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HyperSynth updates Miniak-editor to v2.0

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HyperSynth Miniak-editor

HyperSynth has released version 2.0 of Miniak-editor, a software editor for advanced controlling over the Akai Miniak (analog modeling synthesizer) in your DAW.

Miniak-editor is able to retrieve presets from Miniak memory or load it from hard drive into the editor. You can send a complete program to Miniak via sysex or change any parameter of synthesizer in real time.

Changes in Miniak-editor v2.0

  • Added numerical and graphical readout for all envelopes.
  • Now mod matrix can be displayed in front panel using new panel switch.
  • Added intelligent randomizer.
  • Added graphical readout for EX-input balance.
  • Added readout for mod matrix level and offset.
  • Added readout for filter freq (range 0-10 KHz).
  • Added readout for portamento time and “FX1 LFO rate”.
  • Added X, Y, Z knobs “mapped to”.
  • Added option to set “category” via NRPN.
  • Added option to set tracking generator preset.
  • Now it is possible to set “FX1 LFO synced rate” via NRPN.
  • Now “Load sysex” does not show pop-up screen after opening file and it can be accessible via new “Sysex tools” menu, “Load and Send” acts like the old behavior of “Load sysex” button.
  • Added remotely saving Miniak programs in sysex format.
  • Added “Save (editor program)” in sysex format.
  • Added option to change program name and category in a sysex file.
  • Added “Settings” menu.
  • Now it is possible to configure editor in a way that it does not load panel-mode and program/bank numbers from preset.
  • Added default sysex file with pre-added 12 mod slots (useful for building a patch from scratch without manually adding mod slots in Miniak).
  • Fixed minor bug in pre-filter mix balance readout which did not display correct value at the first click.
  • Fixed issue in “update mode” auto function that did not force editor to update all parameters via NRPN properly at startup.
  • Now if you set “update mode” to manual it will block updating edit buffer at plugin startup too.
  • Fixed minor graphical mistake in osc sqr waveshape
  • Fixed issue about inverted “pitch wheel mode” after requesting patch.
  • Fixed issue about updating “env loop mode” after requesting patch.
  • Corrected “OSC fine” default value.
  • Now “All notes off” mutes all notes properly.
  • Now FX balance, FX1 feedback, vocoder analsis, vocoder bandshift are utilized with centered knob.
  • Now selecting program using program knob triggers/sends MIDI bank number too.
  • Deleted unusable “Arp module” from GUI.
  • Sorted/Renamed parameters names in a way that they are displayed in VST host list properly.
  • Updated documentation; PDF.
  • Minor GUI enhancements.

Miniak-editor for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $38 USD. Registered v1.0 users can upgrade for $9.99 USD.

More information: HyperSynth / Miniak-editor

eaReckon updates BloXpander to 1.2.0 (MultiCore support and Subscenes)

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has released version 1.2.0 of BloXpander, a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations.

BloXpander combines the power of a computer and the efficiency of a dedicated device. Its interface has been designed to match this basic specification. It is visually attractive and clear, the construction of projects and the access to prepared instruments and effects is very fast.

Changes in BloXpander v1.2.0

  • MultiCore processors support. BloXpander is now optimized for MultiCore CPUs and provide a “per plugin” MultiCore option. If one of your plugin does not work correctly with the global MultiCore support option activated, other plugins can still be processed in parallel. The global MultiCore support option is deactivated by default. It is accessible from the “System” panel.
  • “Subscenes”. 16 subscenes per scene are available to backup console states to be instantly called. The audio/MIDI engine is not stopped when switching from a subscene to another. You can then call a subscene during a same song. You can store and call Subscene from BloXpander’s interface or via MIDI messages.
  • “MIDI Sync In”: BloXpander now understands MIDI synchronization messages coming from an external device/software (MIDI Clock, Start/Stop, Song position, …). If needed, you can activate Sync In and Sync Out concurrently to synchronize all your MIDI hardware from a master unit.
  • OnScreen MIDI Panic.
  • New Plugins case ‘info panel’ replacing Tooltips.
  • The Input/Output MIDI/Audio ports menu could have appeared when right clicking somewhere on the plugins case.
  • Some input ports could have been closed when combining specific actions (in “Basic Control + All MIDI Inputs” mode only).
  • Improved accuracy of the “Hysteria Meter”.
  • Waves plugins should not be accidentally removed from the plugins case anymore.
  • An extra check has been added to the scene loading procedure. It should avoid potential problems if DLLs are missing.
  • All “learnable” MIDI values can now be erased. Just right click on a value (labels under gray “learn” buttons) to bring a dedicated popup menu. This ‘erase’ option is also available from the Main Controller’s “Basic Control mode” grid.
  • Visual feedback of the Scene loading procedure has been modified. Plugins interfaces are not directly shown when loading a scene. During this loading procedure, inserts that need to be filled/updated are colored in blue.
  • Updated Manuals.

