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Half way there! over £500 raised for Cancer Research and 2 plugins released for free so far, more to come

********** [ THIS FUNDRAISER IS NOW CLOSED ] **********
Thank you to everyone who participated, your generosity is appreciated


 

Thank you to the 44 wonderful people who have donated so far! After this pocruk_c_logo_widgetst you all responded positively to help me to raise over £500 (against a target of £1000) for Cancer Research UK, a deserving charity that funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.

As we made it to the half way mark, I am releasing 2 of the 4 plugins for free, for everyone.

These are both 32 bit Windows VST, previously only available to buy. More info on these plugins is below

If more generous people donate enough to reach £1000, then I will release the other two

 

  • Slix – randomising loop slicer
  • Erratic 2 – drum sample player

 


If you didn’t already donate but wish to do so, you can still help to beat cancer by donating via my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/de-la-mancha/

The great thing abjg-logo-header-purpleout using JustGiving is that your donation goes directly to Cancer Research UK, so you can be certain that all funds will put to good use. I don’t see, handle or earn any money from this.


Please, please, please, please, please, consider any small donation you can make, it will go directly to Cancer Research UK who fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. They receive no government funding and rely on donations.

If you have ever used and liked any of my free plugins in the past, please consider my request for this small gesture to a cause I believe in and brings hope to humanity of beating this disease one day.

Many thousands of people have downloaded and used my freeware, I simply ask that a small percentage of the good-hearted and community-spirited amongst you support my cause in return. Thank you.


Please note: The main website and plugins are suspended temporarily during this fund raising campaign. Once I reach the £1000 target, they will all return along with the 4 new plugins.


Some info on the plugins…

slixslix is a randomising loop slicer, which switches between up to 4 loops and can shuffle, repeat, reverse and gate the slices of each loop according to user defined probability. Load any 4 loops, sync them to tempo, slice them up and then set probabilities that each loop will play and for each randomising effect per loop. Even the randomness is randomised, with a parameter that varies the probability in a user defined range. slix was co-developed with sink, who also provided the included 295 original loops

features

· Load any 16, 24 or 32 bit, mono or stereo wav file into the 4 loop slots
· 445 MB of original drum loop content (295 loops) by sink covering many electronic genres (breakbeat, dubstep, drum & bass, electro, 8 bit, lofi, vintage, IDM, FSU and glitch)
· Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
· Choose any number of slices per loop
· Slix plays when triggered by any midi note, with volume envelope per loop for fades
· 4 effects with independent parameters per loop
. Reorder – plays slices out of sequence for variation per loop
. Repeat – stutter effect by repeating slices
. Reverse – play the slice backwards
. Gate – add silent gaps into the loop
· Variation range to randomise probabilities
· Normalise and mono options per loop
· Stereo-out and Multi-out versions (slix and slix 4×4)
· Single loop version (slix one) for simpler applications or lower CPU
· 57 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

erratic2erratic 2 is a drum sample player with many randomising and velocity sensitive options to make any drum pattern sound different on each loop. It can be used to add realism or surrealism depending on how you want to set it up. At the core you have a 15 slot drum sampler with 6 velocity layers per slot, each layer can be played according to velocity, cycled (round-robin) or randomly triggered. To vary things up a bit you can determine the hit probability and hit repeat probability for each slot and add a random factor for the velocity, pan and swing for each hit.

In addition to the velocity layers, this update adds velocity-sensitive decay envelopes for volume & filter cut-off, as well as velocity sensitivity to pitch and filter cut-off. Another new feature is the hit repeat probability, with delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback. The step-sequencer is replaced by a more flexible midi / piano-roll triggering, which allows better management of note precision, long patterns and different time signatures. Improvements have been made to give 4 choke groups across all samples, better mute/solo options, sample reverse, sample normalisation, MIDI out, support for 32 bit wavs and more samples than ever before.

