Antares has announced the release of AVOX 4, the fourth generation of the Antares Vocal Toolkit.
AVOX 4 is fully 64-bit compatible and includes AAX Native versions of all of the AVOX plug-ins. In addition, AVOX 4 now includes Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler, for a total of eleven unique vocal processing plug-ins.
AVOX 4 features
Harmony Engine Evo Vocal Modeleing Harmony Generator – The quickest, easiest tool for creating realistic harmonies.
Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler – lets the mics you own sound like the mics you wish you owned.
MUTATOR Evo Extreme Voice Designer- the ideal tool for unique vocal special effects and post-production sound design.
ARTICULATOR Evo Digital Talkbox – perfect for talking guitars, singing synths, whispering voices, and a wide range of special effects.
WARM Tube Saturation Generator – warms up vocals with Antares’ world-renowned analog tube modeling technology.
ASPIRE Evo Aspiration Noise Processor – the world’s first tool for modifying a voice’s breathiness independently of its harmonic content.
THROAT Evo Physical Modeling Vocal Designer – subtly (or radically) re-sculpt vocal characteristics with a meticulously crafted physical model of the human vocal tract.
DUO Evo Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler – automatically generates a doubled vocal part with unmatched ease and realism.
CHOIR Evo Vocal Multiplier – turns a single voice into up to 32 distinct individual unison voices; assign instances of CHOIR to voices singing harmony and voila, instant choir.
PUNCH Evo Vocal Impact Enhancer – gives your vocal more dynamic impact, allowing it to cut through a dense mix with clarity and power.
SYBIL Evo Variable Frequency De-Esser – tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor and a variable sidechain frequency to match any vocal performance.
AVOX 4 is available to purchase for $399 USD. Upgrades to AVOX 4 and all of the individual AVOX plug-ins are available at the Software Upgrade Page. Those who purchased AVOX Evo, Harmony Engine Evo, Mic Mod EFX or any individual AVOX Evo plug-in after May 1st, 2013, are eligible for a free upgrade to the 64-bit version of the plug-in(s).
Best Service has announced that it is now distributing Liquid Notes, the first software assistant for composers, produced by the Vienna company Re-Compose.
Without difficulty, Liquid Notes, the music production tool that assists you with chords, scales, and harmonic movement makes the theory of harmony accessible, pretty much without restriction.
Just import a MIDI file into Liquid Notes and hit play. Liquid Notes routes the MIDI data back to your sequencer, using all software instruments of your original arrangement. The software will not interfere with your style, handwriting, or emotional message. It simply lets you try out new ideas for your compositions within the vast framework of chords and scales. Liquid Notes delivers suggestions, the final outcome is completely up to you.
Re-Compose Liquid Notes is now distributed worldwide by Best Service.
Liquid Notes features
Multi-track control over chord types, functions, and tensions.
Intelligent harmony progression management.
LN Live corrects wrong notes as you are playing them.
Growing selection of music templates in various styles.
Plays through the software instruments of your preferred sequencer.
Built-in synthesizers for sequencer-independent operation.
Standalone application (stay independent from operating system and sequencer type): No VST, AU or RTAS required *.
Works on Windows and Mac OS X.
Connects to any sequencer (Cubase, Logic, Live **, Pro Tools, Sonar, etc.).
Supports live performance.
Liquid Notes is available from Best Service for MSRP 159 EUR/£139 GBP/$175 USD.
Xfer Records has introduced Cthulhu, a chord and arpeggio MIDI effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Cthulhu is two MIDI FX modules combined into one plug-in.
Chords Module – One Note Becomes Many
Cthulhu is firstly a chord memorizer and player, allowing you to experiment with creating and reworking chord progressions with single-note presses. Included are over 150 factory chord presets allowing for a near-unlimited amount of possible musical-sounding chord progressions. Import MIDI or ‘record’ chords straight in, Cthulhu is able to analyze the chords you play and allow for various sorting options (Circle of 5ths, Chromatic, low note, etc) allowing for easy access over your chords!
Arp Module – Transform your chords in new ways.
The other half of Cthulhu is a unique pattern-based arpeggiator, allowing incoming notes or chords to be manipulated in various rhythmic ways. The 8 tabs of the stepsequencer allow you to completely reshape the incoming MIDI notes, even a single note fed into the arp can become a unique and rhythmic riff! Even if you have other arpeggio software plug-ins, Cthulhu’s arp is unique and powerful with advanced features such as chord-arpeggio mode, ties, duration / velocity sequencing, intelligent transpose, harmony, and more! Every tab of the sequencer can operate on its own length, allowing for evolving polymetric arpeggios. From simple to complex, from chaotic to creating precise arpeggio you imagine in your head!
The Cthulhu plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $39 USD.
Avantgarde Sound has introduced its enChord chord app.
Avantgarde Sound’s enChord can control any MIDI capable instrument whether software (VST, AU, AAX, etc.) or hardware.
enChord is the harmony modular super algorithm; a 21st century MIDI control super instrument.
Or let’s try another way to put it: enChord is a truly innovative application that lets you design harmonically perfect chords using all of the most popular music scales in the world with the assistance of one-touch chord progression analysis and scale modulation analysis, for you to either compose music, perform music (using the included innovative PadBoard and TileBoard MIDI controllers), or BOTH by utilizing this completely innovative system when it comes to user-friendly interaction for performing and writing music.
enChord is excessively easy to use, but the results can be as mesmerizingly complex as you want them to be = true power to you.
enChord fully working prototype was developed by Avantgarde Audio using Liine’s Lemur framework with the purpose of aiding composers, songwriters and performers with their ultimate task in a totally new, improved and faster way. enChord is currently being ported to other major touch platforms, like iPad (standalone version), Android, Windows 8, etc. Plans to make enChord a standalone hardware instrument are being discussed.
