Sunday, April 6, 2014

Scale add-ons for Xen-Arts VSTi from Sevish

A member of our xenharmonic bass underground and microtonal virtual instrument design group - Sevish - has started producing a collection of MTS microtuning add-on packs which are compatible with the Xen-Arts VSTi line.

So far available are the No Octaves and Eikosany Packs, but in the works are also a World Scales and Regular Temperaments Pack.

Visit the Sevish Music | Resources for Computer Musicians page to download these great add-on packs and feel free to let us know how you get on with them, either by commenting in this post, or if you prefer, through private email.

A very public word of thanks goes out to Sevish for the effort to compile these microtunings, along with the nice presentation materials, and making them available to everyone. I'll personally be looking forward to the other upcoming editions of this series.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Xen-Arts Virtual Instrument Announcement | Xen-FMTS 2

proudly presents
Xen-FMTS 2
An FM Synthesis VSTi for the Creation of Microtonal and Xenharmonic Music

Xen-FMTS 2 is a 4 Operator FM Synthesis VSTi with a specialized set of features for computer musicians interested in exploring the vast expressive possibilities of making music with alternative intonation systems. It is a freeware 32-bit plugin instrument for Windows that includes 115 patches, 55 microtunings and 56 partials files. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Out now: Ligon / Sevish / Dubshot ~ 23 (Dubbhism Deluxe)

Just released today...
Ligon / Sevish / Dubshot ~ 23

After the Subversio album, this is the second release on Dubbhism Deluxe bringing together the sounds of Jacky Ligon (Xen-Arts), Sevish (Split-notes) and Tony Dubshot (Dubbhism). This EP is about a tuning, known as 23 EDO. We call this style Xenharmonic Bass Music.

All pieces are written using the same tuning, and once again the FMTS synthesizer, a VSTi developed by Jacky Ligon of Xen-Arts, was used to design many of the sounds on this EP. Watch out for the release of the FMTS 2. A major update of this synth is imminent.

Buy at Juno, Amazon, Digital Tunes or your favorite online store.

Read the entire record release announcement on Dubbhism:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Xen-News | February 2014

For visitors who might have missed some of the recent interesting developments, as well as upcoming events, what follows is a brief summary of miscellaneous Xen-News in the neighborhood...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The OEIS Movie

The OEIS Movie
Plots of 1000 sequences from the
On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Microtonal VSTi Released | LinPlug Spectral

Linplug's Spectral, a fully microtonal tunable, four oscillator additive synthesis VSTi.

Exciting news today for computer musicians and composers exploring the deep sound realms of alternative intonation is the release of LinPlug's new Spectral VSTi, which like the rest of their amazing synth and sampler virtual instrument line, supports full controller MIDI pitch microtuning with the popular TUN microtuning format.

Spectral is made up of four harmonic additive oscillators with up to 256 partials each, including features for FM, AM and PM. Dedicated filters for each of the four oscillators are also available, with deep graphic timbral shaping features for all. Vast modulation possibilities are available in the Mod Matrix, in which practically every aspect of the synthesis engine can be variously modulated for continuously evolving complex timbre creation. At the end of the signal chain is an amazingly versatile effects section for further timbre expansion, featuring LinPlug's great sounding reverb that includes the very useful host sync'd predelay feature found on many of their other instruments. Spectral is a microtonal sound-designer's dream synth.
  • Full controller microtuning functionality using the popular TUN format 
  • Four Oscillator and Filter modules with powerful yet detailed harmonics and filter band editing and modification functions
  • Extensive Oscillator and Filter audio rate cross-modulations.
  • Versatile Arpeggiator with in depth editing of every step, including length, transpose, voice number and Glide
  • Each Oscillator and Filter with own dedicated envelope to control its volume or frequency respectively
  • Additional 3 freely assignable Modulation Envelopes.
  • Five LFOs with various waveforms, up to 320 Hz, tempo-sync, poly-, mono- and one-shot-mode, unipolar and bipolar options, integrated delay-attack-envelope, phase, symmetry and smoothing adjustable
  • 15 slot Modulation Matrix with 35 sources and more than 100 destinations including all important parameters
  • Fully recognizes Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch Bend , Modulation-Wheel and various other MIDI controllers
  • A sophisticated effects section containing 15 Effects including various Delays, Chorus, Phaser, Filter, Reverb, Flanger, Gator, Stereo Enhancer, Parametric EQ and Crusher.
  • Glide / Portamento featuring mono/polyphonic operation, constant Time / Rate operation, Auto-Bend Modes and detailed options on where Glide takes place
  • 32-voice polyphony (CPU and sound program dependent) and adjustable voice limit.
  • Supports AU and VST hosts on Mac OS X and Windows PC.
  • Scaleable user interface on PC
  • Comes with 850 presets to get you started
As many who have followed the development of fully microtonal virtual instruments over the years will be aware, LinPlug has supported microtuning since 2005 when it was first added to their amazing CronoX 3 VSTi, so it is always thrilling to see these new additions to their line. Very special thanks goes out to Peter Linsener and Pavo for the hard work and dedication that went into this great sounding instrument.