I love storm sounds. In New York we get some massive thunder from time to time. I like to turn off any TV or music playing, sit by the window and listen to the rumble. Rain and wind sounds are great in music. I often use white noise to simulate wind. There are sample libraries of this stuff but if you want a proper VST which simulates rain or wind well now you an have one. Audiowind and Audiorain do just exactly that. There’s even the almighty awesome random button. The only caveat is the price: 149 Euro each launch price going up to 245 Euro or 399 Euro for both. Without a doubt for weather channels, commercial producing studios and filmakers it’s worth it. For a solo electronic musician looking for a storm maybe not.
“They are perfect tools for wind sound effect and rain sound effect.” – audiogaming.net
For more info: audiogaming.net/audiowind-audiorain
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Sonic Charge who make the excellent uToniq, Synplant and Bitspeek are gearing up to release something called Permut8. There’s a thread over at the KVR forums getting into what it could be (link). My guess it uses some Bitspeek tech and is sort of a bit-crusher, filter, fxstep sequencer with feedback? Someone there mentioned it could have software like Otto Biscuit. I think it will be a good one!
“NDA, I’m afraid. But it’s a doozy of a plugin. Definitely not a one-trick pony.” – ariston
For more info: soniccharge.com
I absolutely love audio mangling software. I cherish plug-ins like Effectrix, The Finger and Stutter Edit. The amount of wiring, tape splicing, copy, cutting, pasting, and effort you would have to go through to get some of the output these plug-ins can produce is massive. While you can go nuclear using these tools with wet at 100% I also love to kill loop monotony in subtle ways with these tools. The video above is a demo of the new kid on the block Linplug’s Relectro. I’m not sure I like the loop used but you can hear this plug-in definitely can produce some interesting stuff.
“If you’re looking for a new kind of beat/sound mangler you really should check out the manual or the description on their site. It sounds completely different than one would imagine. If you like hardcore, noise, glitch, power electronics, idm… this is a neat tool too kick the crap outa your ol’ drum loops!” – salzmanufaktur
For more info: linplug.com/instruments/relectro
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Sugar-Bytes has released Turnado. As someone who has been making music since the early 90s to be able to mangle stuff so easily always blows my mind. There’s a demo version so go crazy. $180 to own it.
“With its instantaneous, one-knob, multi-parameter modulation features, Turnado will lay waste to the audio landscape. Giving you the power to crunch, chop, twist, mash and elevate your music to new levels, Turnado will have you creating wicked new sounds that will blow any crowd away.” – sugar-bytes.de
For more info: sugar-bytes.de/content/products/Turnado
My favorite effect is a toss up between Analog Tape Echo and Spring Reverb. The new Nomad Factory Echoes plug-in emulates some classic Tape Echo boxes. I have a Boss DM100 (not actual Tape) and often use Fabfilter’s Timeless both which I highly recommend. I love the detuning effects you can achieve as you mess with the delay time.
“ECHOES faithfully models the greatest delay effects of all time, PLX-1 based on* Echoplex® 1, PLX-3 based on Echoplex 3, OILCAN based on Tel-Ray® Oilcan Delay, EHX-DM based on Electro Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man, and ADM-2 based on Boss® DM-2 Analog Delay.” – nomadfactory.com
For more info: nomadfactory.com/echoes
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Sugar Bytes has announced Turnado. I used to spend quite a lot of time mapping several effect paramaters to one single knob. Take that concept and have all your paramaters increase in strength from 0 to 100 and back to off and I think you can start to get the idea of Turuado. Although the video above is in German you can get a good idea of what this thing can do. Available this summer.
“The idea is simple: Turn a knob and the effect is on. Turn the knob further and effect parameters start to move and modulations start to apply. Turn the knob down and the effect is off. This one-knob-action fits perfectly for all kinds of studio or stage situation where you bang your midi controller creating wicked breaks to let the crowd dance even harder. While each effect provides one knob to control it, underneath that easy cover you find effect parameters and modulation engines to be controlled by the main knob in all thinkable ways, which makes loading an effect just the starting point of the way you can go with it. The powerful “Dictator” mode allows you to animate all main knobs and run that animation with just one fader. This way you easily create and control complex effect layerings and arrangements in a new and inspiring way.” – sugar-bytes.de
For more info: sugar-bytes.de/Turnado
Another piece of software to help me build my audio time machine has been announced at Musikmesse 2011. Universal Audio and Lexicon are bringing the 224 to the UAD-1 platform. Wash the snare and spray your hair.
“The result of UA’s acclaimed modeling expertise, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 precisely captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter, with unique fader-style controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. In UA’s exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 emulation also incorporates the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters — nailing the entire signal path right down to the last detail.” – sonicstate.com
For more info: uaudio.com
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Native Instruments have teamed up with Berlin based electronic musicians Errorsmith and created a new software synthesizer called Razor. Besides the wobbling sound you can hear in the video above it has a nifty animated graphic display that lead Chris Randal to post on Twitter, “Man, the UI on NI Razor is really fucking nice. #jealous #gonnastealthatstyle #watchme”. I personally haven’t been touching software synths that much lately but this NI promo is cool enough to make me want to try Razor out. More discussion about Razor: kvraudio
“Razor is a synthesizer i developed in collaboration with Native Instruments. It’s programmed in Reaktor, a modular software synthesizer. You don’t need to own Reaktor in order to use it. Razor can be loaded in the free Reaktor Player software.” – razor.errorsmith.de
For more info: native-instruments.com
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Audio Damage’s new synthesizer plug-in Phosphor is a recreation of an 80s synth called the alphaSyntauri that required an Apple IIe. Herbie Hancock and Keith Emerson both used alphaSyntauris. I remember seeing them but I don’t think I ever used one. I’d like to make a track using only Phosphor and Lindrum. Available now for $59. Anyone buying this one? Please let me know if you like it.
“Phosphor is a VSTi/AU instrument modeled on the alphaSyntauri, a vintage digital additive synth. The original alphaSyntauri required an Apple //e to operate, but we’ve gone ahead and eliminated the middle-man, and now you can have this classic digital synth in your DAW of choice.” – audiodamage.com
For more info: audiodamage.com
photo credit: Jason Scott
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The Slate Digital Virtual Console is a set of plug-ins that model the character of both mixer channels and an analog summing engine. There has been a huge discussion of this plug-in set on various forums including Gearslutz. I’m not 100% convinced using the VC will get you the same sound as outboard gear however I do believe it will give you a new color. I often use microphone impulse responses on a few channels so they sound like they have been recorded through say a Neuman and 15″ away. I know that definitely adds something unique and interesting to my mixes so plug-ins like the Slate have my interest. The Beta is available now for $199. iLok required.
“What it aims to do is precisely emulate the sound of mixing through a legendary analog desk. We’ve worked very hard on the algorithms and we’re happy to say that in our testing, it was extremely difficult to pick out the real desk verse the emulation in an blind A/B test. Fabrice Gabriel implemented modeling techniques that capture the entire dynamic response of the desk, meaning that the sound of the desk, (depending on the emulation), can change as you drive it harder.” – Steven Slate
For more info: slatedigital.com
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