Soundtoys Cyber Week – Up to 80% off EchoBoy Jr, Crystallizer & more

Soundtoys Cyber Week

Soundtoys has launched its Cyber Week deals, offering up to 80% off on selected individual plugins and the Soundtoys 5 bundle. There’s a whole new set of plug-ins on sale to celebrate the start of the holiday season! It’s the perfect time to add some wildly creative pro effects to your rig and bring your […]

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Save 40% off New Sonic Arts Nuance, Vice & Granite plugins

New Sonic Arts Nuance 2.0

New Sonic Arts has launched its 2018 Black Friday Sale, offering a 40% discount on selected products for a limited time. The sale includes: Granite unique sound engine and state-of-the-art granular processor, an innovative modulation system and a suite of grain-level FX, resulting in a degree of musicality not achieved before with granular synthesis. Vice […]

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Triple Spiral Audio intros The Stand for VPS Avenger (pre-order)

Triple Spiral Audio The Stand for VPS Avenger

Triple Spiral Audio has announced that its upcoming The Stand expansion sound library for the VPS Avenger synthesizer is now available for pre-order. The Stand is a new expansion for VPS Avenger and contains 150+ presets and 5 drumkits. Everything is created from original content and the soundset includes granular soundsources, multi samples, one shot […]

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Sample Magic releases French House 2 & Dusty Melodics and Hooks sample packs

Sample Magic French House 2

Sample Magic has launched its latest sample pack French House 2, a new collection of loops, samples, MIDI files, Ableton Racks and Massive synth presets for French House music production. Filtered samples, funky keys, pounding Parisien drums and disco riffs – French House 2 features 1GB+ of sounds inspired by over 20 years of groundbreaking […]

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ModeAudio launches Sift Serum Ambient Presets & Freeze Ambient Loops

ModeAudio Sift Serum Ambient PresetsModeAudio has launched Sift, a soundset featuring a collection of ambient presets for the Serum synthesizer instrument by Xfer Records. Feel the winds swirl up vast clouds and the currents pull rolling waves of blissful sound through your music with our latest sound pack release, the euphoric Sift – Serum Ambient Presets! Presenting 50 custom-crafted […]

EastBound Sounds releases Acoustic Guitar Expansion for VPS Avenger

EastBound Sounds Acoustic Guitar ExpansionEastBound Sounds has announced the release of a new expansion pack for the VPS Avenger synthesizer instrument by Vengeance Sound. The Acoustic Guitar Expansion comes with over 1,000 samples and over 100 presets created from 6 acoustic guitars. The samples were recorded at high samples rates in 32 bits and ran through amazing vacuum tube […]

Mutable Instruments Braids & Doepfer A-188-1 Bucket Brigade Device for Modular now available

Softube Mutable Instruments Braids & Doepfer A 188 1 BBDSoftube has launched two new devices for its Modular virtual Eurorack synthesizer instrument. Mutable Instruments Braids is a new macro-oscillator which emulates dozens of classic synthesis techniques with ‘under-the-hood’ digital algorithms, allowing the user to quickly flip through an encyclopedia of synth, touring the sweet spots with a simple two-knob control set-up. It’s a hugely […]

This granular convolver hardware is the latest creation from Tatsuya Takahashi

There’s a nice gift for Red Bull Music Academy attendees: a hardware convolver effect from the man who led the team at KORG that gave us volcas and minilogues. Here’s a sneak preview.

The Granular Convolver is a collaboration between Tatsuya, now working as an independent designer and relocated to Germany from Japan (while still in an advisory position with KORG), and Berlin’s own E-RM Erfindungsbüro, maker of obsessive-quality clock devices. (Founder Maximilian Rest is the design mind there.)

I’ve got one in-hand, and will detail its operation with some sound samples shortly, but here’s a quick teaser.

First, a Jony Ives (sorry)-style video from Tats:

The important thing: this Raspberry Pi-powered device feels amazing, like a heavyweight metal luxury item, and makes wonderful sounds.

The basic operation:

1. Record a sound snippet.
2. Play back that sound snippet via a granular engine.
3. Convolve that playback with a live input, combining the two sounds – the timbre of your original sound, the envelope of what you’re playing now.

There are also some features for storing and recalling presets, which make this performance friendly.

Why this matters: it gives you an expressive way of “playing” an effect, like an instrument.

And it’s a unique boutique hardware making project, for the particular context of an event – very different than the mass-manufactured designs of something like the volca series. The units were all hand-assembled (by Tats himself) here in Berlin, and even the boards and cases were made here, as well, so it really is a Berlin manufacturing product in a way most things aren’t.

More on this soon – and you can bet if you follow any RBMA attendees, you’ll see some of their experiments with this hardware show up in social channels!

The last time Tats worked with Red Bull:

There’s a synth symphony for 100 cars coming, based on tuning

And – while it’s important to note he was part of a team – some commentary on the Tats Era at KORG (and still very curious what that team will do next!):

Visionary Tatsuya Takahashi leaves a huge legacy as he departs KORG

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Blinksonic° releases FR3TZ° instrument for NI Reaktor 6

Blinksonic FR3TZBlinksonic° has announced the release of FR3TZ°, a new instrument for Reaktor 6 by Native Instruments where string harmonics meet Euclidean beats in a granular cloud. FR3TZ° offers a minimal concept of a 3-string-mechanical music box to generate fast and original melodic, percussive and ambient sonic environments. It also allows you to play guitar harmonics […]

Tsugi updates GameSynth sound design tool to v1.1 incl. new models

GameSynth SaleTsugi has recently released an update to its GameSynth modular and extensible sound design tool for Windows that comes with specialized models full of unique features. The version 1.1 update includes new Particles and VoiceFX models, as well as many improvements and new features for the current ones. With the new “Particles” model, granular synthesis […]