Anckorage Spring has introduced SpringSound, a new physical-modeling synthesizer for iOS.
SpringSound produces sounds by simulating interactions and vibrations of a set of activators, and masses connected to springs. The model offers detailed control of an array of features including:
- fluid and static friction,
- mechanical limits,
- non-linear functions, and more.
It can be used as a sound generator or as an effect, using its Audio-In feature, letting it be used as a physical-modeling effects processor.
Here’s a video demo of SpringSound:
Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has announced the availability of String Studio VS-2 for Mac OS X (10.6 or later) and Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8).
String Studio VS-2 is a 64-bit (AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible) string modeling synthesizer plug-in. It dispenses with the traditional synthesizer audio pathway of oscillator, filter, and envelope elements in favor of modeling real-life string instrument components.
Here’s a video demo of String Studio VS-2 in action, featuring Brazilian keyboard virtuoso Thiago Pinheiro: Continue reading
Madrona Labs has released Kaivo, a semi-modular software synthesizer that combines two ways of making sound: granular synthesis and physical modeling.
Developer Randy Jones says:
“Today we release Kaivo, our new software synthesizer. ‘Kaivo’ is Finnish for ‘well,’ as in, a deep well of sounds, and I’ve been working on deepening that well over the last month or so. Kaivo’s models include metal, nylon and gut strings, different sizes of chimes and springs (yes, springs), wooden instrument bodies, membranes and metal plates.
Samplemodeling has released SWAM Soprano & Bass Clarinets– new virtual instruments that use adaptive modeling synthesis, based on the physical characteristics of actual instruments.
The Soprano & Bass Clarinets, created by Stefano Lucato & Emanuele Parravicini for Samplemodeling’s SWAM platform, are sample-based, but advanced processing techniques allow realistic crescendo, legato/portamento, vibrato, ornamentations & trills, constant-formant pitchbends, subharmonics, growl and overblow to be performed in realtime.
The Clarinets also include microtuning, allowing user-defined scales. The extent of detuning (range -60/+60 cents) can be precisely set for each note, and selectively applied to individual notes in realtime by Keyswitches activated by a MIDI CC.
According to the developers, the Samplemodeling Clarinets are ‘virtually indistinguishable from the real thing’. Here’s a video demo, so you can decide for yourself:
We don’t normally get caught up in pre-release Internet teaser hype*, but this demo for the new Beep Street Impaktor drum synthesizer is actually pretty damn cool.
Ronnie Rekkerd shared his thoughts today on Applied Acoustics Systems’ Chromaphone physical modeling synthesizer:
With its physical modeling, Chromaphone produces wonderfully dynamic, expressive sounds. Experimenting pays off, as just the turn of a knob or two can yield completely different, unique sounds.
Needless to say, Chromaphone is a fantastic synthesizer for cinematic, soundtrack type works. It will likely suit many electronic music producers as well, especially in the area of ambient, minimal, and idm genres.
Chromaphone lets you combine ‘acoustic resonators’ to create drums, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments. The resonators’ material, tuning, and coupling parameters allow the creation of a wide range of instruments and sonic colors.
See Rekkerd’s full review and check out the demos below. And if you’ve used Chromaphone, let us know what you think of it!
String Theory is a flexible, delay based physical modeling synth which is capable of a wide range of plucked strings, atmospheric pads and ambiences, and unique hybrid synth sounds.
String Theory also offers dual phrase arpeggiators. Each arp has its own speed, gate, and octave controls; which allows for complex patterns. Continue reading
Wallander Instruments has released two new virtual instrument collections, Orchestral & Band Brass and Woodwinds & Saxophones.
- Orchestral & Band Brass – contains 64 modelled instruments. Almost every instrument comes with one or several muted variations, making a total of 171 models.
- Woodwinds & Saxophones – This collection of woodwinds, saxophones and recorders contains 105 modelled woodwinds, saxophones and recorders.