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Aly James Lab updates VSDSX Drums to v2.3 - Apple Silicon Native and more

Aly James Lab

Aly James Lab has updated VSDSX, the Simmons drum synth emulation, to version 2.3.

Version 2.3 Release Notes
Includes all internal updates since v2.0.2 with major additions to control dynamics:

  • Introducing - Mac VST3 and Native Silicon (M1/M2), builds are "Universal 2" meaning VST3 and AU work on both Intel x86-64-and ARM64 Apple Silicon Mac natively.
  • Introducing - Mac notarized Installers.
  • Introducing - Two more modules: TOM Bass and PROM 2.
  • Introducing - GUI Trigger buttons.
  • Introducing - GUI Rack system: now displays 4 modules at once.
  • Introducing - built-in mixer to balance between "clean" volume and non linear modules outputs.
  • Introducing - Improved GUI, new design, crisper look at different DPI (HD graphics, Vector knobs).
  • Introducing - More global settings: bending behavior, voltage ranges, trigger velocity to module's decay time, modulation response etc.
  • Introducing - Main Circuit MODES: LEGACY or SIMMONS giving you options to change the tone bend & filter sweep behavior between VSDSX legacy implementation and Simmons original behavior.
  • Introducing - GUI full Kit View, retro sci-fi visual feedback.
  • Added - More accurate Hihat\Cymbal module emulation (oversampling, decay acts on sample rate, FM Bell, cleaner analog noise source etc).
  • Added - Tone click leakage level, optional Cymbals body filter (filters noise + tone or just noise).
  • Added - EPROM modules Reset & Loop function and better library management.
  • Added - Preset Browser page.
  • Added - Open Hat sample rate offset.
  • Added - Clean Bass Drum module optional circuit mod (noise is less affected by the output VCA's lack of headroom, OSC driven before VCA).
  • Added - Bending frequency readout (so you can know at which frequency a sound starts and where it ends).
  • Added - MIDI Pitch Bend global modulation affects OSC pitch and VCF frequency for all modules (optional).
  • Added - Optional parallel custom filtered Noise blend for SNARE module.
  • Fix - Multi Out not recalling plug-in state again.
  • Fix - Rare Mac OS graphic glitches.
  • Fix - Snare's RimShot state (atk) timing and trigger threshold.
  • Fix - Added trigger velocity modulation for TOMs, HIHAT & CYMB's Bend Amount as an option (real hardware behavior).
  • Fix - Inconsistent Noise Filter envelope direction and timing between Hihat/Cymbal modules.
  • Fix - HPF now affects both OSC and Noise source on Snare module.
  • Fix - Rare crash on receiving legacy MIDI Program Change.
  • Fix - Improved CPU on EPROM based modules.
  • Fix - Most parameters should now respond to automation.
  • Fix - Improved VST3 MIDI support. (for example it can: receive MIDI 2.0, Enable Ableton Live's "External Instrument rack" inputs detection etc).
  • Change - Some controls have now an increased range, notably VCF resonance.
  • Change - Breaking: Hihat, Cymbal Modules may sound and respond slightly differently at the same settings because of many small circuit tweaks.
  • Many UI unlisted details you will discover and other nice things such as a full pack of original EPROM binaries you can load in the plug-in.


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