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Review: de la Mancha bassbomb

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de la Mancha

A little over 3 years ago de la Mancha started releasing free VST instrument and effect plug-ins for Windows. Quite prolifically too.

After releasing many freebies — lots of great random/probability-based FSU type stuff, early 2008 de la Mancha released Octav8r, its first commercial plug-in; a 7 band pitch shifter collaboration with Singing Crane.

Currently de la Mancha’s collection of plug-ins spans more than 50 freeware and commercial plug-ins including 4-operator FM synth FMMF (3rd place winner of KVR’s Developer Challenge 2009), and drum sample player ballistic, released as a charity fund raiser for Cancer Research UK (over £1,000 GBP donated already!)

bassbomb is dlM’s latest effort, a monophonic bass “monster”.

bassbomb is a monophonic, bass synthesizer focused on creating a wide range of bass sounds from punchy to chunky via squelchy and fat with a sprinkling of dirt on top. It does everything from dubstep wobble, electro house dirt, funky bounce, breakbeat dirt, hiphop boom, acid squelch and more besides. As well as bass lines it’s also happy banging out kick drums and bass drops, with a pure sine sub osc to really nail that low end.

de la Mancha bassbomb
de la Mancha bassbomb, a monophonic bass monster

bassbomb features 2 (syncable) oscillators with 7 custom waveforms. They have detune and pulse width controls, and adjustable Unison with spread for each. There’s a sub oscillator (sine) to fatten things up.

A 24 dB/octave low pass filter features velocity and key tracking for the filter cutoff.
ADSR envelopes are available for the amp, filter, and modulation. There’s a “pickup” button for each of these, which once enabled will keep the envelope’s attack from re-triggering, which can be useful to minimize clicks.

The mod envelope can modulate the detune and pulsewidth parameters of each one of the (sub)oscillators, the filter cutoff & resonance, and the amount of “dirt” – a home-made cocktail of saturation and harmonics that will bring rawness and filth to your bass escapades, according to dlM.

These mod targets can also be modulated by 2 LFOs, which feature 20 waveforms with adjustable phase. The LFOs can be synced by note (each time you play a note) or by host tempo, from 1/32th beat to 32 beats. The second LFO can also modulate the depth and frequency of LFO 1.

bassbomb also features a straightforward tempo-synced (1/32 beats to 4 beats) arpeggiator. It has a number of patterns (up, down, up/down, down/up, tarnce, and fancy) and plays notes with adjustable note length, from 1 to 4 octaves.

The user interface is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. Knobs can generally be double-clicked to go revert to default settings and you can fine-tune values by holding the Ctrl-key while adjusting a knob. The text below knobs can also be clicked allowing you manually enter exact values, even beyond the range of the knob. The yellow outer rings of modulation targets will move in real time when being modulated, a helpful visualization of what’s going on with your modulation.

What else? Some global parameters are available for pitch and volume. There’s a portamento control, a note sync (restarts the osc waveform at every note) and a mono drop mode which kills the previous note when playing another one.

I find bassbomb quite pleasing to the eye too, but hey… what does it sound like? The included presets (200!) show off its capabilities pretty well, not just bass but also lead, drum and fx sounds are included.

So what do I think?

Product: bassbomb by de la Mancha
Format: VST instrument plug-in for PC
Price: $24 USD (includes free PULS until 28 February, 2010)

Bassbomb does a great job at what it is designed for. It features all you need to create a wide variety of bass sounds for any electronic music genre, and more. The modulation options are great for creating wobbly bass sounds for drum & bass or dubstep, or for getting a more dynamic/moving sound.

Although I rarely use one, the arpeggiator is a nice addition, and overall I feel like de la Mancha is really coming up with the goods here. It’s probably good to mention that de la Mancha uses SynthEdit to create instruments and effects. Some people avoid anything SynthEdit (yes there are a great deal of SE creations out there that probably aren’t worth your time) but in my opinion plug-ins like bassbomb are well worth checking out.

In short, the bassbomb is a very capable little synth for bass and more. Definitely a good choice for those who are looking for a cheap dedicated bass instrument.

A free demo version is available to download from the bassbomb product page. It lacks some of the features but you can get a good idea if this synth is for you.

Until the 28th of February you’ll get a free copy of PULS (a monophonic pulse wave synthesizer with simple controls but complex sounds) with your purchase as well so check it out.

More information: de la Mancha / bassbomb


Rough Diamond Productions releases whiteLABEL stWIP

Rough Diamond Productions whiteLABEL stWIP

Rough Diamond Productions has released whiteLABEL stWIP, a stereo digital channel strip effect plug-in for Windows.

