Inear Display has announced that its Bucephal, Danaides and SicknDstroy effect plugins are now available in native 32 and 64-bit VST format for Linux.
Inear Display plugins
- Bucephal is a sound mangling plugin based on two delay lines designed to be mutated by four modulators freely assignable to the time and feedback.
- Danaides is a sequenced sound mangler with a powerful modulation section.
- SicknDstroy is a multimode lo-fi effect plugin.
Bucephal and Danaides are 20 EUR each, SicknDstroy is freeware. The plugins are now available for Windows, Mac & Linux (VST/AU).
More information: Inear Display
Uppercussion has announced the release of Bitkits, a free collection of ten 8-bit drum kits in collaboration with Icebreaker Audio.
The samples in Bitkits come from a time when 8-bit sounds were the standard for video games and digital synthesizers. The kits give you 8-bit versions of kick, snare and hihat sounds, as well as a large collection of beeps, buzzes, noises, arpeggiations and other sound effects typical of the 8-bit era.
All of the samples in Bitkits were created using the BitRate digital drum machine for Reaktor, created by Icebreaker Audio. BitRate features realistic emulations of digital sound engines from the late 80s and early 90s in an intuitive interface.
- 10 Bitkits kits.
- 160 samples, 16 samples per kit.
- Samples are 24-bit, 44.1 kHz.
- Formats include Maschine, Live 9, Geist, Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Reason NN-XT, and single WAV samples.
- Sample folders are easily accessible and sorted by sound type.
- Total size is 25 MB.
The Bitkits are a free download at Uppercussion. Note: Ableton Live kits require Live 9.
More information: Uppercussion / Bitkits
Psychic Modulation has released version 1.3 of the Phonec synthesizer plug-in for Windows.
Phonec is best described as an ‘analog flux synthesizer’. Inspired by the mystique of video logo synth scores from worn out VHS tapes, Phonec was primarily designed with character in mind. However Phonec is capable of producing a wide range of sounds such as vintage analogue tones, lo-fi synthscapes, ethereal pads, minimal techno sequences, and synthwave leads and basses.
Changes in Phonec v1.3
- GUI update: aesthetic improvements as well as various fixes.
- Improved sliders, now easier to control.
- Fixed sequencer random mode not working.
- Fixed volume changes when switching Melt modes.
- Fixed problem with panning envelope.
- Fixed various legato/portamento related arp issues.
- Noise level can now go higher.
- HFO velocity was inverted, now fixed.
- Added two new switches to seq; for adding an octave to pitch seq, and inverting filter/amp seq.
- Changed LFO3 target list, ‘Melt’ and ‘Echo Tune’ were not compatible with a polyphonic LFO, caused cpu spikes; added ‘Sub Pitch’.
- Improved presets.
- Includes a separate ‘effect’ version so Cubase users can utilize audio input routing.
Phonec for Windows (VST) costs $39 USD.
More information: Psychic Modulation / Phonec
Inear Display has released version 1.2 of SicknDstroy, a free multimode lo-fi effect plugin for Windows and Mac.
Inear Display’s SicknDstroy plug-in gets a new graphic user interface.
Changes in SicknDstroy v1.2
- New user interface.
- New preset format (presets made with previous versions are not compatible).
The plug-in is available as a free download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).
More information: Inear Display / SicknDstroy
Sampleism has launched ToyBoy by Pluggotic, a rompler based on four sampled toy-keyboards with distinct sonics and soundsets.
64 PCM instruments can be played, and edited through two twin layers with multimode filtering, envelopes, retriggered lfos and fxs.
ToyBoy features several pianos, brasses, strings and keyboards, tuned and detuned synths, percussives like celesta, kalimba, vibes, bells, music boxes, xilophones as well as choir, hawaiian guitar, telephone tones, distorted guitar and pizzicato strings.
All instruments can be played raw, edited, filtered, detuned, enhanced with five effects, layered to build different sounds.
- Rompler/s+s synth for Kontakt 4.2.3 or newer versions.
- 64 raw lo-fi instruments, 30 looped. 584 16bit44100 waves, 152Mb.
- Varied sampling range for each keyboard, all sounds uniformed to 5 octaves.
- 5 effects, from cabinet and modulations to 9 ir stereo reverbs.
- Arpeggiator and quick tweaks section.
- Host-automated controls & midi-learn.
- Presets, 64 naked/original and 64 categorized presets (arp/key/pad).
- Includes ToyBeat: All drums, percussions and soundeffects from the four toy-keyboards in one instrument.
ToyBoy for Kontakt costs £7 GBP. It is also available bundled with Artifunkt in the Pluggotic Synth Bundle, priced at £9 GBP.
More information: Sampleism
Icebreaker Audio has introduced Bitrate, a semi-modular, digital drum machine for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.
Offering a variety of sound generation styles, all based on digital synthesis from the late 80s and early 90s, BitRate is a gritty device with a retro heart of silicone.
BitRate offers the most accurate chip-style synthesis available for Reaktor.
- 5 drum slots into which you can load any one of 13 different sound modules.
- 4 main sound engine types, each based on a different style of lo-fi digital sound generation.
- A built-in sequencer with 2 modulation sequences per drum.
- Automatic tempo-synchronization when used in a host.
- EQ, Compressor, and Speaker Simulator master effects.
BitRate is available for the introductory price of £15 GBP until March 31st, 2013 (regular £25 GBP). Requires Reaktor 5.8 or higher.
More information: Icebreaker Audio / Bitrate