Soundcells has released Greenhouse, a ReFill based on sounds from the Synplant virtual synthesizer instrument by Sonic Charge.
“Greenhouse” is an awesome ReFill which is based on samples coming from the popular Synplant software synthesizer which is without any doubt one of the most innovative plugins of recent years.
125+ combinator patches provide an insight into the great and highly characterful sound capabilities Synplant has to offer. Greenhouse patches sound deep and murky, sometimes wishful and dreamy, but overall atmospheric and full of the typical and widely acclaimed Synplant character…
In addition, some “One-Shot-FX” kits are included to let you produce some glitchy electro beats. The 24 bit samples were recorded through an analog mixing console to bring the “real world” flavour into our digital world – ready-to-use within this ReFill. And let´s not forget about he 35+ drum samples (as well as 11 Rex files highly processed with additional EQing, compressing…) from the MicroTonic PlugIn which has been recorded the same way as the Synplant samples…
129 combinator patches full of the typical and widely acclaimed Synplant character.
Deep, murky, evil but also wishful and dreamy are the main keywords.
114 NNXT patches containing the basic sounds which were used for the combinators, 7 Redrum kits.
432 Synplant samples, 392 MB uncompressed.
35+ drum samples & 11 Rex loops coming from the MicroTonic PlugIn.
Greenhouse is available to purchase for the introductory price of 18.90 EUR until May 15th, 2011 (regular price 24.90 EUR).
Voltage Disciple has announced the release of DrumPlant, a sound set for Synplant by Sonic Charge.
DrumPlant is the second pack in our series of sounds for SonicCharges SYNPLANT. Life imitates art but in this case Synplant imitates drums, percussion and modular noises to give you an exceptional set of unique drum sounds. Earth shaking kicks, crisp snares, modular thips, vactrol wood hits and original kits all created with gene manipulation goodness.
DrumPlant for Synplant is available to purchase as an instant download for $10 AUD.
Soundcells has announced the release of Greenhouse, a free ReFill created from sounds made with Synplant by Sonic Charge.
“Greenhouse” is a small but awesome ReFill which is based on samples coming from the very popular and famous Synplant software synthesizer – probably one of the most innovative plugins of recent years.
35 combinator patches provide an insight into the great and highly characterful sound capabilities Synplant has to offer: Greenhouse patches sound deep and murky – sometimes wishful and dreamy – but overall atmospheric and full of Synplant character…
In addition, some “One-Shot-FX” kits are included to let you produce glitchy electro beats. The 24 bit samples were recorded thru an analog mixing console to bring the “real world” flavour into the digital world – ready-to-use within this ReFill…
35 combinator patches full of Synplant character.
Deep, murky, evil but also wishful and dreamy are the main keywords.
39 NNXT patches containing the basic sounds which were used for the combinators.
190 Synplant samples, 158 MB uncompressed.
The Greenhouse ReFill is available as a free download.
Sonic Charge has announced the release of µTonic 3.0, an upgrade to its virtual drum machine instrument for Windows and Mac.
It is out. Sonic Charge µTonic version 3.0. The first major upgrade to our flagship drum machine in over five years. And what an upgrade it is. Sporting over 20 new features and a brand new look, µTonic is as good as new again.
Changes in µTonic v3.0
A morph slider allows you to interpolate all eight drum patches simultaneously between two end-points. You can edit the drum patches with the morph slider at any position and it will adjust the interpolation end-points accordingly. Morph is an automatable and MIDI controllable parameter, so it can be used both as a performance parameter as well as an editing feature.
Matrix editor window for viewing and editing the pattern steps of all eight drum channels simultaneously. (Bonus feature: you can drag channel labels to reorder the drum channels of the preset.)
MIDI Program Change message support for instantaneously switching between up to 16 different presets (loaded into memory). (It is also possible to switch programs with MIDI notes.)
Drag and drop patterns as MIDI files directly into your sequencer (supported by all major hosts).
“Edit All Channels” button enables adjusting parameters for all drum channels simultaneously. E.g. turn up the distortion on all channels. µTonic will write parameter automation for all affected channels, so the effect can be automated.
A new “choke group” feature lets you assign two or more channels that should play mutually exclusively and cut each other off. Useful for closed and open hi-hats for example.
A preset name display sits in the top of the window, with previous and next preset buttons and a popup list when you click the display.
Support for MIDI Pitch Wheel for real-time pitch transposition with a range of up to 2 octaves.
