Back on June 02, 2017, long-time softsynth developer, LinPlug, announced they will cease future development of their microtonal virtual instrument line. It was kind of sad to learn about this having beta-tested for them down through the years, but I fully empathize with their stated reasons. A somber event indeed, especially considering how rare it is in these 12-locked technological times for developers to support full-keyboard microtuning.
Xen-Arts visitors will likely already be aware, as well myriad other xen-microtonal computer musicians and composers around the world, that LinPlug has been a huge supporter of microtonal computer music by being among the early visionary vanguard of a small group of developers to add full-keyboard microtuning features to their virtual instruments line (TUN format), starting with their CronoX 3 in 2005, and ending with their amazing Spectral additive synthesis VSTi released in 2013. Other of their full-keyboard microtuning virtual instruments included the legendary Albino, Alpha, CrX4, MorphoX, Octopus and SaxLab.
I want to personally, publicly and profusely thank LinPlug CEO, Peter Linsener, as well as co-developer Pavol, for all of the amazing things they have achieved over the past 15 years as true innovators in this field, and I know that many others who have used LinPlug’s softsynths in their microtonal virtual instrument ensembles will also echo this sentiment.
LinPlug, Peter and Pavol have always and in every way been a class act as both developers and good people, and they will be sorely missed. Xen-Arts wishes to extend the very best wishes to them as they move towards other creative endeavors.
For visitors to this site who have used LinPlug virtual instruments in their xenharmonic and microtonal music compositions, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below in working with LinPlug’s microtonal tools. It would be good to hear from you.