Cinematique Instruments has announced that they will be delivering Cement 2 as a bonus with every purchase with a value of more than €25 in their online shop.
Cement is a sequencer based pattern generator which is well suitable to enrich your music production and lend it a specific character. As the name suggests you can easily create cementing textures, crawling patterns or a fundament for your musical idea.
Cement 2 sequencer based pattern generator for Kontakt
Cement 2 has the same concept as Cement 1 but is based on three different instruments: Baritone ukulele, guitar harmonics and marimba.
MusicDevelopments has updated its RapidComposer music prototyping and automated composition software, and announced a limited time birthday sale.
RapidComposer is two years old! To celebrate this event we hold a birthday sale with 20% discount until April 20th. The sale applies to the OS X version too, which is to be released at the end of April. All existing and new customers will get the OS X version free of charge, as well as all 2.xx versions.
Changes in RapidComposer v1.9
Improved drag and drop experience; phrases/chords/scales are rendered into a small image that is shown during dragging.
New preference: it is possible to disable selecting phrases from multiple tracks.
New preference: using flats instead of sharps in chord names.
A status window is displayed during loading a composition as the initialization of some VSTi plug-ins may take long.
Scrollwheel works over lists and sliders.
Some minor changes in keyboard commands to match the OS X version; left and right Shift/Ctrl is not distinguished. The biggest change is the direct access of underlying chord/scale notes: instead of pressing Right Ctrl, you should press Ctrl+Shift.
Bug fix: crash during resizing the window fixed.
RapidComposer is available to purchase for $236 USD (regular $295 USD) until April 20th, 2012.
sonicLAB has updated the Cosmosƒ advanced stochastic synthesis instrument to version 1.2, which includes the first Windows release alongside the updated Mac version.
New feature in Cosmosƒ V1.2: Additive Synthesis with Sample Waveform
Cosmosƒ V1.2 offers new features for its Synthesis Engine: For instance a genuine Additive Synthesis feature has been developed, where you can control, automate and modulate up to 12 partials with their frequency and amplitude distribution. You can assign either a sine wave or a sample waveform to the partials. All partials sum up to one micro event waveform! Unheard clusters of sound objects can be created in real time within seconds.
A 300% performance gain has been achieved thanks to the immense efforts in coding for precision and optimization.
Now available on Windows7: in response to the significant demand for the Windows version, from now on Cosmosƒ is available on Windows 7 (for earlier OS versions please test the demo app).
Cosmosƒ is now available to purchase for Windows an Mac for 89 EUR. The update is free for registered users.
zplane.development has announced the upcoming release of version 2 of vielklang Instant Harmony, the plugin for intelligent one-click harmony generation.
vielklang Instant Harmony is the world’s only audio harmonization engine with built-in voice-leading and harmony progression rules; in combination with zplane’s élastique time-stretching and pitch shifting engine it allows the generation of arrangements in unprecedented quality.
zplane.development vielklang Instant Harmony v2.0 Piano Roll
vielklang Instant Harmony features
Various 2/3/4-voiced harmonization styles.
Audio and MIDI harmonization.
Detailed editing of pitch and timing.
New vibrato/tremolo generator.
Three visualization options: piano roll, arranger, and pseudo-score.
Completely redesigned intuitive interface.
In addition to the full version of vielklang Instant Harmony, there will be a vielklang LE with restricted feature set; vielklang LE will offer a restricted set of harmonization modes, scales and will not allow detailed editing of pitch and timing.
vielklang Instant Harmony will be available for $149 USD / 119 EUR and vielklang LE will be $99 USD / 79 EUR. The upgrade for vielklang 1.x -> vielklang 2 will be available for the introductory price of $39 USD / 29 EUR (regular $69 USD / 49 EUR).
In addition, all existing users of vielklang 1.x are eligible for a free version of vielklang 2 LE. Until the release of vielklang 2, vielklang 1.5 will be available for $99 USD / 79 EUR.
Plugin Boutique has launched an exclusive Sinevibes Bundle, a collection of three AudioUnit plug-ins for Mac.
Sinevibes Bundle – three AU plug-ins at 50% off
PIB Exclusive Sinevibes Bundle includes:
Diffusion – Diffusion is an AudioUnit synthesizer plugin for creating unique basslines and motion sounds. Its engine combines additive oscillators and waveshape modeling with an advanced matrix sequencer that allows for over 400 different parameter combinations per step. All this is controlled via an intuitive color-coded interface, making Diffusion a one-of-a-kind instrument that’s both deeply capable and fun.
