Analog MiniMoog Vs Virtual Analog Minimax ASB

This is a direct comparison between a vintage analog Moog Minimoog (1976) and a Creamware Minimax ASB, trying to use the same settings on both instruments and playing them together or one at a time.

The video was recorded “live” with two cameras and a Panasonic AVE5 video mixer (I’m switching channels manually between takes) and no edit was applied except the title and the fades in/out.

The MiniMax has been housed in a DIY Mini-style cabinet and joined with a 25-keys board, but the project is still unfinished (missing a final painting and the end-block with mod wheels).

Creamware Intros Hardware Recreations of MiniMoog and Prophet V

Creamware minimaxCreamWare has introduced two new synths based on a pair of analog classics, Minimax ASB and Profit-5 ASB.

Minimax ASB Authentic Sound Box

You will know at first sight the synth legend that inspired the creation of the Minimax. It is one of the most famous and most popular synthesizers ever. Its sound is matchless — the powerful oscillators, the punchy filters, and the ultra-fast envelopes.

The fully storable 6-voice Minimax is the perfect companion for rock and pop as well as for producing cult sounds for sound cult!

Profit-5 ASB Authentic Sound Box

There have been but a few synthesizers that were as enthusiastically welcomed as the ancestor of the Profit-5. Then, in 1978, this instrument offered truly breathtaking features as it was the first analog synthesizer to combine polyphonic sound generation, a classical structure and user interface, a prominent sound, and the ability of storing all sound parameters.

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CreamWare Introduces REstore Audio Restoration Package

Creamware osiris denoiserCreamWare has introduced a new sonic restoration package, REstore, for the SCOPE DSP platform.

REstore is based on the new osirisXP plug-in for the SCOPE platform. It includes a DeClicker, a DeCrackler, and a DeNoiser and provides high-end quality as expected by the audiophiles. REstore directly compares to the best solutions available on the professional market.

osirisXP contains three specialized processors removing clicks, scratches and crackling, and noise and other unwanted homogenous signals. Using a combination of three different highly specialized methods allows for osirisXP to deliver outstanding results with virtually every application. Continue reading

CreamWare Rises from the Grave

When CreamWare, makers of DSP based audio products such as Pulsar and Noah, filed for insolvency in June 2003, the more than 30,000 users of CreamWare systems had reason to be concerned about CreamWare’s future and the future of their products.

CreamWare is known for its DSP-based hardware/software systems that combine excellent software modelling with the speed of dedicated hardware. The future of their line-up has been clouded because of the uncertainty of the company’s financial future.

“Today we are proud and happy to announce good news for our users,” reports CreamWare founder and managing director Frank Hund. “On February 1st, a new company, CreamWare Audio GmbH, will be able to continue development of existing CreamWare products, technology and customer relations. We can now finally close our insolvency chapter.”

“This transaction means that we can continue to build and grow our business, even if we are initially starting on a slightly smaller scale,” explains managing director Wolf Roth. “The new CreamWare has great products, technology and financing. And last but not least, we’re looking forward to working with many of the same people we have enjoyed working with in the past.”

Whether the new company will emerge as a phoenix, or a ghost, remains to be seen. CreamWare’s technology is fantastic, but goes against the trend towards native software.

CreamWare Audio GmbH will continue to provide technical support, repair and warranty services for CreamWare’s existing user base. The new company plans to exhibit and introduce new product already at the upcoming Musikmesse in Frankfurt.