Audio Damage releases Mad Hatter Eurorack module

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Audio Damage Mad Hatter

Audio Damage has launched Mad Hatter, a new Eurorack format digital noise module.

What do you get when you take a shift register noise generator and the six-square-wave oscillator stack from the TR606 cymbal source and put ‘em in one unit? Mad Hatter!

As a digital noise source, Mad Hatter is, well, as versatile as a digital noise source can really be. The COLOR control and CV input is the clock speed of the shift register, from chaotic oscillations to white noise.

This noise is then paired with the oscillator stack, six square waves at frequencies measured from our own TR-606. (For added versatility, the COLOR knob also controls the pitch of two of those oscillators, sweeping them over a 1-octave range.) The oscillators run through a pair of bandpass filters, in the same manner as the TR-606’s cymbal sound.

This whole mess goes to a high-pass filter, with a frequency controlled with the HPF FILTER FREQ knob and CV input. After that, it’s out the out-hole to your favorite VCA, for easy-to-patch hi-hat and cymbal sounds.

Mad Hatter features

  • Digital shift register noise plus 6 square wave oscillators for easy x0x-style cymbal synthesis.
  • COLOR knob controls shift register noise clock and oscillator stack pitch.
  • HPF FREQ knob controls high-pass filter frequency.
  • CROSSFADE knob mixes from audio input, through noise, to oscillator stack.
  • CV control of all parameters.
  • 8HP panel size.
  • Skiff-friendly 20mm depth.
  • 90ma current draw.

Mad Hatter is available for purchase for $189 USD.

More information: Audio Damage / Mad Hatter

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Taika Systems releases Photophore for iPad

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Taika Systems has released Photosphore, a flock synthesizer app for iOS.

Taika Systems Photosphore

Photophore is a unique instrument that uses flocks of up to 100 sound generators to create rich, organic synthesizer sounds.

By controlling the behavior of the flocks you can make Photophore sound like a choir of synthesizers or, at more extreme settings, a swarm of angry insects.

Photophore features

  • Unique flock synthesis engine.
  • Up to 100 oscillators per patch.
  • Monophonic or polyphonic operation (up to 6 voices).
  • 6 oscillator waveforms (saw, square, pulse and more).
  • Low pass/High pass filter with resonance.
  • Dedicated amplitude and filter envelopes.
  • Stereo echo effect.
  • Arpeggiator.

The Photosphore app is available for purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD until January 10th, 2015 (20% off regular). Requires iOS 7.

More information: Taika Systems / Photosphore

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Oli Larkin updates Endless Series to v3.3

Oli Larkin Endless Series

Oli Larkin has released version 3.3 of Endless Series, a Shepard Tone modulation fx plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Endless series is a unique multi-effect based on the Shepard Tone auditory illusion, which generates mind bending risers, infinite scales, psychedelic drones and fascinating sonic textures.

It works as a tone generator, a ring modulator, phaser, flanger or resonant filter bank.

Changes in Endless Series v3.3

  • Added 64-bit AAX Native version for Pro Tools 11.
  • Fixes for retina Macs.
  • Several other small fixes.
  • New demo version available.

Endless Series for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for £29.99 GBP. A standalone version for Mac only is £6.99 GBP.

More information: Oli Larkin / Endless Series

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Fairly Confusing Waveforms releases Scape-O-Matic for Kontakt

Fairly Confusing Waveforms has launched Scape-O-Matic, a “sound amusement, gambling device” for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Fairly Confusing Scape-O-Matic for Kontakt

It generates random weird and spooky sounds and soundscapes from a button press. If you like to just spin the wheel and see what happens, you may enjoy playing with it.

This machine has no user manual, so one needs to figure it out by herself/himself. I can offer few tips though.

  • Press the red button, then play the keyboard.
  • The equalizer works on dry signal only.
  • There are hidden buttons.
  • The machine will build sound out of a number of voices. Each voice is likely to have different settings for volume envelope and glide, although you only see setting for the first voice.
  • If it sounds really out of tune and you don’t like it that way, try setting glide amount to zero. Even, if it seems be be set to zero already.
  • There are ways to edit single voices.
  • There is a ‘data box’ labeled ‘lucky number’, if you feel lucky, you can type in a number there. It will be used as a token for creating next sound (or for performing any randomizing procedure). Same token always creates the same sound.

Scape-O-Matic is available to download as freeware. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2 or higher.

More information: Fairly Confusing / Scape-O-Matic

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Intermorphic updates Noatikl to v2.5.22

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Intermorphic has released version 2.5.22 of the Noatikl generative music lab for Windows, Mac & iOS.

Intermorphic Noatikl

Love generative music? Explore & design your own fascinating soundscapes with Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan – now with SoundFont (SF2) support!* Noatikl’s got the power, features and breadth of control that you need.

Changes in Noatikl v2.5.22

  • Noatikl Desktop and Desktop Audio Plugins:
    • New: Added Soundfont SF2 support (mono only – stereo channel data is ignored for now), accessed/selected via Wavetable Sound Unit.
    • New: Includes 6 all new high quality SF2 files (Drums Acoustic, Piano Upright, Piano Electric, Guitar 12-String, Synths, E-Perc).
    • Added: “Send all CC events” checkbox in Preferences; uncheck to send only Bank Select, Micro Controllers and User Envelopes.
    • Added: Crash reporting, so we can be much more responsive for finding and fixing any crashes.
    • Fixed: Missing tempo envelope support.
    • Fixed: Crash on start if you had a mono audio input device selected as default in Audio MIDI Setup on Mac…
    • Fixed: Behaviour of “Auto Restart?” parameter.
    • Fixed: Listening voice behaviour.
    • Improved: Much easier to use wavetables in Noatikl via the Wavetable unit (the DLS and Samples dialogs are now deprecated).
    • Improved: Files are now saved and opened by default from Music/Intermorphic/… so they are much more easily shared with Mixtikl, and with Noatikl and Mixtikl for iOS.
    • Improved: Tempo changing; now much smoother.
    • Improved: “Getting started” information is now shown when you have no documents open.
    • Improved: Renamed “Use Patch?” voice parameter to “Send MIDI Bank/Patch?”.
    • Improved: Most pop-up panels (e.g. MIDI cooker) can now be resized.
    • Removed: Timer Accuracy (ms) from Noatikl preferences (deprecated).
  • Noatikl iOS:
    • Fixed Tempo envelope operation.
    • Improved tempo changing; now much smoother.
    • Bug fixes.

Noatikl desktop and audio plugins are available for purchase for $49.99 USD each. The iOS version is free to download from the iTunes App Store ($9.99 USD in-app purchase required to unlock some features).

More information: Intermorphic / Noatikl

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