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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.

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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.

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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.

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