A few bits and bobs to finish the year. A couple of banks below and also a controller map that allows you to control Native Instruments Pro-52 from a Yamaha AN1x - check it out it here (Thanks to Autoy)
These two Pro-52 archives each include the same 26 Pro-52 banks that are made up from the Pro-52 presets found in the K-v-R Banks section and the 512 that come with the Pro-52.
To make it easier to find a preset you want each bank has a class of presets e.g. Sustained basses are in one bank and short envelope basses are in another etc.
One file contains .fxb files, the other has the same banks but in native .p5f format for non Cubase users.
30th December 2001
Well Christmas is over, I hope you all had a good one and got all the plugins you asked for! BTW You've still got a couple of days to get your entry for the Sample Farm competition in so hurry up if you want to win!!
Right, lots to catch up on so lets get stuck in!
NLSynth is a new free Windows VSTi from Abacab TeaM, it uses the concept of Non Linear Mathematics to create sounds that are really different! More info and download here...
Orion Pro has been updated to v2.75 [Win VSTi/DXi Host]
LFO Tool added in pattern event editor (right-click)
Imported MIDI files now also import pitch bend data
Aftertouch added as pattern event. The WASP can react on it already, check the "Aftertouch Pad" preset for instance
Favourite directories added for Drums + Sampler files
Native Instruments FM7 now works properly
Fast latencies now possible without having to change Timebase
WASP slides work correctly now (make sure polyphony is set to 1!)
They've also unleashed a few other treats: Drum 'n Bass Drum Kit for Battery, 6REV Reverb ensemble for Reaktor and t55t, an ensemble containing a 16-step-sequencer, a sequence-processing-module, a synthesizer, delay and tape recorders, available in both Reaktor and Dynamo versions!
IK Multimedia have teamed up with several soundware houses to bring you variations on the SampleTank theme. I think we all know about Sonic Reality's Sonic and Omni Synths but there are 13 other products of this type also about to be released, including more titles from Sonic Reality/eSoundz, IK, Masterbits and AMG. All titles come with SampleTank LE and cost between $79 and $249. If you're feeling particularly rich you can even buy Sound Modules Series Vol. 1, a set of 9 of the modules, and save $200 on their individual prices!
Borderliner - "It's an attempt to break away from the normal synths available, providing you with a partly colour based interface. The colours represent moods. "Black and White" provide the basis. You can also mix the Black and White "tones" to obtain various forms of grey... which in turn can be colourized to provide different sounds.... and rather like a borderliner, a small change can have a large affect on the result..." More Info...
SpeedSoft released Public Beta 3 of VX7, their FM emulation VSTi for Windows.
Manytone Music have released Quick Kits Electriks, a high quality 24-bit sample pack for LinPlug's RM3, Battery and other formats will follow soon. It's downloadable and costs $18.
Rumpelrausch Täips ZR-1 Drawbar Organ VSTi v1.0 has been released, since v0.9d quite a few changes and fixes have been added including a new interface, new vibrato effect, percussion volume, new presets, warmth and pitch bend! More info... [Win VSTi]
LinPlug have updated CronoX and RM III [Win VSTi's]:
CronoX to v1.41
Bugfix: Seldom occurring spikes and crashes when loading songs
RM III to v1.2
Feature: Pads are switchable from Mono to Poly Mode settings that may be changed accidentally are moved to the RM IIIs back side
Bugfix: Fixed spikes with open edit window at low latencies
Fruityloops v3.4 has been released featuring lots of new features and bugfixes. They've also released mda's DX-10 as a Fruity instrument, if you order Fruityloops before January 31st 2002 you will get DX-10 free (Usually retails for $19). A VSTi version of the new DX-10 is in the works and registered Fruity DX-10 owners will receive the VSTi version free upon release. Other new products include a Fruity SoundFont Player and EZ-Editor WAV editor.
Check out a full what's new in Fruityloops list here...
Development of Outsim's Synthmaker is continuing, v0.4 Alpha versions are now available. v0.4 has a completely redesigned GUI and sound engine and only functions as a standalone, however instruments developed with it will eventually be loadable into a SynthPlayer DXi.
Talking of DashSynthesis they've released 3 new synths, one each for SynC, Infinity and Reaktor:
Morphine for SynC Modular
Dirty EP for Infinity
Morphosis for Reaktor
18th December 2001
Its nearing the end of the year and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who visits K-v-R, I know some of you visit us several times a day, its you lot that make it the success that it's become!!
It's been a very good year for virtual instrument development, personal favourites being Pentagon I, SampleTank, Reaktor 3, DR008, CronoX, damn, this list could go on..... and on... anyway, next year promises to be even better as the industry matures and computing power increases.... Nexus will definitely be one to watch out for early(ish) in the new year, the early beta version is inspiringly different, who knows what other gems are going to appear. Exciting times for musicians, if only we could spend a little bit less time drooling over the new instruments and more time actually using them...
I'm away for Christmas now so there won't be any news posted until the end of December, you'll just have to amuse yourselves ;)
Any e-mails will be answered after I return... eventually.... look, don't hassle me, OK??
Virtual Sampler has been updated to v2.71, a detailed list of what's changed can be found here... [Win VSTi/DXi]
Q-Synth by TK Plugins is a new Windows VSTi in development. They've recently released a public beta version which you can download here, along with some demo MP3's and a detailed feature list, screenshot etc. [Win VSTi]
17th December 2001
Big Tick have updated Cheeze Machine to v1.2 [Win VSTi]
Now saves the synth parameters correctly when saving songs
Psycle has been updated to v1.6RC2, what's new and download here... [Win VSTi Host]
16th December 2001
Thanks to everyone who sent banks and patches in over the last couple of months, I'm finally getting around to posting them!