Both the demo and full versions of BloXpander have been updated. BloXpander is available to purchase for Windows PC for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon / BloXpander

Elektron releases Machinedrum OS 1.62 + Sound Packs

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKII

Elektron has announced the release of OS 1.62 and Sound Packs for Machinedrum, a drum machine that combines extremely flexible drum synthesis methods with a sampling engine.

The new Machinedrum OS 1.62 adds the much asked for feature of letting you rename ROM samples. The Sample bank quick access mode and the possibility to write protect Snapshots and Sample banks are other convenient features this update brings. Because of the new OS functionality the Machinedrum manual and the C6 SysEx tool have been updated as well. Download the new OS, manual and C6 version in the Support and Downloads section.

Elektron has also introduced Machinedrum Sound Packs, a collection of tool kits for almost any genre.

No less than seven Sound Packs are now available, consisting of a total of 23 Snapshots linked to 23 dedicated Sample banks. Each Snapshot features 4 patterns demonstrating the content of the Sample bank. The 500 samples are studio recorded, 100% royalty free, and found nowhere else.

All Machinedrum SPS-1UW+ MKII units now come with these seven Sound Packs pre-installed. When upgrading a UW MKII with a +Drive they are included as well.

Current Machinedrum UW users can download the Sound Packs in the Support and Download section.

Note though that they are specially made for UW MKII models as some of the Sample banks exceed the sample memory limit of the UW MKI.

More information: Elektron

Torsten Schieber AU-300, virtual programmer for Alpha Juno and MKS-50

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Torsten Schieber AU-300

Torsten Schieber has released AU-300, a virtual programmer for Alpha Juno and MKS-50 for Mac.

AU-300 is an Audio Unit Plugin based MIDI-Programmer for some famous Japanese synths from the Mid-80′s. It brings the modern DAW based working process together with the analoge sound of the Alpha Juno Family.

AU-300 features

  • Load it in your AU-Host and control the Alpha Juno just like using a softsynth.
  • All settings are saved in the project file (and restored on load).
  • All parameters can be modulated and automation curves can be drawn.
  • You can save and restore .aupresets files and manage them on your computer
  • If your Host is supporting Midi learn, map your controller to it! This is usually only possible with Sysex-capable controllers.

AU-300 is available to download as a donationware Audio Unit plug-in for Mac.

More information: AU-300

eaReckon BloXpander, music application gets Windowed Mode in v1.1.1

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has released version 1.1.1 of BloXpander, a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations.

BloXpander combines the power of a computer and the efficiency of a dedicated device. Its interface has been designed to match this basic specification. It is visually attractive and clear, the construction of projects and the access to prepared instruments and effects is very fast. The plugins manipulation is direct (especially when BloXpander is coupled to an external MIDI controller).

Changes in BloXpander v1.1.1

  • New Windowed Mode: BloXpander can now work as a windowed application.
    You can select a small size window (930×600 min.) to keep space on screen for other applications or, if you have large enough multiple screens, you can choose to display all the 24 channels, 4 aux buses and master bus in a large 3230×900 window. Intermediate sizes are also available. By default, full screen mode is active (Windowed Mode and Window Size settings are available in the “System” panel).
  • Improved: Better handling of “secured mouse events”.
  • Fixed: A bug introduced in 1.1.0 could have improperly routed MIDI events coming from different MIDI input ports.

BloXpander is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon / BloXpander

Short links for May 28th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synthesizer Exclusive Demo and Interview

A closer look at the OP-1 portable synthesizer and controller (no release date yet though).

Last week, Ihavesynth.com got the chance to meet up with Teenage Engineering to get a closer look at the OP-1 synthesizer/sampler/controller/you-name-it. Teenage Engineering revealed their eye-catching OP-1 at Musikmesse in 2009 and the hype around the synthesizer has been massive, even though it is not yet released. We have posted about the OP-1 before and offcourse we are as curious about the OP-1 as the rest of the world seems to be.

Teenage Engineering is a great gang of 7 tech guys in a white painted garage filled with wonderful stuff like computers, synthesizers, all sorts of tech gear, an electronics shop, 3D printers, bikes, mopeds and a little dog which you can hear in the interview. The Teenage Engineering crew has experience from a lot of different areas, like the gaming industry, programming, electronic music – and it all comes together in their cozy garage.My mate Bjorn had a chat with David at Teenage Engineering, check it out in this clip.

# The Swinger « Music Machinery

Paul Lamere @ Music Machinery writes:

One of my favorite hacks at last weekend’s Music Hack Day is Tristan’s Swinger. The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect.

via CDM

RockBandStageKit

# RockBandStageKit

This project demonstrates how to use the Xbox Rock Band Stage Kit with Micro framework using GHI's USB Host feature….no Xbox is necessary!

This kit uses USB and it has special requests to set the strobe speed, LEDs and fog. But no worries! This still works with GHI NETMF devices. We use USB host on a low level using USBH Raw Device. This allows us to control the Stage kit as we like! It is actually easy if you know how USB works.

