The KVR Developer Challenge 2021 Downloads & Voting Now Live

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KVRist
211 posts since 25 Jul, 2009

Post Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:39 am

Dont forget this one too :tu:
https://youtu.be/XWtj2AQaUMw

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KVRAF
8005 posts since 2 Aug, 2005 from Guitar Land, USA

Post Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:53 pm

Some people watch out for false viruses, I watch out for dependencies.

Installer cannot start due to Service Pack 1 not installed
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KVRist
256 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Post Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:02 am

.jon wrote:
Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:05 pm
I've had an awesome evening testing the first handful of entries, and already added two plugins to my collection- Solina2K and STFU.

I feel Solina2K by Fanan was a true sleeper, the GUI is very old-fashioned and looks a bit unfinished at places and I didn't expect much, but usability is great and most important- it just sounds fantastic. I've used string machines layered with synths since the original Cheeze Machine, mainly the Eminent-V 301 Reaktor ensemble, but Solina2K offers a much more realistic type of sound for richer layers, and I see myself using this one a lot.

STFU is such a clever and simple concept that I'm surprised I didn't have anything similar before. super useful tool!

So much candy in this year's DC I'm worried I won't have time to check them all out in time!
Thanks for the heads-up about STFU! I had overlooked this one and I must say that it's great for quick sidechain/envelope shaping. I'm not sure I will find a lot of use for Kickstart now that I have it, it's as fast, as easy to use, but much more flexible. It will become a go-to if it stays stable. Not a specialist, so I may be wrong, but shouldn't there be some kind of security/warning regarding the CV output? Doesn't sound very safe for the interface/monitors...

Anyway, I'll give this some points (sorry Nettle that makes you momentarily out...).

Wanted to try Gfilter, but Ableton (Live 11, Win 10) doesn't seem to recognize this particular vst3. Anyone had success with it?
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KVRAF
4288 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:16 am

Voting done. Whispair takes top spot
Have at it

KVRer
3 posts since 22 Jul, 2021

Post Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:57 am

Here's a screenshot from a Cakewalk session using STFU:
STFU screenshot 2021-07-23 094304.png

I suppose the white surface is not meant to be there? Anything that can be fixed?


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KVRAF
2029 posts since 29 Sep, 2011

Post Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:33 pm

Lefe wrote:
Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:57 am
Here's a screenshot from a Cakewalk session using STFU:
Which version are you using? (Click the STFU)

KVRer
3 posts since 22 Jul, 2021

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:01 am

I'm using Cakewalk 2021.06 (build 053, 64 bit), STFI v1.0.0.

KVRer
3 posts since 22 Jul, 2021

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:14 am

Update: I downloaded and installed STFU version 1.0.4 and now it works. God job!

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KVRAF
2029 posts since 29 Sep, 2011

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:32 am

Lefe wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:14 am
Update: I downloaded and installed STFU version 1.0.4 and now it works. God job!
*whew* I thought I may not have fixed it! glad I did! :)

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KVRian
869 posts since 7 Apr, 2019 from Canada

Post Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:19 pm

I've had a lot of fun making the Blumlein shield.
Actually it wasn't until after I'd made it that I realized that I can now take the technology much further.
Interestingly, I made a new version that is a passive noise suppression device that does not require a gate, and yet it can only remove a certain amount. However; I am quite certain that this method can assist a method with a gate to a new improved level of efficiency that is well beyond the parameters of the Blumlein shield.

It was a sobering thing realizing that after the fact I'd already outdone Myself. The point though is that My product beats RNnoise and I make redistributables, cmd line exes and what nots with it; as well as realtime ladspa, ios plugs and commercial derivatives, that are closed source and yet freely distributable.

So, the future versions can be used in anything; but only with attribution.

To be honest, I didn't find most entries held any real value to an audio engineer who's fulltime producing (including My own); maybe more suited to the amateur, and My entry was flawed, but has promise certainly. While there are some very good instruments and effects; they had not been finetuned long enough so as to simplify their controls, preparing them for daily taskmastering and regimen.

I did get tired of the same old free synths with 80 presets etc. I had to delete hundreds of them from My harddrives, merely as they were distractions from My goals of being a fulltime producer. But, when you have the time to play around and have fun - it is fun and I guess I miss that. I was just hoping for an entry with hundreds of presets like surge for instance. Maybe inventors should keep that in mind for the next contest. That's a winning feature. I understand that if you make instruments it seems that people should respect your craft, but it pays more to respect that the end user has only so much time after kids, work, life, friends, etc to make music and then has to pack up shop.

Make such a thing next time, and you'll win.

The only way you have a chance to draw the pros in is either a better sound and a simpler interface (with a good rep), or good operation and ideally 1000's of presets. In My opinion your free product should also have a good working random preset generator.

Younger people might not have tried the Native Instruments FM8, it was once the most bought synth, great sounds. It had lost its momentum though, because they took out the random patch option. They'd also made it harder to add your old fm7 patches, they made it a clunky process.

Once more powerful than spire and serum, and now a silent relic. Absynth of course, during the days of fm7 also experienced equal excitement; due to the fact that so many were using native instruments virtual synths. Why it became so popular was because you could add an infinite amount of presets easily. You just tossed them in a folder by the hundreds and done.

