I have been searching around for a good Hardware Synthesizer Editor lately, and it looks as if my search is over. Although I use VST instruments, I also use Hardware as well. Particularly the E-MU Ultraproteus, and the Kawai K1-II. I’ve always loved those two Digital Dinosaurs, and to my fortune, the Synthesizer Patch Editor I found supports both!
Edisyn is a synthesizer patch editor library written in pure Java. It runs on OS X, Linux, and Windows. It is particularly good at exploring the space of patches. It has to my knowledge the most sophisticated set of general-purpose patch-exploration tools of any patch editor available. It also has infinite levels of undo, CC and NRPN mapping and learning, offline modes, randomization, merging, nudging, hill-climbing, patch constriction, per-parameter customization, real-time parameter updates, test notes, etc. Edisyn presently supports:
E-Mu Ultraproteus and Morpheus
Kawai K1, Kawai K1m, and Kawai K1r
Waldorf Microwave II, XT, and XTk
Oberheim Matrix 1000
DSI Prophet ’08
Kawai K4 and Kawai K4r
Kawai K5 and K5m
Yamaha DX7 Family
Korg SG Rack and Korg SG Pro X
Korg Wavestation SR
If you happen to have any of the supported Synthesizers listed above, I highly recommend giving Edisyn a good try out. You can download it by clicking here, and I will post a permanent link within the “Sound & Instrument Resources” link list to the right. Special thanks to Tizian Bauer from the Kawai K1 Synthesizer Fans FB Group for making me aware of this!
A few more details have been added to the ANA 2 Cosmic GUI, bringing the version up to 1.10, and what I believe to be the final release. Here’s the updated feature list:
New 3D GUI Slider Caps
ADSR decal level adjustment
Pitch and ModWheel directional decals
New COSMIC, and ANA2 logo (replaced)
New Wavtable and Samplewave decals
Sonic Academy logo centered
Blue glass sidebars added to GUI
After finalizing ANA 2’s interface last night, I think a visual side by side comparison between the original factory default GUI, and Cosmic GUI is in order to showcase the vast difference:
Original Sonic Academy Factory Default GUI (click to enlarge):
Cosmic GUI ver. 1.10 by AmbieticA (click to enlarge):
Version 1.10 will be released in combination with the new ANA 2 Ambient Expansion Pack, which is nearing completion, and soon to be released. The Expansion pack will contain all new Wavetables, Single Cycle Waves, Wave Samples, the new GUI, Arp Presets, G-ENV Presets, CMD Presets, and 100 all new Sound Presets.
The new Sound Presets focus on the Ambient side of music, and include: Pads, Bass, Leads, Bells, Keys, Plucks, Poly, Strings, Atmospheres, FX, Templates, and a new Rhythms category.
Details will be announced in the very near future…
Finally released, Cosmic is a Dark Blue Ambient ANA 2 Space Theme that features Glowing Buttons, Nebular Panels, Starry Backgrounds, and Retro FX Knobs. This GUI is a very small part of an ever growing Ambient project for Sonic Academy’s ANA 2 Synthesizer.
Soon to be released the project includes: 70 samples, 109 handcrafted morphable wavetables, 27 handcrafted single cycle waves, and a growing list of high quality Ambient patches that make use of ANA 2’s powerful modulation matrix.
“Frozen flakes that fell from above, as he reached out his hand that had no glove. His eyes so wide, his laughter so true, a first moment of life that he finally knew. Our innocence wains, and our years pass by, but always be grateful reliving first snow through a child’s eye.” – Michael Lyon
Soundtrack: An ambient childlike melodic translation of emotion captured, as my 1 year old son experienced snowfall for the very first time today, holding him in my arms. Using SubsonicArtz and Triple Spiral Audio’s new release – “Beyond the Illusion” as a stand alone sound source with zero FX, using the following patches that were specifically chosen as a role within this experience:
BS – Last Time – The Deep Landscape (oscillating rhythm of life) AR – Let me be – Snow Falling Randomly (in and out of sync like life) SC – Torched sky – My Son & I in the Snow (living a moment in life) SC – Mirage – Arctic Wind Blowing (chilling all of life)
FN: This soundtrack was created with a 1 year old on my lap… Literally! 😀 Entering new territory here LoL
A big thank you to SubsonicArtz and Triple Spiral Audio for such an amazing release You can check out this new release out here:
Last night I had this idea to create a fun experimental retro preset for ANA 2, and after noodling around for a little while, here we have it …SynthWave Machine! This preset is best experienced using the Mod Wheel and one key only, especially within the C2 to C4 range. This preset includes 3 new Morphable Wavetables, and 1 Retro Drum machine Loop:
Ah Ee III* – used as a morphed LFO synth effect
Hi Sub Warbler* – used as a morphed LFO drifting bass
Twister* – used as the Pad, and Mod Wheel twists it away
YIS-SynthWave** – a nostalgic Kawai R50 drum machine rhythm
To install just add the content within the folder structure I’ve placed in order for you within this package.