# Free Sample Friday: SQ-80 Ganks

Tom Shear is back with another pack of free samples:

Today's selection is what used to be one of my favorite bass sounds I'd programmed for my old SQ-80 back in the day. It's very digital sounding and can add a nice bite to other bass sounds when layered. (The name of the patch was inspired by the liner notes of a Shriekback album that listed not only the gear used, but the name of the synth patches they used which pleased the hell out of me for some reason…)

The download includes 8 mono 24-bit/44.1k WAV samples of the C and G keys for 4 octaves.

# Diego Stocco "Experibass Suite"

Diego Stocco @ Soundcloud: In the past months I've been working on some new tracks with my Experibass. Since I built it, I discovered many new ways of interacting with it
Take a look at this gallery to know more about the Experibass: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Experibass/312989

# New Roland JX8p Patches (Sysex Dump)

Free jX8p patches by Chip Collection:

32 New JX-8P Patches. These are my favourite patches of all time. It contains leads, basses, hoovers, strings and chimes. You can see many of these demoed in my youtube videos. Enjoy

# PIXEL – A pixel art documentary

An 11 minute documentary exploring the merits and impact of pixel art, animation and chiptune music.

Kaoss Pad Pitch Modification

# Kaoss Pad Pitch Modification w/Internal Controls

GetLoFi reports:

David M. just sent us useful information on how to add internal pitch controls for both Kaossilator and the Kaoss Pad, below are his words of wisdom…

After reading about the GetLoFi Tutorial for 1799 oscillator circuit mod on the KORG Mini KP/KO and with a few of the LTC Modules on hand I decided to give it a go on a brand new Kaossilator. The conversion took about 45 minutes to do, but the results just blew me away. A real transformer for this instrument.

# The Creators Project

The Creators Project event series—a roving global celebration—launches this summer on June 26, when The Creators rolls into 80,000-square-feet of display and performance space honeycombed throughout the legendary Milk Studios in New York’s Meatpacking District.

The event is going to be a groundbreaking combination of interactive art and installations, panels, workshops, screenings, and live performances. As much as The Creators Project is a digital archive of our digital world, it is also a testament to the enduring appeal of the Real. Many of the artists within the program explore the way that digitally manipulated images, sounds, and motions converge in real time, in real spaces.

HyperSynth releases Miniak-editor

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HyperSynth Miniak-editor

HyperSynth has released Miniak-editor, a software editor for advanced controlling over the Akai Miniak (analog modeling synthesizer) in your DAW.

Miniak-editor is able to retrieve presets from Miniak memory or load it from hard drive into the editor. You can send a complete program to Miniak via sysex or change any parameter of synthesizer in real time.

Miniak-editor features

  • Support automation for all Miniak parameters (synth-engine).
  • Request patch from Miniak memory.
  • Load sysex file into the editor.
  • Send sysex (on the fly) to Miniak.
  • Remotely changing banks and programs.
  • True freq readout for filters and LFO/S&H.
  • Easily tweakable interactive tracking generator and mod matrix.
  • Run as standalone or VST plugin.

Miniak-editor is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at $38 USD.

HyperSynth has also announced a 33% discount on the HyperSID HW unit, a custom build synthesizer with internal processor and a real SID Chip. This special offer is available through May, 2010.

More information: HyperSynth

eaReckon updates BloXpander to v1.1.0

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has released version 1.1.0 of BloXpander, a major update to the music application for Windows.

BloXpander is a music application originally designed to meet the requirements of musicians and engineers in “live” situations. BloXpander combines the power of a computer and the efficiency of a dedicated device.
Its interface has been designed to match this basic specification. It is visually attractive and clear, the construction of projects and the access to prepared instruments and effects is very fast. The plugins manipulation is direct (especially when BloXpander is coupled to an external MIDI controller).

Changes in BloXpander v1.1.0

  • New
    • IO Modules:
      • A left click on MIDI/Audio Inputs/Outputs and ASIO driver labels brings a panel to front. Even if these panels featuring big buttons are an easier way to select ports from a touch screen, they are mostly a place for some of the new features in version 1.1.0.
      • The MIDI Input Module provides advanced MIDI routing and processing options. Now you can quickly draw multiple links between MIDI channels and set how each of these links is going to be processed. The MIDI processor includes notes, velocity, CC filters and a global transposition parameter.
      • The Audio Input Module features a channel selector.
    • Mini Sysex Librarian: Receive, import, store and send Sysex messages the easy way.
    • Synchronize external MIDI devices.
  • Improvements
    • Info Slot : High Contrast option (just click on the big slot)
    • Rearrange scenes in a set from drag and drop actions (as for libraries, press CTRL and start to move your scenes using mouse)
    • Plug-ins set in muted inserts are not processed anymore (CPU friendly)
    • BloXcanner (plug-ins scanner) does not need a restart anymore when detecting incompatible 64 bits plug-ins or non-VST DLLs.
    • Updating the state of a Mackie Control compatible device is now done after a 100ms delay when changing volume or pan settings from BloXpander. Motorized faders are less stressed this way.
    • Updated manuals.
  • Bug fixes
    • Minor graphical bugs have been fixed.

BloXpander is available to purchase for Windows PC for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon / BloXpander