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Grame updates Faust to v0.9.43

Faust

Grame – Centre National de Creation Musicale – has released version 0.9.43 of Faust (Functional Audio Stream), a functional programming language specifically designed for real-time signal processing and synthesis.

This version provides a major reorganization of the architecture system for better modularity and Open Sound Control (OSC) support. The code generation has been improved and the compiler offers new output possibilities for example the complete graph of the internal signal expressions as a .dot (graphviz) file.

The libraries and the examples have been extended: Julius Smith’s libraries provides several new filters and effects (including various reverbs) and Romain Michon has ported the Synthesis Tool Kit (STK) to FAUST.

Faust is available to download under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

More information: Faust

Loomer updates Sequent effect plugin to v1.2.3

Loomer Sequent

Loomer has released version 1.2.3 of Sequent, a semi-modular sequenced beat looper multi effect for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Sequent is a step-sequenced multi-effect processor with a flexible modular effects routing system, an incredibly powerful beat looper, twenty-three parameter sequencers, and a wealth of randomization options. Sequent is the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio.

Changes in Sequent v1.2.3

  • Native 64-bit support for Linux VST plug-ins and Standalone application formats.
  • Integrated undo and redo, with unlimited history size.
  • Master Sequencer, to arrange effects along a time-line.
  • Random pattern generation functions.
  • Partial preset support for Routing configurations.
  • Thru switch for Delay Module, which if enabled allows the dry signal to be passed through when the delay effect is turned off.
  • Effects are now colour-coded for easy identification.
  • Category support in preset browser.
  • Windows VST 32-bit plug-ins and standalone applications no longer depend on additional runtime libraries. However, these libraries are still required – and installed – for the RTAS format plug-ins.
  • libjack is now weak-linked for standalone Linux. This means JACK is not required (but still recommended) for Linux users.
  • Windows RTAS plug-in is now installed to the correct location on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
  • MIDI Program Changes are now multi-threaded, and so will no longer potentially stall the audio synthesis.
  • Fix for rare issue that stopped presets from loading in Linux Renoise when LADSPA plug-in support is enabled.
  • Fixed crash that could occur when connecting Effects in the Routing Window whilst simultaneously changing Presets via MIDI.
  • Fix for crash (on both Windows and Linux) that could occur when ‘space’ is pressed when confirming the overwrite preset dialog.
  • Presets without Patterns are now considerably smaller when saved to disc.
  • Improved rendering speed of Router graphics.
  • Reduced CPU usage when switching or editing patterns.
  • Preset Browser is now maximized to fill the entire plug-in window.
  • For Windows VST (32-bit and 64-bit), the preferences file can be placed alongside the DLL file to facilitate USB or portable installs.
  • Additional presets.
  • Various host compatibility fixes.
  • PDF manual is now printer-friendly.

Sequent is available to purchase for £49 GBP excl. VAT.

More information: Loomer / Sequent

Loomer updates Aspect to v1.7.4

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Loomer Aspect

Loomer has released version 1.7.4 of Aspect, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Aspect is a 32-note polyphonic software instrument that combines a great-sounding, powerful synthesis engine, with a flexible semi-modular architecture and unparalleled ease of use. The core of Aspect’s superb sound are two analog modeled oscillators, each capable of producing a powerful selection of raw waveforms, and dual filters that can be routed in series, in parallel, or even blended into unique combinations.

Changes in Aspect v1.7.4

  • Fix for crash (on both Windows and Linux) that could occur when ‘space’ is pressed when confirming the overwrite preset dialog.
  • VU meters now automatically reset their overload status after a few seconds.
  • Preset Browser is now maximized to fill the entire plug-in window.
  • For Windows VST (32-bit and 64-bit), the preferences file can be placed alongside the DLL file to facilitate USB or portable installs.
  • Clearer font in PDF documentation.

Aspect 1.7.4 is available for immediate download from Loomer.

