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H.G. Fortune releases Ultra Swamp virtual synth plugin

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H.G. Fortune has released Ultra Swamp, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Ultra Swamp is completely reworked version of Swamp/Swamp XT so there are a lot of differences to the prior versions and a hugely increased sonic potential! It’s really for the good, the bad and the weird sounds thus ranging from sweet over dark to really strange and crazy stuff; transforming the wave samples beyond recognition. And it’s not just for pads and atmos but also for snappy percussive sequencer sounds.

Although it does look not a very complex synthesizer – don’t let yourself get fooled by this as the sonic results will prove different, as you can check with the sounddemo videos. This is a very versatile synthesizer but is fairly easy to edit. The patch programmers had so much fun with it they did 3 complete additional banks of more incredible patches for the Pro version!

H.G. Fortune Ultra Swamp
H.G. Fortune Ultra Swamp

Ultra Swamp features

  • 2 x PCM wave oscillators with 256 waves in 2 banks as primary soundsources.
  • 1 x Ringmodulator per voice as 1st secondary soundsource.
  • 1 x Timbremodulator per voice as 2nd secondary soundsource.
  • 1 x Filter – 3 types (LoPass, HiPass, BandPass), ADSR EG with Vel control on Attack & Decay, and 3 Response Modes.
  • 1 x 4 channel adaptive mixer for cutoff modulation.
  • 1 x VCA EG (ADSR) Vel control on Attack & Decay, and 3 Response Modes.
  • 1 x Pan.
  • 3 x LFO.
  • 1 x S&H.
  • 1 x DLFO (Double LFO with two outputs and phaseshifting).
  • 1 x special Pitch LFO with Speed Up/Down options.
  • 1 x ADSR EG as modsource for RM / TM.
  • 1 x Gator not only on Level but optional for Filter and delay Pan too.
  • 1 x Delay with several options for panning delayed signal.
  • 1 x Stereo Flanger.
  • 1 x Stereo Reverb.
  • 1 x Bass Enhance.
  • 1 x XY-Joypad with 6 controls for 12 destinations and optional display for LFO & Aftertouch motion.
  • 3 x Lazy Buttons.
  • 12 voices, 512 patches.

Ultra Swamp Pro for Windows (VST) is available for the introductionary price of 24.50 EUR / $34 USD until June, 6th 2011 (regular price 39 EUR).

A free UltraSwamp (HGF birthday edition) is available to download. This version has a few limitations (only LowPass filter, 3 voices, EG 3 mono, no internal patch management, no MIDI Learn, no velocity control on Attack / Decay of VCF / VCA EG, no SF2 Load, 128 internal patches, but two hidden easter egg gimmicks).

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H.G. Fortune releases Altair 4: The SciFi Sounds Lab

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H.G. Fortune has announced the release of Altair 4, a virtual “SciFi Sounds Lab” instrument plug-in for Windows.

H.G. Fortune Altair 4

As the subname of this plugin synthesizer says this SciFi Sounds Lab will be of best service for all doing soundtracks for movies or games in the genres of SciFi, Suspense, Horror, Fantasy and alike needing special, spacey, wobbly FX sounds. Ok, it can do some more than these e.g. bell like stuff and even it does fit amazingly well in fairly conventional songs (see below).

This is also an hommage to the movie ‘Forbidden Planet’ from 1956 being the first movie with a complete electronic soundtrack using sounds that could have been done with this plugin. User comments: “This instrument does do a lot of the things the Barron’s did with their circuitry albeit a lot easier. It makes sciFi sounds & noises and everybody will reminiscent to a old soundlaboratory of the 50/60ties”. Anyway Altair 4 puts it to a modern level with some sophisticated controls.

