Blamsoft has released Distributor, a voice controller Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.
Distributor allows individual Reason instruments to become voices in a larger polyphonic instrument. And allows for interesting variation in monophonic sequences, such as a Matrix pattern.
When used with the VK-1 Viking Synthesizer, it allows the monophonic synthesizer to become a full featured multi-voice synthesizer. Distributor is the perfect starting point for building a modular synthesizer.
Prime Loops has announced Vintage Machine Drums, a collectin of 3700+ drum one-shots sampled from some of the greatest analogue drum machines ever made.
Bouncing off the walls trying to find a fresh new drum sound? The search is over – “Vintage Machine Drums” brings you one-shots from some of the sickest machines in history, as well as claps, taps and traps from today’s hottest digital machines!
Packing a mammoth, 3,700+ drum hits, lovingly sampled from such coveted machines as the Airbase, Microkorg, Nord Modular, Polyvox, EMX, Wavestation and many, many more, this is the last set of drum one-shots you’ll need for decades to come!
The sample library is available to purchase for £39.95 GBP.
Abeem Live Technologies has updated the Rack Performer modular host software to version 0.99-beta.
This new version includes several important new features, mostly centered around MIDI and connectivity.
External instruments and effects can be controlled by adding instances of the new “External MIDI Gear” special module to the patch. This module acts as a bridge between the application and the external gear. It can be mapped and automated like any standard module, and appropriate MIDI messages are automatically sent to the controlled gear.
The new “MIDI output turbo mode” option greatly improves MIDI output events timing and reduces jitter by dedicating one CPU core to the task. This option works especially well when coupled with the “aggressive scheduler timing” advanced option. Both options are enabled by default when available on the host machine.
Incoming MIDI events can be filtered by type at three levels (per MIDI input device, per input channel or per module) and all modules can have MIDI effects applied to their inputs. The simple included effects allow to easily create keyboard splits, layers and merges.
MIDI can be freely routed between modules (interlinks) and plugins operating in pure MIDI mode (ex: VST sequencers) are now supported.
A lot of other improvements are also included.
Changes in Rack Performer v0.99-beta
External MIDI Gear (special module to control external instruments and effects via MIDI output).
Dual-Stereo Clear-Path Master Module (2×2 in + 2×2 out + clock).
Beat is offering a free copy of the Aalto Solo software synthesizer by Madrona Labs at its Facebook page.
Der Aalto Solo aus der Feder von Madrona-Labs-Mastermind Randy Jones entpuppt sich als ganz besonderer Klangerzeuger, der seine Stärken bei experimentellen Sounds und Modulations-Orgien ausspielt. Dass er sich dafür intern fast nach Belieben neu „verdrahten“ lässt, setzt der Kreativität kaum Grenzen. Mit Oszillator und nachfolgendem Waveguide gelingen charismatische Sounds; Hüllkurven, LFO, Filter und Sequenzer runden die Klangformung ab.
Aalto Solo is a one voice version of the Aalto semi-modular software synthesizer with an innovative, patchable UI, distinctive sounds, and a charming personality.
The Beat Special Edition of Aalto Solo is available to download for its Facebook fans
Ochen K. has released A-Series 1 and A-Series 2, two modular synthesizer Rack Extensions for Propellerhead Reason.
The A-Series 1 and 2 modular synth Rack Extensions by Ochen K.
The A-Series Modular Synth is the first fully modular synth for Reason, where you can design your synths however you want for whatever sound you can imagine. And because all the modules are mix-and-match, all those Reason effects and devices that you already have can go right inside your custom synth.
A-Series Modular Synth features
The A-Series 1 rack extension contains the following modules:
A-19SEQ – A midi-to-CV converter, receiving midi signals from a midi keyboard or the Reason sequencer, of from rack sequencers like the Matrix, and converts the signals into CV (note) data and gate (velocity) data. These signals can then be routed to control any other device, such as a VCO or envelope generator.
A-11VCO – A voltage controlled oscillator generating four waveforms – saw, square, triangle, and sine – all at the same time. The A-11VCO has a 7-octave range with coarse and fine tuning, can accept and mix a second pitch modulation signal to create FM-like effects, and can modulate the pulse width of square waves. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-14ADSR – An envelope generator with three speed ranges and standard attack, decay, sustain, and release parameters. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-13VCA – A voltage controlled amplifier allowing multiple signals to control a sound’s gate shape, with two gain CV ins and a two-in audio mixer. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-14LFO – An LFO with four signal waveforms – saw, square, triangle, and sine, three cycle speed ranges, with both free-running and tempo-synced cycles, and pulse width modulation of the square wave signal. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
The A-Series 2 rack extension contains the following modules:
A-19POLY – A polyphonic to monophonic splitter allowing for the creation of polyphonic synths. The A-19POLY supports up to eight voices, each with independent gate and CV data, and three note assign modes: lowest first, sequential (round robin), and random.
A-14SH – A sample and hold module allowing the sampling of CV data and holding that sample constant until a new sample period is triggered.
A-11NOISE – An audio noise generator and a random CV generator. The audio noise generator can generate white noise, pink noise, brown noise, and any blend in between. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-12VCF – A voltage controlled filter with a four-poll high-pass and low-pass filter, a band-pass filter when used in combination, and CV control over each frequency cutoff.
A-11RM – A ring modulator taking two audio signals and modulating them to produce a single audio result.
A-13MIXER – A six channel mixer with six audio ins and one master audio out. The level of each in and out can be controlled by CV signals.
The A-Series Rack Extensions are available to purchase for 7.50 EUR each.