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Scylla – the six headed monster – VST synth is released for free

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Scylla is a 32 bit Windows VST instrument capable of sample-playback combined with subtractive synthesis to produce a wide variety of sonic possibilities ranging from lush pads to far-out soundscapes and effects via scorching leads and chunky bass.

Scylla includes three different types of oscillators that can be modified to a wide variety of styles and three built-in samplers that can accommodate .wav audio samples, which can be played back in grain table, waveform, sample or single hit format. All the audio can be modified and modulated through LFO, volume and filter envelopes, Ring-Modulation, and Unison.

Scylla was co-developed with Singing Crane

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Scylla has a tabbed interface with a different tab for each of the 3 layers and a Global tab for effects and LFOs. Each Layer is identical except each has a different type of oscillator, with a Cross-modulation osc, a Morphing osc and a Spectral osc

features

  • Three layers of programmable audio sources
  • Each layer consists of:
    • Sample player capable of loading full-length samples and custom waveforms
    • Oscillator (Dual-OSC with cross-modulation, Morphing OSC, Spectral OSC)
  • Each sampler features:
    • Playback: Oscillate, Play-Once, Loop-Release
    • Basic audio playback features (normalize, stereo to mono, zero-crossing)
    • Customizable Loop points
    • Granular and Wavetable playback
    • Loads any WAV format sample from your own library
  • 96MB of sample content, including waveforms, samples and loops
  • 128 presets by brian botkiller
  • All audio sources have independent tune, volume, and pan
  • Ring-Modulation per layer
  • Variable stage Filter per Layer
  • Adjustable Amp and Filter Envelopes per layer (Envelope contours can be changed)
  • Layer Assignable Granulator engine
  • 2 layer assignable LFO effects for modulating ring-mod, cutoff (filter), and phase of one LF
  • Adjustable Global Amp Envelope
  • Mix level of each audio source can be adjusted
  • Mix level of each layer can be adjusted
  • Master Volume
  • Each audio source, envelope, ring-mod and filter can be switched off to save CPU
  • Midi CC support


Scylla
used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

cruk_c_logoAny amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

Big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for hosting the download for Scylla!
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unstable – pitch modulation VST – is released for free

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unstable likes to mess around with your audio pitch, with 3 subtle pitch modulation modes to simulate the unpredictable but lovable pitch instability of an old tape machine or an analogue synth. It doesn’t only do subtle though, you can also put it in ‘insane’ mode if you’d rather just FSU

features

  • 3 modes of continuously random pitch modulation
    • buzz – rapid, fuzzy modulation
    • wobble – medium, jerky modulation
    • drift – slow, gentle modulation
  • adjustable frequency and level for each modulation mode
  • master level mode to adjust overall subtlety of effect
  • wet / dry mix level control
  • insane mode – removes all subtlety and smacks your pitch up
  • all controls mapped to midi CC values


unstable
used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

cruk_c_logoAny amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

Big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for hosting the download for unstable!
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truc2 – modulated multi-effect – is now free

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truc2 is a multi-effect plug-in with 4 different effect modules and two automated XY pads to modulate their levels and parameters. It is designed to add variation and movement, anywhere along the scale of subtle to overkill and is suitable for any material

The 4 effect modules are DIRT, GRAIN, RING and DELAY. The first XY pad modulates the volume/mix level of each module, whilst the second XY pad modulates any 4 of the 15 automatable parameters. Both XY pads can be moved manually and additionally automated with a variety of LFO shapes, speeds and depths

truc2 is a complete rewrite of the original from new. The main improvements over the first version are;

  • Correct real-time rendering of all XY modulations
  • Enhanced XY pad LFO modulation options
  • XY pucks can be dragged whilst being modulated by LFO
  • Graphical representation of modulations on XY pads and parameter knobs
  • More dirt options
  • More ring mod / pan / vol mod options
  • Completely new GUI

features

  • 4 effect modules
    • DIRT – 18 flavours of distortion, 3 types of degrading and a resonant state-variable filter
    • GRAIN – Tempo-sync Granulising with 6 envelope shapes and pitch/size/rate randomisation
    • RING – Ring modulation with LFO, 14 tones, 11 LFO waveforms, vol and pan modulation
    • DELAY – Tempo-sync delay with reverse, ping-pong and resonant LP filter
  • 2 XY pads with simultaneous manual and automatic modulation
    • Modulate the effect module overall volume or wet/dry mix level
    • Modulate any 4 from 15 of the parameters in the 4 effect modules
  • Tempo-sync LFO for each XY pad axis, with 16 waveforms and adjustable depth and phase
  • Dragable XY pucks for manual modulation, even when automated by LFO
  • Graphical representation of XY and parameter modulation to see at a glance what is automated
  • 120 presets
  • bonus truc2 mini plug-in

 
truc2 used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

cruk_c_logoAny amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

the original truc back for download

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truc is a multi-effect VST plug-in, with 4 banks of effects controlled by the movement of 2 pucks. The top puck controls the level of each effect bank, the bottom puck modulates any 4 of 13 parameters within the effect banks. This allows continuous morphing of the sound by moving the pucks to vary the impact of each effect bank

As well as manually controlling each puck (either by mouse or midi controller) you can lock the pucks together and/or set them to move automatically, either randomly or by a configurable LFO, all in sync with your project tempo

truc was co-developed by de la Mancha and sink for the KVR Developer Challenge 2007 where it finished in 4th place. It was replaced when truc 2 was released as payware, but now it is back available for download (since none of the payware is available anymore).