A new “Stop Voices with MIDI Note Off” option makes it possible to sustain the sound while you hold down MIDI keys (if you use µTonic as a synth). It is also useful for changing the length of drum sounds with note lengths in your sequencer.
Alternative “pattern launch modes”: “Switch Next” (the behavior in earlier versions of µTonic), “Switch Directly”, “Retrigger” and “Retrigger Gated”.
Undo / redo.
Shift-click menu buttons to quickly repeat last selected menu item.
New 3D-rendered skin. Sharper, brighter, sexier with 32-bit graphics. (Yes, µTonic version 2.0 was using 20th century 16-bit RGB graphics still).
µTonic for PC and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $99 USD + VAT. The update is free for registered customers (100% backwards compatible with µTonic 2.0).
Sonic Charge has also released Bitspeek, a real-time pitch-excited linear prediction codec effect.
Linear prediction coding is a voice compression technology that appeared in commercial products in the seventies and was implemented in some well-known speaking toys of the early eighties.
We have applied this technology to create a VST / AU effect plug-in that analyzes audio, extracts a number of parameters (including pitch, volume and formant data) and then resynthesizes the audio using a simple oscillator, noise and filter architecture.
We have added a number of playback parameters that adjusts the pitch and tonal quality of the sound as well as support for MIDI and a beat-synchronized “formant freezing effect”. Despite having only a few simple controls, this box can produce a broad range of sounds from cheap speaking toys to high-end vocoder and talkbox effects.
Bitspeek for PC and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $29 USD + VAT.
Sonic Charge has revealed details about the upcoming µTonic 3.0 update.
One week left of 2010, which means one week left before the first major µTonic upgrade in over five years. I thought today would be a good day to reveal a bit more about the upcoming version 3.0.
The primary motivation behind this upgrade is to transform µTonic into a more dynamic instrument, without sacrificing its simplicity or drastically alter its “trademark sound”. We’ve always been proud of how µTonic sounds, and our intention has never been to turn it into a MegaTonic. If you are expecting to see four oscillators with sample playback and granular delay effects on top, you will be disappointed. Instead, you are going to see a set of well-balanced new features for exploring sounds, building patterns and performing live with µTonic. Features that will bring the best out of the beast.
We have already revealed that the upgrade is free and will feature the much requested support for “MIDI Program Changes” and “MIDI-file drag and drop”. I will now reveal another significant addition: “Morph”. “Morph” lets you transform all eight drum patches simultaneously from one point to another. This feature can be used both for performance (think: dramatic build-ups), for editing (think: finding semi-random sounds, “Synplant style”) or for crazy loony fun experiments (think: what would it sound like if I morph the kick to a snare and the snare to a kick, back and forth?).
A sound-file says more than a thousand words so I pulled a random preset from our big preset-bag (“EE Flat Lines”) and made a quick little arrangement with three different morph configurations. Enjoy.
What if blowing tunes on beer bottles was raised to the level of musical science?
Through even the mundane medium of packaging, design can transform the everyday. DJ and designer Matt Braun of Philadelphia, collaborating with Chris Mufalli, use labels to tune the level of beer remaining in the bottle for musical results. Pitches are printed on the labels, allowing you to exactly match the liquid inside to a pitch you want, and join along with your fellow imbibers for a performance.
It’s not just a label that’s different. Ridges on the sides of the bottles make them double as Guiro-style percussion. The neck was adjusted for ergonomics. Even the wooden box becomes a tongue drum.
I love Ableton Live’s workflow and while I’m a big fan of Ableton Sampler, Operator, Impulse, Drum Racks etc… I do heavily utilize VST’s to extend Live’s range even further. I try to find plugins that not only sound great, but also integrate into and compliment Live’s workflow. One recent addition to my software rig is Sonic Charge’s fantastic pattern based drum-machine synth uTonic.
In this post, I’ll show you how to use MIDI to change patterns on the fly within uTonic. This will allow you to use uTonic as a drum machine in conjunction with your other Live clips and scenes.
At the Kansas City Mini Maker Faire, Taylor Jessee introduced me to his one of his latest creations, the Mini Drumset. Dissatisfied with plastic miniatures that look authentic but lack the full sound of real drums, he decided to design his own. He spent lots of time perfecting the snare sound with multiple layers of wrap, wire, and sugar, and finding the appropriate materials to produce a good symbol crash- in this case, a sawed-off candlestick holder. But he didn't stop there, and produced the above infomercial to advertise the kit. He is actually selling them, too!