Ocean Swift OSS Enterprise: A hybrid vector synth for sonic explorations

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Ocean Swift has released the OSS Enterprise hybrid vector software synthesizer. It’s a space-themed machine that offers several different kinds of synthesis, including additive, subtractive, and wavetable. Paired with some stellar-looking modulation options, this looks like a capable spacecraft for all kinds of sonic exploration. Four multi-mode oscillators with vector synthesis Upon opening the hatch, […]

Best free plug-ins this week: Three awesome free synths for your DAW

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This weeks selection of free plug-ins is all about synths: A semi-modular vintage synth and pattern sequencer, a drum synth and an awesome Roland Jupiter emulation for NI Reaktor. Check out Trans Computer Machine, Bong, and JP-80. Ceskato Musiktechnologie Trans Computer Maschine If we’re talking free plug-ins, this beautifully crafted emulation of the ARP 2600 […]

Will Raspberry Pi soon replace our DAWs?

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The Raspberry Pi is a complete computer in a miniature format. In its standard enclosure, it’s only slightly larger than two boxes of matches – that’s incredibly compact, especially if you consider the amount of available connectors. And it’s expandable, too. But is that enough to replace a DAW computer in the near future, or […]

Native Instruments Massive X set for June 27 release date

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The plot is thickening: It looks like Native Instruments Massive X is finally about to be released. Word is that the highly anticipated software synthesizer will come out on June 27, as Native Instruments has confirmed on social media. If that’s true, it means that the company is keeping its promise to release Massive X […]

Sonic Academy’s ANA 2.0 is also fabulous without Slate Digital’s All Access Pass

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What Slate Digital like to call “The industry’s most game-changing new synth” ANA 2.0 seemed to get swallowed up by their All Access Pass bundle. But it turns out you don’t have to subscribe to all of Slates plug-ins in order to get your hands on this powerful new synth. You can just buy it […]

Slate Digital intros All Access Pass, adds Kilohearts bundle and ANA 2 synth

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Slate Digital has renamed the Everything Bundle and now calls it the All Access Pass. Like before, it includes all of the company’s plug-ins for a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Slate sweetens the deal with many new goodies, like the addition of the Kilohearts bundle including the Multipass and Snap Heap plug-in shells, and […]

Nylon: Geometric oscillators and explorative sound design

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Nylon from Wave Casual is a cool looking synthesizer that uses oscillators based on geometry to define the timbre via a circular path. Then it’s all morphing, modulation and movement for there into unexplored sounds. Nylon Now, this is a lovely looking piece of software, all clean lines, soft greys and gorgeously animated bezier curves. […]

Top 5 Software Synthesizers of 2018 (reprise)

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In recent times a lot of focus has shifted to hardware synthesizers but that doesn’t appear to be at the expense of awesome software synthesizers. They just keep on coming, keep on evolving and are finding more reasons as to why computer-based music making has some distinct advantages over hardware. I did a Top 5 soft-synth […]

GRANULIZER 2: More grains, more granular, more spectral widening and chaos

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Inertia Sound Systems has completely redesigned their GRANULIZER granular synthesis software synthesizer and now version is ready to “add a possibility of endless sounds to your arsenal.” GRANULIZER 2 They say that everything is better than before. You now have control over grain size, speed, envelope shape, pitch and timing randomisation. The interactive waveform display […]