Over the past few years KORG has been bringing spot-on reproductions of their classic synths to iOS. Now they have released iMono/Poly — a software reproduction of their classic 4VCO Mono/Poly synthesizer. The Mono/Poly was first released in 1981 along side the Polysix. It provided four VCOs, each with its own adjustable pitch, waveform, octave and level controls. The resulting sounds could then be stacked together for huge sounds or cycled through one at a time, creating evolving timbres. Add to that a VCF and VCA, and two EGs and MGs, the Mono/Poly provided an approachable and very powerful synthesizer. Now all this power and classic sound is available on your iOS device.
If you are in the market for a new reverb to add to your plug-in folder you are in luck. PSP, makers of the famed Vintage Warmer — amongst many other great sounding plug-ins — have released PSP Nexcellence, a spring reverb emulation inspired by and modeled after “Necklace” style reverb units. PSP Nexcellence is currently on sale for an intro price of $99 until August 31st. Afterwards the price jumps up to $129 until September 10th and then hitting its regular price of $149 on September 11th. It is available in VST, AU and AAX formats. iLok account is required. —JB
Create beats, melodies and loops by tapping on anything with color with Specdrums musical rings. Specdrums are a two part system consisting of rings (up to 10) that can detect colors and then transmit the color information to a mobile app. The app then takes the color information and turns it into sounds based off the loaded instrument. The app offers various types of keyboards and drum kits and you can add your own recordings and sound effects. You can then save your performance as color themes for future playback. The Specdrums rings can also transmit MIDI over Bluetooth giving you the ability to use them as MIDI controllers in other apps and software.
A Life in Waves is a documentary that explores the life, innovations and works of composer and electronic pioneer Suzanne Ciani. From her early days of learning piano through her success as an electronic artist and sound designer. Filmmakers Brett Whitcomb and Bradford Thomason say the film is “a journey into Suzanne’s mind, offering a Gemini glimpse into the often complicated world of electronic music”. A Life in Waves is playing now in select theaters and available to stream. — JB
A Life in Waves
Plugin Alliance and Fiedler Audio have teamed together to release Stage — an acoustical enhancement plugin designed to give your mixes and masters depth and a rich sense of space. Using stereo widening techniques such as M/S signal processing, phase inversion, the Haas effect, and a number of proprietary algorithms, Stage enhances your signal’s natural ambience and stereophonic composition while retaining phase coherence while ensuring the processed signal does not collapse when in mono. Continue reading