General purpose : stWIP can be used pretty much anywhere you need stereo compression, gating, distortion or EQ. Each Filter and EQ band delivers upto 30 decibels of cut or gain and the 10 dynamics modes range from light compression to heavy companding. To top it off, the distortion unit can further boost (and/or destroy) your signal.

Bespoke : During development of stWIP, about 30 custom SynthEdit modules were created to handle the user interface and audio sub-system architecture. These modules are also available for developers to download : More information: here. The unique architecture of stWIP means it can quite easily be turned into a parallel Quad or Surround Processor – upto 12 channels … if you’d like a “wide” version of stWIP just register in the normal way, and then get in touch to let me know your required configuration, which will then be built for a modest additional fee.

stWIP is available as a VST effect plug-in for Windows for £15 GBP.

More information: Rough Diamond Productions


Artifake_Labs releases RedTron

Artifake_Labs RedTron

Artifake_Labs has released RedTron, a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.

RedTron is an updated version of the previously released Meltron MKX.

RedTron emulates “The Mellotron”, one of the most famous tape replay keyboard. RedTron is a sample-based VST plug-in, made with SynthEdit and totally free.

RedTron features

  • Five sound types: 3 violins, 8-Voice Choir, Flute, Brass, String Section.
  • “Loop” and “Non-Loop” modes: as the original “Mellotron”, each sound is eight seconds long but you can switch to “Loop Mode” and allows the samples to loop continuously.
  • Layer possibilities & independent parameters for layer A & B:
    • Attack, Release, Pan, Octave, Note, Pitch, Tone & volume parameters.
    • Delay effect (Amount, Time, Feedback & Pan parameters).
    • Reverb effect (Mix, Width, Size & Damp parameters).
  • “Tape Noise” knob to simulate tape hiss.
  • Can be used as Soundfont Player to mix any .sf2 file with “Tron sounds” or to extend the sound palette.

RedTron is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC. Download it here (MediaFire).

Visit Artifake_Labs for more information.


Osiris Synths releases RoChor

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Osiris Synth RoChor

Osiris Synths has released RoChor, a freeware Roland Chorus emulation VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

RoChor features

  • 4 Voice Chorus/Flanger/Widener module modeled after the Roland JP-8000 Chorus.
  • 4 frequency divided LFO’s modulate 4 delay lines.
  • Made with Synthedit, skin done in Skinman by g200kg.

RoChor is available as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows (donations appreciated).

Download RoChor here.


Majken updates Chimera & Pan-Oh!-Rama

Majken Chimera

Majken has released updates for Chimera and Pan-Oh!-Rama, two freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.

Chimera is a noise driven synth focusing on pads and haunting leads, while Pan-Oh!-Rama is a powerful dual filter modulated by six LFO’s. Effects range from autopan, tremolo and filtersweeps to pure FM-madness.

Changes in Chimera & Pan-Oh!-Rama

  • Multicore support; Plug-ins will no longer crash when running multiple instances on multicore systems.
  • Faster loading times; Projects will load much faster, especially when running multiple instances.
  • CPU optimizations; CPU usage should be slightly lower overall.
  • Chimera: DC Offset bug fixed.

Chimera and Pan-Oh!-Rama are available as freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.

Visit Majken for more information and links to download the plug-ins.


Morfiki releases Redu(p)cer

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Morfiki Redu(p)cer

Morfiki has released Redu(p)cer, a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

Are You into audio destruction? Than it’s Your perfect weapon. Modulate noise, quants and screams.

Redu(p)cer features

  • True stereo processing.
  • High pass filter with stereo spread.
  • Quantizer.
  • Low pass filter with stereo spread.
  • Samplerater – samplerate reducer with stereo spread.
  • All parameters controlled by MOFRIKI Preset System.
  • Reset spread knobs and volume knob by double-clicking on knob’s name.

The plug-in is made with the SynthEdit SDK (with custom written modules). Morfiki is all about fun and tweakability.

Visit Morfiki for more information.


17hex releases Arachnid

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17hex Arachnid

17hex has released Arachnid, a freeware 8 channel stereo drum sampler VSTi plug-in for Windows PC.

Why another drum plugin? Because the only ones I could find that had the features I wanted cost hundreds of dollars, and I think you should be able to get a Drum Sampler with envelopes, filters and loop/reverse for free!

Arachnid features

  • 8 channel stereo drum sampler
  • Sample loop & reverse, sample position, start & end controls
  • Pitch for each sample
  • Multi-mode filter (LP/HP/BP/BR) with ADSR envelope
  • ADSR envelope (amp)
  • Panning and level controls
  • Assignable outputs

Both the VST instrument and SynthEdit source files are available for download.

Visit 17hex for more information.