Note: truc is primarily a ‘live performance’ plugin and is written in a way as to minimise CPU use. This means the modulation you hear in real-time is not rendered in the usual way in your host. Instead, you will need to record the audio in real-time in your host or use an audio recorder plugin (see below for details)

features

  • 4 effect banks
    • dirtifier – overdrive, bit crush, sample rate, variable state filter
    • modulator – flanger, tempo sync LFO modulates auto-pan or ring mod
    • delay – tempo sync delay with reverse, ping-pong and LP filter options
    • granulator – tempo sync granulator, pitch shift and gate with random options
  • 2 independent xy pucks control;
    • effect bank wet/dry level and/or relative volume
    • any 4 of 13 effect parameters
  • set the minimum levels of the pucks to change the sensitivity
  • lock bottom puck to the top puck to control both with one movement
  • either or both pucks can be independently set to ‘auto’, which moves the puck either randomly or by a configurable LFO, all in sync with host tempo
  • seeded randomisation with option to loop
  • switch unused effect banks off saves CPU
  • master volume and wet/dry levels
  • over 100 presets, from subtle to mental
  • all controls have MIDI CC’s assigned with MIDI learn option


Rendering and real-time audio recording

The focus of truc is as a live performance tool, and minimising CPU is an important factor. To achieve this, truc has been written in a way that uses a low CPU method for modulating the pucks and effects, but the minor drawback is that this modulation is not rendered in the usual way from your host. To get technogeeky for a minute, truc uses the GUI processes for modulation, instead of the Audio processes, which means that it doesn’t work if you can’t see it on the screen (if you minimise the plugin window, you will not hear the modulation). This means Rendering or Freezing will not capture the modulations within truc either and it will sound static

Solution: You will need to record the audio from the mixer channel containing truc as real-time audio in your host, with truc visible on the screen.

Most hosts can do real-time recording in a few simple steps, recording the mixer channel output to .wav, which you then import back into your project. If your host does not support this function, you can use Voxengo Recorder to perform the same function

We appreciate that this extra step is more work for you, but if the modulation was done in the usual way, then truc would eat 50-60% of your CPU for breakfast and demand “More!”. This way, truc is useable in a live or studio situation and keeps to a strict CPU diet

kitchen sync

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kitchen sync is a tempo-sync complex LFO that modulates 4 functions

  • 4 state filter (LP, HP, BP, notch)
  • flanger
  • volume
  • panning

features

  • tempo-sync LFO with multiple waveforms modulated by second LFO and/or ADSR envelope
  • both LFOs can be synced to start cycle by any midi note on message
  • ADSR envelope can be triggered by any midi note on message
  • 4 effects can be modulated: filter cutoff, flanger, volume, pan
  • LFO 1 phase, depth and offset can be different for each effect
  • LFO 2 phase, strength and origin can be different fo each effect
  • ADSR envelope is independant for each effect
  • LFO depth can be randomised each cycle
  • full midi CC / midi learn
  • plugin wet/dry mix control

faderratic

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faderratic brings you cross-fading of 2 stereo inputs, but with a mind of its own and a ton of options to change the fade shape, length, limits, frequency and probability. faderratic works by generating a pulse on a tempo-sync frequency, and depending on the probability it may trigger a cross-fade event. You can optionally make the fader auto-return to either side and if you feel like it, trigger a fade manually or control the fader movement totally manually.

NOTE: faderratic is a multi-input effect plugin, with 2 stereo inputs. You need a host that allows multi-input effects for the cross fading to work. If your host does not allow multi-input effects, you can still use faderratic as a gate, as it will cross-fade 1 stereo input with silence

features

  • probability based auto-cross-fader
  • cross-fade is triggered based on user defined frequency and probability
  • cross-fade duration in ms
  • 13 different envelope shapes for the cross-fade
  • trigger alternate fades or auto-return to either input pair
  • partial fades by scaling the throw and fader limits
  • 4 fade laws
  • manual trigger
  • option to manually control cross-fader
  • all controls assigned to midi CCs

machin

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machin is a random, probability-based, step-sequenced multi-fx device created in partnership with sink

– the step sequencer defines the probability that any single random effect will be triggered on that step
– the weighting defines the probability for each effect that it will be the one that is triggered

features

  • 6 effects (gate, crusher, filter, flanger, delay, reverb)
  • 2-32 step probability sequencer over a cycle of 2-32 beats
  • seeded randomisation with loop repeat over cycle of 2-100 beats
  • swing control for step sequencer
  • any effects can be turned off to save CPU
  • each effect has an attack/decay on triggering and pulse length to determine duration effect is on
  • master wet/dry mix control
  • all controls have MIDI learn

jellyfish

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jellyfish is a 4 oscillator synth with multiple modulation methods between the oscillators and of their various parameters which guarantees plenty of movement in the sound. This is great for evolving pads, wobbly bass, vibrant leads or just plain strangeness. Using addition, subtraction, phase difference, ring modulation or phase distortion, the oscillators can modulate each other to get a wide variety of sounds. 2 tempo-sync LFOs and an ADSR envelope can all modulate this inter-osc modulation, as well as pitch, filter cut-off and each other. A pair of resonant filters and a tempo-sync delay complete the deal

features

  • 4 oscillators arranged in pairs, with each pair able to modulate each other
  • 9 inter-osc modulation methods, including phase distortion, phase difference and ring modulation
  • ADSR envelope per oscillator pair, with unlimited values and definable contours
  • 2 resonant low pass filters with flexible routing
  • 2 tempo-sync LFOs with 16 waveforms and adjustable phase
  • LFOs can modulate the inter-osc modulation, pitch and filter cutoff for each pair
  • LFO2 can modulate LFO1
  • 1 ADSR envelope can modulate as per the LFOs and modulate both LFOs
  • Tempo-sync delay, with damping and mix level
  • Oscillator and LFO note-on sync
  • 11 waveforms per oscillator
  • Midi learn / Midi CC parameters defined
  • 50+ presets by runagate