At the 2015 NAMM Show, Spectrasonics has introduced Omnisphere 2.
They note that ‘This is the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it’s truly a gigantic one!”
Here’s the official video introduction from Spectrasonics Founder and Creative Director, Eric Persing: Continue reading
Casio has introduced CZ App for iPad – a new software synthesizer, designed to reproduce the sound of Casio’s best-selling CZ-series models.
The CZ App features a built-in 4-part PD (phase distortion) sound source. Its 36 waveforms are capable of generating an extensive and diverse range of sounds. The created tones can also be played on MIDI-compatible instruments.
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
TubeOhm has introduced Super-Bruno 3 synthesizer, the latest version of their Bruno synth.
“He, Mr. Bruno is a fun machine and sounds much better than before,” they note. Continue reading
AudioThing has introduced miniBit – a 8-bit/chiptune synthesizer, inspired by the retro sounds of video game consoles and home computers of the 80s. Continue reading
Rob Papen has released RAW – a new software synthesizer, for Mac & Windows.
“RAW has a focus on ‘distorted’ sounds, so this means that it has a different signal setup, synthesizer-wise,,” notes Papen. “We have two oscillators and a FILTER, but what is new when compared to our other synthesizers is that you have an EQ that can be pre- or post-distortion. After that, there is also a WAVESHAPER and dedicated DISTORTION module with several types of distortion, as well as a LOW FI control. This is new to this synthesizer, and it’s part of the concept that the distortions are on the voice level, so it’s not just a case of a total signal going into the distortions, but rather each voice has its own WAVESHAPER, DISTORTION, and LOW FI — plenty of options to shape the sound here!”
Here’s what Papen has to say about RAW: Continue reading
Audulus for Windows – a software modular synthesizer that lets you create patches visually – is now available.
With Audulus, you can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio, with low-latency real-time processing, suitable for live performance.
Audulus is also available for iOS and OS X, and you can share patches across platforms.
Here’s a video intro to Audulus For WIndows from developer Taylor Holliday: Continue reading
Retronyms has released Phase84 – described as ‘a next generation phase distortion synthesizer’, inspired by the classic phase distortion synthesis sounds of the Casio CZ line of synths.
Phase distortion synthesis is a form of waveshaping synthesis that has its roots in Casio’s CZ line of digital synthesizers from the 80s. It is designed to have the warmth of a subtractive (analog) synthesizer, yet be capable of the squelchy tones and sharp attacks of an FM synth. Continue reading
Korg recently introduced Module – a sound module app for iPad that offers ‘bread and butter’ keyboard sounds, including piano, electric piano and organ.
This video, via John Mike, is a review of Korg Module that takes a look at using it in live performance. Mike also demonstrates how to record Module into GarageBand on the iPad. Continue reading