Harmonic Decoder From Sunsine Audio Now Available

harmonic-decoderSunsine Audio has introduced the  Harmonic Decoder - a new effect pedal that can sound like a fuzz, an octave/harmony pedal, a filter/wah, a complex waveshaper or some crazy bent 8-bit glitch box.

All of its effects are derived from an analog VCO, a phase detector, and a simple filter in an arrangement known as a Phase Lock Loop. At the heart of the Harmonic Decoder is a true single oscillator analog synthesizer. It effectively resynthesizes any signal delivered at the input, providing extreme waveshaping and harmonic effects in the analog domain.

The frequency of the VCO can be modulated either by the internal envelope follower or via the external control voltage input.

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Akai iMPC Pro Promises 64 Tracks Of Heavyweight Music Production

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When Akai Pro released the iMPC iPad music production center, a lot of Synthtopia readers were left wanting more. The app was fun, but it didn’t offer the full capabilities of even old-school MPCs.

It looks like that may soon change. Akai today teased this image of iMPC Pro, a new software MPC for the iPad that they say promises ’64 tracks of heavyweight music production’. Continue reading

Rob Papen Intros eXplorer III – His Ultimate Synth & Effect Bundle

explorer-IIIRob Papen has introduced the eXplorer-III - a collection that brings together all 11 of his products:

  • Blade: The cutting edge of today’s synthesizers!
  • Punch: Speaker busting and body rattling drum machine.
  • BLUE-II: Cross-fusion synthesis.
  • SubBoomBass: Ultra-deep groove bass synth with built-in step sequencer.
  • Predator: Phat analoge synth with killer presets and first class features.
  • PredatorFX: Filter, modulation, vocoder and effects plug-in.
  • RG: Electric & acoustic guitar grooves with sequencer and synth effects.
  • RP-Delay: Delay insanity. reverser, 6 lines, 8 filters, 4 LFOs & more.
  • RP-Verb: An advanced, transparent and musical algorithm reverb with easy controls.
  • RP-Distort: Wicked FX unit that will distort or alter your tracks.
  • RP-Amod: Spice up your vocal track, liven an instrument and even beef up your drums.

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2014 KVR Developer Challenge The Olympics Of Free Music Software

kvr-challengeKVR has announced the 2014 KVR Developer Challenge – a contest to create a new free audio plug-in, application or sound library.

It’s sort of like the Olympics of free music software and soundware.

Anyone can enter. KVR members will vote on the entries and pick the winner.  Continue reading