Drift – Drift is an AudioUnit effect plugin that adds smooth chaotic motion to any sound. It features a two-dimensional fractal generator that produces endlessly developing waveforms and is unique per each audio channel. The generator output is then applied onto sound level and filter cutoff frequency and allows you to create various ever-changing, widely stereoscopic modulation effects: pan fluctuations, infinite crossfades, random filtering and tremolo, chaotic wobble, and more. With a very simple interface, Drift can easily bring life and movement into any type of sound.
Strobe – Strobe is an AudioUnit effect plugin for rhythmic audio gating. Its core is a sequencer that runs in perfectly precise sync with your DAW and lets you mute individual notes and sounds in a looped fashion. Thanks to variable timing, swing and gate shape Strobe can easily match the feel of any melodic or rhythmic part. It’s a simple yet versatile effect that is essential in all styles of music – and it has an incredibly fun-to-use interface.
The Sinevibes Bundle is available to purchase for $38.50 USD (regular $77 USD).
Oli Larkin plug-ins has announced a Spring Sale, offering a 30% discount on the Endless Series.
Endless Series is a synthesis and effect plug-in based on the Shepard Tone auditory illusion. It generates never-ending scales, psychedelic drones and fascinating sonic textures and works as a tone generator, a ring modulator, phaser, flanger or resonant filter bank effect.
The full version of Endless Series, including VST2/VST3/AU and RTAS plug-ins plus standalone versions, can be purchased for £19.99 GBP instead of the regular price of £29.99 GBP. The offer runs till the 31st March 2012. The Mac standalone version can be purchased on the Mac App Store for a reduced price of £6.99 GBP
Stephan Vankov has launched Pulse, a surface controller system comprising a piezo mic and a software interface allowing you to play virtual instruments by finger tapping.
At the core of all music creation lies a pulse. In an age of gear-overload, many of us have forgotten the most effective and intuitive pulse generator – a finger tap.
The Pulse Controller is a hardware / software solution that liberates computer-based musicians and performers from conventional input devices by allowing a surface – i.e. desk, laptop, objects and more – to become a playable MIDI controller. An included piezo microphone coupled with a simple yet powerful software interface converts acoustic impulses into MIDI Note messages for playing your software instruments in an intuitive, responsive and connected manner.
Pulse Controller features
Piezo microphone and powerful software interface.
Attaches to any surface via integrated suction cup (velcro strips also provided).
Connects to external audio device or built-in audio inputs (1/4″ and 1/8″).
Velocity-sensitive and highly responsive.
Compatible with all software that accepts MIDI Note messages (Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, VST/AU plug-ins, etc).
Generate fixed note or random notes in a selected scale, with control of octave, octave width, root pitch and 21 Scales.
Fixed note length and note choke modes.
Store and recall presets.
Keyboard shortcuts for quick access to presets and important controls.
Mac OS 10.5, 10.6, 10.7 compatible (Windows / Ableton Live users, please contact us about M4L version).
The Pulse Surface Controller System is currently available for Intel Mac only, priced at $59 USD (+ $5 USD shipping within USA). A 1/4″ to 1/8″ audio input adapter is available for an additional $5 USD.
Note that shipping is currently limited to US orders. International shipping will be available soon.
sonicLAB has updated its Cosmosƒ advanced stochastic synthesizer to version 1.1, featuring new addons dedicated to live performance and automation.
Cosmosƒ is a real-time dynamic stochastic synthesis engine, which does generate sonic textures with a complex event distribution process. Discrete sonic events of certain density are distributed in a time space with their onset time and duration parameter calculated with stochastic/deterministic functions. Each macro event defines the duration of a meso space, and the sub events are distributed inside it.
Changes in Cosmosƒ v1.1
Full OSC support: You can control and automate any parameter of Cosmosƒ from another software/hardware (registered version only).
Manual Mute/Unmute switches for mesoµ events: Like on a mixing console, you can individually mute/unmute events inside the Cosmosƒ cycle: very efficient for developing controlled rhythmic structures.
Preset Morphing: You can morph the parameter space between 4 presets, therefore instantly interpolate over 250 parameters with a simple gesture.
Plus many improvements in the code including quadratic interpolation on all the audio playback routines.
Cosmosƒ for Mac is available to purchase for 89 EUR.