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KarmaFX updates Synth Modular to v1.04 and Plugin-Pack to v2.1

KarmaFX Synth Modular

KarmaFX has released version 1.04 of Synth Modular, and version 2.1 of the KarmaFX Plugin Pack.

The updates mainly contain bugfixes. See changelogs below. A couple of new features have been added to the Synth and a fresh install is required. Registered users should have received their new download link by e-mail. Synth Modular price has been adjusted to take into account the recent rise in the US dollar.

Changes in Modular Synth v1.04

  • Added Kybd tracking support to parametric filter (in lowpass, highpass, bandpass and notch mode).
  • Replaced random waveform in lfo with one that has 1 step-change per period unlike old random that does 16. Old random has been renamed to ‘Random16′.
  • Added right click volume-range option (+6dB (default), +12dB or +24dB) to output module.
  • Added Clk option to Envelope and Step modules.
  • Added Linear, Cubic and Hermite curve modes to Envelope module.
  • Sampler now also imports loop info from .wav files if available.
  • Added limited support for .sfz soundfont import in Sampler.
  • Updated and added new patches. Changed almost all patches to be tuned in C.
  • Many GUI improvements/fixes and other bug fixes.

The new KarmaFX Plugin-Pack features an ugrade of the VST SDK from 2.2 to 2.3 for the Equalizer and Reverb, Reverb performance tweaks, and some bugfixes.

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KarmaFX updates Synth Modular to v1.03 and Plugin Pack to v2.0b

KarmaFX Synth Modular

KarmaFX has released version 1.03 of KarmaFX Synth Modular, and version 2.0b of KarmaFX Plugin Pack.

Changes in KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.03 / Plugin Pack v2.0b

  • [SM] Safer memory allocation and sharing between dll’s. (requires fresh install).
  • [SM] Added extra waveforms to additive and pad module.
  • [SM] Many bugfixes.
  • [PP] Uninitialized data bug found and fixed in Equalizer.

KarmaFX Synth Modular is available as shareware and costs &euro76 (incl VAT) / $120 USD. The Plugin Pack is donationware.

Visit KarmaFX for more information and links to download the Plugin Pack and a demo version of Synth Modular.


KarmaFX updates KarmaFX Plugin Pack to v2.0

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KarmaFX Deelay

KarmaFX has released version 2.0 of the KarmaFX Plugin Pack, a collection of freeware VST effect plug-ins for Windows PC.

The KarmaFX Plugin Pack includes Filter (simple filter plugin), Deelay (tempo controlled stereo delay), Equalizer (digital 31 band graphic stereo equalizer), and Reverb (digital stereo reverb).

Changes in KarmaFX Plugin Pack v2.0

  • Added performance improvements.
  • Added SSE3 code path and memory optimizations to Reverb plugin.
  • Plugin dll’s are now compressed for faster load times.
  • Individual version numbers for the plugins have been removed.
  • The plugin pack now includes an (optional) 15 page User’s Manual in PDF format.
  • Equalizer has been extended with optional Low and High shelving and an extreme 36/48/96dB boost switch.
  • Some bugfixes.

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Review: Nomad Factory Retrology Motown

Nomad Factory recently released Retrology Motown, a bundle of 2 equalizer plug-ins designed to improve the quality of digital sound recordings.

The plug-ins aim to recreate the warm sound qualities of legendary analog hardware passive equalizers used by Motown engineers.

Nomad Factory Retrology Motown
Images from the development of Retrology Motown.

Retrology Motown includes Retro Music-Tone and Retro Film-Tone, two 7-band passive equalizer plug-ins. Except for the frequency bands, both equalizers are identical.

Music-Tone and Film-Tone both feature proportional Q’s which have:

  • a broad Q with small boost/cuts
  • a narrow Q with greater boost/cuts

In other words: small adjustments to the bands will result in more subtle changes over a wider bandwidth, while driving the numbers closer to min/max values affects fewer frequencies.

Installation of the plug-ins was pretty straightforward. Nomad Factory uses PACE Interlok protection, which seems to be problematic for quite some people. Although it’s my personal belief that this type of copy protection does not stop piracy, a company is entitled to try to protect their products. (If you dislike PACE enough to not buy their products, please just let Nomad Factory know they’ve lost a potential sale).

Anyway, I had absolutely no problems installing PACE and registering the plug-ins with the Challenge/Response authorization (iLok authorization is also available).

Nomad Factory Retrology Motown Film-Tone
Nomad Factory Retrology Motown Film-Tone

With everything in place I did a little comparison with a few other EQ’s. The samples below are identical except for the EQ used (files were normalized after recording).

Clean beat | Fruity Parametric EQ | KarmaFX EQ | Retrology Film-Tone

Note: since the Film-Tone has a Proportional Q there’s no way I could A/B them with 100% accuracy.

So what do I think?

The Retrology equalizers have a straightforward user interface which is easy to use. They are also very light on the CPU.

Whether or not you can call its sound analog or vintage I’ll leave up to you, but I quite liked the results I got with these EQ’s.

Nomad Factory offers a fully functional 10 day trial version, so I advice you try them on your own material to see how you like them.

More information: Nomad Factory / Retrology Motown


KarmaFX releases KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.0 (final)

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KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.0

KarmaFX Synth Modular has reached version 1.0 final.

The news page at KarmaFX reads:

After years of development, testing and tweaking, the final version 1.0 of KarmaFX Synth Modular is finally ready! The project started back in 1998, so it has been a long journey. Thanks go out to the people who supported KarmaFX with testing, feature suggestions, patches, comments and donations during these past years!

With this release, KarmaFX Synth Modular is converted from donationware to shareware. This means that it is now available in two versions :

  • A Demo version, free for trial use. It times-out and has limited save and update capabilities.
  • A Full Registered version, that comes with extra patches, skins and a User’s manual.