features

– Plays any 16, 24 or 32 bit stereo / mono WAV files from RAM for low CPU
– 15 sample slots, each triggered by user-definable midi note
– 6 velocity layers per sample slot, can be selected by velocity, round-robin or random
– 4 choke groups, each slot can be assigned to a group and be cut by a group
– Per sample slot parameter modulation includes;
– Hit probability
– Swing randomising
– Hit repeat probability, with adjustable delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback
– Velocity randomisation
– Pan randomisation
– Velocity sensitive pitch
– Velocity sensitive volume decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Low pass filter with velocity sensitive cut-off
– Velocity sensitive cut-off decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Midi out
– Mute and solo for each sample slot
– Sample reverse
– Sample slot normalisation
– Selectable mono/stereo and quality level for low RAM systems
– Multi-out version has 15 stereo outputs for routing to individual mixer channels in your host
– Single-out version available where host does not support multi-out plug-ins
– 1480 samples (306 MB) covering velocity sampled acoustic kits, vintage electronic, glitch, jazz, world and esoteric noises
– over 40 presets covering various kits and technique examples

loopholeloophole is a midi-triggered loop sampler, which allows you play sections of up to 4 different loops using midi notes to control which section of which loop plays. This can be a great way to mash up 4 different loop styles or add quick variations on 4 similar loops. As well as having full control of which sections to play, you can also trigger random sections too.

You can load any 4 loops and sync them to host tempo, then using midi notes you can play the loops, switching between loops, playing several loops and defining which sections play. You also get a visual display of the loops, the play position and which sections are being played. The multi-out version lets you apply further effects processing to each loop separately. Loophole also has a volume envelope per loop to declick or fade in/out

features

– Loop sampler, using midi notes to trigger sections of each loop, either specifically or randomly
– 171 original drum loops in 24bit Wav format, across 19 different kits covering acoustic and electronic styles (Rock, Jazz, Breakbeat, DnB, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Lofi, Glitch, 8 bit, House, Trance and more)
– Loads any 16, 24 and 32 bit WAV in mono or stereo
– Very low CPU (<1% on 2.2GHZ dual core CPU)
– Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
– Play sections of each loop, each triggered by a different midi note
– Play random sections using one midi note
– Graphical representation of loops, play position and triggered sections
– Normalise and mono options per loop
– Envelope per loop to fade in/out or declick
– Volume control and mute per loop
– Stereo out and Multi-out versions
– 21 presets covering different styles and sounds
– 12 midi files showing examples of basic and advanced triggering
– Updated to SE 1.1

ImpakterImpakter is a vintage drum module plugin containing 320 samples of original drum sounds generated on analogue synths and drum machines. It’s simple and fun to use with a few advanced features to give some variation and randomisation on every loop.

 

Gear used to generate and process the samples:

  • Analogue synths: Korg MS20, Roland Juno60, Gakken SX-150
  • Analogue drum machines : Yamaha MR-10, Korg KPR-77, Antonelli Organ 2377 rhythm box, Mattel Synsonics
  • Analogue processing: Electro Harmonix Micro synth, Mam VSR3 spring reverb, Lexicon reverb, Boss GE-10 equalizer, Tube compressor, analogue VCA compressor
  • Vintage synths: Yamaha TX81-Z FM synth

features

· 320 original electronic drum samples generated on vintage hardware synths and drum machines by sink
· 4 modules for kick, snare, hats and percussion sounds
· Each module can host 2 samples and trigger either depending on user defined probability
· 2 levels of randomising can be assigned to each modules’ volume, pan, decay and pitch for variation every loop
· Boomer module has resonant low pass filter and dirt control
· Smacker module has resonant band pass filter and dirt control
· Tweeter module has tempo-sync repeat function with hold
· Lazer module has tempo-sync delay function with damping
· 2 midi triggers for Smacker for differently pitched sounds
· 3 midi triggers for Lazer for differently pitched sounds
· 2 midi triggers for Tweeter for different decay envelopes
· 2 stereo outputs for separate post processing
· Global envelope decay control
· 52 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

 

logo-1A big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for hosting the downloads for these plugins and without which this wouldn’t be possible. BPB rocks!

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Let’s Beat Cancer – 4 free plugins if donations reach £1000 – Slix, Erratic2, loophole & Impakter

********** [ THIS FUNDRAISER IS NOW CLOSED ] **********
Thank you to everyone who participated, your generosity is appreciated

 


 

This pocruk_c_logo_widgetst is to announce something I’m doing to try and raise £1000 for Cancer Research UK, a deserving charity that funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.

If I can raise £1000, then I will release 4 plugins for free, for everyone. The plugins are;

  • Slix – randomising loop slicer
  • Erratic 2 – drum sample player
  • loophole – midi loop player
  • Impakter – vintage drum module

slixloopholeerratic2Impakter

 

These are all 32 bit Windows VST, previously only available to buy and currently unavailable.