As you will soon find out, this preset is a “one trick pony”, but was fun to create and play around with. I hope you all enjoy the preset, and find use for the new Wavetables within your future projects.
Tranquility Base is the site on the Moon where, in 1969, humans landed the Apollo Lunar Module “Eagle”, and walked on another celestial body for the first time. Tranquility Base has remained unvisited since then. This soundtrack pays tribute to that moment in history. Apollo 11 mission recordings used: Courtesy NASA
This soundtrack also features new custom sound design using Sonic Academy’s ANA2 as a “sneek peek” into my ANA2 Ambient Project. Still a work in progress, and no release date yet, but coming together great!
I just wanted to let everyone know I’ve had the chance to update a couple of resources with new material. The Ensoniq Mirage, and Yamaha DX-100 Downloadable Sound Files I have available. The updated material includes:
Yamaha DX-100 Schematics
Yamaha DX-100 Service Manual
Yamaha DX-100 Voice Programming Guide
Mirage Parameter Reference Card OS v3
Mirage Starter Guide by Peter Sansom
The Ensoniq Mirage Advanced Samplers Guide
The Ensoniq Mirage DSK Service Manual
Transoniq Hacker #039 (Sound Process OS Edition)
Mirage Links.txt (OS Tools & Resources for your Mirage)
–> Follow the links provided for hidden treasures 😉
There have also been a few issues reported that the Mirage Disk Writing Utility wasn’t loading properly, and after experimentation, have discovered how to correct this.
The Mirage Tools Version 1.0 Disk Writing Utility was coded for 32 bit systems, but will work on a 64 bit system by performing a little trick. I currently use Windows 8.1 – 64 bit. What I did is found the command prompt program “cmd.exe” in the: “C:\WINDOWS\system32” folder.
I then copied and pasted it to the folder mwrite.exe was located, then “dragged and dropped” mwrite.exe directly into cmd.exe and it opened perfectly. So if anyone is having this issue, try that, it should work.
I wanted to thank Ted Tudor, Jason Champion, and the great people of the Facebook Ensoniq Users Group by helping to add more resources within these archived updates for everyone.
In the old days the medicine men would travel to the rock caves to meet with the Yundi Tsundi and share in their secrets. The medicine men would stay in the mountains for seven days and nights, telling stories around the campfire. On the seventh night, at the darkest hour, as the drums beat louder and louder, the Yundi Tsundi danced around the fire circle, and chanted sacred songs. The Yundi Tsundi then told the medicine men to return their secrets that had been shared with them that year. The medicine men placed the secret formulas in the hands of the Yundi Tsundi, and left the cave to return to their people. The medicine men would return again and again, to receive and return the spirit gifts of the Yundi Tsundi for their people.
This experimental Ambient Composition was purposefully mastered using low levels to maintain that “distant dreamy ambiance” along with various sound effect processes such as multiple delays, convolution reverb, and custom sounds using CZynthia, a 32-BIT Virtual Phase Distortion Synthesizer plug-in created by AlgoMusic:
Two Phase Distortion Oscillator sections each offering two sets of 8 waveforms.
Three 8 stage envelopes each synth for control of pitch, phase and amplitude.
LFO (BPM synced or free running) offering 22 waveforms, rate and delay with pitch and phase destinations.
Pulsar module for algorithmic style pitch/phase modulation. (BPM synced)
Ring modulation, detune and transpose controls
Volume and panorama controls for stereo imaging and master volume.
Scale generator for force scaling of notes. Choice of 8 scales with root key selection.
Powerful multi FX section offering 7 simultaneous stereo effects: EQ, Rotor, Metal, Wah, Delay, Chorus, Reverb.
One of the latest Kontakt Libraries I’ve had the chance to play with this Summer is Atom Hub’s latest release: “The Planet Deep Scan“. From Atom Hub’s description:
Immerse yourself in the vintage sci-fi audio world of The Planet Deep Scan, successor of the acclaimed ambient library, The Planet! In contrast to the previous sample collection and its mostly dreamy and mellow approach, The Planet Deep Scan focuses on a dark, textural content aimed at easy, intuitive
creating of evolving sound textures and soundscapes in a vintage, lo-fi fashion.
This is what interested me the most with this release. There are already quite a few “dreamy and mellow” ambient libraries out there. The “vintage lo-fi” approach really works well with this library, and will add a different sound which will mix perfectly with the “dreamy and mellow” types.
The The Planet Deep Scan’s interface is perfect for creating your own sound design endeavors which include 4 “Scans”, (Oscillator sources), and the ability to Pan and Tune each Scan individually. All 4 Scans are controlled using a basic Attack, Release envelope architecture, which suffices. The interface also provides 9 very usable effects, including a Filter section to sculpt that final sound.
With such an intuitively programmable interface, and very uniquely sampled sound sources that this release provides, I couldn’t help my inner sound design artist, and took advantage of this great combination. Now at 21 new presets that include Synth Pads, Ambient Drones, and Spacey Leads, I decided to release them for free for everyone who has The Planet Deep Scan.