Altair 4 (Pro) features

  • 2 oscillators with two soundsources with one (B) driving the other (A) to resonate.
  • Each oscillator with three mod inputs and extensive control options.
  • 3 LFO: L1 (7 waves) with key restart on first key pressed, L2 (8 waves) and phase modulation.
  • L3 (7 waves) with optional modulation by sub LFO.
  • 2 hidden LFO: L12 = mix of L1 and L2, L13 = mix of L1 and L3.
  • 1 Sample & Hold (6 modes).
  • 1 VCA with AR EG (with pan for undelayed sound at Rev section).
  • 1 Main Volume with level control: fixed, Velocity, and even Aftertouch, or Wheel.
  • 1 Delay (bpm synced) and dedicated pan.
  • 1 Bass Boost.
  • 1 Reverb with predelay.
  • 1 Hold button to hold last played key.
  • 1 Joypad with 3 balls to control 6 destinations.
  • 8 Voices.
  • 256 Patches (2 Banks).

Altair 4 Pro is available to purchase for a introductory price of 19 EUR until 15 May, 2011 (30% off regular price of 29 EUR).

The last public beta version is also available at no cost. This is identical to the Pro version with the exception of the GUI, it has only 3 voices instead of 8, and the internal patchbank is not filled up completely.

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H.G. Fortune releases ScapesWizard

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H.G. Fortune ScapesWizard

H.G. Fortune has announced the release of ScapesWizard, a virtual synthesizer instrument for soundscapes, atmospheres and textures in motion.

ScapesWizard is a machine for soundscapes with very different control concept by triggering different samples via keyboard, or, using LazyPlay play a pool of waves in sequence or at random driven by inbuilt clock or have this triggered by keyboard.to advance manually.

There are three different soundengines: Slow Motion Scapes (Osc 1&2), OneShots and Loops (Osc 3), and Space Rumble Background Noise. Each engine has got some dedicated soundmodifiers partly with special controls. But the most important feature is you can trigger i.e. switch samples with a dedicated tune setting via keyboard (with velocity) which is ideal for live interaction too!

You got 2 x 24 samples (= 2 x 2 octaves) in direct access via keyboard. To each keyrange (from C2 to B3 and C4 to B5) a different waveset out of 5 can be assigned. This makes the plugin suited very well for usage with trigger pad controllers. Also for live interaction pitchwheel can be used for Osc1 & Osc2 with a range of +1/-1 octave and for Osc 3 the same for Modwheel.

The basic usage is intended to have a setting ‘in motion’ and then play different samples. Although there seem to be very few control elements most of these have a double function: left side is setting a dedicated value while right side adjusts modulation amount.

ScapesWizard Pro for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 29 EUR until 1 January, 2011 (50% off regular price of 59 EUR. A fully featured demo of the Pro version (with occasional fade outs & voice overs) and X-Mas freebie ScapesWizard mini are available from the H.G. Fortune website.

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Indie Dev Collective launches IDC Sale #2: November 15th – 30th

Indie Dev Collective

The Indie Dev Collective has announced their second massive sale, offering discounts on a wide range of products from various developers.

Following the success of their first collaborative event (May 2010), the Indie Dev Collective are back with another fantastic sale.

Nine developers providing a highly diverse selection of synths, effects, samples, loops, and presets – all on sale at the same time, with prices up to 70% off.

IDC Sale #2 includes products by:

  • Dusted William Sounds
  • H.G. Fortune
  • Hardcore Harmonics/Supersynths
  • Manytone
  • Nucleus Soundlab
  • Perimeter Sound Arts
  • Ugo
  • Westgate Sounds
  • whiteLABEL

The sale lasts until November, 30th, 2010.

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H.G. Fortune Alphatron (Pro & Basic Free), virtual synthesizer plug-in

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H.G. Fortune Alphatron

H.G. Fortune has announced the release of Alphatron, a virtual synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

Alphatron is not just a simple VA synthesizer instead in using a 3rd oscillator with digital waves it does offer a lot more variation. Thus it can do analogstyle sounds reminding of the old Moog and Prophet days but also merge this with the digital realm in various ways to achieve sounds beyond.

