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Hands-on with Synth-Project’s Diva Controller for u-he’s Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue synth

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Mario of Synth-Project has posted another video of the Diva Controller, a custom built controller for the DIVA virtual synthesizer by u-he.

An overview and function test of the Diva Controller. Nothing more, nothing less.

The controller features 2 Doepfer USB64 MIDI interfaces, a 4-octave Fatar velocity sensitive keyboard, and some 90 knobs and 25 switches.

More information: Synth-Project / u-he Diva


Atari Punk Console synth plugin by Tek’it Audio updated to v1.3

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Tekit Audio APC

Tek’it Audio has announced the update of the APC, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.

APC is a square wave synthesizer that creates “low-fi” sound, re-creation of a popular DIY circuit the Atari Punk Console.

This update come with a revamped GUI, the wonderful zero-delay-feedback state variable filters used for the high-pass and low-pass mods, the key tracking mod to play different tones using your MIDI keyboard or sequencer improving greatly the playability and finally the possibility to sync the LFO on the BPM.

Changes in APC v1.3

  • Added key tracking to bleep (MOD).
  • HP and LP zero-delay-feedback filters design.
  • Added BPM sync right click menu to LFO knob.
  • GUI improved general design.
  • GUI updated social screen.
  • DEMO url’s updated.

APC for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 15 EUR / $19 USD.

More information: Tek’it Audio / APC


Native Instruments releases Raw Voltage modular synth expansion for Maschine

Native Instruments has introduced Raw Voltage, a new MASCHINE Expansion which captures the sound of a huge modular synthesizer system.

Native Instruments Raw Voltage

For instant use with MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO, RAW VOLTAGE contains kits, instruments and patterns that share the unique, rich and organic sound characteristics of analog synthesis.

The sounds inside RAW VOLTAGE range from grainy, noisy and raw to sleek, cool and clinical. Sampled from a one-of-a-kind analog modular system, RAW VOLTAGE has a wide sonic scope, inspired in part by experimental and avant-garde electronica. The drum and percussion sounds are punchy, loud and direct, while the sampled basses, leads, pads and soundscapes are rich in detail and analog atmosphere. The expansion also includes 140 expertly-programmed patterns, providing a wide selection of styles from broken, jagged rhythms to steady, flowing grooves.

RAW VOLTAGE is designed to evoke the sound and character of modular analog synthesis inside MASCHINE, combining these unmistakable sounds with the renowned MASCHINE production workflow. The kits and instruments provided cross genre boundaries to inject analog feel into any musical project – from techno to hip-hop, electronica and beyond.

RAW VOLTAGE is based on a unique custom modular system used and created by Norwegian synthesis expert Roger Grønberg (Frodebeats). The system includes modules from Modcan, MOTM, Oakley, CGS, STG, Encore, Buchla plus many unique custom and DIY modules, as well as analog synthesizers like Arp Odyssey/2600 and Korg MiniKorg 700s.

A compact version of RAW VOLTAGE is also available for iMASCHINE – the groove sketchpad for iPhone® / iPod Touch®.

Raw Voltage is available to purchase for $59 USD/49 EUR. A compact iMASCHINE version of Raw Voltage is available via the iMASCHINE in-app store for $0.99 USD/0.79 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Raw Voltage


Metal Scratch free binaural sample pack by Ongelegen

Ongelegen has released Metal Scratch, a free sample library featuring binaural recordings of metal scratches.

This fourth library of The Binaural Collection consists of metal scratches. The recipe for this pack was simple: a metal housing from a deceased tape deck and a few sharp and blunt objects to ruin the surface of the housing.

I tried to capture all the nuances of the sounds and make the sounds as big as possible without any additional processing so I close mic’ed them with the front perspective of my dummy head.

Ongelegen Metal Scratch
Binaural sounds made by scratching up the housing of an old tape cassette deck.

Metal Scratch features

  • 126 metal scratches, recorded and edited at 24 Bit/96 kHz WAV.
  • Embedded metadata (BWF MetaEdit).
  • Recorded with Fostex FR2 – DIY Dummy Head (EM158).
  • 128 MB content (unpacked).

The sample pack is available to download at no cost.

More information: Ongelegen / Metal Scratch


Roland Kuit releases SoundLab II modular sound design e-book

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Roland Kuit has announced SoundLab II, a new e-book on modular sound design.

Roland Kuit SoundLab II

New tools to individualism. While making these patches I became aware of the fact that there are so many fields, like e.g. astronomy, mathematics, DNA research, IT development and neurotransmitters, with comparable functionality. It is in the way these fields are organized that we can recognize patterns.

