KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.0 released !

Mon, 05 May 2008

A new version of the KarmaFX Plugin Pack, version 2.0, has been released. During the hectic months up to the release of the KarmaFX Synth Modular, development of the KarmaFX Plugin Pack was heavily down prioritized. Therefore it is now time for an update of this useful pack of VST effects. Bugs have been fixed and features have been added or improved. The main change however, is the inclusion of a brand new 15 page User's Manual.

KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.0 changelog.
  • Added performance improvements.
  • Added SSE3 code path and memory optimizations to Reverb plugin.
  • Plugin dll's are now compressed for faster load times.
  • Individual version numbers for the plugins have been removed.
  • The plugin pack now includes an (optional) 15 page User's Manual in PDF format.
  • Equalizer has been extended with optional Low and High shelving and an extreme 36/48/96dB boost switch. (Thanks Outside Context Problem)
  • Bugfix: Automating many parameters simultaneously could malfunction in all plugins. Fixed. (Thanks Buckley!)
  • Bugfix: Equalizer mode was not computed consistently which made it possible to select 24dB but get 12dB. Fixed. (Thanks Outside Context Problem)
  • Bugfix: Equalizer GUI Alt-moving sliders has been improved and an Alt-Shift tilt option has been added. (Thanks Outside Context Problem)
  • Bugfix: Equalizer filters modified and extended to 64 bit to reduce quantization noise. (Thanks Outside Context Problem)
  • Bugfix: Equalizer filters weren't reset when going from inactive to active state. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Equalizer's gain and mix parameters are now interpolated more to avoid zipper noise.
  • Bugfix: Equalizer on/off LED switch could cause unneccesary clicking. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Filter's cutoff frequencies shown in the GUI were inaccurate. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed tiny memory leak in GUI code in all plugins.
  • Bugfix: Fixed overflow bug in Reverb when using high damping values.

The bell tolls - KarmaFX Synth featured in CM Synth Essentials, April issue

Wed, 09 Apr 2008

CM's resident "king of the oscillators", Scot Solida, uses KarmaFX Synth for recreating DX7 style bell sounds in the April issue of Computer Music.

In his own words:

“ We're using KarmaFX Synth as an additive synth. ”

In the same issue, KarmaFX Equalizer is used in their feature article "The Ultimate Guide to EQ". CM writes:

“ This 31-band graphic EQ has a secret: select the frequency range you want and the bands adjust accordingly, for a total of 93 bands ! ”

The KarmaFX Synth Limited-Time Introductory Offer has expired.

Mon, 14 Apr 2008

For a limited time KarmaFX offered a full registered license of KarmaFX Synth Modular for only €68+VAT/$98. As of today the price is now set to the standard €76+VAT/$120. Price has been adjusted to take into account the decline in the US dollar.

Manipulating waveforms - KarmaFX featured in CM Synth Essentials, March issue

Sun, 09 Mar 2008

Synth wizard Scot Solida goes back to the source with a guide to spicing up those common-or-garden saws, squares and sines in the latest issue of Computer Music. As usual he uses KarmaFX Synth Modular to show off his nifty tricks.

Scot writes:

“ The cool thing about KarmaFX Synth is that each module has a waveform display, so you can see what's happening to your signal as you shape it. ”

KarmaFX Official Sponsor for Drum & Bass Event in March

Fri, 07 Mar 2008

KarmaFX is happy to announce that we again are sponsoring 'Socialism' in London, 11th March.

The line up is:
DIGITAL, SAPPO, BARON, RATED X, KOMBINATE, MASSACRE, RAMSHACKLERS, ALTITUDE, FATMAN D, SHABBA, RAGE, IRIE, BENNIE D, RAGGADON.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.01 released !

