KX77FREE has launched Kx-PolyM-CSE, a vintage modular polyphonic synthesizer instrument for Windows.
This one is a special work to implement a CS70M emulation and the x16 sequencer inside a modular VA. Even if the CS70 used for the tests is broken (some voices and keys are HS, no split, …), I could work nicely and really check this piece of synthesizer story. I really appreciated to go to the past… I added some “CS” offsets to the initial values of my usual setting, created the waveforms, modified the Lfo, etc, to match with the original synthesizer. Of course, you can use this plug-in like you want with or without the “CS” offsets.
I love the vintage japanese synthesizers because generally they have more creative parameters.
The particularity of this CS is its two channels (for each: 1 VCO, 1 VCF, 1 VCA) which provide nice stereo pads. And its Vcos are not Dcos (like those of 80′s synths), so the detune between the two Vcos and each voice creates rich chorus fx to build nice organs or string ensembles. But the great features of this vintage synthesizer are: the Lfo which generates a frequency modulation up to 500 hz controlled by the AD envelope and the Sine oscillators of the Vcas which create a solid base of the sounds using Bp or Hp filters.
The Kx-PolyM-CSE for Windows (VST) is a free download.
Ignite Amps has released TPA-1, a digital emulation of a class AB tube power amplifier for guitar.
The TPA-1 is a digital emulation of a class AB tube power amplifier for guitar. It has been designed and developed to be paired with any guitar preamp (VST/AU or even hardware).
Its circuit is not based on any particular physical power amplifier, but it has been designed to have enough versatility to range from vintage to modern tones, letting the user be free to shape its dynamic behaviour with ease, without the need to be a tube amplifier tech.
Every single component on the signal path of the analog circuit has been taken into account and modeled in the best possible way to match the original sound as it was meant to be, while keeping an eye on CPU performances and real-time playability at the same time.
The TPA-1 is meant to be used as a guitar tube power amplifier simulator for live playing and jamming, tracking or mixing inside hosts capable of VST or AU Plug-Ins support.
TPA-1 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available as freeware.
Kemper Amps has announced a major update for its Kemper Profiler, offering game changing pitch shifting FX with pure tuning and formant shifter, performance mode, new rigs, and more.
The Kemper Profiler has taken the guitarists’ world by storm and rocks the world this summer on major festival stages. To mention just a few: UK’s best known alternative trio Biffy Clyro played Rock am Ring and the biggest venues in the UK. Muse have toured the biggest arenas in the world just like many others as well. Numerous records were and are produced with the Kemper Profiler. Right now Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore plays two Kemper Profiler Racks during their Delta Machine arena tour: http://youtu.be/E4UzHxhsQ8Y
Guitarists quickly learned to love the Profiler because of its authentic sound, now moving on with the brand new Firmware Version 2.0 the focus this time shifts towards effects and usability. The Kemper Company mothership looks already back on a 15 year legacy with the Access VIRUS, one of the most popular and comprehensive synthesizers on the market, acclaimed for its sound and incredible effects. This expertise is now transferred step by step to the Profiler by offering worldclass effects especially designed for performing guitar players.
Changes in Kemper Profiler Software v2.0
Shifting Pitches—A collection of new polyphonic Pitch Shifting FX now extends the creative potential of the Profiler. Easily on par with the industry standard in terms of sound quality the Profiler in some areas even goes beyond what has been offered by even the most expensive pitch shifter devices on the market. With no compromise. For the first time a real time formant shifter for guitar is available in order to shape the character of the guitar and compensate for that unwanted „chipmunk effect“ when pitch shifting guitar sounds. „Pure Tuning“ or „just“ tuning finally is an option that tunes the intervals in the „pure“ or „just“ manner. This results in great and smooth sounding chords created with the pitch shifter which have never been possible before.
Listen and Learn—Additionally a lot for requests from the players of the Kemper Profiler have been implemented as new features which most likely will become a new standard. For example: When the Volume Control Pedal is put down to zero automatically the Tuner Mode is activated.
Performance mode—Performance mode is a powerful tool that allows for organising rigs in ‘performances’. A total of 125 performances are available, each of which can hold up to five rigs in one logical place. The typical use of a performance would be storing the sounds dedicated to the intro, verse, chorus, bridge, and outro of a song, and switch between them using a foot controller.
Custom foot controller support—Kemper have been working with companies offering custom foot controllers or chip tunings for universal foot controllers in order to give choices to the Kemper Profiler users. Watch out for offerings from FAMC Liquid Foot, UnO 4 Kemper, and others.
Rig-a-lo-mania – A brand new set of Presets—A completely new The Amp Factory Rig Pack as well as pitch shifter rigs and presets have been added. Rig Pack 04 and Keith Merrow Signature Rigs are now included in firmware 2.0.
The Kemper Profiler Software Version 2.0 is now available to download for Kemper Profiler users.
Variety Of Sound has launched Thrillseeker VBL, a free Vintage Broadcast Limiter effect plug-in for Windows.
Thrillseeker VBL is a “modded” version, which not only has the classic gain reduction controls but also grants detailed access to the amount and appearance of harmonic tube amplifier distortion occurring in the analog tube circuit.
Bringing mojo back – Thrillseeker VBL is an emulation of a “vintage broadcast limiter” following the classic Variable-Mu design principles from the early 1950′s. They were used to prevent audio overshoots by managing sudden signals changes.
From today’s perspective, and compared to brickwall limiters, they are rather slow and should be seen as more of a gain structure leveler, but they still are shining when it comes to perform gain riding in a very musical fashion – they have warmth and mojo written all over.
ThrillseekerVBL is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.
Tronsonic has launched Kork M500 Micro Preset, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
I tried to get it as close (both visually and audibly) as I could to the original late 70s preset synth (as used by OMD on many records), and also added a few extra features like polyphony and a tape compression and damage effect.
In order to maintain the purity of the waveforms, I chose not to sample to tape (hence the ‘tape fx’ section), but used valves and a chain of nearly 100 year old interstage transformers to capture the audio.
All of the presets are selectable via the interface (as with the real synth), as well as the effects/edit section under the red button.
As you can see, the tape input gain and warmth settings are also controllable via dedicated attack and decay envelopes, enabling a very accurate emulation of ‘hitting’ the tape, and its compression effects. The random gain, warmth and tone are also synced to the tape speed frequency knob, which controls the wow and flutter.
The Kork M500 Micro Preset library is available at the introductory price of £11.99 GBP until June 29th, 2013 (20% off regular).
Universal Audio has announced it is shipping the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.
Universal Audio’s Apollo 16 audio interface provides 16 x 16 analog I/O with world-class sound and realtime UAD processing.
Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — on both Mac and Windows 7.*
Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes.
Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.
Apollo 16 is available for an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.
Universal Audio’s new UAD Software features enhancements for Apollo and Apollo 16.
Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo’s workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.
The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.