Newpool Music has announced its Lable Tennis Remix Contest, a chance to remix a track by Hiding Jekyll and win prizes from Ohmforce, Sonic Charge, Fabfilter and XILS-Lab.
Hiding Jekyll’s open minded journey through different electronic styles along with his continuous testing of various live setups finally matured to become a real trademark sound. His aspiration to organize the material in a way that makes it possible to constantly manipulate his tracks, thus comprising both a unique studio and live performance which sometimes can’t be repeated another time, is his strife for authenticity. This is the core of Hiding Jekyll, a name which is synonymous with his activities as a producer and live unit.
With his single Lable Tennis, out in spring 2014, we want to give you the opportunity to create a remix of this minimalistic beauty. You’ll be able to win some valuable prizes from Sonic Charge, Ohm Force, Fabfilter and XILS-Lab. Just be sure to read the instructions and follow our terms and conditions. We wish you good luck and a lot of fun.
The submission phase begins January 27th, 2014 and ends February 27th, 2014 at 23:59 UTC. The decision phase begins February 28th and ends March 3rd. The winners will be announced soon after.
ZooZither has released Spore, a free soundset featuring 114 presets for the Synplant synthesizer instrument by Sonic Charge.
Still one of my favourite soft synths, this is a collection of some of the patches I’ve made over the last 5 years.
Pro Tip: If you’re not using the mod wheel while playing Synplant you’re missing most of the fun as different mods are applied independently to each note. From subtle to total chaos, this really adds some tasty random to things.
Sonic Charge has announced the release of Cyclone, a free software emulation of the Yamaha TX16W sampler from 1988.
Cyclone is a true low-level hardware emulator. It simulates all the important circuits of the Yamaha TX16W, including the main 68000 CPU, the properietary Yamaha DSP circuits, the 12-bit sample memory and the 400kHz non-linear DACs. Cyclone not only looks like a real TX16W, it sounds like a real TX16W and it runs the exact same software as a real TX16W.
That last sentence is worth elaborating on. We have not merely created a new virtual instrument with a vintage sound, neither is Cyclone an updated version of Typhoon. Cyclone features a full 68000 emulator that runs the exact same version of Typhoon that was released 14 years ago. This implies that using Cyclone will require a bit more effort than your average modern virtual instrument. But this can also be a very rewarding experience. Regard Cyclone as a time travel portal to an era from the past. The era of the monster dinosaur samplers.
Cyclone for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download.
Sonic Charge has released version 3.1 of its Microtonic drum and percussion synthesizer combined with a pattern based drum-machine engine.
It is a free upgrade (as usual) and to many people the most interesting news is probably 64-bit compatibility. It also features new MIDI controlling possibilities (including pattern edits via MIDI CC) and a beautiful new skin with spacier layout and crispier pixels.
Changes in Microtonic v3.1
First fully 64-bit compatible version.
Supports MIDI CC out for updating MIDI controllers with current parameter values.
Supports MIDI CC for mutes as well as MIDI keys.
Supports using MIDI CC to perform pattern edits.
Drum patches that are loaded from factory preset folders are now referenced to with relative file paths meaning that it will be easier to use the drum patch browser to change patches in factory presets.
Signed packages on Mac OS X.
Name of DLL’s changed from MicroTonic(Multi)VST.dll to Microtonic(Multi).dll only. Name of plugin is Microtonic from now on, not µTonic or MicroTonic. Logotype is still µTONIC.
Fixed a bug where MIDI events occurring simultaneously would be processed in incorrect order, e.g. a note with 100% legato could stop the next note with its note off event.
Max length of program name reported to host is 64 characters.
De-initializes and releases all resources when last instance is removed from project.
Updated to latest support libraries. Lots of minor stability and compatibility improvements.
In the file browser, drum patches are previewed on the individual outputs that they will load into.
Supports automatic online registration through Sonic Charge Authenticator.
New skin. Bigger. Beautifuller. Spacier. Space is the future.
Microtonic for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $99 USD ex. VAT.
This bank, the first in a series of 3, is clearly meant for ambient and slow-paced music. Slow pads, gentle synths and plucks, you will find all the ingredients for your dreamy productions.
All subscribers to the newsletter will receive a discount code and all those who have purchased my first bank for Synplant, Organic Manipulations, will get a bigger discount. And until the new bank is released, you can purchase Organic Manipuations for $9.90 only!
Cellspace vol.1 is scheduled for release on May 22nd, 2013.
Sonic Charge has announced the release of beatrick for Permut8, a free firmware update that turns the effect plugin into a beat mangler.
One of the worst kept secrets about Permut8 is that it supports “firmware replacements”. In case you have not heard about it before, a “Permut8 firmware” is a piece of code that can be loaded into Permut8 to extend or replace its signal processing algorithms. This is not in native code but a portable assembler format for a virtual machine that I have designed for fast and safe (sandboxed) execution.
We have now decided to take advantage of this feature to offer you a (slightly late) Christmas gift. We hereby present the first official alternative firmware for Permut8: “beatrick”.
beatrick transforms the Permut8 plug-in into a dedicated beat mangling device.
The “beatrick” firmware is available to download for registered users.
The original Permut8 also includes firmwares.
Also, if you have not found them yet there are other firmwares already included in the original Permut8 installation, most notably a full port of SAM (the original speech synthesizer from the early 80′s). You need to logon to the terminal in the “about box” to use these. This topic contains more info.
Sonic Charge has also announced the release of Microtonic 3.1 beta, the first 64-bit compatible version. It is a closed beta, but serious beta testers can apply at http://beta.soniccharge.com
Sonic Charge has announced the release of its Echobode effect plug-in for Propellerhead Reason.
Echobode is a delay effect with a frequency shifter placed inside the feedback loop.
Echobode is a frequency shifter combined with a delay. The frequency shifter algorithm is inspired by the classic Bode device and it has excellent sideband separation. The delay uses high quality all-pass interpolation and a built-in LFO can be used to modulate the effect.
Echobode is capable of creating many different effects from pure frequency shifting and echoes to phasers, flangers, choruses and more.
Echobode is available from the Propellerhead Shop for the introductory price of $25 USD / 19 EUR until October 31st, 2012 (regular price $39 USD / 32 EUR).