Rock Hardburns has released Dulcimator 2, a free hammered dulcimer emulation for Windows.
It’s a delay line type synth that has been specifically structured to emulate the hammered dulcimer, but it does OK with few other simpler string instruments. It’s based around a buffer that is seeded with an impulse, and then filtered once every period.
Dulcimator 2 features
- Buffer input waveforms RND (noise), SQR and SAW.
- Prefilter of buffer, can be mapped to velocity.
- Damp for cut off frequency of the playback filter, damping factor can be adjusted based on the note pitch (Key).
- 3 peak/notch filters: 100Hz, 200Hz and 300Hz, useful for simulating body resonance.
- Detune for increasing the distance between two auxiliary playback pointers. This simulates having three strings instead of one, which is important for that sparkly dulcimer sound.
- Envelope, chorus and volume controls.
Dulcimator 2 is available to download as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.
More information: Rock Hardburns / Dulcimator 2
Rock Hardbuns has released an updated version of Padpal 3, a free instrument plug-in for Windows.
Improved version of my PAD synth, sporting brand new impulse/filter envelopes. Its not entirely obvious how it works but you can read all about it here: http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/doc/PADsynth/PADsynth.htm
My implementation (as opposed to Zynaddsubfx’s) uses buttons for the partials. The buttons cycle from Off, to 25% to 100% and then back to off.
The update fixes a bug with buffers not being emptied. This could cause hanging ringing sounds in Ableton Live.
Padpal 3 is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.
More information: Rock Hardbuns / Padpal 3
Rock Hardbuns has released Piper 2, a free FM synthesizer instrument for Windows.
This is the second incarnation of my PM (a.k.a FM) synth.
Tighter, faster code. Wider range of sounds. Prettier GUI. Should still be pretty easy to program.
Featuring awesome anti-aliasing filter (derived from code by Dave from Muon. Cheers!). The button labeled AA turns it on.
Piper is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.
Download the Piper 2 plug-in here, or a here (non-SSE version).