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Ichiro Toda updates Synth1 to v1.08

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Ichiro Toda Synth1

Ichiro Toda has released version 1.08 of Synth1, a free virtual synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

Synth1 is a software synthesizer for computer music use. It is VSTi compatible. The current version is freeware. Functionally it is modelled on the Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth.

Changes in Synth1 v1.08

  • DXi version was discontinued due to difficulty of development environment maintenance.
  • Synth1 installer was discontinued. Instead a tool (initsetteings.exe) for setting Windows registry configuration is included.
  • Number of the banks was expanded to 100. The setting initialization tool sets to bank00 – 09, but does not set bank10 – 99. Folders have to be prepared manually for use with bank10 – 99 (setting in optional dialog).
  • Fixed: MIDI tab of the optional dialogue was replaced without permission.
  • Fixed: Program change error.

Synth1 is available to download as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Synth1

Short links for March 26th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Mike Cook Arduinocaster

# Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI

Mike Cook takes the keytar to the next level.

Arduinocaster is a an Arduino based MIDI instrument modelled on a guitar sometimes called a keytar. It uses switches and LEDs to control six "strings" which are held down in guitar like chords. Triggering the strings is through an opto reflective switch for a continuous repeating strum and four touch sensitive switches for a one off sequence. There are three banks of four picking / strumming / arpeggio styles and a three octave capo. Voice change information can also be sent.

# glitchNES – NO CARRIER/Don Miller’s glitchNES is an open source software project for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This software causes graphical glitches similar to hardware circuit-bending. The current version is 0.1 (initial release).
Link via CDM

Clubhouse Strummer

# Dinosaurs and Robots: The Clubhouse Strummer

Mark Frauenfelder writes:

My goal was to make an electric string instrument that uses drone tuning. I don't know anything about music theory, but drone tuning is a way to tune an instrument that makes it sound good no matter what you do with your fret fingers. Sitars, some dulcimers, and bagpipes use drone tuning. The clubhouse strummer uses GDG tuning (the Gs are one octave apart). I copied the fret layout from a strumstick, but I could have used this handy mountain dulcimer fret calculator to figure out the fret spacing.

# gotoandlearn.com – Flash Player 10 Beta: Dynamic Sound
Learn how to dynamically create sounds using the new features in Astro.

# Synth1 random preset generator
Christophe Roussy created a utility to generate random presets for Synth 1.

Synth1 is my favorite free software synthesizer to this date. There are a lot of preset banks available on the web. I had a look at the preset format and thought it would be easy to generate random presets if I could figure out how the values are stored. I decided to write a small Java application that can generate random presets.

# Free Korg MS-20 Patches
Waveformless offers some free patches for Korg's MS-20 synth plug-in.

8bitcollective drum machine compilation

# little-scale: Drum Machine Compilation

Kezziebeat writes:

"Due to a song I created just a couple of days ago, I became inspired to start this compo. I want to make a compilation of songs using only kick drums and noise. Yes, only drums. No leads, no melodies, no arps (even slutty ones). I want to see what people can create when they only have a beat to work with.

# Zoom H4n review – Brad Linder takes a look at the latest Zoom H4 field recorder.

Peter den Herder releases Bank2 for Synth1

Synth1 v1.0.7

Peter den Herder has released Bank2, a collection of free patches for Synth1.

Synth1 Bank2 features

  • 100 patches for the VST(i)/DXi, Synth1V1.07.
  • Includes: synthbasses, synth brass, arpeggio’s, gated sounds, TB-103 sounds, soundfx and more.
  • Genre: Mainly Dance.
  • Color of the sound categories: Lead = purple, Bass = orange, Strings/pads = blue, Arpeggio’s/Gated sounds = yellow, Sound fx = green, Other = pink.

Synth1 Bank2 demo

Bank2 for Synth1 can be downloaded here.

Note: it is not allowed to distribute these files without explicit prior written permission from the author.

Muesch Music releases ACK3 for Synth1

Meusch Music ACK3

Stephan Müsch (aka Rsmus7/Etienne) of Muesch Music has released ACK3, an Ambient Construction Kit for Synth1.

ACK3 features

  • 256 presets for Synth1.
  • Sounds include lush pads, rhythmic loops, heavy basses, cutting leads, FX sounds and ambient textures, keys and strings.
  • Internal routing for the modwheel assigned for most sounds (can make extreme changes to the sounds, or change the rhytm of a looping sound, or just a slight change in the timbre of the sound).

ACK3 is available as an instant download for $4.99 USD. Registered users (free registration) can download the previous ACK1 & ACK2 sound banks free of charge.

Check the ACK3 page for more information and mp3 demos.

KVR Music Contest July 2007 – 5 Years

Markleford Friedman

June of 2007 marked the the 5 year anniversary for Markleford’s continuous contributions to the KVR Music Contest. So for this month the idea was to create a musical piece that pays tribute to Markleford.

Markleford has done many memorable tracks in the past five years, but a personal favorite of mine is actually the one marking Markleford’s 5 year anniversary, Five Year Waltz to Suicide.

My tribute started out with this song as an inspiration, originally doing the theme melody with a piano soundfont. I later replaced the piano by a nice Synth1 patch from one of Ouroboros’ Synth1 banks, and recorded a Squier guitar (japanese silver series) for the bass sounds. (I lowered the samples 1 octave after recording).

Unfortunately my project file got corrupted beyond recovery after a computer crash just when I was almost finished with it, so I had to redo the whole thing. It came out a bit different but still has the intended vibe.

You can download the song below:

core - five Downloads: 529 times

Check the KVR contest entries for more mp3s.

Synth1 patches by Ouroboros

Synth1 v1.07

Ouroboros has released 128 patches for Synth1.

Synth1 is one of those synths that has quite a following, and for a good reason. This 2 Osc VSTi with FM and ring modulation still is one of the best sounding freebies out there in my opinion.

Ouroboros does a wonderful job showcasing the versatility of Synth1, with patches categorized in several sections: Bass, Keys, Arp, Pads, Synth and more.

Here’s a little loop I made with only patches from Ouroboros’ bank (5 instances of Synth1 + Kjaerhus Classic Master Limiter).

Download the full bank of 128 patches below.

Synth1 Ouroboros Bank3 Downloads: 4565 times

Looking for more? Check all patches by Ouroboros or for Synth1