Xfer Records has introduced Cthulhu, a chord and arpeggio MIDI effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Cthulhu is two MIDI FX modules combined into one plug-in.
Chords Module – One Note Becomes Many
Cthulhu is firstly a chord memorizer and player, allowing you to experiment with creating and reworking chord progressions with single-note presses. Included are over 150 factory chord presets allowing for a near-unlimited amount of possible musical-sounding chord progressions. Import MIDI or ‘record’ chords straight in, Cthulhu is able to analyze the chords you play and allow for various sorting options (Circle of 5ths, Chromatic, low note, etc) allowing for easy access over your chords!
Arp Module – Transform your chords in new ways.
The other half of Cthulhu is a unique pattern-based arpeggiator, allowing incoming notes or chords to be manipulated in various rhythmic ways. The 8 tabs of the stepsequencer allow you to completely reshape the incoming MIDI notes, even a single note fed into the arp can become a unique and rhythmic riff! Even if you have other arpeggio software plug-ins, Cthulhu’s arp is unique and powerful with advanced features such as chord-arpeggio mode, ties, duration / velocity sequencing, intelligent transpose, harmony, and more! Every tab of the sequencer can operate on its own length, allowing for evolving polymetric arpeggios. From simple to complex, from chaotic to creating precise arpeggio you imagine in your head!
The Cthulhu plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $39 USD.
Xfer Records has updated its LFOTool effect plugin for Windows and Mac to version 1.1.
LFOTool is an FX utility plug-in for VST and AudioUnit hosts for both Macintosh OS X® and Windows®. It empowers music producers to create tremolo, auto-pan, trance-gate, side-chain compressor simulation, and dubstep-type wobble effects with minimal effort.
Sculpt custom LFO curves and shapes with Xfer’s LFOTool plug-in.
Changes in LFOTool v1.1
Added: 81 new Filter Types (Ladder filters/SVF-II, morphing filters/flangers/phases/combs/ring-mod/EQ/more).
Added: dry/wet for all filter types, drive and variation controls.
Added: ‘playable’ filter cutoff from MIDI notes (enable Pitch>Cutoff option in MIDI panel).
Added: Envelope mode – for re-triggering the graph by MIDI, but to have it play once and stop, just like an envelope.
Added: sync timing offset (very left, in middle of GUI) for adjusting for unreported sync latency (e.g. Ableton Live).
Added: Automation control over the first 8 graph points (X,Y,Curve) as VST Parameters.
Added: switchable Waveform Scope Display, allows you to have a tempo-synced oscilloscope and view the dry/wet simultaneously.
Added: drag-export button for dragging MIDI CC clips directly to host MIDI tracks.
Added: MIDI out for AudioUnits using the IAC Bus.
Added: Mono->Mono option added for AudioUnits.
Added: user can specify a default preset as a starting point in config file, for faster workflow.
Added: MIDI CC thinning option in config file (separate values for real-time and MIDI File export).
Added: LFO Depth control, useful for automating the all LFO overall depths, without losing your assigned relative depth values.
Improvement: AudioUnit to prevent namespace conflict with other Symbiosis-based plugins.
Improvement: LFO->Volume and LFO->Pan are now a “per-sample process” (greater time resolution).- increased mouseover/click radius for selecting points.
LFOTool is available to purchase for $49.95 USD. The update is free for all registered users.
Loopmasters has announced Chris Cowie’s Re-Nerve, an expansion pack featuring a new collection of ready to use drum kits and presets for Xfer’s Nerve drum machine plug-in and Kontakt 4 by Native Instruments.
Nerve is a powerful software drum machine and is a firm favourite with Chris Cowie, so he decided to use his extensive production skills and prepare a unique pack of extremely versatile drum kits that are club ready for any peak time productions including Electro, House, Tech House, Progressive, Trance, Dubstep and more.
Using the extensive editing and modulation parameters of both Nerve and Kontakt Chris has produced some of the most instantly usable drum kits available with pre programmed demo patterns in Nerve and Midi files of the patterns for Kontakt Users.
Chris has spent a lot of time ensuring each individual sound is perfectly tuned and eq-ed and set at exactly the right volume so each kit will sit perfectly in a mix and leave little if any further production and in fact are now his “go to kits” for his own productions. Each kit has been key mapped the same way so it is easy to switch between kits when auditioning.
Re-Nerve Expansion Pack features
250MB of Kontakt 4 content, including 50 Kontakt Kits.
374MB of Nerve content, including 40 Kits and 40 Presets for Nerve.
50 MIDI Files.
The sound library is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.