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Inear Display releases Eurydice audio destruction unit

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Inear Display Eurydice

Inear Display has announced Eurydice, a multi-effect plug-in for Mac, dedicated to sound mangling.

It relies on two parallel processors, each one combining a granulizer/stutter effect, a multimode filter, a bitcrusher and a LFO to achieve Lo-Fi artifacts as well as a wide range of drills and glitches.

If you like turning your sounds into abstract textures, or adding all kind of otherworldy artifacts to your beats, Eurydice is a new weapon of choice. And if you want to get surprised, just click the random button for instant noisy gratification.

Eurydice features

  • 2 Granulizer / Stutter effects with up to 1 second looping.
  • 2 Multimode filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass and notch).
  • 2 Bitcrushers.
  • 3 LFOs (can sync to tempo).
  • Oscilloscope.
  • Randomizer.
  • MIDI learn.
  • MIDI program change support.
  • Lifetime free updates for registered customers.

The Eurydice for Mac (VST/AU) is available at the introductory price of 10 EUR (50% off regular).

More information: Inear Display / Eurydice


Sugar Bytes updates Turnado to v1.5 incl. AAX + Limited Time Deal

Sugar Bytes has announced version 1.5 of its Turnado multi-effect audio manipulation plugin, in collaboration with beat-boxer and vocalist Beardyman, who requested lots of useful improvements and features.

Sugar Bytes Turnado
Sugar Bytes celebrates the Turnado update with a limited time promotion.

Beardyman about the update:

“There is quite simply nothing like Turnado on the market, so when it came to developing a multi-effects solution for the ground-breakingly complex live-looping system I’ve just finished building for my live shows, I was relieved to discover that Turnado was exactly what I needed to produce music live, in real time. Turnado’s control methodology and super low CPU overhead make it the only viable solution, and luckily it sounds amazing! Preset changes happen in under 2 ms, meaning one instance of Turnado can provide a world of options. However, there were many small, subtle but important changes I needed to be made to Turnado, and fortunately the guys at Sugar Bytes were eager to enhance Turnado with my suggestions and fulfilled and elaborated on many of the features I requested. Features have been added, existing features have been extended or enhanced and there have been some and extra modes implemented deep within the engine which all make Turnado my all-round desert-island multi-effect.

The Tonalizers can now snap to a variety of scales, and keys, quantisation parameters have been extended, the knobs can now send midi to enable Turnado-style automation-lane based morphing of any plugin in your DAW, LFO’s can now be made to snap rigidly to the host’s alignment, extra rhythmic subdivisions have been added to loopers and the stutter module, new delay and reverb modes have been added to enhance their usability and new sync options have been optimised in the form of extra modes.

As a true Turnado power-user, I can safely say that version 1.5 is a notable leap forward for an already world-beating plugin. If you don’t have it in your arsenal then I’m guessing you simply don’t own a computer.

So, in return for their invaluable input in helping me build my dream live rig, I’ve agreed to share some of my precious presets with you, you lucky human!”

Changes in Turnado v1.5

  • AAX Support for ProTools.
  • Gain control.
  • New filter modes for Pitch Delay.
  • New ‘Beardyman’ Filterpattern mode.
  • New Filterpattern Sweep Range option.
  • New Pitch Delay input options.
  • Multi Mode Filter added to Reverb.
  • New LFO Speed Multiplier.
  • New LFO host sync option.
  • Tonalizer scales added.
  • Tonalizer rootnote option added.
  • New Guitar amp limiter.
  • Pan modes in Spectralizer.
  • New Sync options for several FX.
  • MIDI out option.

Turnado for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for only 99 EUR/$119 USD until July 31st, 2012 (regular 139 EUR/$179 USD).

More information: Sugar Bytes / Turnado


Inear Display intros Bucephal Nasty Dual Delay

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Inear Display has announced Bucephal, delay effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Bucephal is a delay plugin not meant to be used as a delay. It gives you two parallel delay lines, each one up to 2 seconds, and lets you mangle delay times with two nice modulators. Thanks to an envelope follower and a LFO, Bucephal can fulfill some of your daily glitch needs, morphing between vibrato, flanging, pitch shifting, and crushing effects. The large modulation range of delay times can lead to some pleasingly annoying artifacts, and if your incoming audio needs even more dirt, the randomizer and waveshaper will be there to help.

Inear Display Bucephal
Inear Display’s Bucephal delay plug-in lets you mangle delay times with modulators.

Bucephal features

  • 2 parallel delay lines with up to 2 seconds length.
  • Time parameter interpolation provides nice pitch artifacts.
  • First delay line time can be controlled by an envelope follower.
  • Second delay line time can be controlled by a LFO (tempo free or synced).
  • Classic waveforms for the LFO (sin, square, saw up, saw down, triangle, sample and hold).
  • 7 mix modes.
  • Soft clipping and waveshaping can be applied to the output.
  • Randomizer.
  • Clean minimalist interface.
  • Lifetime free updates for registered customers.

