Musikmesse 2014: Rob Papen has announced Blue II – an update to his Blue ‘cross-fusion’ synthesizer.
First released in 2005, BLUE offered FM and subtractive synthesis, combined with Phase Distortion and wave shaping synthesis. Papen called it ‘Cross-fusion synthesis’, since it covered so much musical ground. Continue reading
Discchord’s Tim Webb takes a look at the new iVCS3 synthesizer for iPad – a software recreation of the classic EMS VCS3 synthesizer. Continue reading
Earlier this week, apeSoft released iVCS3 for iPad – a software recreation of the classic EMS VCS3.
This video, via thesoundtestroom, offers an unofficial tour and demo of iVCS3 for iPad. Continue reading
Full Bucket Music has introduced Nabla - a free VST 2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows, that simulates the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979. Continue reading
apeSoft has introduced iVCS3 – a software version of the classic EMS VCS3.
The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary.
The VCS3 was one of the first portable commercially available synthesizers (portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case).
The VCS3 was popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, Pink Floyd and many others. Continue reading
Xen-Arts has released Xen-FMTS 2 – a free microtonal synthesizer for Windows.
Xen-FMTS 2 is a 4 Operator FM Synthesis VSTi with a specialized set of features for computer musicians interested in exploring the possibilities of making music with alternative intonation systems
It is a freeware 32-bit plugin instrument for Windows that includes 115 patches, 55 microtunings and 56 partials files. Continue reading
Cakewalk has announced that their Z3TA+ software synthesizer – formerly available for Mac & Windows – is now also available for the iPad.
Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+2 onto the iPad – with hundreds of presets, modulatable waveshaping, dual mode filters, and flexible effects,
We were able to check this out with Cakewalk at the 2014 NAMM Show. It was clear that they not only were trying to include key iPad synth features (MIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, etc), but that they had also put a lot of thought into translating Z3TA+ to the iPad’s multi-touch UI.
Here’s the official video preview: Continue reading
These videos offer an overview of CV Toolkit 1.1 – a $19.99 standalone application that lets you use software modules to control analog synthesizers.
It works by sending CV signals through any DC-coupled audio interface or Expert Sleeper’s ES-3 module. The 1.1 version ships with 15 virtual modules that offer different modulation options such as LFO, sequencer, envelope generators, etc. CV Toolkit also has a MIDI to CV virtual module that let’s you calibrate your VCOs and play them in tune.
You can also use the Routing Matrix to route the output of any of any module to analog outputs, analyzers (LED / Oscilloscope) or even to the input of certain modules (S&H / Biased Switcher / Slew). Continue reading