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VirSyn releases microTERA synthesizer app for iPad

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VirSyn has announced microTERA for iPad, a virtual wave shaping synthesizer instrument.

VirSyn microTERA

Wave Shaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In waveshaping it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.

The waveshaper is the core of microTERA’s synthesis engine. It works as a distortion unit that takes up to three sine waves as input and delivers an arbitrary spectrum as output.

microTERA gives you also a unique method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice!

Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised…

microTERA for iPad is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: VirSyn / microTERA for iPad

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ADSR Sounds releases BASSIC bass synth for Reaktor

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ADSR Sounds BASSIC

ADSR Sounds has released BASSIC, a bass synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor, made with the modern electronic producer in mind.

Stripped of all the things that can distract or confuse when designing killer bass music instruments, BASSIC has all the basic components needed to create professional sounds in just a matter of minutes!

No more spending countless hours dialling in settings across parameters that aren’t even necessary. No more complex routing decisions. And no more time spent on things that only seem to derail the creative process!

We created BASSIC with one thing in mind – Simplicity.

BASSIC features

  • Synth with 3 oscillators, including a sampler.
  • Oscillators have bandlimited hard sync.
  • Filter featuring zero delay feedback with saturation.
  • Modulate any knob or parameter on the synth.
  • Distortion, Formant, Bitcrusher, Vibrato, Flanger, Chorus and Doubler effects.
  • EQ section with Low Shelf, a Peak, and a High Shelf filter.
  • Includes presets by OhmLab and BHK Samples.
  • Bassic is open source.

BASSIC is available to purchase for $19 USD. Requires full version of Reaktor 5 (Reaktor Player not supported).

More information: ADSR Sounds / BASSIC

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Cakewalk releases Z3TA+ synth app for iOS

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Cakewalk has announced the release of Z3TA+ for iOS, bringing the waveshaping synthesizer to the iPad.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ for iOS

The legendary Z3TA+ synthesizer has been used on countless records, and it’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over. Now Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+ on your iPad.

Packed with hundreds of presets, real-time oscillator modulation, dual mode filtering, and flexible effects. Z3TA+ iOS is the perfect creative toolkit for making music anywhere, anytime.

Z3TA+ for iOS features

  • Includes over 500 presets.
  • Inter-App Audio, Background Audio and AudioBus support.
  • Classic waveshaping Z3TA+ 2 synth engine with 6 Oscillators, 6 LFO’s and more.
  • Modulation Matrix including 16 Sources, Curves, Controls and Destinations.
  • Advanced modular effects including Distortion, Mod, Compression and more.
  • External MIDI control and user-friendly onboard Keyboard.
  • Performance section with Tap Tempo, assignable XY Pad, Mod Wheels, and User Controlled In-Key Pitch Bend.

The app is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ for iOS

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The Bob Moog Foundation announces significant archive additions

The Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) has announced significant additions to the Asheville, NC-based foundation’s archives.

Included in these new additions are several rare prototypes, including one of the few Moog Apollo Synthesizers in the world (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog), the Moog Liberation, Moog Drum Controller, Moog Sequencer, Moog Song Producer, Moog Feedback Suppressor; as well as production models of the Minutemoog, and a Moog Vocoder. Also added to the archives are more than 1,000 schematic drawings dating from 1965 through 1985.

New Bob Moog Foundation archive additions

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that also includes Roger Powell’s custom keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation and daughter of the late inventor. “We’re thrilled with the ongoing interest our archives are generating from organizations and individuals.”

These latest additions to the Foundation’s collection of historic documents and musical instruments come on the heels of the permanent loan of vintage instruments by the Music Department of University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December 2013.

According to Moog-Koussa, over 400 of the more than 1,000 documents received in this latest contribution have already been inventoried and entered into a searchable database.

“But that’s just the beginning,” she continues. “We will soon begin the most detailed and formalized part of the archiving process – cataloging. It takes time to do it right, but these materials are too significant not to do it right.” She anticipates the process will take 12 to 18 months, after which the documents will be scanned and the most significant of them shared.

“Creating a wide-ranging collection that includes not only his work, but also the work of those he influenced is the goal of the Bob Moog Foundation,” she adds. “It is from this perspective that we can achieve the truest picture of his life’s work and ultimately appreciate his contributions to science and music.”

As Moog-Koussa observes, her father was generous with his talent and knowledge. “Inspiring others fueled his own creativity. We endeavor to carry on that tradition at BFM.”

Moog-Koussa points to the work of Dr. Bob’s Sound School (DBSS) as an example of BMF’s ongoing outreach and education, an important part of her father’s legacy. The 10-week curriculum teaches second grade students the physics of sound using acoustic and electronic musical instruments such as the theremin, as well as oscilloscopes. The information is supplemented by custom educational materials developed by the BMF educational team. “Bob was a life-long learner,” his daughter explains. “He never stopped asking ‘what if’ and wanted others to ask the same question. I can’t think of a better tribute to his life and work than encouraging a new generation to ask the same question.”

More information: Bob Moog Foundation

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Korg announces development of new ARP Odyssey synthesizer

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Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

More information: Korg

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Soundsdivine releases MM+ synthesizer library for Kontakt

Soundsdivine has launched MM+, a virtual synthesizer library for Native Instruments Kontakt based on the Moog Memorymoog.

Soundsdivine MM+

MM+ features

  • 3 Oscillators.
  • 31 Waveforms.
  • 2 Filters.
  • 2 Aux Envelopes.
  • 1 Programmable Arpeggiator.
  • 3 Monophonic Pitch Sequencers.
  • 2 Additional Sequencers.
  • 25 Custom Impulse Responses.
  • 5 FX inc. Transient Shaper / Phaser / Delays & Reverb.
  • 6.97GB (compressed) samples from the Moog MemoryMoog.
  • 200+ Presets.

The sample library is available to purchase for 79 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: Soundsdivine / MM+

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Amazing Noises releases Dark Synth for Live & Max for Live

Amazing Noises Dark Synth

Amazing Noises has launched Dark Synth, an additive synthesizer for Ableton Live and Max for Live.

Dark Synth is an highly innovative new Max for Live synthesizer that marries the vast possibilities of additive synthesis with a super-intuitive interface.

As a great starting point for immersive sound-shaping, Dark Synth will introduce you to new horizons in sound design.

Dark Synth features

  • Define a waveform of up to 2048 partials (sine waves) for its main (additive) oscillator, using presets waveforms, spectral processing algorithms and freehand drawing.
  • Add up to 128 copies of the Additive oscillator, and each copy (generator) can be detuned and phase-shifted with respect to the others. This creates a sort of chorus which is very natural and deep, because it is not realized with modulated delay lines, but using an actual “choir” of generators.
  • Sub oscillator which can play classical band limited waveforms, and also noise tones.

Dark Synth is available to purchase for 49 EUR. Requires Live 9.0.1 or higher and Max for Live.

More information: Amazing Noises / Dark Synth

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