Charlatan 2.0 Final Free VA synth released (Windows)

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karrikuh
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298 posts since 6 Apr, 2008

Post Sat May 02, 2015 6:33 am

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I'm happy to announce the next major release of Charlatan, your favorite free virtual analog soft synth.

Changes
2.0 Final (2015-06-05)
  • Fix loading of 1.x presets
  • Fix popup menus with multiple monitors
  • Make Amp envelope sustain parameter logarithmic
  • Fix old presets (LFO Wave), add some new ones
  • Reduce pitch drift
2.0 Beta 3 (2015-05-03)
  • BUGFIX crashes on AMD systems
2.0 Beta 2 (2015-05-02)
  • BUGFIX not loading in some hosts
  • BUGFIX note hanging after switching voice modes
2.0 Beta 1 (2015-05-02)
  • completely rewritten DSP engine resulting in roughly 50% (!) CPU savings in polyphonic mode
  • unison mode with upto 7 voices and stereo spread. Even with 7-voice unison, CPU usage is very bearable
  • major GUI overhaul
  • additional LFO waveforms
  • stereo noise
  • some more presets
  • mostly compatible with presets for Charlatan 1.x (*)
(*) Due to some tweaks to the sound engine, there may be subtle audible differences when loading some of the old patches.
In most cases, it should be possible to compensate for those with some fine adjustments. Still, I recommend to keep an
old 1.x version of Charlatan around if you need to fully preserve old projects. Sorry for the inconvenience...

More info and download:
http://www.blaukraut.info

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synthesizer plugin with focus on sound quality and easy usability. It comes with a flexible, yet not overwhelming feature set which encourages artists to start tweaking instead of just relying on presets. Inspite of it's simplicity, Charlatan's architecture is flexible enough to create both classic sounds and rather experimental noises. While making no compromise about sound quality, the sound engine has been highly optimized for efficient CPU usage making Charlatan well suited as a "bread and butter" synth even in projects with a large number of plugin instances.

Best of all, it's FREEWARE! Enjoy!

Key Features
  • 2 oscillators with shape modulation
  • Oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation
  • Unison mode with upto 7 voices and stereo spread
  • Stereo noise generator
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators
  • LFO with host tempo synchronization
  • 3 filter types modeled after classic analog hardware: 4-pole (24 db/oct) and 2-pole (12 db/oct) lowpass, bandpass
  • 3 voice modes: Monophonic, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic
  • Ultra-low CPU usage
System requirements
  • Intel(R) x86-compatible CPU with support for Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (SSE3)
  • Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Vista or higher operating system
  • VST 2.4 compatible 32-bit or 64-bit host application
Regarding Mac version:
I'm working on it, but it's still a long way to go.
Last edited by karrikuh on Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:14 am, edited 5 times in total.

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manandmusic
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115 posts since 22 Nov, 2008

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:04 am

Great! Thanks!

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GaryG
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5722 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Kent, UK

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:04 am

Excellent news, thanks!

Kind of amazed you've slashed the CPU by so much, already very light... :)
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Passing Bye
KVRian
563 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:12 am

oooh man, first PG-8X, now this, wuuuuttttt :hyper: :wheee: :party:

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layzer
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6375 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:15 am

HELL YES!!!!!!!! :wheee: :wheee: :wheee:
Glad to see Charlatan is still growin!
this boy is already a heavy hitter in the bass area
cant wait to hear what id does in unison!
awesome :tu:
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK WINXP / MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]

Yudaidhun
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109 posts since 26 Mar, 2009

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:17 am

I just want to say thanks to you!
I like Charlatan's OSC and Filter.
Now Charlatan definitely addicts the SuperSaw freaks.
I will add to my new project and see if it has bugs or not.
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layzer
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6375 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:27 am

mind = blown

in 3 voice unison, holding down a 3 note chord only registers 5.3% cpu usage in savihost!
holy c***!!

P.S. the GUI looks marvelous! i'm not even gonna mess with it! :oops:
Last edited by layzer on Sat May 02, 2015 7:34 am, edited 1 time in total.
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK WINXP / MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]

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murnau
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5563 posts since 13 Jan, 2005 from Arkham Asylum

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:32 am

Why i still buying commercial stuff when i can get something like that for free? Thank you! :clap:
Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.

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Markku
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311 posts since 3 Mar, 2014

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:50 am

Would it be possible to rename Charlatan internally (for example to Charlatan2) so that both the old and the new version could be used?

It seems that some quite nice 1.4 sounds don't work (no sound at all) and I guess I'm not quite competent enough to recreate them. I'd like to have the new one, too, because there will surely be a lot of soundbanks for the new version; I'd like to have both working.

However, if there is a lot of work to achieve this kind of solution, forget it; I understand this is a problem only for us beginners. :D

Passing Bye
KVRian
563 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 7:54 am

layzer wrote:in 3 voice unison, holding down a 3 note chord only registers 5.3% cpu usage in savihost!
:
100 instances, 5 voice unison with 3 note chord on i5 quad 8) :party:
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sbj
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1118 posts since 17 Aug, 2012 from Old Zealand

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 8:06 am

We are blessed :D

Never thought I'd be a Charlatan :hihi:

Thanks :party:
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thecontrolcentre
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23666 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 8:13 am

excellent ... thank you. :party:

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1680 posts since 22 Apr, 2009 from Belgrade

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 8:28 am

So awesome, thanks for this!
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Ghostwave
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1567 posts since 1 Mar, 2010 from Paris

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 8:35 am

Thanks a lot!
When I relaunch my website, I'll update my bank for Charlatan and take advantage of the unison.
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fluffy_little_something
KVRAF
12922 posts since 5 Jun, 2012

Re: Charlatan 2.0 Beta 1 Free VA synth released (Windows)

Post Sat May 02, 2015 9:30 am

Passing Bye wrote:
layzer wrote:in 3 voice unison, holding down a 3 note chord only registers 5.3% cpu usage in savihost!
:
100 instances, 5 voice unison with 3 note chord on i5 quad 8) :party:
100 instances :o And they all look the same, must look confusing on the screen :hihi:

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