This plugin is a dream come true for producers who need a professional tool to shape, warp and mangle their audio.
Changes in FilterShaper v2.0.1
- Fixing issues with drawing in Cockos Reaper and in various hosts on Mac OS X.
- Startup time was less than optimal in the 2.0 version and has now been brought back to normal.
FilterShaper 2 is available to purchase as a VST effect plug-in for PC and Mac, priced at 49 EUR / $69 USD.
Cableguys has also released PanCake, a free VST plugin that allows you to create flexible pan modulations, similarly to how you would modulate your signal in FilterShaper or VolumeShaper. The plug-in was released as part of the KVR Developer Challenge.
More information: Cableguys / KVR Developer Challenge
Matthew Lindsay has released NCL Phase EQ, a free equalizer effect plug-in for Windows.
Phase EQ is a high quality 6 band EQ that allows simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side Processing.
Possible uses include stereo correction and enhancement in both mixing and mastering as well as more traditional and creative EQing tasks where audio quality is of the highest importance.
NCL Phase EQ features
- 6 Band EQ.
- 64 bit internal precision.
- Optional oversampling.
- Simultaneous Left/Right and Mid/Side processing.
- Optimized CPU usage.
NCL Phase EQ was developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2009. It is available as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.
Note: Matthew’s previously released NCL EQ plug-in is available here.
More information: KVR DC 2009 / NCL Phase EQ download
Homegrown Sounds has released Phase Shifter, a free VST instrument plug-in designed to emulate Steve Reich’s tape loop phasing technique.
In the late 60′s composer Steve Reich stumbled across a technique he called phasing, which was to have two identical tape loops that run at slightly different speeds, the result is that every possible combination of sound is cycled through until they arrive back in sync. The result with a melodic piece of music is that it moves through moments of chaos and moments of melody. Brian Eno also used this technique extensively on some of his Ambient albums. After becoming interested in this in 2008, I decided to build myself a simple plugin to emulate the process as it was surprisingly difficult to emulate with any software I had at that time. I have now expanded it to emulate four tape decks and many more features such as time stretching, filters & FX so that it has become a much more capable synthesizer.
Phase Shifter is designed more for playing live, though full VST automation is supported and having an external controller makes the process a much more rewarding experience. It also has a built in recorder so that the output can be recorded directly to disk. It works by loading up to 2 WAVs, and is triggered via a midi keyboard. Middle C will play the WAV at it’s original speed. It has a lot of potential for producing interesting sounds, I would be pleased to hear of the different ways people use it.
Phase Shifter was developed for the KVR Developers Challenge 2009. It is available to download as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.
More information: Homegrown Sounds / Phase Shifter @ KVR
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Bootsy has released FerricTDS, a free tape dynamics simulation effect plug-in for Windows.
Inspired by the smooth dynamic shaping capabilities of some high-end reel-to-reel tape recorders, this plug-in simulates three of the most distinctive and much appreciated sonic effects generated by these devices:
- DYNAMICS – gently shaping the overall dynamic response
- SATURATION – adding extra harmonic-related content
- LIMITING – controlling peak performance
- Performs gentle audio dynamic treatments.
- Masters difficult to handle audio material.
- Adds extra harmonics and saturation effects.
- Controls outgoing audio peaks.
- State-of-the-art digital signal processing.
- 4x oversampled core algorithms.
- Performance-critical parts are written in assembler.
- Completely SSE-optimized.
FerricTDS is available as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC. It is part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2009.
More information: Variety Of Sound / FerricTDS @ KVR Developer Challenge 2009
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.
- 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
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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.
- SIMPLICITY (by BONES)
- 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 has released Shaker Maker, a freeware VST effect that will turn any rhythmic content into a convincing natural shaker rhythm.
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:
- load Shaker Maker in the insert slot of your audio track.
- load a drum loop or any other rhythmic audio file to this track.
- choose one of the 16 prepared shaker sounds, or shape your own shaker.
More information: Musicrow / Shaker Maker