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H.G. Fortune releases Alien Space Weaver Pro and Free

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H.G. Fortune Alien Space Weaver Pro

H.G. Fortune has released Alien Space Weaver Pro, a synthesizer plug-in capable of spacey/dark atmospheric backgrounds and FX sounds.

One oscillator contains 64 very special samples i.e. fairly long ones being created from various images providing very spacey sounds from the start already. Thus play it slowly and let the sounds evolve. It’s also been called the Eeriator ;-) As of this you might notice there are no ADSR EG, Well, that’s right! There are only A(ttack) & R(elease) VCA EG while all modulations are done by 6 LFO and one S&H with various options.

Alien Space Weaver Pro features

  • 2 PCM wave oscillators with external sf2 files
  • 1 24 dB resonant LP filter with ADSR EG and Modulation
  • 1 12 dB resonant HP filter with ADSR EG and Modulation
  • 2 Filter bypass + modulation
  • 2 Bass Enhance
  • 2 SpookB Fx (different from the ones used before)
  • 2 Delays with manual tempo offset; Pan and modulation
  • 2 Pan for undelayed signal
  • 6 LFO + 1 S&H as mod sources incl. manual tempo offset from x1 to x4
  • 1 Reverb
  • 1 Nuthin ? special modulation
  • 5 Lazy Buttons (use ‘All’ for limitless patch switching

Alien Space Weaver Pro for Windows PC (VST) is available for the introductory price of 29 EUR until December 31, 2009 (regular 39 EUR). This offer includes a free add-on of 25 additional image generated waves.

A free version with limited features is available to download from the product page.

More information: H.G. Fortune

Review: H.G. Fortune Arracis Gold Pro

H.G. Fortune is pretty well represented in my freeware folder. Over the years I have collected free versions of several STS (Space Transition Synthesizer) plug-ins, ProtoPlasmTSM, LaserBlade, AlioNoctis, and more.

Arracis Gold is the latest to join the ever growing collection of H.G. Fortune synthesizer plug-ins for Windows. The main feature that sets Arracis Gold apart from the other Fortune synths is an oscillator step sequencer.

From the manual:

Arracis Gold VSTi Synthesizer’s most significant feature is the 4 x 8 osc step sequencer with adjustable gatelength + modulation on gatelength. With this step sequencer you can have a quite rhythmical output incl short blips (stepping among the oscillators in selectable sequence) plus mixing to the normal (steady) output signal for vivid Pad or Athmos. Thus it is easy to get really fascinating sounds even at the oscillator section only.

H.G. Fortune Arracis Gold
H.G. Fortune Arracis Gold screenshot

Although I don’t find the interface particularly appealing or anything, it is clear and easy to understand.

As with most H.G. Fortune synths, the main sound source is a collection of SoundFont waveforms, 512 in total for the Pro version, 128 in the Free version. The Pro version also allows using your own sf2 or wav files as oscillator sources. The oscillators can be mixed and modulated in a number of ways.

The 4 x 8 oscillator step sequencer features various parameters to make sequences more interesting. You can set the amount of steps between 2 and 8, and a variator control makes the sequencer jump a number of notes to create a sequence that changes over time. The tempo can be set from 1/2 to 3/16 with normal, dotted or triplet notes. The gate length can be set from long to short (more rhythmic). The length can also be modulated for even more variation in the sound.

Arracis Gold features 2 resonant filters, a 24dB LowPass and a 12 dB HiPass, both with ADSR controls. The filters can also be modulated.

The controls for the modulation sources are located in the bottom left of the GUI:

  • LFO 1 & 2, waveforms: sin, saw, ramp and triangle. Speed from 1/16 to 6 beats.
  • LFO 3 & 4, waveforms: 9 complex waves. Speed from 01-30 (not related to bpm).
  • SLFO 1 & 2, waveforms: sin, saw, ramp and triangle. Speed from 2 to 16 beats.
  • Sample & Hold, random modulation signal like pulses at varying levels. Various Up, Down, UpDown, and Random modes. A Variation knob will introduce some variation to the S&H ‘patterns’.

A small grapic meter visualizes the selected modulation source so you can see how fast and in what way the modulation is moving. Very handy.

Arracis also includes the Spook FX, a lovely effect which provides some creepy metallic and flanger type effects. I think variations of this effect have found their way in most recent H.G. Fortune synths since its introduction in Atonoise, a synth and effect plug-in designed specifically for spooky atonal sounds.

The output section features 2 delays, a bass enhancer and more modulation options for the panning of the direct, delay 1 & 2 outputs.

Arracis Gold Pro - Lazy buttons

Lastly I’d like to mention one of my favorite things which most H.G. Fortune synths feature, a Lazy section.

In Arracis Gold you have 6 buttons which randomize either steps, osc sources, the filters, LFO, or All parameters. Note: “All” doesn’t actually mean all parameters. It excludes the step sequencer parameters, and since parameters are randomized in a sane way it won’t mess with values of tunings, output volume, etc. so randomizing will result in useful sounds most the time.

So what do I think?

