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Dmitry Sches releases Diversion for Mac (VST/AU) + 50% off sale

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Dmitry Sches has announced that the Diversion software synthesizer is now also available for Mac.

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production. Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Dmitry Sches Diversion
Besides Windows (32/64-bit) VST, Diversion is now also available for Mac in AU and VST.

Diversion is available to purchase for $89 USD until February 25th, 2013 (reg. $169 USD).

Not a long ago there was a New Year sale for Diversion, Mac users weren’t able to get the plugin with a discount. So we launch the new sale. Until 25 Feb you could get the plugin for $89, excl. VAT. Note that both Mac and Win versions use the single registration key. With a single license you could use the plugin on all computers you have at the same time.

More information: Dmitry Sches / Diversion


Vintage Synth Pads releases Depth of Field for Diversion

Vintage Synth Pads Depth of Field

Vintage Synth Pads has released Depth of Field, a soundset for the Diversion software synthesizer by Dmitry Sches.

Depth of Field for Diversion is a set of 150+ presets for Dmitry Sches Diversion that focus on pads and Diversion’s ability to produce expansive, wide pads.

This collection is suited for Ambient, Film, Soundtrack, Electronic, Retro, or any style where you want to use warm, expansive pads.

The collection does also include bass, keys, lead, Arp and effects.

The sound bank is available to purchase for $34.95 USD.

More information: Vintage Synth Pads / Depth of Field


Dmitry Sches updates Diversion synth plug-in to v1.2 + 50% off sale

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Dmitry Sches has updated the Diversion software synthesizer to version 1.2.

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production. Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Dmitry Sches Diversion Wavetable editor
Diversion 1.2 comes with a Wavetable Editor, allowing the use of custom single-cycle WAV files and editing its shape and spectrum.

Changes in Diversion v1.2

  • Added Wavetable Editor.
  • Added new presets.
  • Added distribution packages without installer.

Diversion for Windows (32/64bit VST) is available to purchase for only $89 USD through December 31st, 2012 (regular $169 USD).

More information: Dmitry Sches / Diversion


Emerge Audio celebrates Euro 2012 with discounts on soundsets

Emerge Audio has announced the European Championship 2012 Sale, offering discounts on its soundsets for a limited time in celebration of the Euro 2012 soccer championship.

Emerge Audio Euro 2012 Sale
Save on soundsets for Dune, Massive, Diversion, and Phosphor at Emerge Audio.

European championship is beginning in my country this week (Poland and also Ukraine) and to celebrate this great and very important event for all fans of football (soccer) I am offering a discount of all my products for everyone. Check them now and celebrate with us!

Emerge Audio soundsets

  • Fire and Ice for Synapse Audio Dune – $9.99 instead of $14.99
  • Harmony for Native Instruments Massive – $12.99 instead of $19.99
  • Trance’n’Dirt for Dmitry Sches Diversion – $8.99 instead of $12.99
  • Luminescence for Audio Damage Phosphor – $6.99 instead of $9.99

The offers are valid until June 10, 2012.

More information: Emerge Audio


Review: Dmitry Sches Diversion

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Early 2010, Dmitry Sches released Ambient Voices, a soundset for the Zebra software synthesizer by u-he.

I was quite taken by Dmitry’s sounds, which I would describe as deep, rich, moving and edgy. Digital sweetness. With such a stunning debut I was kind of expecting there would be more soundsets in the near future, but… almost a year and a half passed without anything new. And then, I find Dmitry announcing something new over at KVR.

Hello! I’m Dmitry Sches and I proud to introduce new software synth – Diversion.

To be honest I didn’t even notice the first line in Dmitry’s announcement, as my eyes were all over the screenshot posted directly below it.

Dmitry Sches Diversion
Diversion screenshot taken from the initial release in August, 2010.

I know a good looking GUI doesn’t mean good sound, but a nice interface definitely helps spark my interest. Turns out the feature set is pretty impressive as well.

Diversion has 4 oscillators with waveforms that are done on the fly, in real-time. The idea here is that these generated waveforms (so not wavetables) allow for output with smooth two-dimensional morphing capabilities and clean high frequencies. Sure enough, Diversion sounds clean and crisp to my ears.

Various waveform shapes are available, grouped in basic, fatty, resonant, synthetic, harmonic and noise categories. The X/Y pad lets you play with the timbre of the sound source, usually with brightness and tone parameters (depending on the selected waveform).

Diversion oscillator fx

Below the waveform selection are another four controls in which a selection from 7 oscillator effects can further modify the sound. Things like boosting high frequencies or creating aliased, inharmonic sounds can be achieved here. The effects go from subtle to rather dramatic.

Oscillators 1 and 3 have frequency and ring modulation controls, where the paired osc 2 and 4 are the modulating sources. A mono multi-mode filter with saturation stage and output section is also available for each oscillator.

Two bus sections take input from the oscillators and offer a stereo version of the filter found in the oscillator sections, distortion and lo-fi (bit crusher and decimator) effects. Each oscillator can route its output to either one or a mix of both bus processors.

Arriving at bottom panel we find a Mod Matrix with 4 sets of 6 modulation slots, and three tabs to switch between the FX Matrix, Modulation panel, and Arpeggiator.

