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Ugo Audio sets its commercial plugins free

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Ugo Audio has announced that its VST plug-ins for Windows are now available as freeware.

Ugo M-Theory & Dualism
Ugo’s M-theory synthesizer offers a wide range of high quality synthetic and synth/acoustic hybrid modeled sounds.

From 2003-2011 I was into designing synths and effects with SynthEdit. I was obsessed with it for years but eventually my life became increasingly busy, leaving me with no time for plugin development. These are the results of those experiments – some of which were pretty popular, and all of which I thought were quite fun.

They are all rather old now, and very outdated as far as system compatibility goes. To use them these days, you’ll need either a 32-bit Windows host or a wrapper such as jBridge. Also, only Rez is multi-core compatible, so for all others you can only use one instance per project without crashing your host. You may bump into a few other bugs too.

Due to their age, and that I no longer have time to update them, I’ve decided to make even the previously commercially released plugins freeware now. I hope you have some fun with them.

The free downloads include M-theory & Dualism, Rez, Disturbance, Ironhead Suite, Metallurgy, and more.

More information: Ugo / VST plugins

Ugo Audio updates Rez to v3 and releases Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora soundsets

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Ugo Audio has announced the release of Rez v3, a free synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

The popular freeware monosynth, Rez (Win VST), has received a major update. It’s more powerful, more flexible, and now comes with two GUIs.

Going well beyond what you might expect from a little monosynth, Rez is capable of a huge range of sounds – from funky squishes, beastly basses, and screaming leads, to tight arpeggiations, swirling rhythms, atmospheres, bells, and interesting effects.

Ugo Audio Rez 3
Ugo Audio Rez 3 (black and yellow skins)

Changes in Rez v3

  • Updated tone – can be brighter and more aggressive than before, and capable of sounds earlier versions couldn’t do.
  • 16 step programmable arpeggiator with dedicated arp sequencers for gate length, cutoff, portamento, and phaser frequency.
  • More arpeggiator playback options.
  • Cutoff offset control – reduces the cutoff of one of the internal filters relative to the other to provide chewier, more vocal sounds when at high resonance.
  • More aggressive distortion with three tone modes.
  • Lo-Fi mode simultaneously adjusts the bit-rate and downsampling of chained bit-crusher modules.
  • Age control – think increasingly unstable/noisy/broken oscillators, rather than the subtle drift of an old analog.
  • Phase reset – when activated, the phase will snap back into alignment when the age and detune sliders both hit zero.
  • Improved/expanded oscillator phase modulation options – in addition to the previous phase offset options, you can now also adjust the amount that the output of the main oscillator can modulate the phase of the sub-oscillator.
  • Sub-oscillator octave adjustment.
  • Delays now go up to 1/128.
  • Delay modulation.
  • Aftertouch modulation of both oscillator phase functions.
  • Velocity support for the amp envelope.
  • Pitch bend range adjustment.
  • MIDI learn.
  • Easier to see/use GUI (with two variations: yellow and black).
  • 24 demo presets from Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora.
Ugo Audio Rez Soundsets

Additionally, Ugo has released three preset banks for Rez 3: Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora. Each bank of 128 presets (FXB format) is focused on particular sound types, ranging from arpeggiated sounds, to basses, leads, pads, percussion, and effects.

  • Clockwork – Making full use of Rez 3′s arp sequencer, Clockwork is a well-rounded rhythmic collection that includes 96 arpeggiated melodic presets and 32 percussive groove presets.
  • Foundation – 64 basses that range from analog classics to brutal hammers, and 64 leads that run the gamut of electronica – from anthem inducing hook creators and quirky synthetics, to raw industrial power.
  • Aurora – Meeting at a crossroads of digital and virtual analog, Aurora delivers 75 pads, 26 percussive sounds, and 27 effects.

Rez for Windows (VST) is available as a free download. Clockwork, Foundation, and Aurora are $10 USD each, or can be purchased as a bundle for $25 USD.

More information: Ugo Audio / Rez

Camel Audio releases Guitar Mutations for Alchemy and Alchemy Player

Camel Audio Guitar Mutations

Camel Audio has announced the release of Guitar Mutations, a new sound library for Alchemy and Alchemy Player.

Guitar Mutations features a studio full of classic guitars warped into strange new forms. Explore guitars with four necks whose resonating bodies morph into keyboards, fractal arpeggiations, tortured string soundscapes, stressed whammy bars and fractured frets as well as creamy overdrive, shimmering chorus and chugging riffs.

