Synapse Audio has released three new Rack Extensions for Propellerhead Reason:
- DR-1 Deep Reverb - Inspired by a high-end 1980s outboard reverb, the Synapse Deep Reverb DR-1 delivers a deep, lush sound not found in modern software reverbs. Rather than trying to imitate real spaces, the DR-1 gives an uncolored and pleasant reverb sound that is especially well suited for synthetic material and lead sounds.
- AP-12 Analog Phaser - The Synapse AP-12 emulates vintage analog phasers, which are composed of a series of phase shifting stages with a feedback path wrapped around them. The phase shifting stages (switchable between 6 and 12 stages) are modulated by a LFO, which can be synchronized to the current song tempo. In contrast to most hardware phasers, the AP-12 employs a stereo signal path, allowing the LFO to use different phases on the left and right channel, and thus creating a nice stereo effect. Furthermore, the feedback can be set to both positive and negative amounts, each resulting a in different timbre.
- VE-3 Vintage Equalizer - The Synapse Vintage EQ-3 is a model of a 3-band analog tone stack, as found in late 50s guitar amplifiers. The unique sound of these devices is due to the coupled, passive circuits employed, where changing any parameter affects the entire network in a complex way. This is different from a digital parametric EQ, which operates on just one isolated region of interest. While this comes at the advantage of precise boost and cut amounts (useful in correcting a mix), the overall sound is often too predictable and boring. For creative sound shaping, the Vintage EQ-3 is often a better choice.
Details on the three new Rack Extensions are available at the Synapse Audio site.
This video, via synthmonger, is an audio demo of the Micro Phasemonger analog phaser:
The micro Phasemonger is a 4 stage Phaser. The stages are controlled by a high frequency VCO. Underclocking the VCO causes an aliasing effect similar to that of bit crushing. I haven’t seen any other manufacturer do this with their phaser designs so I’m claiming mine as a world first.
It is completely analog. No DSP.
Pricing and availability are TBA.
iPad software synthesizer Synrizer has been updated to version 2.0.
Here’s what’s new in Sunrizer 2:
- Unisono mode (with partials spread up to 12 semitones)
- Reverb effect
- Phaser effect
- Power LPF filter type
- LFO2 frequency can be controlled by LFO1
- New filter envelope type
- Full screen mode
Sunrizer is available now in the App Store for $4.99.
Adam Szabo has released Phazor, a free effect plugin, designed to emulate the phaser effect found in the Virus synthesizers:
A lot of time was devoted to make it sound very close to the original and every control has been carefully adjusted to behave just like the phaser from the Virus. It has selectable 1 to 6 stage all-pass filters controlled by an LFO, with spread and feedback controls.
The plugin is highly optimized and its CPU usage is minimal, allowing for multiple instances to be used in a project.
Phazor is Windows only and is available now as a free download via Szabo’s site.
This video, via MRTNBLM, demonstrates the ‘Moogertron‘, a modular synth patched together from a variety of Moog Moogerfooger effects pedals.
A Moogerfooger synth by using a FreqBox in sync mode fed by a sine wave from a MonoMachine, and then through a Lowpass Filter and Phaser. A Kenton Pro Solo Mk II delivers sample and hold LFO to the Phaser´s Sweep In.
Thierry Lebon put together this detailed, multi-part analysis of Jean Michel Jarre’s classic Oxygene 2, recreating it with inexpensive software and minimal gear:
Here I will show you that you can break that song down into its instrument tracks , and perform an acoustic analysis of each and every sound.
I will show you that it is possible to reproduce that with a cheap minimal equipment, just by ear and instinct, with no scores, no MIDI file, no computer. All is hand played except for rythmics part … this is real music recorded with my “old school” method !
In this first part, I try to reproduce the rythm played in the original JMJ’s Oxygene, with the Korg MiniPops 7 ; here, I used a standalone free application called Rythmus by ElektroStudio. In that software, you can adjust the volume of each sounds, the pan, the tune, the volume and the global tempo ; 2 presets are used simultaneously : Beguin and Slow Rock for Oxygene 2.