Thu, 31 Jan 2008

Contains bugfixes and minor new features. A fresh install is unfortunatly required due to an online update bug in v1.00. Registered users have been notified by e-mail.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.01 changelog.
  • Double clicking on module captions now minimizes/maximizes them. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Patch can now be changed by clicking directly on the control panel display. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Bugfix: Online update version-check was unfortunatly flawed. Fixed, but fresh install is required!
  • Bugfix: Control events were not properly filtered, causing e.g., modulators to sometimes wrongly retrigger in legato mode. Fixed. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Bugfix: Online update could not update skin dll's due to access permissions. Fixed so they can be updated in future releases.
  • Bugfix: Minimize/Maximize module could cause clicks in output since v1.00 RC4. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: In Cantabile: Changing patch with GUI closed and then reopening the GUI would reload the last patch set inside the GUI. Fixed. (Thanks dj.tuBIG)
  • Bugfix: Sampler's SF2 Soundfont import would not always read loop-points. Fixed. (Thanks Jeremy)
  • Bugfix: Crash fix for when loading a non-existing patch from a user-edited bank. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Bugfix: Fix for crash when having more than 20 user waveforms in the Additive module.(Thanks Flos)
  • Bugfix: Imported waveforms in the Additive module were not always saved. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Changing module type would not always reset internal module state. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Vowel 1 and 2 were incorrectly named Vowel A and B in the GUI's wave display. Fixed. (Thanks Scot)
  • Bugfix: When renaming a control, a dash '-' would show up as a 'z'. Skins have been updated to fix this.(Thanks Argitoth)
  • Bugfix: Uninstaller was not included in the registered version v1.00 due to a technical issue. Resolved.
  • Manual has been updated. Did some minor changes and added bookmarks (Thanks Dom).
  • Demo version now expires after the 30-day evaluation period.
  • Patch saving in the Demo version is now disabled.

    Demo version 1.01 expires August, 2008.

His Master's Voice ! - KarmaFX featured in CM Synth Essentials, February issue

Tue, 29 Jan 2008

Scot Solida is back with an excellent two-page Synth Essentials column featuring KarmaFX Synth. In this February issue of Computer Music Magazine, Scot uses KarmaFX Synth Modular for Vocal Synthesis!

KarmaFX Official Sponsor for Drum & Bass Event in January

Mon, 17 Dec 2007

  KarmaFX is happy to announce that we again are sponsoring 'Socialism' in London! This time January 15th.

The line up is: PHANTASY, DJ VAPOUR, JEMONE, KOMBINATE, DYMOND, RATED X, ALTITUDE, SHABBA D, DVS, SMOOTHIE, BREEZA & DOMINATA

KarmaFX Synth Modular voted #1 in Computer Music Special !

Sat, 01 Dec 2007

In the recent Computer Music Special: "The Fast Guide To Synthesis", CM have round up the most favoured commercial and free synths.

For the last 3 years KarmaFX has provided the public beta version of KarmaFX Synth Modular VST synth and effect unit as donationware. Computer Music readers have shown their appreciation for the software and this fact by voting KarmaFX Synth Modular into 1st place on the top 10 chart of best "free" synths!

CM writes:

“ ...KarmaFX Synth is, simply put, a wonder. ”

“ It's a breeze to carve out your own sonic signature with this instrument. ”

KarmaFX would sincerely like to thank all those who voted! To show our appreciation and celebrate, KarmaFX has created a special CM patch bank which is on the magazines DVD.

This issue also features an article on "Modular synthesis from the ground up" featuring a two page KarmaFX Synth tutorial.

KarmaFX Synth Modular has since reached version 1.0, and its donationware days are now over. On November 1st 2007 it was converted to shareware, but a free demo version is still available for download.

Breaking the Sequence ! - KarmaFX featured in CM Synth Essentials, November issue

Sat, 10 Nov 2007

KarmaFX Synth Modular is once again featured in Scot Solida's excellent two-page Synth Essentials column in Computer Music Magazine.

This time Scot shows a step by step guide on how to use the sequencer module for modulation!

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 FINAL released !!!

Thu, 01 Nov 2007

 
After years of development, testing and tweaking, the final version 1.0 of KarmaFX Synth Modular is finally ready! The project started back in 1998, so it has been a long journey. Thanks go out to the people who supported KarmaFX with testing, feature suggestions, patches, comments and donations during these past years!

