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QuikQuak releases BarChimes

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QuikQuak BarChimes

QuikQuak has announced the release of BarChimes, an accurate physics simulation of a set of Bar Chimes, which includes collisions, slides and multi-chain hits of 36 semi-tone tuned bars.

The BarChimes plug-in physically emulates a set of bar chimes, using complex kinematic physics routines. Great care has gone into translating the physics of gravity, friction, and weight of the bars, including their appearance. The sounds of the bar interactions are created using editable partials and length frequencies, including percussive hits, decay elements, and spectral alterations.

BarChimes features

  • A detailed 36 bar kinetic physics simulation.
  • Gravity, collisions and audio accurately portrayed.
  • Velocity and sweep analysis simulates user movement through the chimes.
  • Parameters for physics, pitch and time.
  • Frequency editing with fundamentals and partials.
  • Percussive rendering with decay controls.
  • Swing modulations effects.
  • Photo-realistic 3D representation and collision effects.

BarChimes is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at £20 GBP.

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QuikQuak updates Pitchwheel to v3.01 and Glass Viper to v1.21 (Mac AU)

QuikQuak Pitchwheel 3

QuikQuak has released version 3.01 of Pitchwheel, a real-time pitch shifting effect, version 1.21 of Glass Viper, a virtual synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Changes in Pitchwheel v3.01

  • Semitone shift accuracy increased.
  • Minor reduction in CPU usage.
  • Logic MIDI-effect type control working correctly.

Changes in Glass Viper v1.21 Mac AU

  • MIDI Pitch-bend and breath controller fix for Logic users.

Pitchwheel and Glass Viper are available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at respectively £50 GBP and £35 GBP.

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QuikQuak releases Pitchwheel 3

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QuikQuak Pitchwheel 3

QuikQuak has released version 3.0 of Pitchwheel, a real-time pitch shifting plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Pitchwheel now has a new pitch shifting engine that has taken several months to create, it’s 46ms (44k) latency makes it the most responsive wideband pitch shifter on the market. And with excellent tonal and transient quality, makes it a great tool for any studio.

Changes in Pitchwheel 3

  • A new pro quality pitch shifter. After months of research, Pitchwheel gets a new engine.
  • Superior pitch shifting – great frequency stability and transient accuracy, with low latency and CPU usage.
  • ‘Fixed Envelope’ option that preserves formant shapes. Useful for changing pitch without the usual ‘chipmunks’ sound. Allowing natural vocal changes, with glides, vibrato and harmonies.
  • 46ms (at 44k) latency – very fast response time for a high quality wide-band pitch shifter.
  • New option to only output sound when playing through MIDI, allowing 8 note harmonies to be played very easily.
  • Sample accurate pitch changes.
  • 96 semitone pitch range.

Pitchwheel 3 is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at £50 GBP. The upgrade is free for all registered users.

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QuikQuak releases BarChimes v0.10

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QuikQuak BarChimes

QuikQuak has announced the release of BarChimes v0.10, a free pre-release of a new instrument plug-in.

It’s an accurate physics simulation of a set of Bar Chimes, which includes collisions, slides and multi-chain hits of 36 semi-tone tuned bars. Use the Natural (or White) MIDI notes to sweep up the chimes – C3 to C8.

The start and direction of sweep, combined with speed are the main contributors to the output of the chimes – it’s not about hitting individual notes.

BarChimes v0.10 features

  • A detailed 36 bar physics simulation.
  • Collisions, gravity and audio accurately portrayed.
  • Photo-realistic 3D representation.
  • Velocity and sweep analysis simulates movement through the chimes.
  • Highly optimised.

The final release will feature parameter controls, alternate layouts, gravity, material and audio tone, and pitch controls.

The pre-release is currently available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC (final version will also be available for Mac).

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QuikQuak updates Crowd Chamber to v2.0 and Glass Viper to v1.2

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QuikQuak Crowd Chamber

QuikQuak has released version 2.0 of large scale crowd simulator Crowd Chamber, and version 1.2 of Glass Viper, a synthesizer with unique waveform shaping.

