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
Developer James Navarro let us know that he’s updated SquareSynth, an 8-bit style software synthesizer, based on the NES, adding AudioBus and more.
SquareSynth is a table-based synthesizer, and NES simulator for iOS, based on old-school chiptune trackers. Using the tables you can create sounds similar to 8-bit game consoles, and computers. Continue reading
Here’s what they have to say about it:
How many times have you touched a great music app on iOS only to realize it’s limitations begin at the first touch? It sounds great, but capturing and utilizing the sounds for DAW can be tedious and frustrating.
Musicians need flexibility and platform unity, so that the time spent musing around on iOS, actually becomes time invested in your next hit tune. The Votan Platform fills this gap with a series of innovative and future thinking technologies.
The Votan Platform is engineered as a dual-use solution over both platforms (iOS / DAW). Everything you design on iOS will be available in your DAW. The Votan Platform takes care of everything in between. Like magic, everything will be in perfect sync.
Developer Yuri Turov has released Xynthesizr, a free software synth that combines matrix sequencing, generative music features & a full-fledged synthesizer.
With its synthesizer and morphing features, Xynthesizr can be a classic ToneMatrix, an arpeggiated synth, a soft ambient generator, a drone machine and more.
- Audiobus support
- 1-32 steps variable pattern length
- Shake to clear
- Tempo control (1-300 BPM)
- 2 pattern morphing algorithms: [Conway's Game of] Life-like cellular automata and randomized
- Extended range (26 notes for 4-inch screen devices, 22 notes for 3.5-inch)
- Selectable keys and scales
- Ability to tie consecutive notes of same pitch (effectively making them one long note)
- Color-coded octaves
- Scalar transposition
Virsyn has introduced Cube Synth – a new software instrument designed to combine the power of additive synthesis with easy editing and morphing capabilities.
Here’s what Virsyn has to say about Cube Synth:
Intelligent sound morphing capabilities enables you to easily create complex evolving sound scapes, vocal phrases or stunning rhythms simply by choosing up to four sound sources from a predefined set. Then add one of the predefined envelopes and a unique, complex sound preset containing thousands of parameters is created! If you want to dive deeper into the inner secrets of this synthesis monster you can manipulate each parameter individually to get precise control over the sound. A number of high level parameters such as Brightness and Harmonic spread control hundreds of synthesis parameters in a way modeled after the inner workings of natural instruments.
Cube Synth gives you also a new method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice! Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised?
Here’s a demo of Cube Synth in action: Continue reading