Roland Kuit has announced Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space, a new e-Book on modular synthesis.
Concepts of space (re-)defined and shifted for modular synthesis
Reflections are positional essentials in creating space. How space can be thought of as an indispensable element of music, and with the kinds of approaches that emerge when space is dealt with from the start producing a sound work.
Interactive Html/PDF e-Book. The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.
The eBook costs 53 EUR.
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Minimal System Instruments has announced the release of its Modular Synth Drums Volume 1 sample library.
Modular Synth Drums Volume 1 is a drum sample pack that was born from intensive and great fun recording sessions with the huge Minimal System modular synth setup over a number of years.
This sample pack consists of 85 recorded 24-bit analogue drum samples which have been designed from the ground up using modular system and treated through a selection of our favourite outboard signal processors. Modular Synth Drums Volume 1 is a flexible electronic drum sample library for modern music production.
The sample pack is available to purchase for the introductory price of £1.99 GBP.
More information: Minimal System / Modular Synth Drums Vol 1
Madrona Labs has released version 1.4 of its Aalto semi-modular, patchable synthesizer for Windows and Mac.
This new version offers compatibility improvements, as well as over 100 new presets, improved integration with the Soundplane, and several features requested by users like you.
Changes in Aalto v1.4
- Over 100 new presets.
- KEY module now recognizes MIDI sustain messages.
- Fixed LFO self loop problem.
- SEQ: quantize now snaps to current scale in KEY module.
- Touches over OSC / Soundplane are now quantized on release.
- Fixed problem scanning MIDI programs in MainStage.
- Fixed possible crash with preset menu in MainStage.
- Fixed unison mode for OSC / Soundplane.
- Fixed zipper noise in OSC / Soundplane input.
- Fixed possible OSC-related crash in Ableton Live.
- Fixed a problem with OSC / Soundplane input when UI was not open.
- Fixed a problem loading presets with default tuning.
- Fixed a problem where window could become stuck after maximizing.
Aalto for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs $99 USD. The update is free for all current Aalto owners.
More information: Madrona Labs / Aalto
KX77FREE has launched Kx-PolyM-CSE, a vintage modular polyphonic synthesizer instrument for Windows.
This one is a special work to implement a CS70M emulation and the x16 sequencer inside a modular VA. Even if the CS70 used for the tests is broken (some voices and keys are HS, no split, …), I could work nicely and really check this piece of synthesizer story. I really appreciated to go to the past… I added some “CS” offsets to the initial values of my usual setting, created the waveforms, modified the Lfo, etc, to match with the original synthesizer. Of course, you can use this plug-in like you want with or without the “CS” offsets.
I love the vintage japanese synthesizers because generally they have more creative parameters.
The particularity of this CS is its two channels (for each: 1 VCO, 1 VCF, 1 VCA) which provide nice stereo pads. And its Vcos are not Dcos (like those of 80′s synths), so the detune between the two Vcos and each voice creates rich chorus fx to build nice organs or string ensembles. But the great features of this vintage synthesizer are: the Lfo which generates a frequency modulation up to 500 hz controlled by the AD envelope and the Sine oscillators of the Vcas which create a solid base of the sounds using Bp or Hp filters.
The Kx-PolyM-CSE for Windows (VST) is a free download.
More information: FX77FREE / Kx-PolyM-CSE
KarmaFX has announced its Summer Sale, offering a 35% discount on the KarmaFX Synth Modular for a limited time.
Summer is a great time! Time for relaxing and enjoying the nice, warm, sunny weather.
But when you’re done hanging out at the beach, all tanned and heading back to the studio, ready to make some great tunes, why not brush off the sand and enjoy a KarmaFX Synth Modular snack with a crunchy 35% summer discount? This is your chance to get KarmaFX Synth at a reduced price, and for a limited time only, starting right now!
KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package for PC & Mac with lots of possibilities just waiting to be explored. It has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Dive into advanced sound synthesis and roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.
The KarmaFX Synth Modular for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is now on sale for 49 EUR + VAT / $72 USD (regular 76 EUR + VAT / $112 USD).
More information: KarmaFX / Synth Modular