- Enables computer musicians and composers to freely load their own SF2 SoundFonts into a fully microtonal, hybrid sampling & subtractive synthesis based VSTi.
- 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.
- Envelope generators with per-stage ADSR keyboard tracking.
- Two Soundfont Oscillators that enable users to load their own SF2 files.
- Microtonal, Harmonic Series and Subharmonic Series Oscillator Transposition.
- Pitch Envelope Generator with Per-Stage ADSR Keyboard Tracking and Polarity Switching.
- Host Synchronized LFO (with Rate Sequencer) for Cross-Fade Modulation between Oscillators.
- Analog Pitch Drift Emulator with both Unipolar and Bipolar Modulation
- Velocity-to-Harmonics Modulation enables oscillators to dynamically sound harmonics of the fundamental pitch
- Ring Modulation
- Oscillator and Ring Modulator Mixer with Six Cross-Fade Modes.
- 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.
- Host Synchronized LFO (with Rate Sequencer) and Envelope Generator for Filter Cutoff Frequency Modulation.
- Filter Envelope Generator with Per-Stage ADSR Keyboard Tracking and Polarity Switching.
- LFO and Envelope Generator enables both Unipolar and Bipolar Filter Modulation.
Dedicated Envelope Generator.
VCA Envelope Generator with Per-Stage ADSR Keyboard Tracking.
Switchable Velocity Sensitivity and Fixed Volume 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.
Effects include Chorus, Flanger, Phasers, Warm Filter and Stereo Ensemble.
Sometime after the release of the Xen-Arts IVOR VSTi, it was requested to consider producing a microtonal SF2 SoundFont instrument. At first it was my impression that the SF2 format was generally dead; superseded by the newer SFZ format used in many current popular VSTi.
This turned out to be not entirely accurate, and it appears rather that the SF2 format is alive and well, and is used in quite a number of popular music software applications; in particular on the Mac OS, where there is a full featured microtonal SoundFont instrument available. But on the Windows side of the OS universe, there have been far less options for serious microtonal and xenharmonic composition using SF2 SoundFonts.
With the ability to freely load any ‘historical’ SoundFont files one may have in their sample archive, or tapping into the vast numbers of free ones available around the web, this VSTi provides a way to dust off those old SF2 and give them a new sonic life, in a no-compromise, fully microtonal, hybrid sampler-synthesizer instrument.
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.
around the web, below are a few links to get started with:
We hope that you will enjoy this fun new microtonal instrument. Let us know what you think.
From page 5 of the XenFont manual: