Siren Audio releases Generative & Feedback version 2

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Siren Audio has announced version 2 of its Generative and Feedback software applications for generating evolving soundscapes with granular synthesis and creating dense textures and loops.

Released in June 2011, The original Lorelei suite comprised of three applications that aimed to reduce the amount of times it took to generate new musical ideas and audio material.

After receiving awards from Computer Music Magazine, and a favourable review from Sound on Sound, the developer worked in stages to create the new versions of the original Generative and Feedback applications.

The new applications retain the same core ideas of generating drone and loop based audio material via delays and granular synthesis, but give much more control to the user over how the sound is created.

Siren Audio Generative 2

The Generative application has received the biggest overhaul, with a number of new features that make it a significant tool for generating evolving soundscapes and drones. Perhaps the biggest change is the ability to save and restore sessions, allowing the user to create complex sounds and restore them. The four granular players can now have independent pitch and filter settings, and a new ‘states’ dialog allows the user to save up to sixteen states within a preset that can be switched between.

Changes in Generative 2

  • Restore sessions. Recall analysed audio with all settings to completely restore a previous session.
  • ‘States’ section to alter parameters via MIDI notes and the computer keyboard.
  • MIDI trigger section with amplitude envelope to set pitches and change state presets.
  • Ability to change each devices pitch using a sliding scale or keyboard values.
  • Graphical filter for each device, and a choice of state variable filter or graphic filter for the main output filter.
  • Improved user variation implementation for more precise variation control.
  • Aux send to effects for each device.
  • Effects channel with delay ramp, distortion, and delay effects.
  • ‘Random segments on copy’ function to bypass the previous version’s analysis stage.
  • ‘Random Segments’ window to quickly create new segments, with space and length settings.
  • User options for CPU reduction: hide graphical playheads / set number of voices used by each device.
  • Direct control of granular parameters by suspending the applications internal synthesis engine.
  • ‘User Playback Area’ for each device in order to give finer control of user playback position via MIDI.
  • Global Pitch tuning and variation settings.
  • Random pitch method by user defined scale or pitch range.
  • Option to alter pitches via MIDI by scale / range / keyboard interval.
  • Ability to view, add, edit, and delete segments.
  • Option to show segments of specific devices and/or user playback areas.
  • Better sounding state variable filters (by Tim Place of 74 Objects).
  • Reverb (by Tim Place of 74 Objects).
  • Ability to scale the application, for laptops with small screens.
Siren Audio Feedback 2

Feedback has had many refinements internally to save CPU usage, and features new audio file playback modes which allow users more creative freedom when manipulating audio files. The delay times can now be controlled via MIDI, as well as the input and output effects, which further enhances Feedback’s capabilities in as a live performance tool. Also included with this update are improved filters and a new reverb effect.

Changes in Feedback 2

  • Expanded Random Settings dialog, with random delay times based on millisecond or measure ranges.
  • Improved Granular synthesis play mode.
  • Polyphonic Sampler file playback mode with up to 10 voices.
  • Output Effects Section.
  • New ‘Play Free’ playback modes for interesting pitched playback of an audio file.
  • Darker/Refined User Interface.
  • Reverb (by Timothy Place of C74 Objects).
  • Improved state variable filters (by Timothy Place of C74 Objects).
  • New Instability and Strength controls to control delay time variation parameters.
  • Various user interface and internal changes to save CPU usage.
  • More parameters controllable via MIDI.
  • Ability to change the order of Output Effects / Reverb.
  • Visual Feedback of BPM for live performance.
  • More options for recording input source.
  • Ability to scale the application, for laptops with small screens.
  • Ability to Update / Delete Preset slots.

Generative and Feedback for Windows and Mac are available for purchase for £30 GBP and £25 GBP, respectively. A bundle of both is £50 GBP. Users who bought the software after February the 14th 2014 will receive a free upgrade, and users of the first version of the Lorelei suite will receive a 50% discount on the new applications.

More information: Siren Audio

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iMusicAlbum releases SoundScaper for iOS

iMusicAlbum has launched SoundScaper, an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending ideas.

iMusicAlbum SoundScaper

With this application you can easily experiment with creating new and unusual sounds from ordinary samples. For sound designers and those interested in creating ambient or experimental electronic music, with filtering and mixing of up to three oscillators, you can create excellent soundscapes, textures and drones for your music or for movie soundtrack or entertainment apps and games.