Product: Arracis Gold Pro by H.G. Fortune
Format: VST instrument for Windows PC
Price: 25 EUR
(introductory offer)

I really enjoy H.G. Fortune synths in general, and Arracis Gold is no exception.

The gate step sequencer is great for creating rhythmic melodies and textures. Arracis Gold Pro also includes a large number of presets that remind me of the STS synth. Lovely pads, atmospheres and effects.

I reckon this synth will be great for anyone who is into creating ambient type of music. With 4 oscillator sources and lots of modulation you can easily build massive moving sounds which keep evolving. I was actually listening to a single Arracis patch for most the duration of my writing this review!

Anyway, as I mentioned earlier there is a Pro and a generous Free version of Arracis Gold so there is no reason why you shouldn’t check out the Free version for yourself, that is if you aren’t using a Mac…

More information: H.G. Fortune

Westgate Sounds releases Wraith

Westgate Sounds Wraith

Westgate Sounds has released Wraith, a free Anomaly demo and .sf2 player created by H.G. Fortune.

Wraith comes with an internal soundset composed of 32 sounds from Anomaly 3 – Pads, 32 sounds from Anomaly IV – Wasteland and 32 sounds from Anomaly VI – Textures in Bank 0. In Bank 1 are 96 sounds provided by HG Fortune.

There is an internal bank of 128 presets by Daniel Kemp. The first 64 presets use only sounds in Bank 0 while the last 64 presets use sounds from both Bank 0 and Bank 1.

Wraith will also load external .SF2 files. So you can use other soundfonts and combine them with either the Anomaly or the HG Fortune sounds, or use it as a .SF2 player.

Wraith features

  • 2 oscillators with sf2 based PCM waveforms.
  • 24dB Lowpass filter with resonance per synthvoice.
  • Spook fx as global fx.
  • BassEnhancer to enhance low frequencies (works indenpendently from panned signal).
  • Brilliance knob to enhance upper frequencies.
  • Delay synced to bpm with manual offset knob.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators (one for Filter, one for VCA).
  • 4 LFO and one Sample & Hold.

Wraith is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Westgate Sounds / Wraith

H.G. Fortune updates Arracis Gold Pro to v1.2

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H.G. Fortune Arracis Gold Pro v1.2

H.G. Fortune has releases version 1.2 of Arracis Gold Pro, a synthesizer VST instrument for Windows PC.

Arracis Gold VSTi Synthesizer’s most significant feature is the 4 x 8 osc step sequencer with adjustable gatelength + modulation on gatelength. With this step sequencer you can have a quite rhythmical output incl. short blips (stepping among the oscillators in selectable sequence) plus mixing to the normal (steady) output signal for vivid Pad or Athmos. Thus it is easy to get really fascinating sounds even at the oscillator section only.

Changes in Arracis Gold Pro v1.2

  • Added:
    • hgf-Retro.sf2 as 4th bank (now 512 waves in Pro / 256 wave in free version).
    • Button for offset at Gatelength mod helps to avoid too short gates with modulation.
    • Knob for manual adjustment of Delay time from x1 to x2 (to speed up or slow down).
    • Button normal / Fine for Spook Mod Amnt for more subtle finetuning here.
    • Auto Reset of Osc Step seq on Host Transport Run.
  • Bugs fixed:
    • Knobs Spook Q and Mod Amount had been swapped on GUI.
    • Exchanged 5 waves in bank #2 (Pro version) as these had been present twice (see manual for details).
  • Additional changes:
    • GUI has been beautified.

The changes affect both the Pro and Free version.

Arracis Gold Pro for Windows PC (VST) is available to purchase for 29 EUR. A free version with some limitations can be downloaded from the H.G. Fortune website.

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H.G. Fortune releases Arracis Gold (Pro and Free)

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Arracis Gold

H.G. Fortune has announced the release of Arracis Gold, a synthesizer VST instrument for Windows.

Arracis Gold VSTi Synthesizer’s most significant feature is the 4 x 8 osc step sequencer with adjustable gatelength + modulation on gatelength. With this step sequencer you can have a quite rhythmical output incl short blips (stepping among the oscillators in selectable sequence) plus mixing to the normal (steady) output signal for vivid Pad or Athmos. Thus it is easy to get really fascinating sounds even at the oscillator section only. In addition the 2 inbuilt filters provide further means for tweaking. Finally at the output section there is Spook fx and two delays in series incl. pan modulation for delay and direct out for stunning spatial movement in stereo. You might be amazed about the sophisticated sounds being possible with this easy to access synthesizer.

Arracis Gold features

  • 4 PCM wave oscillators with 384 waves in 3 banks with mixable output in groups of 2.
  • (User wave & SF2 files can be loaded too into each osc slot).
  • 4 x 8 osc step sequencer with various settings incl. gatelength, hard/soft knob etc.
  • Mixable output of stepped and normal (steady) osc signals incl modulation.
  • 1 24 dB resonant LP filter with ADSR EG and Modulation.
  • 1 12 dB resonant HP filter with ADSR EG and Modulation.
  • Filter bypass + modulation.
  • 1 Bass Enhance.
  • 1 Spook Fx.
  • 2 Delays in series.
  • 3 Pan (direct, delay 1 and delay 2) incl. modulation.
  • 6 LFO + 1 S&H as mod sources.
  • 6 Lazy Buttons (use ‘All’ for limitless patch switching ;-).
  • 10 voices.
  • Key Velocity on Amp, LP & HP Cut, and Filter bypass.