Alphatron features

  • VA Oscillator with up to 6 poly waves for Saw, Ramp, Sine, Tri, and Pulse.
  • VA Oscillator with single waves as above plus white and pink noise, Sync slave.
  • Sample Oscillator with fairly typical digital waves with different hamonic content, Sync master.
  • Amplitude Modulation with dedicated output.
  • 24 dB resonant Low Pass filter with dedicated ADSR EG, 4 mixable mod sources.
  • VCA EG. Note: Both EG have 3 modes: exponential, reverse exponential, and linear; and optional control for Attack and Decay by velocity.
  • Booster or Enciter selectable.
  • Mystify with three selctable types (Brite, Soft, Dark).
  • BPM synced Delay with adjustable Offset controlled manually or by modsource, Pan.
  • Bass Boost.
  • Pan for undelayed signal.
  • Small Reverb for adding some nice flavour.
  • Saturator.
  • Main Volume.
  • 3 x LFO, 1 x Duo LFO (with two waves and phase control for 2nd wave), 1 x S&H.
  • Pitch LFO with option to speed up or down the LFO speed.
  • 16 Step Seqencer with Shuffle for notes and velocity plus mute buttons for each step..
  • Incl 8 pattern slots per patch and 4 global pattern slots for instant changes.
  • 3 Wheels.
  • Aftertouch as selectable modsource.
  • 8 Lazy buttons.
  • 8 GUI variants selectable.
  • 128 patches.

Alphatron Pro is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for 29 EUR. The Basic version has limited features and is available as a free download from the H.G. Fortune website.

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Dimitri Schkoda Premonitions (Part One and Two), music made with H.G. Fortune Avatar ST

InnerDreamer Premonitions Part One

Dimitri Schkoda has released Premonitions (Part One and Two), music made with the Avatar ST virtual synthesizer by H.G. Fortune.

Avatar Premonitions: Two CDs recorded live by Dimitri Schkoda aka Inner Dreamer featuring Avatar ST VSTi Synthesizer only (no further FX used). Even more only one patch of Avatar ST was used per track at all though with some realtime tweaking of course.

The skilful play of Dimitri Schkoda unveils the very sonic potential of this synthesizer. This is partly cinematic to orchestral ambient sometimes with a dark touch and very well suited not only for relaxation but also for intense listening of his imaginary songs done with the ‘Futuristic Orchestra’ as he calls it. He has dedicated
this masterpiece of music ‘to all friends around the world who support works of HG Fortune’.

Premonitions Part One & Two are available as a free download from H.G. Fortune. Both rar archives include images for CD cover, booklet and CD label ready for printing.

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H.G. Fortune Avatar ST, virtual synthesizer instrument

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H.G. Fortune Avatar ST

H.G. Fortune has released Avatar ST, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Avatar ST is featuring a new generation of HG Fortune synths. Basically it is most suited for a large variety of pads, soundscapes, athmospheres or related FX sounds but can do other sounds like e.g. certain kinds of basses too. The 16 Step Modulator allows sounds to be fairly rhythmicated in various ways if wanted.

Also you can have one section stepmodulated while the other is not as there are two complete sections with oscillators, modifiers, VCA EG, Delay, Pan and Reverb send, plus a grain processor and a multimode filter to be inserted via different audio routings. In addition there are a lot of modulation options you might select from in order to taylor your sound.

Twelve Tutorial patches have been created in order to help you exploring this synth – see also Appendix 4 of manual.

Avatar ST Pro features

  • 2 x 2 PCM wave oscillators with 384 waves in 3 banks.
  • 2 x Osc Mix section with one XY-Pad plus mix option for direct and step modulated out.
  • 2 x Mystify with three selctable types (Brite, Soft, Dark).
  • 1 x Grain Processor.
  • 1 x Filter with 4 types (LP, HP, BP and Feedback) incl. 1 ADSR EG.
  • 2 x VCA EG (ADSR).
  • 2 x Delay, 2 x Pan.
  • 7 x LFO, 1 x S&H, 16 Step Modulator, Keytrack and Modwheel.
  • 1 semi parametric 3Band Stereo EQ, 1 small Reverb for adding some nice flavour.
  • 16 voices, 8 Lazy Buttons.

Avatar ST is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for 39 EUR.
A free version is available to download from the H.G. Fortune website (4 voices, 64 internal patches, 256 internal waves (banks #0 & #2), SF2 & wave loading only with Osc B2).

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