CHOW Tape is an analog tape machine physical model, originally based on the Sony TC-260. The current version can be used to emulate a wide variety of reel-to-reel tape machines. The physical modelling process is described in a technical paper presented at the 2019 DAFx conference. This work began part of a class project for Music 420 at Stanford University (CCRMA).
CHOW Tape is currently available in the following formats:
AUXTURE is a unique exploratory sampler and sequencer (AUX-Seq) which enables the user to manipulate and record single samples or entire folders of samples through gesture, randomness and modulation. Unexpected results are achieved via the audio exploration of single samples or entire folders through gestures, randomness and modulation. The software comes bundled with a ‘Slices’ folder containing 115 free to use samples.
AUXTURE processes your loaded samples across a myriad of random parameters. The results open up a unique portrayal of your sound.
When AUXTURE receives a note, it applies an exploratory set of processes resulting in unique outputs based on unexpected outcomes or happy accidents applied to your sample set.
It chooses a random sample from its memory according to a freely settable probability. It then plays it back with a rate proportional to the pitch.
Some parameters related to sample playback are directly settable, such as loop mode, pitch shift and detunes, while others are based on chance, such as choosing another sample or reverse playback.
A random delay of a few milliseconds allows a rapid and unpredictable timbre variation, while frequency and ring modulations alter the sample more heavily. For a subsequent smoothing of the sound and to ensure complete processing there are digital distortion, delay, a weird reverb and two second order filters.
Features: Multi-effect software module featuring:
▪ ADSR Envelope
▪ Timbric Delay
▪ Frequency Modulation
▪ Ring Modulation
▪ Redux Distortion
▪ Stereo Delay
▪ Weird reverb
▪ 2 x Second Order Filters with cut-off, resonance and gain controls
▪ Bandpass, Notch and Shelf Filters.
The default playback mode is looping the sample during sustain phase, it’s possible disabling this behaviour. It’s also possible to set a sample change and reverse playback probabilities.
Ribs is a powerful granular FX/synth that provides detailed control over it’s granular engine. You can glitch, scratch, filter, destroy and reconstruct sounds in many different ways!
Put Ribs on a track and turn FX mode on ( on the top left of the UI)
Add or route some audio to the track
Push play in the DAW
Press Ribs’ tab tops – the buffers will start filling with the track’s output and a sound will appear
Currently Ribs does not support loading .wav files and saving buffer contents.
Performer Free is a freeware edition of the Crumar Performer plugin released only for Linux users. It is a stripped-down version with every extra feature removed, leaving just the Performer as it is in real life. It’s available in VST2, VST3 and StandAlone format as a precompiled binary for amd64 (Intel architecture) and armhf (Raspberry Pi4 and compatible boards). The UI dowsizes automatically if the screen resolution is lower than the normal plugin’s UI size, in order to fit smaller displays that can be used with the Raspberry Pi. It’s been tested and proved to work flawlessly under Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Raspberry Pi OS running on a Pi 4 with 4 GB RAM, and Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
Stochas is a revolutionary new type of step sequencer that has a unique randomization engine. Designed to work either in mono or polyphonic modes the engine will select from a set of user inputted notes and takes into consideration the probability set for each, this means Stochas can be used to create evolving melodies, rich sounding string and synth sections, unique bass lines and even chaotic yet looping drum patterns, perfect for live and recorded performances. Chord input and predefined scales, make editing and inputting patterns quick and easy, without any knowledge needed of music theory.
With the ability to create polyrhythmic and polymetric patterns up to 64 steps in length, independently on each of the 4 layers, Stochas can create interesting ideas for your next musical project, be it a Phillip Glass style classical piece with varying rhythmical and metric sequences playing against each other, to a polymeric dance style project that has more life and rhythm than the standard 4/4 patterns. Patterns can be chained and created so that little phrases can be triggered randomly during the playback sequence, this can also be used to prevent repetition of the same note if using Stochas to write a bass line or to keep the pattern evolving.
With the groove template editor, you have total control over the timing and feel of the playback in Stochas, these can also be saved and loaded into other sessions, allowing you to recreate the same feel from track to track easily. MIDI input control means that you can use any hardware controller or another MIDI channel to control Stochas, allowing for live performance control of the polymeric lengths, transpositions, the bias of the maximum number of notes played.
Randomisation engine works in both mono and polyphonic modes.
Groove templates with export and import function.
Predefined key and scales, including custom import.
Youlean Loudness Meter helps you find the true perceived loudness of your audio and prepares it for TV or streaming services release.
Join the thousands of recording studios that already use it.
100% accurate metering
The plugin is calibrated and tested against ITU-R BS2217 testing materials.
It satisfies all requirements defined in ITU-R BS.1770 document.
V2.4.3 – February 14, 2021
Fixed choppy scrolling in menus on macOS
Fixed forced dedicated GPU switch on macOS. Now the current GPU will be used if possible
Fixed default preset not loading correctly
Fixed loading custom preset does not change the GUI size
Fixed meter in FCPX getting disabled in Big Sur
Fixed OS preventing editing files after drag and drop
Fixed using multi-file drag and drop could lead to incorrect analysis if channel settings are preselected
Fixed app moving up when resizing the window on macOS
Fixed installer not working in 32 bit Windows
Fixed potential huge RAM usage with VST3 plugin
Fixed GUI flickering in some DAWs on older macOS systems
Fixed Time Code not working in some situations in Pro Tools
Updated VST3 SDK to the 3.7.1
Added support for Apple Silicon
Added warning when sample rate is incorrect in the app
If the sample rate is missing in the app preferences, a default sample rate will be used
Removed momentary window knob
Simplified buffer settings in the app preferences
Ignore master volume setting in app preferences is now disabled by default
Changed view settings icon (hopefully more clear now)
macOS 10.9 is now a minimum system requirement for macOS
Other small UI, UX improvements
With SINE using sample libraries is easier, more flexible, and more musical.
Easier, because it’s all in one place: SINE is a player, a downloader, and a store—all within your DAW. Just buy what you need, whether whole collections or single instruments.
More flexible, because you just download what you need. Don’t need all the mic positions? Just download one. We call this “Download a la carte”—find out more about this feature below.
More musical, because when you’re composing SINE works with your workflow, allowing you to make it as simple or as detailed as you want. Features such as the Articulation List makes managing instruments + articulations easy and quick, and the Mic Merge feature helps you to free up CPU.
Choose only the instruments and mic positions that you currently need—no need to download the entire collection at once. SINE allows you to download just a single instrument from a collection, or even a single mic position from a single instrument.
SINE introduces the ability to purchase single instruments within collections.
“Orchestral Tools’ free SINE platform functions as a player, an instrument store and a downloader in one package. Users can purchase individual instruments and parts they require from within SINE, as opposed to purchasing an entire library for just a couple of sounds. The platform is designed with composition and scoring at the forefront, offering management of multiple instruments and articulations easily. CPU load can be reduced with features like mic-merging, maximising efficiency when working with a large project.” — MusicTech
“A player that gives Kontakt a run for its money” — MusicRadar
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