More information: Loomer / Aspect

Loomer updates Aspect virtual synth to v1.7.0

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Loomer Aspect

Loomer has released version 1.7.0 of Aspect, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Changes in Aspect v1.7.0

  • Native 64-bit VST and Standalone application versions for Linux.
  • Integrated undo and redo, with unlimited history size.
  • Mono legato modes, with selectable low, high, and last note priority.
  • Mono unison: stack up to five unison voices in mono legato mode.
  • Independent trigger mode for each envelope: retrigger, reset, or legato.
  • Category support in preset browser.
  • Increased filter cutoff modulation range.
  • CPU usage is now consistent when using the Mac OS X RTAS plug-ins.
  • Windows VST 32-bit plug-ins and standalone applications no longer depend on additional runtime libraries. However, these libraries are still required – and installed – for the RTAS format plug-ins.
  • libjack is now weak-linked for standalone Linux. This means JACK is not required (but still recommended) for Linux users.
  • Windows RTAS plug-in is now installed to the correct location on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
  • MIDI Program Changes are now multi-threaded, and so will no longer potentially stall the audio synthesis.
  • Fix for rare issue that stopped presets from loading in Linux Renoise when LADSPA plug-in support is enabled.
  • Factory presets now load significantly faster.
  • Additional presets.
  • Various host compatibility fixes.

Aspect is available to purchase for £65 GBP + VAT.

More information: Loomer / Aspect

Loomer Aspect, semi-modular analogue synth updated to v1.6.1

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Loomer Aspect

Loomer has released version 1.6.1 of Aspect, a virtual analogue synthesizer instrument plug-in for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Aspect is a 32-note polyphonic software instrument that combines a great-sounding, powerful synthesis engine, with a flexible semi-modular architecture and unparalleled ease of use. The core of Aspect’s superb sound are two analog modeled oscillators, each capable of producing a powerful selection of raw waveforms, and dual filters that can be routed in series, in parallel, or even blended into unique combinations.

Changes in Aspect v1.6.1

  • Native 64-bit versions for Mac OS X Audio Unit, and Windows VST.
  • New built-in Preset Browser with support for xml, fxp, and fxb preset files.
  • Presets can now have meta-data, such as author name, notes, and tags. Use meta-data to search your preset library.
  • Hot-swap preset browsing: quickly step through and preview presets in context.
  • Various host compatibility fixes.
  • Audio-rate pitch modulation of Oscillator 1 from Oscillator 2 now works.
  • Sample & Hold module’s latched value is now correctly reset when the the input source is removed.
  • Much faster GUI response.
  • Slight reduction in CPU usage on particularily complex presets.
  • Vastly reduced start-up time.
  • Clearer font rendering: a larger font is now used for menu items.
  • Additional and improved factory presets.

Aspect is available to purchase for £65 GBP (excl. VAT).

More information: Loomer / Aspect

Short links for June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela by Dundas Football Club @ Flickr

Some interesting things I found recently:

The sound of the vuvuzela seems to irritate quite a number of people, so here’s a round-up of some solutions on how to watch the World Cup games without this loud horn.

# Filter The Vuvuzela Horn Out of the World Cup; Learn JACK Routing on Linux

Are you a World Cup fan annoyed by the constant sound of the South African vuvuzela horn? Wish you could remove that sound from your World Cup viewing experience? Do you want to learn a little bit about powerful modular effects routing can be on Linux? Either? Both? Call it “football”? “Soccer”? Any way round, we’ve got you covered.

# Waves Vuvuzela Noise Reduction Solution

Waves has a processing chain available to download.

In response to the widely publicized complaints from TV viewers and broadcasters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Waves is proud to unveil a solution which dramatically reduces the problematic sound of the omnipresent Vuvuzela trumpet favored by South African soccer fans.

Working in conjunction with a major television broadcaster, we've precision-crafted a preset processing chain which drastically decreases Vuvuzela noise: The WNS Waves Noise Suppressor and the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. Together, they not only minimize Vuvuzela noise, they increase the intelligibility of the game announcers' play-by-play action and color commentary.

Waves Vuvuzela processing chain

The processing chain for Vuvuzela noise reduction is now available as load-and-use sessions for Pro Tools, Waves MultiRack, and Cubase.

# Prosoniq VuvuX

And Prosoniq has a free filtering plug-in for Mac users.

Prosoniq is proud to announce the world's first realtime Vuvuzela filtering plug in based on sonicWORX' audio de-mixing technology.

# Z3TA+

Cakewalk's award-winning Waveshaping Synthesizer is now just $19.99 USD as a download.

Usine Ableton OSC touch Controller

# Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released tons of freebies for its Usine users.

Good news for all Usine free Users: Get more than 200 Add-ons and ready-made patches for free. Just register on the forum (it's totally free).

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music also report on this one in Hundreds of Free Musical Tools Now Free to Add to Usine.

