Full Bucket Music has released version 1.1.0 of the deputy Mark II, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.
The deputy Mark II is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® (both 32 and 64 bit) in the tradition of classic string machines and early “polyphonic” synthesizers, written in native C++ code for high performance.
Changes in the deputy Mark II v1.1.0
- Reworked paraphonic note scheduling.
- Improved internal processing architecture.
- All parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.
- Added File Management dialog.
- Rudimentary support for skinning.
- Built-in alternative “dark” skin.
- Minor bug fixes.
The plug-in is available as a free download for Windows (VST).
More information: Full Bucket Music / the deputy Mark II
Loomer has released version 1.14.13 of its String ensemble string synthesizer, and version 1.7.19 of the Aspect semi-modular synthesizer instrument Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Changes in String v1.14.13
- AAX 64-bit Native plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS X.
- Fixed issue where MIDI learnt parameters could be forgotten when reloading String.
- Significantly improved UI response speed; reduced CPU usage when parameters are automated whilst the UI is open.
Changes in Aspect v1.7.19
- Fix for issue where tempo synced LFOs would not align when running the plug-in in a host with the transport stopped (introduced in 1.7.18).
String and Aspect are available for purchase for £50 GBP and £65 GBP, respectively. Prices ex VAT.
More information: Loomer
Waldorf has announced the release of Streichfett, a colourful string synthesizer desktop module.
Streichfett combines the best of the previously extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and an eight voice solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago.
The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser and Reverb. Additionally, the Animate Effect can be used to modulate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.
Streichfett is available for purchase for SRP 279 EUR (including tax).
More information: Waldorf / Streichfett
B. Serrano has released Horus Mk2, an extended version of the free string synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Horus is something between a string-machine and a poly synth.
Horus Mk2 features
- Waveform choice for Strings and LFO.
- Phaser’s speed coefficient (a pop-up menu by clicking on “Speed” label.
- Mono mode with portamento.
- Vibrato by Mod-wheel, Breath or pedal.
- Fake LCD display for patch management.
- New appearance.
Horus Mk2 is available as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: B. Serrano / Horus Mk2
Ableton has announced Ensemble & DiGiTAL, two advanced synthesizer by Max for Cats.
Despite the name, Max for Cats is, in fact, the product of a human with an incredible passion for synthesizers. Ensemble & DiGiTAL, both now available as Packs for Max for Live, represent a lifetime of passion for both hardware synthesis and Max patching.
Based on classic 1970s string synths, Ensemble captures the spirit of weepy prog rock chords, retro-futuristic soundtracks, and bright disco stabs. Built-in phaser and chorus effects coat the sound in a proper vintage vibe – as a bonus, these effects also come with Ensemble as separate devices.
With elements of wavetable, FM, additive, and subtractive synthesis, DiGiTAL is a futuristic instrument designed for imagining new sounds. With beautifully-designed, friendly controls, a new sonic universe is at your fingertips.
Ensemble and DiGiTAL are available for purchase for 29 EUR each.
More information: Max for Cats
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