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Partikkel Audio releases Hadron Particle Synthesizer + Time Dilation Effects pack

Partikkel Audio has released the Hadron Particle Synthesizer, a free granular synthesis tool.

Partikkel Audio
Partikkel Audio Hadron Particle Synthesizer

It can be used as a synthesizer or an audio effect. It can also seamlessly morph between different sound processing methods, so you can take the plugin gradually from being a synthesizer to an audio effect for live input. This self-modifying morph behavior might give you an idea of exactly how different this plugin is.

Its synthesis and processing engine is extremely versatile. In fact Hadron is such a complete implementation of granular synthesis we’ve renamed the technique to particle synthesis. Once you come to terms with the operating concepts of Hadron, vast new territories of sound transformation opens up.

Hadron is available as a free download (open source) for Windows and Mac, currently in Max For Live format, and as a Csound orchestra. A VST version can be expected during 2011.

Partikkel Audio Hardron expansion pack

Partikkel Audio has also released Time Dilation Effects, an expansion pack for Hadron consisting of reverbs, time freezing effects, pitched delays and more.

This expansion pack contains a number of hadron state and preset files. The focus of this pack is on using Hadron as an effects processor for live audio input, expanding the number of effects available.

The states in the expansion may easily be combined with previously installed Hadron states. Even though the states have been specifically designed for use as audio effects, the user is encouraged to experiment combining them with states designed for other purposes (e.g. synth states), as this kind of combinatorial abuse may reveal unexpected and unheard sounds.

The Time Dilation Effects expansion pack is available to purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: Partikkel Audio

Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.8

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, was recently updated to version 1.8.

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.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.8

  • Sonic Visualiser now registers as a file type handler on OS/X, providing better integration with the desktop generally (Dan Stowell).
  • There is a new function to toggle all Time Rulers at once (key #).
  • The CSV import dialog has been overhauled, allowing more flexible selection of purpose for each column.
  • Text overlays are now easier to read on dark backgrounds.
  • Hidden layers are now ignored when exporting an image (Dan Stowell).
  • A crash when starting a new session or exiting the application after loading a session with saved alignment data has been fixed.
  • The duplication of right-button menu functions when multiple files were loaded has been fixed.
  • The layer-add menu functions now have shortcuts (Dan Stowell).
  • The codebase has been reorganised into libraries and a configure step added. It should be easier to build and maintain on OS/X and Linux than previously, although it won’t make much difference on Windows.
  • A Czech translation is now included (thanks to Pavel Fric).

Sonic Visualiser is distributed under the GNU General Public License (v2 or later) and available for Linux, OS/X, and Windows.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

Martin Zuther updates K-Meter to v1.22

Martin Zuther K-Meter

Martin Zuther has released version 1.22 of K-Meter, a free software tool for metering and monitoring audio levels.

Implementation of a K-System meter according to Bob Katz’ specifications.

All meters and counters have been thoroughly validated. So far, K-Meter only supports mono and stereo signals, but I have added experimental support for surround sound. I’d love to get some feedback on this.

The K-System average meters register RMS only, but support of ITU BS.1770-1 loudness weighting is planned.

Changes in K-Meter v1.22

  • Windows: run-time dynamic linking to FFTW, releases include FFTW DLL.
  • Windows: stand-alone application (ASIO, DirectX).
  • Manual with full documentation.
  • Another complete re-validation of K-Meter.
  • Validation is now possible directly from within K-Meter.
  • Wave files and instructions for validation of peak meter, overflow counter, phase correlation meter and stereo meter; corresponding fixes.
  • Experimental support for 5.1 surround sound.
  • Changed overflow detection.
  • Notify host of plug-in latency.
  • Silenced output for unsupported sample rates.
  • Fixed a few memory leaks and some minor bugs.
  • Streamlined code and started commenting the code.
  • Beautified meters.

K-Meter is available as a freeware effect released under the GPL license. Linux and Windows VST plugin versions are available to download, as well as a standalone version for Linux and the source code.

More information: Martin Zuther

Analog Box, audio synthesizer / visual programming environment now open source

Andyware Analog Box

Andyware has announced that Analog Box 2 is now available as open source software.

Analog Box is an open-source, circuit based, modular software synthesizer. You put sound objects on the screen, connect them together, listen and adjust. When you find something you like, you can record it to a wav file, or just save the circuit and play it again later.