With this release, KarmaFX Synth Modular is converted from Donationware to Shareware. This means that it is now available in two versions: A Full Registered version, that comes with extra patches, skins and a User's manual and A Demo version, free for trial use. It times-out and has limited save and update capabilities.

By this change we hope to give our dedicated users better support and avoid confusion with Freeware, which many sites mistakenly report that KarmaFX Synth Modular is. The KarmaFX Plugin Pack is not affected by this change, and will continue to be Donationware.

The Registered version of KarmaFX Synth Modular can be bought online here. People who have already donated $10 or more for any KarmaFX plugins are entitled to a free Registered version of KarmaFX Synth Modular and have been notified by e-mail.

The release of version 1.0 marks a new chapter for KarmaFX Synth Modular, but does in no way mean that development will cease. So go ahead and join us on our continued journey into the realms of modular synthesis !

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 final changlog.

  • Made the Registered and the Demo version branches.
  • Finished the User's manual for the Registered version and placed it in the "KarmaFX_Synth\Manual" subfolder.
    A shortcut is placed in the Windows Start menu on installation.
  • GUI: Added a new slick looking "Blue" skin to the Registered version.
  • Added an extra patch bank to the Registered version (Bonus Bank 1).
  • Temporarily disabled uninstaller in the Registered version due to a technical issue.
  • Reordered and created a bunch of new patches.

    The Demo version expires February, 2007.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 6, 7, 8 and 9] released !

Sat, 27 Oct 2007

More Synth Modular bugfixes.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 9] changes (10/27/2007)
  • Bugfix: Minimizing Notepitch controller when chained to unison module caused stack overflow. Fixed.(Thanks flos!!)
  • Bugfix: Modulating Unison parameters in polyphonic mode crashed the synth. Fixed. (Thanks flos!)
  • Bugfix: Possible memtrash bug fixed in Notepitch/Pattern module.
  • Reordered and added a few new patches.

    Release Candidate expires November, 2007.
KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 8] changes (10/27/2007)
  • Bugfix: Hooking up a modulator through another module could crash the synth in poly mode. Fixed. (Thanks flos!!)
  • Bugfix: Replacing a modulator module in poly mode could crash the synth. Fixed.
  • Reordered and added a few new patches.

    Release Candidate expires November, 2007.
KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 7] changes (10/21/2007).
  • Bugfix: Right clicking on Additive waveform selection menu could crash the Synth. Fixed (Thanks Ryan!).
  • Bugfix: HFO module could startup in overflow state. Fixed (Thanks flos!).
  • Bugfix: Sampler module's Freq knob had no effect without a controller signal. Fixed.
  • Reordered and added a few new patches.

    Release Candidate expires November, 2007.
KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 6] changes (10/14/2007)
  • Bugfix: Clearing Control Panel MIDI CC assignments now actually works. (Thanks dj.tuBIG)
  • Bugfix: Changing precalc quality in Pad module could crash the synth. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: MIDI CC mapping only worked after openening the GUI. Fixed. (Thanks dj.tuBIG)
  • Bugfix: "Harmonics" text in the Additive and Pad displays was not shown properly. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Text in Samplers Velocity Editor was colored wrong due to sign error. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Stereo separation time display always showed 0ms in Delay module. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Step module's internal offset could go out of range. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Forward looping in Sampler could overflow with a loop size of 0. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Oscillators are now initialized to random phases to avoid phase-sync when trigger is off. (Thanks dj.tuBIG)
  • Bugfix: Crop/Cut functionality in Sampler was broken for 24 and 32 bit samples. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Right click menu in Pad's magnitude editor did not work. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a stupid slowdown bug in RC5 (Registry was accessed in process function by mistake). [RC6]
  • Removed all patches containing large samples to save space. These will be included in a separate bank later.
  • Created a few extra patches.

    Release Candidate expires November, 2007.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 Shareware Announcement !