But by them making their software less convenient, they lost their place as a contender amongst the leaders in the industry. It was a bad choice. I've told other programmers the same, they often just flame and talk about respecting the sound design and etc. They don't think about time constraints and etc.

I was impressed by the drums, I liked the 808, I felt the synths looked very cool but were light on presets. I did like the weird idea about the hammer on the strings idea, strange. Always a fan of Dead duck's stuff. Though I haven't tested the thing that makes sounds longer with fft and compression I felt that was maybe something which could be used professionally.

But the number one is convenience. I must seem very hard and even mean; but it's not like that when you make software for the professional. In reality, it's very rare that a programmer could ever truly make something good enough for a pro. It's all too often that the enthusiast is the source of income.

I hope those who took part enjoyed the hard work. I often do.
I'm glad to have taken part because I was given reason to innovate and create something new. But that's not to suggest I'm happy with My poorly made product; in light of My latest surprising creation.

I notice nearly none of us advertised. That's a shame in My mind.
Thanks for competing with Me.

Edited: added some thoughts.
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KVRAF
1872 posts since 20 Sep, 2013 from Poland

Post Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:17 pm

kingozrecords wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:19 pm
I was impressed by the drums
Thanks! (And yes, that means I read that far down in your post, heh.)

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KVRian
869 posts since 7 Apr, 2019 from Canada

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:37 am

DSmolken wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:17 pm
kingozrecords wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:19 pm
I was impressed by the drums
Thanks! (And yes, that means I read that far down in your post, heh.)
Karory, cool. Nice touch with interface. I noticed you went commercial; I'll have to pick some of your stuff up. I liked the free troll piano (thing) one quite a lot, I got some weird sounds out of it.

I rarely have time to experiment anymore haha.
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KVRAF
1872 posts since 20 Sep, 2013 from Poland

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:36 am

kingozrecords wrote:
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:37 am
DSmolken wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:17 pm
kingozrecords wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:19 pm
I was impressed by the drums
Thanks! (And yes, that means I read that far down in your post, heh.)
Karory, cool. Nice touch with interface. I noticed you went commercial; I'll have to pick some of your stuff up. I liked the free troll piano (thing) one quite a lot, I got some weird sounds out of it.

I rarely have time to experiment anymore haha.
Yeah, started off making free stuff, and then things kinda kept getting bigger and more complex, and I wanted to be able to pay musicians for recording them, so it just kinda... happened unintentionally. I still try to crank out at least one freebie a year.

Of course, with all these samples to release, now I rarely have time to produce actual music.

KVRer
5 posts since 27 Jul, 2020

Post Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:58 pm

Looking forward to checking this years crop!

KVRAF
1849 posts since 11 Aug, 2012 from omfr morf form romf frmo

Post Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:19 am

Lots of competition this time, hard to decide. I made notes and it helped.

Grain Strain by Full Bucket - Grain looper with various sync options and excellent window shaping, up to 8 voices.

Solina2K by Fanan - String machine emulation, 2 bass and 6 upper, advanced editing of each instrument, full drawbar mode, many voice stealing options, sounds great.

Reducktion by Dead Duck - 3 osc, Wavetable, 2-OP FM max ratio 10. Each osc has a multimode filter with mod sources and an LFO. Mod matrix. Drive, chorus, delay, reverb FX, all sound good. Sequencer.

Hum808X by Callybeat - 3 osc made with HISE, can load samples, FM capable, unison 16 voices, env, filter, dist, comp, limiter, reverb, delay, oscilloscope, presets and browser. Very capable synth.

BamBoomBa - sampled homemade kalimba based on research on enslaved people in Jamaica. Raw WAV, Kontakt (full) NKI, and Soundfont 2 formats. Unique sound.

Zoned - switched-mode synth, interesting premise. PWM osc with saturation, limited range but enough to made a complete melodic song.

Emphasis by Truality - one-knob magic enhancer. Examination shows EQ with several peaks (~39 Hz, 75 Hz, 1800 Hz, 6000 Hz, 16000 Hz) and a scoop at 440 Hz. Knob increases each band's gain— 0 is totally flat, at full value peaks at 18 db. Totally linear response.

FilterDeMystifier by Jade Hochscule - educational filter displays 3-dimentional filter on a z-plane. You can easily adjust parameters and see and hear the results. Built-in limiting prevents dangerous levels. Several presets included. If you ever wondered what made the E-mu Morpheus z-plane filters interesting, imagine this with 14 poles.

Echomatrix - multi-tap delay that can feed into any line with modulation. Couldn't get it to work and unfortunately was one of the last I tried so no time to file a bug report.

GFilter by Flandersh Tech - Multimode filter based on impulse responses. Delay IR with modulation gives pitch effects. Comes with an IR generation program.

Tick - cross-platform open source, open format metronome. You can load your own samples.

More - distortion with 5 circuit modes, automatic gain comp, HPs and LPs available pre and post, dry/wet, visualization.

STFU - rhythmic amplitude shaper, can fake sidechain with precision, morph between two envelope shapes, good presets, great drawing controls, sync or MIDI trigger, can output CV.

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