Insert Piz Here has released Mr. Alias Pro for Linux.
Mr. Alias Pro is a fully professional software synthesizer which exploits the properties of digital audio to achieve extremely bad sounds.
It is an essential instrument for the digital purist, building on Mr. Alias 2 and adding some professional features.
Mr. Alias Pro is now available as a 32-bit VST plugin for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and as an Audio Unit for Mac OS X.
More information: Insert Piz Here / Mr. Alias Pro
Harrison Consoles has released version 1.5 of Harrison Mixbus, a console mixing software for Linux and Mac OSX.
Mixbus is an “analog console” that has been incorporated into a Digital Audio Workstation. The Mixbus engine was developed in-house at Harrison Consoles, where we have been designing high-end digital and analog consoles for over 30 years.
Changes in Harrison Mixbus v1.5
- New Region-Gain-Range editing mode.
- New “Join Playhead to Edit Range” transport/editing mode.
- New key-mappable “play with pre-roll” in Transport menu.
- Channel compressor controls are tweaked for easier setup with drums & percussion.
- Dynamic automation is now “thinned” during recording. Thinning strength is configurable via ardour.rc file.
- Fixed bug with automation editing associated with zooming in & out while editing.
- Fixed bug where end marker moves to the end of last recorded region whenever you change the end trim of any region.
Harrison Mixbus is available to purchase for $79.99 USD. The update is free for current Mixbus users.
More information: Harrison Mixbus
, James Blake
, Peter Dines
, Peter Kirn
, random posts
, sound design
Posted in random posts
on Feb 07, 2011
Some interesting things I found recently:
James Blake: James Blake
Stream of James Blake's new album is available from the Dutch 3VOOR12 website.
British dubstep-pop up-and-comer James Blake’s self-titled debut album is out digitally next Tuesday, February 8, via Universal Republic in the U.S. (it’ll drop a day before in the UK via Atlas/A&M). Right now, the whole album is streaming over at 3VOOR12; you can head here to take a listen.
Furthermore, Listen Before You Buy points out that a bonus track from the LP, the haunting, sparse “Tep and the Logic”, is making the rounds.
Listen to the album at 3VOOR12
Improved Reaktor voice panning and a little digital archaeology
I was reading through the Reaktor application manual which is greatly improved in recent times, and came across this structure to pan voices in the stereo field
More at the Reaktor Tips blog
din: create sound with Bezier curves in free instrument for Linux
Make music with just your mouse and keyboard. 143 drones are created in the video below.
Peter Kirn writes:
“din is noise” is a newly-updated “tone board,” making the rectangular plane of its screen into a field of sound you can transform. The video above just begins to show some of what it can do. Pixels can be tones, transformed onscreen. A resonator editor uses Bezier curves to edit sounds across octaves. Each resonator, in turn, can be edited with yet more Bezier curves. Put them together into the drone editor (the bit you see in the video), and you can create vast, sculpted soundscapes from series of rectangles dragged around between octaves.
It’s all free, and it’s all doable for your mouse – a Linux exclusive that might convince you to dual boot, or take a second look at that netbook.
Read more at Create Digital Music
The Rosegarden team has announced the release of version 11.02 of Rosegarden, an audio and MIDI sequencer and musical notation editor for Linux.
This is a bug fix release that addresses a few of those annoying problems that hang around for the longest time, because they are rather complicated to fix. The most notable of these is that nine years after the first complaints, we have FINALLY found some sensible way to handle tied notes in the matrix and notation editors. We really painted ourselves into a corner with our design, and we scratched our heads for years just trying to come up with some plan of attack for this one. In the end, what we did was address the problem by modifying the behavior of selections to treat chains of tied notes as an unbreakable whole, instead of as separate links in an easily broken chain. This behavior is quite different, but it seems to be working rather well.
Changes in Rosegarden v11.02
- Bug Fixes:
- Track numbers are no longer cut off.
- The notation and matrix editors now treat a series of tied notes as though it were a single unit, which fixes several problems that have been outstanding since as far back as 2002.
- Resizing a segment via click and drag near the edge or with the resize tool now leaves that segment as the selected segment.
- When attempting to select a note by clicking toward the extreme edges of the note head, it is less likely that you will move the note instead of merely selecting it.
- Insertion / Playback pointer correctly advances in Notation editor when entered notes are split and tied.
- Progress dialogs tweaked to fine tune their behavior.
- Alt+PgUp and Alt+PgDown now highlight the events in a segment in Notation view consistently.
- New Features:
- The matrix editor represents tied notes with a different fill pattern.
