Official Serum thread!

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bitcrusher
KVRian
1105 posts since 31 Aug, 2001 from Los Angeles, CA

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:30 am

Now that It's official :party: I might as well start an official thread (the first one was wholly unexpected):

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/serum-by-xfer-records

Serum is a wavetable synth focused on hi-quality sound, and a sophisticated table designer/editor. I've spent a healthy amount of time on the interface as well, trying to make something a synth which is both intuitive and fun to program.

You can import audio (via a variety of analysis methods), draw (grid or freehand), use function formulas (for wavetable directly or FFT bins, for generating and/or processing).

While my next few days are going to be focused on getting everything ready for shipping, I'll try to pop in here and answer any questions!

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Numanoid
KVRAF
25895 posts since 20 Jan, 2008 from a star near where you are

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:39 am

Wow, nice GUI :hail:

It comes as 64 bit?

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Phase47
KVRian
907 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:46 am

Demo via the reg. xfer forums imminent?

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fluffy_little_something
KVRAF
12044 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:49 am

Looks very good. Any audio examples to hear it? :)

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xybre
KVRAF
1755 posts since 19 May, 2006 from Nomadic (Chicago and San Francisco mostly)

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:54 am

It is totally beautiful, and I have been getting into wavetable/scanning synths lately..
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fluffy_little_something
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12044 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:57 am

This is a bit similar to Dune 2, right? (Except for the whole unison stuff I suppose.)

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Numanoid
KVRAF
25895 posts since 20 Jan, 2008 from a star near where you are

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:00 am

Serum looks to be a wavetable synth, while Dune 2 employs "VA, Wavetable and FM Synthesis"

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fluffy_little_something
KVRAF
12044 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:04 am

It does have an FM knob there :)

Anyway, the displays are very nice. I wonder if they consume a lot of CPU.

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GeorgeZ
KVRAF
2908 posts since 29 May, 2009 from New Zealand

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Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:13 am

Yes yes yes yes. Just yes! :hihi: Can't wait to get my grubby mits on this filth maker!!
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ZenPunkHippy
KVRAF
5990 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Melbourne, Australia

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Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:15 am

GeorgeZ wrote:Yes yes yes yes. Just yes! :hihi: Can't wait to get my grubby mits on this filth maker!!
:tu:
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KVRAF
1851 posts since 22 Aug, 2012

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:28 am

Looking forward to checking out the Serum :party:
-dthree-

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fluffy_little_something
KVRAF
12044 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:37 am

Is it meant as a cure for people who have been poizoned by other synths? 8)

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aMUSEd
KVRAF
29655 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:44 am

Looks a bit like Nave

woodsdenis
KVRian
1482 posts since 25 Feb, 2005

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:53 am

Great stuff Steve, can't wait to try it out. Given the quality of your previous plugins it's is in the no brainier territory for me to purchase.
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bitcrusher
KVRian
1105 posts since 31 Aug, 2001 from Los Angeles, CA

Re: Official Serum thread!

Post Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:58 am

Wow, nice GUI :hail:
Cheers,my GUI designer (Lance Thackeray) and I have spent many hours on a lot of subtleties, and I've made 35 custom GUI control classes purpose-built for various things!
It comes as 64 bit?
Yes 32/64-bit in all formats. I just updated the product info, thanks for mentioning.
Demo via the reg. xfer forums imminent?
yes! well probably 36 hours away for that, today's task is narrowing down the unexpectedly huge volume of preset submissions... a good problem to have, I suppose.
Looks very good. Any audio examples to hear it? :)
Thanks - there's a collection from various preset designers on http://www.facebook.com/xferrecords - if you're anti-facebook (I'm not the biggest fan myself) and prefer some direct links, just ask I can dig those up.
This is a bit similar to Dune 2, right?
I've had people compare it to a whole bunch of synths, obviously there is overlap between a lot of synths. I'm not versed enough in Dune2 to make the comparison, though I'm confident both are their own instruments. I believe you can use Serum to make WT's for Dune2 as well :)
Dune 2 employs "VA, Wavetable and FM Synthesis"
Serum employs these as well (and Additive also, though in a non-realtime capacity for table creation/manipulation).
Is it meant as a cure for people who have been poizoned by other synths? 8)
hah! I struggled with a name for a while, I wanted something with a slight biologic/medical slant, like Nerve has. I wanted something descriptive about the clear/sharp/clean/cutting sound of the oscillators, but all the candidate names felt too cheesy, so I ended up going with Serum.
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