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Ugo announces Holiday Sale

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Ugo has announced a Holiday Sale, your chance to get Ugo’s instrument and effect plug-ins at discounted prices.

We are rapidly approaching the holidays once again. It’s that time of year where many of us focus our attention on buying gifts for our friends and family. But first, why not splurge a little and get yourself something?

To encourage this minor self indulgence, I am having my first sale ever, and it’s a big one!

Holiday Sale prices

  • The Big Bundle: $60 (normally $99)
    6 VSTs for only $60, that is more than half off the individual purchase price! Includes:

    • M-theory – Physicial modeling hybrid synth
    • Ironhead – Morphing percussion synth
    • Disturbance – Experimental slicer
    • Metallurgy – The ever popular multi effect
    • Dualism – Dual programmable arpeggiator
    • Tunguska – Morphing multi effect
  • Individual VST sales:
    • M-theory: $25 – Bonus: comes with Dualism (normally $35)
    • Ironhead: $25 – Bonus: comes with Tunguska (normally $35)
    • Disturbance: $25 – Bonus: comes with 75 loops from Perimeter Sound Arts (normally $35)
    • Metallurgy: $15 (normally $20)

The Holiday Sale only lasts until December 1st so check out demos and audio demos at Ugo now.

Visit Ugo for more information.

Ugo updates Disturbance to v1.1 and Metallurgy to v1.5.1

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UGO Disturbance

Ugo has released updated versions of loop/sample mangler Disturbance and multi-effect Metallurgy.

Changes in Disturbance v1.1 / Metallurgy v1.5.1

  • Rendering issue in Cubase SL/SX improved.
  • Loop timing issue in energyXT fixed.
  • Disturbance: new volume sequencer.
  • Disturbance: new fine tuning control for the pitch shifter.

Ugo has also announced that Dualism and Tunguska, previously only available in bundles, are now available separately for $10 USD each.

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Ugo updates M-theory to v1.1 (includes Dualism v1.0)

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Ugo M-theory v1.1

Ugo has released version 1.1 of M-theory, a hybrid modeling synth VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

The update includes Dualism, a plugin version of the dual arpeggiators and 2X MIDI utilities found within M-theory and, as such, provides you with the ability to arpeggiate/double any other synth you wish, including hardware synths.

New in M-theory v1.1

  • 5 new arp speeds: Slower, Faster, Very Fast, Odd 1, and Odd 2.
    The latter two provide a kind of offset/odd timed feel.
  • Arp pattern (clock gate) length adjustment.
    This allows you to set how many steps the clock gate sequencer uses, ranging from 1 (gate full open) to 16. This can be useful for odd time signatures and each arp can be set individually.
  • Arp bypass option when latched.
    This new bypass feature should be especially handy for people who play/record live (rather than step sequence) since it lets you jam over top of an arp pattern without your having to load another instance of the plugin to do it.
  • Sound quality modes: HQ / LQ.
    High quality is the default and how it was previously. Low quality mode provides a softer tone which can save some cpu. Basically, what it does is just removes a whole bunch of tonal enhancements from various points in the signal chain.
  • Other tweaks, fixes, and slight improvement in clarity.

M-theory is available for Windows PC and costs $35 USD. Dualism is bundled with M-theory and is free to all current M-theory users as well.

Visit Ugo for more information and a link to download demo version of M-theory.

UGO releases M-theory and Disturbance and updates Metallurgy and Ironhead/Tunguska to v1.5/v1.1

UGO has released two new VST plug-ins: M-theory, a hybrid modeling synth, and Disturbance, a loop & sample glitch/mangle/slicer tool.

M-theory

UGO M-theory

M-theory (the successor to String Theory) is a hybrid synth that is built around the Karplus-Strong delay based physical modeling technique, and uses samples, VA oscillators, and noise to drive the delay based oscillator; resulting in a very wide range of high quality synthetic and hybrid acoustic modeled sounds.

M-theory key features

  • Karplus-Strong style synthesis engine.
  • Dual exciters, each with the option of samples, VA or noise sources.
  • Option to load your own samples.
  • Independent low, band, high, and all pass filters.
  • Dual programmable arpeggiators and an extra MIDI note trigger/doubler feature.
  • Built in tremolo, metal effect, chorus, delay, and reverb.
  • 320 presets.

