MakeProAudio packen Creamware/SonicCore Synthesizer in einen „Dinopark“ mit modularem Konzept zur Entfaltung

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Creamware haben mit ihren ASB Synthesizern schon früh qualitativ einen Maßstab gesetzt, sie waren als eigenständige Geräte und als Software für die Scope Plattform verfügbar. Später gab es von Soniccore und Use-Audio Varianten namens Plugiator und die ASB-Hardware. Nachdem nun von all diesen Firmen nicht mehr viel übrig geblieben ist, hat Frank Hund als MakePro Audio alles wieder als Baukasten-System neu erfunden. Ein Teil davon ist der Dinopark, der auch als einzelnes Gerät funktioniert und mit dem „Plugiator“ noch am meisten zu vergleichen ist.

Dino Park enthält die DSPs, so wie alle Komponenten des Systems, die für den Betrieb nötig sind. Das System ist in der Lage ein Webinterface zu verwenden. Der Park hat nur zwei Endlosknöpfe und ein kleines Display. Dort kann man den Namen des Synthesizers und des Patch Namen sehen und Veränderung der Parameter ebenso. Das Gerät selbst hat eine USB-to-Host-Schnittstelle und einen Anschluss mit Micro-B Anschluss dazu. Optional kann auch MIDI hinzugefügt werden und SPDIF für digitales Audio und natürlich jeweils zwei Buchsen für Ein- und Ausgang in großen Klinken, während das MIDI als Miniklinken-Form vorliegt.

32 Plugouts?

Der Dinopark kann 32 eigene Synthesizer in sich behalten, quasi als hätte das Roland System 1/8 32 Plugouts im Bauch bereit. Außerdem möchte man noch weitere Synthesizer liefern können. Es ist auch möglich, dem Gerät einige Potis auf das Gehäuse zu bauen, da es prinzipiell modular gedacht ist. Das Paket dazu nennt sich Dino Dials und startet mit 8 Encodern. Außerdem können auch zwei Platinen in ein Gehäuse gepackt werden, um mehr Leistung bzw. Multitimbrale Klangerzeuger zu erhalten. Alle Synthesizer sind über VST-Remotes steuerbar über die klassische DAW.
Da Makepro Audio sich als DIY Versorger sehen, ist alles als Bausatz lieferbar. Das bedeutet aber nicht löten, sondern nur die einzelnen Teile wie Platine, Frontplatte, Gehäuseteile und Potiplatine sind jeweils einzelne Teile.  Man muss nicht wirklich etwas bauen, was all zu kompliziert ist. Aktuell gibt es natürlich die Klassiker Minimoog, Prophet 12, Odyssey und B3 mit eigenen Bezeichnungen (Minimax, Prodissey, Pro-12…).

Weitere Information

DinoPark ist Teil eines ganzen Systems von Modulen, die von Eingängen über Fader bis hin zu Tablet WLAN Möglichkeiten etliche Optionen bietet. Preise und Lieferbarkeit sind noch nicht genau bekannt.

MakeProAudio intros Dino Park high-end modelling synthesizer DIY MakeKit

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MakeProAudio has announced the its new Dino Park DYI maker board kit. Makers: tinkerers, DIYers, hobbyists, synth loving musicians and audio anarchists can own three revered analog classics in an affordable, high-end modeling synthesizer MakeKit. The legendary CreamWare modelling emulations, unparalleled in quality available in a new exciting and accessible form. CreamWare set the standard […]

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How to make a multitrack recording in VCV Rack modular, free

In the original modular synth era, your only way to capture ideas was to record to tape. But that same approach can be liberating even in the digital age – and it’s a perfect match for the open VCV Rack software modular platform.

Competing modular environments like Reaktor, Softube Modular, and Cherry Audio Voltage Modular all run well as plug-ins. That functionality is coming soon to a VCV Rack update, too – see my recent write-up on that. In the meanwhile, VCV Rack is already capable of routing audio into a DAW or multitrack recorder – via the existing (though soon-to-be-deprecated) VST Bridge, or via inter-app routing schemes on each OS, including JACK.

Those are all good solutions, so why would you bother with a module inside the rack?

Well, for one, there’s workflow. There’s something nice about being able to just keep this record module handy and grab a weird sound or nice groove at will, without having to shift to another tool.

Two, the big ongoing disadvantage of software modular is that it’s still pretty CPU intensive – sometimes unpredictably so. Running Rack standalone means you don’t have to worry about overhead from the host, or its audio driver settings, or anything like that.

A free recording solution inside VCV Rack

What you’ll need to make this work is the free NYSTHI modules for VCV Rack, available via Rack’s plug-in manager. They’re free, though – get ready, there’s a hell of a lot of them.

Big thanks to chaircrusher for this tip and some other ones that informed this article – do go check his music.

Type “recorder” into the search box for modules, and you’ll see different options options from NYSTHI – current at least as of this writing.

2 Channel MasterRecorder is a simple stereo recorder.
2 Channel MasterReocorder 2 adds various features: monitoring outs, autosave, a compressor, and “stereo massaging.”
Multitrack Recorder is an multitrack recorder with 4- or 8-channel modes.

The multitrack is the one I use the most. It allows you to create stems you can then mix in another host, or turn into samples (or, say, load onto a drum machine or the like), making this a great sound design tool and sound starter.

This is creatively liberating for the same reason it’s actually fun to have a multitrack tape recorder in the same studio as a modular, speaking of vintage gear. You can muck about with knobs, find something magical, and record it – and then not worry about going on to do something else later.

The AS mixer, routed into NYSTHI’s multitrack recorder.

