Apple Bringing Audio Unit Plugins To iOS

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Buried in the deluge of developer announcements that Apple made at their World Wide Developer Conference yesterday was an interesting development for iOS mobile music making: Audio Unit Extensions.

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New Virtual Instrument, Thales Model I, Inspired Computer Sounds Of The 60s

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Sampleism has introduced Thales Model I – a new virtual instrument for Windows VST (32bit & 64bit), Mac OS X VST and AU. The instrument features the sound generated by early sixties computers.

The sounds have been sourced in public domain films, which means that they are not clean: tape noises and background hisses are part of the sound. Acording to Parenteau,, Thales Model I’s tone is reminiscent of the Mellotron, as a result. Continue reading

Free Synth For Mac & Windows, Kairatune

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Futucraft has released version 1.2 of Kairatune, a free software synth.

The update adds native 64-bit support for Windows users and makes Kairatune available for Mac users for the first time. The OS X version supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Macs and is available as Audio Unit instrument as well as VST instrument.

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Sinevibes Reactive Now Available

Sinevibes has announced that Reactive, an Audio Unit that turns any audio into melodic materia, is now available:

Reactive is an AudioUnit effect plugin that turns any sound into melodic material. It detects the input signal’s dynamic envelope, and converts it into pitch information via an eight-note keyboard matrix. The pitch and envelope are then simultaneously used to drive three distinct synthesizer engines featuring waveshape modeling, phase modulation, and subtractive with ring modulation. All this is easily accessible via a simple color-coded interface, and lets Reactive instantly create amazing new sounds – from synth and bass lines, pulsating drones, and stepped pitch glides, to glitches, blips, wobbles, and noises – which are all lively reacting to the input.

Some applications for Reactive:

  • Use any sound’s dynamics to generate melodies, strums and arpeggios.
  • Transform rhythm and percussion parts into synth and bass lines.
  • Create unique instruments and effects in realtime out of vocal beat-boxing or even simple microphone tapping.

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Applied Acoustics Systems Expands Chromaphone Sound Bank Series

Applied Acoustics Systems, developer of “software based synthesis tools,” has expanded its Sound Bank Series with new titles for its Chromaphone percussion synthesizer.

Chromaphone combines acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, mallet, string, and synth-like instruments. Drum skins, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes form pairs that are “sparked to life” by a configurable mallet and a flexible noise source. In describing how the software works, AAS explain that they have developed “a novel coupling technology” that precisely models how vibrating objects interact and influence each other capturing key acoustic behaviours of musical instruments.

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New Tool For Making Mashups – MashTactic (Sneak Preview)

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QuikQuak Audio has announced a new tool for making mashups – MashTactic.

MashTactic is a plug-in that is designed to separate various parts of a full audio mix. WIth MashTactic, many sounds, including vocals, can be cut or isolated from a track.

Highlights:

  • A great tool for mashup music makers.
  • Can be used as a sharp cut-off filter, as demonstrated in the video above.
  • MashTactic works on transients, allow the user to emphasize and cut percussive sounds allow control over punch of drum tracks.
  • Also useful for analysing stereo spread and mix of a track you’re composing.

Pricing and release date are TBA.

Sonicbirth Tutorial

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SonicBirth is a free Mac OS X app for for creating AU plug-in instruments and sound processors for use in applications like Logic, GarageBand and others with Audio Unit support.

This tutorial will show you how to create a simple reverb unit.

Download SonicBirth at Sourceforge.net.

via gherzog