ZynAddSubFX free synth plugin updated to v2.5.0

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Mark McCurry has announced version 2.5.0 of ZynAddSubFX, a powerful realtime, multi-timbral software synthesizer for Linux and Windows.


This release mainly fixes some key architectural flaws that have plagued the codebase for ages.

This set of changes enables things like MIDI learn and it makes the codebase much more realtime safe.

Changes in ZynAddSubFX v2.5.0

  • Add Rtosc.
  • Add tlsf RT Memory Allocator.
  • Add –dump-oscdoc Flag.
  • Add OSC API.
  • Add Jack-OSC Support.
  • Add MIDI Learn.
  • Add Undo/Redo.
  • Add Multi-Out JACK Engine.
  • Add Multi-Out OSS Engine.
  • Add Top Level Window Icon.
  • Add OSC port/PID file.
  • Remove Master::mutex.
  • Remove Almost All RT Unsafe Actions.
  • Disable (temporarily) DSSI.
  • Disable (temporarily) Copy/Paste.
  • Massive Internal Refactoring.

ZynAddSubFX is available under the GNU General Public License.

More information: ZynAddSubFX


Open Source Audio Research updates Protoplug plugin to v1.3.0

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Open Source Audio Research has released version 1.3.0 of Protoplug, an on-the-fly scriptable plug-in using LuaJIT.

Open Source Audio Research Protoplug

Protoplug is a VST/AU plugin that lets you load and edit Lua scripts as audio effects and instruments.

The scripts can process audio and MIDI, display their own interface, and use external libraries. Transform any music software into a live coding environment!

Changes in Protoplug v1.3

  • New: An embedded interactive Lua prompt based on ilua. It allows you to quickly inspect or modify any globals in the current Lua state.
  • New: Live Mode. Check this new option to enable compile-as-you-type, in the traditional live-coding style.
  • Better host support and packaging. If you had any trouble with the 1.0 version, it may be fixed in the new version.
  • Modified the way parameters are created in the Lua API. This may break some previous scripts, but the fix is easy (check the examples for the new declaration style).

Protoplug is available for download for Windows, Mac & Linux.

More information: Open Source Audio Research / Protoplug


Karoryfer Samples releases Ironface synth library for Sforzando

Karoryfer Samples Ironface

Karoryfer Samples has announced the release of Ironface, a free open-source sample library for Plogue Sforzando which combines samples of a bowed double bass with synthesizer-style controls.

Instead of trying to accurately recreate the sound of a double bass, Ironface is instead designed to be an anachronistic combination of acoustic bowed sounds, large numbers of unison voices per note like one might find in a modern digital synth, and controls typical of simple analog synths.

It can produce warm and organic versions of many classic sounds, from resonant bass plucks to string machines.

Ironface features

  • Selectable number of unison voices – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 17.
  • Two selectable sets of samples.
  • Randomized sample playback start points and phase relationships between voices.
  • All samples looped for infinite sustain.
  • Detune and width controls.
  • Vibrato speed and depth.
  • AHDSR volume envelope.
  • Resonant low-pass filter.
  • Filter envelope with depth, attack and decay controls.
  • All controls accessible from the GUI and mapped to MIDI CC.
  • 20 presets including string sounds, basses, pads, plucks and an organ.
  • 22.9 MB download size.

The library is a free download. Note: Due to the controls and advanced SFZ opcodes used, this library will not work fully in any SFZ sampler other than Plogue Sforzando with the latest ARIA Engine update applied.

More information: Karoryfer Samples / Ironface


ROLI acquires JUCE software framework

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ROLI has announced the acquisition of JUCE, an acclaimed C++ framework which is used by leading audio companies such as Korg, Pioneer, Arturia, Akai Professional, and M­Audio.

ROLI acquires JUCE

The move comes just months after closing a record Series A of $16.5m, and will enable ROLI to both expand the Seaboard’s compatibility with existing 3rd party software, and develop JUCE as a leading toolkit for creating next generation interfaces for music and beyond. Julian (“Jules”) Storer, founder of Raw Materials Software which makes JUCE, will be joining the ROLI team as Head of Software Architecture and will continue as the Editor­in­Chief for all things JUCE.

ROLI CEO and Founder, Roland Lamb, made the announcement today at SLUSH, one of the largest gatherings for European startups and investors. Lamb said “At ROLI, our larger vision is to reshape interaction. To do that, we need to transform every technological link from where people create inputs, to where computers create outputs. That’s a tall order, but acquiring and investing in JUCE is our most significant step towards this challenging goal since we invented and developed the Seaboard.“

For ROLI, the acquisition will accelerate the process of creating broad compatibility between the Seaboard and leading audio applications. The acquisition will also enable Storer to continue to focus on building out the architecture of JUCE and leading the development of groundbreaking features like the Projucer, the first real­time C++ compiler which he demonstrated at C++Now. Storer commented “We’re tremendously excited about the creative possibilities that will be unleashed as we build not only new features, but better documentation, code examples, and templates that will help to establish JUCE as the leading C++ framework, not just for audio, but for a wide range of diverse applications, from graphics to gaming to embedded systems.”

ROLI has created an advisory panel of industry leaders to help guide the vision for JUCE’s development, including David Zicarelli, Founder and CEO of Cycling74, makers of MaxMSP, and Martin Robinson, Programme Leader at UWE Bristol and author of ‘Getting Starting with JUCE’. “Our first goal will be to hear from the community of JUCE developers to get a better understanding of what they need and what’s most useful,” Lamb said. “We’re thrilled that this acquisition positions us to play a bigger role in the open source and creative development communities.” A number of JUCE meetups are planned around the world, starting tomorrow at IRCAM, followed by events in London, Berlin and New York in the coming weeks.

More information: ROLI


Sonic Visualiser updated to v2.4

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, a cross-platform application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, has been updated to version 2.4.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v2.4

  • Add support for left/right scrolling using a two-finger touchpad gesture (where available).
  • Make the octave numbering into a configurable option, and change the default. Previously Sonic Visualiser labelled middle-C as “C3″; now it labels middle-C as “C4″, a more common standard in the world outside MIDI sequencer software. The previous system is available as an option in the Preferences. This affects only the visible labels: there is no change to analysis or to the file format.
  • Sonify time-value layers. Any time-value curve whose scale unit is set to Hz will now acquire a playback toggle control; this control is off by default, but if it is switched on, the curve will be played back using a variable-frequency sound generator.
  • Add support for playback of note layers with non-MIDI frequencies (formerly the note playback was limited to exact MIDI pitch).
  • Change the default playback sample for note layers from piano to an electric piano with sustain. The piano sample is still available, and any sessions saved using it should continue to use it.
  • Add keyboard shortcuts to cycle the current layer (in addition to the existing ones to cycle the current pane).
  • Fix various bugs related to layer ordering: layer tabs re-ordering themselves randomly when new layer added, layers being ordered randomly when saving and reloading a session.
  • Fix incorrect interaction with non-Unicode usernames when creating temporary and template directories on Windows.
  • Shade the start and end of the main audio file, to make them easier to see for files that start or end in silence.
  • Speed up rendering and scrolling in time-value layers.
  • Make it possible to import CSV files directly into Note layers by adding Pitch as a data type in the CSV file import dialog.
  • Fix problems with keyboard shortcuts when using Qt5 on OS/X. This is the first release in which the official builds use Qt5 for all platforms.

Sonic Visualiser is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser


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