Primal Audio releases FM4 synth for iOS

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Primal Audio has launched FM4, a synthesizer app for iOS.

Primal Audio FM4

FM4 is a four operator FM synthesizer for iPad. Modelled on the first commercially available FM synths from the 1980s FM4 provides the same gritty sound, with a modern interface, and without being bound by the limitations of the original units. For example we have thrown in an arpeggiator, a thick unison mode, and a pitch envelope with a tweakable curve ideal for percussive sounds. Thus FM4 is capable of producing a multitude of sounds, ranging from punchy basses, crystal-clear bells, and lush pads, to organic textures, striking drums, and piercing leads.

FM4 features

  • 4 operators, configurable via eight different routings.
  • 3 sound engines modelled on 1980s hardware units.
  • 8 waveforms derived from classic FM synths.
  • Unison: 2x, 3x, and 4x — works in polyphonic mode.
  • Microtuning with eight different temperaments.
  • Arpeggiator, tempo-syncable with up, down, up-down, and random patterns.
  • Connectivity: supports Inter-App Audio, Background Audio, and MIDI (Audiobus is planned).
  • Polyphonic: 8 voices on iPad-mini/iPad 2, 24 voices on iPad Air.
  • 128 Presets organised into eight banks — user presets can be imported/exported through iTunes.

The app is available for purchase for the introductory price of $0.99 USD through December, 2014.

More information: Primal Audio

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Gospelmusicians releases TGX-85 eXpansion for PSP

Gospelmusicians TGX-85

Gospelmusicians has launched TGX-85, a Yamaha SY-85/TG-500 virtual instrument library eXpansion for Pure Synth Platinum.

In keeping with the amazing structure of as PSP, we have included ALL of the raw waveforms from the actual hardware, including the old school drum kits. You get 4-oscillators in which to combine your patches as well as two filters, and two LFOs of which are not offered on the hardware. The arp can be global or per oscillator as well as global and per oscillator effects, depending on the template you choose. In many ways the TGX-85 rivals that of the actual hardware, because of the added modulation sources, the number of effects, and greater polyphony. The goal of the TGX-85 is to virtually put the feeling of the hardware right into your hands.

The Yamaha SY-85 was the first digital synthesizer I ever owned. At the time, I felt that it wasn’t up to par with any of the other synths out at the time. I remember I couldn’t wait until I saved enough money to replace it. Boy was I wrong! Now listening to the sounds some years later, I realized that this was one of the most forgotten synths, especially for pads and synths. Now we have a slew of VST effects, and racks trying to mimic the good ol’ digital sound of the 90’s, because those sounds were so raw and grimy. This is what I didn’t appreciate back then from the good old SY-85. The SY/TG is best known for it’s spacious and lush pads; moog-like synth bass, vintage analog brass sounds, very realistic solo strings, the absolute best dance/house piano, and an overall amazing 90’s pop feel.

The raw digital/gritty sound makes it sound very unique and special. The synth brass, synth bass, pads, and raw waveforms are very unique and make for some very dirty, digital, and analog sounding pads and synths. The best part is that we feel that M5/UVI has some of the best effects out of any VST, so combing both makes for an amazing virtual emulation. You take those raw low-fi digital samples and you combine them with modern filters and effects, and you get this reminiscent digital synth with an edge.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $149.99 USD).

More information: Gospelmusicians / TGX-85

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Gospelmusicians intros TGX-85 Pure Synth expansion

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Gospelmusicians TGX-85

Gospelmusicians has introduced TGX-85, a Yamaha SY-85/TG-500 virtual instrument library eXpansion for the Pure Synth Platinum urban workstation instrument.

In keeping with the amazing structure of as PSP, we have included ALL of the raw waveforms from the actual hardware, including the old school drum kits.

You get 4-oscillators in which to combine your patches as well as two filters, and two LFOs of which are not offered on the hardware. The arp can be global or per oscillator as well as global and per oscillator effects, depending on the template you choose.

In many ways the TGX-85 rivals that of the actual hardware, because of the added modulation sources, the number of effects, and greater polyphony. The goal of the TGX-85 is to virtually put the feeling of the hardware right into your hands.

The TGX-85 will be available to pre-order at a 30% discount soon.

More information: Gospelmusicians / TGX-85 Expansion

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Bedroom Producers Blog releases Toy Keyboard Bass Station

Bedroom Producers Blog has announced the release of Toy Keyboard Bass Station, a free sample pack containing a set of multi-sampled bass instrument patches in WAV format and a set of instrument mappings for NI Kontakt 5.

Toy Keyboard Bass Station

All of the included sounds were created with the Yamaha PSS-390 toy keyboard and recorded through a compact tube preamp.

Yamaha PSS-390 is an unusual toy keyboard which features a rather cool FM synthesis engine with some unlocked parameters, making it possible to completely modify the factory sounds. There are 99 factory patches in total and every patch can be edited using the rudimentary and at the same time totally awesome synthesis engine.

I was planning to sample this one for a long time and a couple of days ago I finally got some inspiration to do it. Since programming such a simple FM synthesizer is tons of fun (and incredibly easy), I’ve spent quite some time trying to get the best possible bass sounds out it. I ended up with 16 custom presets and I’ve recorded them through a compact 12AX7 tube preamp, just to round them up a bit and add a bit saturation on top. I’ve also recorded the drum sounds, in case you want to have some toy keyboard DnB fun.

The pack contains 17 instrument patches and 135 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format. The instrument patches were created with NI Kontakt 5, although you can still use the individual WAV files if you don’t own Kontakt.

The pack is a free download at Bedroom Producers Blog.

More information: BPB / Toy Keyboard Bass Station

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Karma-Lab updates KARMA Motif software to v3.2

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Karma-Lab has announced the release of version 3.2 of KARMA Motif, a major update that adds support for the Yamaha S70 XS and S90 XS.

Karma-Lab KARMA Motif

KARMA Motif brings developer Stephen Kay’s award-winning and patented KARMA algorithmic music technology to a number of Yamaha synthesizers in a Mac/PC software package, giving them extensive new interactive groove generation, arpeggiation and arranger-like capabilities.

The software includes the ability to use the keyboard’s DAW Remote Mode to control all of KARMA’s functions directly from the keyboard, while KARMA sends parameter information and values directly to the keyboard’s display (on supported models). This allows you to control KARMA from the keyboard without looking at the computer, and makes it feel like the KARMA software is built-in to the keyboard.

Changes in KARMA Motif Software v3.2

  • Supports 6 Yamaha instruments: adds support for the S70/S90 XS to the already supported Motif XF, Motif XS, MOXF, MOX and Rack-XS.
  • Supports Mac OSX 10.4.11 through 10.10 Yosemite, Universal.
  • Supports Windows XP through Windows 8.1, 32 and 64-bit.
  • New “Auto-Fill” feature – automatically trigger a fill with each scene change.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for Scene Advance (Next, Previous, Startup).
  • New menu command and keyboard shortcut for Clear Solos.
  • Updated and revised Tutorials and Help File.
  • Other new features, enhancements, and improvements.

KARMA Motif is available for purchase for $199 USD. The update is free for any current owners.

More information: Karma-Lab / KARMA Motif

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