Homegrown Sounds releases Calculus for Virtual CZ & Multiverse Calculus for Kontakt 5

Homegrown Sounds Calculus

Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Calculus, a new soundset for the Virtual CZ synthesizer instrument by Oli Larkin.

Calculus is a collection of presets for the Virtual CZ Plug-in of mainly Pads inspired by the likes of Eno, Harold Budd and the Boards of Canada. Some of the sounds were designed on a CZ1000 and transferred to the plugin, although they make full use of aftertouch and also the loopable envelopes which which really add to Virtual CZ’s Pad creation appeal.

There are 128 presets in total which are mainly Pads and Atmospheres with a few Basses and Leads thrown in for good measure. The Presets are provided in VST2, VST3, Audio Units and Pro Tools formats so you can use whichever you prefer.

Virtual CZ is an emulation of the Casio CZ Range of Synths made in the 80′s which used a unique form of Synthesis. The Plug-in was created by Oli Larkin and sold by Plugin Boutique. If you are a fan of the CZ Synths it really is a must buy, and if you have never owned one now is the time!

Calculus CZ is available for purchase for the introductory price of $14.99 until January 31st, 2015 (regular $19.99 USD).

Homegrown Sounds has also released Multiverse Calculus, a 1.5 GB collection of multi-sampled instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.4.

Homegrown Sounds Multiverse Vintage

130 Multi-Sampled Instruments designed with a CZ1000 and Virtual CZ with the aim of providing a collection of beautiful Pads for layering within the Multiverse Script. Each sample is longer than usual at 14 seconds long with a long loop section which preserves the character of the CZ. It is ideal for anyone wanting an almost endless and inspiring resource of Ambient Pads.

With Multiverse you can randomize the Instruments easily using the ‘W’ button to quickly get new combinations, or use the global randomize to generate new instruments very quickly. The original sounds are also available to buy for the Virtual CZ VST Instrument if you own it.

Multiverse Calculus has an introductory price of $29.99 USD until January 31st, 2015 (regular $49.99 USD).

More information: Homegrown Sounds

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Plugin Boutique Giveaway: VirtualCZ synthesizer plugin (3 copies)

Plugin Boutique’s VirtualCZ phase distortion synthesizer plug-in has been awarded Best Software Synthesizer of the year by MusicTech Magazine.

Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ

If you’re sick of real analogue, virtual analogue and a sea of classic analogue emulations, this is a must-buy, if only to realise that digital wasn’t as bad as we all made out.

This is an accessible, flexible and, most importantly, a hugely inspirational synth. And at just £59.95 it is the steal of the year. Get it now

In celebration of this award, Plugin Boutique is offering rekkerd.org readers a chance to win a copy of VirtualCZ. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post before January 18th, 2015, 11.59pm CET.

Three winners will be picked at random from all comments. Good luck!

More information: Plugin Boutique / VirtualCZ

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Oli Larkin updates Endless Series to v3.3

Oli Larkin Endless Series

Oli Larkin has released version 3.3 of Endless Series, a Shepard Tone modulation fx plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Endless series is a unique multi-effect based on the Shepard Tone auditory illusion, which generates mind bending risers, infinite scales, psychedelic drones and fascinating sonic textures.

It works as a tone generator, a ring modulator, phaser, flanger or resonant filter bank.

Changes in Endless Series v3.3

  • Added 64-bit AAX Native version for Pro Tools 11.
  • Fixes for retina Macs.
  • Several other small fixes.
  • New demo version available.

Endless Series for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for £29.99 GBP. A standalone version for Mac only is £6.99 GBP.

More information: Oli Larkin / Endless Series

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Plugin Boutique releases VirtualCZ synthesizer plugin

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Plugin Boutique has announced the release of VirtualCZ, a new plug-in inspired by an iconic series of digital synthesizers made in the 1980’s.

Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ

VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion – which is similar to FM Synthesis but easier to program. It can make great pads, leads, bass, percussion and RAVE ORGAN sounds that will fit into a wide variety of genres.

