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XILS-lab updates XILS 3 synthesizer to v2.0

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XILS-lab has announced the release of XILS 3 v2.0, an updated version of its authentic-sounding software emulation of the vintage EMS VCS3 portable analogue synthesizer.

XILS 3 synthesizer

The XILS 3 V2.0 not only emulates the Synthi (VCS 3) modular synthesizer, it also adds an emulation of the 256 Analog Sequencer, the natural companion of the VCS 3.

Is that all? No, of course, we added a SECOND Matrix, with 2 additional envelopes, one LFO, a detailed Sample and Hold module, and a Voltage processor…

And some input modules : Gate, Transient, Envelope Follower and Pitch Tracker to transform the XILS 3 into an advanced Effect Processor! This means hundreds of additional connections. Add to the pile the analog chorus with its three modes, the analog delay and the phaser… the picture emerges.

XILS 3 v2.0 features

  • 6 Oscillators grouped in 3 pairs, with WaveShaping (on sine wave, saw, triangle and square).
  • 1 Noise Oscillator (With Noise color).
  • 1 Analog Filter, Non Linear and zero delay Behaviors, with 3 Modes (12/18/24 dB LowPass).
  • 3 Trapezoidal Envelope Generators, Looping EG in the time of analog (Switchable to ADSR).
  • 2 Polyphonic LFOs (including 1 Oscillator acting as LFO at audiorate).
  • Polyphonic Ring Modulator.
  • 2 independent outputs feeding the Stereo Bus, each with one analog Lp/Hp filter.
  • Programmable Joystick Vector Controller (up to 32+32 modulation targets).
  • Polyphonic Sequencer with 3 independent lines, Slew rates, 3 recording modes.
  • Sequencer can behave as modulation source.
  • Pitch Tracker, Envelope Follower, Transient, Gate, Sample & Hold Modules.
  • Chorus, Delay, Spring Reverb.
  • 6 Play modes (including Unison 2/4/6), Polyphonic and mono Portamento/Glissando/Legato, 2 different Keyboard Scaling, Polyphonic Aftertouch and VCA handling.
  • Hundreds of presets made by worldwide famous Sound Designers.
  • Preset Database Engine (Find the right patch in a flash, create your own tags).
  • Comprehensive manual with a getting started and tutorial sections.
  • Instrument or Effect plug-in.

XILS 3 is available for purchase for the introductory price of 120 EUR until May 1st, 2014 (regular 149 EUR). The XILISTICS sound bank for XILS 3 with 160-plus presets (25 EUR value) is included with this offer. XILS 3 requires eLicenser or iLok.

More information: XILS-lab / XILS 3

Point Blank releases free Max for Live Modular Synth

Point Blank Online has introduced a free Modular Synth plug-in for Max for Live by tutor Daniel Herbert.

The Point Blank modular synth is based on the legendary EMS VCS3. The VCS3 was built in London in the late ’60s and there were a number of subsequent models of varying sizes. It was a popular synth and used by the Radiophonic Workshop (the ring modulator was used to process the sound of the daleks) through to Pink Floyd.

It’s a great synth to generate sounds and jam around with and the interface was really well thought out, featuring an innovative matrix which is still a neat way to patch the different synth sections together. It features three oscillators, a noise generator, a ring modulator, a couple of filter sections, audio input, envelope generator, spring reverb and an assignable joystick control – if you really wanted you could even hook up a keyboard!

The Point Blank modular synth is a simpler interface, but still offers three oscillators and noise generator, a filter section, ring modulator and X/Y controller. Unlike the VCS3, it’s possible to store your settings, and trigger the sounds easily (and in tune!) from a MIDI source. We’ve also included a slide control to emulate the smooth sweeps you could sometimes achieve with the original synth.

The modular synth is a free download for Point Blank Facebook fans.

More information: Point Blank / Modular Synth

Samplephonics releases VCS3: Uncooperative Sequences by Paul Rez

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VCS3 Uncooperative Sequences

Samplephonics has released VCS3: Uncooperative Sequences, a sample library by Paul Rez.

Paul Rez (Analogue Witchcraft, Voodooteque) returns with another pack of genre bending, ear tingling samples, this time incorporating analogue synth loops from the mighty EMS VCS3.

