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Homegrown Sounds updates ARP to v1.4

Homegrown Sounds has updated its ARP MIDI arpeggiator and note sequencer for Windows.

Homegrown Sounds ARP

ARP is an advanced Polyphonic Arp and Note Sequencer with Scale Remapping for powerful sequencing possibilities. Sequences can be re-mapped based on the played note so for example a sequence can be forced to fit to the major scale. The idea behind this is to break away from the typical note sequencer where every key simply transposes the sequence, the ability to remap each note results in a much more creative sequence.

Changes in ARP v1.4

  • 3 x CC Modulation Sequencers – For controlling any CC numbers of the target device, with independent tempo and step size, Mid Point and Amount knobs.
  • Dedicated Velocity Sequencer – For setting the velocity of each note in the sequence, the tempo and step size are locked to the main sequencer.
  • Swing/Pulse Length localised – Swing will now work at any tempo, the odd notes will always have swing applied so now there’s need to use the Master Tempo for this purpose. Pulse Length is now more controllable and a fixed percentage of the the beat length. Note that all of this is newly coded and whilst I’ve tried to follow the original settings, there may be slight discrepancies especially with swing and so some adjustment to patches that use swing may be necessary.
  • Channel 16 Pitch Shift – If midi data is received on channel 16 it will be used to re-pitch the main Sequencer. Anything above middle C will increase the pitch and below will decrease.
  • Knob Resolution – The scope of the knob has been speeded up so there is less travel distance. Holding Shift or CTRL still allow fine adjustments.
  • Bug Fix – Pitch Bend, Aftertouch and Modulation Wheel now pass through correctly.
  • Bug Fix – Problem in FL Studio where the timing was erratic for some users.

ARP for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $35 USD.

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Homegrown Sounds updates ARP to v1.3

Homegrown Sounds ARP

Homegrown Sounds has updated ARP, an advanced MIDI arpeggiator and note sequencer for Windows.

1.3 fixes a few bugs as well as adding 2 new rows to the sequencer. The first is Octave(Octavator) which on a very basic level will add an octave to the selected step. BUt there are also many modes to choose from on how this will function, which can also involve cycling through octvaves each time a step is active.

The Second major addition is a Volume row which allows using a second Volume for Velocity instead of the Fixed Velocity/Velocity. The amount is selected via a Vol Amount knob, it can be very useful if the target instrument has cutoff mapped to velocity.

Changes in ARP v1.3

  • All Notes Off on Stop – Although some hosts do this automatically, the plugin will do it too which is handy for slow tempos especially if ties are used and prevents waiting for long notes to finish playing.
  • Octavator row added – This row will force the step to follow the Octavator Mode, the following modes are available:
  • Off – useful for temporarily disabling the octavator without having to switch off all the steps.
  • +1, +2, +3, +4 – Will play an octave above on each step that is selected.
  • -1, -2, -3, -4 – Will play an octave above on each step that is selected.
  • Cycle +1, Cycle +2, Cycle +3, Cycle +4 – These cycle modes will be triggered when a selected step is reached. The cycle will go from root note (unchanged) then +1, +2 until the max is reached, and then begin again. Because the octave step is advanced only when an octavator step is played, it can lead to very complex, interesting and long cycles, especially if polyphonic.
  • Cycle -1, Cycle -2, Cycle -3, Cycle -4 – These are the same as above but cycle through lower octaves instead.
  • Cycle +-1, Cycle +-2 – As above but they will go from root note to + octaves, then -octaves.
  • Vol row added – These allow using the secondary ‘Vol Amount’ knob as the volume level for the step as opposed to played volume or fixed volume. Very nice if velocity is linked to cutoff frequency in the target synth.
  • There was a bug with the sliders, the upper eleventh note would come out as 12.
  • There was a bug with the 32nd note when 32 steps were used, the value would be incorrect.

ARP for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $35 USD.

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Homegrown Sounds updates ARP and Pulse Control to v1.2

Homegrown Sounds ARP

Homegrown Sounds has updated its Pulse Control and ARP virtual instrument plug-ins for Windows.

Changes in HG Pulse Control v1.2

  • Newly Developed Arp engine installed with Polyphonic Mode for chained Pulses (although it can be interesting with 1 Pulse as well!).
  • Scale Mapper, mainly for use with the Arp, each note can have a distinct scale to squash the sequence into.
  • Clock send now disabled by default, enabled via the send clock button in the master section.
  • Panic will now send on all 16 channels, just in case the plugin has been routed externally to a differing channel to the plugin channel.
  • Cross Modulation Oscillator Mode added to Oscillator 2.

Changes in ARP v1.2

  • Program Change Blocker – If the plugin received a program change in previous versions it would change the plugin program as expected, but would also pass through and change the synth connected to midi out. This is now disabled by default, but can be enabled if desired.
  • Muters Upgraded – Now the muters align along the bottom of the sequencer making it much easier in sequence mode to see which step is which.
  • Tie per Note Row Added – This allows tie-ing Notes together, which essentially prevents them from releasing for the tied step. Although ties are mostly used with monosynths to prevent the Envelopes from re-triggering, the ties are always linked to the oldest playing sequence and so can be used in polyphonic mode. This works in an interesting way because sequences can be syncopated, and so the notes tied can be at different locations in the sequences.
  • ARP lights fixed – Now the lights will stay lit as long as a note of that key is held, previously holding 2 C notes and releasing one would end the light prematurely.
  • Panic now sends to all 16 channels in case external channel routing is being used oppsed to the channel setting in the plugin.
  • Note 2 CC Converter – This allows converting the arpeggiator into a control change sequencer with selectable CC and the option to use the notes at the same time.
  • Set Scales to 1 button – At the top of the Scales column is a new button which will set all scales to whatever scale C has enabled.
  • New Range Slider – The range slider has been newly built to be more accurate and reliable note that if patches were using the old slider to set a range the range will need re-selecting. This is unfortunate but unavoidable.
  • Scale Remapper 4 new modes added – These are Lowest Note, Highest Note, First Note and Last Note. Whichever is selected, that note will determine the root note and scale used for all other notes. When it is released the next (whichever is chosen) note will determine the scale and root note.

