Mildon releases SFZ Designer (open beta)

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Mildon has released a beta version of SFZ Designer, a free visual sample mapping tool for Windows.

Mildon SFZ Designer

SFZ Designer is a cutting-edge sample mapping tool optimized for multiple velocity and round-robin layers. It features a streamlined workflow, assisted opcode entry, draggable key-range and velocity splits-points, and more. It supports all SFZ 1.0 opcodes (full 2.0 support coming soon) and directly exports to .sfz format.

I recommend using SFZ Designer in tandem with Plogue Sforzando for quick previewing. When you re-export your .sfz file all the changes are instantly applied in Sforzando. This is a feature in the player.

SFZ Designer features

  • True visualization of groups (key-range > velocities > samples).
  • Draggable key-range and root key selection over the pianoroll.
  • Draggable velocity layer split-points (up to 8 velocity layers).
  • Supports multiple round-robin samples per velocity layer.
  • Tune, Pan, and Volume controls for each sample.
  • Transpose, Pan, and Volume controls for each group.
  • Assisted opcode entry with auto-suggest and validation.
  • Advanced opcode apply-to-all options.
  • Group cloning and structure cloning.
  • Accepts currently unsupported opcodes.
  • Project-level Amplifier DAHDSR controls.
  • Global Override at project/group/region-levels.
  • Full support for SFZ 1.0 opcodes (soon SFZ 2.0 support).
  • Export-As-SFZ with auto-conversion of sample paths to relative paths.

SFZ Designer is available for download for Windows. A beta for Linux and OSX will be available as well.

More information: Mildon / SFZ Designer

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CWITEC Music Software updates TX16Wx & TX16Wx Professional

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CWITEC Music Software has released version 2.4.1 of the TX16Wx software sampler and TX16Wx Professional plugins for Windows and Mac.

CWI Technology TX16Wx

This update combines all small hot-fixes done previously with a few new, bigger ones. The biggest change being a radically improved SoundFont importer that should respect and correctly apply layered (preset/instrument) generators in the SF2 better.

Changes in TX16Wx v2.4.1

  • Improved SF2 import.
  • Added support for SFZ pitch/filter velocity tracking.
  • Preview volume is now saved in settings.
  • Loop modulation does no longer limit loop start maximum value to initial loop end.
  • Added sampler MIDI CC / key triggering.
  • Workaround regex libc++ bug on Mac OS X.
  • Filter response curve bug fixed (always generated Q).
  • Fixed modulation matrix bug where mapping key/vel could be ignored.
  • Fixed bug loading program slot FX send settings.
  • Fixed BPM/R modulation source not selectable in modulation menu.
  • Fixed hang when dragging from matrix list to keyboard mapper with velocity mapping enabled.
  • Fixed matrix load dialog multi-select.
  • Fixed auto play in filebrowser playing on UI open.
  • Fixed screen update issue in output settings.
  • Fixed crash when restoring UI in certain cases.
  • Fixed loop modulation crash when loop size became zero.
  • Fixed wave sample rate dependent loop/start/hold.
  • Fixed keyboard switcher modulator assignment index being off for automation/MIDI CC.
  • Fixed filter overload issue.
  • Fixed crash on 32-bit Mac OS X.
  • Fixed crash dump creation issues on some versions of Win7+.

TX16Wx for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to download at no charge. The Professional version costs (full, commercial, unrestricted license) / 29 EUR (non-commercial, discounted license).

More information: CWITEC Music Software

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Bedroom Producers Blog intros ESQ-1 Cassette Part 1 by Neil Paddock

Bedroom Producers Blog has announced ESQ-1 Cassette, a free sample library by Neil Paddock, featuring a set of multi-sampled Ensoniq ESQ-1 instrument patches.

ESQ-1 Cassette Part 1

The sounds (originating from the ESQ-1 factory programs and sequence data cassette) were recorded and edited by Neil Paddock of How To Program Drums, who has also included a useful set of instrument patches for Native Instruments Kontakt and all SFZ compatible samplers. The library includes the individual WAV files as well, just in case you want to use a different sampler for these sounds.