Bucephal for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 10 EUR until June 8, 2012 (regular 20 EUR).

More information: Inear Display / Bucephal


Review: FXpansion Tremor drum synthesizer

As someone who prefers to work “inside the box” I was pleased to see FXpansion introduce its DCAM: Discrete Component Analogue Modelling sound generation technology with the release of Synth Squad. The modelling of individual circuit components enabled FXpansion to put some of that vintage analog flavor in its digital products.

FXpansion Tremor

Much in the same way, Tremor takes drum synthesis to a new level.

Tremor is a software drum machine with powerful synthesis, effects, modulation and step-sequencing. DCAM circuit-modelled sound generation is fused with new ideas to produce original sounds with the punch and extreme sound pressure of old-school analogue.

Tremor’s dance drums, funky beatscapes, abstract machines and undiscovered sonic terrain are suited to all kinds of electronic, urban and experimental music.

Just to make sure we’re on the same page, Tremor is all about drum synthesis. There are NO samples. FXpansion’s drum sampler instrument Geist (the successor to Guru) already covers this base. Who knows, in the future FXpansion might combine the two into something new or provide some add-on type thing, but for now these are totally separate products.

FXpansion Tremor
Tremor’s main screen with the step sequencer in the top part, mixer slots and the synth fx panel for the selected synth module in the bottom. Lovely workflow and ditto looks!

As the above screenshot hints, Tremor is a full-featured drum synthesizer instrument. Its main features include:

  • DCAM-modelled synthesis and FX
  • Specialised oscillator with drumskin vibration partials
  • Filtering and drive with multiple responses
  • Deep, intuitive TransMod modulation system
  • Polyrhythmic pattern step-sequencer

Sporting a total of 8 individual – and identical – synthesizer modules, Tremor allows you to build your drum kits within a single instance. The specialized oscillator in each module has controls for pitch (and fine), shape to morph the osc waveshape from saw to square to triangle, PWM which sets the pulsewidth for the square waveshape, FM for pitch modulation with speeds up to 1024 Hz (allowing audio rate modulation), and a sync control for adding harmonics by increasing the oscillator frequency while syncing it to the sub oscillator.

FXpansion Tremor synthesizer panel

The Harmonics section has only four knobs and a single switch for controlling the oscillator partials, but much of what sound you will end up with is determined here. The details of what exactly goes on in this section gets a bit technical but basically you get the drumskin vibration emulation in “Membrane” mode, while the “Harmonics” mode resembles a regular synth.

A bandpass filtered white noise generator can be mixed with the oscillator to create snare, hihat, and clap type sounds, or sound fx type things like noise sweeps. The sub osc control with three octaves is also available from the mixer panel.

To further shape the sounds you get pre- and post-drive with various modes, a multi-mode filter featuring clean and fat models with various response modes, (G)LFO’s with sync options, S+H, three envelopes, and a comprehensive modulation system named “TransMod”. Tweaker’s paradise!

FXpansion Tremor modulation

The TransMod modulation system allows you to route a single modulation source to multiple synthesis and effect parameters, each with its own definable depth.

Modulation depths are represented visually on the parameter itself, rather than in an abstract list of assignments.

The TransMod system is an impressive piece of work, with lots of advanced features for creating dynamic sounds. A modulation source can be routed to multiple synthesis and effect parameters, so if you are an experimental sound designer you will love this.

FXpansion has also made sure to include a bunch of built-in effect units that can be used in up to 3 FX slots – the FX Chain – available from the synth fx (individual fx/chains for each of the 8 synths) and master fx panels. Dynamics, equalizers, filters, modulation fx, delay, reverb, distortion, and more effect units allow for powerful sound processing, especially since you can use the TransMod system to modulate fx parameters.

Tremor comes with an internal step sequencer with 24 patterns, in which you can create rhythms simply by clicking on the step cells for each one of the 8 sounds available. The sequencer shows note velocity, repeat and probability values and a little arrow indicated the length of a track (which can be different for individual tracks). Creating patterns is quite intuitive and use of mouse, drag and key combinations offers a nice workflow. Each pattern also has up to 4 “graphs” for creating automation sequences.

Tremor graph screen
Step-based automation sequences for modulating Tremor’s synthesis parameters

The editing features of the sequencers are pretty comprehensive and include things like stretching and expanding of values, invert, reverse, global randomize, and more. Patterns are mapped to MIDI notes for easy triggering. All in all the sequencer is both fun and powerful. So much even that I am using it to drive other instruments by sending the patterns to Tremor’s MIDI out.

If you prefer to automate parameters from within your host or with external controllers, Tremor also includes mapping and MIDI learn systems.

This is Tremor in a nutshell, and if you made it this far in this review and you are still interested you should go get the 30-day trial version and dig in. To be honest, Tremor’s factory presets and demo songs left me somewhat unimpressed but when I actually tried the plugin I instantly experienced the potential of this instrument.

