Crystalline ‘Eno Effect’ Updated With Ducking, BPM Sync Delays & New MIDI Options

crystallineHolderness Media has released a major update to its Crystalline Shimmer Effects Processor, adding Ducking, BPM sync delays, MIDI clock sync, Bluetooth MIDI and more.

Crystalline creates ‘shimmer’ effects, similar to those used on classic Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois productions.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading

dsp-Gplug Puts 15-Oscillator Paraphonic Synth On A MIDI Plug

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Developer Jan Ostman has announced that the dsp-Gplug – a version of the dsp-G1 analog modeling synthesizer built into a MIDI plug – is now available.

Ostman calls it “the smallest VA MIDI Synth in the world.”

The dsp-Gplug is designed to be both patched and controlled via MIDI. A MIDI editor is available.

The synth is has 15 oscillators, structured as a 5-note paraphonic synth, with a 24db lowpass filter with resonance. It also has AMP ENV, filter ENV and LFO, with sine or sample & hold waveform.

Here are some audio examples of the dsp-G1 synth in action: Continue reading

Expressiv MIDI Guitar – An Electric Guitar/MIDI Controller Hybrid

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The Expressiv MIDI Guitar is a new MIDI guitar controller, being produced by Rob O’Reilly via a Kickstarter project.

Expressiv uses a smart fretboard scanner to know which notes you are pressing, the same way that keyboardists get a note when they press a key. This leaves your strumming hand free to control any parameters such as pitch bend, modulation and octave shift using the onboard touchpad, joystick and buttons.

Also, with the flick of a switch, you can change from synthesizer control to standard guitar functionality.

The Plug and Play functionality means you only have to plug a standard USB cable directly into your computer with no hardware, driver or power supply required.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Free App Unleashes Moog Theremini Synthesis Capabilities

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At the 2014 NAMM Show, Moog Music introduced the Theremini – a new take on the theremin that offers traditional analog control, combined with an advanced synthesis engine.

The Theremini comes with 32 patch presets – but when we talked with Moog at NAMM, they told us that they were working on a patch editor that would let you create custom patches for it.

Today, Moog released Theremini Advanced Software Editor, a free iPad app that unlocks the sound design potential of the new theremin. (Windows and OS X versions are also planned). Here are the details….. Continue reading