Guitar Mutations takes full advantage of the Alchemy Player engine with 2GB of new samples. There’s haunting fingerpicking, quirky strumming and plaintive harmonics through to aggressive shredding and all manner of unconventional playing techniques. Guitar Mutations is perfect for creating ambient guitarscapes or adding an innovative edge to your rock and electronica productions.

Guitar Mutations features

  • 150 sounds (1200 variations) for Alchemy.
  • Includes 42 Guitars, 32 Soundscapes, 18 Arps, 16 Loops, 9 Bass, 8 Keys, 8 Synth, 7 Pads, 5 Leads, 5 Sound Effects.
  • Suitable for Rock, Pop, Electronica & Ambient genres.
  • Sound Designers Andre Ettema, Himalaya, Nick Moritz, Martin Walker, biomechanoid, Corin Neff, Chris Sciurba, Christian Kjeldsen, Stephan Romer, Ole Jeppesen, Arksun.

Guitar Mutations is available to purchase for $59 USD/€49 EUR/£39 GBP.

More information: Camel Audio / Guitar Mutations

Indie Dev Collective launches IDC Spring 2011 Sale

IDC Spring 2011 Sale

Indie Dev Collective has announced the IDC Spring 2011 Sale, a limited time collaborative sale featuring various synth & effect plugins and soundware products.

We’re back with our most diverse sale yet.

Featuring 14 developers, including four new IDC members, bring you some of their latest synths, effects, samples, loops, presets, and even a host – all on sale at the same time, direct to you, with prices cut up to 65% off for this limited time sales event.

IDC Spring 2011 Sale

  • 26 deals on over 55 products.
  • Participating developers: Dangerous Bear Underground, Dusted William Sounds, H.G. Fortune, Hardcore Harmonics | Supersynths, IMEA, Manytone, Mildon Studios, Nucleus Soundlab, Perimeter Sound Arts, Psychic Modulation, Ugo, Westgate Sounds, whiteLABEL, xoxos.

The IDC Spring 2011 Sale is available until May 23rd, 2011.

More information: Indie Dev Collective

Indie Dev Collective launches IDC Sale #2: November 15th – 30th

Indie Dev Collective

The Indie Dev Collective has announced their second massive sale, offering discounts on a wide range of products from various developers.

Following the success of their first collaborative event (May 2010), the Indie Dev Collective are back with another fantastic sale.

Nine developers providing a highly diverse selection of synths, effects, samples, loops, and presets – all on sale at the same time, with prices up to 70% off.

IDC Sale #2 includes products by:

  • Dusted William Sounds
  • H.G. Fortune
  • Hardcore Harmonics/Supersynths
  • Manytone
  • Nucleus Soundlab
  • Perimeter Sound Arts
  • Ugo
  • Westgate Sounds
  • whiteLABEL

The sale lasts until November, 30th, 2010.

More information: Indie Dev Collective

Indie Dev Collective launches with Sale

Indie Dev Collective

The Indie Dev Collective has launched with a collaborative sale, offering up to 65% discount on various products.

We are a group of 12 plug-in and soundware developers who have banded together to bring you a massive collaborative sale on synths, effects, and samples. Up to 65% off – over 50 deals on more than 90 products!

The following developers participate in the Indie Dev Collective:

  • Dangerous Bear Underground – Synths, Samples & Soundbanks
  • de la Mancha – VST Synths & Effects
  • Dusted William Sounds – Samples & Loops
  • H.G. Fortune – VST Synths & Sequencers, & Samples
  • Hardcore Harmonics/Supersynths – VSTi & Soundbanks
  • Impact Soundworks – Soundbanks & Samples
  • Manytone – VST Synths & Samples
  • Nucleus Soundlab – Soundbanks, Refills & Samples
  • Perimeter Sound Arts – Loops & Presets
  • Ugo – VST Synths & Effects
  • Westgate Sounds – Soundbanks & Samples
  • whiteLABEL – VST Effects

The collaborative sale is available from May 17 until May 31, 2010.

More information: Indie Dev Collective

Review: Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio has recently released Alchemy Player, a virtual instrument for playing and tweaking ready-to-play sounds from Camel Audio’s soundbank collection. Alchemy Player features the same advanced sample manipulation engine as its bigger brother, but you only get access to a limited amount of parameters for modifying sounds.

