Sound Guru has announced a public beta of The Mangle, a granular synthesizer / sampler plug-in.
I’ve been fascinated by granular synthesis for years but I never found a satisfactory plugin to explore it – I wanted full automation in my DAW, preset recall, and tools to ‘play’ the stream of grains expressively.
So I built it myself. Or more accurately, I am building it myself. The Mangle is beta software, but if you want to help me test, you can buy at the discounted beta price.
The Mangle features
- Animated granular display – Visualize your grain stream. Individual grains move across the waveform in real time. Amplitude, pitch and envelope are also represented.
- Drag & drop modulation – Creating new modulations is easy – just drag the modulator to its target, then set the amount with in-place markers showing changes.
- Resizable vector interface – The Mangle’s interface is rendered dynamically as vectors – resize it with no loss in quality. Handy for live performance.
- Dual sequencers – The Mangle is also great for making rhythmic patterns. A pair of sequencers can be used to modulate any parameter.
- Multiband waveform display – Quickly and easily see where high, mid and low frequencies are in your audio, for clearer sound setup and tweaking.
- Multi-timbral – Each instance of the plugin has 8 full ‘slots’ each with their own audio & parameters. Map them to any MIDI range for multi-timbral patches.
The Mangle is currently available for Mac only (VST/AU), for the discounted beta price of £19.99 GBP. A Windows version is coming soon.
More information: Sound Guru / The Mangle
Samplerbanks has announced the release of Drum Sound and Beat Creation – Ultrabeat, a video tutorial by Sound Guru featuring more than 3 hours of advanced knowledge about creating your own drum sounds in Logic’s drum machine.
Yet while many people use its presets or load up the occasional sample, few use Ultrabeat to its full potential. With Ultrabeat you can create your own sounds from scratch, or emulate classic drum machines, before morphing them dynamically across complex patterns. In Ultrabeat: Drum Sounds & Beat Creation instructor delve deep to show you how every feature works, then you’ll use that knowledge to build your own awesome percussion sounds in the 3.2 hours of HD video.
The tutorials are split into two parts:
Part 1 explains Ultrabeat’s layout and how all its features work, from pattern creation to synthesis. Although Ultrabeat can seem intimidating, these videos break it down into simple chunks, and you’ll find it quick, easy and fun to edit and create your own sounds.
Part 2 delves into the exciting world of synthesising your own drum and percussion sounds. You’ll learn everything from how to recreate classic 808 sounds to making far out and unusual electronic percussion. You’ll also discover Ultrabeat’s rarely used sound morphing capabilities.
Drum Sound and Beat Creation – Ultrabeat £14.99 GBP.
More information: Samplerbanks / Drum Sound and Beat Creation – Ultrabeat
Samplerbanks has announced the release of Logic’s ES2: Basic to Intermediate Synthesis, a tutorial video by Sound Guru.
Synthesis can seem extremely daunting. When you open up a synth like Logic’s ES2, you’re confronted with a huge array of buttons, knobs and sliders whose function seems obscure at best.
Even if you study the manual and can find your way around, it can still be extremely frustrating; hearing the sounds you want to make in your head, but unable to produce them. ES2 Synthesis: Basic to Intermediate guides you all the way from the foundations of synthesis to advanced sound design in 2hrs 35mins of HD video.
Logic’s ES2: Basic to Intermediate Synthesis is available to purchase for £21.99 GBP.
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Sound Guru has released Logic’s ES2: Basic to Intermediate Synthesis, a video tutorial series.
This series of videos starts at the basics, and continues all the way up to pro-level synthesis. After introducing the concepts of subtractive synthesis and going through the ES2′s features, it moves on to apply these principles in 18 sound design video workshops.
The workshops teach you to make sounds from many genres of electronic music including House, Techno, Drum and Bass, Electronica, Film soundtracks and more. Crucially, you will learn not just the hows, but the whys of synthesis, allowing you to make sounds from scratch. With over 2.5hrs of HD video, you’ll learn how to make killer bass, spacey pads, weird fx and more.
Logic’s ES2: Beginner to Intermediate Synthesis is available to purchase for £21.99 GBP.
More information: Sound Guru