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  1. Broken Light by Jack Hertz

    Jack Hertz gets small with two new compositions that reflect on our conflicted view of reality known as the Wave/particle duality. The concept in quantum mechanics. Argues that every particle or quantic entity may be partly described in terms not only of particles, but also of waves. It expresses the inability of the classical concepts "particle" or "wave" to fully describe the behavior of quantum-scale objects. As Albert Einstein wrote: "It seems as though we must use sometimes the one theory and sometimes the other, while at times we may use either. We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither of them fully explains the phenomena of light, but together they do."
  2. Standuino microGranny

    Standuino microGranny is pocket sized handmade granular sampler designed by Anymade Studio. It uses microSD card to store samples. You can adjust many parameters of the samples and trigger them by MIDI. Features: - Basic parameters of sound: pitch, crush, volume, start, cut, repeat. - Micro sampling parameters of sound: shift speed, loop length, shift direction (forward,backward,random1,random2). - LFO parameters of sound: rate, amount, destination (pitch, crush). - Instant loop feature. - Micro SD card slot (plays monophonic wav samples). - 8 presets (15 sounds each). - MIDI input (MIDI through by special connector). - Intuitive interface. - 3 digit 7-segment display to keep track of editing. - 2 pots to tweak the parameters. - Mode switching buttons. - 4 perfect response trigger buttons. - Hold button. - 3.5mm jack output. - Volume trim-pot. - Size: 11 x 7 x 4 cm. - Input voltage 9-12 V.
  3. PPG Infinite PRO

    At the end of the 70s Wolfgang Palm developed wavetable synthesis. This was very successful and used by many synthesizer companies in the 80s and 90s. But this technology has its limitations. The main reason is that all sounds are harmonic. In nature this does not happen very often. Many sounds like a piano string have small offsets from the harmonic frequencies. This is even stronger in sounds like bells or percussion. Infinite PRO overcomes this limitation. The frequencies of the overtones created by Infinite can be totally freely defined. So the sounds it produces are totally free in the frequencies of their overtones. This means that each partial wave can have an arbitrary frequency. Moreover it is possible to move these overtones independently during the duration of a note. Another important part of most natural sounds is noise. Be it a flute or when a drumstick hits the drumhead - and this all can be reproduced in Infinite. Furthermore the noise source can be used to modulate the tonal part which results in very powerful effects. Besides these new digital features, we still have the typical 24db Lowpass filter, 2 VCA with stereo out and effects. All this is controlled by 10 envelopes, 4 LFOs and a modulation matrix. Key Features: • New system which can synthesize harmonic and inharmonic sounds • Morpher - X/Y controller which morphes 5 user selectable sine resources • Noiser - X/Y controller morphing 3 noise resources and performing modulations • Molder - acts as a digital filter with any amaginable filter sweeps • Two detail editor pages for the Sine resources featuring a 3D display • Import WTS and TCS files from the iPad WaveGenerator and WaveMapper • Import Phonem utterances and use them in the Infinite Molder • Versatile matrix system - allowing 16 sources to control 40 parameters • 10 Envelopes, for control of filter sweeps, waveform, noise and many modulations • 4 LFOs which can be freely routed via the matrix • Delay/Reverb effect • Overdrive/Distortion effect • A/B compare your edited sounds • AU extension - run multiple Infinite instances in AU hosts • IAA - inter-app audio support • Audiobus 2 with statesaving • Export audio to AudioShare • Preset browser with new listing filters • Directly accessible context help for each module • Freely configurable schematic keypads • 4 Keypads play modes: Poly, Mono, Legato and Multitrigger • 4 MIDI modes: Omni, Poly, Mono, and Voice-Per-Channel
  4. Sound Instruments Sonica

