GForce Software has published some information on the impOSCar 2, the successor to the impOSCar virtual instrument for Windows and Mac.
After previewing impOSCar 2 at NAMM 2009 we’ve subsequently been inundated with questions and thought we’d put together this page with a view to helping answer some of these while we put our heads down once more and get on with the job of completing the instrument.
We’ll add to this page when we can but in the meanwhile, here are some videos, FAQs and an impOSCar 2 new feature list to whet your appetite and answer some of your questions.
New in impOSCar
- PWM on both oscillators.
- Aux Mod Section with comprehensive routing (destinations include: OSc2 pitch, PW1, PW2, PW1&2, Filter Separation, Filter Q, Osc Mix, Noise Mix).
- Additional LFO.
- Improved LFO sync options.
- New Modulation & Controller Routing options.
- Pink noise.
- Vastly Improved Arpeggiator.
- Chord Hold & Retrigger from a single key.
- Controller Section Featuring Channel & Poly Aftertouch.
- Mod Wheel Controls now switchable between Aftertouch, Expression and Mod Wheel.
- Pan Spread Modes (left to right, Random etc) and Spread Amount Control.
- Mono & Poly Unison Modes (up to 8 voice poly unison).
- Unison Voice Spread
- Portamento Spread on Unison glides.
- New Chorus Modes.
- Ring Modulation.
- External Audio Input with the new FX version.
- Release Velocity Response.
- Small, Medium & Large GUI sizes.
Check the NAMM preview page for more information and some video demos.
M-Audio and GForce Software have released M-Tron Pro, a virtual instrument featuring the sounds of the classic Mellotron.
The GForce M-Tron Pro virtual instrument is an incredible emulation of the classic Mellotron—the unique tape-playback keyboard used by such luminaries as The Beatles, Yes, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues and Radiohead.
M-Tron Pro features
- 200+ total tape banks (sample sets), including:
- 45 brand-new tape banks not found in the original M-Tron.
- 19 tape banks from M-Tron virtual instrument, re-mastered at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios.
- Over 40 looped tape banks.
- Over 3.5GB of samples total.
- 700+ patches including many created by world-class recording artists and programmers.
- Up to 35 notes, each individually sampled.
- Dual layer and split keyboard operation.
- Programmable MIDI CC response via MIDI Learn.
- Controllable via MIDI controllers such as the M-Audio Axiom and Oxygen models.
- 29 parameters per layer including synth parameters:
- Vintage-style ensemble and delay effects.
- Low-pass, band-pass and high-pass resonant filter section.
- Tape reverse.
- Tape half speed.
- Dynamic keyboard control, including filter aftertouch.
- Supports standalone, RTAS and VST on Windows XP/SP2, Vista 32, Vista 64.
- Supports standalone, RTAS, AU and VST on OSX 10.4.x, OSX 10.5.x.
M-Tron Pro is exclusively available from M-Audio and has an MSRP of $199.95 USD / €139 EUR / £109 GBP. Upgrades are available for existing M-Tron users for €59 EUR via the GForce Website.
More information: M-Audio / GForce Software
GForce has released Virtual String Machine, a vintage string machine collection for Windows and Mac.
The VSM is a simple but highly powerful Virtual String Machine which captures many of the sounds from this genre of instruments, containing a wealth of sounds from a small mountain of classic and rare string machines. These range from the first commercial string ensembles (Eminent 310 & Freeman String Symphonizer) through to the highly lauded Solina, Elka Rhapsody, Logan String Melody, Korg PE2000 and many more
Virtual String Machine features
- Sounds from 17 classic and rare string machines
- Over 2.5Gb of data
- 66 individual sample sets
- 49 notes, each individually sampled and looped
- Dual Layer & Split Keyboard capability
- Vintage style Ensemble & Phaser effects
- Filter section with Lowpass, Bandpass & Highpass modes
- Two Envelope Generators
- Pitch LFO
- Dynamic control including filter aftertouch
- 500+ Patch library
Virtual String Machine is available for Windows PC (VST/RTAS) and Mac OSX (VST/RTAS/AU), and costs $129 USD.
Visit GForce for more information and video/audio demos.