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Ploytec Synthesizer πλ² Pi L Squared gets alternative PL02.56 firmware

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Ploytec has announced a new firmware for the πλ² Pi L Squared synthesizer.

Ploytec pl2

The new “PL02.56 firmware”, comes with a “Vocal Tract” model filter offering formant sounds and speech. It’s a tribute to the General Instruments SP0256-AL2 chip from the early 80s, combined with the ability to play it as an instrument.

There are different performance modes available, allowing both: Playing the “allophones” (speech elements) on the keyboard while controlling the notes via the modulation wheel, or the other way around, selecting the allophones via the modulation wheel and playing notes on the keyboard. The PL02.56 firmware lets you choose between alphabetical and original order, plus supports using e.g. an Ableton Launchpad mini to access all 64 allophones.

The new firmware is to be released on Summer NAMM, 2014.

More information: Ploytec

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Amazing Noises releases Pulsor for Max for Live

Amazing Noises has released Pulsor, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Max for Live.

Amazing Noises Pulsor

It is essentially a monophonic synth that produces glitching/pulsing sounds and complex rhythmic soundscapes thanks to its odd circuitry.

It can also create evolving lead synth sounds, monophonic bass timbres and many other unexpected noises.

Pulsor is available for purchase for the introductory price of 15 EUR until July 20th, 2014 (regular 20 EUR).

More information: Amazing Noises / Pulsor

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Modulus launches modulus.002 synthesizer

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Modulus

Modulus, founded in 2013 by Philip Taysom and Paul Maddox, has announced the modulus.002, he world’s first analog/digital music synthesizer designed for the Internet age.

Using high quality components, the Modulus.002 is a premium product designed to be the flagship in the Modulus range. The keyboard layout includes a semi-weighted, five octave key mechanism and has been ergonomically designed by musicians so that the hands fall naturally and intuitively to the controls.

It provides twelve discrete voices of polyphony with full multi-timbrility if required. Adding to the ease of use is a large integral display screen that is context sensitive, i.e. it displays the control parameters of any control knobs immediately when touched by the user. Quick recall banks enable preset sequences and settings to be stored for instant use such as during a live performance.

NCOs (Numerically Controlled Oscillators) are used for stability and accuracy while an analogue transistor ladder filter provides classic ‘warm’ sounds.

modulus.002

modulus.002 features

  • modulus.002 provides twelve discrete voices of polyphony with full multi-timbrality if desired.
  • Two oscillators per voice with two sub oscillators, which can be switched from being either traditional square wave to having the same waveform as the main oscillator – in effect making four oscillators per voice.
  • Analogue / digital hybrid architecture uses NCOs for very high resolution, and very stable oscillators. Over 50 different waveforms, ranging from classic analogue sounds to more unique digital shapes.
  • modulus designed 24db per octave four pole transistor ladder filter, with some very unusual morphing characteristics or ‘polesweeping’, enabling transition from four pole through bandpass to one pole 6db per octave, or anywhere in between.
  • Two LFO’s, one per voice and one global.
  • Extensive modulation options, all accessed directly from the front panel – no menu options!.
  • modulus.002 features a range of sequencing options – a built in 16 Track, 12 row, 32 step sequencer with 16 dedicated step time editing knobs on the front panel and MIDI sync capabilities. Sequences can also be transposed dynamically while running.
  • A very highly featured arpeggiator with a wide range of different modes, including modulus ‘hold’ mode, enabling arpeggiator-based sequences to be created.
  • The modulus Animator, which enables any control parameter on the modulus.002 to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transisitions, wave form changes and modulation matrix changes to be sequenced.
  • Superb UI, a great departure from the norm of synthesisers, featuring a very high quality 4.3? screen with wide viewing angle, display is context sensitive where the control parameters of any control knob that is touched by the user, is immediately displayed.
  • Twelve ‘quick recall banks’ are accessible directly from the front panel, enabling performing musicians to get rid of their set sheets and build set lists of presets, sequences and animations, all quickly accessible from dedicated front panel buttons. Up to ten banks of quick recalls can be created, making live performance a doddle.
  • VCF and VCA envelope generators.
  • Four Key Modes – Poyphonic, Monophonic, Unison and Stack.
  • Very high quality construction, uses a premium FATAR semi-weighted five octave key mechanism with aftertouch.
  • All voice control parameters are accessible from a well designed and intuitive front panel, that follows a traditional synthesiser work flow.
  • Pure analogue signal path with combined XLR/TRS sockets for balance / unbalanced outputs. Further, each of the twelve outputs can be brought out individually via a dedicated dsub socket.
  • Two audio inputs enabling audio processing from the VCF onwards plus external MIDI in and out.
  • XY joystick and Sustain and Expression pedal inputs for performance controls – any control parameter can be assigned to any joystick axis (X+, X-, Y+, Y-) by pressing the dedicated front panel selector button.
  • Ethernet port to connect your modulus.002 to your network and enable updates via the internet (no more midi sysex dumps) and access to the Modulus cloud features.

The synthesizer will be available August 2014, priced at £2,995 GBP, excluding VAT and local taxes.

More information: Modulus

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Spektro Audio updates Komplex synth for Max for Live to v1.1

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Spektro Audio has released version 1.1 of Komplex, a Max for Live synthesizer instrument inspired by the Buchla 261e module.

Spektro Audio Komplex

The 1.1 update fixes a couple of issues that we had with the 1.0 version and brings many new features such as polyphony, envelope curves and new waveforms for the Mod LFO.

