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Krinu updates Cream to v1.1

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Kirnu has released version 1.1 of Cream, a MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream

Cream isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate.

You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Changes in Cream v1.1

  • New feature: Chords can be played by using keys. The first CM slot can be played using the first key from Track Key Area. Second note triggers the second CM slot etc..
    CM Triggering feature can be enabled by mouse right click on the track selection buttons and selecting from the selection list.
  • Improved looping behaviour in various hosts.
  • Fixed data looper synchronisation problems.
  • Fixed pattern sort order change bug when switching patterns via Pattern Sequencer.
  • New feature: Patterns can be changed now with program change messages. message 0-11 changes Track 1 patterns, message 12-23 changes Track 2 patterns etc.
  • Usability: Added numbers to data bars.

Cream for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for 35 EUR.

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Review: Arto Vaarala Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin

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I don’t normally use arpeggiators much. It’s not that I dislike them, I just don’t really need them for producing my music.

That said, I do enjoy happy accidents and I like drawing inspiration from things I would normally not think of doing myself — randomize FTW — so why not give Kirnu Cream a try.

Aarto Vaarala says this plug-in is not like your traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer, rather it is a very powerful MIDI performer, intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Arto Vaarala Kirnu Cream
Kirnu Cream is a full featured MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Setting up Cream is quite straightforward. Just load the plugin on a MIDI track, set the output to the instrument you want to control, and feed Cream some MIDI notes. MIDI routing is not the same for all host applications, so if you’re not sure how to do this you can check Arto Vaarala’s YouTube channel for instructions on setting it up with Ableton and Logic.

Kirnu Cream has 4 tracks that can drive individual MIDI instruments with up to 12 patterns each. The patterns feature gate, swing, octave, transpose and rate controls for each of the patterns. These controls can be locked to prevent presets from changing the values.
Each track has the following pattern data screens:

  • Order sets which note is played (none, previous, last, first, high, low & random).
  • Chordmem selects which chord is used (16 chord memory slots available, up to 8 notes per chord).
  • Length multiplies the note lengths of a step.
  • Gate sets the note length for individual steps.
  • Accent adjusts note velocity.
  • Transp for transposing notes in semitones (or chosen scale).
  • Div allows notes to be divided into multiple (shorter) notes.
  • Shift lets you shift notes left and right.
  • Seq specifies which of all notes of a held chord in a step are actually played.

You also get 8 MIDI CC slots in which you can control additional parameters after assigning them with MIDI learn.

Each pattern data screen has up to 32 steps and various play orders, and they can be looped individually with the loop control. Looping is left to right, right to left, or back and forth between start & end, and reverse. The pattern data can simply be drawn in with your mouse, and there are handy copy/paste, randomize and clear buttons. Unfortunately there is no undo/redo.

A pattern sequencer is also included. It has 16 slots in which you can assign the pattern, length and amount of repeats. Cream uses a number of MIDI keys to control pattern data toggles and pattern changes, which follows the global pattern change sync. Cream comes with some 40 scales to restrict the notes used by the arp.

Check this nice demonstration video on how to use Kirnu Cream’s loop points, patterns and the pattern sequencer to create a nice chord progression.

So what do I think?

Product: Kirnu Cream by Arto Vaarala
Format: VST/AU instrument plugin
Price: 35 EUR
Like: inspirational & flexible MIDI performer, control zones, randomize
Don’t like: not so intuitive
Verdict: 8/10

Well, I’m still a bit divided on Cream. While I am well impressed with what it can do, I prefer to simply program my sequences manually. That is, when I know exactly what I am looking for.

I think Cream (and arp tools in general) might be more useful to producers of certain types of electronic music. Arps are a staple of the trance diet, and I can see Cream will definitely be something that can improve/speed up one’s workflow a lot. However, I don’t produce trance.

What does totally click with me though, is using Cream as an inspirational tool. Enter some data in the pattern screens, clicks a randomize button, set some loop points, and voila! It allows me to create sequences that I would never not think of myself. With the right settings you can even use it on drum/percussion instruments to create interesting rhythmic sequences. Being able to control patterns with MIDI is great for live performances, as well as the creative process in the studio.

I would like to point out that I didn’t find Cream totally intuitive. This could be due to my lack of experience with arp tools. The manual explains the basics pretty well and it is worth a read for the shortkeys, but for more hands-on instructions you should watch Arto Vaarala’s YouTube videos.

