Alexander Zolotov releases Virtual ANS v2.0

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Alexander Zolotov has released version 2.0 of Virtual ANS, a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds.

Virtual ANS
With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.

The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers. You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker. In 2004, the British experimental group Coil released CoilANS, a boxed set of experimental drone music performed on the ANS.

Changes in Virtual ANS v2.0

  • Rewritten from scratch with the following systems support: iOS, Android, OSX, Linux, Windows.
  • Optimized for realtime playing.
  • Version 2 can load *.vns files from version 1, but not vice versa.

Virtual ANS is available to download for Android, Windows, Linux and OSX. iOS support is coming soon.

More information: Virtual ANS


Hπ Instruments releases microsynth synthesizer app for Mac

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Hπ Instruments has released microsynth, a polyphonic multi-timbral microtonal synthesizer for Mac.

microsynth and microsynth-mini are Mac OSX SoundFont synthesizers for microtonal music, supporting seven types of tuning files, on-the-fly retuning, audio file recording, routing to and from standard MIDI hardware controllers and sequencing and notation software such as Sibelius and Finale, giving you total control of tuning in your music.

Available in multi-timbral and mono-timbral versions (tuning features are the same in both).

16 independent tracks, each with tuning, MIDI in/out, SoundFont and patch selection.

microsynth features

  • Unlimited tunings, any key to any pitch.
  • Individual tuning per track.
  • Supports MTS real-time Sysex messages.
  • Supports .scl .tun .hz .csv .mtx .gly and .tonex tuning files.
  • Supports single channel tuning tables of 128 tones.
  • Supports OMNI-channel tuning tables of 2048 tones.
  • Allows real time transposition and remapping of scales.
  • Unlimited user-defined MIDI CC tuning switches and tuners.
  • Supports pitch bending of microtonal pitches.
  • Comes with GM/GS Soundset.
  • Built in reverb.
  • Loads .sf2 soundfonts.
  • Unlimited MIDI connections.
  • One virtual MIDI input and output.
  • Records wav audio files.
  • Loads and saves scenes.
  • Multiple Undo.

microsynth for Mac (standalone) is available to purchase for $19.99 USD. microsynth-mini (single-track) is $9.99 USD.

More information: Hπ Instruments / microsynth


Patchpool releases Alchemistry Metallurgy for Alchemy

Patchpool has announced the release of Alchemistry Metallurgy, a soundset for the Alchemy software synthesizer by Camel Audio.

Patchpool Alchemistry Metallurgy

The soundset Alchemistry Metallurgy for Alchemy is the first in a series focussing on specific materials and single instruments.

The set contains 57 patches with 8 variations each in the Remix Pad and focusses on metallic sounds derived from real instruments, metal objects and industrial field recordings. This patch collection keeps the balance between real sounding metal instruments, otherworldly textures and wondrous soundscapes using also some processed electronic derivates of the sampled materials.

All sounds are sample-based, some patches use the resynthesis features in Alchemy. You will find many patches and snapshots which sound wam, delicate and beautiful, characteristics one may not normally associate with metallic sounds.

Alchemistry Metallurgy features

  • 1.81 GB of original samples – source material:
    • Instruments:
      • China Cymbal bowed, scraped and beaten – multisampled and Round Robin.
      • Glockenspiel multisampled – 23 semitones (C4-A#5), 4x RR, 2 velocity layers (179 samples/386,7 MB).
      • 2 microtonal handheld Bell Trees 8x Round Robin, 2 articulations, +textures.
      • 2 Thai Gongs multisampled + 8x Round Robin, 4 velocity layers, +texures.
      • Thai Ching Bells – 6x Round Robin, 3 velocity layers.
      • Tam Tam 45 cm – beaten (7xRound Robin/4 velocities), scraped and rubbed.
    • Various multisampled metal objects:
      • Caviar Cans, Metal Bowl, Coins, Dumbbell plate, Small Thunder Sheet, Metal Plate (dinner tray), Anvil.
      • Industrial metal sounds recorded in factories.
  • All samples recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R – 48 Khz/24 Bit; U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R, the industrial field recordings were done with 2 shotgun mics – Sennheiser MK 70
  • 57 patches with 8 variations each.
  • 1.82 GB total content (1.06 GB compressed).