SoundScaper features

  • Three sample-based oscillators with circuit bending like controls.
  • Three LP, HP, BP filters and two range delay for each oscillator.
  • Spatial mixer/reverb with side and distance for each sound source.
  • Three low frequency oscillators for automation mixer and filters.
  • Possibility to randomly generating parameters for each oscillator.
  • Built-in library of natural samples grouped by categories.
  • Scenes for storing and loading all operation parameters.
  • Possibility to download additional samples in different audio formats.
  • Uploading samples thru Web access, audio clipboard, from another app and iTunes.
  • Different color schemes available for the user interface.
  • Detailed application description.
  • Supports Audiobus with “State Saving” feature.
  • Inter-App audio compatible.

The app is available for purchase for $5.99 USD.

More information: SoundScaper

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WeatherM releases Dreamer soundset for Zebra

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WeatherM Dreamer for Zebra

WeatherM has announced the release of Dreamer, a soundset featuring 50 patches for the Zebra synthesizer plug-in from u-he.

Huge, detailed, epic, deep and ethereal sounds… All sounds that can’t be easily defined or described… From now on, they shall be defined as Dreamer.

Dreamer is a collection of fifty Pads, Atmospheres, Drones, Soundscapes, Textures. Dreamer will be the perfect soundset for creating your own dreamy vibes and atmospheres. Now, are you ready to build your dream with Dreamer?

Dreamer features

  • 50 sound patches.
  • 100% royalty free.
  • All patches assigned to at least 3 XY pads.
  • Requires U-he Zebra 2.5.2 or higher.

The soundset is available for purchase for $12 USD.

More information: WeatherM / Dreamer

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Review: ModeAudio Hover drones & textures

ModeAudio Hover

With the Hover sample library, ModeAudio takes on the world of drones and textures.

Packed full of strange, floating tones, waves of noise, rasping, metallic textures, deep bass and circuit-bent synths, this release brings you 100 carefully prepared atmospheres to pour seamlessly over your mixes.

All the sounds move to their own internal rhythm, dancing and metamorphosing into exciting, unusual sonic forms.

The samples are categorized in 6 folders:

  • Ambiances (30)
  • Bass Drones (20)
  • Guitar Drones (10)
  • Metallic Drones & Textures (10)
  • Noise Drones & Textures (15)
  • Synth Drones (15)

The ambiance themes come with 3 samples each that can be layered. So you have something like a main bass or synth drone sound that you can layer with a texture, soundscape, some noise fx, etc. Other folders simply have a collection of individual 20 to 58 second recordings.

All files have descriptive titles including an indication of the type of sound, where applicable (noise, texture, bass, scape, etc).

The audio clip below demonstrates some of the sounds included in this pack.

So what do I think?

Product: Hover by ModeAudio
Format: Wav (44.1kHz/24 bit)
Price: £15 GBP
Like: Nice variety of sounds, well designed
Don’t like: some samples could be longer
Verdict: 8/10

Dark brooding bass, evocative melodic guitar scapes, sputtering noises, otherworldly synths, rhythmic crackles, reverb drenched goodness…

ModeAudio has recorded a nice variety of sounds using a diverse collection of sound sources. These drones and textures are on the more creative end of the genre, with lots of movement and dynamics. I personally like this a lot, but for some of the samples I really wish they were longer to allow a more elaborate development of the sound.

In short, the Hover pack includes a lovely bunch of well designed, quality samples that are great for cinematic/underscore works, game soundtracks, ambient music, and more.

More information: ModeAudio / Hover

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ModeAudio launches Hover sample pack

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ModeAudio has released Hover, a sample pack featuring drones & textures.

ModeAudio Hover

At ModeAudio, we believe atmosphere is everything. It’s what makes an ordinary drum or percussion loop teem with exotic life; elevates humble synth and basslines to euphoric musical gems; transforms a simple groove into a special one. This is exactly why we decided to focus on this all-important musical aspect with our latest sound pack – enter the unfurling, evolving and mysterious sound of Hover – Drones & Textures!

Packed full of strange, floating tones, waves of noise, rasping, metallic textures, deep bass and circuit-bent synths, this release brings you 100 carefully prepared atmospheres to pour seamlessly over your mixes. All the sounds move to their own internal rhythm, dancing and metamorphosing into exciting, unusual sonic forms.

Hover features

  • 30 Ambiance Samples.
  • 20 Bass Drones.
  • 10 Guitar Drones.
  • 10 Metallic Drones & Texture Samples.
  • 15 Noise Drones & Texture Samples.
  • 15 Synth Drones.
  • 887MB content (unzipped).

The pack is available for purchase for £15 GBP.

More information: ModeAudio

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