ESQ-1 Cassette sample library will consist of two parts, featuring 22 patches in total. The first part of the library (available for free download on this page) contains the following eleven multi-sampled Ensoniq ESQ-1 patches.

ESQ-1 Cassette Part 1 is available to download from Bedroom Producers Blog. Neil Paddock is also offering a range of exclusive discount codes to BPB readers.

More information: Bedroom Producers Blog / ESQ-1 Cassette

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Plogue updates chipspeech, chipsounds, chipcrusher & sforzando plugins

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Plogue has released updates for chipspeech, chipsounds, chipcrusher and sforzando.

chipspeech

Plogue chipspeech

chipspeech is a vintage-style speech synthesizer which recreates the sound of famous 80′s voice synthesis chips. It features 7 different voices, each with its own characteristic timbre. It is specially tailored for musical needs – simply type in your lyrics, and then play on your MIDI keyboard. It’s a true synthesizer, the sound can be extensively modified for easy and expressive performances.

Changes in chipspeech v1.009

  • Tweaked Lady Parsec’s consonants.
  • Added ‘Attack’ parameter (CC30).
  • Added Mod Wheel (CC01) GUI control.
  • Added “save as default” in plugins.
  • Improved Release time in POLY mode.
  • Fixed silent playback when restarting in some hosts.
  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.
  • Fixed SP0 Bending’s “non looped” allophone-built strings.
  • Fixed ambience reverb memory use under 192kHz.

chipspeech is available for purchase for $95 USD.

chipsounds

Plogue chipsounds

chipsounds turns your VST, AU, RTAS or AAX host into a classic video game console, vintage 8-bit home computer and even an 80′s arcade.

Plogue chipsounds authentically emulates 15 vintage 8-bit era sound chips (on top of their variants), down to their smallest idiosyncrasies.

Changes in chipsounds v1.809

  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.
  • Added “save as default” in plugins.
  • Fixed ambience reverb memory use under 192kHz.

chipsounds is available for purchase for $95 USD.

chipcrusher

Plogue chipcrusher

chipcrusher is an vintage DAC emulator, a speaker simulator and noise machine. It’s an audio effect which plays back input audio through a simulation of early lofi digital audio codecs (DAC Encoding), adds grit (Background Noise), and outputs through a selection of speaker and filter impulse responses (Post-Processing).

Changes in chipcrusher v1.809

  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.
  • Added “save as default” in plugins.

chipcrusher is available for purchase for $39 USD.

sforzando

Plogue sforzando

sforzando is a free, highly SFZ 2.0 compliant sample player. Advanced sample hobbyists now have a powerful tool to experiment and share instruments without relying on proprietary formats. sforzando has only one instrument slot; no fancy UI, effects or mixers. Every tweak has to be done at the SFZ file level, no cheating!

Changes in sforzando v1.809

  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.

The updates are now available to download.

More information: Plogue

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Karoryfer Samples releases Ironface synth library for Sforzando

Karoryfer Samples Ironface

Karoryfer Samples has announced the release of Ironface, a free open-source sample library for Plogue Sforzando which combines samples of a bowed double bass with synthesizer-style controls.

Instead of trying to accurately recreate the sound of a double bass, Ironface is instead designed to be an anachronistic combination of acoustic bowed sounds, large numbers of unison voices per note like one might find in a modern digital synth, and controls typical of simple analog synths.

It can produce warm and organic versions of many classic sounds, from resonant bass plucks to string machines.

Ironface features

  • Selectable number of unison voices – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 17.
  • Two selectable sets of samples.
  • Randomized sample playback start points and phase relationships between voices.
  • All samples looped for infinite sustain.
  • Detune and width controls.
  • Vibrato speed and depth.
  • AHDSR volume envelope.
  • Resonant low-pass filter.
  • Filter envelope with depth, attack and decay controls.
  • All controls accessible from the GUI and mapped to MIDI CC.
  • 20 presets including string sounds, basses, pads, plucks and an organ.
  • 22.9 MB download size.

The library is a free download. Note: Due to the controls and advanced SFZ opcodes used, this library will not work fully in any SFZ sampler other than Plogue Sforzando with the latest ARIA Engine update applied.

More information: Karoryfer Samples / Ironface

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