LinPlug have announced their next VSTi, Omega Sample Synth! A public beta version is available, and to tempt you to get involved LinPlug will be giving away licenses for Omega and their choice of any other of LinPlug's instruments to the 3 beta testers who help out the most! [Win]
24 voice polyphonic (CPU dependent)
64 sound programs
1 user loaded sample oscillator (WAV/AIFF up to 96kHz/24-bit)
Samples can be time stretched and pitch shifted independently in real time
Additional Analogue modelled oscillator
Analogue modelled multi-mode filters with Cutoff and Resonance, fully modulatable
Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch bend , Mod wheel, Spread, and various other controllers
ADSFR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Fade, Release) envelopes for Amplitude, Cutoff and a freely assignable Modulation Envelope
Powerful GakStoar type 8x8 Modulation Matrix (More than 200 modulation routings)
Two fully equipped LFOs with many waveforms, tempo sync and symmetry adjustment
ECS (MIDI - Easy Controller Setup)
Sample accurate timing
Full automation and settings are saved with your song
Cost To Be Announced
Public Beta Available (Now closed)
30th March 2001
Audionaut have released Fresh Killed Beat, their first VSTi, a cool Drum Synth for Windows :
12 Sounds/Pads (1 full Octave)
Each Sound/Pad has :
Volume & Pan
Low Pass Filter (Cut Off & Resonance)
Switchable Sine/Saw/Triangle waveforms
Wave Shape control
Demo available (Limited to 4 editable sounds and time-out)
Fixed problem whereby under some circumstances the message "Your demo time has expired..." appeared even though a valid serial number had been entered
29th March 2001
Emagic Logic 4.7 update has been released that fixes many of Logics VSTi shortcomings amongst many other things, including the Unified Classic and Virtual MIDI Engine that was not originally planned for inclusion until v5.0 [Mac & Win]
Steinberg released Cubase VST 5.0r4PB2 yesterday, but this has already been superseded by r4PB3 which has just gone live on the FTP! These are Public Betas so use at your peril [Win]
Fixed problem whereby some valid serial numbers were being reported as having expired
Improved timing of Play Scale command
19th March 2001
mda have released another new VSTi. mda Piano is a virtual, er, Piano -available for Windows.
They've also updated the Windows version of JX10, a GUI is being developed for the next release!
Fixed hanging notes in the new version of Logic
Reduced glitches when the polyphony limit is reached.
Muon have released Mac demos of Electron and Atom Pro. The Windows versions were released last week
18th March 2001
** You might have noticed the new addition over to the left, your chance to win Fruityloops! Go on enter.... **
The Forum's had a makeover, we've upgraded to the new v6.0 of the Ultimate Bulletin Board. You can now rate members, send private messages, and various other nonsense! Have a look and see what you think....
Also updated the hosts page so it now uses a similar format to the instruments page, i.e. you can choose OS, Formats, etc.
As ever it's a work in progress....
17th March 2001
GMedia have posted v2.06 update to M-Tron (Windows only):
Fixes the 'missing notes' problem some users have experienced!
Manytone Music, creators of the 3 free RM2 kits recently posted by LinPlug, have added them to their own site where they also have several other high quality drum and synth sample packs available for download!
Better mapping of DX-7 sounds to FMHeaven. This is particularly noticeable with slow attack voices such as string sounds. These are now much more usable when running with FMHeaven.
Support for keyboard rate scaling - this varies the envelope rates across the keyboard, allowing higher notes to have faster attacks, for example.
Unison mode. This allows multiple voices to be triggered per note, with control over detuning between the voices and separation creating stereo effects.
Oscillator sync control. Allows oscillators to run free, giving slight tonal variation between successive notes.
Muon have released fully functioning demo versions (Windows only) of their Electron and Atom Pro VSTi's (They have a short burst of noise inserted every 5 seconds). Go to their site and check out the product pages.
More from Frankfurt Musikmesse, FXpansion showed their forthcoming DR-008 Drum Sampler and VST-DX Adapter 3.0, here's some info to whet your appetites
96-channel drum sampler and synthesizer
Open architecture allows new synthesis types to be added
Imports WAV, AIFF, LM-4, DR-005 banks
Loads loops via "beat slicer" import plug-in
Can load up to 5 LM-4 or 6 DR-005 banks at once
Full MIDI control and automation
Switchable AUX sends on every channel
Multiple outputs and AUX destinations, configurable
Key-triggered pattern sequencers
Windows VST & DXi versions due April 2001
Mac VST version due late summer
VST-DX Adapter v3.0 :
Will allow VSTi's to run seamlessly as DXi's in Sonar and other DXi hosts
We seemed to miss LinPlug's update to v2.05 of RM2 and RMF last week, they've also posted 3 RM2 kits for download [PC]
12th March 2001
Nenad Siskov has updated his LM-4 Drum Kit Editor to v1.501 [PC]
Wrong directory structure fixed
Plugsound have a new range of sample based Instruments due for release shortly (Q2 2001). Initially there will be 6 volumes, in VST & MAS formats for both Windows and Mac. They will cost $99 each!
Here's a sneak preview at the specs of Muon's forthcoming Tau Pro [PC & Mac]
Monophonic Bassline synthesiser
2 alias-free Digital Waveform Oscillators per voice, Waveform selectable from a bank of full-bandwidth analog and digital shapes
Phase modulation for each Osc
Ring modulation and Osc sync
Classic Tau resonant LP filter, also with new "LP Fat" and "LP Hi-Q" modes
Velocity controlled accent w/variable depth
Built in stereo FX (distortion, chorus, flange, delay)
Will cost $15
8th March 2001
News from Frankfurt Musikmesse:
Emagic have unveiled a bevy of new virtual instruments, some VST and some Logic format. EVP73 is a VST Electric Piano that's a cut down version of their new Logic only EVP88. ES2 is ES1's new big brother, a Logic only synth. EXSP24 is a cut down VST version of EXS24. EVOC20 is a Logic vocoder. They also announced Logic 5!
Native Instruments also announced a couple of interesting new synths. FM7 is, as it's name suggests, an FM synth, available in both VSTi, DXi, Mac and Windows formats. Absynth is a Semi modular synth originally created by Rhizomatic software who have recently joined forces with NI, it's a Mac only VSTi.
Steinberg announced Voice Machine by Spectral Design and Attack, by Waldorf, check out the links below for more info....
The VST Instruments pages have had a major update, they can now be searched by Type, OS, Format (VST, DX, Logic), and Free/Commercial/In Development! I've also added the current version for each instrument which I'll try to keep up to date, let me know if you find any that are incorrect! The Hosts section will also be updated soon in the same vein, DXi and Logic Hosts will also be included.
I hope you like the new features, let me know if you find any problems.......
6th March 2001
A few new banks for you today, the Virtual Sampler bank is compressed in RAR format, as the Multimedia compression option reduces the file size by over 25% compared to ZIP. To decompress it you'll need something like WinRAR:
When switched on all MIDI-Ctrl messages program TBL directly. This means you can program the sound with external MIDI-Hardware (Master keyboard etc.). When switched off the previous behaviour is enabled.
They've also posted some info about their recently announced SID VSTi [PC]
Up to four independent SIDs can be emulated with a single SID plugin
Each SID has three independent oscillators and a fourth "Galway-noise" channel
The SID emulation has been enhanced so each oscillator can have it's own volume
Build-in arpeggiator for each oscillator
Four LFOs, four envelopes and four "functions" for each oscillator
Programmable wavetables for each oscillator
Three play modes : Mono, Poly & Multi-timbral
Nearly every parameter can be modulated by MIDI or other internal modulators