You can help to reach this goal by donating via my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/de-la-mancha/

The great thing abjg-logo-header-purpleout using JustGiving is that your donation goes directly to Cancer Research UK, so you can be certain that all funds will put to good use. I don’t see, handle or earn any money from this.

 


Please note: The main website and plugins are suspended temporarily during this fund raising campaign. Once I reach the £1000 target, they will all return along with the 4 new plugins.

 


 

Some info on the plugins…

slixslix is a randomising loop slicer, which switches between up to 4 loops and can shuffle, repeat, reverse and gate the slices of each loop according to user defined probability. Load any 4 loops, sync them to tempo, slice them up and then set probabilities that each loop will play and for each randomising effect per loop. Even the randomness is randomised, with a parameter that varies the probability in a user defined range. slix was co-developed with sink, who also provided the included 295 original loops

features

· Load any 16, 24 or 32 bit, mono or stereo wav file into the 4 loop slots
· 445 MB of original drum loop content (295 loops) by sink covering many electronic genres (breakbeat, dubstep, drum & bass, electro, 8 bit, lofi, vintage, IDM, FSU and glitch)
· Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
· Choose any number of slices per loop
· Slix plays when triggered by any midi note, with volume envelope per loop for fades
· 4 effects with independent parameters per loop
. Reorder – plays slices out of sequence for variation per loop
. Repeat – stutter effect by repeating slices
. Reverse – play the slice backwards
. Gate – add silent gaps into the loop
· Variation range to randomise probabilities
· Normalise and mono options per loop
· Stereo-out and Multi-out versions (slix and slix 4×4)
· Single loop version (slix one) for simpler applications or lower CPU
· 57 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

erratic2erratic 2 is a drum sample player with many randomising and velocity sensitive options to make any drum pattern sound different on each loop. It can be used to add realism or surrealism depending on how you want to set it up. At the core you have a 15 slot drum sampler with 6 velocity layers per slot, each layer can be played according to velocity, cycled (round-robin) or randomly triggered. To vary things up a bit you can determine the hit probability and hit repeat probability for each slot and add a random factor for the velocity, pan and swing for each hit.

In addition to the velocity layers, this update adds velocity-sensitive decay envelopes for volume & filter cut-off, as well as velocity sensitivity to pitch and filter cut-off. Another new feature is the hit repeat probability, with delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback. The step-sequencer is replaced by a more flexible midi / piano-roll triggering, which allows better management of note precision, long patterns and different time signatures. Improvements have been made to give 4 choke groups across all samples, better mute/solo options, sample reverse, sample normalisation, MIDI out, support for 32 bit wavs and more samples than ever before.

features

– Plays any 16, 24 or 32 bit stereo / mono WAV files from RAM for low CPU
– 15 sample slots, each triggered by user-definable midi note
– 6 velocity layers per sample slot, can be selected by velocity, round-robin or random
– 4 choke groups, each slot can be assigned to a group and be cut by a group
– Per sample slot parameter modulation includes;
– Hit probability
– Swing randomising
– Hit repeat probability, with adjustable delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback
– Velocity randomisation
– Pan randomisation
– Velocity sensitive pitch
– Velocity sensitive volume decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Low pass filter with velocity sensitive cut-off
– Velocity sensitive cut-off decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Midi out
– Mute and solo for each sample slot
– Sample reverse
– Sample slot normalisation
– Selectable mono/stereo and quality level for low RAM systems
– Multi-out version has 15 stereo outputs for routing to individual mixer channels in your host
– Single-out version available where host does not support multi-out plug-ins
– 1480 samples (306 MB) covering velocity sampled acoustic kits, vintage electronic, glitch, jazz, world and esoteric noises
– over 40 presets covering various kits and technique examples

loopholeloophole is a midi-triggered loop sampler, which allows you play sections of up to 4 different loops using midi notes to control which section of which loop plays. This can be a great way to mash up 4 different loop styles or add quick variations on 4 similar loops. As well as having full control of which sections to play, you can also trigger random sections too.