If you’re pressed for time and still want to get a good impression of what Tremor is capable of, you should check out the demo tracks for the Tremendous Beatz soundset. Patchpool’s Simon Stockhausen does a fantastic job showcasing the versatility of Tremor with some quality sounds, check it out below.

So what do I think?

Product: Tremor by FXpansion
Format: VST/AU/RTAS/standalone for Mac and Windows
Price: $149 USD / 119 EUR
Like: Great synth engine, rich feature set, intuitive & fun
Don’t like: Can be CPU intensive
Verdict: 9/10

Tremor offers great sound quality and the it is well capable of producing traditional drum machine sounds, as well as some more abstract, experimental type of percussive stuff. Add to that an easy to use sequencer, a great selection of effect units and a comprehensive modulation system, and you have a proper beast at your fingertips. With all that power comes great responsibility. Using up to 8 individual (polyphonic) synths and effect chains can get a bit CPU intensive. On my 3 Ghz Intel Duo core I easily hit 50%, but I take that without complaint. Tremor is not the first plug-in that reminds me that quality comes at a cost.

You would perhaps expect an instrument like this to be rather complicated/hard to use, yet FXpansion managed to give Tremor a clean, intuitive workflow with clever visual feedback on the interface. Creating sounds, building kits, and sequencing rhythms proves to be engaging and fun.

Tremor is a most excellent drum synthesizer workhorse for anyone interested in creating drum and percussion sounds with a computer. Intuitive, flexible, and abundantly inspiring.

Well done, FXpansion. Well done indeed!

More information: FXpansion / Tremor


Holderness Media releases Waviary music app for iPad

Holderness Media has released Waviary, an iOS app that is part instrument, part generative ambient music machine, and part virtual wind chimes.

Holderness Media Waviary

Simple multi-touch control allows anyone to effortlessly create lush ambient soundscapes and environments, or simply listen as Waviary generates its own “forest-like” sonic environments. The generative player can run while you play as well, allowing for a randomized ambient jam session.

A sleep timer is included… put on headphones and let Waviary’s weird, wonderful sounds lull you to sleep.

Waviary features

  • Lush ambient tones and textures.
  • Multi-touch controls allow expressive creation of rich ambient soundscapes.
  • Generative mode creates endlessly evolving sonic environments.
  • Varied tone sets (additional tone sets added FREE with updates).
  • Pitch control.
  • Octave up/down buttons.
  • Lock button to lock spirals in place, or unlock to move freely.
  • Sleep Timer.

Waviary for iPad is available to purchase for $0.99 USD.

More information: Holderness Media / Waviary


Boulanger Labs releases csGrain for iPad

Boulanger Labs has released csGrain, a audio tool for the iPad 2 and the new iPad.

Boulanger Labs presents csGrain – the first in a new line of innovative and imaginative Csound-based audio tools for the iPad.

csGrain is a real-time audio processing and recording tool that lets you create sounds and textures by transforming your voice, instrument, or iTunes library.

csGrain real-time audio processing and recording tool for iPad

csGrain features

  • Remix your iTunes library.
  • Process, record and save audio.
  • Manipulate audio with SyncGrain, a real-time granular synthesizer.
  • Connect a MIDI controller and turn csGrain into a live performance tool.
  • Create ever-evolving soundscapes with the Randomize Settings feature.
  • Choose from ten built-in effects, including: pitch shift, ring mod, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb and more.
  • Import/export your audio via Dropbox, AudioCopy, or Email.

csGrain for iPad is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Boulanger Labs


Tek’it Audio releases Arp-EG classic MIDI arp plugin

Tek’it Audio has announced the release of Arp-EG classic, a MIDI arpeggiator plug-in for Windows.

Using Arp-EG classic all the VST instrument you like and even your hardware synth (using your DAW MIDI out) can now play arp sequence.

Use the six playback mode and the four octave range, speed up or slow down your arp sync on the beat of your DAW. Control the groove using the shuffle and gate function, control the expression with the transpose function, give to each note his one velocity, play polyphonic chord or notes sequence. Assign all the parameters to your MIDI controller easily and randomly generate your arp with a single click.

Tek'it Audio Arp-EG classic
Arp-EG classic MIDI arpeggiator

Arp-EG classic features

  • Six arpeggio playback mode.
  • Shuffle and Gate length control.
  • Polyphonic chord or notes sequence.
  • Two velocity handling mode.
  • + or – 48 semitones transpose.
  • Notes Hold mode.
  • Full MIDI automation support.
  • Easy MIDI learn on all parameters.
  • Use 7-bit MIDI Continuous Controller or High resolution 14-bit MIDI NRPN and RPN.
  • Preset manager, rename, copy, save, load….
  • Undo your changes to initial preset value.
  • One click randomize all parameters.
  • 16 Factory presets.
  • Up to 32 user presets per bank.
  • Comes with a comprehensive user manual.
  • Easy installer.

Arp-EG classic for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 12 EUR / $16 USD.

More information: Tek’it Audio / Arp-EG classic