Arturia Mini V Synthesizer Review

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In this video, Neil of airusersblog takes a detailed look at the advanced features of the Arturia Mini V, a software emulation of the classic MiniMoog synthesizer.

Features in the latest version of Mini V include:

  • Support for 64-bit VST and Audio Unit
  • Support for Pro Tools 9
  • MIDI Control Assignment Improvement
  • Update of toolbar look and feel
  • Added support for NRPN MIDI controls
  • Added triangle LFO waveform

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Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone Review

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Ronnie Rekkerd shared his thoughts today on Applied Acoustics Systems’ Chromaphone physical modeling synthesizer:

With its physical modeling, Chromaphone produces wonderfully dynamic, expressive sounds. Experimenting pays off, as just the turn of a knob or two can yield completely different, unique sounds.

Needless to say, Chromaphone is a fantastic synthesizer for cinematic, soundtrack type works. It will likely suit many electronic music producers as well, especially in the area of ambient, minimal, and idm genres.

Chromaphone lets you combine ‘acoustic resonators’ to create drums, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments. The resonators’ material, tuning, and coupling parameters allow the creation of a wide range of instruments and sonic colors.

See Rekkerd’s full review and check out the demos below. And if you’ve used Chromaphone, let us know what you think of it!

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Native Instruments Giant Piano (Video Review)

Native Instruments has introduced The Giant – a new piano virtual instrument:

Sampled in amazing detail, THE GIANT is a unique instrument with an extremely strong low end, crystalline highs, rich overtones, plenty of punch, and a colossal sonic spectrum – from the devastating to the sublime.

This powerful sound is easily enhanced and modified to fit your productions. 40 meticulously-tweaked presets provide production-ready starting points, and detailed control features let you precisely shape the sound in every dimension, making the instrument supremely versatile, whatever the project.

THE GIANT is two instruments in one. A dark, cinematic alter ego, effectively a separate instrument alongside the main piano, offers an irresistible playground for sound design and dramatic effects. Create your own mix of unconventional, individually-sampled sound sources – overtones, resonances, plucked strings, release sounds and special techniques such as piano hits, kicks, sweeps or scratches – all directly and instantly playable from the interface, delivering professional results with a fast workflow.

These avant-garde sounds are also enhanced with detailed control options and a dedicated FX convolution engine with over 100 special piano effect impulse responses.

The original instrument is the Klavins Piano Model 370i. The ‘i’ stands for integrated – this huge upright piano is built into the wall of a room, effectively securing the soundboard. Over three meters high and weighing over two tons, the Klavins Piano Model 370i provides a soundboard that’s roughly twice the size of a typical 9′ concert grand piano soundboard.

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Arturia Wurlitzer V Piano Review

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Arturia recently introduced Wurlitzer V, described as ‘a high end software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano.’

Wurlitzer V’s physical modeling engine reproduces the acoustic properties of reeds, key action and amplification, in order to deliver realism, while offering maximum flexibility on sound.

Russ Hughes of Pro Tools Expert takes a look at Arturia Wurlitzer V in this video review. He calls Wurlitzer V “an excellent emulation” of the original Wurlitzer 200A.

Arturia Wurlitzer V is available now for Mac OS X & Windows.

Pricing:

  • Box: USD 129.00 / EURO 119.00
  • Download: USD 99.00 / EURO 99.00

If you’ve used Arturia Wurlitzer V, let us know what you think of it!

Tone2 Saurus Review – ‘It’s A Beast’, But Doesn’t Hammer Your CPU

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Tone2 recently released a new software synthesizer for Mac & Windows, Saurus.

According to Tone2, Saurus is ‘not just another synthesizer with character, but one that truly represents the analog sound.’

Does it deliver?

Here’s a video review of Saurus, via JK Swopes of Sounds & Gear. His bottom line?

“This thing is a best! It doesn’t sound like one specific analog synth, it really has it’s own sound, but that sound is definitely analog.”

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UVI Emulation II & Drumulation Review

drumulator emulator reviewRob Puricelli has been working with the new UVI Emulation II Sample Library, which recreates the 80s sounds of the Emulator II and Drumulator.

He’s impressed:

So, is this one of the best Emulator emulations out there? I’d have to say yes.

I’m an Emulator fan. I’m an 80?s fan. I’m also a big lover of simple yet powerful interfaces that support the creative process, not hinder it. If you plonk me in front of an over elaborate, beautifully scripted interface, I’ll marvel at it’s beauty but will be stumped by the complexity.

I’m here to make music with sounds. I want power and control but I don’t want to read a 6 inch think manual or require a degree to operate it. I want clear, attractive controls, simple intuitive navigation and above all else, superb sonics and patches that inspire.

On all these counts, Emulation II, and it’s free drum based partner, is a hands down winner.

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Tone2 Saurus Synthesizer Review

Tone2 Saurus is a new software synthesizer for Mac & Windows, that its creators say is ‘not just another synthesizer with character, but one that truly represents the analog sound.’

Does Saurus sound as great as the gratuitously sexy 3D rendering, above, suggests?

Tom Shear at Waveformless has an early review of the new synth, and he came away pleasantly impressed:

Saurus is proof that your first impressions aren’t always correct.  The abundance of modern sounding presets Saurus ships with mislead me to think this was just another bog standard virtual analog. If you know what you’re doing, though, you’ll find there are lots of convincing analog tones in here waiting to be discovered.

So how does it compare to other contenders, such as Strobe or DIVA?  I’d say it’s not quite at the level of those two, but it’s damn good, cheaper than either of those, and less of a hit to the CPU.

See Sheer’s full review for the details and the Tone2 site for audio examples or to download the demo version.

iZotope Iris Synthesizer, The Photoshop Of Samplers, Reviewed

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In this video review, Russ Hughes takes a look at the new iZotope Iris software synthesizer. The review takes a look at the unique visual editing tools within Iris and offers lots of audio demos of what the new synth can do.

“Until you’ve used, Iris you simply can’t imagine working with sound in this way,” says Hughes, “Hearing what emerges from what I can only describe in some cases as ‘audio graffiti’.”

“It puts sound design and synthesis in the hands of the masses, not by dumbing down, but by making an elegant and wonderfully powerful interface so damned fun and intensely gratifying,” adds Hughes.

You can download a demo version of Iris at the iZotope site.

via ProToolsExpert