Crusher-X version 8 will melt your brain and use it as a granular sound source

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Crusher-X from Accsone expands again and this time it’s going to smash you over the head with Grain Controlled Oscillators (GCOs), modulation arpeggiators, envelope following granular modulations and a sample loading DCO. Do we understand any of this yet? Probably not but it sounds like fun! Crusher-X 8 It’s a granular synthesizer that leads the […]

Becos Effects CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor: Studio-grade compression in a mini pedal?

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Becos Effects has just announced its new Mini One Pro Compressor, part of its CompIQ range and designed to be used for both guitar and bass. Becos Effects CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor With the new CompIQ MINI ONE Pro Compressor pedal, Becos Effects are trying to get us studio-grade compression. Because it caters for both the […]

Superbooth 2019: Meng Qi Wing Pinger oscillator free synthesizer

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That can’t be right though can it? A synthesizer without oscillators? Well, the Wing Pinger from synth designer Meng Qi is an analogue instrument based around a pair of 4-pole resonant low pass filters which are surrounded by a network of comparators, pulse converters, binary counters and shift registers. In any case, it makes a […]

Superbooth 2019: XAOC brings along 5 new Eurorack modules

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Working class heroes XAOC has 5 new shiny modules covering digital hacking, waveform processing, DSP effects, stereo mixing and delay. It’s always fabulously intriguing stuff. Samara II – Utility Waveform Processor 4 channels of attenuation with level and parity indicators. 2 offset channels, 4 inverters, a 4 channel or two 2 channel mixers with possible […]

Puremagnetik gives away two neat audio mangling plug-ins: Expanse and Driftmaker

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Renowned sample library publisher Puremagnetik is celebrating the launch of its own music label with the release of a pair of free effects plug-ins. These are the Expanse Texture Generator and Driftmaker Delay Disintegration Device. Both can be downloaded completely free by subscribing to Puremagnetik’s newsletter. Here’s more about each processor: Expanse Texture Generator This […]

NAMM 2019: McDSP APB analog multi-processor with software control and computer recording

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Renowned plug-in developer McDSP is looking into entering the hardware realm with a promising and interesting product – a programmable analog processor Details are scarce at this point, but the company has made its ambitions perfectly clear. The so-called McDSP Analog Processing Box (APB) combines software control with analog processing. Each channel can be controlled […]

Percussa mSSP: a Super Signal Processor in a sensibly sized Eurorack module

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The Percussa SSP is one of those futuristic and boutique projects that looks amazing but somehow seems out of reach of the normal person. Especially the cost in terms of both money and Eurorack HP. So here comes the mSSP the “micro Super Signal Processor”, a smaller, cheaper but just as handsome Eurorack module for […]

Alpha Forever: a grey environment of deep modular sound design

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Alpha Forever is the unexpected modular sound design environment from Hungarian brothers Gábor Gyutai and Balázs Gyutai. They called it “Alpha Forever” to reflect their confidence in ever getting it to beta, let alone a release quality version. But here we are and the reality of this strange, grey environment could be something very interesting indeed. […]

Portable processing with the SoundGrid Mobile Server

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I’m not sure it’s completely normal to put a computer server in your backpack when you’re off to run a live gig, but the Waves SoundGrid Mobile Server is a wee little thing that’s going to give you some serious real-time plug-in power for your show or the studio. SoundGrid Mobile Server What’s SoundGrid? SoundGrid […]

Can sonible smart:eq 2 tempt you into adding AI to your EQ?

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Sonible has released the first major update to its AI-powered equalizer plug-in, smart:EQ. smart:EQ 2 is a significant revamp with updated algorithms and a fully re-designed user interface, optimised for a workflow which Sonible says is more intuitive. Other new functions include expanded filter types. Improved smart:filter At the core of smart:EQ 2 is its […]