Martin Wheeler (aka. Vector Lovers) has released beta of DR1 Dr.DRONE, a VST plug-in for the generation of fat electro-style synth sounds.
DR1 Dr.DRONE features
- Audio Out level indicators.
- ADSR and level controls.
- Six X/Y pads:
- Oscillator Pitch: pitch of OSC 1 over a 3 octave range (X), pitch of OSC 2 over a 10 octave range (Y).
- Modulation A: modulation of OSC 2 pitch (X), depth of OSC 2 modulation (Y).
- Modulation B: Phase Modulation of OSC 1 + 2 (X), Pulse Width of OSC 1 + amount of signal going to Ring Oscillator (Y).
- Lo Pass filter.
- Hi Pass filter.
- Filter ASDR.
- Osc Sync and tuning, Stereo, Ring Osc, Note on controls, mono/stereo switch, retrig, glide and test controls.
The registered version of DR1 Dr.DRONE will soon be available for purchase for 5.99 GBP.
A shareware version (Windows PC) with the following restrictions is available for download.
- LFO SYNC TO HOST disabled
- MONO MODE only. Registered version has 8 note polyphony
- Master tune is disabled
- Limited to 16 patch memories (64 in full version)
- Register/Nag screen
Visit the DR1 Dr.DRONE website for more information and a link to download the shareware version of DR1.
AZ Audio has released Ultra Trigger FX, a VST plug-in particularly designed for real time or live audio performances.
Ultra Trigger FX features
- Full stereo processing.
- Two phases Low frequency oscillator with sync offset.
- Dry/wet signal smoother.
- Maximum mix level defined for each fx.
- Effects: Delay (synced), glifter (glide/drift), flanger, phaser, decimator unit, ring accumulator, tri combs, shared lfo.
Audio Trigger FX is released as shareware and costs 20 EUR (currently 10 EUR).
The analog-style doppler effect plug-in ADopplerEn has been updated to v1.1. It now has less parameters, a new gui, increased precision and bugfixes.
Visit AZ Audio for more information and links to download the demo of Ultra Trigger FX and the donationware ADopplerEn plug-in.
discoDSP has announced that HighLife is now available as shareware.
The popular sampler capable of VSTi sampling was recently released under a BSD License.
HighLife 1.4 has the following enhancements over HighLife Open Source R1, the latest remaining freeware:
- Library browser
- Disk based program managing (fxp, sfz, akp) for quick and easy access to frozen instruments.
- Frozen VSTis are stored in their own folder automatically.
- Sample content library (260 MB).
- Auto-cue marker (cue options in zone wave editor).
- SFZ opcodes “bendup”, “benddown”, “offset”, “end” supported.
- More accurate SFZ format loading.
- Sfz’s “loopstart” and “loopend” opcodes export.
- Native FXP Program save format.
- AIFF file support.
- Arrow spinners for easy navigation of VSTi program, zone and library folder files.
- * displayed in global LCD when working in Global Edit mode.
- .cfg file for recall of previous freeze settings and new library startup folder.
- Zone sample rate selector drop-down menu.
- Sample editor autotuner, sample root tunning and pitch shifter.
- File browser WAV preview (using MME).
- MIDI sustain.
- One shot sample type.
- Blackman windowing for SINC interpolations resulting in a richer sound.
- Selectable autodrum behavior under Options.
- Program Global Edit enabled by default.
- Freeze range maps top and bottom key range to the full scale.
- Freeze length ranged from 1 to 16 seconds.
- Pitchbend message reception.
- Master volume settings value is stored.
HighLife 1.4 costs 45 EUR / $69 USD (VAT included) and is available for Windows PC.
It’s a bit weird to see HighLife go from commercial to freeware, then open sourced and now back to shareware.
I wonder if I am still allowed to use my v1.4 copy I downloaded as freeware last year…
More information: discoDSP / HighLife
KarmaFX Synth Modular has reached version 1.0 final.
