How well does software compare to hardware?
Reveal Sound has released Spire, a new software synthesizer for Mac & WIndows.
Here’s what they say about it:
Spire is a software polyphonic synthesizer that combines powerful sound engine modulation and flexible architecture, a graphical interface provides unparalleled usability. Spire is the embodiment of the best opportunities, both software and hardware synthesizers.
- 4x multimode oscillators with polymorphing
- 9x unison voices on each oscillator with Density
- 2x multimode filters with 12 different types of filtering
- 4x LFOs
- 4x Envelopes
Here’s the video intro for Spire: Continue reading
Arturia has released Oberheim SEM V 1.1.6 and Wurlitzer-V 1.0.5, the latest updates to its software recreations of the classic Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module and Wurlitzer EP 200A electric piano.
These free updates bring performance, stability, and MIDI improvements to Oberheim SEM V and Wurlitzer-V.
Oberheim SEM V and Wurlitzer-V can each be bought from the Arturia online store for 99 EUR/$99 or boxed for 119 EUR/$129. Existing Oberheim SEM V and Wurlitzer-V users can download the latest updates for free.
AIR Music Technology has expanded their virtual instrument offerings with Vacuum Pro Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer and Loom Modular Additive Synthesizer:
- Vacuum Pro is a polyphonic ‘analog tube’ synthesizer.
- Loom is a new modular additive synthesizer.
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Tonebytes has released Harmonaut, a software synth for Windows that they describe as a free ad-support synth.
Harmonaut is a simple VST instrument that implements an additive synthesis with four waveform types and 32 harmonics that can be simple drawn with the mouse. In the same way can be adjusted the attack, decay, sustain and release for each harmonic. Additional timbre adjustments are made using LP/HP filter, LFO and chorus.
Here’s a demo of Harmonaut in action: Continue reading
“Stria is the title of a very important composition by John Chowning,” notes the developer, “This computer music piece rapresents the manifest of Frequency Modulation technique applied to audio synthesis, invented by Mr. Chowning himself.” Continue reading