Thu, 11 Oct 2007

With release candidate RC5 just around the corner, KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.00 Final is closer than ever. It is time to announce that with this release KarmaFX Synth Modular will be converted from Donationware to Shareware. This means that the Synth will be available in two versions: A DEMO version that is free for trial use, and a FULL Registered version that costs money (price to be announced later).

It is therefore no longer possible to donate money in order to sign up for the full registered version.

Donations are still welcome. The KarmaFX Plugin Pack is not affected by this change, and will continue to be Donationware. People who have already donated $10 or more for any KarmaFX plugins are entitled to a free registered version of Synth Modular and will be notified by e-mail.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 4] released !

Sun, 07 Oct 2007

More Synth Modular bugfixes.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 4] changes.
  • Enabled "Tempo Sync" option to Sampler's Delta parameter. Useful for syncing drum loops. [RC3]
  • GUI: Added a warning message to the Unison display when the max number of voices has been reached. (Thanks dj.tuBIG) [RC3]
  • Bugfix: Unison could produce strange output in polyphonic mode. Fixed. (Thanks dj.tuBIG) [RC3]
  • Bugfix: Polyphonic mode will now revert held keys when too many keys are pressed and then released.
    This only worked in monophonic mode before. (Thanks dj.tuBIG) [RC4]
  • Bugfix: More than one output from Pattern module could cause it to change tempo. Fixed. [RC4]
  • Bugfix: Holding down more than 16 notes could mem-trash Pattern module when in Arp mode. Fixed. [RC4]
  • Bugfix: Sampler's output was sometimes mistakenly detected as silent after loading a sample. Fixed. [RC4]
  • Bugfix: Minimizing Unison module could potentially crash the synth. Fixed. [RC4]
  • Bugfix: Too much memory was allocated and saved when loading samples into Sampler (since v0.99). Fixed. [RC4]
  • Re-edited all patches to make sure they generally detrigger on note-off events. [RC4]
  • Created a few new patches.

    Release Candidate expires November, 2007.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 2] released !

Sun, 30 Sep 2007

Synth Modular has been updated. We are nearing completion of version 1.0 final, so no new features this time. Just GUI tweaks and bugfixes.
Final version will be released one or two weeks from now.
Full list of changes below.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.0 [Release Candidate 2] changes.
  • Amplifier will now skip streams from input modules if amplification is 0 for more than half a second.
    This can reduce CPU load considerably, especially with polyphonic patches.
    This also means that patches will consume 0% CPU when not playing and the GUI is closed.
  • Tweaked synth engine performance and reduced vst dll sizes for faster loading.
  • GUI: Double clicking or Shift-clicking on a wire arrow now allows you to insert a module on this wire (Thanks Matthew).
  • GUI: Additive and Pad magnitude editor is now log scaled for easier editing.
  • GUI: Renamed all "Component" references to "Module" for consistency with the manual.
  • GUI: Optimized/rewrote all waveform and curve drawing routines.
  • GUI: Added antialised drawing support. The level of antialising is determined by the skin.
  • GUI: Added even better support for custom skins. Resource files placed in a subfolder inside the Skins folder will now be detected as a "raw" skin.
  • GUI: When using raw skins, hitting Ctrl-R will now reload the chosen skin.
  • GUI: Made minor edits to the default skin (colors and gfx).
  • Bugfix: Pos in Sampler was disabled by accident in v0.99. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Stereo parameter in Pad module was bogus on first output sample. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Sampler's sustain was broken when in stereo or when multiple keys were held in non-polyphonic mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Clearing samples in Sampler while playing a polyphonic patch could crash the synth. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Nasty interpolation bug in delay code caused some modules to overflow. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Multiple connections to a bypassed module could return garbage. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Midi control messages like Pitchbend etc. could confuse MidiTrig module. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Portamento was broken in polyphonic mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed memory leak when replacing modules.
  • Bugfix: Fixed possible crash and memory leak when out of memory while loading samples. [new in RC2]
  • Bugfix: Arp could sometimes go out of sync in Pattern module. Fixed. [new in RC2]
  • Created a few new patches.

    Release Candidate expires November, 2007.

