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Spacedad releases Shekrs

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Spacedad Shekrs

Spacedad has released Shekrs, a freeware virtual shaker instrument for Windows.

3rd in the ‘reception models’ series (original models by jacky-lee) based on his loo-roll, yogurtpot and papercup shakers.

There are five shakers,each plays a one beat ‘sha-ker’ sound. You’ll find them on notes C#2, D#2, F#2, G#2 and A#2 only. (click on the cups to see the notes and hear the sound).

Start by drawing some notes in your sequencer, eg four beats on C#, then use the speed control and the fine speed adjust to get it in time with your song.

Shekrs features

  • Speed (and fine adjustment), pitch shift and volume amount for each shaker.
  • Modulation controls (grids): amount, shape and speed, one set for each type.
  • Decay envelopes.
  • Hipass and Lowpass filters + resonance and filter decay.
  • Hold buttons to override decay envelopes.
  • Reverse/forward, x2 doublespeed, and loop controls.
  • Master speed.
  • Mixer/panning and master volume.
  • Distortion/bitcrushing and boosting effects.

Shekrs is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.

More information: Space Raiders

xoxos releases Stoq

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xoxos has released Stoq, a freeware stochastic impulse modeling VST instrument inspired by Perry Cook’s PhiSeM model.

xoxos Stoq
xoxos Stoq – suited for synthesis of maracas and other shaker instruments

xoxos explains the model:

impulse is driven by ‘pitch’ which is a % for event per sample at oscillator pitch. tracking is implemented but architecture is geared towards percussion synthesis.

the event % is shaped with a ‘rise’ envelope that lowers the chance for events to immediately follow other events (ie. hysteresis, good for emulating ‘larger beans’). when rise is locked to pitch it can be shifted by +/- 2 octaves. ‘tail’ multiplies the % after the rise period to reduce longer gaps.

impulses are decay-stage enveloped and consist of either the envelope contour or enveloped noise, low pass filtered for dynamics performance, then routed to a bank for 5 bandpasses (# of bands can be reduced to save cpu).

Stoq is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC. Download it here (1.35 MB).