Guitar Rhythm Pattern Library is a unique collection of numerous guitar accompaniment rhythm patterns classified by various musical categories, such as meter, tempo, rhythmic feel, guitar technique, and music style, and specially recorded for use only with MusicLab's Rhythm'n'Chords VSTi and MFX plugins.
Leigh Marble has just released a new, free VSTi host for the Macintosh.
Dubbed "The Ugly VSTi Interface," this application provides a quick and easy way for those without Cubase to utilise the wealth of VSTi's available. The Interface supports digital audio routing via DirectConnect, Rewire, and ASIO drivers. Special instructions on how to use with Pro Tools are included.
12th December 2001
Manytone Music have finally released 3S Simple Shiny Sampler, their free Windows VSTi developed in conjunction with LinPlug. They've also released 24bit Multi-Sampled Acoustic Drums and Percussion, currently available in WAV and RM3 Kit Format, with Battery format to follow very soon.
Polyphonic up to 24 voices (CPU dependent)
4 samples loadable simultaneously, of which each can be assigned to its own note, or all to the same note
Mono and stereo sample support, 8 to 32 bit, up to 96 kHz, WAV, Float-WAV and AIFF
Level, tuning and pan adjustment
Samples can be played over the keyboard to create a "Simple Sample Synth"
Supports "velocity splits" and "velocity Crossfades"
"Velocity sensitive" trigger pad
Sample accurate timing, full VST2 integration
Contains the latest "LinPlug Audio Engine" So you can count on the quality
Also a Special offer for current Registered LinPlug RM3 Users... Get a free
Roagine Percussion Synth if you purchase the Acoustic Drums (Beginning Jan 1st you can purchase Manytone Acoustic Drums Bundled with the LinPlug RM3)!
Lastly, Manytone "Quick Kits" Electronic Drum Sample Pack in 24bit WAV
and RM3 and Battery Formats will also be released any day.
Big Tick have released Cheeze Machine VSTi for Windows. Cheeze Machine is a free string ensemble emulation synth, based on the design of classic instruments like the Arp Solina or the Crumar Performer.
Fixed problem importing some SampleCell instruments
AnaMark has been updated to v1.02. Also, all presets (about 100: 64 factory presets and about 40 presets from the demo song "Interfacial parts") are now available in the demo version [Win VSTi]
AnaMark is about 20% faster
64 new, really cool factory presets
Creation of random presets
Some minor bugs fixed
Sonic Syndicate have updated Junglist to v3.0, a major update. They're also currently offering a great value bundle where you get Junglist 3 + Scorpion 2 + Plucked String 2.5 for only $99 inclusive! [Win VSTi]
Now 32 waveforms per oscillator
2-op FM mode added
Percussive mode added for synth drum sounds
Filter Keyboard Track switch added
Velocity Routing to Filter Envelope possible
Dual Voice mode added
LFO and Delay can be synched to current tempo
Completely new GUI!
100 presets added
Now costs $69
AudioSynth has been updated to v0.15 [Win VSTi Host]
Select between three work modes:
1) Reopen last sound bank
2) Save all programs with song
3) Save sound bank filename with song
Support for AIFF samples
Sample preview will now use the same audio drivers as the VST host
Tobybear has released Helios, a very simple sampler VSTi for Windows, he's also updated Deconstructor Pro to v1.3a and released new versions of most of his free VSTfx:
Loads a single WAV
Assign a root key
Attack and Release
Resonant Low Pass Filter
Bitshift Audio have released the final version of pHATmatik, their free REX Player VSTi for Windows. pHATmatik is the first VSTi that can extract the 'groove' information from a REX file and export it to a Standard Midi File, allowing users to reconstruct the original groove in their midi-capable VST host without a REX authoring tool.
In addition to REX load/export/playback support, pHATmatik provides
the user with standard sampler-like tools for creatively modifying
the loop: ADSR amplitude envelope, a 'pHAT' 2-pole resonant filter,
switchable between lowpass and highpass, and more.
It's a busy month for LinPlug who have just released the final version of their new drawbar organ VSTi, daOrgan v1.0 ($29), and updated CronoX to v1.4 including performance enhancements and 40 new bass presets. They've also announced the next version of Delta, Delta III, which will be available early next year.
If you don't already own any LinPlug instruments now might be a good time to investigate them, they've put together a couple of special bundles that you can purchase before 31st December:
The Classic Bundle: Delta, CronoX, RM III, Roagine and daOrgan, worth 237 US$ for just 149 US$
The Future Bundle: Delta, CronoX, RM III, Roagine and a free Upgrade to Delta III, worth 232 US$ for just 149 US$
Last, but by no means least, there's good news for Mac owners, LinPlug will be porting all of their VSTi's to MacOS from March 2002!
FXpansion have put together a couple of interesting plugins - Stutter and SuperSnippet.
Stutter is an incredibly addictive sample capture and playback VSTi/FX that basically samples the incoming audio stream and allows you to play it back in various different cycle modes (Forward, Reversed, Looped, etc.), all functions are controlled from your MIDI keyboard. Read more and download here... [Mac & Win]
Snippet is actually an FX plugin from the FSU school as championed by Tobybear, DFX and FXpansion, great for creative FX or just plain old Fu**ing Sh*t Up