OSCar For Kontakt Is ‘Chock Full Of Techno’

oscar-kontaktBoxed Ear has released OSCar, a virtual synthesizer library for Kontakt 4 and 5, made
entirely with the OSC OSCar synthesizer.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

The OSC OSCar is a legend amongst synthesizers.

Released in 1983 by the Oxford Synthesizer Company, it was a unique combination of analog and digital. The oscillators are a digital design with the capability of being able to build waveforms using additive synthesis. These feed into an analogue multi-mode filter design which was inspired by the Minimoog trick of looping the synths output back into the filter’s input to overdrive the filter circuits, resulting in a characteristically crunchy sound.

It’s not a Minimoog of course. It’s mostly digital, it aliases, its frequency range is limited and it’s not velocity sensitive, but despite these limitations it sounds wonderful. It has that indefinable mojo that is normally reserved for vintage analogue synths and that’s why it has a place in the Boxed Ear library of greats.

The OSCar – it’s chock full of techno and we love it.

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Karlax Electronic Instrument Offers ‘Absolute Control’

Here’s a new video demo for the Karlax – a new electronic instrument designed to “re-establish the artist’s body at the heart of the performance.”

Check out the video demo and let us know what you think about the Karlax!

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Control Ableton Live With Multitouch Screens With Yeco

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Developer Graham Comerford let us know about Yeco, the latest version of his free multitouch software for controlling Ableton Live:

Yeco is a multi touch controller for Ableton Live. It is available for free from the Multitouch Music site. Yeco will run on Windows 32 & 64 bit. A Mac version will be available in early September.

Customized versions of Yeco, custom touch midi controllers, and custom touch OSC controllers are available for a small fee.

Yeco was previously called TouchLive.

Check out the demo and let us know what you think of Yeco!

Current – A Space Music Synth Jam

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Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance, Current, by synthesist Martin Peters.

Technical details below.

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Draw A Working Synthesizer With SketchSynth

SketchSynth, by Billy Keyes, is a drawable OSC control panel which lets you create your own control panels, with just a marker and a piece of paper.

Once drawn, the controller sends Open Sound Control (OSC) messages to anything that can receive them; in this case, a synthesizer running in Pure Data.

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The Missing Link Wireless OSC/MIDI Translator (Review)

The Missing Link Wireless OSC to MIDI

The Missing Link OSC/MIDI Translator is a unique device, created by Jabrudian Industries, that lets you control MIDI devices wirelessly, using OSC over WiFi.

If you’ve ever thought it would be cool to be able to control your vintage MIDI gear wirelessly, The Missing Link can let you do it.

When you turn it on, the Missing Link creates a WiFi network that you can connect to with computers and other wireless devices, just as you would connect to other WiFi networks. It also has MIDI In & Out jacks, so you can connect it to your legacy MIDI hardware.

Hardware & Setup

The Missing Link is small (3.3″ x 2.2″ x 1.6″) box that has a jack for a wall-wart power connector, a USB connector & MIDI In & Out (standard DIN-5). The case is plastic.

Setup is a little geeky, but still easy.

When you power up the Missing Link, it automatically creates a WiFi network. To connect to the Missing Link, you need to configure your device. It’s not that different than setting up a laptop to access a WiFi network.

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Attorks – Vernal Season

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a mellow synth jam, via Martin Peters (attorks), Vernal Season.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

The video begins with two 8-step sequences: one sequence on row 2 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 which is driving the self-built Modular and one sequence on the Synthesizers.com Q960 which is driving the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO connected to the Blacet Miniwave.

The bass is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1, the Mellotron strings sound is played on the Roland XP-80 and the Wurlitzer piano sound on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Later on a 4 step sequence from row 1 of the MAQ16/3 driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB joins.