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Zynaptiq acquires The DSP Dimension and Surround SFX

Zynaptiq

Zynaptiq has announced the recent acquisition of The DSP Dimension and Surround SFX, and all of their assets and technologies, effective January 1st, 2014.

About The DSP Dimension

Founded in 2005 by Stephan Bernsee as audio and image technology research and development firm, The DSP Dimension is widely known for its critically acclaimed DIRAC time stretching technology, its feature-based RTmorph sound morphing software, as well as its cutting edge audio, speech, speaker, gesture and face recognition technologies. The DSP Dimension web site has also become a widely popular repository for various tutorials on audio signal processing written to explain digital signal processing techniques from an engineer’s hands-on perspective with a minimum amount of math.
Zynaptiq will continue to offer all available The DSP Dimension technologies for licensing and The DSP Dimension team will continue to provide tech support under the new owner.

About Surround SFX

Founded in 2006 by Denis Goekdag, Surround SFX specialises in the design, production and licensing of audio content and creative effects processing algorithms, as well as sound design for games, film and advertising. Their content has been used in conjunction with products and media by Native Instruments, Terratec, Elysia, BMW Mini, VW, Hyundai and more.

“The acquisition of The DSP Dimension and Surround SFX extends our business scope and product range significantly” said Denis Goekdag, Surround SFX founder and CEO at Zynaptiq.

“Integrating these assets with our existing IP opens up exciting new options in signal acquisition and processing, that our users and clients will benefit from greatly in the near future.” added Stephan Bernsee, founder of The DSP Dimension and CTO at Zynaptiq.

Zynaptiq GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany, creates audio software based on artificial intelligence technology, and is known for their award-winning UNVEIL reverb removal, UNFILTER adaptive equalization and PITCHMAP real-time polyphonic pitch processing plug-ins.

More information: Zynaptiq

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Native Instruments releases PULSWERK Expansion for MASCHINE

Native Instruments Pulswerk

Native Instruments has announced the release of Pulswerk, a new Maschine Expansion designed for minimalistic house and techno.

Aside from its 30 drum kits, PULSWERK contains 20 unique Special Kits created exclusively with pitched sound sources. The Expansion also features an array of Multi-Effect Kits containing pre-sequenced, tempo synced effect chains and 60 new specially-designed MASSIVE presets. Combining these, PULSWERK provides an extensive toolkit for producers eager to turn deep sonic experimentation into finished professional productions.

PULSWERK’s 30 Drum Kits provide a selection of kicks, snares, claps, metallic sounds, and more specifically chosen to serve as a sonic foundation for the rest of the Expansion’s feature set. An array of Special Kits larger than that of any previous Expansion comprises chords, pads, drones, bleeps, and a variety of other pitched sound sources. Together, these sounds combine to give users a powerful toolkit for constructing polished, percussive grooves. The included patterns provide users with a creative springboard to quickly and easily start building tracks. PULSWERK’s sounds were meticulously designed with top-of-the-line software, hardware, and modular synthesizers, and drum machines – each running through high-end compressor and EQ chains carefully chosen to enhance the sound’s inherent character.

PULSWERK also features a set of pre-sequenced Multi-Effect Kits created from MASCHINE’s vast selection of on-board effects. These custom effect chains conveniently load into MASCHINE’s pads exactly like a drum kit.
Each chain automatically syncs to track tempo for evolving, beat-synced textures. These effect chains also boast powerful routing options, allowing users to route chains into new ones for a wide array of combinations. Designed for performance, key effect parameters are intuitively mapped to the hardware’s Macro knobs. Users can also automate effect performances and recall them for future production sessions and live improvisation.

PULSWERK was created by renowned sound designer Denis Gökdag – the creator of NI’s wildly successful MASCHINE Expansion TRANSISTOR PUNCH, and the name behind Surround SFX and Zynaptiq.

Pulswerk is available to purchase for for $49 USD / 49 EUR. A compact version of Pulswerk is also available for iMASCHINE in the in-app store for $0.99 USD / 0.89 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Pulswerk

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Zynaptiq announces PITCHMAP: Real-Time Polyphonic Pitch-Correction and Pitch-Mapping

Zynaptiq has announced the imminent release of PITCHMAP, the worldʼs first and only audio plug-in capable of polyphonic pitch-correction and pitch-mapping in real-time.

PITCHMAP allows real-time correction of pitch inaccuracies within mixed signals, as well as completely altering the tonality, chords, harmonies or melodies of a musical signal on the fly, a process Zynaptiq refers to as Pitch Mapping. PITCHMAP does this using Zynaptiq’s proprietary, artificial intelligence based MAP technology (Mixed-Signal Audio Processing) to de-mix an incoming signal – like, for example, a full mix – into individual elements, and then allows the user to arbitrarily or automatically correct and modify their pitches. Additionally, PITCHMAP provides means to deliberately induce processing “errors” to make results sound synthetic in a very futuristic and unique way.

“Our DSP Developer Stephan M. Bernsee has come up with what we believe to be a real game-changer.” Zynaptiq CEO Denis H. Goekdag said. “PITCHMAP lets you reach into a recording and change the pitch-related aspects of the composition on-the-fly. You can change an entire song from minor to major with just a couple of clicks, simultaneously correcting any tuning issues and changing the key. While there are other pitch processing solutions available, PITCHMAP combines polyphonic capability, a real-time workflow and an exceptional processing quality based on techniques that model the human auditory system, thus opening up a whole new level of creativity.”

