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Indie Dev Collective launches with Sale

Indie Dev Collective

The Indie Dev Collective has launched with a collaborative sale, offering up to 65% discount on various products.

We are a group of 12 plug-in and soundware developers who have banded together to bring you a massive collaborative sale on synths, effects, and samples. Up to 65% off – over 50 deals on more than 90 products!

The following developers participate in the Indie Dev Collective:

  • Dangerous Bear Underground – Synths, Samples & Soundbanks
  • de la Mancha – VST Synths & Effects
  • Dusted William Sounds – Samples & Loops
  • H.G. Fortune – VST Synths & Sequencers, & Samples
  • Hardcore Harmonics/Supersynths – VSTi & Soundbanks
  • Impact Soundworks – Soundbanks & Samples
  • Manytone – VST Synths & Samples
  • Nucleus Soundlab – Soundbanks, Refills & Samples
  • Perimeter Sound Arts – Loops & Presets
  • Ugo – VST Synths & Effects
  • Westgate Sounds – Soundbanks & Samples
  • whiteLABEL – VST Effects

The collaborative sale is available from May 17 until May 31, 2010.

More information: Indie Dev Collective

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H.G. Fortune releases The Dreammachine 3

H.G. Fortune The Dreammachine 3

H.G. Fortune has announced the release of The Dreammachine 3, a new and completely rebuilt version of The Dreammachine featuring a largely increased functionality.

Still it is a machine intended for slow motion providing complex evolving athmospheres and soundscapes via three synthlayers. The concept of the Dreammachine is based on very slow running wavesequencing and soundmodulations. For most convenience the wave names are not only displayed at each seq step but also selectable from popup menus showing the names. And of course the famous HGFortune Lazy buttons are also present at each section or part (Pro version only)

The Dreammachine 3 features

  • Three parts: Bottom/Low (or Bass), Back/Mid (or Pad) and Sparkle/High for three basic layers of sound plus a OneShot part to throw in some additional highlights such as vocal phrases, percussive sounds or Sfx.
  • Each part has got a 16 step sequencer for waveforms to be played in succession with the One Shot part having 32 steps. The Note sequencer has an option to play even duophonic in adding a 2nd note selectable in 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 semitones up. Also Back/Mid and Sparkle Parts can be set in semitones from -12 to +12.
  • The Dreammachine 3 is polyphonic and can be used as a synth with three basic ways to play the machine:
    1. using the inbuilt Note sequencer and if you like play along that one;
    2. hold a note and if you like play along or edit;
    3. play the machine as a 16 voice synthesizer with max. 6 oscs on one key.
  • Manually advance each part using MIDI keys/notes #24, #26, #28 and #29 plus #35 to advance synth parts simultaneously. As the Note sequencer is hard-linked to the Bottom/Low Part this one will be advanced too.
  • Wave names are not only displayed at each seq step but also selectable from popup menus showing the names.
  • HGFortune Lazy buttons available for each section or part (Pro version only).

The Dreammachine 3 is available to purchase as a VST instrument for Windows PC for the introductory price of 79 EUR until 9 May, 2010 (regular 99 EUR).

A free version with limited features is available to download from the H.G. Fortune website.

More information: H.G. Fortune

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H.G. Fortune releases Percumat 2

H.G. Fortune Percumat 2

H.G. Fortune has announced the release of Percumat 2, a rhythm machine for backing drums & percussion.

This is a versatile Rhythm machine for backing drums percussion so definitively not an 808 or 909 type thingie. It features 6 instrument parts / slots to choose from 512 inbuilt drum & percussions sounds. There are two step sequencers one for setting up the beat steps in groups of 4 x 8 steps (or 4 x half a bar) labeled A1, A2, B1 & B2, while the 2nd sequencers on the left allows you to control a sequence of the 8 step beat groups in 16 steps. Thus it is easy to get variations without having to program complete 16 step bars. In addition to that there is an Auto Track Mute feature for tracks 4, 5 and 6 to have one or two tracks muted for a certain range.

The beat step sequencer does offer two additional features: StepMode and Play number of Beats i.e. Steps so you can have a 7/8, 6/8, 5/8 or even 3/8 beats while Step Mode changes the order of steps to play in jumping to every 3rd, 4th, 5th etc. step with setting at 7 steps playing the sequence backwards. This is a real playground not only for the lovers of experimental rhythms.

Percumat 2 is available as a donationware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: H.G. Fortune / Percumat 2

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H.G. Fortune releases Plutonia

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H.G. Fortune Plutonia

H.G. Fortune has released Plutonia, a free VST instrument for Windows PC.

As I made wavesets as sf2 files available I did a small free VSTi synth so one might get an impression of the contents of the wavesets.

Plutonia features

  • 2 oscillators with 256 sf2 based PCM waveforms each.
  • Selection of built-in waveform from H.G. Fortune wavesets: AlioModularity, HGF Best of # 1 & # 2, Athmonia-a (complex waveforms generated from images), Seamless Textures (complex waveforms generated from images), HGF Retro Set.
  • 24dB Lowpass filter with resonance per synth voice.
  • Condensed Spook B fx.
  • BassEnhancer to enhance low frequencies (works indenpendently from Color signal).
  • BPM-synced delay.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators (one for Filter, one for VCA) for modulation.
  • 4 LFO’s (including SLFO) and one Sample & Hold.

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

More information: H.G. Fortune

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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

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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

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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

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