Outsim has released version 1.1.3 of SynthMaker, a complete graphical programming environment that allows anyone to create their own VST plugins without having to write any code.
This release is all about fixes and enhancements to get the software on a sounder footing. In particular we completely changed the way that Float, Int and Boolean components integrate with stream sections. This makes the initialisation of sound processes much faster and so vastly decreases the potential for clicks when you play a note.
One other issue that had us tied in knots for a while is a change to the way that hops work. We had to change this because it was the culprit for many of the clicking problems that some people were having. I will post separately on exactly what we changed and how it might affect you. For the vast majority this will have no effect – other than to fix the clicking of course :-)
There are a few small enhancements. For example, pasting will now occur at the mouse position and text and code components retain their scroll positions. However, mostly this release is about improving stability.
Detailed information about the additions and fixes in version 1.1.3 can be found here.
SynthMaker is available for Windows PC, priced at £65 GBP / €95 EUR / $133 USD for a personal license, and £125 GBP / €185 EUR / $255 USD for a standard license.
More information: SynthMaker
Image-Line has announced that FL Studio 9 will be released in September 2009.
FL Studio 9 is a fully featured, open-architecture music creation and production environment for PC. No extra software is required to produce any style of music, as a complete kit of instruments and studio tools is included in the cost of the package. With the included plugins, sounds and tools the user can create complete songs, backing tracks, loops or sizzling beats. Completed songs can be saved to WAV, MP3, OGG, MIDI, ZIP or the native project format (.FLP).
FL Studio 9 features
Make virtually any sound. FL9 includes 29 virtual synthesizers covering acoustic/synthetic bass, electric guitar and plucked string simulation, sampler tools including piano, general sample playback, and beat-slicing, and a range of synthesis techniques (subtractive, modelling, FM, granular and additive). With FL Studios newest addition, FL Synthmaker – a fully modular environment, you can now create & share your own FL instruments, effects & dashboards without the need to write basic code.
- Audio Recording & Editing
Capture audio from a single vocalist or a full symphony orchestra. FL9 can record up to 99 simultaneous tracks of audio. The Playlist workspace can contain an unlimited number of audio tracks and allows you to arrange discrete audio events in any order or position the creative process dictates with complete flexibility. Audio tools allow the user to time-stretch, pitch-shift, beat-slice, chop, edit and creatively destruct audio. FL9 audio editing is further enhanced with Edison, the recording wave editor. Edison is a fully integrated audio editing and recording tool with spectral analysis, convolution reverb, loop-recording, loop-construction tools and more. FL Studio imports/exports WAV, MP3 and OGG formats.
Record musical performances and ideas in the most logical way. FL9 functions as both a pattern and track based sequencer, depending on user preferences. Tools include an unlimited track Step-sequencer, an industry-leading Piano Roll and Automation Clips. FL Studio supports MIDI and input from all standard Controllers. FL9 is the fastest way from your brain to your speakers.
Determine your own project design. In FL9, you decide how your project will be laid out. Unlike the competition, FL9′s Playlist is a totally flexible and virtually unbounded space where Note Pattern, Audio and Automation data can be arranged and edited to suit your creative ideas and preferred workflow.
The most powerful mixer in its class. FL9 includes an industry-leading 99 stereo track mixer. Each track can hold a stack of 8 effects (VST, DX or FL) and, if desired, be routed to any of the other 99 tracks or one of 4 dedicated ‘send’ channels. The 44 included effects plugins span – Maximization, Limiting, Compression, Delay, Distortion, Equalization (graphic & parametriuc), Filtering, Phasing, Flanging, Chorus, Vocoding and Reverb. These will take you from the creative broad-brush effects like reverb, through to the minutia of the mastering process with multiband compression/limiting and parametric EQ.
- Lifetime free updates
Registered FL Studio users who purchase the download edition of the program receive lifetime free updates to the level of the program they buy (Express, Fruity, Producer or XXL edition). For example, all FL Studio 8 customers will be able to download FL Studio 10, 11, … for free. Boxed edition users can purchase lifetime free updates for a nominal fee.
FL9 will fit easily within your current workflow supporting VST/VSTi/VST2, DXi, DXi2, MP3, WAV, OGG, MIDI, ASIO, ASIO 2. Additionally supported through DirectWave Editor : AKAI AKP (S5/6K,Z4,Z8), Battery (version 1), MPC, Reason, Kurzweil, EXS24, Kontakt (version 1 & 2), Recycle, SFZ+ and SoundFont2.
FL Studio will be available in the following versions:
- Fruity Edition – 99 EUR
- Producer Edition – 199 EUR
- Signature Bundle – 299 EUR
New Image-Line customers can get 10% discount on their entire first order with this: promo link. The update to FL Studio 9 will be free for registered users.