You can load any 4 loops and sync them to host tempo, then using midi notes you can play the loops, switching between loops, playing several loops and defining which sections play. You also get a visual display of the loops, the play position and which sections are being played. The multi-out version lets you apply further effects processing to each loop separately. Loophole also has a volume envelope per loop to declick or fade in/out

features

– Loop sampler, using midi notes to trigger sections of each loop, either specifically or randomly
– 171 original drum loops in 24bit Wav format, across 19 different kits covering acoustic and electronic styles (Rock, Jazz, Breakbeat, DnB, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Lofi, Glitch, 8 bit, House, Trance and more)
– Loads any 16, 24 and 32 bit WAV in mono or stereo
– Very low CPU (<1% on 2.2GHZ dual core CPU)
– Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
– Play sections of each loop, each triggered by a different midi note
– Play random sections using one midi note
– Graphical representation of loops, play position and triggered sections
– Normalise and mono options per loop
– Envelope per loop to fade in/out or declick
– Volume control and mute per loop
– Stereo out and Multi-out versions
– 21 presets covering different styles and sounds
– 12 midi files showing examples of basic and advanced triggering
– Updated to SE 1.1

ImpakterImpakter is a vintage drum module plugin containing 320 samples of original drum sounds generated on analogue synths and drum machines. It’s simple and fun to use with a few advanced features to give some variation and randomisation on every loop.

 

Gear used to generate and process the samples:

  • Analogue synths: Korg MS20, Roland Juno60, Gakken SX-150
  • Analogue drum machines : Yamaha MR-10, Korg KPR-77, Antonelli Organ 2377 rhythm box, Mattel Synsonics
  • Analogue processing: Electro Harmonix Micro synth, Mam VSR3 spring reverb, Lexicon reverb, Boss GE-10 equalizer, Tube compressor, analogue VCA compressor
  • Vintage synths: Yamaha TX81-Z FM synth

features

· 320 original electronic drum samples generated on vintage hardware synths and drum machines by sink
· 4 modules for kick, snare, hats and percussion sounds
· Each module can host 2 samples and trigger either depending on user defined probability
· 2 levels of randomising can be assigned to each modules’ volume, pan, decay and pitch for variation every loop
· Boomer module has resonant low pass filter and dirt control
· Smacker module has resonant band pass filter and dirt control
· Tweeter module has tempo-sync repeat function with hold
· Lazer module has tempo-sync delay function with damping
· 2 midi triggers for Smacker for differently pitched sounds
· 3 midi triggers for Lazer for differently pitched sounds
· 2 midi triggers for Tweeter for different decay envelopes
· 2 stereo outputs for separate post processing
· Global envelope decay control
· 52 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

 

logo-1A big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for agreeing to host the (eventual) downloads for these plugins and without which this wouldn’t be possible

basic65 – retro chiptune synth – is released for free

basic65download

basic 65 is a monophonic synth, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip. Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further.

The double arpeggiator allows complex versions of that retro 8-bit game sound and the modulation options inspire experimentation via the mod envelope and 2 comprehensive LFOs. Pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator detune/sync are key ingredients in the signature sound. Throw in some pitch drift, bit drift, a sprinkle of dirt and randomisation and you have a wide range of lofi, chiptune, retro-tastic sounds at your disposal.

This version is the update to the popular basic 64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.

features

  • Monophonic synth in VST format for Windows based hosts
  • 3 oscillators with pulse, saw, triangle and noise waveforms
  • Pulse width can be modulated by envelope or both LFOs
  • Each oscillator can be sync’d to another and/or ring modulated by another
  • Each oscillator has its own ADSR envelope and can be routed to filter individually
  • Resonant filter with low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes
  • 2 tempo-sync Arpeggiators in series for complex arp sounds
  • Arp tempo, range and note length can be adjusted
  • Modulation envelope can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators as well as filter and dirt
  • 2 tempo-sync LFOs with wide range of waveforms, including random
  • Both LFOs can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators
  • One LFO also controls filter and dirt, the other can modulate the depth and speed of the first LFO
  • Envelopes are non-linear and can be retriggered from zero or smoothed on each new note
  • Pitch drift models instability with variable depth and frequency
  • Options for 4, 6, 8, 12 or 16 bit audio with randomising feature
  • Developed with SE 1.1, so no problems with multiple instances
  • 128 presets by sink covering arps, leads, bass, drums and lofi sounds


basic65
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.

basic 64 is back for free download

basicbasic 64 – click for more info

I thought I’d put back an old favourite for download since I had a few requests for it.

 *** please note, this is an old synthedit plugin – it’s not 64 bit anything and it’s windows only ***

As you may know, I stopped developing plugins a while ago, and then after a catastrophic web/database corruption I stopped selling plugins altogether, but leaving the freeware downloadable. Since my hosting contract finished, I moved everything over to a wordpress site, so the freeware is still all here, and whilst I was at it, I added basic 64 back, which wasn’t available following the release of basic 65.

