Aug 272017
 

Xen-Arts is pleased to announce the publication of an article on the MIDI Association site at MIDI.org:

Microtuning and Alternative Intonation Systems

Microtuning virtual and electronic hardware instruments: An overview of formats and methods for using alternative intonation systems

The article covers, encapsulates and extrapolates on topics featured in the Xen-Articles, Microtuning Virtual Instruments series on this site, but features a more in depth examination and PSA about the implementation of the Scala SCL and linear KBM format in software virtual instruments, in an effort to draw attention to why it’s crucial to have the KBM part of the specification available for serious microtonal and xenharmonic music composition.

Please feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, or otherwise on the MIDI Association article page. It would be great to hear from you.

 Posted by at 7:07 pm
May 122012
 
New VSTi Announcement

IVOR

The Microtonal Virtual Analog Synthesizer
by Xen-Arts
IVOR is a two-oscillator subtractive synthesizer that features full-controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning using MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard), where any MIDI Note Number can be freely microtuned to any desired pitch across the MIDI range, thereby enabling musicians and composers to explore the vast expressive possibilities of composing music with alternative intonation systems.
IVOR is a microtonal sound-designer’s virtual analog synthesizer with a carefully designed ergonomic workflow for quickly creating powerful sounding and musical useful timbres.
IVOR excels at making categories of timbres that include bass, distortion, keys, pads, broken, weird, leads and other analog synthesis types of sounds.
IVOR is an educational tool for learning about subtractive sound synthesis and musical instrument intonation (aka microtuning and xenharmonics).
IVOR embodies a design philosophy of simplicity for microtonal music sound-design…
  • A ‘knob-less’ design featuring slider controls only, which enables intuitive direct control with a computer mouse.
  •  A dedicated control signal system mapped to the most important synthesis functions.
  • Settings are made by typing values into fields, dropdown lists, left-and-right arrows, switches and sliders.
  • Enables musicians to specify precise microtonal pitch-bend settings.
  • Features arbitrary microtonal oscillator transposition settings.
  • Velocity modulation of harmonics enables dynamically playing harmonics of the fundamental pitch.
Features…
Oscillator Section
  • Two Oscillators with 22 Waveforms
  • Microtonal, Harmonic Series and Subharmonic Series Oscillator Transposition
  • LFO (with Rate Sequencer) and Envelope Generator for Phase, Pulse-Width and Pitch Modulation
  • LFO and Envelope Generator features both Unidirectional and Bidirectional Modulation
  • Analog Pitch Drift Emulator with both Unidirectional and Bidirectional Modulation
  • Velocity-to-Harmonics Modulation enables oscillators to dynamically sound harmonics of the fundamental pitch
  • Ring Modulation with 23 RM Types
  • Oscillator and Ring Modulator Mixer
Filter Section
  • Pre-Filter Saturation Stage with 20 Saturation Types
  • Two Independent Filters with Six Filter Types: LP4, LP2, HPF, BPF, BRF, APF
  • One and Two Stage Filter Cascade
  • LFO (with Rate Sequencer) and Envelope Generator for Filter Cutoff Frequency Modulation
  • LFO and Envelope Generator enables both Unidirectional and Bidirectional Filter Modulation
VCA Section
  • Dedicated Envelope Generator
  • Switchable Velocity Sensitivity and Fixed Volume Control
Performance Control
  • MIDI Pitch Microtuning with MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard)
  • MTS Support for both Single Note and Bulk Dump
  • Loads MTS Microtuning Format Files Internally and Receives MTS Externally
  • Local (Per-Patch) and Global Microtuning (Static Microtuning for All Patches)
  • Microtunings can be loaded from any directory on hard drives or storage devices connected to the computer
  • Ten Note Polyphonic
  • Monophonic Legato Mode
  • Polyphonic Portamento with Three Glide Modes
  • Microtonal Pitch Bend
  • Vibrato
  • Effects include Warm Filter and Stereo Ensemble 

IVOR is a freeware 32-bit VSTi for Windows XP or higher and includes a detailed instruction manual, 98 factory patches and 54 microtonal tunings.

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 Posted by at 12:57 pm