Aly James Lab releases Super PSG synthesizer plugin

Aly James Lab has released Super PSG (Super Portable Sound Generator), a synthesizer instrument for Windows that emulates the SN76489 Sega Master System sound chip, and more.

Aly James Lab Super PSG

SPSG is not simply an SN76489 emulator, it adds many extended features to squeeze to most of the sound chip and a huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful 8-bit tool for modern music production.

You can design typical and not so typical sounds of that era and experiment from the presets already available. Go further with extended controls, and even midi control a real SN76489 sound chip with a special hardware that YOU can built. The system also works with the GENMDM interface designed
by Little Scale.

The plugin is available for Windows (VST) as donationware (minimum donation of $10 USD).

More information: Aly James Lab / Super PSG

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Aly James Lab updates FMDRIVE plugin to v1.23

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has released version 1.23 of FMDRIVE, a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis FM synthesizer instrument for Windows.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

Changes in FMDRIVE v1.23

  • Rewritten envelope cycles system to improve YM2612 engine accuracy again.
  • Improved volume tables.
  • New SSG selection method.
  • Adjusted PCM DAC ladder noise.
  • Corrected DAC on/off register not being saved with patches.
  • Solved Program change memory BUG (causing certain YM2612 registers not being updated after closing and re-opening the plug-in interface).
  • Pitch bend range can now be set (1-12 semitones).
  • Glide mode can be set to portamento or glide behavior.
  • Corrected sync between GUI and registers.
  • Envelope generator sliders reversed for a better sync with GenMDM.

FMDRIVE for Windows (VST) is available for a minimum donation of 10 EUR. The update is free to registered users.

More information: Aly James Lab / FMDRIVE

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Aly James Lab updates FMDRIVE synth plugin to v1.2

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has updated the FMDRIVE Sega Mega Drive / Genesis FM synthesizer plug-in for Windows to version 1.2.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI!

It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

Changes in FMDRIVE v1.2

  • Rewritten fast & accurate distortion emulation “ladder effect” of MD model 1.
  • PCM sample data DAC filter improved (now also benefit from the ladder effect too).
  • New DAC PCM data read LOOP function (can loop the sample data with start and end point for nice fx).
  • New DAC PCM wav files can now also be browed & imported via windows native explorer (with no location limitation).
  • New Polyphony up to 6 voices.
  • New optional frequency FREEZE (fixed frequency) for SPECIAL MODE.
  • New solid or line view for the envelope generators display with release stage highlight.
  • Improved CSM mode implementation.
  • CSM mode now respond to Release rate (RR) and handle external MIDI channels correctly.
  • Glide is now available in polyphonic mode too!.
  • Improved MONO mode.
  • Plus minor audio engine and GUI improvement.

The FMDRIVE plug-in for Windows (VST) is available as donationware with a minimum donation of 10 EUR.

More information: Aly James / FMDRIVE

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Aly James Lab releases FMDRIVE synth plugin

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Aly James Lab FMDRIVE

Aly James Lab has released FMDRIVE, a virtual synthesizer instrument that emulates the Sega Genesis / Megadrive sound chip.

Fact is that the Megadrive had a very characteristic and cool sound, -much- cooler than Nintendo’s :)
I grew up playing some great games on the genesis. So, I thought the Genesis/Megadrive also deserves that kind of attention and its own VST Instrument.

You may think, the YM2612 chip is basically another 4 Operator YAMAHA FM synth but there is more… DAC, SSG Envelopes and Special operating MODES. On top of that the SEGA had a distinctive distorted sound, more or less present, depending on revision models.

FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production.

You can design a vast range of sounds on top of 33000 instruments presets already extracted from Games ROMS. Go further with extended controls, and even MIDI control the real hardware with a special add on interface: The GENMDM designed by Little Scale.

FMDRIVE for Windows (VST/Standalone) is available at a minimum donation of 10 EUR.

More information: Aly James Lab / FMDRIVE

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Short links for September 30th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Skale Tracker

Tracker goes online with a Flash based web version.

Skale Tracker is a music tracker developed by Ruben Ramos Salvador (baktery) in the year 1998. The first version was released for Windows, later a Linux version was presented and now a web version is here.

Skale online
Skale Tracker web version

Brings me right back to my FastTracker 2/GUS days. I feel like pulling up some of my old .xm files and doing some remixes.

via CDM

# Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke (aka Monolake)

Mark Mosher of Modulate This! writes:

Robert Henke of Monolake and one of the creators of Ableton live came through Denver and performed his work "Intersection" on Monday and then delivered a lecture at Denver University on Tuesday. This invitation only event was hosted by The Digital Media Studies program at the University of Denver.<br />
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This was a real treat as this was one of only a small number Robert's performances in the US. Here is a show report.

# Making music on a microscopic scale – University of Twente

Strings a fraction of the thickness of a human hair, with microscopic weights to pluck them: researchers and students from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente have succeeded in constructing the first musical instrument with dimensions measured in mere micrometres – a 'micronium' – that produces audible tones. A composition specially written for the instrument will be performed in Enschede on Sunday 26 September.

via Matrixsynth

# little-scale and Poppi Doser: Antia (2010)

"A recent project saw little-scale collaborate with electronic music composer and researcher Poppi Doser. Antia – the resultant eight track EP – is best described as ambient and smooth sonic landscapes, interrupted by harsh and rhythmically complex lo-fi beats.

A work of contradiction, Antia manages to create a convincing merger of various stylistic elements. Poppi provides field recordings, plays piano and sings, and little-scale is on the SEGA Mega Drive and Atari 2600."

Available as a free download.

# Fallon and Timberlake give rap history lesson

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