These videos offer an overview of CV Toolkit 1.1 – a $19.99 standalone application that lets you use software modules to control analog synthesizers.
It works by sending CV signals through any DC-coupled audio interface or Expert Sleeper’s ES-3 module. The 1.1 version ships with 15 virtual modules that offer different modulation options such as LFO, sequencer, envelope generators, etc. CV Toolkit also has a MIDI to CV virtual module that let’s you calibrate your VCOs and play them in tune.
You can also use the Routing Matrix to route the output of any of any module to analog outputs, analyzers (LED / Oscilloscope) or even to the input of certain modules (S&H / Biased Switcher / Slew). Continue reading
Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan has announced plans for an 8-hour modular synth ambient interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha:
On 2//28 I’ll be doing a show at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse (Chicago); start time noon, and due to nature of performance it’ll last 8-9 hours. So see http://MadameZuzus.com in coming days for details on seating and admissions. As with all our events there is no charge.
Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly.
Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, and event t-shirts too. Hope to see you there.
via Chris Stack
Madrona Labs has released Aalto 1.5 – an updated version of its software modular synthesizer for Mac & Windows.
Version 1.5 has some major compatibility improvements for both Windows and Mac users. Performance should be dramatically improved on some Windows systems.
The new version has a new OpenGL-assisted renderer, so graphics are amazingly sharp, at full Retina resolution, in compatible hosts. This change means that using a tiny little Aalto window is now possible, which can really improve workflow on a laptop screen. (Note: Ableton Live does not yet support full-resolution rendering.) Continue reading
Here’s a preview the Halls of Valhalla reverb cartridge + TipTop Z-DSP combo, via Tiptop Audio:
Drums pass through the Z2040 filter that gets modulated by the Z4000 EG. A bass line made of two Z3000 mixed by the MIXZ and sent into another Z2040. The BandPass out of the HATS808 is sent into the Feedback input of the Z-DSP, this gives this high pitched drone, Drums and bass line into the Stereo in of the Z-DSP, the Z-DSP runs the Valhalla DSP prototype card.
The Halls of Valhalla cartridge features 8 original reverberation algorithms, designed to work with the strengths of the Z-DSP, and tailored towards electronic music. Continue reading