    Frank Eventoff and the HISTORY ofThe SONICA! After Mattel had used the concept, Frank developed a more precise keyboard and incorporated it into this new instrument, which he called The Sonica. In 1979, the first Sonicas were produced, a collaboration with Larry Heller. There were 650 eventually built, but very few are seen nowadays. Serge Tcherepnin of Serge synthesizers (analog modular) did the oscillator design, and the oscillator inside the Sonica is indeed a Serge oscillator! The bodies have an interesting gourd/phallic shape, and were carved wood. The neck is incredibly comfortable, and easily fits into the hand, facilitating the sliding action used for playing the Sonica. Frank's neighbor in Silverlake was a modelmaker and carved the bodies that were made 24 at a time. The instrument's body is constructed of mahogany. The top plate is brass. It is held like a Mandolin, and is played by simply touching the pads on the neck of the Instrument to produce a nice simple tone corresponding in pitch with the area or "fret" which is touched. The sound of the Sonica can best be described as somewhere between a theremin, sitar and violin. When run through a simple delay, an amazing array of soundscapes are derived. The front panel features a Key/Pitch Knob, and an On/Off Volume Knob. It boasts 15 keys with additional half step notes. The top panel includes a Key/Pitch Knob, an On/Off Volume Knob and three buttons which control a tremolo effect, a boost, and another which raises the note by an octave. It is powered by a 9V battery. It does have a built-in speaker, but could probably be best used by running a line out (1/8") to an board or amplifier and effects setup.
  5. Minimoog Model D App

    The Minimoog Model D App is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D. Optimized for use on all 64-bit iOS devices, anyone can jump in and play with over 160 included presets or lay fingers to the controls and begin exploring vast magical realms of creative potential. Taking full advantage of the iOS platform, the Minimoog Model D App incorporates a number of inspiring sound creation tools and capabilities not present on its analog antecedent. New functions include the ability to play chords with up to four-note polyphony, an easy-to-use arpeggiator for rhythmic pattern creation, a real time looping recorder with unlimited overdubbing capacity, a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping pong delay module, and the Bender -- a wide-range stereo time modulation effect module. The Minimoog Model D App also supports AUv3 Audio Unit extensions, which allows multiple instances of this powerful instrument to be used simultaneously within compatible iOS apps like Apple’s GarageBand®. A BRIEF HISTORY Introduced by Moog in 1970, the Minimoog Model D served as the archetype for all electronic keyboards that followed. It gave users the ability to design their own sounds, translating imagination into reality. The Minimoog’s portability, affordability and accessibility made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time. Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog Model D to establish Parliament Funkadelic’s futuristic funk sound. Kraftwerk employed the Minimoog Model D on the successful concept album Autobahn, sparking an entirely new genre. Gary Numan replaced his live band’s guitars with Minimoog Model Ds, creating the prototype for industrial music. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic; Detailed in the mini-doc series “A Brief History Of The Minimoog”. FEATURES • Ships with over 160 presets (Hundreds more available in the Minimoog Model D App Store) • Up to 4-notes of polyphony • Easily share presets and audio recordings with friends • Arpeggiator module with note-hold capability • Stereo ping-pong delay effect • Bender time modulation effect • Real-time looping recorder with overdub and immediate sharing • Selectable envelope shapes and triggering behavior • Effortless MIDI CC mapping • Seamlessly backup presets to iCloud • Play mode for easier panel and keyboard interaction • A new take on the classic feedback/overload path SUPPORTS • All 64-bit iOS devices • AUv3 Audio Unit Extensions (Including GarageBand) • Note-per-channel MIDI controllers • Ableton Link • Inter-App Audio and Audiobus • 7 and 14-Bit MIDI • MIDI Program Changes • Bluetooth LE MIDI controllers • Share over AirDrop, Mail or other iOS applications
  6. Artificial Noise LAB:1 Synthesizer

