This video, via MungoEnterprises, explores Karplus-Strong synthesis using a Eurorack modular synthesizer.
The patch highlights the tuned delay capabilities of Mungo’s d0 delay module.
The pack makes full use of every aspect of both synthesis engines. Physical Modeling is explored through the “Membrane” and “Resonator” sections, Noise Shaping through the “Noise + Vocoder” section, and Frequency Modulation though the FM synthesizer section. Many of the presets contain a combination of these techniques interacting and combining in various ways, including some “tuned” presets that allow playing discreet pitches in a scale depending on the frequency of the impulse. In this manner some presets allow a melody to be played in the style or spirit of a talking drum or steel drum.
The sounds in this set range from classic “ethnic” sound types such as clay or frame, steel, or talking drums, to more traditional electronic sounding drums, and finally futuristic style percussion and drum sounds which may be defined as industrial, alien, or hybrid instruments.
Propellerhead has released the Radical Piano Rack Extension for Reason.
Here’s what they have to say about Radical Piano:
With Radical Piano you can do things that are otherwise impossible.
Do you wish your close mic’d grand piano sounded just a little bit more like a vintage mono upright piano? Use the microphone blend to create a hybrid sound. Route audio, like a vocal, through the jacks on the back of Radical Piano to hear it resonate the strings as if you had recorded piano and vocals together live, in the same room. What if with the turn of a knob you could transform the tonal characteristics of your piano, shifting from a soft intimate performance to a bright aggressive instrument that will cut through your mix? We’ve got that knob and it’s called “Character.”
Physynth uses a physics engine to trigger sounds using four simulators. In Physynth, you ‘charge’ physical objects with sound and collide them with other objects to trigger them.
You can get Physynth in the App Store for $.99 (price as of this post.)
If you’ve used Physynth, let us know what you think of it!
Spicy Guitar – a free physical modeling synth for Mac & Windows – is now available as a free download.
You can preview Spicy Guitar below. Continue reading
By applying Latest Physical Modeling technologies, PianoSR could accurately simulate Sympathetic Resonance while maintain a small size and reasonable CPU usage. PianoSR only generates Sympathetic Resonance based on incoming MIDI signal. So it is very useful when used with other piano sample libraries which do not have Sympathetic Resonance function. It can adds color and liveness to piano sound and make it feels more reality when playing.
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