ABox is somewhat like the vintage synth’s of the ’70′s in that there are separate modules with lots of patch cords, knobs, buttons and displays. But you also get the computational ability offered by modern CPU’s. Features like FFTs, Differentials and Digital Control open up realms of sound design never dreamt of before. With the advanced capabilities offered by VSTi, USB/HID, MIDI and Directshow you could conceivably play your favorite video soundtrack through a plugin adjusted by a glove controller.

Analog Box 2 is available under the GNU GPL v3 license.

More information: Analog Box

Mixxx, free cross-platform DJ application updated to v1.9

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The Mixxx development team has announced the release of Mixxx 1.9.0, an open source DJ software for Windows, Mac & Linux.

The Mixxx 1.9.0 adds several major new features including Shoutcast support, direct deck outputs for external mixers, and ReplayGain normalization. We’ve also added many enhancements to the library, a revamped default skin, and more!

Mixxx 1.9

Mixxx features

  • Advanced database-powered library.
  • iTunes library access.
  • Support for over a dozen DJ MIDI controllers.
  • Precision pitch/speed adjust, crossfader, channel faders, and high fidelity DJ equalizers.
  • BPM detection with auto sync.
  • Headphone cueing with any external USB soundcard.
  • Key-lock for adjusting the speed without changing the pitch.
  • ReplayGain volume normalization.
  • Supports MP3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, and WAV playback.
  • Crates and playlists.
  • Simple automixing.
  • Shoutcast and Icecast broadcasting.

Mixxx is available as a free (open source) download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Mixxx

Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch updated to v2.1

Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch (Paulstretch)

Paul Nasca has released version 2.1 Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch, or Paulstretch, a program for stretching audio.

It is suitable only for extreme sound stretching of the audio (like 50x) and for applying special effects by “spectral smoothing” the sounds. It can transform any sound/music to a texture.

Changes in Paulstretch v2.1

  • Added loading/saving parameters.
  • Added Linux Jack support.
  • Added “Symmetric” mode of Binaural Beats.
  • Support for longer stretches – for the really patient ones – up to one quintillion times ( 10^18 x ).
  • Fixed a bug which produced infinite loop at the end of some mp3 files (at playing or render).
  • Fixed a bug in the mp3 reader.
  • Other minor additions.

Paulstretch is open source software released under a General Public License (GPL2). A Windows binary is available to download.

More information: Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch

Foo releases YC-20 v1.3.0, free combo organ

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Foo has released the YC-20, a free combo organ for Linux, Windows and Mac.

YC-20 is a divide-down combo organ designed in the late 60′s. This emulation faithfully copies the features, sounds and flaws of the original organ.

This release brings forth Windows and OS X VSTi plugins with the proper GUI. There are no changes to the Linux release except for some gui code refactoring.

Foo YC-20
Foo YC-20 combo organ

YC-20 features

  • Physical modelling, no polyphony restrictions.
  • 61 keys.
  • Two main voice sections.
  • Switchable bass section.
  • A realism control to add flaws found in the real organ.

Note: YC-20 takes quite a bit of CPU power, it does not have touch vibrato.

YC-20 is available as a free download for Linux, Windows and Mac (Standalone & LV2/VST).

More information: Foo YC-20

parallelogram mlrv 2.0, Max/MSP instrument for grid-based controllers

Parallelogram has announced its mlrv 2.0 a hypersampling instrument for grid-based music controllers like the monome, livid ohm/block, novation launchpad, and akai apc/mpd.

the software allows a sound file or live recording to be mapped across each row (or grid cell) and assigned a triggering behavior. within this simple set of constraints and a complete MIDI + OSC remote control system, the performer of electronic music can be freed from the laptop, and at the very least appear to be doing something interesting. mlrv is an refactoring of brian crabtree’s original mlr, extended by trent gill (galapagoose) and michael felix (%) of /parallelogram/

mlrv 2.0 is open source software. It will be available to download at no cost on 1 February, 2011. Two additional licenses are available to purchase as well: +supporter at $18 USD, +benefactor for $80 USD.

  • +supporters and +benefactors get their names displayed on the loading screen.
  • +benefactors get the added bonus of having their names shown in huge text.
  • +benefactors also receive a limited edition galapagoose + % collabo 7″ vinyl record.

More information: parallelogram / mlrv