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Ninecows releases Cynthia v1.0

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Ninecows Cynthia v1.0

Ninecows has released version 1.0 of Cynthia, a freeware virtual modular synth plug-in inspired by the EMS SynthiA.

Cynthia is an updated version of the Putney plug-in. Cynthia has an updated GUI, a few bug fixes and an additional CV sequencer.

Cynthia v1.0 features (like SynthiA):

  • 3 oscillators with controls for shape and level of the waveform: OSC1: Range from 0.6 Hz to 16 kHz, sine and triangle; OSC2: Range from 0.6 Hz to 16 kHz, square and triangle; OSC3: Range from 0.015 Hz to 500 Hz, square and triangle
  • Noise generator.
  • Two audio inputs so you can modify the sound of a guitar or your voice.
  • A nasty filter that can go into self-oscillation.
  • An attack-hold-decay(-repeat) envelope controlling the volume, and doubling as an envelope generator with a freely assignable output.
  • Ring modulator.
  • Spring reverb.
  • Joystick for extra control.
  • Stereo outputs with extra filters, pan and volume control.
  • A 16 x 16 routing matrix, where you can connect everything at will.
  • 2 pairs of stereo outputs: Direct out, Speaker (simulating the sound of a pair of canny speakers).

Extra stuff in Cynthia

  • Each OSC can be synced and phase shifted (0-180 degrees) at will.
  • A delay module with delay time in the range 0-0.1 seconds or 1-10 seconds. This allows you to delay not only audio, but also phase shift it or delay control voltages.
  • More advanced modifications of envelope control voltage as you can add bias, invert it and adjust its level independently.
  • Inversion of each individual connection you make in the matrix.
  • A simple 8 step control voltage sequencer, that allows you to make a sequence of notes, but also filter frequency, amplification or what ever you feel like.
  • Adjustable portamento time, so you can make nice glides.
  • A build in tuner, so you can tune each OSC by ear.
  • 3 extra matrix rows for the build in CV sequencer, and host MIDI pitch and velocity.
  • A collection of nice presets to get you started (thanks HSkovlund).
  • And of course: MIDI cc’s can be assigned at your command to any knob!.

Visit Ninecows for more information and a link to downoad Cynthia.

Ninecows releases The Putney v2.0

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Ninecows has released The Putney v2.0, a freeware architectural replica (SynthEdit) of the old Putney by EMS, also known as VCS3 or Synthi A.

From the manual (included in the download):

As the original it is constructed of basic modules connected in a matrix, letting you route sources and control voltages to different destinations. Many module based synths can do that, but the Putney has one remarkable difference: There is no clear distinction between audio and control voltages as sources. For instance; you can let the output of one audio oscillator control the frequency of another, or use the noise generator to control the filters cut-off frequency.
Even though the synth (just as the original) is monophonic, the flexible routing system will let you create a huge variety of different sounds and effects.

Ninecows The Putney 2.0
It actually looks like a Portabella (Synthi A) instead of the Putney.

The Putney v2.0 features

  • Oscilators – Osc 1: Triangle and Sinus shaped wave, Osc 2 & Osc 3: Triangle and Square shaped wave (Osc 3 operates in an approximately 20 times lower frequency range, useful for LFO).
  • Noise generator – produces white noise, which is passed through a filter letting you change the colour of the noise with the colour knob.
  • Filter/Oscillator – signals assigned to the Filter column of the matrix will be summed and send to the filter.
  • Envelope generator – Attack, On, Decay and Off.
  • Trapezoid – control voltage produced by the envelope generator is duplicated and send to the trapezoid module where it can be modified further by adjusting its level or adding/subtracting a DC voltage.
  • Effects – Ring modulator, Reverberation (spring reverb), Delay.
  • Output channels – VU meters and tuner which enables you to tune the oscillators to the standard 440 Hz tuning.
  • The Matrix – Route sources and desitination (also inverting signals).

Note: the plug-in is a VST effect and not a VST instrument, despite its capability to be midi-controlled.

Download The Putney v2.0 here.