The Mixxx free and open source DJ software for Windows, Mac and Linux has been updated to version 1.11.
Mixxx has everything you need to start making DJ mixes in a tight, integrated package. Whether you’re DJing your next house party, spinning at a club, or broadcasting as a radio DJ, Mixxx has what you need to do it right.
After over a year of work by the team, Mixxx 1.11.0 adds several exciting new features including 3-band colored waveforms, a completely new and high-accuracy beat detector, HID controller support, a session history feature, a new beatloop-roll effect, a library preview deck, point-and-click MIDI mapping, advanced search, and much more!
An overview of what’s new in Mixxx v1.11 can be found here. A detailed list of changes is available at the Mixxx blog.
Mixxx is available to download for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as source code (GPL v2).
Since Martin Eastwood Audio’s official website is no longer up, its free audio effect plug-ins are now available to download from this page, by kind permission of Martin.
Martin Eastwood’s compressor, harmonizer & reverb effect plug-ins.
Duet — Win VST
Double-tracking/harmonizer effect developed to enhance vocals or instruments, such as guitars, by thickening the sound and adding a rich glossy sheen to your audio material. Duet works by independently pitch-shifting the left and right inputs using a novel synchronous overlap and add technique, allowing pitch to be manipulated in real-time while still maintaining the time duration of the audio.
Compressive CM — Win VST / Mac VST
External side chain analogue modeled RMS compressor with a brickwall limiter. The external side contains a 3-band EQ and mid/side controls to allow complete control of audio dynamics.
Compressive — Win VST
Suite of professional quality audio compressors. Includes Compressive Pro (external side chain vintage analog modeled RMS compressor) and Compressive Lite with a reduced feature set for minimum CPU usage.
Mverb — Win VST / Mac VST / Linux VST / Source
Studio quality, open-source reverb. Its release was intended to provide a practical demonstration of Dattorro’s figure-of-eight reverb structure and provide the open source community with a high quality reverb.
Note: There is no official support for these plug-ins.
lkjb Plugins has introduced Luftikus, a free equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Luftikus is a digital adaption to an analog EQ with fext half-octave bands and additional high frequency boost. As an improvement to the hardware it allows deeper cuts and supports a keep-gain mode where overall gain changes are avoided.
10, 40, 160 & 640 Hz bands.
2.5 kHz shelf.
optional boost-only shelf at 2.5, 5, 10, 20 or 40 kHz.
Mastering and analog modes.
“Keep-Gain” option to avoid drastic overall gain changes when eqing.
Output trim to adjust gain.
Improved design to allow deeper cuts.
Luftikus is available as open source, with binaries available for Windows and Mac (32/64-bit, VST/AU).
Partikkel Audio has introduced plug-in versions of its Hadron particle synthesizer, previously released for Max for Live.
The Hadron synth is now available to hosts that support VST/AU plugins.
The Hadron plugin is your ultimate granular synthesis tool. In fact it is such a complete implementation of granular synthesis we’ve renamed the technique to particle synthesis. The plugin is of course free and open source.
For your convenience, we’ve made a preset system allowing you to quickly get started making music with it. All presets have selected “expression controls” to allow creativity and flexibility, and you can morph between presets for ultimate creativity. The plugin comes with a basic set of presets, and you can buy additional preset packs to expand your sonic palette. This kind of presets is called “states” in Hadron.
Hadron can be used as a synthesizer or an audio effect. It can also seamlessly morph between different sound processing methods, so you can make the plugin gradually change from synthesizer to audio processing mode. This is all part of the state morphing system, accessible via the big 2D joystick control.
You can also use live sampling as a sound source for manipulation with Hadron, as well as audio files and live audio input.
Hadron for Windows and Mac is a free download. Expansion packs are available to purchase for 29 EUR.
Create Digital Music has announced WretchUp, a handheld effect and instrument app for the iPhone.
Developed by Mouse on Mars, it’s easy to learn, but also sophisticated enough that it’s heavily used in their live shows and new albums – on vocals, on drums, with feedback, and more. Now with your help, we want to bring it to everyone as an open source project.
What WretchUp does: WretchUp is inspired by analog hardware effects, translated into something you can hold in your hand. You can use it on drums. You can use it to transform music tracks, or playing with feedback from a speaker. You can just have fun speaking or singing into it. But whatever you do, it’s designed around the handheld. In place of a complex interface, the focus is on a broad range of sound possibilities and quick exploration beneath your fingers. You can concentrate on listening and experimentation, as the app produces a range of sounds, fast.
Why we need your help: We want your help to expand adventurous sound-making on the iPhone and other devices, and get this tool from Mouse on Mars’ studio and stage setup into your hands. And we want to share all our work as an open source project, so other people can learn from how the tool produces sound and make their own creations.
The app already works, but it relies on a now-defunct player app called RjDj, and lacks some features that make it something anyone can use. We want to build a standalone app with a richer set of functionality, and make it easy-to-use for novice and advanced users alike.
The project campaign is looking to raise $5,000 USD by November 28th, 2012. Project contributors can opt to receive the app, exclusive Mouse on Mars tracks and albums, or become an “Exclusive Producer” of the WretchDub app.