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