Soniccouture has released Morpheus for Ableton Live, a unique take on a most unusual mallet percussion instrument, the Freenotes Morpheus.
The Morpheus is one of the cleanest, purest sounds you will hear – add tremolo and it sounds very much like a vibraphone, but with an extra ‘glass-like’ quality. Used with subtle delay and phase effects it takes on a hypnotic quality, showing why it is often used for mediative healing. Roll-off the attack transient and you’re left with an almost perfect sine-wave, but not quite; the gloss and shimmer of the metal still remain, making serene yet characterful sustained tones.
Beyond the multiple acoustic presets that come with Soniccouture Morpheus, there are also a series of abstract presets – the Morpheus, sculpted into ambient textures, lush pads, and other experimental timbres, loops and tones. These presets demonstrate the malleability of the resonances of the Morpheus, and include complex chains of effects, with macros set to easily control the important nuances of the sounds.
Morpheus for Ableton Live features
53 Instrument Racks.
1.6 GB Library, 499 stereo samples.
44.1 Khz, 24 bit Stereo Sampling.
3 Velocity layers.
3-4 Round Robin layers.
Morpheus for Ableton Live is now available to purchase for the introductory price of £39 GBP / 39 EUR / $59 USD until 24 June, 2011. Use code WED1DCW5RG at checkout to take advantage of this offer.
Simple-Media has released retro-gsx and Cathedral, two new virtual synthesizer instruments for Windows.
A new addition to the retro-gs series of instruments with a completely new build, retro-gsx offers even more SID inspired chip sound goodness thanks to the built in ‘advanced wave sequencer’. Capable of recreating an incredible range of authentic SID sounds, easy to use, versatile and powerful. If you liked retro-gs01 and want even more creativity or you are just looking for a VST instrument to recreate those classic 8-bit sounds then look know further than retro-gsx.
Cathedral is a new approach to the task of recreating the sound of a pipe organ. Rather than use a large sample library, Cathedral uses a hybrid analogue synthesis and physical modelling approach to create an ultra-flexible instrument without a huge file size and with reasonable CPU performance. Cathedral offers up to 6 programmable, 4-level stops that can each be set to 1 of 3 pipe types and any 1 of 14 different footages. Cathedral includes a built in reverberation unit, essential in recreating an authentic pipe organ sound and additional filtering and modulaion to enhance the sound even further. Cathedral is presented in a beautiful and easy to use interface to allow for intuitive programming.
retro-gsx and Cathedral for Windows (VST) are available to purchase for £10 each.
Simple-Media has also released two new freeware instruments: Striker and Voc-Two.
Striker is a physical modelling instrument created to reproduce the sounds of various types of tuned percussion such as marimbas, vibraphones and other instruments where a hammer or mallet strikes a block.
Following on from Voc-One, Voc-Two allows you to create realisitc string ensemble and choir sounds without the use of samples. It includes a wide range of controls over the source sound generation and the morphable formant filter making it a surprisingly flexible instrument for creating rich and atmospheric pads and realistic ensemble sounds.
Soniccouture has announced Morpheus, a sample library featuring the sounds of an aluminum percussion instrument by Freenotes.
The instrument is modular; the keys can be rearranged in any order you like, as each metal bar is attached to its own tuned resonator.
The Soniccouture Morpheus instrument comes with 2 additional types of instrument apart from the natural version: Morpheus Generator and Morpheus Pad.
The Morpheus Generator is a generative music device built in KSP that creates repetitions (loops) that vary in length while a note is held down. You can have one or two loops active, and a loop will be created for every note you hold down. Playing simple sequences creates constantly moving, shifting patterns & soundscapes. ( not available in EXS version)
The Morpheus Pad uses a different set of samples, fully looped instead of the natural decay. This enables infinitely sustaining glassy pads and textures. These can be further enhanced using phase offset, detune and doubling controls in the Ensemble effect section.
1.6 GB Sample Library.
24 bit 44.1 Khz Stereo Sampling.
3 Velocity layers , 3-4 Alternate Round Robin layers.
Natural Decay and looped Pad Instruments.
KSP Generator – ambient pattern generation tool.
KSP Jammer – generative arpeggiator.
KSP Strummer – allows you to ‘strum’ or sweep notes across the keyboard.
KSP Ensemble Effect Processor.
40 Kontakt instrument presets.
Morpheus is available for Kontakt (Kontakt 3.5 or 4.1.1, NOT compatible with free Kontakt Player) and EXS24, priced at £49 GBP / €49 EUR / $79 USD.
Until 26 November, 2010 you can get £10 GBP / €10 EUR / $15 USD discount by entering the following code at checkout: GK4SDTZQ1X
Modartt has released a Xylo add-on for Pianoteq, a virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
Xylophone and Bass Marimba are similar to the vibraphone but are using wooden bars instead of aluminium. Each bar, that vibrates when hit with mallets, is paired with a metallic resonator which is tuned to amplify the sound.
The origin of the xylophone dates back several thousand years in Africa and South East Asia. The marimba appeared at the same time and is today the symbol of Guatemalan music. Due to its huge size, the bass marimba sounds more than two octaves below the xylophone. Very popular both, they are used in various musical styles from classical to Latin and rock.
The Pianoteq virtual copies of these two instruments are respectively modelled after a modern 3½-octave French brand xylophone and a modern 5-octave French brand bass marimba. Thanks to the sophisticated Pianoteq physical model, they come in several variants and benefit from the recently developed humanization feature which allows varying the strike point, adding to the musician’s interpretation a vivid and stunning realism.
The Xylo add-on for Pianoteq is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
Modartt has also introduced two new bundles:
Rock Collection 89 EUR, includes Electric pianos, Clavinet, and Rock piano add-ons.
Chromatic Percussions Collection 99 EUR, includes Vibes, Celeste, and Xylo add-ons.
Marv can play music of high complexity, far more complex than a human player could ever achieve, as Marv is capable of striking any and all keys simultaneously, as well as damping each key individually. Marv can play much faster than a human vibraphonist, repeating single notes as quickly as 25ms apart. Marv can play with sensitivity and feeling limited only by MIDI programming effort. Marv is a platform for further research on musical automation and real-time musical interaction.
Noteput by Jonas Friedemann Heuer is an interactive music table with tangible notes, that helps students to learn the notation of music.
“Notput” is an interactive music table with tangible notes, that combines all three senses of hearing, sight and touch to make learning the classical notation of music for children and pupils more easy and interesting.
All basic clefs, note values and accidentals exist as single wood elements. Whole, half, quarter and eighth notes differ not only in their form, but also in their weight: Long note values are heavier than short ones.
Chris Supranowitz is a researcher at The Insitute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Along with a number of other spectacular studies (such as quantum optics, trapping of atoms, dark states and entanglement), Chris has decided to look at the relatively boring grooves of a vinyl record using the institute’s electron microscope. Well, not boring for me.
A single record groove, magnified 1000 times
Awesome images! Lots more on Chris’ website (note to those who are entomophobic; includes ladybug and fly images).
Modartt has released Vibes, a new add-on for the Pianoteq virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
Using a newly extended model, PIANOTEQ can now reproduce the beautiful sound of the vibraphone. Two virtual vibraphones, V-M and V-B, reproduce faithfully the characteristic sound of two well-known vibraphone brands. Thanks to the physical model the range of the vibraphones is extended from 3 to 5 octaves. Each instrument is provided with several variants and by using interface features, such as mallet hardness and tremolo, you can customize them to your own taste.
The Vibes add-on is available for purchase for 49 EUR.
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