Since every Alchemy soundbank now comes with a copy of Alchemy Player you don’t actually need the full product anymore to enjoy these sounds.

I had a go with Cinematic, one of Camel Audio’s latest Alchemy soundbanks.

Cinematic will provide loads of inspiration for film, TV and ambient composers. With dramatic soundscapes, mysterious textures and evocative atmospheres, it covers a lot of emotional ground, with moods ranging from gentle and thoughtful, romantic and moving, through upbeat all the way to bleak and disturbing.

Ideal for many genres such as action and adventure, suspense, sci-fi and horror, and packed with slowly evolving details and innovative instrumental layers, Cinematic also includes over 100 MB of new samples ranging from a collection of thunderous hits and stabs to tinkling chimes, suspense-filled drones, bowed horror ambiences, treated guitar washes, and a selection of analogue and digital synths and keyboard sounds.

The Cinematic soundbank includes 150 presets, with 8 variations each for a total of 1,200 sounds that can be dialed in from the remix pad. Here’s the breakdown in types of sound: 53 soundscapes, 27 pads, 19 sound effects, 13 loops, 11 vocals, 5 arps, 5 mallets, 4 basses, 4 strings, 4 synths, 3 organs, 2 keys.

The sounds were programmed by a host of sound designers: Martin Walker, Artvera, Luftrum, Denis Goekdag, Junkie XL, Christian Kjeldsen, Niklas Silen, Cyforce, Ugo, Antonio Blanca, and Himalaya.

The Alchemy Player itself has a straightforward interface with a preset browser section and a bunch of performance controls.

Camel Audio Alchemy Player
Camel Audio Alchemy Player

For manipulation of the sounds every preset has specific parameters linked to the performance controls. The full Alchemy sound engine is available in the player version but you will only be able to manipulate those parameters that the sound designer chose for each particular preset.

Note: You can actually turn the player into a time-limited full version of Alchemy (3 week demo) but let me warn you that this is a cunning plan devised to get you addicted to Alchemy. There is a considerable chance you’ll end up wanting to upgrade… yes, it’s that great!

Not all of the programmed sound variations sound terribly different from one another but you certainly get a lot more than the 150 initial sounds, and you can morph the remix pad variations and use the performance knobs to create new variations of your own.

You can listen to a few preset by preset demonstrations below. The remix pad is used to morph between variations.

So what do I think?

Product: Cinematic (for Alchemy) by Camel Audio
Format: Alchemy soundbank, includes Alchemy Player (VST/AU)
Price: $59 USD/£39 GBP/49 EUR

I found Cinematic to be a well balanced collection of sounds with plenty of variation within the various categories. The overall quality of presets is outstanding; I especially enjoyed the soundscapes section.

Each of the sound designers brings his/her own personal flavor yet the whole thing still feels like a pretty coherent set of sounds. Highlights for me are Luftrum’s stunning pads and pretty much everything by Martin Walker, who consistently delivers amazing, highly cinematic sounds.

Much like Native Instruments with its Kore and Kore Player platform, Camel Audio is now offering its soundbanks to a new audience with Alchemy Player. For those who are looking to just get some great sounds without investing in an expensive and possibly superfluous instrument, this player format is perfect.

Still, I would recommend activating the 3 week Alchemy demo just to experience the full potential of this fantastic instrument.

More information: Camel Audio / Cinematic

Ugo Audio releases Ironhead:Spawn

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Ugo Audio has announced the release of Ironhead:Spawn, a collection of 13 instrument plug-ins for Windows.

Meet the Spawn of Ironhead! Going well beyond the original Ironhead, the Spawn plugs have been mutated and modified to provide a far wider range of percussive and melodic sounds, and they can be played like normal synths…tracking pitch across the entire keyboard. If you like tuned percussion, you’re going to love this.

Ironhead is drum kit… Ironhead:Spawn is a whole band.

Ugo Audio Ironhead:Spawn
Ugo Audio Ironhead:Spawn

Ironhead:Spawn features

  • Fast, fun, and easy interface.
  • 13 unique sounding percussion instruments .
  • Morphing (controled by LFO, automation, MIDI).
  • Random variance.
  • Dual delays (BPM sync with dotted notes).
  • Randomizers.
  • Over 40 presets in each, totaling over 540 presets in the bundle.

Ironhead:Spawn is available for Windows PC (VST) for $35 USD (includes Tunguska, a $10 USD value). A demo version can be downloaded.

More information: Ugo Audio