Way Out Ware SynthX At NAMM 2011

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Jim Heinz of Way Out Ware was at the 2011 NAMM Show and HarmonyCentral caught this quick demo of his new iPad app, SynthX.

Way Out Ware is the company behind several respected software synths, including TimewARP 2600 and KikAXXE, and Heinz has also helped Roger Linn with his AdrenaLinn app.

SynthX is currently in beta, but coming soon.

Check it out and let us know what you think of SynthX!

Roger Linn Fulfills Your Fantasy & Delivers Rewritten AdrenaLinn Sync

When Roger Linn introduced AdrenaLinn Sync – a software version of his respected beat-synced guitar effects pedal – it was regarded by many as being handicapped by its reliance on out of date technology.

Now AdrenaLinn Sync has been rewritten, with the help of Way Out Ware’s Jim Heinz, eliminating the kludginess of version, adding a lot of new features and offering a “fantasy hardware view”:

  • Warm, punchy and faithful emulations of analog lowpass, bandpass and hipass filters, as well as superb analog phasor and flanger emulations. The flanger is excellent at tuned resonances and the phasor can provide beautiful clangorous tones when highly resonant, for presets like Toy Piano and Steel Drum Ensemble.
  • 3D rendered user interface, mimics the controls and textures of the AdrenaLinn III pedal. Highly functional control layout clearly shows audio and modulation paths.
  • 100 new presets, optimized for the new V2 filters, and now able to be selected or saved from the plug-in’s panel. 28 empty preset slots are also included for saving your own presets.
  • Stereo Beat-Synced Delay up to 32 Seconds / 8 Bars — Play 8 bars of accompaniment, then listen to it while playing 8 bars of solo, then listen to that solo while adding another 8 bars of chords, and so on. With Feedback at full, it loops indefinitely.
  • Limiter improved for faster attack and greater transparency — Levels out resonant filter peaks and also adds sustain, providing longer chords and notes for the rhythmic effects to chop and slice.
  • Unlike the original version, version 2 no longer uses Cycling 74’s Pluggo technology. This means that unlike the original AdrenaLinn Sync release, version 2 works fine in Cubase and also in Live 8 when Max For Live is installed.

The “fantasy hardware view” could probably join our sexy 3d ad for a virtual instrument hall of shame – but, other than that, it looks like Linn is doing all the right things to address the critics of version 1 of AdrenaLinn Sync and to make version 2 an interesting tool.

It’s available now for $99. Continue reading