Many people fondly remember the CZ synths and they have become retro-classics that are highly sought after, having been used on countless techno, house, rave and synth-pop records in the late 80s and early 90s. Lots of artists still use them today for their unique sounds.

The synthesis engine of the original hardware is modeled in the plug-in which can load and transmit CZ SYSEX patches, but the plug-in goes beyond the hardware to offer new sound possibilities and usability features. It’s much more fun to edit, since all the important synthesis parameters have their own control. It includes things not found on the originals such as switchable envelope generators (ADSR or 8-Stage MSEG) and Unison modes.

Developed by Oli Larkin (www.olilarkin.co.uk) with graphics by Philippe Decuyper (www.eareckon.com), VirtualCZ ships with a library of great presets offering both retro and modern sounds by Plugin Boutique’s sound designers and artists.

VirtualCZ features

  • Recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths (it models the flagship CZ-1 but does all the other ones too!).
  • Works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation.
  • 2 CZ Phase Distortion oscillators per voice (each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles).
  • 6 loop-able envelope generators per voice (switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful CZ-style 8-Stage MSEG modes).
  • Tempo sync-able LFO for vibrato, with 7 shapes.
  • Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation.
  • 32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes.
  • Unison and detuning effects.
  • Stereo panning effects.
  • Microtonal tuning support.
  • Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect.
  • Randomization of parameters.
  • Easy to use interface (all key synthesis functions accessible on the front panel).
  • Includes over 200 high quality presets plus ability to load thousands of CZ patches online.
  • Presets come in multiple formats: fxp/aupreset/vstpreset/tfx.
  • Import/export presets for all plugin formats.
  • Optional cross-format preset browser.

VirtualCZ for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for $99 USD / £59 GBP.

More information: Plugin Boutique / VirtualCZ

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Plugin Boutique intros VirtualCZ synthesizer plugin

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Plugin Boutique has announced it will soon release VirtualCZ, a new plug-in inspired by an iconic series of digital synthesisers made in the 1980s.

Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ

VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion – which is similar to FM Synthesis but easier to program!It can make great pads, leads, bass, percussion and RAVE ORGAN sounds that will fit into a wide variety of genres.

Many people fondly remember the CZ synths and they have become retro-classics that are highly sought after, having been used on countless techno, house, rave and synth-pop records in the late 80s and early 90s. Lots of artists still use them today for their unique sounds.

The synthesis engine of the original hardware is modelled in the plug-in which can load and transmit CZ SYSEX patches, but the plug-in goes beyond the hardware to offer new sound possibilities and usability features. It’s much more fun to edit, since all the important synthesis parameters have their own control. It includes things not found on the originals such as switchable envelope generators (ADSR or 8-Stage MSEG) and Unison modes.

Developed by Oli Larkin (www.olilarkin.co.uk) with graphics by Philippe Decuyper (www.eareckon.com), VirtualCZ will ship with a library of great presets offering both retro and modern sounds by Plugin Boutique’s sound designers and artists.

VirtualCZ features

  • Recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths (it models the flagship CZ-1 but does all the other ones too!).
  • Works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation.
  • 2 CZ Phase Distortion oscillators per voice (each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles).
  • 6 loop-able envelope generators per voice (switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful CZ-style 8-Stage MSEG modes).
  • Tempo sync-able LFO for vibrato, with 7 shapes.
  • Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation.
  • 32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes.
  • Unison and detuning effects.
  • Stereo panning effects.
  • Microtonal tuning support.
  • Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect.
  • Randomization of parameters.
  • Easy to use interface (all key synthesis functions accessible on the front panel).
  • Includes over 200 high quality presets plus ability to load thousands of CZ patches online.
  • Presets come in multiple formats: fxp/aupreset/vstpreset/tfx.
  • Import/export presets for all plugin formats.
  • Optional cross-format preset browser.
  • Available for Mac and PC in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in formats plus standalone app.

VirtualCZ will be available to purchase mid September 2014 exclusively from Plugin Boutique for an introductory price of $99 USD / £59 GBP.

More information: Plugin Boutique

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