Simple-Media has announced Planetoid and Meteoroid, two virtual analogue synthesizers for Windows.
Planetoid virtual analog synth for Windows.
Planetoid is a simple but also very powerful and flexible polyphonic virtual analogue synthesizer capable of producing sounds and effects suitable for virtually any purpose. While it may seem like a very generic instrument Planetoid has a character and power all of its own and offers a great deal of performance control making it stand out from many other instruments.
Meteoroid is a monophonic partner to Planetoid which features some differences such as different on-board effects and additional modulation controls. Meteoroid is the perfect companion for Planetoid (and vice-versa) and they are therefore supplied together.
Both Instruments are inspired by the monophonic and early polyphonic synthesizers of the late 1970s and while not recreating specific instruments they are designed to evoke the spirit and the sound of the era. With this in mind both instruments introduce oscillator and other instabilities to simulate effects such as drift and compnent saturation into the overall sound.
To round off the package it includes a set of five complimentary VST effects comprising a reverb, a chorus, a phaser, a ping-pong delay and a filter bank. Although the effects are simple and designed specifically to enhance the sound of Planetoid and Meteoroid they also make a good set of bread and butter effects to use in all kinds of productions. A user guiode is also included in the full package.
Planetoid and Meteoroid are available to purchase in a bundle, priced at £12.50 GBP.
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on May 03, 2011
Simple-Media has released retro-gsx and Cathedral, two new virtual synthesizer instruments for Windows.
A new addition to the retro-gs series of instruments with a completely new build, retro-gsx offers even more SID inspired chip sound goodness thanks to the built in ‘advanced wave sequencer’. Capable of recreating an incredible range of authentic SID sounds, easy to use, versatile and powerful. If you liked retro-gs01 and want even more creativity or you are just looking for a VST instrument to recreate those classic 8-bit sounds then look know further than retro-gsx.
Cathedral is a new approach to the task of recreating the sound of a pipe organ. Rather than use a large sample library, Cathedral uses a hybrid analogue synthesis and physical modelling approach to create an ultra-flexible instrument without a huge file size and with reasonable CPU performance. Cathedral offers up to 6 programmable, 4-level stops that can each be set to 1 of 3 pipe types and any 1 of 14 different footages. Cathedral includes a built in reverberation unit, essential in recreating an authentic pipe organ sound and additional filtering and modulaion to enhance the sound even further. Cathedral is presented in a beautiful and easy to use interface to allow for intuitive programming.
retro-gsx and Cathedral for Windows (VST) are available to purchase for £10 each.
Simple-Media has also released two new freeware instruments: Striker and Voc-Two.
Striker is a physical modelling instrument created to reproduce the sounds of various types of tuned percussion such as marimbas, vibraphones and other instruments where a hammer or mallet strikes a block.
Following on from Voc-One, Voc-Two allows you to create realisitc string ensemble and choir sounds without the use of samples. It includes a wide range of controls over the source sound generation and the morphable formant filter making it a surprisingly flexible instrument for creating rich and atmospheric pads and realistic ensemble sounds.
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John Malvey has created a nice sound bank for Silkworm by Simple-Media.
Silkworm is a freeware supersaw style analogue synth, featuring 5 waveforms (sine, saw, ramp, triangle and pulse), a band limiting filter using two 12db filters in series for a very characteristic sound, a ping pong delay with filter built in, separate LFO for vibrato, assignable LFO for modulating filter, bandwidth, pulse width, volume and panning, and a sequenced gating effect that can be synced to external (host) clock.
John’s sound bank for Silkworm contains 38 presets including pads, leads, fx and sequences.
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Looking for more? Check all patches by John Malvey or for Silkworm
Simple-Media has released String Thing 2, a freeware Enhanced Plucked String Synth.
String Thing 2 uses an impulse, Resonator and Resonant Body model similar to ‘Super String Thing’ but specifically tailored to recreating the sounds of acoustic plucked strings.
- asic ‘plucking’ control
- string damping
- various impulse filter modes
- variable bandwidth filter
- new 2D control for impulse
- full control over resonant body dimensions and resonance
- LFO for vibrato, tremolo and chorus
- modulation (MIDI CC)
- can recreate a more natural range of acoustic plucked string timbres
- shiny new interface design
- reasonable CPU load
Visit Simple-Media for more information and a link to download String Thing 2.
Simple-Media has released Super Spook Keys, the successor of the Virtual ‘Theramin’ Spook Keys
This version seems to have pretty much simular features as Spook Keys. Super Spook Keys features a Spring button (Spook Keys came in 2 versions, spring and no spring) and it has some extra Shape and Noise controls. The GUI has increased in size quite a bit: 800×600!
There are some known issues which will be addressed.
- The Keyboard play is not fully working so sounds under mouse play do not sound the same when played via keyboard.
- Midi out has not been fully checked yet, mouse movements on grid can be recorded as automation at least but may not work as other midi cc output.
- Midi CC for grid is x= cc#60 and y =cc#61. Your host must be set to send MIDI CC to Super Spook Keys to use continuous controls properly. Your host automation features may allow you to assign other CC to #60 and #61 as well.
There is no additional information on the Simple-Media website yet, but full instructions will be made available soon.
Download Super Spook Keys here.
Simple-Media has updated Spook Keys, a freeware VSTi designed to re-create the sound of a ‘Theramin’ and offering control either using a MIDI keyboard or using the mouse to drag the glowing spot across the ‘chart’ for more authentic ‘Theramin’ style play.
In the updated version the x/y controller does not spring back to its start position when the mouse button is released. This makes indefinitely held notes without having to hold the mouse possible.
- sine, sawtooth, triangle and pulse waves
- variable key in and out response
- variable LFO for vibrato and tremolo
- pan, chorus (detuning), stereo spread and glide controls
- filtered, ping-pong, stereo delay
Visit Simple-Media for more information and a link to download the new non-spring version.