I still won’t be developing any new plugins and I don’t plan on selling any of the payware plugins, just thought I’d upload and oldie that had gone missing. I have a couple more oldies in the archives that I will upload at some point soon too.

If you would like to donate…

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

psymon

psymondownload

psymon continues from styrofoam the series of single-waveform, retro, lofi noise makers. Whilst faithfully recreating the ‘speaker in a box’ sound of the original game, psymon takes a bold leap into the 21st century. You are no longer limited to the 4 notes of the game, but can use every single note on your midi keyboard! wow! With a simple press of the keyboard icon you can bring modern technology to bear and have each note sustain whilst your midi key is pressed! cool! Not only that, but the notes become velocity sensitive too! OMFG! The very best of retro sound and cutting-edge technology, psymon says “download me”

features

  • one waveform, it’s a beauty
  • 1 whole preset
  • optional note sustain and velocity
  • no flashing lights or memory tests
  • batteries not included

styrofoam

styrofoamdownload

styrofoam is a lovingly rendered emulation of the classic analog synth of yesteryear. Take a nostaligic stroll in soft-focus, sepia-toned memories, when summers lasted for 16 months and you could still buy Penny Chews for a penny. Bring back the sounds of living room renditions of your favourite hits, in splendid monophonic square-wave glory with this faithful emulation, But back to that square-wave. It’s not just any old square-wave, no, it’s not just your bog-standard, ten-a-penny, digital square wave. This, ladies and gentlemen of discerning taste, is THE square-wave, the actual, real-life, carbon-copy, I-can’t-believe-a-plugin-can-be-this-analogue square-wave. Once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back to your complex, multi-waveform dreams. THIS is all you need

features

  • one waveform, but a mighty fine one
  • no GUI controls at all
  • 4 presets, covering the full range of cleanliness
  • no filters
  • no envelopes
  • no LFOs
  • er, that’s it, what more do you want?

plastique

plastiquedownload

plastique is a 2 oscillator subtractive synth, using the 31 waveforms from the Casio HT-700 synth and some enhancements to the originals feature set. It does lofi 80s sounds but also so much more, with a configurable filter (up to 16 poles), a pitch envelope for percussion, an arp, tempo sync delay & LFO, chorus and some lofi instability

features

  • 31 Waveforms from the Casio HT-700
  • 2 Oscs with sync and octave / semitone detune
  • Configurable Resonant Low Pass filter (2-16 poles with cut-off spread)
  • Volume and Pitch envelopes
  • Tempo sync LFO with 10 waveforms and note-on sync to modulate filter and pitch
  • Tempo sync Arp with 6 modes and adjustable octave range, note length
  • Tempo sync Delay
  • Adjustable Chorus
  • Lofi options include reduction in quality, distortion and pitch drift
  • 64 presets from Tim Conrardy, Ouroboros & Sink


installation

Please make sure you extract all contents of the zip to your VST directory, maintaining the folder structure, to ensure the plugin will work correctly

miniSID

miniSIDdownload

miniSID is a quick and simple SID synth for getting that chiptune sound with the minimum of tweaking. The waveforms are sampled from a 6581 SID chip and the arp gives that retro gamer effect.

 features

  •  Square, Saw and Triangle waves sampled from a 6581 SID chip
  • 2 oscs with 3 levels of oscillator sync
  • arp with 3 modes and 4 speeds
  • arp has up to 4 octaves range
  • arp has 4 note length options
  • all controls have MIDI CC’s assigned


installation

Please make sure you extract all contents of the zip to your VST directory, maintaining the folder structure, to ensure the plugin will work correctly

basic 64

basicdownload

basic64 is inspired by the 8 bit sounds of the classic Commodore 64. It’s not a straight emulation, but is based around the SID chip with some extras for that 8-bit retro game sound, lofi gritty noises or just plain oddness

 features

  • 16, 8 or 6 bit sound quality
  • 3 oscs, each with their own ADSR envelope
  • oscillators can be sync’d and ring modulated by each other
  • pitch envelope modulation
  • pitch wobble option, for subtle instability
  • 2 tempo-sync LFO’s to modulate pitch, cut-off and pulse width
  • LFO’s have attack/release curves
  • tempo-sync arpegiator
  • flexible routing to state variable filter (LP, HP & BP)
  • envelopes can be reset or continuous at retrigger
  • monophonic or polyphonic option
  • midi learn / midi CC support
  • 128 presets by sinkmusic & WhiskeyPriest

If you would like to donate…

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