    The LAB:1 Synthesizer is am 100% analog 6 oscillator experimental synthesizer. Designed to sound thick and raw with little regard for stability and "clean" waveforms, expect to explore strange audio territories with the LAB:1. Powerful modulating drones to melodic rhythm sequences to spacey sound effects to total audio chaos. Easy to use with with all controls available at once but hard to restrain by nature, the LAB:1 is for those who welcome the unexpected. The low pass filter is an interesting one. When the resonance is cranked to max, it’s designed to drive the filter hard, causing a nice fuzzy saturation, it can also be used as a sort of high pass filter to create some unique formant like sounds. Works great as a stand alone composition tool or used to generate new sounds for a sampler. Features: 3 Audio Oscillators with Triangle, Sawtooth and Square waveforms 3 Low Frequency Oscillators with Triangle and Square waveforms Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter Switches to X-Mod Oscillator One with Oscillator Two, and X-Mod Oscillator Two with Oscillator Three Switches to Modulate LFO One with LFO Two, and Modulate LFO Two with LFO Three Audio Oscillators can be free running or can be triggered via Buttons on the front of the unit. Level/Depth and Frequency Pots for each Oscillator Solid Oak End caps and metal case.
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  8. VirSyn Cube Synth - Spectral Morphing Additive Synthesizer

    That said, watch the video. That synth is rather cosmic.
  9. Cube Synth is a groundbreaking new software instrument giving you the power and flexibility of additive synthesis together with easy editing and morphing capabilities. Macro parameters allow you to control this beast with unequaled ease. Intelligent sound morphing capabilities enables you to easily create complex evolving sound scapes, vocal phrases or stunning rhythms simply by choosing up to four sound sources from a predefined set. Then add one of the predefined envelopes and a unique, complex sound preset containing thousands of parameters is created! If you want to dive deeper into the inner secrets of this synthesis monster you can manipulate each parameter individually to get precise control over the sound. A number of high level parameters such as Brightness and Harmonic spread control hundreds of synthesis parameters in a way modeled after the inner workings of natural instruments. Cube Synth gives you also a new method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice! Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised… Synthesis • over 400 sound presets • four morphable sound sources • up to 512 partials per voice • harmonic/inharmonic spectra • arbitrary noise spectra • morphable filter banks • 3 Envelopes with tempo sync • 64 time/level segments per envelope Arpeggiator • Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps. • Can trigger single notes and chords. • Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability. • 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited useer arpeggios possible. • For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order Effects • Chorus • Phaser • Overdrive • Ensemble • Echo/Delay • Reverb Global • Audiobus 2 compatible (Input slot) with state saving • Support for Ableton Link. • Inter-app audio compatible (Instrument/Generator) • CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI • Audio recorder with Metronome. • Upload to SoundCloud and File Export. • Audio pasteboard.
  10. Hallways: Eleven Musicians and HMSL

    Too many times in the past I’ve found myself groping for a clever answer to the question ““So what kind of music do you make with this HMSL?”. Finally, I have a response, I can hand over this CD and just say ““Listen.” HMSL became part of my musical world because I wanted a computer music environment where I could grow, experiment, collaborate, work alone, improvise, and strategize. It’s not the easy route, but I won’t outgrow it. Producing Hallways has shown me that for every musical path I can envision, another composer has envisioned one I would never have imagined. - Jeanne Parson, Oakland, CA 1993.
  11. Gary Numan Birthday

    Gary Anthony James Webb (born 8 March 1958), known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician and record producer. Born in Hammersmith, West London, he first entered the music industry as lead singer of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albumswith the band, Numan released his debut solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979. Read more - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Numan
  12. Kastle is a mini modular synthesizer with a headphone output, 2 in/out ports for interfacing other gear and it runs on just 3 AA batteries. It is DIY friendly and ideal for beginners in modular synthesis, but it will add some quite unique functionality to any modular synthesizer system. It delivers the fun of modular synthesis at a low cost and fits into your pocket so you can play it everywhere! It has a unique digital lo-fi sound and it can be melodic as well as very noisy and drony, soft or harsh. It is designed to be fun on its own but it is most powerful when combined with other modular gear. Kastle is an open source DIY project which runs on two Attiny 85 chips that can be reprogrammed with an Arduino (google: “programming Attiny 85 with Arduino”). One chip is dedicated to sound generation while the other one handles modulation. Several firmwares for the Attiny chips are available thru gitHub. The v1.5 version combines a complex oscillator and LFO with stepped waveform generator. The oscillator section has 3 sound parameters: PITCH, TIMBRE and WAVESHAPE – all under voltage control and with 6 different synthesis modes. It has a main output and a secondary waveform output. Both can be used independently or in combination. The 3 synthesis modes available thru the main output are: phase modulation, noise mode and track & hold modulation.There are 3 more modes on the secondary OSC output: phase distortion, tonal noise mode and formant synthesis. Each mode utilizes one or two oscillators. The PITCH parameter controls the main oscillator, the TIMBRE sets the PITCH of the modulating oscillator and the WAVESHAPE depends on the synthesis mode. The voltage controllable LFO has a triangle and square output and a reset input. The stepped waveform generator is inspired by the Rungler circuit by Rob Hordijk. It can produce 8 different voltages either in random order or in 8 or 16 step looping patterns depending on how the BIT IN is patched.
  13. Sektor Polyphonic Wavetable Synth