M-theory is available for Windows PC for $35 USD.

Disturbance

UGO Disturbance

Disturbance is primarily intended for the glitching/mangling of drum loops but it can also be useful with melodic material, vocals, and pretty much anything else you want to get glitchy with.

Disturbance is similar to a slicer, but a bit different. It works by chopping up a loop into 64 equal parts (no beat detection), then sequencing their playback, and each slice in Disturbance has its own loop point.

Disturbance features

  • Sequencer related features
    • Slice length reduction.
    • Filter cutoff (low or high pass filtering).
    • Pitch shifting.
    • Dirt (distortion + downsampling + filtering).
    • Slice reverse.
    • Random slice.
    • 4 sequencer direction options.
    • Mod wheel control over playback.
    • Sequencer jitter effect.
    • Host BPM sync or internal clock.
    • Sequencer start/end point adjustment.
  • Additional features
    • Built in file browser.
    • Dual Delay.
    • Velocity sensitivity.
    • Pitch Shifter with the option of fixed (non-sequenced) setttings, MIDI note tracking, and portamento.
    • 64 example/tutorial presets to get you started.

Disturbance is available for Windows PC for $35 USD.

Metallurgy

UGO Metallurgy

Metallurgy is a multi effect that is capable of providing sounds ranging from some basic, subtle, filter tweaks to twisted, complex, walls of sound that bear virtually no resemblance to the original audio.

Changes in v1.5

  • MIDI input to metal pitch – this controls both pitch and gate, allowing you to use your keyboard to play metallurgy like a monosynth.
  • Greatly improve sequencer timing/resets.
  • New envelope follower destinations: volume, master mix.
  • Pan sequencing – this has been merged with the gate sequencer… each step has its own pan control and the user has the option of either just the gate, just the pan, or both.
  • Pan control for each filter + independent modulation.
  • Sample and hold for all LFOs.
  • Improved/fixed the LFO waveform lengths.
  • Two slower settings for all sequencers: 4 and 8 bar.
  • GUI is brighter, sharper, and higher contrast (compared to the original).
  • Added master sequencer reset button.
  • A whole bunch of new presets.

Metallurgy is available for Windows PC for $20 USD.

Ironhead & Tunguska

UGO Ironhead & Tunguska

Ironhead is a morphing synthetic junk percussion kit, which is accompanied by Tunguska, a multi effect VST plug-in.

Changes in Ironhead v1.5 / Tunguska v1.1

  • Ironhead:
    • Greatly improved sound and flexibility.
    • New master pitch control for each instrument.
    • Noise control for the Bonks.
    • Drum trigger buttons.
    • Improved kit randomizer.
    • Interface enhancements.
    • All new presets.
  • Tunguska
    • New presets by Perimeter Sound Arts, Elvar Aron, and Ugo.
    • Minor bug fixes.
    • Minor GUI enhancements.

Ironhead & Tunguska are available for Windows PC for $35 USD.

Visit UGO for more information and links to download demo versions of these new and updated plug-ins.

xoxos wins KVR Developer Challenge 2007

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The KVR Developer Challenge 2007 has its winner: xoxos (Rurik Leffanta).

xoxos took first place with Sounds of Nature, a collection of VSTi for emulating common natural sounds – wind, rain, thunder, songbirds and insects.

xoxos Sounds of Nature
xoxos Sounds of Nature

Well done Mr. Rurik! I did not vote myself (lack of time to check all the entries), but even if I wouldn’t have put xoxos’ entry first place, it is a well deserved win. xoxos has released tons of cool freeware plug-ins over the last few years, more than doing his part in the community.

Second place goes to Mucoder’s Hypercyclic, an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator. I guess I will have to take a better look at this… First time I tried it I couldn’t get it to work really, but it seems useful enough.

UGO‘s synth The Element of Surprise gets third place. This one was on my original list of plug-ins I was interested in. It looks a bit simple but it can do some really nice sounds. If you like randomize stuff like I do, be sure to check this one out.