Alchemistry Metallurgy is available to purchase for 25 EUR. Note: requires the full version of Alchemy (Alchemy Player not supported).

More information: Patchpool / Alchemistry Metallurgy


Celemony releases Melodyne editor 2

Celemony Melodyne editor 2

Celemony has announced the availability of Melodyne editor Version 2.

New features include extended timing tools, wide-ranging functions for working with scales, plus Rewire, keyboard shortcuts in the plug-in, and numerous other improvements.

With Version 2, Melodyne editor has become still more musical, capable of editing in still greater depth, and even more widely compatible.

Changes in Melodyne editor 2.0

  • Extended timing tools: With the Attack Speed tool, you can edit the transients that are of crucial importance to the sound – even for each note individually: an important creative tool not only for percussive sounds. In addition, the new Time Handles allow you to shape even the time course within notes, which, for example, makes even more detailed editing of vocal phrasing possible.
  • True Scale & Tuning: The new scale functions now permit even the editing of Arabic, Indian, contemporary and microtonal music with Melodyne. Countless scales, temperaments and tunings can be loaded, edited in detail or created from scratch. The highlight is the Scale Detective, which is capable of analyzing any piece of music or sample so that even users with no detailed knowledge can transfer the scale and tuning of one recording to another.
  • Rewire support: Melodyne should be of use to as many producers as possible – regardless of which DAW they work with. For this reason, Melodyne editor now also supports Rewire and therefore allows operation with DAWs that have no plug-in interfaces or were previously incompatible with Melodyne.
  • Greater transparency and ease of use through features like keyboard shortcuts in plug-in mode, highlighting of blobs as they play back, and an improved display of the time and pitch grids.

Melodyne editor for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) is available to purchase for 399 USD/EUR. The update from Melodyne editor 1 is 99 USD/EUR. The update is free for users who registered Melodyne editor for the first time after October 1, 2011.

More information: Celemony / Melodyne editor


Celemony intros Melodyne editor 2

Celemonyhas announced version 2 of its Melodyne editor, offering unique possibilities for working with different scales and temperaments, more powerful timing tools, Rewire integration, and numerous other improvements.

As a result, Melodyne is even more musical, allows you to go even deeper when editing your material, and is even more widely compatible than ever before.

Celemony Melodyne editor 2

Not all music is played on white and black keys, true intonation is complex. Other cultures have musical traditions in which Mozart and Beethoven do not loom large, and absolute flexibility is also needed in experimental music. Powerful reasons for opening up totally new musical worlds with Melodyne editor 2. The new True Scale & Tuning functions offer those who produce Arab, Indian or contemporary and microtonal music the ideal function set for editing their work with Melodyne. True Scale & Tuning also has the power to enhance conventional music production, by making it easy for users to explore the emotional and atmospheric subtleties of different scales and temperaments and integrate them into their own music. Countless different scales and temperaments can be loaded, edited in detail, and even created from scratch. The highlight is the Scale Detective, which is capable of analyzing any sample or piece of music and allows even users with no detailed knowledge to transfer the scale and tuning of one recording to another.

With its note-based way of working Melodyne has always allowed the editing of highly specific aspects of timing, but the function set of Melodyne editor 2 is even more powerful in this respect. The new Attack Speed tool allows you to edit the starting transients, that are so determinative of the sound – even for each note separately. An important new design implement, not only for percussive sounds. In addition, with the new Time Handles, even time progressions within individual notes can be reshaped. Among other things, this makes even more detailed editing of vocals possible.

Melodyne is intended to be of use to as many producers as possible – regardless which DAW they use. For this reason, Melodyne editor 2 now also supports Rewire. This means it can operate now even with DAWs that lack plug-in interfaces or were previously incompatible with Melodyne.

The update to Version 2 brings other minor improvements and workflow optimizations that along with Rewire integration are also included in the free updates to Version 2 of Melodyne assistant and essential.

Melodyne editor 2 will be available in November 2011, priced 399 USD/EUR, the update from version 1 is 99 USD/EUR. Users who registered Melodyne editor after October 1, 2011 can update free of charge.

At the same time as the update to Melodyne editor 2, free updates to Version 2 of Melodyne assistant and essential will be released, as well as an updated trial version that allows you to test Melodyne editor for 30 days without any limitations.

More information: Celemony / Melodyne editor 2


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