The news page at KarmaFX reads:
After years of development, testing and tweaking, the final version 1.0 of KarmaFX Synth Modular is finally ready! The project started back in 1998, so it has been a long journey. Thanks go out to the people who supported KarmaFX with testing, feature suggestions, patches, comments and donations during these past years!
With this release, KarmaFX Synth Modular is converted from donationware to shareware. This means that it is now available in two versions :
- A Demo version, free for trial use. It times-out and has limited save and update capabilities.
- A Full Registered version, that comes with extra patches, skins and a User’s manual.
KarmaFX Synth Modular is available for Windows PC. A single user license now costs 68 EUR / $98 USD (users who donated $10 USD or more for any KarmaFX plugins are entitled to a free Registered version of KarmaFX Synth Modular and have been notified by e-mail).
Visit KarmaFX for more information, audio clips and a link to download the demo of KarmaFX Synth Modular.
Cockos has released version 2.0 of REAPER, the powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio.
Changes in v2.0
- New pitch/timestretch modes: elastique Pro, Efficient, and SOLOIST.
- Nicer looking default theme by WhiteTie (old still available via classic).
- New extended mixer views (FX inserts, sends, etc), with uber-drag and drop editing.
- Performance improvements in many areas, including support for multiprocessing with UAD-1.
- New ReaPitch pitch shifter plug-in, ReaTune now can use advance pitch shifter modes.
- MIDI editor and playback improvements, MID file tempo map importing.
- Tempo/time signature change improvements.
- New automation options to make adding large amounts of automation easier.
- Improved plug-in compatibility, JS enhancements (including full PDC for JS effects!).
- Tons of small fixes, refinements, and enhancements.
REAPER is available for Windows PC (Mac OS X version coming in Q4 2007), and costs $225.00 USD. A reduced price license of $50.00 USD is available for non-commercial use.
Visit the REAPER website for more information, and a link to download a evaluation version of REAPER (uncrippled unexpiring shareware).
FMJ-Software has updated Awave Studio to version 10.1.
Awave Studio is a multi-purpose audio tool that reads a veritable host of audio carrying file formats from different platforms, synthesizers, trackers, mobile phones… It can be used as an audio file format converter, as an audio editor, an audio and MIDI player, and as a wavetable synthesizer instrument editor & format converter.
Updated in v10.1
- If you are running under Windows XP then buttons and other control will now use the rounder ‘XP style’ look
- In the loop editor, it is now possible to move the loop graph by pressing down the mouse button on the loop graph and dragging
- There’s now a handfull of keyboard short-cuts in the waveform editor (right click the graph to see the context menu for which keys)
- Added a ‘Track playing pos’ option (on by default) to the waveform graph context menu in the waveforms editor tab
- Added an option to display (& edit) also the minor bank number as part of the instrument names
- Added support for reading DLS 2.2 files containing compressed waveforms using “wave-format-extensible” chunks
- Added support for reading FMOD SoundSystem sound banks (.FSB files, uncompressed variety only)
- Improved Akai S5000 / S6000 release time translation
- Added support for WusikSND v4 stereo samples
- A hand-full of bug-fixes
The full version of Awave Studio costs $99.95 USD.
Visit FMJ-Software for more information and a link to download the demo version of Awave Studio.
Cockos REAPER been updated to v1.05. REAPER is shareware since v1.0 but still has a reasonable price tag of US$39.95 (that is if you don’t plan to use it commercially, which ups the cost of a license to US$199.99).
v1.05 – September 3 2006
- added “trim silent areas of items” function (edit->item processing->)
- added “quantize items to grid” (edit->item processing->)
- added “autodock new fx chain windows” setting
- fixed docker saving position when at (0,0)
- fixed docker keyboard focus bug
- fixed some menu item enabling issues
- seek on loop selection right edge changes when looping disabled
- improved looping (no longer does seeking to right after a selection cause it to enter the loop)
- moved “normalize items” and “move items to preferred positions” to edit->item processing submenu
- fixed reverse item/open copy/etc when an item is muted
- midi editor: note properties now shows bars/beats instead of just beats
- installer: won’t overwrite last project with demo project
For other changes since v1.0 check below
Peter Kirn @ CDM mentions some alternative software for the commerial user, with some interesting discussion, including comments by a REAPER developer.
