Free XenFont Microtonal Hybrid Synth VSTi For Windows

XenFont

Xen-Arts has released XenFont – a two oscillator, hybrid SF2 SoundFont & Subtractive Synthesis VST for Windows.

It features full-controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning, using the MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard) format, where any MIDI Note Number can be freely microtuned to any desired pitch across the MIDI range, enabling computer musicians and composers to explore the expressive possibilities of composing music with alternative intonation systems. Continue reading

J.S. Bach C Major Prelude & Fugue On The Tonal Plexus Keyboard, In Just Intonation

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Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance by Aaron Andrew Hunt of Bach’s C Major Prelude & Fugue, Book 1, BWV 846, on a Tonal Plexus keyboard.

Hunt’s performance both the use of an alternative keyboard and Just Intonation.

Here’s what Hunt has to say about the performance:

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MicroTones – a Microtonal Synth For iOS

MicroTones – a microtonal synthesizer for iOS – was recently updated to version 1.1.

Here’s what’s new in MicroTones 1.1:

  • added audio recording – touch lower left button for direct sound recording
  • added iTunes File Sharing – get your recorded sounds directly from iTunes app
  • added info panel with short how to

MicroTones is a microtonal synthesizer, allowing simultaneous playback of up to thirty sine waves, set with accuracy to one hundredth of a hertz. You can place new sine waves by touching the screen, adjust volume (moving up and down) and frequency. Combination of multiple sine waves lets you create instant drones and ambient atmospheres.

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Free Microtonal Software Synthesizer For Windows, Ivor

Free Music Software: Xen-Arts has introduced IVOR – a two-oscillator subtractive synthesizer that features full-controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning using MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard). Any MIDI Note Number can be freely microtuned to any desired pitch across the MIDI range, enabling musicians and composers to explore the expressive possibilities of composing music with alternative intonation systems.

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MicroTones – Microtonal Synthesizer For iOS

Reader Szymon Kaliski has released a new microtonal music app for iOS, MicroTones.

MicroTones is a microtonal synthesizer, allowing simultaneous playback of up to thirty sinewaves set with accuracy to one hundredth of a hertz.

You can place new sinewaves by touching the screen, adjust volume (moving up and down) and frequency. Combination of multiple sinewaves lets you create drones and ambient atmospheres.

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The Dewanatron Hymnatron Synthesizer

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At the 2012 NAMM Show, Leon Dewan was showing the Dewanatron Hymnatron Synthesizer. The Hymnotron is a just intonation tone organ that uses a binary key arrangement.

The Dewans create unique handcrafted ‘folk synthesizers’ that explore areas ignored by the mainstream music industry.

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Microtonal Isometric Omnispheric Jingle Bells

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Sunday Synth JamCarlos Serafini performs a microtonal version of Jingle Bells, using his Opal Chameleon isometric MIDI keyboard.

Technical details:

Opal Chameleon sending MIDI data, through Disarray, to M and, from there, to Spectrasonics Omnisphere, through Logic Pro.

The tuning system is Carlos Alpha.

See Serafini’s blog for details.

Geo Synthesizer For iOS – Demo & Details

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Wizdom Music has introduced Geo Synthesizer – a new software synthesizer and MIDI controller for iOS, available now in the App Store for $10.49.

Geo Synthesizer is a collaboration between Wizdom Music’s Jordan Rudess,  Kevin Chartier (MorphWiz, SampleWiz) and Rob Fielding (Mugician). Geo Synthesizer is intended to be an ‘expressive musical instrument specifically created for a multitouch surface’.

Some of the more unique features of Geo Synthesizer are microtonal support, ‘snap speed control’ – which allows for accurate pitch control on a continuously pitched instrument and a unique key layout.

See the demo video above by mvpadrini for a preview of Geo Synthesizer’s patches and potential.  Details on Geo Synthesizer are available below.

Geo Synthesizer is a serious & ambitious software synth – but it’s also one that doesn’t fit neatly into the ‘software synth module’ category, with its alternative keyboard and emphasis on microtonal playing.

If you’ve tried Geo Synthesizer, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on it!

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