Joakim Frostegård has released OctaSine, free and open source frequency modulation-based synthesizer plugin for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
OctaSine is a capable four-operator FM synthesizer with independent volume, panning, feedback, and ADSR controls for each operator. It takes inspiration from popular virtual FM synths like the FM8 from Native Instruments
Created in 2005 and still going strong. Podolski is a free, straightforward, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. One oscillator, one filter, one envelope and an arpeggiator / sequencer. Simple, but with a few tricks up its sleeve. Create high quality sounds with ease.
• Oscillator with variable symmetry (sawtooth to triangle, PWM) and glide
• Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), mono, legato and arpeggiator modes
• 4 envelope modes: ADSR or HDSR, linear or exponential. Sustain has Fall/Rise control
• 2 LFOs: one global, one per voice. Absolute time or host sync, multiple waveforms
• Multimode filter: lowpass, bandpass or highpass with drive and FM
• Combination arpeggiator / 16-step sequencer with extra modulation source
• 2 built-in effects: stereo delay, chorus / flanger
• Resizable UI from 70% to 200%
• Skinnable UI
• Global preferences page
• MIDI learn page and editable list
• Over 300 factory presets
• Apple – Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
• Windows – 7 or newer
Host software / DAW
• 1GB RAM, more recommended
• 50MB free disk space
• 1000 × 600 or larger display
• Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
NKS-readyPodolski is Native Instruments NKS-ready and compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware.
Changelog: Podolski 1.2.2 (revision 9724) Improvements: • Mac installer notarized (Catalina) • NKS compatible • Windows installer improvements • UTF-8 support for installation paths • Improved VST3 implementation • New Preset Browser • Factory presets have been tagged • Drag & drop between browser and system file windows • Improved GUI response time on some Macs (sluggish GUI) • Windows UI performance improved (less CPU load with open GUI) • Mac installer improved to prevent permission issues • User defined MIDI CC sources replace expression and breath • Mouseover shows parameter values in Data Display • Plugin format and OS info shown next to revision number • Init preset can be loaded from Data Display (for Win users: also works via right-click) • Increased maximum number of installed skins from 10 to 20 • Improved handling of 14-bit MIDI CC assignment • Sustain pedal now working according to standard (0-63 = off, 64-127 = on) Fixed Bugs: • Fixed an issue with dialogs appearing transparent in Cubase 10.5 and Logic • Various small fixes and improvements
Bionic is a “transient splicing engine”, i.e. it is designed to give detailed control over a range of parameters needed to mix and match a number of different initial transients to another set of tails/longer sounds.
SOUND DESIGN POSSIBILITIES
The result are
Hybrid recreations of classic sounds with mostly organic attacks (taps, mallets, plucks, brush) and a mix of organic and synth/pure sine tails.
Creative, inventive sounds that push the combinations of previously unrelated sounds into new territory
Some of the “bionic” sounds included in this initial version of the product (Lite):
Replicas of classic house organ sounds
Celesta, Music Box, Xylophone
A range of bass sounds including a “reconstructed” pizzicato upright bass
There are four layers, accessible on page 1: two transient layers, and two tail layers. Levels can be adjusted as balance between each of the tail/transient layers respectively, and globally between transients and tails. Each layer contains sample offset and tuning controls as well as a “humanize” function which introduces subtle to not-so-subtle random pitch variations (especially helpful for making non-tonal transients more realistic).
The effects page includes filters, EQ, saturation and delay + reverb controls.
4 layers of sound: 2 transient layers and 2 tail layers
Extensive sound sculpting controls, including crossover fade (between transient and tail samples), crossover point, tail envelope, transient attack curve (shape)
Vibrato, Velocity Sensitivity (Volume, Low Pass and High Pass) and Humanize Controls for in-depth realism
20 Presets: Tap Celesta, Tap Bell, Mr Android Pluck, Plastic Pizzicato Bass, Breathy Stab, Expansive Xylophone, Rhodesian Scholar, House Organ, Vibey House Organ, Steel Drum Baby, Music Box, Starlight Swoosh, A Gong or Two, Plucky Squelchy Bass, White Noise Organ Stab, Pillow Harp, Gamelan, Hammond Bass, Electric Bass, Heavy Tines.
Replika Analog Style delay
Based on Riot Audio’s proprietary BIONIC TRANSIENT SPLICING ENGINE
Total size of sampled content: 0.36 GB
Requires Native Instruments Kontakt 6.4.2 (Full Version)
ANGQIN brings the unmistakable sound of bamboo and steel to modern productions, delivering the beautifully emotive timbres of a traditional Chinese hammered dulcimer. This brand-new KONTAKT-based instrument combines authentic sounds recorded in China with a range of intuitive parameter controls, so you can create dynamic melodies that are rich in character. For a limited time, you can download YANGQIN for free.
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