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Bremmers Audio Design updates MultitrackStudio for iPad to v2.3.1 – Supports iOS 9 Audio Units

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Bremmers Audio Design has released version 2.3.1 of MultitrackStudio for iPad. New in version 2.3.1: Supports iOS 9 Audio Unit effects and MIDI instruments. Note: presets and automation are currently [Read More]
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Kuassa releases Cerberus Bass Amplifikation for VST, VST3, Audio Units, and AAX

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Kuassa has released the Cerberus Bass Amplifikation for VST, VST3, Audio Units, and AAX. Cerberus Bass Amplifikation is a three-channel bass amplifier plug-in designed to provide the warmth of [Read More]
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Sound Magic release Serenade Headquarter – Virtual Preamp and Headphone Effect Units

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Sound Magic has released Serenade Headquarter, a multi effect unit for Mac OS X and Windows related to their hardware (currently the Serenade Pro Audio Interface). Based on the hardware, it [Read More]
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Sound Radix updates Auto-Align, SurferEQ and Pi Plug-ins, adds VST3 support; 32 Lives (32 to 64-bit Audio Units adapter) also updated

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Sound Radix has updated its suite of plug-ins, which includes the microphones phase alignment tool Auto-Align, pitch tracking equalizer SurferEQ as well as their phase correlation mixer Pi. New Featur [Read More]
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Auganizer released for OS X – Rename and Organise Audio Units

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Auganizer, a new Audio Unit management app, is now available for OS X. Auganizer lets you rename, reorder, organise and arrange your Audio Units the way you want to. Here’s what they say: “Until now, [Read More]
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Patchblocks: Modular Synth Units, Programmed Visually [Sounds, Gallery]

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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Patchblocks’ creator says he wanted this hardware sound construction set to be like a combination of Max, Arduino, Moog, and LEGO.

And in a novel, crowd-funded project, you get a set of units that seem very much like that. “Modular” is the angle, like a variety of hardware we’ve seen lately. And the Patchblocks satisfyingly snap together via puzzle piece-shaped interlocks in acrylic. But perhaps the real story here is that each of these “blocks” can be programmed to do what you want, not in code, but using a Max/Pd-style visual patching interface.

With just one block, in fact, Patchblocks are modular. Maybe you want a simple synth. Maybe you want to add effects (delays, filters, distortion). Maybe you want a sequencer. Even before you combine those blocks, you can reimagine the Patchblocks’ purpose. They’re lo-fi, but good fun, covering a range of chippy, classic timbres.

Put them together, and the blocks seamlessly stream audio and control, combining sequencers with synths with drums. The video is very, very impressive — little wonder that, even with over-saturated crowd funding projects these days, it’s getting wide support.

You might have heard about another project having something to do with modular. All I can say is, you know, CDM is typically in touch directly with manufacturers, so I imagine if there were such a project, we would probably cover it in detail as soon as we were allowed to do publicly. Just speculating. I might also speculate that Patchblocks is unlike anything else I’ve seen going into production, rumored or otherwise, so worth looking at individually. -Ed.

The Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Heinz is only in the second day of the announcement, but aiming for a 1000-unit run — and well on his way.

Have a look at what these can do:

I’ve just received a set of Patchblocks for review, so stay tuned for some hands-on. We have some additional images and specs in the meantime.

Here are some examples of what the blocks can sound like, though there are already various patches online (ring mod!) and users can create more sounds if these aren’t to your liking:

Each block shares common features:

Stereo audio input
Stereo audio output
2 channel digital input
2 channel digital output
2 assignable knobs
2 assignable illuminated buttons
Tough 5mm machined acrylic enclosure panels
USB chargeable LiPo battery
10bit / 20K sampling rate audio

I’d love to see a complete enclosed housing; perhaps that can happen in a future run. But the cases in the meantime look functional enough.

In fact, the only real catch is lead time. February is when most of the run will ship, though early adopters still have a chance to get them as soon as December (for a bit of extra scratch). They are, however, very affordable — GBP30 gets you a unit, so even this four run set runs only 120 pounds, which I think is not so bad from a small manufacturer.

Patch on your computer screen, then upload compiled code to the Patchblocks. It's like instant hardware from a Max/Pd-style patch (with some very approachable, simple building blocks).

Patch on your computer screen, then upload compiled code to the Patchblocks. It’s like instant hardware from a Max/Pd-style patch (with some very approachable, simple building blocks).

There’s loads of information on the project site, which is already set up for shopping, getting support, and connecting with other users to share patches and ideas:

http://patchblocks.com/

And if you want in, you’ve got a month left.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2012099678/patchblocks-programmable-mini-synth-modules

Belfast has a lovely music scene going, including one of my favorite artists, Boxcutter. Look forward to hearing what Boxcutter is doing with these (yep, he’s got them).

And we’ll find out what I’m doing with them shortly. More soon.

All images courtesy Patchblocks.

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SoundToys updates Audio Units with OS X Mavericks Support and releases AAX Native 64-bit plug-ins for Mac

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

SoundToys has released free updates that give full support with Audio Units on Mac OS X Mavericks and AAX Native 64-bit plug-in support for OS X 10.8.3. Audio Units with Mavericks Support This release [Read More]
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Sound Radix releases Public Beta of “32 Lives” 32 to 64-Bit Audio Units Plug-ins Adapter

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Sound Radix has released a public Beta of 32 Lives 32 to 64-Bit Audio Units Plug-ins Adapter. 32 Lives is designed to generate 64-bit Audio Unit versions from 32-bit legacy plug-ins, helping to cros [Read More]
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Greiner Engineering Tools releases “sum.mation” Plug-in in 64-bit AAX, Audio Units, VST, and RTAS 32-bit

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Greiner Engineering Tools has announced that the plug-in for their sum.mation hardware is now available in 64-bit AAX, Audio Units, VST, and RTAS 32-bit. It is a free upgrade for sum.mation owners. [Read More]
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Greiner Engineering Tools releases “sum.mation” plugin in 64-bit AAX, Audio Units, VST, and RTAS 32-bit

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Greiner Engineering Tools has announced that the plug-in for their sum.mation hardware is now available in 64-bit AAX, Audio Units, VST, and RTAS 32-bit. It is a free upgrade for sum.mation owners. It [Read More]
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