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They are all rather old now, and very outdated as far as system compatibility goes.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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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