Zynaptiq acquires Prosoniq product line and technologies

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Zynaptiq has announced the acquisition of Prosoniqʼs complete IP, including their current and past product line, technologies, patent rights, research data and license contracts, effective March 1st, 2014.

Zynaptiq will continue to offer the current line of Prosoniq products.

Founded in 1990, Prosoniq has been crucial in providing key technologies to many companies in the music business, including Quantel, Emagic, Steinberg and Cakewalk.

Prosoniq pioneered in the field of applying Artificial Neural Networks to audio processing, voice removal, structural audio morphing and polyphonic time stretching with formant correction, and has researched and developed many more technologies and tools for applications including image decomposition, phoneme recognition, structural audio information retrieval & rendering, and more.

Today Prosoniq is best known for its:

  • Time Factory time-stretching and pitch-shifting batch processor.
  • sonicWORX Isolate voice extraction/suppression and spectral editing application.
  • Orange Vocoder classic vocoder plug-in.
  • Morph real-time audio morphing plug-in.
  • NAS synthesis engine as used in the Hartmann Synthesizer.

“Weʼre thrilled to add these software gems to our portfolio of cutting-edge technologies and award-winning products” said Zynaptiq CEO Denis Goekdag.

“We are happy to consolidate Prosoniqʼs 20+ years worth of research and development into Zynaptiq, giving these great products and technologies a new home”, adds Stephan Bernsee, CTO at Zynaptiq. “This allows for the creation of even more cutting edge products and extending into new fields, and our users will greatly benefit from this consolidation in the near future.”

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Prosoniq releases updated NeuronVS synth plugin

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Stephan Bernsee of Prosoniq has released a refurbished Hartmann version of the NeuronVS synthesizer instrument for Mac.

NeuronVS
NeuronVS is the software version of the Neuron by Hartmann, a hardware synthesizer based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis.

Just recently, a Facebook group came into existence that managed to attract many knowledgeable and skilled Neuron owners who provide support and advice to each other in their spare time. To aid them in the process of keeping the Neuron alive I have dusted off the old NeuronVS sources in order to revive the NeuronVS VST plug-in, a software-only version of the Neuron synth that came with a powerful hardware controller, the .

Thanks to the generosity of former Hartmann CEO Stefan Rapp and Neuron designer Axel Hartmann I am now able to provide an updated version of the original software here free of charge, (hopefully) free of bugs – and with no warranties of any kind.

The NeuronVS plug-in for Mac is available to download as freeware. Note that you will need the controller hardware in order for the NeuronVS to be fully operational.

More information: NeuronVS

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Prosoniq updates TimeFactory for Mac to v2.5

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ProSoniq TimeFactory

Prosoniq has updated the TimeFactory time stretching and pitch shifting application for Mac to version 2.5.

Prosoniq TimeFactory provides a multitude of professional time stretching and pitch shifting algorithms for sound design, rate (FPS) conversion, mastering and Karaoke applications.

Prosoniq TimeFactory 2 allows changing speed and pitch of your sound files or entire songs independently of each other over a wide range of stretch ratios. It takes time stretching and pitch shifting to the next level by giving you unique and unparalleled control over all aspects of your sound files.

Changes in TimeFactory v2.5

  • Added capabilty to export multi-channel files as individual channels (keeping the original names).
  • Added support for Sony WAVE64 and EBU MBWF/RF64 file formats.
  • Updated Dirac algorithm to latest v3.6.2.
  • Added Dirac’s transcribe mode.
  • Better usage of screen real estate.
  • Removed support for PPC machines.
  • Many minor fixes and improvements.

TimeFactory for Mac is available to purchase for $499 USD.

More information: ProSoniq / TimeFactory

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Zynaptiq acquires IP of discontinued products and dormant technologies from Prosoniq

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Zynaptiq has announced it has acquires IP of selected Prosoniq products and technologies.

Zynaptiq GmbH and Prosoniq Products Software GmbH announce they have recently struck an agreement that grants Zynaptiq the exclusive and transferrable usage, licensing, modification and intellectual property rights to various Prosoniq products and technologies that were put on hold during the transition to MacOS X.