More information: Image-Line
Ruin (of Ruin & Wesen) has released Synevo, a freeware percussion synth VST instrument for Windows.
Following up on the Drummm VST, here is another VST by Ruin, in the same vein of nasty sizzling drum sounds.
You will notice that it only has a few presets, because we wanted to let you explore the sonic possibilities of this creation. We are planning to release sound banks for both Drummm and Synevo, so if you have any presets to share, email us at email@example.com.
Synevo is available for download as a VST instrument for Windows PC (source version for Synthmaker also available).
Visit the Ruin & Wesen blog for more information.
Ruin (of Ruin & Wesen) has released Drummm, a freeware FM percussion synth VST instrument for Windows PC.
I wanted to create a percussion synthesizer that maintained the simplicity of controls of an analog machine, but had the overtones and harmonics that come along with FM. I explicitly left out any sort of filter because I wanted the focus to be on the addition of harmonics as opposed to the subtraction; there is always external effects for that.
The VST has 2 oscillators, one acting as the carrier and the other as the modulator. The Carrier has an attack/release envelope which is routed to the frequency of the oscillator. The Modulator has an attack/release envelope routed to the amount of frequency modulation being applied. Very simple, but very effective. Both of these are mixed into the output vca/env which is another attack/release envelope.
I was considering only keeping sine and noise for the waveforms of the oscillators, but a lot of fun stuff can be done with the other waveforms.
Drummm is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC. It was created with SynthMaker and the source file is included in the download.
Visit Ruin & Wesen for more information.
Midi-Musiker has released Monochrome SL1, a simple and easy to use 1-slot stereo sample player built with Outsim SynthMaker.
You can set the start and end points, reverse the sequence, change the sequence speed, adjust the pitch and add effects. Or just loop a sequence, it’s up to you…
Monochrome SL1 features
- Loop, pitch follow and reverse
- Pitch shift
- Reverb and flanger effects.
- Tap Delay with a 16-step draw scope.
- Multi-mode filter (LP/HP/BP/Notch/Peak)
- Distortion unit.
Monochrome SL1 is available as freeware for Windows PC. You’ll need to register (free) with Midi-Musiker to download the plug-in.
Visit Midi-Musiker for more information.
NUSofting has launched SMPlugins, a website featuring commercial VST plugins produced using SynthMaker.
Marimka and Acidome, two plug-ins previously available from NUSofting, are now available from SMPlugins.
SMPlugins also introduces version 2.0 of virtual synthesizer Acidome, which now features waveform morphing, and a third plug-in is in the works.
Open Guitar is an acoustic guitar emulation, designed for accurate emulation of the beautiful sound of arpeggiated guitar chords in the first position of the fretboard (hence the “open” strings sound).
Open Guitar can just do strums and arpeggios of an acoustic guitar, but it is customizable with the Soundbox with EQ controls. Notes range is from D1 to C4. Open Guitar sound synthesis is created using single note samples and DSP filters. So it’s not a loop player, it’s a true instrument which can play any sequence you want. MIDI files are included as example of accurate guitar sequencing. The “hammer on” and “pull off” techniques are possible.
Open Guitar will be available as a VST instrument for Windows PC for $35 USD.
Visit SMPlugins for more information and audio demos.
yedey has released LoopDrive3, a freeware loop slicer and rearranger plug-in for Windows PC.
I’ve made it long time ago, and as image-line asked me to update it, so they can include it in their new FruityLoops Studio8, I did it. To give users a chance to play with it without having to buy FL-Studio, I decided to publish it here.
- Built-in sequencer grid to rearrange the beats.
- “Reverse sequencer” which enables you to play selected beats backwards.
- Effects: filter, bit crusher, distortion, overdrive and a grain FX.
- LFO modulation of volume, balance, cutoff, resonance, overdrive and pitch grain.
- Set FX order for more control over the effects.
LoopDrive3 is available as a VST plug-in, and the SynthMaker source file can be downloaded as well.
Visit yedey for more information.
Outsim has released version 1.1 of SynthMaker, an audio programming tool that allows anyone to create their own sounds, virtual instruments and effects without having to write any code.
This release focuses on reliability and contains more than 60 important bug fixes and enhancements.
Changes in SynthMaker v1.1
- New De-zipper primitive that works more efficiently and solves some of the problems in the old De-zipper module when used with MIDI cc.
- New trigger based FFT and iFFT components.
- Most of the modules have been updated and there’s a new Additive Oscillator module that uses the new iFFT.
- New components for acquiring system information such as MAC addresses and Hard Disk id of the host PC (allows for building copy protection systems).
- Lots more, check the forum for details.
Visit the SynthMaker website for more information and a link to download a 30-day trial version.