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MOTU announces Ethno 2

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MOTU Ethno 2

MOTU has announced Ethno 2, a major upgrade to its popular world/ethnic virtual instrument software for Mac and Windows.

The Version 2 upgrade more than doubles the size of Ethno’s included sound library of instruments, loops and phrases. Significant new features have also been added, including preset searching, microtonal scales, state-of-the-art time stretching, and much more.

New in Ethno 2

  • New sounds abound in Version 2 from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Balkans, the British Isles, Latin America, Australia, and many other locations around the globe. Featured sounds include taiko drums, large African drums, thirty new instruments from India, hundreds of urban India loops (in they style of Slumdog Millionaire), Balkanish voices, Arabic voices, Persian voices, an extensive new collection of gongs and bells, extended cymbalum, and much more.
  • To help users quickly find sounds in this massive 21 GB library, Ethno 2 lets users browse presets by geographic region or instrument category, or by a new search feature: users type in an instrument name or other text phrase and all presets with that text in their name instantly appear in the browser list. Users then simply click to audition sounds, without having to close the browser, for fast previewing and loading of sounds into separate parts. Version 2 now supports unlimited parts, so users can quickly build ensembles of instrument sounds, loops and phrases, with no limits on the size of the ensemble.
  • Ethno 2 gives users access to the rich and exotic world of non-western tuning and scales. Users can browse dozens of microtuning presets from all over the world, organized by world region or by scale type, and then play authentic non-western tempered scales of any size (from five tones to 24 tones) via any standard MIDI controller. The supplied microtonal presets were developed by a world expert in micro-tuning and conform to the Scala open file standard (.scl) for microtuning. Users can visit the scala web site,, browse thousands of microtuning files, download them for free, and simply drag and drop them into Ethno 2 to add them as user presets. Scales can be freely applied to any instrument presets, allowing users to mix and match microtuning scales with sounds from anywhere around the globe. For example, a microtuning scale from Thailand could be applied to a Celtic harp sound from Ireland.
  • Since its first release, Ethno has been recognized for its extensive tempo-matching features. Loops always play in time with each other and the host application, when running as a plug-in. Version 2 extends these time-stretching capabilities with enhanced, state-of-the-art audio processing technology licensed from the famed IRCAM institute for advanced research in Paris. Users can speed up, slow down, or match tempos of loops and phrases with unprecedented audio quality, even with extreme changes in speed, either faster or slower. Time stretching presets are provided for various types of material (vocals, percussive, etc.) to further maintain excellent sound quality at all tempos.
  • Enhanced effects processing — includes new modeled analog EQ, CPU-optimized convolution reverb and eight new analog modeled filters (rez, comb, analog and more).
  • Keyswitch presets — dozens of new, richly-layered keyswitch (KS) presets in all categories for ultra-expressive performance.
  • Version 1 compatibility — Ethno 2′s new sound library is compatible with Version 1, so music programmed with Version 1 presets can be loaded and played with Version 2.
  • Latest-generation UVI Engine — provides state-of-the-art virtual instrument performance, 64-bit native operation and robust compatibility with the latest Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, plus the latest DAW hosts.

Ethno 2 will ship in Q1 of 2010, priced at $395 USD. An upgrade path will be offered for Ethno Version 1 users.

More information: MOTU / Ethno


Homegrown Sounds updates various Astralis synths and Homegrown Piano

Homegrown Sounds Astralis Orgone

Homegrown Sounds has released updated versions for a number of Astralis synths and Homegrown Piano.

The updated synths are Orgone, Bion (Preview), FX, Bionic, and Homegrown Piano. Additionally the Microtonal Patches have now been updated to v3.1.

Changes in updated versions

  • About a dozen of the Microtonal patches had errors which have now been corrected.
  • Exporting a WAV in some Hosts could mean that the Microtuner wouldn’t function correctly, The Microtonal System has been rewritten to ensure this never happens.
  • Some Microtuner options such as stretch would not update until a patch was changed.
  • The Microtuner now has a default button.
  • The Microtuner code has also been improved to work more efficiently.
  • The Arpeggiator could lose notes when Latch was enabled.
  • 11 New pattern modes have been added to the Arpeggiator.
  • ‘Arp 2′ Mode in the Modulation Sequencer could cause a crash.
  • Keyboard black notes are now the correct size.
  • Numerous minor enhancements/ external module updates.

Registered users can find the updates on their account download page.

Visit Homegrown Sounds for more information.


Short links for September 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on September 10th, 2008:

minitek 2008

# minitek electronic music festival

here it finally is: new york’s electronic music + innovation festival! minitek is going to be slightly different from other festivals you know, even very different at times.

first of all because the festival combines two aspects: electronic music and innovation. while it seems pretty straight forward at first, you’ll see soon that we’re going to explore innovation not only in respect to music but also to other forms of art, science and technology.

Electronic music talents from around the world, a range of experimental art and technology installations, new consumer technologies that have never been applied in a festival context – such as RFID wristbands, and lots more.

Also check here and let Peter Kirn know Who Do You Want Interviewed At Minitek?

# More Cowbell.DJ – More Cowbell is the online spin off of the Saturday Night Live special featuring Will Ferrell as Gene Frenkle, the cowbell player, and Christopher Walken as the music producer, Bruce Dickenson. More allows you to cowbell any song you want and even add some Walken to the mix. I got a fever and the only prescription is cowbell.