Changes in Komplex v1.1

  • Major sound engine improvement – We re-designed the sound engine to make Komplex sound a lot better!.
  • Polyphony – Komplex can now play up to 8 voices! You can now use Komplex to create some beautiful FM keys.
  • Improvements to the Wave Morph section – morphing between the 3 waveforms sounds a lot smoother.
  • Improvements to the 3 ADSR E.G.s – adjustable curves (Log – Lin – Expo) and equivalent ranges to all 3 E.G.s.
  • New “Vel” buttons let’s you enable or disable velocity control for the FM and Morph / Shape envelopes independently.
  • Improved FM section – we’ve fixed some issued related to the FM section and the modulating wave’s phase.
  • You can now choose from 6 different waveforms for modulation: Sine, Triangle, Saw, Ramp, Square and S&H.
  • Minor design improvements to improve usability.
  • Fixed Shaper control range.
  • New preset bank.

Komplex is available for purchase for $8 USD.

More information: Spektro Audio / Komplex

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Expert Sleepers releases Disting Eurorack synth module

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Expert Sleepers Disting

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of Disting, its latest Eurorack synthesizer module.

The Disting is a 16-in-1 multifunction module, offering a variety of CV and audio processes, including a selection of oscillators (LFOs/VCOs), in a compact 4HP package.

Unlike all previous Expert Sleepers modules, the disting is in no way reliant on a computer connection – it’s a normal, standalone module.

Disting features

  • Precision Adder with integer voltage offsets.
  • Four Quadrant Multiplier with integer multiply/divide.
  • Full-wave Rectifier.
  • Minimum/maximum.
  • Linear/Exponential Converter.
  • Slew Rate Limiter with linear and exponential slew.
  • Sample and Hold with noise source and adjustable slew rate.
  • Comparator with adjustable hysteresis.
  • Pitch and Envelope Tracker.
  • Quantizer with selectable scales.
  • Dual Waveshaper wavefolder and triangle-to-sine shaper.
  • Clockable Delay/Echo.
  • LFO with through zero frequency control and wave shaping.
  • Clockable LFO with multiply/divide and waveshaping.
  • VCO with linear FM sine and saw outputs.
  • VCO with waveshaping saw/triangle and pulse outputs.

Disting is available for purchase for MSRP £119 GBP/$170 USD.

More information: Expert Sleepers / Disting

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Dave Smith Instruments announces Pro 2 synthesizer

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Dave Smith Instruments has announced the Pro 2, a new monophonic synthesizer.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

A hybrid instrument, the Pro 2 features four digital oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) with super saw waves and newly-designed, dual analog filters inspired by classic designs. The filters (one low-pass and one state-variable) can be run in series or parallel, with the state-variable filter providing low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass modes. Oscillators can be routed in pairs to either filter for a variety of tonal possibilities. “Our new analog filter design gives the Pro 2 a depth and presence that’s immediately recognizable,” said Smith. “It has a sound all its own—distinctly different from our other instruments such as the Prophet 12.”

The full-featured step sequencer operates in 32 x 8, or 16 x 16 mode and allows real-time input. It can sync to external MIDI clock and can also be driven by an external audio input. Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch, but any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix. It supports both rests and variable-length sequences.

Another notable feature of the Pro 2 is its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which make it compatible with modular synths. The control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “A primary goal was to make the Pro 2 as open-ended and flexible as possible,” said Smith. “The four control voltage ins and outs really open up a world of interfacing possibilities with other gear. You could almost call the Pro 2 our own mini-modular.”

Smith says that the surprises don’t end there: “A very cool bonus features is that even though we designed it primarily as a very powerful mono synth, it’s actually 4-voice paraphonic—you can play 4 notes simultaneously, if you want to. Add in the super waves, and you’ve got a very big sound.” In paraphonic operation, the 4 individual voices share a common filter and envelopes. Paraphony has gained popularity in recent years and was found in such vintage instruments as the ARP 2600 and ARP Odyssey, which were duophonic.

The feature set of the Pro 2 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator; 4 stereo, multi-tap delays with analog modeling; 4 LFOs; tuned feedback; analog distortion; Character controls with sound sculpting options such as Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air; and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance.

“Right now there’s a trend of reissuing classic synths from the past. People have been asking for a reissue of the old Sequential Pro-One for quite a while. But as a synth designer, I’m happiest creating new instruments—synths that with every iteration put more power and better sounds into the hands of musicians. The Pro 2 is light years beyond the Pro-One in every way. It’s the most powerful mono synth I’ve ever made. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”

The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Pro 2

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Max for Cats releases Ensemble & DiGiTAL for Live

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Ableton has announced Ensemble & DiGiTAL, two advanced synthesizer by Max for Cats.

Despite the name, Max for Cats is, in fact, the product of a human with an incredible passion for synthesizers. Ensemble & DiGiTAL, both now available as Packs for Max for Live, represent a lifetime of passion for both hardware synthesis and Max patching.

Max for Cats Ensemble

Based on classic 1970s string synths, Ensemble captures the spirit of weepy prog rock chords, retro-futuristic soundtracks, and bright disco stabs. Built-in phaser and chorus effects coat the sound in a proper vintage vibe – as a bonus, these effects also come with Ensemble as separate devices.

Max for Cats DiGiTAL

With elements of wavetable, FM, additive, and subtractive synthesis, DiGiTAL is a futuristic instrument designed for imagining new sounds. With beautifully-designed, friendly controls, a new sonic universe is at your fingertips.

Ensemble and DiGiTAL are available for purchase for 29 EUR each.

More information: Max for Cats

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