PPG WaveMapper 2 For Mac, Windows (Sneak Preview)

Pioneering synth designer Wolfgang Palm has released two video sneak previews of PPG WaveMapper 2 – for Mac and Windows.

PPG WaveMapper 2 was originally released for the iPad, and is one of the most highly-rated synths in the App Store.

Palm calls WaveMapper 2 ‘the best PPG ever’. Continue reading

Retronyms Intros New Phase Distortion Synth, Digits

Here’s a sneak preview, via Retronyms, of their latest software synthesizer, Digits.

Digits is based on phase distortion synthesis, pioneered in the classic Casio CZ hardware synthesizer.  Continue reading

Waves Intros Codex Wavetable Synth For Mac, Windows

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Waves today introduced Codex, a new wavetable synthesizer instrument for Mac & Windows.

Waves Codex is a polyphonic synthesizer, based on a granular wavetable engine. According to Waves, Codex is designed to ‘create sounds that range from warm acoustic and analog emulations to completely new, never-before-heard intricate and evolving textures’.

Here’s the official video intro: 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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Arturia iProphet Brings Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Sound To iPad

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Arturia has officially introduced iProphet – an iPad software synth that recreates the sound of the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet VS synthesizer.

According to Arturia, iProphet is great for evolving pads, sharp leads and punchy digital bass sounds. It comes with over 500 presets, and you can share patches between iProphet and Arturia’s Prophet V synthesizer. iProphet also supports key iOS music technologies, including Inter-App Audio, Audiobus and CoreMIDI.

Here’s the official intro video for Arturia iProphet: Continue reading

Roland System-1 Plug-out Synthesizer Overview

The new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer puzzled a lot of synth fans when it was originally introduced, mainly because it introduced a new ‘Plug-Out’ technology that promised to let the System-1 have different sonic personalities.

Now that several ‘Plug-Out’ synths are available, it’s easier to appreciate the System-1 as a platform. In this video, Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher offers another look at the System-1 platform and shows how Rolland’s Plug-Out technology lets you use their soft synths as a hardware synth.  Continue reading