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KVR Developer Challenge 2018KVRDC18: PhonicsAudio HardWired - Guitar & Drum Synth/Controller for Windows VST


With the KVR Developer Challenge 2018 at the download and voting stage it's time to focus on each of the 26 entries that are available now, for free, for everyone.

HardWired by PhonicsAudio
Windows VST

Phonics Hardwired is a toolset of 2 controller plugins and a drum synth.

You may be aware of Phonics guitar to synth products 2SYN. This is a new application. This synth only needs a regular electric guitar, not a hexaphonic pickup. It's quasi-polyphonic, favouring the last played/loudest note. The synth is basic and heavy. The pitch detection is a heavily filtered zero crossing counter for each string. It has 2 modes - mono and quasi poly. In mono only one note will sound at a time, and in poly it will let you play more than one string.

To use it:

  • Hopefully you just need to adjust the 'gain' knob and multiplier underneath for the level coming from your soundcard. More controls are exposed, if you use it you can get familiar with these.
  • Your pickup (I've only tried humbuckers) should be bridge with tone and volume all the way up. It will help to skew the bridge pickup by making high E as close to the strings as possible, and low E as far away as possible.

drum CTRL
This is a drum kit for X-Box controller or PlayStation 3&4 controller. It's got a real simple/intuitive layout. It's not quite finished yet. You can play a drum kit with a gaming controller.

To use it:

  • An XBox controller will need to be installed on your computer. Windows 10 will automatically do this if you plug a controller in, lower Win versions need Microsoft XInput driver installed.
  • A PlayStation 3 or 4 controller needs a driver made by SCP, get it here: emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/SCP_Driver_Package - after that is installed, the Xbox controller XInput driver is necessary as per your Win version installed.

This is a basic drum synth. The presets/drum sounds are not written yet. Use is straightforward.

Download, vote & donate at www.kvraudio.com/kvr-developer-challenge/2018

If you haven't read it already, you should check out the KVRDC16 winner's story: Winning the KVR Developer Challenge: An interview with Julijan Nikolic (Youlean)

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