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Charlatan v1.4.1 - free VA synth (Win VSTi 32-/64-bit)

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solidtrax
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525 posts since 6 Nov, 2011, from The Netherlands

Postby solidtrax; Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:04 am

We made a soundbank containing 73 presets (FXB and VST3) and you can download it from here:

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/charlat ... /downloads

Check out our demo track containing 21 instances of Charlatan, using presets from our soundbank here:
http://soundcloud.com/solidtrax/solidtrax-charlatan-21

We hope you enjoy the soundbank!

Merry Christmas!
Elffin
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80 posts since 15 Oct, 2007

Postby Elffin; Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:35 am

hi... is there any chance of getting patches preloaded with this synth?

Great work otherwise!
MRT
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1004 posts since 3 Dec, 2002

Postby MRT; Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:57 am

Thank you for your efforts this synth does indeed sound lovely.
While I love the sound, the GUI, when playing I feel it's almost too perfect. I'd love to see aftertouch implemented or anything that would add some expressiveness.
I do think you have created something special with Charlatan.
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solidtrax
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525 posts since 6 Nov, 2011, from The Netherlands

Postby solidtrax; Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:44 am

MRT wrote:Thank you for your efforts this synth does indeed sound lovely.
While I love the sound, the GUI, when playing I feel it's almost too perfect. I'd love to see aftertouch implemented or anything that would add some expressiveness.
I do think you have created something special with Charlatan.


We also believe BlauKraut Engineering made something very nice, that's why we had to contribute by making a soundbank for it. This will not be the last bank we made for it, there will be more in 2012! :-)

One thing that would be awesome is to have 2 (or more) layers inside Charlatan, because it's amazing how extremely nice and rich soundscapes you can make when you start layering a few Charlatan instances!
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karrikuh
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Postby karrikuh; Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:34 am

Hi all,

here is a new version for you with various enhancements and fixes. In parallel to these maintenance updates, I've been working on a complete rewrite of the synth engine using hand-optimized SSE code. Especially with polyphonic patches, this reduces CPU usage by more than 60% ! I'd say the rewrite is ~80% completed and I don't expect serious issues for the remaining 20%. However, due to the nature of such large scale code rewrite, this needs extensive testing to avoid regressions. I'm thinking about a public beta here. After that, feature enhancements I have on my TODO list are:
* LFO sync
* custom background color
* Shape parameter for Osc1 noise (not sure yet how it should work exactly, but probably some kind of spectrum shaping)

Have fun!

1.1.4 (2012-02-08 )
  • Jet another revision of the 4-pole ladder filter implementation. Placement of nonlinearities is now correct wrt. the original circuit
  • new switch 2OCT for Osc2: double detune range (+/-2 octaves)
  • 90 degree phase shift of Osc2 square wave relative to Osc1 (only when sync is inactive). Emulates behavior of sub-oscs of Roland synths.
  • if Osc1 is set to noise, the ring mod input from Osc1 is now the rectangle signal rather than noise.
  • Reduced max. filter key tracking from 200% to 100%. 200% just isn't useful.
  • BUGFIX: LFO delay parameter was completely hosed (10x the displayed value!)
  • BUGFIX: handle LFO delay time on samplerate change
  • doubled max. LFO delay time (10s -> 20s)
  • minor tweaks'n'fixes
Mutant
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2372 posts since 9 Oct, 2004, from Poland

Postby Mutant; Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:03 pm

THX again :)
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Ay caramba !
SaganTech
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330 posts since 27 Sep, 2006, from Eastern US

Postby SaganTech; Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:20 pm

I just downloaded 1.1.4 and it seems to work well. One problem I found is that some of the presets appear to be incorrect. The plug-in informs the host that it takes programs as chunks (effFlagsProgramChunks) however a bunch of the presets (e.g. 808 Kick.fxp) do not contain any chunks. I believe these should be updated to include chunks.
Crackbaby
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3054 posts since 10 Sep, 2003, from Karlskoga, Stockholm, Sweden

Postby Crackbaby; Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:29 pm

It sounds absolutely fantastic! NO bugs so far in XT.
:hug:
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Resonator63
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Postby Resonator63; Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:35 pm

Nice update.
Thanks :)
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core
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Postby core; Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:27 am

Nice one :tu:
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seta
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2 posts since 19 Feb, 2012

Postby seta; Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:37 am

I found a bug, when holding a chord for a short or long time (quite randomly) the sound completely cut out.

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seta
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Postby seta; Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:13 pm

Sorry charlatan was not the culprit... i deleted all reaper ini file, re-install reaper and charlatan is now playing normally... an amazing synth!
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Sendy
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Postby Sendy; Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:47 pm

I'd made a few patches that used more than 100% filter keytracking. It may be unuseful for full-keyboard sounds, but for peculiar sounds that play in a limited range, I think it's quite a unique effect.
http://sendy.bandcamp.com/releases < My new album at Bandcamp!
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karrikuh
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Postby karrikuh; Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:44 am

New version 1.2 is out! I would say a rather important update.

1.2 (2012-06-03)
  • new feature: LFO sync to host tempo
  • new feature: set LFO phase at song start (applies also to non-synced LFO rates!)
  • new feature: DCO ("Digitally controlled oscillator") switch: see readme.txt
  • new feature: Osc1 shape parameter now applies lowpass/highpass filter to noise source (center position yields white noise).
  • improved filters
    - better solver for nonlinear zero-delay feedback (credits to Teemu Voipio aka mystran)
    - nicer saturation characteristic
    ATTENTION: Patches with high resonance could sound slightly different than with previous versions! Adjustments of resonance, oscillator levels and master volume might be necessary.
  • improved UI graphics
  • Legato mode: only retrigger LFO delay on non-legato notes
  • BUGFIX: reset all voices when playback starts
  • some more presets
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V'ger
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Postby V'ger; Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:15 am

Cool, synced LFO, thanks for the update but getting this nasty error message in both REAPER and Minihost (XP 32 SP3):

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