This devious synth truly has a mind of it’s own, but after a lot of kicking and screaming and wrestling in to place, it can deliver some rather exceptional loops and industrial sounds.

VCS3 Uncooperative Sequences features

  • 228 4 Bar Synth Loops.
  • 700MB (24 Bit Wav).
  • Organised into folders ‘Attack Button Melodies’, ‘Hertz Locker’, ‘How Deep Is Your Envelope’, ‘The Analogue Haka’ and ‘Trapezoid Two-step.’

The sample library costs £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics

Little-Scale free Roland JV-30 Ensemble Sounds & VCS3 Synthi Percussion

Sebastian Tomczak of Little-Scale has released two new free sample packs.

Little-Scale JV-30 and VCS3 Synthi
Free sample packs featuring the Roland JV-30 and the VCS3 Synthi by EMS.

New sample packs at little-scale

  • Roland JV-30 Ensemble Sounds—One hundred and twenty-four delicious ensemble sounds recorded directly from a JV-30 keyboard synthesizer.
  • VCS3 Synthi Percussion—Twenty six tasty percussive sounds recorded directly from an EMS VCS3 Synthi synthesizer.

The sample packs are royalty free, copyright free, license free, and restriction free.

More information: Little-Scale

The Electronic Garden releases Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection

The Electronic Garden Joystick Journeys - The VCS3 Collection

The Electronic Garden has released Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection, a sample library featuring sounds from the EMS VCS3.

This particular collection of samples was created in order to capture the VCS3 in all its chaotic (and sometimes noisy) glory. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill synth collection. Yes, there are a number of chromatically “in-tune” patches, multi-sampled up the keys.

Many of these were created with the help of Expert Sleepers’ awesome Silent Way MIDI-to-CV conversion software (, but many of them were made by painstakingly adjusting the VCS3′s “Scale” knobs. Why? Because that’s the way my heroes did it way back in the 1970s. It means that sometimes the oscillators surge and beat against one another in interesting ways, especially when the matrix is full of pins!

Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection features

  • Over 850 16/44.1 kHz and 24-bit/44.1 kHz .wav format samples.
  • Over 70 patches for Kontakt.
  • 101 REX files, tempos 100, 110 and 120 BPM.

Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection is available to purchase for $20 USD.

More information: The Electronic Garden / Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection

KX77FREE updates Kx-Modulad to v2.3 & KX-SYNTH-X16 to v3.3

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KX77FREE Kx-Modulad

KX77FREE has released updates for Kx-Modulad and KX-SYNTH-X16, two free virtual synthesizer instruments for Windows.

Kx-Modulad is an analog modular synthesizer with stereo SF2 player and an additive synthesis WaveTracer to build high quality waveforms. 128 KX presets (70′s and 80′s).

KX-SYNTH-X16 is a vintage modular polyphonic synthesizer, based on the VCS3 structure.

Changes in Kx-Modulad v2.3

  • Vco2 improvement when it is synchronized by the Vco1 with the possibility to reduce the high frequencies modulations.
  • SF2 player improvement with the possibility to choice if the samples change following the pitch or not (Mod), useful for SF2 drum sets.
  • Fixed: Now the probability to have audio clicks at the end of no looped sf2 samples is very low, tested with various sf2 banks.
  • Fixed: The buffer size of the delays has been decreased to 5 sec to avoid a crash when the amount of the modulation is at max.

Changes in KX-SYNTH-X16 v3.3

  • Vco1 improvement when it is synchronized by the Vco2 with the possibility to reduce the high frequencies modulations.
  • Possibility to verify the Meter signal (all voices) before its ouput level and now the Meter output level is not linked with the Midi Prg Change.
  • The Vca knob controls the vca level when the Mod envelop is used to modulate the vca level.

Kx-Modulad to v2.3 and KX-SYNTH-X16 for Windows (VST) are available as freeware.

More information: KX77FREE

Short links for March 14th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

Arcophone Mk II

# Arcophone Mk II

From the Perth Artifactory:

Owing to the Arcophone Mk I being stuck somewhere on the Nullabor owing to damage to train tracks from the recent rains.