# Making Music with the Arduino: Wires, Solder, and Sound Round-Up

Michael Una writes:

I received my Arduino Diecemila in the mail last week and have started to experiment with using it to synthesize audio and video. I’m not very experienced with programming microcontrollers, so I’ve been doing a lot of research to see what’s out there, and it’s greatly encouraging to see that people are taking this little kit in fun directions.

# Pipe Organ Chair – This is a pipe organ chair that plays a tune when you sit down (insert your musical furniture joke here).

# Advanced Mega-Round-Up: Going Microtonal with Synths

Peter Kirn writes:

Digital software instruments give you opportunities to explore new sounds and timbres, so why not add tuning to the list? Kore@CDM contributor and sound designer Eoin Rossney helps us navigate the potentially intimidating world of microtuning. Microtonal sound simply refers, generally, to tunings beyond the now-standard 12-Tone Equal Temperament we find on modern pianos. First off, microtuning doesn’t have to sound dissonant or “out of tune” – like other choices with synthesis, it can simply give you some new sonic abilities. Native Instruments’ synths are well-suited to the task, as many having tuning capabilities built-in. If you’re using plug-ins to assist your microtonal voyage, Kore is a natural with its plug-in hosting capabilities. But the most important thing is just to dive in somewhere and see what happens – with no physical instrument to retune, it’s something anyone can do.


Homegrown Sounds updates Astralis C to v1.0.1

Homegrown Sounds Astralis C

Homegrown Sounds has updated Astralis C to version 1.0.1.

Astralis C 1.0.1 has a newly developed dedicated file system module which solves all the incompatibility problems experienced in some hosts. The new module is a complete self contained file/bank management system.

Updated in v1.0.1

  • No more limitations on the number of files in a bank
  • Sub Directories are now scanned
  • Randomize will now select a sample from any installed bank
  • Refresh button for rescanning the directory
  • Banks are now selected via a popup menu instead of the old browse button
  • New randomization back-end throughout the synth to reduce load times slightly

Astralis C is only available for download in the Astralis Private area for license holders.

The Astralis Microtonal VST Synthesizer Pack, including Astralis C costs £30 (approx. 60 USD / 45 EUR)

Visit Homegrown Sounds for more information.


Homegrown Sounds updates Astralis to v1.1.1

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Homegrown Sounds Astralis

Homegrown Sounds has updated Astralis (both A and B) to version 1.1.1.

Updated in v1.1.1

  • Changed C1 to CC (Custom Clock)
  • Improved Visibility of Envelopes
  • Fixed a crash which could occur in certain situations when changing presets
  • Removed Manual Mode from MS1 as it was not possible in poly mode, MS2 still has Manual Mode
  • Fixed a bug where 4 x tempos were not working as expected
  • Added Fine Pitch to the modulation matrix

In addition, Astralis C (beta) is now available to licence holders in the private section. It has all the features of Astralis A but uses 16/24 bit samples as the sound source.

The Astralis Microtonal VST Synthesizer Pack for PC is available for download 50 USD / 37 EUR (the pack includes the Astralis C synth).

Visit Homegrown Sounds for more information and a link to download the latest demo of Astralis.


Homegrown Sounds releases Astralis VSTi Synthesizer Pack v1.1

Homegrown Sounds Astralis

Homegrown Sounds has released version 1.1 of Astralis VSTi Synthesizer Pack, a bundle which initially comprises of 2 synthesizers: Astralis A and Astralis B (which is a slightly simpler single synth version).

New in v1.1

  • A Bank of 16 patches by Tim Conrardy added for Astralis B
  • Added Pitch Bend on\off per synth/oscillator
  • In the master section is a new slider for setting the pitch bend Keyboard range so that only a specific area will be affected by pitch bend.
  • All slider ends are now fine controls for moving small increments.
  • Microtonal Patches can now be installed anywhere.
  • All synths now display the correct version number.
  • Register box now displays correctly.
  • Arp now correctly stops all notes when switched off
  • Numerous other minor enhancements and bug fixes

Patches from previous versions are not compatible due to the large changes in v1.1. These versions have a unique ID and can be installed alongside though it is recommended that you recreate your patches in 1.1, this is the unfortunate sacrifice for some of the improved functionality.

A license for Astralis can still be purchased for the introductory price of US 29.89 (50% off).

Visit Homegrown Sounds for more information and a 30-day trial version of Astralis v1.1.
You can read more about the full set of features of the Astralis synths on this page.


HERCs Music Systems releases Abakos PRO

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HERCs Music Systems Abakos PRO

HERCs Music Systems has released Abakos PRO, the full featured successor to Abakos FREE (still available).

New features

  • Triangle Waveform now added to Oscillator section
  • A very cool Arpeggiator with plenty of control onboard including Tempo and Division
  • Support for TUN (Tuning files) for all you Micro Tonal enthusiasts
  • Improved filter with a mean SATURATION button (turn the volume down on this…) for wild self oscillation (which could turn into self mutilation if not carefully handled)
  • LP and HP filter types with 12, 24 and 48 db/OCT options
  • New Distortion module adds low bit grit to your sounds for extreme sonic mess
  • New Rotary effect…LFO–> Pan goodness
  • Special config program giving all users access to some of the internal behaviour of Abakos PRO. From here, you can choose your Oversampling rate, global Volume and Polyphony settings
  • Brand new and improved Preset system, making choosing presets much more intuitive
  • Comes with an instruction manual

Abakos PRO costs AUD $19 (which is about US $15 right now, can’t go wrong really!) and a demo version is available for download (the demo has a 10 minute time out limit).

Visit HERCs Music Systems for more information and a link to download the demo.