Sinevibes has announced the release of Flow, an animated flanger effect plug-in for Mac.
Flow is a flanger that goes far beyond traditional – instead of simple up-and-down sweeps, it employs a sophisticated envelope sequencer to modulate the sound in a rhythmical fashion. Flow has two different flanger characters with positive or negative feedback, advanced synchronisation and timing features, plus a host of automation and randomisation options. All this combined allows you to create a myriad of unique effects: from intricate “jet plane” patterns and dancing comb filtering to complex swooshes or stuttered glitches. Plus, each instance of Flow stores eight snapshots of itself that can be switched in realtime or via automation.
As always with Sinevibes products, Flow has a clean, colour-coded user interface with a near-zero learning curve. It is built entirely using Apple’s Core Animation framework – so not only it offers organic, lively animations, it also uses your Mac’s graphics processor letting the central one concentrate solely on audio processing. This makes Flow both productive and utterly joyful.
- Flanger with positive/negative feedback, adjustable time range from 0.5 to 20 ms.
- Step sequencer with up to 32 steps, variable speed, timing and shuffle.
- Flanger gate, flanger time, envelope modulation depth, and envelope shape individual per each sequencer step.
- Eight full instance snapshots, multiple utility and randomisation functions.
- Advanced transport sync algorithm with support for tempo and time signature automation.
Flow is available for purchase for $29 USD, or with a 50% discount as part of the Sinevibes complete plugin collection bundle.
More information: Sinevibes / Flow
SampleOddity has released Weird Ambient Stuff 2, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, which gives you the tools to craft dynamic ambient soundscapes and add motion to them with delays and an LFO step sequencer.
The detailed interface allows users to manipulate three sample layers, each with independent effects and envelopes, and crossfade between them with the mod wheel.
Weird Ambient Stuff 2 features
- Modular interface with three parts:
- Morpher: Browse sound sources and crossfade between three sample layers with independent FX controls.
- Tri-Delay: Add a delay to each of the sound sources chosen in the Morpher, or choose up to three new sound sources.
- Rhythmoid: 16 step LFO sequencer that adds rhythm to your soundscape.
- 50 preset patches to get you started.
- 100 sound sources.
- 206MB .rar download.
- Requires full version of Kontakt 5.
The library is available for purchase for $49 USD.
More information: SampleOddity / Weird Ambient Stuff 2
Steinberg has released version 1.8 of its Cubasis app for iPad.
Version 1.8 is the biggest update so far and includes countless fixes, improvements and new features that help you to capture your songwriting ideas while on the move.
The 1.8 update adds numerous features such as automation, MIDI CC, program change and aftertouch support alongside a mixer-side global control panel, a phase inversion plug-in for audio channels and much more, making Cubasis the go-to choice when inspiration strikes.
Plus, there’s also a new version of the Cubase project import extension available for download.
Changes in Cubasis v1.8
- MIDI CC, Program Change, Aftertouch support (sustain pedal problems solved!).
- Mixer side global control panel.
- Phase Inversion plug-in (for audio channels).
- Redesigned effect rack.
- Audiobus 2.0.
- And much more! Find the complete list of improvements and user reported problems solved at the Cubasis forum.
Cubasis for iPad is available for $49.99 USD.
More information: Steinberg / Cubasis
Monoplugs has released version 1.2.3 of its B-Step Sequencer for iPad, featuring improved performance on older devices like iPad3 and iPad2.
Create awesome chord progressions (to build up a whole song) with B-Step only by a few fingertips. Where other sequencers stops B-Step goes one step beyond – With B-Step you can easily sequence your sequences (up to 16 Pattern configurable).
Changes in B-Step Sequencer for iPad
- User interface performance boost.
- Fix timing issues.
- Fix app switching breaks.
- Fix MIDI sync (as master).
- Fix MIDI playback stops if Audiobus app is running.
- Remove next bar in chain marker.
- Other small user interface changes.
- Add delete and browse functions to the file chooser.
B-Step Sequencer for iPad is available for purchase for $16.99 USD.
More information: Monoplugs
Nassen Software Development has released Qurv, a curve step sequencer plug-in for Windows.
Qurv is a curve step sequencer available as Vst-plugin.
Each step has it’s own tension, division, slope, minimum and maximum value.
Great for dynamic and timbre variation, or any other parameter that is midi-cc assignable.
Qurv for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 9 EUR.
NSD has also announced Wanderys, a phrase variator plug-in.
Simply input a series of notes.
Fiddle with directions, velocities, transposes and pedal…
And Wanderys will variate this phrase to something you never ever could play/think of!
More information: Nassen Software Development
Novation has released version 1.5 of its Launchpad App, a free and easy-to-use iPad app that will have you making beats and music instantly.
We’ve made Novation Launchpad App Even More Fun!
Launchpad App lets you make, record and share music instantly on your iPad, simply by triggering and mixing sounds on a grid.
Now version v.1.5 lets you output those songs directly into any Audiobus-compatible app!
- Add to your songs using GarageBand
- Apply external effects during live performance
- Output your beats straight to Cubasis
Changes in Launchpad App v1.5.0
- Audiobus output.
- Improved stutter FX.
- Bug fixes and performance improvements.
The app is available as a free download for iOS.
More information: Novation / Launchpad App
Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Kosmology FreeFall, a free Kontakt library featuring sampled instruments from across all Kosmology and Kosmos releases.
FreeFall is a completely Free version of the powerful Kosmology Sequencing System, which uses 110 Sampled Instruments collected from current Kosmology and Kosmos products to offer a free entry point into the world of Kosmology. Kosmology provides 8 completely separate instances which can be switched in real-time via a specified set of Midi notes. Each instance uses 2 synths with independent Filters, has 7 sequencers with independent clock divides and step amounts as well as 48 assignable parameters. The workflow is enhanced by lots of useful options such as copying, pasting and randomizing and a single instance can be copied to all Instances or to a specific instance. The idea is that you set up the 8 instances and then play them as an instrument as you would with any synthesizer, they are even polyphonic.
Also introduced with Kosmology v1.2 is the new script Metropolis which dispenses with the Sequencers and Rescalers, but keeps the rest of Kosmology. This is useful for playing the Kosmology Sampled Instruments as traditional instruments and opens up a new world of creative possibilities for the Kosmology Sample sets. Like Kosmology it works with 8 instances which can be switched on the fly and so can be used to have radically different sounds or provide subtle changes such as different FX or Filter Settings. It is completely up to you, all 48 parameters can be completely different.
To celebrate the release of Kosmology FreeFall there are 25 coupons available to get 25% off any of the Kosmology or Kosmos Libraries. Enter FREEFALL25 at the checkout to apply the discount.
More information: Homegrown Sounds / Kosmology FreeFall