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Homegrown Sounds updates ARP to v1.1

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Homegrown Sounds ARP

Homegrown Sounds has updated ARP, a VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

ARP is an advanced Polyphonic Arp and Note Sequencer with Scale Remapping for powerful sequencing possibilities. Sequences can be re-mapped based on the played note so for example a sequence can be forced to fit to the major scale. The idea behind this is to break away from the typical note sequencer where every key simply transposes the sequence, the ability to remap each note results in a much more creative sequence.

Changes in ARP VSTi v1.1

  • Bank (MSB & LSB) + Program Change section added.
  • Midi Clock added to sync external hardware.
  • Current Number of Midi Notes Display added.
  • Midi In Activity Light added.
  • Polyphony Limit increased.
  • OmniChorder bug – Notes could cut out if the scale of a new note contained an already playing one.
  • OmniChorder Bug – A very specific set of conditions could cause a crash when notes were held during a patch change.

ARP for Windows is available to purchase for $20 USD.

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Homegrown Sounds releases ARP v1.0

Homegrown Sounds has released version 1.0 of ARP, an advanced polyphonic arpeggiator and note sequencer with scale remapping for powerful sequencing possibilities.

Homegrown Sounds ARP
Homegrown Sounds ARP

Sequences can be re-mapped based on the played note so for example a sequence can be forced to fit to the major scale. The idea behind this is to break away from the typical note sequencer where every key simply transposes the sequence, the ability to remap each note results in a much more creative sequence.

The Muter Section is a gate sequencer which decides which notes will play. ARP is also polyphonic and so can be used as a typical Gate Sequencer, or even more interesting as a polyphonic sequencer that syncopates. There is also the ability to offset the start note of each sequence so that when 2 notes are pressed together they automatically play syncopated. Finally there is OmniChorder which allows triggering up to another 2 notes when one note is pressed to create a chord, this becomes interesting when used with the Scale Remapper which can leave you with a selection of interesting one finger chords.

ARP for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $20 USD.

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Homegrown Sounds releases HG Pulse Control, Ammonite update + Black Magic 1/2 Price Sale

Homegrown Sounds Pulse Control

Homegrown Sounds has released HG Pulse Control, a controller plug-in for the Waldorf Pulse.

For those that own a Waldorf Pulse and use a Windows Sequencer, this is a must have. It takes complete control over the Pulse/Pulse Plus so that all controls are stored and saved with your project.

On top of this it makes the Pulse a much more powerful synth by adding a second Modulation Matrix with many Modulation Sources such as Gate Sequencer, Modulation Sequencer, Advanced ARP/Note Sequencer, Advanced LFO and 2 x 32 Stage Envelopes. With these extra features, the Pulse becomes a tempo synced rhythmic powerhouse.

HG Pulse Control is available to purchase for $18.49 USD.

Software synthesizer Ammonite was updated to version 1.1.

Ammonite v1.1 is a serious upgrade which introduces a Sample Engine, Additive Synthesis, Ring and Ampiltude Modulation, Xfade Modes and much much more, see the changelog below for details. Ammonite has become an even more powerful synth / Sonic Playground. The demo version has also been updated.

For a limited time Ammonite is available to purchase for $20 USD (Windows VST).

Homegrown Sounds Black Magic

Homegrown Sounds has also announced a special offer for its Black Magic loop generator instrument plugin.

Black Magic is a unique loop workstation with the ability to generate diverse loops with a single mouse click. Furthermore a loop can instantly be recorded out to WAV, automatically named by BPM and timestamp.

Black Magic is $30 USD during August and September.

All Homegrown Sounds plug-ins are available as VST plugins for Windows PC.

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Homegrown Sounds discounts Homegrown Complete 2010

Homegrown Sounds Homegrown Complete 2010

Homegrown Sounds has announced a limited time sale for Homegrown Complete 2010, a huge sample collection.

Waldorf Pulse Vol 1 now added, 200+ one shots and a few pads made with this classic synth, includes basses, hits, fx, bass drums etc… No effects were used, recorded directly into my MPC which adds a touch of warmth.

This is the updated Homegrown Complete which also includes the sample Releases from 2010, which brings the collection to around 12GB.

Homegrown Complete 2010 is available to purchase for $55 USD until the end of August.

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Homegrown Sounds releases HG Complete 2010 sample collection

Homegrown Sounds HG Complete 2010

Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of HG Complete 2010, a collection of sample libraries.

New Year SALE! – Over the New Year this massive collection is just $50. Any HG Complete owners wanting to upgrade for $15, use the donate page and I’ll add the extras to your account :)

This is the updated Homegrown Complete which also includes the sample Releases from 2010, which brings the collection to around 12GB. Click on the links to see info on each individual collection.

A free 400MB sample collection featuring samples included in the original HG Complete is available to download from the Homegrown Sounds website.

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