Zynaptiq GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany, creates audio software based on artificial intelligence technology, and was founded in 2011 by Stephan M. Bernsee and Denis H. Goekdag, known for their involvement with Prosoniq, Hartmann Music, Surround SFX and the DSP Dimension, amongst others.

Zynaptiq PITCHMAP
Zynaptiq PITCHMAP

Pitchmap features

  • Automatic correction of pitch inaccuracies in polyphonic/mixed signals.
  • Pitch Mapping: Change harmonies and melodies on the fly.
  • Pitch Mapping via GUI-created source/destination maps or real-time MIDI-input.
  • Macro controls for near-instant creation of harmony- and key-changes.
  • Snapshot functionality for fast workflow and easy automation.
  • Perceptive modeling based Natural mode for voice-adapted processing.
  • Continuously variable Electrify parameter for making results sound synthetic in an exciting and unique way.

PITCHMAP will initially be released as Mac AU (AudioUnits) plug-in on January 19th, 2012, with VST and AAX support for both Mac and Windows platforms planned for later in 2012.

PITCHMAP has will be available to purchase for the introductory price of 269 USD/EUR until April 1st, 2012. The regular price is 399 USD/EUR (prices in EUR inclusive of 19% VAT).

More information: Zynaptiq / Pitchmap

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Surround SFX releases Transistor Rhythm for Maschine, Battery & EXS24

Surround SFX Transistor Rhythm

Surround SFX has released Transistor Rhythm, a sample library for Native Instruments Maschine, Battery and EXS-24.

Welcome to Transistor Rhythm, a premium, 24bit/96kHz Sample-Library for the Maschine, Battery 3 and EXS-24 platforms, created with achieving the highest possible quality in mind, both in terms of audio quality and in terms of real-world usability and cross-genre coolness. Maximum oooomph, megatons of groove, zero crap….you get the idea. I If you haven’t already, grab the three Transistor Free Kits taken from the Library to judge for yourself how close it comes to that goal.

Transistor Rhythm features

  • 800 Drums & SFX samples.
  • 50 Kits for Maschine, with 4 patterns each for a total of 200 unique rhythms.
  • 50 Battery 3 Kits using the same samples as their Maschine counterparts, but adapted to the different synthesis options found in Battery 3.
  • For the EXS-24, the samples come in banks according to the sample type, so you’ll find, for example, a bank of Analog Claps, a bank of Vinyl Snares etc.
  • All recording and processing was done at 192kHz sampling rate, and sampled down to 24/96 for the final product in a mastering studio with individual SRC and Dither parameters per sample.
  • Sounds created using both vintage and modern gear by Elysia, RockRuepel, Neve, Siemens/Telefunken, Manley, Universal Audio, UREI, United Minorities, Avalon, Moog, Oberheim, Doepfer, Pearl, Roland, EMU, AKAI, Symbolic Sound, Hartmann, Korg, WMD, JoMoX, Cylonix, Millennia and many others.

Transistor Rhythm is available to purchase for 59 EUR including VAT. Owners of the NI Transistor Punch Maschine Expansion can x-grade with 20% discount. A collection of 3 kits from Transistor Rhythm is available as a free download.

More information: Surround SFX / Transistor Rhythm

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Native Instruments releases Vintage Heat & Transistor Punch expansions for Maschine

Native Instruments Vintage Heat / Transistor Punch

Native Instruments has released Vintage Heat & Transistor Punch, two new titles in a series of MASCHINE Expansions, affordable high-quality download libraries for its acclaimed groove production system.

All expansions provide new drum kits and instruments as well as pre-programmed patterns created by expert sound designers and producers, and feature a distinctive take on a contemporary sound aesthetic or musical style. The series debuts with VINTAGE HEAT and TRANSISTOR PUNCH, created by Goldbaby and Surround SFX.

NI Maschine Expansions

  • VINTAGE HEAT was created by distinguished sampling artist Goldbaby, and specializes on warm, saturated sounds with typical vintage grit. The library includes 50 charismatic kits with analog, digital and acoustic origins, complemented through 50 matching synthesizer sounds ranging from bass and leads to brass, pads and strings. All sounds in VINTAGE HEAT have been sampled from vintage drum machines and sought-after analog synths, and have been extensively processed with Goldbaby‘s unique array of classic compressors, effect units and valve tape machines to achieve his special signature sound. Inventive sampling techniques, including the mapping of successive tape delay repeats to different velocity layers, further contribute to the original and distinctive character of the VINTAGE HEAT library.
  • TRANSISTOR PUNCH takes its inspiration from contemporary European club music, and provides extremely crisp and punchy sounds for a wide range of electronic styles. Created by renowned sound designer Denis Gögdak of Surround SFX, the library contains 30 energetic drum kits as well as 50 new bass and lead sounds that integrate seamlessly with the factory library of MASCHINE. All sounds have been sampled from analog drum machines and synthesizers as well, to be meticulously processed with modern high-end outboard gear for an especially defined, forceful sound. TRANSISTOR PUNCH also adds 20 sophisticated multi-effect chains that provide instant sonic treatments for any groove, as well as a large collection of patterns by acclaimed producer Martin Buttrich.

Vintage Heat and Transistor Punch are available for download purchase for $59 USD / 49 EUR each.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine Expansions

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