Friday, December 16, 2011

Melodyne inventor Peter Neubäcker (film portrait)

A video that should be of particular interest to musicians interesting in musical instrument intonation - aka - microtuning...

Melodyne Editor 2.0 is simply one of the greatest technological and musical advances of recent times with regard to changing the underlying intonation systems in audio files. To be completely amazed, watch the video on True Scale & Tuning on the Celemony site.

Melodyne Editor 2.0

The possibilities for xenharmonic and microtonal music are truly staggering to consider.

I'm personally very curious as to how well Melodyne Editor can handle changing the intonation in musical scenarios that might include non-harmonic timbres and ensemble textures that prominently feature them.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Xenharmonic FMTS VSTi 1.1 | Maintenance Update

 Xenharmonic FMTS VSTi
An FM Synthesis VSTi for the Creation of Microtonal and Xenharmonic Music
Has been updated to Version 1.1
Enhancements and bug fixes:
  • Added exponential response to the Filter 1 Cutoff Frequency control slider.
  • Added 60 total automation targets for host DAW automation. Automation targets are included for: ADSR, FM-RM Oscilllator Algorithm, Effects Section, Filter Section, Global and Local Microtuning, Operator Waveforms and Oscillator Section.
  • Added Phase Center slider for the Phase/Pulse Width Oscillator LFO.
  • Added more presets.
  • Added more microtunings.
  • Added more partials files.
  • Update to manual.
  • Improvement to FM-RM oscillator quality, especially in the bass range.
  • Changed name of Detune effect to Ensemble.
  • Enhancement to UI graphics to make visually crisper.
  • New Plugin ID. Due to the number of internal enhancements, patches created with v.1.0 are not compatible with 1.1
  • Fixed Operator Keyboard Tracking Slider bug.
  • Fixed Frequency Limit bug that could cause clipping under certain circumstances.

As of February 2014, the Xenharmonic FMTS 1.1 VSTi has been superseded by the new:


Please note that Xen-Arts software never has been, and never will be, infected with computer viruses - this we promise. If your virus software ever indicates that our microtonal music software has a virus, this is what is known as a False Positive. Contacting the developer of your virus software to make them aware of the false positive is the best solution.

New Album: VA ~ Subversio (Dubbhism Deluxe)

Dubbhism, Split Notes and Xen-Arts
proudly presents
release announcement on dubbhism:

Other news...
This week there will be a maintenance update to the Xenharmonic FMTS VSTi. For those who have been using version 1.0, you may be interested in the the many exciting enhancements in the upcoming 1.1 release. Check out the notes from Tony Dubshot on the Subversio page for details of what will come.

While you are over at the Dubbhism web, don't forget to also check out the new xenharmonic tracks on Tony Dubshot's latest solo release, The Circuit Bender ~ Timpani.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Microtuning Virtual Instruments - Part 4

Back in 2005 I wrote a short TUN tutorial that was published on the Scala home page, which was originally written for the manual of the LinPlug CronoX VSTi. Since that time, Manuel Op de Coul (the developer of Scala) has added many new and helpful features that make it easier than ever to create the microtuning format files for retuning electronic hardware and software musical instruments.

This new article greatly expands upon the information in the original TUN tutorial and presents a sequence of exercises for the creation of the TUN microtuning format files used for exploring alternative intonation systems in many popular microtunable virtual instruments, and covers how the frequencies of microtonal tunings are mapped to specific MIDI Note Numbers, as well as demonstrating many important new features and functions of the Scala application.  

Microtuning Virtual Instruments - Part 4 | Creating TUN Files

The TUN microtuning format was invented by Mark Henning who is also the developer of the AnaMark VSTi synthesizer, which was first published with TUN support on February 19, 2003, making it one of the earliest VSTi supporting full-controller microtuning tables. The TUN format is an elegant solution for retuning MIDI controlled virtual instruments to alternative intonation systems, because both the MIDI Note Number on which the 1/1 starting note of the microtuning will be placed - and - the MIDI Note Number on which the Reference Frequency will be placed, can be freely specified, and is embedded within a single text file that is read by the instrument.