To support further development and porting to other platforms, you can either buy the fully working version of enChord here, make donations, or both. Further development and porting fully depends on the support of the community and the industry.
NoteBoard, a 108 “note canvas” for state of the art chord design and chord progression design.
ChordLibrary, 5832 immediately available chords at the touch of one finger, featuring avant-garde (pun totally intended!) workflow and ergonomics not ever seen before… with direct audition.
ScaleLibrary, dozens of musical scales (Major? Harmonic Minor? Gypsy? Bebop? Oriental? Hindu? You name it… they are all in enChord’s ScaleLibrary)
Real time, generative scale “mood” audition
One-touch chord analysis and chord progression suggester
One-touch scale analysis and scale modulation suggester (world’s first thanks to enChord’s unique workflow)
ChordBank feature for chord storage and direct chord audition of your stored factory or modified chords on every session
ModBank feature: you can store your scale modulations and go back to your base scale at any time!
TileBoard: a surface of harmonically perfect “tiles” for ultimate performance with no wrong notes; a dynamic self-regeneration-capable multi-touch instrument with expression control, channel aftertouch control and velocity control for each harmonic Tile for real-world expressivity!
PadBoard, a dynamic pad-based board (ala MPC) that is dynamically re-built according to the user-selected scale
MIDI channel selection enabling you to control up to 3 different external instruments at a time
enChord is compatible with all DAWs that support MIDI
enChord is compatible with all hardware and software instruments that support MIDI
enChord features a state of the art, ultra ergonomic, user-friendly interface and workflow. Steve Jobs would be Avantgarde’s best friend
enChord can be used by anyone who can install a MIDI controller; enChord’s harmony analytics and performance controllers CAN help all musicians of all genres. Musicians and composers of all skill levels will definitely find a use for enChord in their workflow. 100% certainty.
With your support, more features coming soon…
enChord for Lemur is available to purchase from $29 USD.
Shiverware has announced the release of Musix Pro, a new iOS musical instrument.
Musix Pro is the successor to Musix, a revolutionary instrument and control surface for the iPad/iPhone. The unique hexagonal or rectangular note layouts allows newcomers to learn how to play music much faster than conventional instruments; while giving experienced musicians a fresh look on music and harmony which sparks creativity.
Audio can be generated with built-in instruments, or with external synthesizers via Core Midi or OSC. Musix Pro allows the user to arrange the notes of the scale to be like a piano, an accordion, a concertina, or a guitar. The most common layouts such as Wicki-Hayden, Janko, Harmonic Table and Linnstrument are all included as presets, and you can build your own layouts. When you combine Musix Pro with apps such as Samplewiz, NLog Synth Pro, Arctic Keys or Sunrizer, the possibilities are endless.
The musical power of Musix Pro is derived from the use of isomorphic note layouts, which allow the whole screen to be filled with harmonically related notes in the shape of hexagons, rectangles or squares. The systematic layout of pitches creates a playing surface that enables the exploration of musical possibilities unavailable in traditional instruments. The end result is that a non-musical person can learn how to play every major and minor chord in under 5 minutes, which typically take weeks or years on a piano. The nature of the note layouts turns playing music into making shapes.
People love music and many people would love to play but don’t have the time or patience to learn. With Musix Pro, learning to play can take much less time and be more fun and engaging.
The Musix Pro app is currently 66% off at $4.99 USD.
zplane development has announced an X-Mas offer for the LE edition of its vielklang instant harmony plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Four voiced choirs and brass sections in your DAW – just a mouse click away with vielklang Instant Harmony! vielklang Instant Harmony is a versatile vocal editing tool and harmony generator for musicians, songwriters and producers. It creates backing vocals and brass sections with up to four voices in a more musical way than traditional harmony processors. vielklang utilizes sophisticated voice-leading and harmony progression models to generate more natural and musical arrangements rather than producing plain parallel voicings. The piano-roll display allows complete control over every pitch of every voice.
vielklang LE features
Automatic generation of four-voiced choirs and brass sections.
Audio & MIDI harmonization.
Musical voicings by using voice-leading and harmony progression theory.
One-click modification of tempo, scale, and harmony.
Highest quality with the élastique pitch shifting engine.
The vielklang LE plugin is available to purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR until December 31, 2012.
vielklang Instant Harmony is an instrument for easy generation of harmonies from an audio or MIDI melody.
The utilization of voice leading and harmony progression models allows vielklang to create harmony parts in a more musical way than traditional harmony processors and makes it a versatile and creative tool for musicians, songwriters and producers.
vielklang utilizes zplane’s widely-used élastique SOLOIST engine for high quality pitch shifting and time stretching.
The piano roll tab in zplane’s vielklang Instant Harmony V2.
Changes in vielklang Instant Harmony V2
Advanced pitch editing with direct tool access.
New sleek interface.
Vibrato and tremolo generator.
Hybrid view for score-like harmony visualization.
Multiple file harmonization.
vielklang LE is a light version with a reduced feature set at a competitive price. For a direct feature comparison between the two versions see the product page.
vielklang Instant Harmony for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $149 USD/119 EUR. The upgrade from vielklang 1.x is $69 USD/49 EUR, with an introductory offer of $39 USD/29 EUR).
vielklang LE costs $99 USD/79 EUR. All existing users of vielklang 1.x are eligible to a free version of vielklang LE.