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B. Serrano releases Horus Mk2 free synth plugin

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B. Serrano has released Horus Mk2, an extended version of the free string synthesizer instrument for Windows.

B. Serrano Horus Mk2

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

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Max for Cats releases Ensemble & DiGiTAL for Live

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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.

Max for Cats Ensemble

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.

Max for Cats DiGiTAL

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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Cluster Sound releases Multiman free Live Pack

Cluster Sound has announced Multiman, a free Ableton Live library featuring the sounds of the Multiman-S string synthesizer.

Cluster Sound Multiman

Released in the 1977 by the Italian Crumar, the Multiman-S (called Orchestrator in the USA) is a fully polyphonic orchestral string synthesizer. Used by artists like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, this vintage analog machine appears both in ‘70s rock songs and old school electronic tracks.

Multiman is a Live Pack is based on 5 multi-sample recordings obtained by sampling the five preset sounds: Brass, Piano, Clavichord, Cello and Violin. Multiman delivers 25 Live Presets each of which consists of 61 perfecly looped samples (each note of the 5-octave keyboard).

Multiman features

  • 140 MB conent, 24-bits/44.1kHz.
  • 6 multi-sample recordings (332 samples).
  • One sample per note (5 octaves).
  • Perfect loop-points (no crossfading).
  • 25 Live Presets.
  • Sampler/Simpler compatible.

The sound pack is a free download at Cluster Sound. Requires Ableton Live 9.

More information: Cluster Sound / Multiman

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Soniccouture launches The Attic instrument bundle for Kontakt

Soniccouture has released The Attic, a bundle of 10 virtual instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture The Attic

The Attic : a project to document and sample interesting, characterful instruments that may not always be the obvious choice when we think of classics.

Instruments which, when added to a track, instantly add some special magic, even if it is due to the fact that it sounds a bit cheap or quirky.

We asked around some friendly producers: Neil Davidge, Adrian Utley and Liam Howe were all happy to open up their attics to us, and the resulting collection is a fascinating journey into the corners early analogue synthesis, offering a huge palette of sounds to reach into when you need colour, character and exuberance.

The Attic features

  • 10 Unique Instruments: Roland RS202 String Machine, Korg LP10 Analog Piano, Suzuki Omnichord, Jennings Univox, Minikorg 700s, Hammond Solovox, Synthi AKS, Roland SH2000, Godwin String Concert, Philips Philicorda
  • Authentic Analogue Sample modelling.
  • Over 350 Presets.
  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 7.8 GB Core Library.

The Attic is available for purchase for $149 USD / £119 GBP / 129 EUR. Until May 2nd, 2014, you can use coupon code URR3K3Y to get $30 USD / 20 EUR off.

More information: Soniccouture / The Attic

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Waldorf intros Streichfett hardware string synthesizer

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Waldorf has introduced Streichfett, a hardware synthesizer unit that combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s.

Waldorf Streichfett

Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic 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 or Reverb. Alternatively, the Effect section can be used to animate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

The Solo Section offset presets named Bass, E-Piano or Clavi, and just like in your typical string machine, the sound has little to do with that name. Instead, these are shimmering and slightly percussive sounds that blend well with the string section.

Streichfett features

  • Fully polyphonic Strings Section with Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ and Choir presets.
  • 2′nd Layer with Violin/Viola Voicing.
  • Ensemble Effect for String Section.
  • Typical String Envelope Generator with Crescendo and Release.
  • Monophonic Solo Section, offering Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth and Pluto sounds.
  • Dedicated Tremolo for Solo Section.
  • Switchable Envelope generator with variable Sustain setting and Attack/Decay (Release) function.
  • Effect Section with Animate, Phaser or Reverb.
  • Layer or Split for Solo Section.
  • Dedicated balance knob for quick adjustment of layered/split sounds.
  • Fully programmable with 3 x 4 memory locations.

Pricing and availability TBA.

More information: Waldorf / Streichfett

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Full Bucket Music releases Nabla string synthesizer

Full Bucket Music has released Nabla, a free string synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Full Bucket Music Nabla

The Nabla is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® simulating the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979. Is is written in native C++ code for high performance and low CPU consumption.

Nabla features

  • Paraphonic Synthesizer and Strings sections.
  • Up to 64 voices polyphony.
  • Synthesizer section:
    • Four band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators.
    • Additional noise generator.
    • 4-pole zero-delay feedback bandpass/lowpass filter.
  • Strings section:
    • Two band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators.
    • 2-band equalizer.
    • Ensemble effect.
  • Flexible pitch/filter modulation by LFO or noise.
  • Tweaks (not to be found in the original Delta):
    • “GOD Mode” to provide true polyphony.
    • Panning for Synthesizer/Strings sections.
    • Built-in phaser and delay effects.
  • Double precision audio processing.
  • All parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.
  • Plug-in comes in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
  • Fully compatible with SM Pro Audio’s V-Machine™.

The plug-in is available to download as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Full Bucket Music / Nabla

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Cluster Sound releases Rhapsody free Live Pack

Cluster Sound Rhapsody

Cluster Sound has announced the release of Rhapsody, a free Ableton Live Pack featuring the sounds of the Rhapsody 490 polyphonic analog string synthesizer by Elka.

The Rhapsody 490 comes with just three sounds (Violoncello, Strings and a combination of these two sounds) characterized by a fixed distinctive chorus effect. But the unit used for this library has been equipped with a switch that allows to activate/deactivate the chorus, definitely a very useful hack!

Rhapsody is a multi-sample Live Pack based on 6 recordings created by sampling the three sounds with and without the chorus effect. Rhapsody delivers 21 Live Presets (with useful macro controls) each of which consists of 49 perfectly-looped samples (each note of the 4-octave keyboard).

Rhapsody features

  • 220 MB content, 24 Bits/44.1 Khz.
  • 6 Multi-sample Recordings (294 samples).
  • One sample per note (4 octaves).
  • Perfect loop-points (no crossfading).
  • 21 Live Presets.
  • 15 Sampler/Simpler devices.

The Rhapsody pack is a free download for registered Cluster Sound users (requires Ableton Live 9/Suite 9).

More information: Cluster Sound / Rhapsody

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GForce releases Virtual String Machine Expansion Pack

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GForce VSM Expansion Pack

GForce Software has announced the release of the Virtual String Machine (VSM) Expansion Pack for its VSM instrument for Windows and Mac.

Containing 18 new instruments, 60 sample sets, including the iconic GX-1, Polymoog Vox Humana & ARP Quadra and over 400 new patches, the VSM Expansion Pack offers fresh inspiration by extending the range of tones now available to registered VSM owners.

VSM Expansion Pack features

  • 18 classic and rare string machines.
  • 60 individual sample sets.
  • 400+ Patch library.
  • 49 notes, each individually sampled and looped.
  • Layer Expansion sounds with the original library.
  • Over 2.5GB of data.
  • Alternative GUI.

The Expansion Pack is available to purchase for the introductory price of £49.99 GBP inc VAT until January 31st, 2014.

More information: GForce / VSM Expansion Pack

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