Usine is an overlooked gem in music making, a PC-based modular environment and live performance tool that runs as a host or VST plug-in. Pick the modules you need from a set of powerful building blocks, and build a custom musical rig, complete with multi-touch control on new Windows devices. It sounds like something you might request from a magical genie, but the thing is real, priced at EUR120 (or just EUR60 for educational users).

As with any modular environment, having ample access to powerful modules and some patches to get you started is everything. But that makes this week’s news worth noting: co-developer Olivier Sens has made some 200+ add-ons and patches free. All you have to do to grab them is register on the forum. The demo version of Usine is surprisingly capable, too, so if you’ve been waiting to test-drive and you have a Windows machine (or a dual-boot Mac), now could be a good time.

# Black Allegheny, Swarm Generated Music

Evan Merz writes:

Black Allegheny is one of the first albums made up entirely of swarm generated music. The album was created using a swarm-controlled sampler called Becoming, which was programmed by the composer.

Obey™ 3 Compact DMX Controller

# Review of the Chauvet Slimpar56 LED Light and Obey3 Light Controller

Mark @ Modulate This! on the Chauvet Slimpar56 & Obey3:

In a recent post I documented my new live rig with a drawing and a time-lapse video sans lights and light controller. I’m happy to report I just received and have been testing the brand new LED SlimPAR™ 56 and Obey™ 3 compact DMX controller so I thought I’d share some notes.

Grame releases Faust v0.9.10

Faust

Grame, Centre National de Creation Musicale, has announced the release of Faust (Functional Audio Stream) 0.9.10, a functional programming language specifically designed for real-time signal processing and synthesis.

This version introduces several new possibilities. It is the first official release to offer full parallelization of the C++ code to exploit multicore architectures, as well as automatic generation of mathematical documentation.

New in Faust v0.9.10

  • Several new options have been added to control how the C++ code is generated, in particular:
    • control of the floating point precision : single (default), double, quad
    • code re-organization in simple loops to facilitate automatic vectorization
    • automatic parallelization based on OpenMP
    • automatic parallelization based on a specific “Work-Stealing” algorithm
  • Using formal methods the Faust compiler can automatically produce a complete mathematical documentation of a Faust program.
  • Language Extensions
    • Sequential composition operator (A:B) has been restricted to expressions so that outputs(A) = inputs(B). This restriction has several advantages. It improves error detection, makes the code easier to understand and provides nicer and simpler formal semantic ( A:B is B o A)
    • User interface labels can now contain metadata. For example the label “volume[unit:dB][tooltip:control the output volume of the reverb]” contains two metadata, a unit definition and a tooltip message than can be exploited by an architecture file to fine tune the user interface.
    • User interface labels can contain absolute and relative pathnames to better control the hierarchical structure of the user interface. For example the label “../volume” points to place the widget one group higher in the hierarchy.
  • Several new audio architectures have been included, in particular Action Script, CoreAudio, CSOUND, Chuck, Pure, SND-RT, for a total of about 20 different plateforms now supported: Action Script, Alsa, ChucK, CoreAudio, CSOUND, Jack, LADSPA, Matlab, MaxMSP, Octave, OSS, PortAudio, Pure, PureData, Q, Sndfile, Snd-RT, SuperCollider, SynthFile, VST, VSTi (mono)

More information: Faust / Faust @ Sourceforge

MusE updated to v1.0

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MusE

MusE, a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities for Linux, was updated to version 1.0.

This is not the beginning, nor the end, but it marks the culmination of 10 years of feature packed and bug ridden development towards the goal of making a good platform for creating music on the Linux platform

Changes since MusE v0.9

  • DSSI + Win VST support.
  • Python remote control API (for wonderful things), some primitive example scripts for live re-sequencing included, more to come.
  • Instrument editor with GS/XG drum controller support.
  • Part cloning.
  • Better bounce operations, with Jack freewheel mode support.
  • Better midi sync output.
  • Midi controller knobs in pianoroll and drum editor.
  • Jack transport master timebase function.
  • External midi filtering support write your midi filters in just about anything, including bash.
  • Denormal protection + limiter.
  • Record looping overdub, replace, mix support.
  • Audio optimizations, less CPU usage.
  • Countless fixes and tweaks, about a 1000 lines in the Changelog, check it for a complete list of blood sweat and tears.

MusE is available to download under the GNU General Public License.

More information: MusE