- The split-and-tie long notes option has been made the factory default once more, in light of the vastly improved handling of ties in the matrix and notation editors.
Rosegarden is available as source code, as well as installable binary packages for many major Linux distributions.
More information: Rosegarden
Foo has released the YC-20, a free combo organ for Linux, Windows and Mac.
YC-20 is a divide-down combo organ designed in the late 60′s. This emulation faithfully copies the features, sounds and flaws of the original organ.
This release brings forth Windows and OS X VSTi plugins with the proper GUI. There are no changes to the Linux release except for some gui code refactoring.
Foo YC-20 combo organ
- Physical modelling, no polyphony restrictions.
- 61 keys.
- Two main voice sections.
- Switchable bass section.
- A realism control to add flaws found in the real organ.
Note: YC-20 takes quite a bit of CPU power, it does not have touch vibrato.
YC-20 is available as a free download for Linux, Windows and Mac (Standalone & LV2/VST).
More information: Foo YC-20
Mucoder has released version 2.0 of Tonespace, a different, more intuitive music keyboard, combined with a chorder.
By popular demand, tonespace 2.0 now includes Mac and Linux versions. Yes, you read that right! And since this required a complete rewrite from the ground up, I have taken advantage of this to clean up some stuff and also add some juicy new features. (I hope you will agree!)
Changes in Tonespace v2.0
- Cross-platform support: Win32 (VST, standalone), MacOSX (VST, AU, standalone), Linux (native VST, standalone).
- No host required: Standalone executable version for all platforms.
- Generates its own sound. Integrated synth with PADSynth sound.
- Quick start: Demo with built-in midi tracks.
- Extra chord assist modes: play chord unrestricted (anywhere in grid), play restricted (chord root note must fit scale/key cell) or play filtered (chord notes not in scale/key are filtered out).
- Better control over mouse cell triggering: retrigger notes when dragging across cell border, hold notes when dragging (use this with midi input) or hold notes until next click.
- Hypercyclic and tonespace now share the same underlying modular engine.
Tonespace 2.0 beta is available to download at no cost.
More information: Mucoder / Tonespace
, effect plugins
, panning and spatial
Posted in news
on Jan 19, 2011
Loomer has released version 1.5.0 of Manifold and Resound, two effect plug-ins for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Manifold is a software audio effect processor that enhances an audio signal, producing a fuller, livelier, bigger sound. Input signals are split into as many as 20 individual voices, each of which are detuned, placed around the stereo panorama, and recombined with stunning results. Flexible controls mean Manifold is capable of producing a wide range of effects; from subtle modulations that add interest to lifeless sounds, to extreme detuning that fattens the weakest of input sources.
Resound is a software audio delay effect processor that emulates the sound and operation of vintage magnetic-tape echo units. Whilst not a direct copy of any one particular model, it takes features from several of the classic delay devices, and unites them into a convincing and pleasingly retro sounding effect.
Changes in Manifold / Resound v1.5.0
- Native 64-bit support for Linux VST plugins and Standalone applications.
- Integrated Preset Browser, with meta-data, tags, searching, and hot-swap support.
- (Resound) Noise parameter is now scaled such that wow, flutter, and mechanical noise of the tape machine are completely absent at 0%. Older presets will still sound identical.
- (Resound) Reversed delay tempo syncing has been improved with hosts that don’t provide accurate PPQ.
- Reduced CPU usage.
- Windows VST 32-bit plugins and standalone applications no longer depend on additional runtime libraries. However, these libraries are still required – and installed – for the RTAS format plugins.
- Various host compatibility fixes.
- Additional presets.
Manifold and Resound are available to purchase for £35 GBP + VAT each.
More information: Loomer
Michael Ourednik has released Argotlunar 2, a realtime delay-line granulator plug-in for Windows.
It breaks up an incoming audio stream into short samples (Grains). Each grain can have random settings of amplitude, panning, duration, delay, pitch, glissando, filter and envelope. The output of all grains is mixed and sent to the main output. The main output can be fed back into the main input.
Changes in Argotlunar 2
- Completely rewritten. Uses approximately 30% less CPU.
- “Correlation Matrix”.
- Time and pitch quanitization.
- Comb filter.
- Freeze delay buffer.
- Glissando now works correctly.
- Raised-Cosine-Bell and Triangle envelopes, with adjustable shape.
Argotlunar 2 is available to download as free (GPLv2) VST effect plug-in for Windows and Linux. The source code (C++) is available as well.
More information: Argotlunar