Set up your mix. The free included Fundamental modules in Rack will cover the basics, but I would also go download Alfredo Santamaria’s excellent selection , the AS modules, also in the Plugin Manager, and also free. Alfredo has created friendly, easy-to-use 2-, 4-, and 8-channel mixers that pair perfectly with the NYSTHI recorders.

Add the mixer, route your various parts, set level (maybe with some temporary panning), and route the output of the mixer to the Audio device for monitoring. Then use the ‘O’ row to get a post-fader output with the level.

(Alternatively, if you need extra features like sends, there’s the mscHack mixer, though it’s more complex and less attractive.)

Prep that signal. You might also consider a DC Offset and Compressor between your raw sources and the recording. (Thanks to Jim Aikin for that tip.)

Configure the recorder. Right-click on the recorder for an option to set 24-bit audio if you want more headroom, or to pre-select a destination. Set 4- or 8-track mode with the switch. Set CHOOSE FILE if you want to manually select where to record.

There are trigger ins and outs, too, so apart from just pressing the START and STOP buttons, you can either trigger a sequencer or clock directly from the recorder, or visa versa.

Record away! And go to town… when you’re done, you’ll get a stereo WAV file, or a 4- or 8-track WAV file. Yes, that’s one file with all the tracks. So about that…

Splitting up the multitrack file

This module produces a single, multichannel WAV file. Some software will know what to do with that. Reaper, for instance, has excellent multichannel support throughout, so you can just drag and drop into it. Adobe’s Audition CS also opens these files, but it can’t quickly export all the stems.

Software like Ableton Live, meanwhile, will just throw up an error if you try to open the file. (Bad Ableton! No!)

It’s useful to have individual stems anyway. ffmpeg is an insanely powerful cross-platform tool capable of doing all kinds of things with media. It’s completely free and open source, it runs on every platform, and it’s fast and deep. (It converts! It streams! It records!)

Installing is easier than it used to be, thanks to a cleaned-up site and pre-built binaries for Mac and Windows (plus of course the usual easy Linux installs):

Unfortunately, it’s so deep and powerful, it can also be confusing to figure out how to do something. Case in point – this audio channel manipulation wiki page.

In this case, you can use the map channel “filter” to make this happen. So for eight channels, I do this:

ffmpeg -i input.wav -map_channel 0.0.0 0.wav -map_channel 0.0.1 1.wav -map_channel 0.0.2 2.wav -map_channel 0.0.3 3.wav -map_channel 0.0.4 4.wav -map_channel 0.0.5 5.wav -map_channel 0.0.6 6.wav -map_channel 0.0.7 7.wav

But because this is a command line tool, you could create some powerful automated workflows for your modular outputs now that you know this technique.

Sound Devices, the folks who make excellent multichannel recorders, also have a free Mac and Windows tool called Wave Agent which handles this task if you want a GUI instead of the command line.

That’s worth keeping around, too, since it can also mix and monitor your output. (No Linux version, though.)

Record away!

Bonus tutorial here – the other thing apart from recording you’ll obviously want with VCV Rack is some hands-on control. Here’s a nice tutorial this week on working with BeatStep Pro from Arturia (also a favorite in the hardware modular world):

I really like this way of working, in that it lets you focus on the modular environment instead of juggling tools. I actually hope we’ll see a Fundamental module for the task in the future. Rack’s modular ecosystem changes fast, so if you find other useful recorders, let us know.


Step one: How to start using VCV Rack, the free modular software

How to make the free VCV Rack modular work with Ableton Link

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AudioThing updates Megaphone loudspeaker emulation + 50% OFF Sale

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AudioThing has released version 1.5 of its Megaphone audio effect plugin that emulates an amplified bullhorn / PA loudspeaker. It features two loudspeaker emulations (Mode I and Mode II), feedback control (slapback echo), and a noise section. Megaphone can be used to make any audio source sound as if it’s being played by a bullhorn. […]

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Win Sample Magic’s Ableton Magic Racks: Multi FX Racks!

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AudioThing has released version 1.2 of Outer Space, an audio effect plugin that offers a faithful emulation of the vintage Space Echo tape echo machine made in the early seventies. The update includes various improvements and fixes. As the original unit, Outer Space features a tape echo section with three playback heads and a spring […]

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Emulator I free VST/AU rompler by Digital Systemic Emulations released

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Digital Systemic Emulations has launched version 1.0 of Emulator I, a free rompler instrument that brings the sounds of the iconic Emulator digital sampling synthesizer by E-mu Systems. Finally released in 1981, the Emulator was a floppy disk-based keyboard workstation which enabled the musician to sample sounds, recording them to non-volatile media and allowing the […]

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Eventide launches Instant Phaser Mk II studio phaser emulation at 70% OFF

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Eventide has released the new Instant Phaser Mk II effect plugin, an emulation that accomplishes the same legendary sound of the original 1971 hardware, with all the analog personality, smooth modulations, and inherent musicality. The Instant Phaser Mk II perfectly captures the unique, imprecise analog character of the original hardware. During development we discovered that […]

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Save 40% off Klevgränd DAW Cassette, DAW LP, Degrader & Kleverb plugins

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Klevgränd has announced a limited time sale on selected audio effect plugins and iOS apps. An amazing year is soon ending. We’ve had a lot of fun, releasing a lot of really nice stuff that we’re very proud of. So we thought we’d wrap it up with a nice little sale for you all. For […]

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Fuse Audio Labs launches VQA-154 equalizer plugin at $29 USD intro

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Fuse Audio Labs has released VQA-154, a new audio effect plugin that offer a meticulous emulation of a sought-after 70s 4-band EQ module. VQA-154 is a faithful recreation of a sought-after 70s 4-band equalizer module that made its way into many broadcasting and production studios worldwide. The plugin emulates the entire audio circuitry including the […]

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