KarmaFX Official Sponsor for Drum & Bass Event in November

Tue, 25 Sep 2007

KarmaFX is again sponsoring 'Socialism' in London! This time November 13th.

The line up is:
SABRE, KUBIKS, DANGEROUS, ALTITIDE, KOMBINATE, DYMOND, DJ SWAY, SHABBA, M CD & BENNIE D, IRIE MC, NU-FLO

Take the Sub-way ! - This month's CM Synth Essentials features KarmaFX Synth

Mon, 10 Sep 2007

KarmaFX Synth Modular is once again used in Scot Solida's excellent two-page Synth Essentials column in Computer Music Magazine.

This time Scot shows how to take advantage of Sub Oscillators!

KarmaFX Official Sponsor for Drum & Bass Event in August

Thu, 16 Aug 2007

KarmaFX is again sponsoring 'Socialism' in London, August 21st.

The line up is:
PARADOX, INSIGHT, MARTYN, DJ TRAX, KOMBINATE, DYMOND, DJ SWAY, MC CD & BENNIE D, MASTERMIND & DOMINATA.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 0.99 released !

Sat, 14 Jul 2007

KarmaFX Synth has been updated. Full list of changes below.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 0.99 BETA changes.
  • Added auto-pitchbend to "Tune" knob in NotePitch module (Thanks Rick, for the idea!).
    Enable by clicking on "Enable pitchbend" in right click menu and choose the desired range.
  • Changed internal buffer size to reduce overall memory usage (Unfortunatly this change requires a full install, online update won't work).
  • Added Stereo module with left/right volume control and -0dB, -3dB, -4.5dB and -6dB pan law panning.
  • Added external waveform (.wav) import feature to the Additive module.
  • Wav files can now be dragged and dropped onto the sampler module and the Additive module to load/import external samples.
    The Sampler can also load multiple files this way.
  • Added support for module presets. Right click on caption to activate the caption popup and choose "Presets" to access the presets submenu.
    Presets are stored in KarmaFX_Synth/Presets and named according to module class and type.
  • Changed "KarmaFX SFX" bank name to "KarmaFX Effect" (for input effects) and added "KarmaFX SoundFX" bank for synth sound effects.
  • Added extra external waveforms to the Additive module.
  • Added Pad module (inspired by Paul Nasca's padsynth algorithm), which features Bandwith and Bandwith Scale controls, and where it's possible to edit waveform, harmonic magnitude, harmonic profile and the overall frequency response curve.
  • Bugfix: New Patch->Simple Effect was broken in 0.98. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Sidechain knob modulation won't clip to range anymore.
  • Bugfix: Faster and safer memory resize functions in reverb code.
  • Bugfix: Popup windows would destroy the GUI when dragged in Cakewalk Sonar.
    Fixed by subclassing a different window and changing the window's style flags. (Tested in Sonar 6 Trial).
  • Bugfix: Missing mousewheel support fixed in Sonar, Cubase SX and FL-Studio.
  • Bugfix: Trigger in Sampler module was broken since 0.97. Fixed. (Thanks Synchro!)
  • Bugfix: Sampler now outputs silence when busy loading samples.
  • Bugfix: Better error handling when reading patches with mismatching parameter specs.
  • Bugfix: Changing NotePitch's polyphonic mode now resets internal voices.
  • Bugfix: Additive module would not restore correctly when using the built-in waveforms. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Using "Replace" module in a polyphonic patch could crash the synth. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Clicking "Rename" in Sampler would disable all right click menus. Fixed.
  • Created a bunch of new patches and added some from the Flos bank! (Thanks Flos!)

    This beta version expires October, 2007.

Feel the pulse ! - This month's CM Synth Essentials features KarmaFX Synth

Sun, 10 Jun 2007

KarmaFX Synth Modular is once again used in Scot Solida's excellent two-page Synth Essentials column. This time he experiments with Pulse width modulation.

Scot writes:

“... This month, I'm returning to that modular masterpiece KarmaFX Synth in order to unlock the arcane secrets of the pulse wave...”

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