xoxos has released Friction, a virtual instrument that combines a friction algorithm with a 2nd order mass-spring to model surface responsivity, and two filtered waveguides to describe primary resonances.
xoxos describes the sounds of Friction as squealing tires, squeaky hinges and axles, ww2 bombs, swingsets, etc.
- Friction – Controls for force, velocity, grip and impedance.
- Mass-springs – two mass-springs running in series, or a 2nd order mass-spring.
- Boundaries – boundary conditions are applied to limit and reflect the first order. Separate upper and lower thresholds limit the signal like a compressor.
- Resonances – two delays are applied where the mass-spring and friction algorithms meet. These are intended for the emulation of resonant channels, such as a bar on an iron gate, the length of a swinging cable, or the volume of a chamber.
- Output – signals generated by the synthesis engine are passed through a 1- to 4-pole highpass filter positioned before the amplification envelope.
- Sends and modulation heirarchy – Sends are used to assign controllers and to route modulation sources to multiple destinations. So that modulators can be assigned to other modulation sources, a heirarchy is used, and the sends are split into groups.
- Envelopes – Up to 32 sections can be used, with a variety of contours selectable by clicking on the envelope section you wish to edit.
- LFOs – 13 waveshapes, including a stepped and smooth noise option.
- X-Y pad – Can be assigned using the send section. The rate of movement is also available as a modulation source.
- Arkecode VST Oversampler – Included wrapper that doubles the sample rate of the enclosed plugin. This allows you to improve the timbre of emulations without running all plugins at a higher sample rate.
Friction is available as a VST plug-in for Widows PC. The license is $15 USD (or $10 USD for current customers). A demo version with some parameters removed is available for download.
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