As we had a gig at Scitech we needed a new Arcophone, using the prototype batch of v1.2 coil drivers, Brett, Simon & Daniel spent the better part of the last week building the Arcophone Mk II. The case was designed and cut by Simon Kirkby and the electronics designed and assembled by Brett Downing and Daniel Harmsworth.

More on the Acrophone here.

# A Gorgeous Compilation Benefits Cancer Research; Co-Creator Explains

Peter Kirn writes:

“Gem Drops” is a rich, varied compilation covering “experimental electronic hip-hop inspired” music, with artists such as Anenon, yuk., Juj, Devonwho, Shigeto, and Sumsun. The 21 tracks were selected by curator Aaron Meola. It’s the sixth release from the collective Dropping Gems, and 100% of revenue will go to the American Cancer Society.

Pay what you want for the download; a “very limited” run of handmade CDs with artwork will go to people who donate US $15 or more.

# Using EXE files to create found audio

Turning data strings like DNA and what-not into audio can produce interesting results. YouTube user r2blend says, "If you import an EXE file into an audio program as audio data, you hear all kinds of cool stuff. The most awesome by far for me was MS Paint." Fisco130 then made a club remix of the MS Paint data audio. Wonder if any scans of great works of art contain secret music? Does malware translate to sad trombone sound, or Rick Astley?

# 10 Handy Programming Tips for ReFX Vanguard

Tom at Waveformless is sharing programming tips:

If you haven't checked it out yet, head on over to the Programming Tips section of the Waveformless-Soundware site for 10 random programming tips on programming your own sounds for ReFX Vanguard.

The plan is to post programming tips for different softsynths as I release new soundsets. And yes, I am hard at work on the next release. No idea when it will be done. I'd rather get it right then get it out right now.

# Chaircrusher – For Delia Derbyshire 2010-03-10

Free 5-track album by Kent Williams.

Chairchruser For Delia Derbyshire 2010-03-10

This EMS Putney came into my hands when I purchased it from Iowa City South East Junior High School in 1997. It is one of the unique artifacts of electronic music. The Putney & it’s close relative, the attache-case-housed Synthi, were workhorse synths at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was a favorite of musicians like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and other Space Rock bands of the 70s.

It’s sonic character derives in large part from the cheapness of the design and construction. Moog Synthesizers were laboratory grade audio equipment; the Putney is cheap and difficult to use in a traditional musical context. And yet it was seductive. It’s limitations and imperfections enlarged musican’s ideas of what sounds could be musical.

Delia Derbyshire was one of the pioneers of electronic music during and after her tenure at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She was both a gifted composer and an audacious and precise engineer. Since seeing her in documentaries, and hearing her music I’m both awed by her and have a synth-geek’s crush on her. She was on my mind as I recorded these pieces, and I dedicate them to her memory.

The 5 parts of this piece were recorded in one evening, with no editing or overdubbing. The Putney was plugged into the Stereo Memory Man pedal, and the pedal was plugged into my computer.

The only post processing applied was normalization. These recordings are as close to the original, raw sound of the instrument as I could make them.

# Somatic Circuits VC-303

The VC-303 modular bass synthesizer, the worlds first and only TB-303 synth module.

100% clone of the classic bassline synth in a modern modular format. just like a 303 only modular.

Kent Loop Collection Vol 6 – EMS Synthi, sample pack by Kent Sandvik

Kent Loop Collection Vol. 6 - EMS Synthi

Kent Sandvik has released Kent Loop Collection Vol 6 – EMS Synthi, a free sample pack featuring loops created with the virtual modular XILS 3 synthesizer by XILS-lab.

EMS Synthi was a portable synthesizer done in the early seventies by EMS, used by Pink Floyd, Todd Rundgren, Steve Hillage and other similar artist.

This volume contains 50 synthi-like loops made with XILS Labs XILX 3 plug-in in the tradition of synthi-like sounds, sequencer patterns, odd bleeps, effects, as well as leads and bass lines.

Some of the loops use a compressor but most of them are clean so you could experiment with various compressor and other effect settings.

Kent Loop Collection Vol 6 is available as a free download. Note: You are not allowed to make crappy music with these loops. Make hippie-electro music with these loops.

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