I’m glad to see de la Mancha & Sink’s multi-effect VST plug-in truc up there as well (4th place). Out of all the DC plug-ins of this year, I think truc will get the most use. It’s great for crazy FSU type effects.

Check the KVR Developer Challenge page for the complete list of entries.

UGO releases Ironhead (+Tunguska)

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UGO Ironhead VSTi

UGO has released Ironhead, a morphing percussion synth, which comes bundled with Tunguska, a morphing multi effect.

Ironhead‘s morphing allows you morph, or switch, between two different control states for each instrument. It aslo has a variance feature which allows you to set an adjustable degree of random variation in the sound.

Ironhead features

  • Fast, fun, and easy interface
  • 15 unique sounding percussion instruments
  • Morphing (controled by LFO, VST automation, MIDI)
  • Variance
  • Dual delay (BPM sync with dotted notes)
  • Kit randomizer
  • 172 preset kits
UGO Tunguska VST

Tunguska‘s two key components are its granulator and filter, both of which can be morphed between two states, allowing you to bring additional movement to your grooves.

Features

  • Fast and fun interface style of Ironhead
  • Pitch shifting granulator (morphable)
  • Resonant filter (morphable)
  • Distortion
  • Downsampling
  • Dual delay (BPM sync with dotted notes)
  • Morphing (controled by LFO, VST automation, MIDI)
  • Envelope follower
  • Stereo signal path
  • 32 presets

Ironhead and Tunguska are bundled for a price of $40. For only $10 you can add Metallurgy to this bundle and for registered Metallurgy users the Ironhead/Tunguska bundle is offered at $30 (valid through 10/31/06).

Sounds like a superb deal to me, so head over to UGO’s website for more information and a link to download the demo and listen to sound clips.

UGO releases Rez v2.0

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UGO Rez v2.0 VSTi

UGO has released Rez v2.0, a freeware virtual analog monosynth, with a highly resonant low pass filter, that is capable of a wide range of sounds, from funky squishes, beastly basses and screaming leads, to tight arpeggiations, atmospheres, bells, and interesting effects.

Specs

  • Virtual analog
  • Phrase arpeggiator
  • Sub oscillator
  • Detune (modulateable via aftertouch)
  • Highly resonant low pass filter
  • Pulse width modulation
  • Overdrive
  • Dual Delay
  • Phaser (with velocity modulation)
  • 3 LFOs
  • Host BPM Sync
  • MIDI CC control over most presets
  • 256 presets

Visit UGO’s website for more information and a link to download Rez v2.0

UGO releases Metallurgy v1.0

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UGO Metallurgy VST

UGO has released Metallurgy, a multi effect that is capable of providing sounds ranging from basic, subtle, filter tweaks to twisted, complex, walls of sound that bare virtually no resemblance to the original audio.

Metallurgy’s Specs

  • Metal effect
    • used for metallic sounds, flanging, and sequenced notes
    • 16 step pitch sequencer with a 5 octave note range, portamento, and sequence length
    • LFO
  • Filters
    • low pass, band pass, and high pass
    • all 3 filters can function at the same time, running in parallel
    • each filter has it’s own LFO
    • 16 step sequencer with mod amount control for each filter, glide, and sequence length
    • each filter has its own volume control
  • Filth 1 and 2…each includes:
    • downsampler
    • distortion with 3 modes
    • LFO controls the downsamplers (8 modes, including positive and negative options)
    • Filth 1 = pre filter, Filth 2 = post filter
  • Gate sequencer
    • 16 steps
    • gate length control
    • mix control
  • Dual Delay
    • each has its own time controls
    • stereo width adjustment
  • Envelope follower
    • modulate any/all of the 3 filter cutoffs
    • modulate Metal time + the Metal’s all pass filter
    • amount, attack and decay controls
  • 417 patches
  • Randomizers are provided for most sections
  • Midi CC control over nearly all parameters
  • Host BPM sync for LFO’s and sequencers
  • Mono signal path

A Demo version is available with only 64 patches and occasional volume dropout as limitations. Metallurgy costs $20 (USD), payable through PayPal. Check UGO’s site for more information.