xoxos has released Malt, a freeware MIDI VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.
very simple – malt eats noteon messages on two channels. they’re gated by comparators running in opposite polarities from the same lfo.
if both thresholds were at halfway, the lfo would just alternate between the two parts, you can create a mid zone which passes both channels.
two uses.. either a simple call-response use for two generated sequences, or a 2 channel random note gate if you run the lfo at a fast rate.
Download Malt here.
xoxos has released Piamo, an elementarily modeled virtual piano, providing variable performance timbrality in a gentle emulation leant to abstraction.
“What would a simple physically modeled piano sound like?”
Piamo (“I love Pi”) provides the performance benefits of modeling in a low computational form.
The fundamental elements of the piano are modeled to create a timbrally expressive instrument less convincing than the excellent commercial emulations.
Piamo is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC. It is included with Pling3.
A functional demo is can be downloaded here (limited to three voices of polyphony, the full version is distributed with 8 voices).
Visit xoxos for more information and a demo mp3.
xoxos has released Pling3, an all-purpose plucked string model suitable for synthesis and emulations.
Pling3 applies my ideal of technologies used for modeling plucked strings. The instrument presents an elementary platform which can be combined with resonator effects to improve emulations.
The VST aesthetic emphasises low cpu resourcing, accordingly the architecture consists of a filtered pick impulse commuted to a damped and allpassed orthographic string model, and then to two first order mass-springs as helmholtz resonances.
Pling3 is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC and costs $20 USD. A demo version can be downloaded here (limited to two voices of polyphony).
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xoxos Syng2, a voice synthesizer plug-in for Windows PC, is now available for free.
To mark the advent of 2009, I held a poll at kvraudio to elect one of 2008′s commercial plugins as freeware. Syng2 had 37 votes with Horizon following at 29.
Syng2 is a classic source > filter voice synthesizer with some improvements, including word sequences and processing external audio in mono or stereo.
You can listen to some Syng2 demo mp3s here, or download the full version from the xoxos website.
xoxos has released Skunk, a four part algorithmic percussion sequencer.
Probability is used to determine which of eight sequences follows the current selection. This concatenative effect is useful for cross-rhythms and other simple rhythmic automations.
A demo version is available for download here (limited to host bpm settings that are multiples of 40).
Skunk is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC for $12 USD.
Visit xoxos for more information and an mp3 demo.
xoxos has released Horizon, a virtual instrument plug-in for Windows PC.
Horizon combines lush stereo unison voicing with a phrase sequencer that stays in key when the sequence is transposed.
This simple format makes Horizon ideal for lead sounds in dance and other styles. The oscillators are also suitable for producing panoramic pads, before any stereo effects are applied to the signal.
- 2 x 32 voice oscillators with five stereo algorithms.
- 10 oscillator waveforms including 4 modulating contours (sine, saw, ramp, peak, triangle, square, curve, pulse-saw, sine-saw, res).
- noise oscillator.
- per voice prefilter distortion with 6 modes.
- 2 stereo 6 pole filters run in serial or parallel.
- 3 tempo syncable LFOs (sine, triangle, ramp, saw, square, dip, hump, 4 curve modes, step rnd, smooth rnd).
- 3 envelopes.
- 9 modular destinations.
- 8 step phrase sequencer which transposes to user input scale.
Horizon is available for purchase for $25 USD. A demo version (limited to two voice polyphony) is available for download here.
Visit xoxos for more information.