Arracis Gold Pro is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for 29 EUR.

A free version is available for download. It differs from the Pro version in that it has only 128 waves per oscillator, three voices, sf2 and wave load for osc 1 & 2.

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H.G. Fortune releases HGF Synth Mega Pack

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H.G. Fortune HGF Synth Mega Pack

H.G. Fortune has announced the release of the HGF Synth Mega Pack, a collection of instrument plug-ins for Windows.

HGF Synth Mega Pack includes

  • AlioNoctis, combines many of the features from ProtoPlasm, STS-33 and Atonoise with the ease of use
    of the STS-21 for Sounds from the Other World.
  • Swamp XT, a reworked version of Swamp featuring ‘Timbre-modulation’
  • STS-33, Space Transition Synthesizer featuring Wave-Transition for unique atmospheres, soundscapes, pads & textures.
  • Anvilia, simple but highly efficient for even complex soundcreations due to some versatile modulations and the Enhanced Colorizer to add some more spectral color layers.
  • STS-24i, STS-21 and ProtoPlasm TSM, three classic H.G. Fortune synths.

The HGF Synth Mega Pack is available for Windows PC (VST) for 79 EUR, over 40% discount on the regular price. The offer will be available for a limited time only, until September 15, 2009.

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H.G. Fortune releases Swamp XT

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H.G. Fortune Swamp XT

H.G. Fortune has released Swamp XT, a virtual synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

H.G. Fortune writes:

Due to constantly recurring request I did a rework of that famous Swamp thing.

This synthesizer features ‘Timbre-modulation’ – now what is it about. Well it is some way difficult
to describe as it is processing each oscillator’s waveform in a very unique way in changing i.e enriching
or limiting the harmonic spectrum making the sound fatter, wider or narrower even til near dissolving it
to some way distorted noise depending on the input wave.

While the prior Swamp had an oscillator routing to balance it’s output between normal i.e. direct signal and
timbre modulated signal which each could be balanced to go to direct out or to filter this has been straightened in Swamp XT: direct und timbre modulated signal can be balance mixed to one signal and the output of both oscillators can be balance mixed too. While the direct and filtered signal can be balanced at the amplifier stage of Swamp XT.

All in all Swamp delivers a wide variety of sounds even to some really strange and weird ones if you want these.

Swamp XT features

  • Two digital oscillators running at a time to be selected from:
    • Two PCM wave oscillators powered by 128 different waveforms or
    • Two additive wavetable generators to create various waves from up to 31 partials.
  • One resonant filter (24db Lowpass).
  • Four ADSR-style envelope generators.
  • X-Torsion, one Spook effect, one Gator (Gater) effect.
  • Four LFO (bpm-synced).
  • One dedicated Pitch LFO (bpm synced).
  • One Sample & Hold (bpm-synced).
  • One bpm-synced Delay.
  • XY Supermodulation Pad.

Swamp XT is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for 25 EUR (enhanced 10 voice version). A free version is available for download from the product page.

Visit H.G. Fortune for more information and some audio and video demos.

H.G. Fortune releases X-Wheel of Fortune 6

H.G. Fortune X-Wheel of Fortune 6

H.G. Fortune has released X-Wheel of Fortune 6 (X-WoF 6), a multipart music system VST instrument for Windows PC.

X-Wheel of Fortune 6 (X-WoF 6) is a highly versatile multipart music system with inbuilt cell step control sequencer for creating tracks of various types of music like Ambient or even soundtracks. Just set up certain basics and let the machine create variations for you as there are several inbuilt algorithms just for this purpose giving this machine it’s magic touch.

X-Wheel of Fortune 6 features

  • A great variety of 262 inbuilt scales (Pentatonic, Hexatonic and Heptatonic) using harmonical scale steps for fairly easy composition or arrangement of tracks and even learn more about harmony in music.
  • Additionally you might assign a dedicated – even experimental – User scale for each patch.
  • 10 sound engines:
    • 2 x Synthesizers for Pad parts
    • 1 x Bass
    • 1 x HiSq (high sequences)
    • 1 x Athmo-loops (like rain, waterflow, sonar etc.) and OneShot sounds
    • 5 x Percussion instruments
  • 2 XY SuperModulation pads plus one XY Master Control pad with the option to control the other two, for interactive real-time control. Up to 28 different modulation destinations under the control of just one knob even with different polarities i.e. directions.
  • Cell step control sequencer offering good overview and easy access to its various features.

X-Wheel of Fortune 6 is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC. A free version is available now from the product page. The Pro version (with more features) will be available for purchase soon.

Visit H.G. Fortune for more information and audio demos.