Also, be sure to check out REAPER’s development in screenshots. Pretty impressive to see this software evolve so much in less than one year.
Visit REAPER for more information and a link to download the latest version of REAPER.
Changes since v1.0
v1.04 – September 2 2006
- seek on loop selection change uses loop change info to decide whether to seek to start or end
- you can attach/unattach the dock to/from the main window (right click by tabs)
- fixed scroll whenever the mouse gets near the right edge of track view bug
- cpu performance meter dialog improvement
- updated version of js: majortom
v1.03 – September 1 2006
- remove selected area of selected items is now (by default) cut selected area of selected items
- cut selected area of selected items obeys ripple editing, better item selection behavior
- shift click in the same item as the edit cursor is in sets loop selection
- added assignable actions for ripple off/one/all
- added option for resetting VU meter peak indicators on play
- added option to control whether changing the loop selection seeks playback
- shift+doubleclick of items now sets the selection to the area of the item (if configured to open the editor by default, and vice versa)
- fixed vst timeinfo resetting to bar 1 on time signature marker
- fixed item/loop splits not locking (causing playback glitch)
- fixed midi/rearoute recording when no audio input device active
- fixed end-of-item peaks bugs on looped items at certain zoom levels
- wav/aiff/w64 writer: writes correct riff header length
- routing: fixed pre-fx sending of midi
v1.02 – August 31 2006
- added “Delete selected area of selected items” (ctrl+delete)
- ability to resize a loop selections edges over items
- ctrl+right drag over items sets loop selection
- added “insert marker” to timeline right click menu
- fixed a bug when switching themes in prefs/color themes
- added keyboard shortcut list as help menu item, added mouse modifiers to help text
- list of kb shortcuts from prefs page shows unassigned actions
- media explorer: fixed loading of projects from media explorer
- midi editor: centerline/from center CC mode for pan and pitch only
- midi editor: CC lane shows integer value of mouse position
- midi editor: ctrl now turns on snapping to center for pitch/pan (default is no snap)
v1.01 – August 30 2006
- ui: transport icon updates
- ui: cleanups to track/mixer controls, smaller
- ui: color themes can override button background/border
- ui: smaller vertical fader buttonsont for volume/pan labels
- configurable keyboard shortcuts, with a LOT of new actions (some are assigned, some arent)
- ctrl+pagedn zooms out full
- ctrl+alt+up/down selects tracks
- fixed keyboard shortcut preferences bug under win9x
- keyboard shortcut list as web page generation
- added “move items to source preferred position” for BWF files etc
- play on record paused now goes back to record
- fixed fx browser thinking it should be opened on startup in many instances
- fix for looping pitch shifted downsampled items
- fix for all notes off sending when looping (and multiple ANOs when routing)
- fixed default volume bug in click source
- removed warning when overdub loop recording and track was unarmed
- tons of mixer optimizations to reduce memory bandwidth used
- simplified start of recording thread synchronization
- when in +6 item adjustment range, better support for >+6dB gain
- when in +0 item adjust range, you can go over +0dB for an item if you hold shift
- fixed monitoring issues on >2 ch tracks
- fixed scrollbar bug when clicking on thumb edges
- put minimum buffer sizes on ks/waveout/ds modes to avoid misconfiguration crash
- midi editor: ruler at top
- midi editor: grid fixes, visual appearance improvements
- midi editor: mousewheel over piano roll scrolls by default
- midi editor: CC lane has centerline, and things snap to center (hold ctrl to disable snap)
- midi editor: better pitch lane mode
- w64 file format support, bwf “bext” chunk support
- AIFF/WAV file readers can read up to 4gb .wav files, > 4gb non-standard .wav files, and .w64 files
- AIFF/wAV reader handles properly files that claim to be larger than they are
- AIFF/WAV/w64 sink: writes meaningful header so a power outage during recording will usually produce a readable file
- updated wav/w64/aiff reader to handle chunks in any order, better error messages
- internal cleanups in preparation of…something coming later