The agreement includes:

  • Rayverb, a real-time reverb processor that uses inverse ray-tracing technology. Rayverb allows creating a room model from an impulse response, and then enables the user to manipulate room characteristics such as size, material and geometry, morph between multiple room models and position the input signal anywhere within the modeled room’s sound-stage. Rayverb also allows exporting the manipulated room model as impulse response.
  • Magenta, a polyphonic real-time resynthesizer. Magenta allows a live input signal to be used as time-varying waveform for real-time resynthesis and sound tweaking. Options include advanced signal transformation like metallization, pitch quantization, pitch- & formant-shifting, and more.
  • PANDORA, a real-time voice separation/attenuation technology.
  • APEM, a de-reverberator based on artificial neural networks.
  • IRIDIUM, a de-noising technology based on pattern recognition and physical modeling.
  • as well as over 70 other algorithms, including mastering grade dynamics, equalization and saturation, audio morphing, re-synthesis, feature extraction and many other unique sound design algorithms. The transferred IP also contains an industrial strength batch processing framework.

Zynaptiq will provide existing users of the acquired titles with an upgrade path when software derived from or related to these products becomes available. Specifically, APEM users are eligible for a cross-grade path to Zynaptiq’s UNVEIL de-reverberation plug-in, and will be contacted by Prosoniq in the following weeks.

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Zynaptiq announces PITCHMAP: Real-Time Polyphonic Pitch-Correction and Pitch-Mapping

Zynaptiq has announced the imminent release of PITCHMAP, the worldʼs first and only audio plug-in capable of polyphonic pitch-correction and pitch-mapping in real-time.

PITCHMAP allows real-time correction of pitch inaccuracies within mixed signals, as well as completely altering the tonality, chords, harmonies or melodies of a musical signal on the fly, a process Zynaptiq refers to as Pitch Mapping. PITCHMAP does this using Zynaptiq’s proprietary, artificial intelligence based MAP technology (Mixed-Signal Audio Processing) to de-mix an incoming signal – like, for example, a full mix – into individual elements, and then allows the user to arbitrarily or automatically correct and modify their pitches. Additionally, PITCHMAP provides means to deliberately induce processing “errors” to make results sound synthetic in a very futuristic and unique way.

“Our DSP Developer Stephan M. Bernsee has come up with what we believe to be a real game-changer.” Zynaptiq CEO Denis H. Goekdag said. “PITCHMAP lets you reach into a recording and change the pitch-related aspects of the composition on-the-fly. You can change an entire song from minor to major with just a couple of clicks, simultaneously correcting any tuning issues and changing the key. While there are other pitch processing solutions available, PITCHMAP combines polyphonic capability, a real-time workflow and an exceptional processing quality based on techniques that model the human auditory system, thus opening up a whole new level of creativity.”

Zynaptiq GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany, creates audio software based on artificial intelligence technology, and was founded in 2011 by Stephan M. Bernsee and Denis H. Goekdag, known for their involvement with Prosoniq, Hartmann Music, Surround SFX and the DSP Dimension, amongst others.

Zynaptiq PITCHMAP
Zynaptiq PITCHMAP

Pitchmap features

  • Automatic correction of pitch inaccuracies in polyphonic/mixed signals.
  • Pitch Mapping: Change harmonies and melodies on the fly.
  • Pitch Mapping via GUI-created source/destination maps or real-time MIDI-input.
  • Macro controls for near-instant creation of harmony- and key-changes.
  • Snapshot functionality for fast workflow and easy automation.
  • Perceptive modeling based Natural mode for voice-adapted processing.
  • Continuously variable Electrify parameter for making results sound synthetic in an exciting and unique way.

PITCHMAP will initially be released as Mac AU (AudioUnits) plug-in on January 19th, 2012, with VST and AAX support for both Mac and Windows platforms planned for later in 2012.

PITCHMAP has will be available to purchase for the introductory price of 269 USD/EUR until April 1st, 2012. The regular price is 399 USD/EUR (prices in EUR inclusive of 19% VAT).

More information: Zynaptiq / Pitchmap

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