AfroDJMac has launched VHS Rack and Double P Keys, two new titles in the series of free Ableton Live packs.
This Ableton audio effect rack will give you control over the pitch inconsistencies, chorusing, saturation, and compression that are characteristic of VCR tapes. You can dial in the effect to be subtle, or go all out and make your music sound like it’s practically broken. It can be used on a track by track basis or on the master channel.
Double P Keys is a multi-layered synthesizer rack.
This instrument rack contains five chains of synthesizers stacked on top of each other. 3 of the sounds are designed to add ambience and texture to the sound, while 2 of them produce the musical, harmonic material that allow you to play notes and write melodies. You can mix in the level of “Double P Noise” and each synth. The instrument also has control over the filters of each of the two musical synths.
The first musical synth can be morphed from a pluck type sound to a more rounded pad sound. The second synth makes use of the filter envelop to give movement and character to the sound. All 5 layers of this sound are created from the same sample, just different sections of it. I won’t say exactly what it is, but I’m sure if you give it a listen, it will be a familiar sound.
Both libraries are available to download from AfroDJMac at no charge.
Psychic Modulation has released version 1.3 of the Phonec synthesizer plug-in for Windows.
Phonec is best described as an ‘analog flux synthesizer’. Inspired by the mystique of video logo synth scores from worn out VHS tapes, Phonec was primarily designed with character in mind. However Phonec is capable of producing a wide range of sounds such as vintage analogue tones, lo-fi synthscapes, ethereal pads, minimal techno sequences, and synthwave leads and basses.
Changes in Phonec v1.3
GUI update: aesthetic improvements as well as various fixes.
Improved sliders, now easier to control.
Fixed sequencer random mode not working.
Fixed volume changes when switching Melt modes.
Fixed problem with panning envelope.
Fixed various legato/portamento related arp issues.
Noise level can now go higher.
HFO velocity was inverted, now fixed.
Added two new switches to seq; for adding an octave to pitch seq, and inverting filter/amp seq.
Changed LFO3 target list, ‘Melt’ and ‘Echo Tune’ were not compatible with a polyphonic LFO, caused cpu spikes; added ‘Sub Pitch’.
Includes a separate ‘effect’ version so Cubase users can utilize audio input routing.
First is a brand new but redundant VHS video deck someone gave me which I promptly pulled to pieces and tortured, then are some little wind up toys that I recorded sitting on top of an old 16mm film canister. Third is a strange little prop: an antique herb grinder that I bought in a junk store, which has a great squeak that can be performed at various speeds. Fourth are some sounds I made on my modular synth – analogue synthesis is one form of religion I subscribe to – watch your bass bins is all I can say! Fifth is a green watering can – the kind of practical Xmas present you might like, but as it is metal and very resonant I managed to extract some unique sounds from it when it contained a little bit of water & I could bend the pitch of the resonance. And lastly are some very strange glass squeaks!
The sample pack is a free download for HISS and a ROAR subscribers (subscription free).
Psychic Modulation has announced the release of Phonec, a virtual synthesizer instrument that is best described as an ‘analog flux synthesizer’.
Inspired by the mystique of video logo synth scores from worn out VHS tapes, Phonec was primarily designed with character in mind.
However Phonec is capable of producing a wide range of sounds such as vintage analogue tones, lo-fi synthscapes, ethereal pads, minimal techno sequences, and synthwave leads and basses.
Phonec has an intuitive GUI that attempts to strike a balance between form and function, making it a very usable tool that can be a real inspiration to work with. Apart from it’s unique character and smooth workflow, Phonec has several interesting features that set it apart from the crowd.
Dual oscillators that can be combined in various ways.
Analog style oscillator drifting.
A unique Melt feature that adds instant character to any patch.
3 LFOs (2 monophonic, 1 polyphonic).
HFO (High Frequency Oscillator).
2 Modulation Envelopes.
Echoshifter Delay Unit.
Universal Value Display.
Double Click Parameter Reset.
Phonec for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $34 USD.