Olympia Noise Co. has released version 1.1 of Ondes, a fun and expressive musical instrument for iPad.
Inspired by early electronic instruments such as the Ondes Martenot and the Theremin, Ondes emulates the fluid playing style of those classic instruments with an interface and synthesis engine firmly grounded in the present day.
Changes in Ondes v1.1
- Swarm Oscillators – Two extra oscillators to thicken your sound. Detune them and tell them lag behind to create a swarm effect.
- Hold Button – Press the ‘hold’ button to sustain notes indefinitely. Play melodies over top or move the sustained notes around.
- MIDI Mode – You can now control other synths and electronic instruments with Ondes using MIDI. Please read the instructions though — there are a few things you should know about first!
- New Modulation Parameters – The Y Axis can now control more parameters: Assign the Y Axis to control wavetable LFO rate & depth. Assign the Y Axis to control filter LFO rate & depth. Adjust the Y Axis to control volume from -100% to 100%
- Inter App Audio Transport – Using Ondes as an instrument in Garageband or other DAW just got easier! You can you control the play, record, and rewind buttons from right inside Ondes.
- Keyboard Range – Choose between small (1.5 octave) and large (2.5 octave) range for the keyboard.
- Snapping – New “Scale” and “Chromatic” snapping modes.
- Scales – In the mood for some modes? How about the “prometheus” scale? Choose from a bunch of pre-loaded scales or create your own. Save and reuse your custom scale types!
- Tuning Systems – Put all that microtonal space to good use with alternate tuning systems. Choose from experimental and traditional tuning systems such as Just Intonation, Pythagorean, and Highland Bagpipe tuning. Create your own tunings or import & export .scala files. (Some limitations apply)
- Tuning Reference – Ever feel like A440 isn’t right for you? How about A415? That’s more like it.
Ondes for iPad is available for purchase for $7.99 USD.
More information: Olympia Noise / Ondes
Soniccouture has announced version 2 of Ondes, a virtual Ondes Martenot instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Sharper Look, Sharper Sound- Sometimes small improvements can make the biggest difference.
Ondes remains largely unchanged from the original version, one of our most enduringly popular instruments. But look closely and you’ll see that the GUI is much crisper, more solid and clearer on the screen. And most importantly of all, the sound is now much more authentic; the different oscillator samples are completely phase-locked.
What does that mean? Previously, each waveform sample was layered with the others so that you could blend the oscillator shapes as on the original unit; this worked pretty well, but resulted in a slightly wobbly, phasey sound – nice and fat, but not exactly like a real Ondes Martenot, which should sound like a single waveform. Phase-locking the samples together fixes this very nicely, taking the Ondes sound to a new level of realism.
Ondes v2 is available for purchase for 99 EUR. Until August 15th, 2014, a 30% discount is available with coupon code H3Y36TD at checkout. Ondes users can upgrade to version 2 at no charge.
More information: Soniccouture / Ondes
Boscomac has announced the release of Vertigo Wave, a free ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.
The Vertigo Wave ensemble produces sound similar to the Ondes Martenot.
It is an instrument that provides an approach of the Ondes Martenot (invented by Maurice Martenot). Four tones are proposed: Onde, Nasillard, Complexe, Octavian. To better reproduce the expressiveness of the original instrument, VERTIGO WAVE controls herself with one hand on the keyboard and one hand on the modulation wheel which manages the intensity of velocity and speed of the vibrato.
Hear the sirens singing, hear the ghosts wandering, hear UFOs flying, hear the cinematographic world of the Ondes Martenot …
The Vertigo Wave ensemble is a free download. Donations are appreciated.
More information: Boscomac
Soniccouture has announced the release of an Ondes speaker modification for Novachord, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The dream combination? How many people have played a Novachord, one of the rarest synths of all time, through the 3 Ondes Martenot speakers? With this bonus update, you can be one of those people.
The Nova-Ondes (or Martechord, if you prefer) is a free download included with the Ondes product. If you also own Novachord, then you can install it right away and start using it. If you DON’T own both products, you won’t be able to use it. In much the same way that, in real life, you’d need to own both a Novachord AND an Ondes Martenot!
The Nova-Ondes appears as an extra instrument in the Novachord Library. The update includes 25 new presets made using the new combination.
The update is available as a free download for owens of both Novachord AND Ondes.
More information: Soniccouture
Soniccouture has announced the release of Ondes, a virtual Ondes Martenot for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Recorded with world-famous Ondist Thomas Bloch, the instrument features extensive sampling of the Ondes oscillators, convolution emulation of each of the 3 loudspeakers, and the ability to setup real-time control for all types of MIDI controller.
Also included is the PolyOndes, a polyphonic synth based on the Ondes oscillators and speakers.
- 1.5 GB core sample library – one oscillator sample per note, 505 samples total.
- Oscillator samples – 24 Bit 48 Khz mono .
- 19 Speaker Impulse Responses – 24bit 48 Khz Stereo, 3 mic positions for each speaker.
- Ondes Martentot + PolyOndes instrument.
- Over 100 presets.
- Full custom control interface.
- Soniccouture KSP performance setup matrix.
- Demo MIDI files included.
- Kontakt Player Compatible ( V 4.2 required).
Ondes for Kontakt Player is available to purchase on DVD and as a download, priced 89 EUR / $129 USD.
Until Midnight G.M.T., 5th April 2011 customers can get 15% off the full price of Ondes – just enter the following code at the checkout; 0RAP1CJ30E
More information: Soniccouture / Ondes
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