CV Toolkit Update Adds New Modules, New Scales & More

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Spektro Audio let us know about a new update for CV Toolkit – their modular synth control app for Mac & Windows.

CV Toolkit 1.2 introduces a new Virtual Slot System. It lets the users change the modules inside the slots to customize the whole interface to their own needs.

Developer Icaro Ferre has also added:

  • 4 new modules (CV Recorder, Comparator, Morphing VCO and Clock Generator) that can be accessed via the Virtual Slot System;
  • 8 mode scales to the CV Quantizer;
  • Pitch Bend support; and
  • many minor improvements to existing modules.

Here’s a video intro to CV Toolkit 1.2: Continue reading

Euclidean Rhythm Generator Rack Extension For Reason

Robotic Bean Creative has introduced Euclid Rhythm Generator, a Euclidean rhythm generator Rack Extension for Propeller Reason.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Euclid is rhythmical inspiration in a box. You can use it to spice up your existing songs, or to start building up new ones from scratch. It’s a constant source of surprises and happy accidents for your productions. And there are plenty of presets included to help you get started or provide you with inspiration to build your own.

Euclid may seem simple on the surface, but it gets really deep once you start unlocking its secrets. You can automate and modulate basically every parameter, and each of the four gate outputs gives you a unique variation of the same pattern.

It comes with a big graphical display that visualizes your pattern in real time, including gate width, velocity, shuffle amount and current play position. The display also shows you all actual parameter values, taking CV modulation into account.

Euclid Rhythm Generator Audio Demos: Continue reading

Reason 8 A “Radical Rethinking Of Reason’s Workflow”

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Propellerhead Software today announced Reason 8 – a major new version of its virtual studio and digital audio workstation (DAW).

Reason 8 introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that Propellerhead says ‘makes it easy to create amazing music, faster than ever.’

“For Reason 8, we’ve taken everything people love about Reason and introduced a streamlined new user interface,” says Propellerhead’s Leo Nathorst-Böös, “that makes it easier for new users to get started, and more fun for seasoned users to work faster.”

Here what’s new in Propellerhead Reason 8: Continue reading

Fifth Degree: MIDI Sequencer

fifth-degreeDeveloper Bernie Maier has released Fifth Degree: MIDI Sequencer, a free iPad MIDI Sequencer based on the circle of fifths.

Fifth Degree aims to be a simple but playable source of MIDI notes for looping, jamming and experimenting, but especially post-processing.

According to the developer, I”ts underlying philosophy is that from a few simple elements complexity can arise. Flexibility is great and has its place, but sometimes it can be liberating to work to a set of constraints. The main constraint in Fifth Degree is that it sends out a fixed sequence of MIDI notes, stepping through the circle of fifths in the key and mode / scale you choose.” Continue reading

Das Lauflicht – Core MIDI Step Sequencer ‘For Serious Musicians’

das-lauflichtCodelle has introduced Das Lauflicht, a Core MIDI step sequencer that they say is ‘for serious musicians’.

Here’s what they have to say about Das Lauflicht:

Create fantastic basslines, drum beats or chord stabs and send them to your favourite synth app, or to an external device. Using the 70+ built-in scales you can create very exotic melodies.

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Nagual Dance Uses Kinect To Translate Movement Into Music

Berlin-based Nagual Sounds has developed a new gestural musical instrument, Nagual Dance, based on the Microsoft Kinect.

The system is based on two main components:

  • Control data – from sensors, cameras, files and all kinds of sources – is used to turn gestures and movement into sounds; and
  • The Soundscape -an interactive piece of music that doesn’t consist of pre-recorded musical sequences, but of musical possibilities. The music decides the behavior of the used data source.

In the example above, a Kinect camera is used by Nagual Dance to control the Soundscape ‘Firedance’.

Here’s how it works: Continue reading