    Sektor is a polyphonic wavetable synth plugin with a highly intuitive user interface and a lot of customization features. Sektor was built to use a low amount of system resources while having a massive high quality sound. Advanced modulation features such as feature rich modulation Envelopes, ADSR´s and LFO´s can be routed to the synths parameters via drag and drop, or via the right click menu of the knobs. The modulation matrix gives you even more access to features such as velocity, aftertouch and much more. Shape each parameter of 16 voices per wavetable oscillator with OSC+. Create massive unison sounds and change the waveform, phase, pitch, stereo spread, level and detune of each individual unison voice. Sektors built-in Heat Up 2 multisample engine let you combine the real sound of a modern rompler with Sektors advanced wavetable synthesis engine. Sektor also comes with two effect racks including effects such as reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, phaser, trance gate, compressor, stereo shaper and a 4 band equalizer. The order of the effects can be rearranged via drag and drop. Features Sound sources including two wavetable oscillators, a sub oscillator and a Sample oscillator which also supports multisamples. Modulation tools including two ADSR´s, three graphical Modulation Envelopes with visual feedback, four LFO´s (can also be used as sound sources), advanced expression envelopes (shape the response of incoming midi such as the modulation wheel) and a modulation matrix. Inside the LCD Screen you will find our unique OSC+ Page, Arpeggiator / Step Sequencer, Preset Browser, two Effect Racks and Settings Page. Choose between monophonic and polyphonic mode, set the maximum amount of possible voices as well as the portamento / glide time. Control multiple knobs at once with the 3 Macro Knobs. Give them unique names. Two filters each with 3 filter types, Bandpass, Lowpass and Highpass. With a envelope control routed directly to the cutoff amount. Deeply Customizable Sektor was made to be deeply customizable, offering many features to make it your own. Change colours, backgrounds, skins and more. Create custom made arps and sequencies with the built in sequencer, create your own skins, add your own samples, create your very own presets, expansion packs and much more. Offer your content to others or share it with your friends. Learn how to skin Sektor by clicking this link: How to skin Sektor Ease of use Sektor comes with a highly intuitive and unique interface design, making it very easy to use and understandable. Even if you are not very experienced in synthesis you can achieve great results and fast. Modern drag and drop features make the modulation matrix almost unneccesary. Sektor also gives permanent visual feedback, helping you to understand what is happening with each preset. Not sure what a control does? Hover over each control for a tooltip explaining the feature. Craft your own sound The Factory Library comes with over 750 unique presets which will suit a broad range of genres such as EDM, Hiphop, Trap, RnB, Dubstep, Drum N Bass and much more. With over 200 factory wavetables, 100 multisampled instruments, over 250 single samples and dozens of Sequencer presets you will have plenty of content to craft your own unique sound. Expandable The benefit of owning Sektor, you will always be able to update your library by downloading new expansion libraries created by our professional producers and sound designers or even 3rd party developers.
  14. The Black Corporation KIJIMI is a new 8-voice analogue synthesizer n that is said to be inspired by the RSF Poly Kobol synthesizer. The synthesizer is said to be based on the CRN3340, with discrete wave-shapers, discrete SSM2040 filter, sub-oscillators, lots of modulation options, polyphonic after-touch, and MPE. More information will be on presentation and preorders start at Superbooth 2018.