Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument

mogees-vibration-sensorUK-based Mogees shared a new preview video for their Mogees Vibration Sensor kit, which lets you use just about anything as a musical instrument.

Mogees works by combining a vibration sensor with music software that translates the vibrations of objects into expressive synthesized sound.

It also can be used to generate MIDI, letting you turn just about anything into a MIDI controller.

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Mutable Instruments Rings Brings Physical Modeling Synthesis To Euro Systems

mutable-ringsThe Mutable Instruments Rings module brings physical modeling synthesis to Eurorack systems.

Rings focuses on the key ingredient, the resonator, ready to be excited by envelope clicks, trigger pulses, granular noise or any other audio source produced by the rest of your system.

Three families of vibrating structures are simulated by the module, with CV control over their parameters:

  • Strings, membranes and tubes as modelld by Elements’ resonator section (modal synthesis).
  • Strings coupled together and vibrating in sympathy, with controllable intervals between them.
  • Strings with a variable amount of inharmonicity.

Rings can be configured so that each new note is played on its own virtual string, while the previously played note(s) still decay(s). This unique take on polyphony allows the module to play strummed chords. Continue reading

SpringSound For iOS Updated With Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression

anchorage-synthesizerDeveloper Christophe Duquesne has released version 2 of SpringSound – a physical-modeling audio synthesizer.

Version 2 adds support for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) and more.

MPE support means that you can use modern MIDI controllers that allow for continuous control over the expression (pitch bend, volume, timbre, etc) of each individual note that you play.  Continue reading

SpringSound Physical Modeling Synthesizer For iOS

springsound-physical-modelling-synthesizerAnckorage 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:

  • gravity
  • bouncing
  • 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:

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String Studio VS-2 – A 64-Bit Physical Modeling String Synthesizer


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 Debuts Kaivo, Physical Modeling Synthesizer

Kaivo_Madrona_LabsMadrona 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.

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Samplemodeling Clarinets ‘Virtually Indistinguishable From The Real Thing’

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:

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