De La Mancha has released Scylla – a 32 bit Windows VST instrument – as a free download.
Scylla is capable of sample playback, combined with subtractive synthesis, to produce a wide variety of sonic possibilities, ranging from lush pads, soundscapes and effects, leads and bass. Continue reading
ASIO4ALL, a Universal ASIO Driver For WDM Audio, has received its first major update in four years.
ASIO4ALL 2.11 is a combined 32/64 bit version, supporting Win 98SE/ME/2k/XP/MCE/2003/XP64 and Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8.x x86/x64.
Here’s what’s new in version 2.11: Continue reading
Back in the day, touchscreen video monitors were the future.
And light pens? Serious 2001 sci-fi tech.
Now, though, these types of interfaces are off-the-shelf reality. Continue reading
De La Mancha has re-released unstable – a VST for Windows that they say ‘likes to mess around with your audio pitch’ – as a free download.
It features 3 subtle pitch modulation modes to simulate the unpredictable pitch instability of an old tape machine or an analogue synth.
They note, “It doesn’t only do subtle though, you can also put it in ‘insane’ mode if you’d rather just FSU.” Continue reading
Microsoft today introduced the Surface Pro 3 — a lightweight tablet that they want to replace both your tablet and your laptop.
With the Surface Pro line, Microsoft has been trying to convince buyers that its ‘best of both worlds’ approach to hybrid tablets makes more sense than the Apple’s approach, creating best-in-class, dedicated tablet and laptop devices. Microsoft positions the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet + laptop that’s more powerful than an iPad and lighter than an MacBook Air:
Multiple processor, RAM and storage options intersect with a sleek design that, with a simple snap or click, transform the device from a perfectly balanced tablet to a full-functioning laptop and back again – all in a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air.
Its stunning 12-inch display and new, continuous kickstand provide the screen real estate and multiple viewing angles people need for work and play. And the new Surface Pen – completely redesigned with form and function in mind – delivers a precise, luxurious drawing and note-taking experience with a single click of the pen.
Developer B. Serrano has released Selena – a free string synthesizer for Windows.
Selena is a ‘downsized’ version of Serrano’s Horus synthesizer. Continue reading
AudioThing has introduced Valve Filter VF-1 – a multimode resonant filter plug-in with vintage valve emulation.
The filter section is modeled after a classic ladder filter with low pass and high pass modes. The valve section is modeled after the vintage Telefunken ECC83 tubes. but with added grit and custom gain control.
- Multimode resonant filter: LP and HP
- Valve Emulation with drive
- Preset system with randomizer
- Formats: AU and VST (32/64bit)
- Platforms: OSX, Windows
Here’s a video introduction to Valve Filter VF-1: Continue reading
Synapse Audio Software has released Dune 2, a software synthesizer for Mac & Windows.
Dune 2 is a new synthesizer, rewritten from scratch, with the goal to provide higher sound quality and allow for an even wider range of sounds than its predecessor.
- VA, Wavetable and FM Synthesis
- Two oscillator stacks with 32 oscillators each
- Third oscillator and noise generator
- 8x Unison = up to 520 oscillators per note
- 16 voices of polyphony = up to 8320 oscillators total
- Zero-delay feedback filters
- Four graphical envelopes (MSEG)
- Modulation matrix for synth and FX parameters
- Two Master FX busses with 9 high-quality effects each
- Innovative Arpeggiator with MIDI file import
Here are a couple of audio demos for Dune 2: Continue reading