Sadowick of EDM Tutorials has posted a video in which he compares the sound of the Roland JP-8080 synthesizer with the beta version of u-he’s Diva 1.3, which includes a digital oscillator.
The latest public beta of Diva (including the new digital oscillator model, UHBIE filter model, and added arpeggiator) is available to download at the u-he forum at KVR Audio.
More information: Sadowick / u-he Diva
littleBits and Korg have launched a pre-order for the Synth Kit, a powerful, easy to use modular analog synthesizer.
littleBits and Korg have demystified a traditional analog synthesizer, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to create music.
- connects to speakers, computers and headphones
- can be used to make your own instruments
- fits into the littleBits modular system for infinite combos of audio, visual and sensory experiences
Synth Kit features
- 12 Bits modules: 1 Power, 2 Oscillators, 1 Random, 1 Keyboard, 1 Micro Sequencer, 1 Envelope, 1 Filter, 1 Delay, 1 Mix, 1 Split, 1 Synth Speaker.
- Includes a handy 35+ page booklet, with step-by-step instructions for 10 great projects like the Keytar and Synth Spin Table.
- 9V battery and cable.
The Synth Kit is available to pre-order for $159 USD. The Kits ship December 6th, 2013. Limited quantities available.
More information: littleBits / Synth Kit
Camel Audio has announced a user survery for its Alchemy Mobile synthesizer app for iOS, offering a chance to win all Alchemy Mobile sound libraries and a license of the Alchemy plugin.
Camel Audio have launched a survey to request feedback on their expressive iOS synthesizer, Alchemy Mobile. Those who take part will help to shape the future of this popular synthesizer which has been downloaded by over 900,000 people.
Three winners will be selected at random to each receive all currently released Alchemy Mobile libraries as well as a license for Alchemy, Camel Audio’s flagship desktop plugin.
To take part, simply complete the survey using the link below and provide your email address toward the end of the survey.
More information: Camel Audio / Alchemy Mobile user survey
Korg has teamed up with littleBits to launch a Synth Kit, a collection of 12 modules for creating audio & music devices.
littleBits and Korg have taken a traditional analog synthesizer and converted into littleBits modules, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to expand creativity into the world of sound and music.
With the Synth Kit, YOU become the star of the show!
According to Synthopia, the Synth Kit should be available mid-December, 2013, with an online shop price of ¥ 16,000 (~$160 USD).
More information: littleBits (Japan)
Arturia has announced its Holiday Season Deals, two special promotions allowing you to get awesome free gifts.
Purchase a Minibrute get 2 software instrument for free – Buy our revolutionary, often awarded and 100 % analog synthesizer and you will be able to choose 2 software instruments in a list of 12 instruments (To be delivered to you through download.)
Purchase a SparkLE Drum machine get 4 expansion packs for free – Buy our latest SparkLE hybrid drum machine combining the amazing sounds, work flow and creative tools of the Spark Engine software, with the high quality SparkLE controller and you will get 4 expansion packs that are add-ons loading extra kits into your SparkLE software. In the end it will allow you to use 120 high quality new kits & 1920 new great sounding instruments (To be delivered to you through download.)
The deals are available throughout November and December, 2013, while stocks last.
More information: Arturia
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on Oct 31, 2013
VirSyn has announced version 1.5 of Addictive microSynth, a dynamic wavetable synthesizer app for the iPhone/iPod.
Combines the synthesis power of Addictive Synth with an easy to use 4 track loop phrase recorder.
It was never so easy to create beautiful sounds and driving loops. The unique dynamic wavetable synthesis allows you to explore an unprecedented wide range of sonic territory. From acid loops, crystal clear percussions, realistic human choirs to complex musical soundscapes nothing seems impossible with only a handful parameters to tweak.
Changes in Addictive microSynth
- Audiobus support (Input).
- Audio background mode.
- Support for virtual MIDI input connections.
- Support for Korg’s Wireless Sync-Start Technology (WIST).
- Publish loops and recordings online with the SoundCloud audio platform.
- List of loops/recordings with play function.
- iOS 7 compatibility.
- iPhone 5 graphics.
- Metronome on Loop recording.
- Many bugfixes.
The Addictive microSynth costs $3.99 USD.
More information: VirSyn / Addictive microSynth
Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Arctic Rooster, a free organic synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Today I serve Arctic Rooster. It’s a sort of neo-retro organic synthesizer for Kontakt.
It is based on very short waveforms, serving as ‘oscillators’, that has been cut from recording of an authentic Icelandic rooster that I took this summer. Also there is the oscillator bank made of waveforms that I took from recording of my own voice.
Arctic Rooster features
- 15 waveforms in 3 oscillator banks.
- Wood finishing enclosure.
- 3 memory banks.
- LCD display.
- 3 LFOs and lots of knobs.
The Arctic Rooster library is available as a free download. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or newer, full version.
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Arctic Rooster
Propellerhead has announced the availability of Parsec, a spectral synthesizer for the Reason music production software for Windows and Mac.
Parsec adds a new style of synthesis to the rack and allows for a wealth of brand new sounds, textures and noises.
Parsec offers impressive tones for charismatic hooks, build-ups, pads, atmospheres and otherworldly sounds. It’s built to inspire, regardless of the musical genre it is used in: indiepop, techno, house or bass music.
Technically Parsec is an additive synthesizer, based around two advanced oscillators consisting of 512 partials each that are sculpted through two “modifiers”. There are 2 envelopes and 2 LFOs that can modulate parameters. There is also a delay and a reverb that add to the sonic palette, and a modulation bus, familiar to users of Propellerhead’s Thor synth.
- Additive synthesis without taxing your CPU—or your brain.
- A new palette of inspiring synth sounds for the Reason Rack.
- It’s a vocoder too, with modulation from Parsec’s audio input.
- Amazing sound bank with inspiring sounds for electro house, bass music, minimal techno, electronic indie and pop, far-out experimental, and more.
- Based on interesting algorithms that encourage experimentation without requiring technical knowledge of additive synthesis.
- Integrated with the Reason rack: control Parsec from other sources; run audio through it; combine it with other instruments.
- Two engines that make up a single sound. Use one engine for the attack and another for sustain. Or use both at the same time for ultra thick tones!
- Super-flexible internal routing with plenty of modulation sources.
The Parsec Rack Extension is available to purchase for 99 EUR / $119 USD.
More information: Propellerhead / Parsec