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Synthesizer Bundle - Aurora, Naive Lead, Standard and W VST
Percussion Bundle - Radian VST +
Elder Thing VST
Effects Bundle - A suite of basic effects
Water VST ($10)
For explanation, refer to audio demo.
Synthesizer Bundle ($10)
This series of friendly VST synthesizers is intended to acquaint musicians with the differences between common methods of bandlimiting oscillators. All VST use 64 bit floating point precision from the oscillator to the filter (signals are passed to the host at 32 bit), with a generalised architecture so that these instruments will continue to be useful given the competition using each method. The four synthesizers are:
Naive Lead VST: Oversampling is applied to naive, or trivially rendered oscillators. This may offer some benefit in contrast to other methods (especially if you like aliasing!). Five filter algorithms are available (fast, Stilson/Smith Moog, Karlsen, SV, biquad) with four modes. Six voices of polyphony. Two banks of presets contributed by ten sound designers are included.
Standard VST: Two pristine bandlimited impulse train BLIT oscillators (and a bonus "seven saws" mode) are combined with a dual stage filter with eighteen filter modes. Standard is a great choice for classic analog waveforms.
W VST: W is a DSF (discrete summation formula) synth, meaning that the oscillator is computed in realtime from a single equation. W is reminiscent of classic first generation digital hardware synthesizers, W is suited for solid bass patches and a wide range of non-analog timbres.
screenshot - Aurora
screenshot - Naive Lead
screenshot - Standard
screenshot - W
download Aurora VST demo zip file
download Naive Lead VST demo zip file
download Standard VST demo zip file
download W VST demo zip file
Aurora VST audio demo 1
Aurora VST audio demo 2
Naive Lead VST audio demo by TaoteKid
Standard VST audio demo "winter wonderland"
Standard VST audio demo "gloria"
Standard VST audio demo "archimedes"
Percussion Bundle ($20)
This license bundles percussion synthesizers Modal, Star Cym and Swish2 with my current headliner, Radian VST.
Radian VST uses a bank of harmonic oscillators to render the partials of an ideal 2D circular membrane. The membrane is coupled with an air resonance and a rudimentary rim resonance model.
The timbres of acoustic drums vary widely from the ideal form. Radian produces sounds that are reminiscent of single membrane percussion instruments and is best enjoyed as an abstract because of the simplified and generalised parameterisation.
Please test Radian extensively with your host by rendering with multiple instances before purchase. Radian performs intensive calculation on note events. Some parameter combinations may also have adverse effects.
The modeled instrument is monotimbral and does not track the keyboard. By popular request a pitch tracking version, Radiant, is included. Pitch bend is used to modify striking position. The demo version is limited by an intermittent noise. Radian features patches by TaoTeKid and Himalaya.
Star Cym VST: Inspired by the multiport junction developed for Elder Thing VST, Star Cym utilises the dispersive properties of a radially arranged delay network for cymbal emulation. I generally use Cymbal VST from the free Mass-Springs pack for cymbal modeling due to the lighter cpu load, this multitimbral instrument may still interest afficionados of synthesized percussion.
Swish2 VST: An efficient, simple 6 part multitimbral stereo filtered noise percussion synthesizer I get a lot of mileage out of.
screenshot - Modal
screenshot - Star Cym
screenshot - Swish2
download Modal VST demo zip file
download Radian VST demo zip file
download Star Cym VST demo zip file
download Swish2 VST demo zip file
Radian VST audio demo
Radian VST presets by Himalaya audio demo
Elder Thing VST ($20)
Inspiration for a waveguide model based on Lovecraft's ululating Elder Thing came shortly after the development of Fauna VST. This more complex vocal tract includes a reflective multiport junction. It is a rather eclectic instrument.
The vocal tract includes a monophonic input for processing external sounds. The lightly limited demo is non-expiring. Would that the same could be said for human sanity.
$20 Elder Thing VST:
Spring2 VST ($10)
Spring2 uses conventional signal processing techniques to model the well-known spring reverb effect. While significantly more cpu power would be required to achieve closer emulation using this method, especially to model the dispersive characteristics more accurately, this version is intended as a compromise between what is possible and what is sensible. The impulse response of this effect is generally similar to that of a physical spring.
Spring2 allows the length and dispersive frequency of up to three springs to be configured and includes a model of the amplification transformer.
Spring2 is priced at $10. The demo is limited by mixing noise with the audio every 40 seconds.
guitar (kalee) audio demo
guitar (pandashake) audio demo
guitar riff (feda) all presets audio demo
synth percussion loop audio demo
synth noises audio demo
Amboea Multi Delay VST ($15)
Amboea arranges eight filtered stereo delay lines in serial or parallel with algorithmic crossfading to create a multidelay effect tailored for ambient music.
Twenty algorithms allow the crossfading and filters to be applied before or after the delay lines with optional randomised modulation and pitchshifting. One instance of Amboea can turn any sound into a dense, continuously varying soundscape, or be used as a straightforward multitap or parallel multidelay.
Amboea is priced at $15. The demo is limited by mixing noise with the audio every 40 seconds.
download demo zip file
Amboea on synth mp3 (ambient patches)
Amboea on voice mp3 (glitch patches)
xoxos Effects Suite 2010 ($10)
Most basic effects are well provided for in freeware, yet I had several reasons for wanting to develop my own. For the sake of enterprise I bundled several of them together and included a surprise bonus effect to concoct the VST equivalent of a happy meal.
The set consists of the descriptively named Mod Filter, Modulation Delay, Multiq, Static Delay, xoxos Phaser and xoxos Reverb. The Weaver Frequency Shifter is a late addition to the pack.
Most people are likely to find the delays offer the most new ground: both crossfade between channels, which adds harmonics to flanging and chorusing with the Modulation Delay, and mixes stereo and ping-pong modes with the fixed time delay.
Most plugins offer different quality modes. Demos are limited by having a few parameters fixed to patch values. Please read the documentation to get the best performance out of anything you may find interesting.