Developer Alexander Zolotov has released Virtual ANS – a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS.
The original ANS is a photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin, from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honor of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
Virtual ANS is a full-featured tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds. It’s multi-platform, with versions for iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux & Android.
With ANS, you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications. According to Zolotov, “the potential of the program has not been explored yet, so it is…for people who are searching for something new”.
Here’s an example of ANS in action on iOS: Continue reading
Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC) has announced that Tracktion 4 is now available for 64-bit Linux systems, as a public beta.
The Linux version joins the Mac & WIndows versions of Tracktion 4, introduced at this year’s NAMM Show.
?Linux users, much like Tracktion users, have always been on the cutting edge of technology and willing to look beyond the status quo for alternative solutions,? explained Julian Storer, creator and chief developer of Tracktion software. Continue reading
Illformed has released Glitch 2, an audio effect plugin for Linux, Mac & Windows.
Glitch features a new sequencer which can play multiple effects simultaneously, with the ability to trigger unique scenes from every note on your keyboard, Glitch can be ‘as gentle or as brutal as you like’.
- Each program consists of 128 scenes that can be triggered via MIDI notes. Each scene has its own unique sequencer pattern, timing, and effect settings, allowing you to create tons of unique variations.
- Multi-lane sequencer allows many effects to be played simultaneously, to create interesting layered sounds.
- Improved sequencer timing controls to better match your groove and song structure.
- Intuitive pattern editor with drag’n'drop. Draw, erase, resize, split and join blocks with ease.
- 9 effect modules designed to slice, dice, chop, screw, twist, turn and mangle your sounds.
- Tempo-synced effects can easily be dialled in to precise musical timings such as 16th notes, 8th note triplets, and so on.
- Filter, mix, pan and volume controls on each module, to help shape and fine-tune the output.
- Randomize, Mutate, Glitch
- Randomize and Mutate functions can be found at almost every level. Mutate a single effect to get slightly different parameter variations, or instantly Randomize everything in the entire scene to create unexpected, chaotic and inspiring results.
Glitch 2 is available now for $59.95.
Ardour, the free and open source DAW for Linux, has been updated to version 3.0. A Mac version is also available, but has not been updated to V3 yet.
Here’s what’s new in Ardour 3.0:
- MIDI recording, playback and editing, including plugin instrument support for LV2, VST and AudioUnits
- Parallelization of DSP operations to use any number of processors
- Matrix-style patching/routing
- Overhauled export system (multiple formats at once, stem exports, multichannel exports)
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Monocasual has released version 0.5.8 of Giada – a ‘minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs and live performers’.
Giada lets you load or record up to 32 samples, and play them in single mode (drum machine) or loop mode (sequencer). It’s available for Linux, Mac & Windows. Continue reading
‘Give it to me! Come on! Ah!” That’s what we expect a lot of readers will be saying after watching this video intro for Bitwig Studio.
Bitwig Studio is a new multi-platform (Linux, Mac & Windows) digital audio workstation for producting, DJing and live performance.
Bitwig Studio was developed by a group of former Ableton employees and has many similarities with Live. The new app promises to leap-frog Ableton Live in several ways, though, including the ability to open multiple documents and multi-monitor support.
Check it out and let us know what you think!