Cinematique Instruments has released a new version of its free Sägezahn sawtooth synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Saegezahn contains an assortment of sounds which were made by using the nasty sawtooth generator/ oscillators and filters of the Korg MS20, Roland JX-3P, Ensoniq ESQ-1 and Electro Harmonix Microsynth. Be assured Sägezahn is suitable for almost every music genre, even film-scores.
We sampled all mentioned machines and processed and edited the sounds enriched by filter works. In 2015 we updated the Sagezahn from the scratch. Firstly we put together all separate patches into one complex patch covered by a brand new GUI. It is now possible to play all the former saw patches as sample source at one time. You can layer many of them – as much as you like.
Cinematique Instrument is now also offering Cement 2 at no charge.
Cement is a sequencer based pattern generator which is well suitable to enrich your music production and lend it a specific character. As the name suggests you can easily create cementing textures, crawling patterns or a fundament for your musical idea.
For changing the entire sound character, Cement provides plenty of options to modify the sound to your very own requirements: lowpass- and highpass filter (with a random high pass modulator), distortion- and speaker switches, an alternate sinus sci-fi sound, separate length settings and separate slider to set the amount of two delays and a reverb.
Sägezahn and Cement 2 are now available to download for Kontakt 4 or higher (full version).
Boscomac has announced the release of Snowflake, a free synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor.
SNOWFLAKE is a poetic winter instrument, pretty special. It can be played from the first snowfall. Each note is a snowflake and as everyone knows, the snowflakes take various forms. This is the case here: the instrument settings allow slight sound variations for each snowflake …
The concept is quite singular because you do not set the parameters permanently but you determine the chance that a parameter is applied. The sound of the instrument is still very soft. I invite you to read some information on the dedicated page of my site and consult the “info” tab in Reaktor for each parameter for more information.
Beyond being an instrument, SNOWFLAKE is also a great way to relax, meditate, take the time to listen and watch the snow fall. This is why it has a “Automatic” mode that generates random notes and creates the snow.
HyperSynth has released version 1.6 of the operating system firmware for its Xenophone advanced analog mono-synth with 100% analog signal path.
In this new release the memory management system is optimized and expanded from 512 preset locations to 896. Besides the UI is improved in a way to minimize menu jumping.
Changes in Xenophone OS v1.6
Expanded memory size from 512 to 896 presets (Added banks 4, 5 and 6).
Added UI-Fixed mode for ENV edit-pages which temporarily activates Display-Mode=Fixed in Jump Mode.
Added new Display-Mode: locked, that disables all the panel knobs.
Added option to disable MIDI aftertouch in global menu.
Updated LFO1/3 edit pages, now rate and depth can be edited at the same time.
Fixed issue that did not allow [store] button to function in Display-Mode=Fixed.
Updated documentation; PDF.
Hypersynth has also announced that the tilted version of Xenophone synthesizer is back in stock and available for order. Shipping is free for EU residents, this offer ends soon. The Xenophone is priced starting at $899 USD (excluding tax).
Analogue Solutions has released Nyborg-12, an Oberheim SEM-style monophonic synthesizer module with real analogue voice and modulation circuitry.
An analogue renaissance has ensured that the one-time state-of-the-art sounds of analogue synthesisers have long since become highly sought after again. Why? Well, many musicians realised that the convoluted menu-driven access systems deployed on many ‘modern-day’ digital synthesisers with weaker sounds bathed in built-in effects are no substitute for the hands-on immediacy of having access to a control per function at hand when it comes to speedy sculpting of ear-opening and often powerful electronic sounds suited to a variety of musical genres.
With more mainstream recording artists and producers than ever now relying on custom sounds as a result of this rising and renewed interest in analogue (subtractive) synthesis, is it any wonder, then, that yesteryear’s often wonderful-sounding (though not necessarily reliable) analogue classics are rapidly rising in value, pushing them out of reach of many musicians of more meagre means? Meeting this demand head on, more analogue synthesisers than ever before are available today from manufacturers both bigger and smaller.
Into this healthy and highly-competitive climate comes Analogue Solutions’ latest analogue offering, the Nyborg-12 SEM synthesiser — so-called on account of its 2-Pole 12dB/Octave MULTIMODE FILTER, the same flexible filter with LP (lowpass), BP (bandpass), HP (high pass), and NOTCH settings that is used on Analogue Solutions’ own Telemark SEM semi-modular synthesiser, similar (though not identical) to Tom Oberheim’s original 1974-vintage SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module®), much sought after itself.
Full rugged steel/aluminium case – no plastic mouldings.
Good quality smooth potentiometers, fully sealed against dust.
Good quality knobs with spun aluminium caps.
High grade double sided circuit board.
High Quality 16bit DAC for MIDI-CV conversion.
Very stable MIDI to CV.
Very stable analogue oscillators.
Hand built by humans.
True retro analogue voice and modulation circuits to give an authentic retro sound.
Nyborg-12 is available for purchase for £599 GBP. Optional rack ears are £19 GBP and wooden side panels are £39 GBP. Prices ex tax and delivery.
Futuresonus has announced Parva, a revolutionary new polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines the classic warmth of an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package.
“I designed Parva from the ground up with the intention of producing a completely new synth while still maintaining the character of the classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Futuresonus founder Brad Ferguson.
Each of Parva’s eight voices features three digitally-controlled analog oscillators, producing sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms with extremely accurate pitch and rock-solid tuning stability. A pair of two-pole state-variable filters can be configured for a 12dB or 24dB low-pass or high-pass response, or split for bandpass or notch filtering. Four four-stage envelope generators and four multi-waveform low-frequency oscillators feed a flexible modulation matrix, allowing for virtually limitless sound design options.
Parva is the first analog synthesizer to feature a USB Master port, which enables the user to connect any class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard — or other controller — directly, without the need for a computer. Analog potentiometers provide immediate access to the most commonly used parameters, while the high visibility OLED displays on the front panel show additional settings, making it simple to dial in the perfect patch.
From the aluminum enclosure to the custom-machined aluminum knobs on sturdy panel- mounted potentiometers, Parva was designed with working musicians in mind, and built to last. Each unit will be hand-assembled in Austin, TX.
Parva is expected to ship in Summer 2015. Pre-orders will begin in February, with the standard polyphonic Parva retailing for under $1,000 USD. An expandable monophonic version will also be available for under $500 USD.
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