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xoxos wins KVR Developer Challenge 2007

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The KVR Developer Challenge 2007 has its winner: xoxos (Rurik Leffanta).

xoxos took first place with Sounds of Nature, a collection of VSTi for emulating common natural sounds – wind, rain, thunder, songbirds and insects.

xoxos Sounds of Nature
xoxos Sounds of Nature

Well done Mr. Rurik! I did not vote myself (lack of time to check all the entries), but even if I wouldn’t have put xoxos’ entry first place, it is a well deserved win. xoxos has released tons of cool freeware plug-ins over the last few years, more than doing his part in the community.

Second place goes to Mucoder’s Hypercyclic, an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator. I guess I will have to take a better look at this… First time I tried it I couldn’t get it to work really, but it seems useful enough.

UGO‘s synth The Element of Surprise gets third place. This one was on my original list of plug-ins I was interested in. It looks a bit simple but it can do some really nice sounds. If you like randomize stuff like I do, be sure to check this one out.

I’m glad to see de la Mancha & Sink’s multi-effect VST plug-in truc up there as well (4th place). Out of all the DC plug-ins of this year, I think truc will get the most use. It’s great for crazy FSU type effects.

Check the KVR Developer Challenge page for the complete list of entries.


de la Mancha releases basic64

de la Mancha basic64

de la Mancha has released basic64, a freeware synth inspired by the 8 bit sounds of the classic Commodore 64.

Basic64 features

  • 16, 8 or 6 bit sound quality
  • 3 oscs, each with their own ADSR envelope
  • oscillators can be sync’d and ring modulated by each other
  • pitch envelope modulation
  • pitch wobble option, for subtle instability
  • 2 tempo-sync LFO’s to modulate pitch, cut-off and pulse width
  • LFO’s have attack/release curves
  • tempo-sync arpegiator
  • flexible routing to state variable filter (LP, HP & BP)
  • envelopes can be reset or continuous at retrigger
  • monophonic or polyphonic option
  • midi learn / midi CC support
  • 128 presets by sinkmusic & WhiskeyPriest

Basic64 (a major update to basic) is capable of much more than just straight 8bit blips and beeps, from lofi gritty pads to weird & wonderful textures.

Visit de la Mancha for more information, and a link to download basic64.


KVR Developer Challenge 2007

KVR Developer Challenge 2007

The KVR Developer Challenge 2007 is KVRs second audio plug-in/application design event, a challenge to create and release a brand new free audio plug-in or audio application that will benefit the community at large.

The challenge has already entered the voting stage (September 17th and end on October 22nd), with 41 entries to consider for a top 5 vote list.

The Windows platform dominates in this years batch (similar to last year), with just 3 Mac plug-ins, and 1 Linux entry (which is the multi-platform LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator hypercyclic by mucoder.)

I have yet to give most of these entries more than a few minutes of my time, so I can’t really say which ones are my favorites.

On a first glance, the following ones look promising to me:

  • Bagels (Stefan Hållén), an instrument that utilizes up to 12 resonant bandpass filters instead of oscillators, giving it a different sound while maintaining flexibility and tweakability.
  • The Element of Surprise (Ugo), dedicated to creating randomly generated presets, for fast inspiration and experiments in spontaneous song writing. The interface is simple, but under the hood there is a full synth with multiple oscillators, filters, various types of modulation, and effects, all optimized to provide a wide variety of usable randomly generated sounds.
  • Blip (Nicolas Fournel), a sound design program / loop creator / performance tool. The concept behind Blip is to create innovative sounds and loops by drawing with the usual graphic tools (pencil, airbrush, lines). The classic painting functions take a whole other dimension, as they create melodies and rhythms in the musical domain.
  • ellipsis (arcDev Noise Industries), a VST loop player designed specifically for live use, featuring BPM-synced queueing and playback of whole & subdivided wave files.
  • truc (de la Mancha / Sink), a multi-effect VST plug-in, with 4 banks of effects controlled by the movement of 2 pucks. The top puck controls the wet/dry level and/or volume of each effect bank, the bottom puck modulates any 4 of 13 parameters within the effect banks. This allows continuous morphing of the sound by moving the pucks to vary the impact of each effect bank.

Over the next few weeks I will digg a bit deeper, but in the meantime, why don’t you share with me which plug-ins you’re excited about and why.