KarmaFX Synth Modular is available for Windows PC. A single user license now costs 68 EUR / $98 USD (users who donated $10 USD or more for any KarmaFX plugins are entitled to a free Registered version of KarmaFX Synth Modular and have been notified by e-mail).

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KarmaFX releases KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.0 RC2

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KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.0 RC2

KarmaFX has released version 1.0 (RC2) of KarmaFX Synth Modular.

The final version of this donationware Advanced Simulated Analog Modular Synthesizer will be released one or two weeks from now.

Changes in v1.0 RC2

  • Amplifier will now skip streams from input modules if amplification is 0 for more than half a second
  • Tweaked synth engine performance and reduced vst dll sizes for faster loading
  • GUI: Double clicking or Shift-clicking on a wire arrow now allows you to insert a module on this wire
  • GUI: Additive and Pad magnitude editor is now log scaled for easier editing
  • GUI: Renamed all “Component” references to “Module” for consistency with the manual
  • GUI: Optimized/rewrote all waveform and curve drawing routines
  • GUI: Added antialised drawing support. The level of antialising is determined by the skin
  • GUI: Added even better support for custom skins. Resource files placed in a subfolder inside the Skins folder will now be detected as a “raw” skin
  • GUI: When using raw skins, hitting Ctrl-R will now reload the chosen skin
  • GUI: Made minor edits to the default skin (colors and gfx)
  • Bugfix: Pos in Sampler was disabled by accident in v0.99
  • Bugfix: Stereo parameter in Pad module was bogus on first output sample
  • Bugfix: Sampler’s sustain was broken when in stereo or when multiple keys were held in non-polyphonic mode
  • Bugfix: Clearing samples in Sampler while playing a polyphonic patch could crash the synth
  • Bugfix: Nasty interpolation bug in delay code caused some modules to overflow
  • Bugfix: Multiple connections to a bypassed module could return garbage
  • Bugfix: Midi control messages like Pitchbend etc. could confuse MidiTrig module
  • Bugfix: Portamento was broken in polyphonic mode
  • Bugfix: Fixed memory leak when replacing modules
  • Bugfix: Fixed possible crash and memory leak when out of memory while loading samples. [new in RC2]
  • Bugfix: Arp could sometimes go out of sync in Pattern module. Fixed. [new in RC2]
  • Created a few new patches

This release candidate expires November, 2007.

Visit KarmaFX for more information and a link to download the latest version of KarmaFX Synth Modular.


KarmaFX Synth Modular 0.99 BETA released

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KarmaFX Synth Modular

KarmaFX has released version 0.99 beta of KarmaFX Synth Modular. This version will expire October 2007.

Changes in v0.99 BETA

  • Added auto-pitchbend to “Tune” knob in NotePitch module
  • Enable by clicking on “Enable pitchbend” in right click menu and choose the desired range
  • Changed internal buffer size to reduce overall memory usage (Unfortunatly this change requires a full install, online update won’t work)
  • Added Stereo module with left/right volume control and -0dB, -3dB, -4.5dB and -6dB pan law panning
  • Added external waveform (.wav) import feature to the Additive module
  • Wav files can now be dragged and dropped onto the sampler module and the Additive module to load/import external samples
  • The Sampler can also load multiple files this way
  • Added support for module presets. Right click on caption to activate the caption popup and choose “Presets” to access the presets submenu
  • Presets are stored in KarmaFX_Synth/Presets and named according to module class and type
  • Changed “KarmaFX SFX” bank name to “KarmaFX Effect” (for input effects) and added “KarmaFX SoundFX” bank for synth sound effects
  • Added extra external waveforms to the Additive module
  • Added Pad module (inspired by Paul Nasca’s padsynth algorithm), which features Bandwith and Bandwith Scale controls, and where it’s possible to edit waveform, harmonic magnitude, harmonic profile and the overall frequency response curve
  • New patches
  • Many bugfixes

Visit KarmaFX for more information and a link to download the latest version of KarmaFX Synth Modular.


KarmaFX Synth Modular 0.98 BETA released

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KarmaFX Synth Modular

KarmaFX has released a new beta of KarmaFX Synth Modular. This version will expire August 2007.

Changes in v0.98 BETA

  • Added Additive generator module with waveform and harmonic magnitude/phase editor
  • Up to 1024 harmonics with support for user defined waveform presets
  • Added Early reflection level slider and modulation toggle-switch to Reverb module. Recoded the first four verb algorithms for better quality
  • Added BitShuffle effect module: A (1 to 16 bit) bit-cruncher where you can pick and shuffle bits. (Special thanks to Synchro for this idea)
  • Added High Quality mode to Sampler
  • GUI: Stick drawing is now linearly interpolated when dragging mouse
  • GUI: Added stereo dB meters to Input module
  • GUI: KarmaFX Synth FX (VST effect) now loads the “KarmaFX SFX” bank by default
  • GUI: Added “Bypass” option to replace menu, making it possible to remove a module while keeping the wiring
  • GUI: Switched the “Props” and “Bank” buttons in the control panel
  • GUI: Added rangescale menu to “Tune” knob in NotePitch module. Choose between 2, 12, and 24 semitone range
  • GUI: Added support for external raw skin (resource script and BMP images) for easier skin editing
  • Bugfix: Right click on modules is now disabled when dialogs are shown
  • Bugfix: Unlink of automation controls could crash the synth. Fixed
  • Bugfix: Rename of automation controls was broken in 0.97. Fixed
  • Bugfix: Clicking on “Auto Assign Midi Control” again can now be used to stop assignment
  • Bugfix: Compressor display was not updated when collapsed. Fixed

Visit KarmaFX for more information and a link to download the latest version of KarmaFX Synth Modular.