Boxed 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.
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.
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.