Crowd Chamber is an audio plug-in that layers multiple variations of a signal to create a crowd simulation. From simple chorusing effects, small crowds and stadiums, on to impossible situations and effects.

Changes in Crowd Chamber v2.0

  • New algorithm.
  • The complex feedback system has now been replaced by simple global parameters.
  • Global Spread dial stretches out each voice over time, used to create large crowds, or weird individual effects.
  • Overall spectral shift control, for creating large global pitch effects.
  • Huge reduction in CPU usage for large crowd simulations.
  • Reduced initial delay for large crowds.
  • Increased basic population value.
  • Extra presets demonstrating new capabilities.
  • Simplified GUI and clearer labelling.
  • PDF manual added.

Changes in Glass Viper v1.2

  • Preset saving errors in Garage Band, fixed.
  • Pitch LFO small range problems, fixed.
  • Minor memory freeing issues on exit, cleaned up.

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QuikQuak updates Pitchwheel to v2.5

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QuikQuak Pitchwheel

QuikQuak has released version 2.5 of Pitchwheel, a real-time pitch changing plug-in for Windows and mac.

The Pitchwheel plug-in freely alters the pitch of a sound without changing it’s length. It has a large, easy to use dial and simple parameters making it a fast and creative effect unit. It can give fine tuning control from fractions of a semi-tone to huge multi-octave pitch swings.

Changes in Pitchwheel v2.5

  • Halved latency down to 45ms for better live feedback.
  • Dial range now up to four octaves.
  • Clearer interface.

Pitchwheel is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) for £35 GBP. A demo version is available for download from the website.

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QuikQuak updates Fusion Field to v2.5

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QuikQuak Fusion Field 2.5

QuikQuak has released version 2.5 of Fusion Field, a diffusion reverb plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Fusion Field is a smooth diffusion reverb that sits beautifully in a mix. A clean, unobtrusive sound with a natural falloff that floats and complements the source material perfectly. Designed to imitate complex, natural spaces, it is also very easy to use. The main ‘cloud’ display represents the reverb in terms of time and frequency, showing all the main parameters and EQ in a natural way. The reverberation can be dampened in the upper and lower frequencies, allowing soft sibilance and a graceful, lifting air to the sound.

Having very few controls does not hinder Fusion Field’s usefulness. The dial ranges have been sloped to give the best sensitivity in useful regions, and the whole unit can create short snappy rooms, or vast time-suspended spaces, and anything in between.

Changes in Fusion Field v2.5

  • Greatly increased diffusion when using short Spread values.
  • A smoother, more realistic attack phase for the Distance parameter.
  • An Echo control for additional effects, creating a delayed wave of reverb – useful for large ethereal spaces, or tight metallic boxes.
  • New GUI design, with an optimised animated display.
  • All aspects of the filtering, Decay, Spread and Distance parameters are now shown on the main display. Using a cloud representation of time and frequency energy, to give an instant visual interpretation. You’ll know what it sounds like directly from this impression.
  • Total of 48 modulators now include randomised LFOs for extra decorrelation.
  • Algorithm optimisations to allow for these additional features, keeping CPU resources as low as possible.
  • Re-balanced to fix the channel bias problem.
  • A new set of presets.

Notes: Having additional algorithm features meant that the whole system had to be retuned. All dials keep the same ratios and times, so it is compatible with the previous version and saved presets. Previous users will notice the filter dials have been arranged in clearer high and low sections.

Fusion Field 2.5 is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) for £50 GBP. An evaluation version can be downloaded from the QuikQuak wesbite.

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QuikQuak releases UpStereo v2.0

QuikQuak UpStereo v2.0

QuikQuak has released version 2.0 of UpStereo, a freeware stereo enhancer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

UpStereo is a simple, useful tool – it makes your mixes bigger, in stereo width and loudness.

UpStereo v2.0 features

  • Stereo width slider going from mono to wide, bringing the stereo image out and towards the listener.
  • Loudness control boost.
  • Loudness overdrive option.
  • Subtle Air & Bass boosters to lift and help the audio ‘breath’.
  • Movable 3D interface, with changable colours and light positions.

UpStereo 2.0 is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

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