What amazes me is the connectivity and parallels, in so many fields finding its way into modular sound design now, by cabling these findings into patch architectures. It was a challenge and especially fun to bring and connect this fields together. Certainly it will be a challenge for everybody’s creativity in finding new ways in modular sound design.

This e-book is not for lower level users. The modules are not going to be explained. The patch structures with accompanying text and order explain a way of thinking by themselves. You always can consult the G2 Editor help-file. Patches, or parts of patches can be copy/pasted to new patches and/or performances to get new structures.

SoundLab II features

  • Book chapters:
    • Oscillators: New structures to create sound. Extended and constructed oscillators.
    • Filters: Extended and DIY filters.
    • Shapers and audio: New forms to shape your audio.
    • Logic: All kind of logic experiments. From 1D to 3D ON/OFF architectures and logic sound structures.
    • Patterns and sequencers: Extended and DIY stuff, all you missed till now.
    • Miscellaneous: A lot of thoughts about a lot. DIY Lfo’s, EG’s. granular, Sync, RM, FM and much, much more.
    • Audio processing: New structures to remodel and mangle audio. From soft to hard distortion. Extensive echo-reverbs, mangling- and Glitch architectures.
    • All DIY ways to construct your own audio context.
  • Over 700 patches.
  • In HTML/PDF.
  • G2Demo software included.
  • And probably a few free future updates.

The SoundLab II e-book is available to purchase for 125 EUR. SoundLab I users get a 20% discount, and bundle of SoundLab I and II is available at a 20% discount as well.

More information: Roland Kuit SoundLab


KMI intros QuNeo next-generation “3D Multi-Touch” portable iPad-sized music controller

Keith McMillen Instruments has introduced the QuNeo, the next generation of music software and hardware controllers for electronic musicians, DJs, VJs and DIY hackers.

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo

Redefining music production and performance, QuNeo (pronounced kyoo-ne-oh) covers all of the functionality of other controllers, while adding the power of extra dimensions. Quneo provides 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors with 3D Multi-Touch recognition for pressure, velocity, and location sensitivity, which allows musicians playing electronic sounds to change their timbre (quality, brightness and volume) the harder or softer they are played by simply varying touch pressure. The pads are also responsive to X (left – right) and Y (up – down) and recognize multiple gestures for pinching and swiping.

Previously with first generation products, controlling music software and hardware was limited. You could only hit a pad, twist a knob or push a button to manipulate sounds and effects. KMI has resolved these restrictions with its innovative next generation line of Multi-Touch controllers: SoftStep, 12 Step, and now QuNeo, that transforms musical intent into audio through physical control of 3D Multi-touch sensor technology.

QuNeo features

  • The Size of an iPad: QuNeo is the size of an iPad 2 and fits in iPad accessories such as clips, stands and more.
  • 3D Tactile Pads, Sliders, Rotary Sensors and Switches: 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors that are pressure, velocity, and location sensitive, with 17 switches responding to how hard you press.
  • LED Light Feedback: a remarkable lumination scheme combines variably diffusive elastomers with 251 multi-color variable brightness LEDs providing visual feedback that is immediately responsive and delightfully informative.
  • Class Compliant and Open Source Development Kit: QuNeo works with USB, MIDI or OSC and will communicate with your favorite music software environments right out of the box. More advanced users and programmers can download the development kit to create their own code to respond to QuNeo’s sensor data.

The QuNeo is scheduled for release in March 2012. It is currently priced at $200 USD for pre-sale at

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNeo


Meyer Musicmedia FreakBox Synth Pack soundset for Massive

Meyer Musicmedia has announced the release of FreakBox, a new Synth Pack for Native Instruments Massive.

It’s called FreakBox and sounds like a DIY micro synth. It offers you a creative way to freaky sounds. “You will love it”

Watch the Video below and enter world of DIY sounds. The presets are carefully selected, so you will get cutting edge sounds. All 8 Macro Knobs are assigned to get the full control over the sound.

FreakBox features

  • 32 unique macro sounds for Native Instrument’s Massive Synthesizer, with A-B-C variations (96 FreakBox Presets in total).
  • Create your custom FreakBox sound with the 8 Macro Knobs.
  • Macro Control optimized.
  • Requires: Version 1.3.0 of the NI MASSIVE Synthesizer.

The Massive FreakBox Synth Pack is available to purchase for $19 USD as an instant download.

More information: Meyer Musicmedia / FreakBox