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.
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!
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.
Shoutcast and Icecast broadcasting.
Mixxx is available as a free (open source) download for Windows, Mac and Linux.
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.
Synthtopia rounds up some first impressions, like this one from ipaddj:
Anyone who has used the Korg Legacy plug-in will know what they are in for and the fact that you can grab patch cables and route them using the touchscreen is almost mind-melting. Like a childhood fantasy come true.
The huge sound of the MS-20 is totally there and I couldn’t stop making Daft Punk patches for the first few hours using the beast.
Tom at Waveformless celebrates his birthday (happy birthday, Tom!) with another free sample pack:
Today is my birthday, and in the spirit of "it's better to give than to receive", here are some free synthesized drum sounds from the Access Virus. I made these quite some time ago, so they were recorded at 16-bit through an E-mu E6400. As a result, some of them have a little noise in them, but around these parts, we like to call that "character". The source of the sounds is a mix of factory patches and third party patches.
Mark at Modulate This! explains how to the OSC modulate pulse width on u-he's splendid ACE synth.
After watching my YouTube video “u-he ACE Tutorial: Patch Cables 101”, I had a viewer ask “How can i modulate the pulse width of? the osciliator?”, so I thought I’d do a quick answer here in text form. Click the image above to see a larger version of the synth. Annotation numbers in diagram match steps below.
Create Digital Music has introduced the MeeBlip, a digital MIDI mono synthesizer designed by James Grahame of Reflex Audio and Retro Thing.
It’s designed to be affordable, hackable, and most of all, playable. It’s an open source hardware instrument, but it isn’t just for hackers. You can unpack it, do some very basic assembly of the complete kit, and be making sounds from a MIDI keyboard or other controller within minutes.
And if you are interested in hacking it, from simple modifications to reprogramming the sound, we’ll be putting up lots of resources that help you learn how to do that. That said, the reason we’re excited to have our own MeeBlips is simple: we have fun playing them.
Out of the box, a monophonic virtual analog synth.
Eight user-definable knobs and sixteen slide switches, for hands-on control with the immediacy of a classic monosynth.
Tasty digital synth sounds.
Use it as-is, or use the source code to remap controls or completely redefine the instrument’s architecture.
Available ready for simple, solder-free assembly with a case, or as a kit, all on a single board. Build your own, or make a different project with the MeeBlip sound engine.
8-bit digital brain.
4-pole active low-pass antialising filter.
Open source hardware. Modify anything, buy some kits and sell your own builds, or make new projects.
Complete kits ship with a custom front panel illustrated by Nathanael Jeanneret.
A MeeBlip Quick Build Kit (includes an assembled board, case, and everything you need – no soldering required) ships internationally for $129 USD. A full board kit and bare PC board (with programmed MCU and DAC) are also available at $79 and $39 USD respectively.