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brainspawn 'forte: Solo' Public Beta released

brainspawn forte: Solo Public Beta released

forte is a "virtual instrument rack" for DXi soft-synth plugins, offering more control and convenience than a traditional rack of hardware MIDI sound modules. forte is optimised for the stage, with low latency audio, vast MIDI routing capabilities, and unique live performance features. 

Key Features

  • Multiple Simultaneous Soft-Synths, MIDI Inputs, and Soundcard Outputs 
    • Play an entire ensemble of MIDI controllers into a rack of soft-synths.
    • "Ensemble" model supports up to 32 soft-synths in a rack and up to 32 WDM soundcard outputs.

  • Advanced MIDI Control: 
    • Create complex MIDI keyboard splits and layers across multiple soft-synths.
    • Remap MIDI preset, channel, and controller data independently on each soft-synth for maximum control.
    • Remotely change patches and scenes from MIDI input devices.

  • Scene support: Use multiple "scenes" in a rack to rapidly change MIDI and audio routing, synth patches, and effects settings between songs.

  • Audio Effects: Add multiple audio effect plugins to soft-synths and audio buss outputs.

  • Ultra Low Latency: forte uses WDM soundcard drivers to enable MIDI-to-audio latency comparable to or better than hardware sound modules. In many cases, latency is so low you can play MIDI drum pads into soft-samplers with high accuracy.

  • Hands-off Operation 
    • Configure forte to start automatically on boot-up and load the last-used rack. This means you don't need keyboards, mice, or even a monitor to get forte running.
    • Change scenes or patches remotely from MIDI controllers.
    • Use SceneView to see the scene list in full-screen large font.

  • Access to Favourite Sounds: Organize your favourite soft-synth and effects patches using favourites lists, recently-used lists, and MIDI automation.

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 2000 Pro SP3 or Windows XP Home/Pro SP1 or higher.
  • Processor Speed: Minimum 1.5GHz.
  • Memory: 128MB – some plugins such as soft-samplers may require more.
  • Plug-Ins: At least one supported DXi soft-synth (VST/VSTi plugins wrapped in DirectiXer work well).
  • MIDI: At least one Windows compatible MIDI input port.
  • Audio Output Device: At least one Windows WDM-compliant audio output device.
  • Graphics: 1024x768 256 colour graphics mode or higher.
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