Jul 302016

Of potential interest to site visitors and users of the suite of Xen-Arts microtonal synthesis VSTi tools, is a new FM synthesis tutorial from our partner in all things Xen, Sevish, aka, Sean Archibald. If you have been following the music and software development activities on this blog, you will instantly recognize his singular vision and music composition work on various independently produced solo and collaborative recording projects, as well as his stellar sound-design contributions on some of the Xen-Arts VSTi patch-banks; most recently among them his patches included in the updated IVOR2 factory bank.

Check out the article on the Sevish blog and watch the tutorial video on YouTube:

FM synthesis with Xen-Arts FMTS 2 video tutorial

In this insightful tutorial, Sevish pulls back the veils of arcane sonic mystery that for many typically surround FM synthesis techniques, and shows us some of his methods for getting the distinctive timbres heard on his records made over the past many years, a number of which actually feature Xen-Arts instruments.

Awesome work. I would personally love to see more tutorials of this nature.

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Jul 182016

Of potential interest to site visitors and users of the Xen-Arts VSTi alike, is a generous review of IVOR2 in the current July 2016 issue of SoundBytes by Warren Burt.

Review – IVOR2 from Xen-Arts


For those frequenting these pages to stay abreast of the festive xenharmonic software developments on offer here, many will recall that Warren also wrote a deeply detailed review of Xen-FMTS2  back in 2014:

Xen_FMTS2, a FREE Softsynth That Opens the Way to Wild Explorations of Tunings and Timbres

Check out Warren’s other excellent articles in this issue of SoundBytes as well, and you’ll find that he frequently carries on the old family tradition of advocating for microtuning functionality in products where it’s not currently implemented. It’s always encouraging to see, because obviously it is the collective voices of microtuning enthusiasts, educators, musicians and composers, who are able to communicate to developers the importance of having musical tools that enable working with alternative intonation systems, and especially full-keyboard microtuning features that enable retuning the instruments to any intonations required by the music at hand. It’s a noble effort in a 12-locked musical world. Thanks Warren.

Warren Burt | Journal


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