Kip Chatterson has released version 1.63 of GenMce, a Generic Mackie Control Emulator plug-in for Windows PC.
Changes in v1.63
- Rewind and Fast forward added.
- Minor GUI adjustments.
- Manual revised.
- Command text entered for Ableton Live.
See the changelog for more information.
GenMce v1.63 and GenMceXT v1.62 will be the final versions until SynthEdit is updated.
More information: GenMce
Ninecows has released The Putney v2.0, a freeware architectural replica (SynthEdit) of the old Putney by EMS, also known as VCS3 or Synthi A.
From the manual (included in the download):
As the original it is constructed of basic modules connected in a matrix, letting you route sources and control voltages to different destinations. Many module based synths can do that, but the Putney has one remarkable difference: There is no clear distinction between audio and control voltages as sources. For instance; you can let the output of one audio oscillator control the frequency of another, or use the noise generator to control the filters cut-off frequency.
Even though the synth (just as the original) is monophonic, the flexible routing system will let you create a huge variety of different sounds and effects.
The Putney v2.0 features
- Oscilators – Osc 1: Triangle and Sinus shaped wave, Osc 2 & Osc 3: Triangle and Square shaped wave (Osc 3 operates in an approximately 20 times lower frequency range, useful for LFO).
- Noise generator – produces white noise, which is passed through a filter letting you change the colour of the noise with the colour knob.
- Filter/Oscillator – signals assigned to the Filter column of the matrix will be summed and send to the filter.
- Envelope generator – Attack, On, Decay and Off.
- Trapezoid – control voltage produced by the envelope generator is duplicated and send to the trapezoid module where it can be modified further by adjusting its level or adding/subtracting a DC voltage.
- Effects – Ring modulator, Reverberation (spring reverb), Delay.
- Output channels – VU meters and tuner which enables you to tune the oscillators to the standard 440 Hz tuning.
- The Matrix – Route sources and desitination (also inverting signals).
Note: the plug-in is a VST effect and not a VST instrument, despite its capability to be midi-controlled.
Download The Putney v2.0 here.
DarkWare/NOVUZEIT developer Jack Dark has released source files of his SynthEdit plug-ins.
As a parting gift to the SynthEdit scene I have decided to release all of my DarkWare and NOVUZEIT .SE1 source files for free.
Jack decided to cease VST production a while ago.
You can download the archives in one single .ZIP file from Rapidshare.
MVX Synths has released a beta of XtrudR, a complex experimental synth created with SynthEdit.
- Morph oscillators (AM+FM+Sync)
- Filter matrix presets
- Selectable envelope decay speed
Check the MVX Synths site for a brief demo made with Reaper to hear how Xtruder sounds. Some presets/patches are available as well.
Visit MVX Synths for more information and a link to download the latest version of XtrudR.
QM-Synth by K.M. Krebs is a synth implementing Quantized Modulator (QM) synthesis.
Zed @ Synth Of Mine explains Quantized Modulator synthesis:
You take a simple wave (sin wave at the picture) with a frequency X (i.e. 1 / T), quantize by a frequency Y(1 / t) and use the result as FM modulator. It’s easy to see how it’s simple and *almost FM synthesis*. But the quantization makes an enormous and extraordinary difference between QM and FM synthesis.
QM-Synth, K.M. Krebs’ SynthEdit implementation of QM synthesis, can be downloaded here (box.net).
If you own Reaktor you will want to check out Zed’s Quantum Radio v1.0 (near the bottom of the page).
Venuc has released version 2.0 of Ansine and Disine, two freeware VSTi plug-ins made with SynthEdit.
Ansine is a virtual analog synthesizer and Disine is a phase distortion / frequency modulation synthesizer.
New in v2.0
- Improved sound quality
- HP,LP,BP,BR Multi Filter
- Filter LFO (Ansine)
- Hybrid synthesis (Disine)
- Phase Distortion / Frequency Modulation (Disine)
- Cool Graphical Interface (Thanks to Artvera knob design)
Visit Venuc for more information, audio demos, and links to download Ansine and Disine v2.0
Wizoobooks has released Visual VST/i-Programming, a comprehensive guide to creating VST effects and instruments with SynthEdit.
This E-Book (.pdf) was written by:
- H.G. Fortune (Editor), creator of many cool synths like STS and ProtoPlasm and the X-Wheel of Fortune
- Peter Schoffhauzer, from Scoofster Audio
- and David Haupt, well known creator of SynthEdit modules.
The 300-page Visual VST/i-Programming E-Book is available for $14.99 USD / 11.44 EUR. It comes with some resources which can be downloaded from this page.
Visit Wizoobooks for more information.
Dover Audio has released a large number of plugins over the past year or so. They are done in SynthEdit and span all kinds of effects and synths.
A new one is B.D. Dover, a freeware basskick drum synth. This plugin is capable of some nice bass and club-type sounds as well.
If you’re familiar with Dover’s plugins, you’ll notice this plugin looks a little different than the average Dover Audio plugin.
Normally Dover’s plugins look like kind of plain SynthEdit-ish:
Daisypusher Extended v1.0
Thanks to Grymmjack, the B.D. Dover looks like this:
Now I’m not saying Dover’s GUIs are crap. Obviously it’s a matter of taste and they have their charm (just like many of Jack Dark’s plugins for instance).
And it’s true that whatever a plugin looks like doesn’t change it’s sound or performance, but it sure makes you think it is better. Seeing a nice GUI like the one on B.D. Dover does persuade me to download it and try it.
Anyway, check the free plugins on Dover Audio’s website for more free plugins. I’m sure you will find something useful.
B.D. Dover doesn’t seem to be on the free plugins page yet, so download it here.