Developer Wooji Juice, makers of Grain Science, have announced Mitosynth – a new software synth for the iPad.
Here’s what they have to say about Mitosynth:
Mitosynth combines several techniques. At the heart of the engine, you can load up to 32 waveforms into a single patch; at any given moment, it picks some out to be combined, modulated, then passed through a subtractive-style programmable filter/FX chain.
As well as importing or sampling audio, or using the built-in waveforms, you can also feed the wavetable engine from Mitosynth’s additive synthesiser, or by using the prefilter to process existing waves.
And to keep your sound in motion you can rig up complex LFOs, envelopes or other signals to drive your synth patches. Without a single patch cable.
Here’s an audio preview of the output of Mitosynth: Continue reading
Plugin Boutique has just released their first plugin, Big Kick, designed specifically from kick drum synthesis.
- Kick drum synthesis – can replicate the majority of today’s and yesterday’s kick sounds*
- Factory library includes 300 attack types and 110 presets
- Tuned kick drums
- Easily integrates with your existing sample libraries
- Easier to use than any previous kick drum design tool
- Drag-and-drop sample creation
- Auto-play mode for instant start and jamming
- No-phase-shift free-sound-shaping Overdrive
- High pass filter (again, phase-shift-free): avoid nasty surprises in the bottom end.
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
Cluster Sound has released a massive Ableton Live Pack, based on the OSCar, an iconic vintage British synth.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Oscar is based on 64 multi-sample recordings and 285 WAV effects and loops obtained by stressing the subtractive/additive oscillators through the split personality filter.
This Live Pack delivers 271 Instrument Racks, 161 Live Clips and 5 meticulously crafted Audio Effect Racks, an ultra-flexible package delivering one of the coolest vintage synth ever made.
apeSoft has updated iVCS3, its software recreation of the classic EMS VCS3 analog synthesizer.
The update adds AudioBus 2 support, MIDI program change, improved VCOs, an in-app manual and more.
Here’s what’s new in iVCS3 v1.1: Continue reading
This video, via developer Alexander Zolotov, demonstrates using Virtual ANS to convert fractal images into synthesized sound. Continue reading
Alessandro Petrolati shared this sneak preview video of the upcoming iVCS – a virtual version of the EMS VCS3 synthesizer: Continue reading
VirSyn has released microTera for iPad – a waveshaping synthesizer.
Waveshaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In waveshaping, it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.
microTera supports key technologies for iOS users, including AudioBus, Inter-App Audio & CoreMIDI.
Here’s a demo of microTera in action: Continue reading
Madrona Labs has released Aalto 1.5 – an updated version of its software modular synthesizer for Mac & Windows.
Version 1.5 has some major compatibility improvements for both Windows and Mac users. Performance should be dramatically improved on some Windows systems.
The new version has a new OpenGL-assisted renderer, so graphics are amazingly sharp, at full Retina resolution, in compatible hosts. This change means that using a tiny little Aalto window is now possible, which can really improve workflow on a laptop screen. (Note: Ableton Live does not yet support full-resolution rendering.) Continue reading