Stephen Wey of Fingermarks has introduced Drone Machines, a soundset for the Aalto virtual modular software synthesizer by Madrona Labs.
This bank of 85 presets for MadronaLabs Buchla inspired Aalto synthesiser is comprised largely of self generating sounds that drift and evolve slowly (somewhat like Metaphysical Function but synthesised, not based on samples).
These are not typical “bread and butter” sounds but mostly subtle sounds that invite quiet contemplation or that create droning, shifting, walls of soundscape. Most can just be left to run, others can also be played using the keys and will interact with the player. There are also a few pads and bell-like sounds as well. Several sounds also have more than one variation.
The soundset is available at a “pay-what-you-like” price, with a minimum of $5 USD.
More information: Fingermarks / Drone Machines
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XILS-lab has announced version 1.0 of Oxium, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
Oxium is a unique, yet cost-conscious (€99.00 EURO/$129.00 USD) Mac-compatible (OS X 10.5 — 32-bit PowerPC and Intel; Mac OS X 10.6 or later — 32- and 64-bit Intel; Audio Unit, VST, RTAS — Pro Tools 7.0 and later) and PC-compatible (Windows XP, Vista, and 7 — 32- and 64-bit; VST, RTAS — Pro Tools 7.0 and later) performance-orientated soft synth plug-in, adept at giving equal billing to still-sought-after classic analogue sounds and more adventurous modernistic tones.
Oxium is coming with more than 250 carefully chosen performance-showcasing presets from XILS-lab’s talented team of well-known, world-class sound designers including Laurent Bourgeon (Lotuzia), Simon Ball (Soundsdivine), Nori Ubukata, Pascal Laigle (Tzadi), Kelvin Ford, Ingo Weidner, Stephen Wey, Sami Rabia (Aiyn Zahev), Michael Cavallo.
Oxium is available to purchase for the introductory price of 69 EUR until August 15th, 2012 (regular 99 EUR).
More information: XILS-lab / Oxium
DNR Collaborative has announced the release of the Kore version of Alchemy: Illuminous, generously provided by Stephen Wey (KVR’s aMUSEd).
Alchemy: Illuminous for Camel Audio’s Alchemy VSTi is a package of new instruments designed strictly with Alchemy’s synthesis engine and relies on no samples whatsoever. The sounds are suited for a range of modern electronic music styles from dance/trance to minimal and ambient music.
The Kore sounds are available as a separate download, included with the purchase of Alchemy: Illuminous.
Alchemy: Illuminous is available to purchase for the (extended) introduction price of $19 USD until 1 week after the public release of Alchemy 1.20 (regular price $29 USD).
More information: DNR Collaborative / Alchemy Illuminous
aMUSED (Stephen Wey) has released The Cheese Shop, a collection of free patches for u-he Triple Cheese, as free virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
40 new patches – even though I tried my best in the last bank I felt I could not have fully plumbed the depths of cheese related puns without making a bank called “The Cheese Shop” inspired of course by Monty Python’s classic sketch.
Be warned – the sounds are mostly “a bit off” – cheese is strangely absent and there’s a lot of craziness, but there are also a few more tuneful fromages to the Terpsichorian Muse, not to mention that “bloody bazouki!!”.
An updated version of Camembert Electrique for Triple Cheese was released as well.
40 patches with a prog theme – mostly spaced out and proggie sounds but also some great plucked and flutish sounds and even some very phasey and funky clavinets
u-he Triple Cheese is available as a free instrument plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU).
More information: aMUSEd / u-he
Stephen Wey (aka aMUSEd) has released VoxWorks, a free collection of patches for Spectrasonics Omnisphere.
I didn’t really promote this properly when I first finished it as my laptop died soon after and I wasn’t able to do any demos and there were a few rough edges (tags needed a tidy, typos etc).
Now 46 patches for Omnisphere all on a vocal theme so all using singing, choirs sounds, chattering, whispering, chanting etc – although in many cases highly transformed using granularity or other methods so sometimes they sound more like a synth or another instrument. I made use of many of the more esoteric sound sources like the Washing machine “guitar” and bicycle wheel etc and several also use freeze and chaotic capabilities to create shifting, evolving, sometimes unsettling, sometimes very beautiful and unearthly sounds. I mainly made these to fill a gap in Omnisphere which I felt lacked interesting vocal patches (it does have some but not as many as I would have liked) and so they are made for my own music – some are quite dissonant and complex and most are more modern classical oriented – but there are also some very ethereal pad sounds and some that would work well in most music.
There are also 46 KoreSounds with full param mappings and attributes so people with Kore can load these patches (assuming they also have Omnisphere) and play or tweak them further using the Kore controller.
VoxWorks for Omnisphere is available as a free download, donations are appreciated. Download and audio demos are available at the KVR Audio forum.
More information: aMUSEd VoxWorks
Stephen Wey has released some patches for ACE, the virtual modular synthesizer plug-in by u-he.
Stephen’s ACE patches
- Heavy Industry, 50 patches dedicated to dark ambient, heavy metal(lic), horror and industrial/factory sounds – no pads – mostly noisy fx and lots of modular madness.
- Odds and sods, this contains the “nicer” sounds left over from the first 21 plus a lot more – mainly these are all acoustic-ish, leads and bass sounds. Unlike Heavy Industry these are mostly simple patches with an emphasis on playability, many use hardly any cables.
- 100, some very DX sounds, huge leads and basses too.
These patches are available to download at no cost.
More information: Stephen Wey’s ACE patches / ACE (Any Cable Everywhere)