In short, Kirnu Cream is powerful and inspirational MIDI tool. It goes well beyond the traditional arpeggiator, offering lots of flexibility in programming and performance.

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Arto Vaarala updated Kirnu Cream to v1.0.3

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Kirnu Cream

Arto Vaarala has released version 1.0.3 of the Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. It works on both 32 and 64 bit systems.

Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

Changes in Kirnu Cream v1.0.3

  • Improved behavior when host transport is in loop mode.
  • Improved odd notes behavior.
  • Fixed: Inconsistent PLAY ORDER for adjacent notes.
  • Fixed: 1.0.2 broke something in arp timing.

Kirnu Cream for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs 35 EUR.

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Arto Varaala updated Kirnu Cream to v1.0.2

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Kirnu Cream

Arto Varaala has updated the Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plug-in to v1.0.2.

Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. It works on both 32 and 64 bit systems.
Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

Changes in Kirnu Cream v1.0.2

  • Track key area ranges caused key area overlapping (i.e track 3 C5-B5, track 4 C6-B6 pressing C5 caused track 4 also to trigger). Fixed.
  • Pattern step data copy/paste doesn’t work. Fixed.
  • Stuck notes when Swing is used with Div and too low Gate length. Fixed.
  • Fixed: Cream is now fully compatible with OS X 10.5.
  • Fixed: Step indicator visuals are stuck on “off” steps.
  • Fixed: Odd notes (1/16D,1/16T) handling.

Kirnu Cream is available to purchase for 35 EUR (Windows and Mac, VST/AU).

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Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin v1.0 released

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Kirnu has announced version 1.0 of Cream, a MIDI performer plugin for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream
Kirnu Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff. The only obstacle is your imagination :)

Cream isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Cream 1.0 features

  • 4 independent tracks which can be assigned to different key range and MIDI in/out.
  • 12 patterns per track.
  • Control Zone for changing most important parameters via external keyboard or MIDI events.
  • Free rate tweaking. Now rate can be changed also in hertz.
  • Chord memory with 16 independent memory slots.
  • Pattern sequencer for automated sequencing.
  • Sample accurate MIDI engine.
  • MIDI learn for all knob controls.
  • Note release functionality which enables more smooth live playing.
  • New preset system.
  • Copy/paste functionality.
  • Complete new pattern step data section:
    • New tool section enables easy data editing.
    • All data sections are independent from each other.
    • Data sections can be looped with several different loop modes.
    • CHRDMEM section enables different chords to be used in every step.
    • SEQ section enables sequencing the notes.
    • 8 CC controls in each pattern.
  • And lots of more…

Cream for Windows and Mac (32/64-bit, VST/AU) is available to purchase for 35 EUR.

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Kirnu releases Cream 1.0 pre-release 4 incl. AU for Mac OSX

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Kirnu has announced the release of pre-release version 4 of its Cream MIDI performer plugin for Windows and Mac.

Cream isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Kirnu Cream
Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin.

Changes in Cream 1.0 pre-release 4

  • New: AU version.
  • New: Global setting for not snapping notes in to scale when using transpose. When this setting is enabled transpose transposes notes by semitone not by scale degree.
  • New: step gate is now relative to pattern gate value.
  • New: Selected CC values are shown.
  • Fixed: Hanging note bug where disabled tracks prevented notes to stop. For example track 2 is disabled and key range is C6-> when note C6 was played it was not stopped properly.
  • Fixed: Cream ignores MIDI inputs other that 1.
  • Fixed: Cream crash bug when ‘copy to all’ was initialized with mouse placed in bottom of the step bar.
  • Fixed: Renamed Windows DLLs so they no longer contain white spaces.

Cream for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) will be available to purchase soon.

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Kirnu Cream MIDI performer VST plug-in pre-order

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Kirnu has announced the pre-release of Kirnu Cream, a powerful MIDI performer VST plugin for Windows and Mac.

Kirnu Cream
Kirnu Cream – more presets, videos and features will be added in the future releases.

Cream is intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage. With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff. The only obstacle is your imagination :)

Cream isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s lots of more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances with tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Kirnu Cream is good for everybody; hobbyists, professionals, producers, composers, mamas, papas… who ever needs a good MIDI performer to make their songs PERFECT!

If you are sick and tired of conventional MIDI arpeggiators, performers, sequencers you should try Cream and see your self how it differs from the rest.

Kirnu Cream for Windows and Mac (VST) is available to pre-order for 25 EUR.

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