Diversion FX Matrix

Available effects include the usual things like delay, reverb, EQ, chorus, etc. and a special kind of pitch shift effect called GrainShifter. Two instances of each effect unit are available to route to up to 8 effects per fx line, with a separate fx line for each bus output. The point where both buses are mixed into a single signal (from which on effects are applied to the mixed output) can be changed. It’s a bit of an odd system at first but it works quite nicely and is flexible enough to create complex fx chains.

Diversion’s modulation system features 4 LFO’s, 4 envelopes, 4 MSEG’s (multi-segment envelopes), and the “Master Morph” X/Y controller (in the bottom of the middle blue screen). These can be assigned to parameters in the modulation matrix, or directly from the controls to be modulated. Quick and easy.

Finally, the 16-step trance gate and 32-step arpeggiator provide ways to create rhythmic and melodic sequences. Pretty straightforward stuff really. Not something I personally use a whole lot, but I always hear people appreciate these types of features so it’s nice to have a well-rounded set of arp and gate tools at your disposal.

The best way to experience Diversion is to give it a spin yourself. If you are short on time the official audio demos a pretty good job showcasing its sounds and character.

Note that Diversion is currently available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows only. Dmitry has recently announced that version 2.0 is in development for both Windows and Mac platforms. A release is expected late Fall, 2012.

So what do I think?

Product: Diversion by Dmitry Sches
Format: VST for Windows
Price: $169 USD excl. VAT
Like: Crystal clean sounds, great workflow
Don’t like: Can get CPU intensive, price
Verdict: 9/10

Diversion is pretty amazing. It has a wonderful workflow and even though at first sight this is no ground-breaking synth, Dmitry has implemented a number of unique features that make Diversion stand out from the crowd. Most importantly though, this synthesizer offers a high quality sound, one I would describe as being pristine, clean and freshly edgy.

I think Dmitry’s heart for sound design shows in Diversion. The amount of control over the sound is impressive. A lot of sonic depth is provided with things like the oscillator tone-shaping section, multi-mode filters, and a comprehensive modulation system. The included presets showcase a lovely selection of bread & butter type modern day sounds.

Diversion has a lot to offer, but it comes at a cost: CPU. The manual includes some tips on how to reduce CPU usage – which is helpful, but personally I prefer to keep the CPU intensive sound and bounce it down rather than make changes to the sound in order to reduce CPU. Make sure to check the demo version to see how your system copes, especially since the plugin isn’t exactly cheap either.

In short, Diversion is an incredible feature-rich synthesizer with an outstanding sonic quality.

More information: Dmitry Sches / Diversion


Solo Stuff releases KnobVersion for Diversion

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Solo Stuff has released KnobVersion, a soundset for the Diversion software synthesizer by Dmitry Sches.

Solo Stuff KnobVersion

KnobVersion is my first sound bank for the powerful synthesizer Diversion, containing 425 presets. This synth has a unique architecture and incorporates little toys that can produce from typical trance sounds to the most wild circuit bent havok.

This more or less comprehensive sound bank was created in the aim to try to explore the sonic capabilities of Diversion without concentrating heavily on a certain genre. The main motive here is creativity, and to help you deviate out of the norms, while still providing you with usable and musical presets.

KnobVersion features

  • 425 creative presets in many sound genres.
  • 75 additional variations presets, going beyond the XY and mod wheel variations for more interesting results.
  • Each preset has been professionally tuned to produce high quality results.
  • All presets (except a few) are modulated using XY master morph + modulation wheel mapped where applicable.
  • Includes a short manual containing useful tips for beginners to intermediate users of Diversion.

The KnobVersion soundset is available to purchase for the introductory price of $20 USD until March 31st, 2012 (regular $40 USD).

More information: Solo Stuff


Dmitry Sches releases DiversionFX Computer Music Edition

Dmitry Sches has released DiversionFX Computer Music Edition, a free multi-effect plugin based on the Diversion synthesizer.

Dmitry Sches DiversionFX Computer Music Edition
DiversionFX Computer Music Edition

DiversionFX CM Edition features

  • Input processing – DiversionFX offers two bus processors to transform the incoming audio into a wide variety of possible sounds. Each bus processor consists of a stereo filter with a lot of different modes, distortion and LO-FI section. We have implemented many filter modes and types of saturation stages to bring you a great armoury for creating almost any sound you need.
  • Effects matrix – The output of buses is processed by the effects matrix. DiversionFX uses two flexible FX lines for a separated processing of each bus processor?s output. With the separated FX processing you can make a lot of layered sounds, even which has two parts located in two fully independent sound spaces. Up to 8 effect instances can be stacked in one FX line, which is enough to create any desired processing chain.
  • Modulation – Many parameters in DiversionFX can be modulated by 4 LFOs, 4 MSEGs and one XY-controller, called Master Morph. These options, along with use of the Modulation Matrix, can really breathe life into a sound. Of course, automation and midi controllers are supported.
  • Oversampling – Typically, after a non-linear processing of the waveform inside the bus processors, digital aliasing can occur. DiversionFX takes care of this by using internal oversampling. This allows DiversionFX to achieve a perfect sound quality with an insignificant level of aliasing.
  • Trancegate – Finally, DiversionFX features a 32-step Trance Gate module, which turns the plugin into a monsterous multi-effect.

DiversionFX Computer Music Edition (Windows VST) is included on the CM176 DVD, and will be included with future issues of the Computer Music magazine.

More information: Dmitry Sches / Computer Music