KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.20 released!

Mon, 04 Nov 2019

KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.20 is out now for both PC and Mac. Full install is required. This update contains some brand new features, including usability improvements, performance improvements and optional GUI scaling. It also contains some important bugfixes. See full changelog below.

Get it now using your regular download link or by right-clicking and choosing "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.20 build 6467 changelog.
  • Added support for scaling the window and UI by 200%, to cater for skins on HiDPI/4K displays.
  • Added up to two octaves rangescale and snap option to FM modules frequency tune.
  • Reverb Module is now in stereo by default.
  • Doubled the internal timing-resolution of exponential attack/decay in Compresser/EnvFollow.
  • Removed legacy denormal checks in 64bit version. Now relies on DAZ exclusively.
  • Frequency display is now shown log-scale and in dB.
  • Osc1 and Osc2 Pulsewidth modulation-mode is now linear by default.
  • Added Osc1, Osc2, Additive and Pad inline/loop-unrolling optimizations.
  • Reduced memory footprint of loaded patches by not allocating output buffers for unused machines.
  • GUI: Added LFO (and S&H) beat-sync readout to display when Sync is on. Shown as 0.5x, 1.0x, 2.0x, etc. cycles per beat. (Thanks Derick!)
  • GUI: Changing note length/velocity in pattern module can now be done with left mouse button and holding shift (as opposed to using right mouse button).
  • GUI: Reduced UI background drawing overhead when modules are static (to increase performance and reduce power drain).
  • GUI: Added internal paint performance timer.
  • Installer: Mac/OSX PKG file was not using XAR/Toc SHA1 hashing, causing installation to fail on OSX 10.14+. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: WAV file reader would fail on certain .WAVs with broken chunk padding. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: SF2 Loader would always fail with a SoundFont open error on Mac OSX, 64 bit only. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: HFO rate could not go below 44Hz in FM Mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Internal Osc in FM and HFO modules could cause clicks when triggered. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Internal Osc upped to 64 bit precision, due to precision artifacts at low frequencies (affects internal modulation and HFO/FM)
  • Bugfix: Reverb SSE path was disabled in v1.19 32 bit version. Fixed and rewrote SSE path.
  • Bugfix: SSE mixing path was disabled in 64 bit and on Mac/OSX. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Noticeable retrigger bug in NotePitch module. Would revert back to previous note on a note-off event in mono mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Portamento frequency would snap to target note on note-off event in mono/legato mode. Fixed. (Thanks Ortseam!)
  • Bugfix: S&H would not trigger correctly at low rates as it was using the previous target value as the new interpolation value. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Cutoff frequency was acting wrong in Zolzer Highpass. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed zipper noise in Distortion Amount parameter.
  • Bugfix: Hitting Record in Sampler many times could cause the synth to crash. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: For correct attack, compressor now only stops internal processing of silence when reaching unity gain.
  • Bugfix: GUI would sometimes redraw incorrectly for modules placed partly outside screen borders. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Tweaking Sampler Start Offset could cause overflow. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Output rangescale options of 12dB and 24dB were off by 1dB in output module. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Output modules DC filter is now reset on module toggle on/off.
  • Bugfix: Pad Module soft-ramping could click due to phase reset in ramp period. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Step module would free-run on initialization regardless of trigger setting. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Pattern module note-triggers could drift out of sync when looped. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Pattern module Frequency was not sample-accurately synced to pattern note-triggers. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Step module could drift out of sync. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Portamento in NotePitch-, Frequency- and Pattern-modules would always slide from C2 on first note trigger. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: FM and HFO modules M/C Ratio could show a different ratio than actual ratio due to internal rounding differences. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Checking for update could potentially crash the synth on Windows, due to missing NULL termination in HttpOpenRequest. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Version info in About dialog would not show up correctly on later versions of Mac/OSX. Fixed.
  • Demo installer is now codesigned with security certificate.
  • Postfix: Clicking Freq button next to wavedisplay could crash the synth in 64bit. Fixed in Build 6465. (Thanks dllmusic)
  • Postfix: Security certificate update on Mac/OSX. Build 6466.
  • Postfix: Zolzer filter could blow-up for samplerates above 44.1kHz. Fixed in Build 6467. (Thanks Koshdukai)

KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.2 released!

Wed, 18 Oct 2019

KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.2 has been released. This upgrades all plugins to support both 32 and 64 bit. The update also contains minor bugfixes. Please see full changelog below and get it here. If you enjoy this update, please don't forget to donate to support future updates.

KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.2 changelog.
  • All plugins upgraded to support both 32 bit and 64 bit hosts. Plugins placed in two separate installers.
  • All plugins upgraded from VST SDK 2.3 to 2.4, while still using the 2.3 interface.
  • Changed display names in KarmaFX Filter from "Lowpass", "Highpass", etc. to "LP", "HP", etc.
  • Updated weblinks in plugins to point to https://karmafx.net.
  • Bugfix: GUI knobs would sometimes jitter when rotated. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Rewrote BeginEdit, EndEdit calls for sliders in KarmaFX Equalizer.
  • User's Manual has been updated to revision 1.04.
  • Installers are now signed with a security certificate.

Summer Sale 2019

Wed, 31 Jul 2019

Summer time is here! The perfect time for being outside, camping, surfing the waves, swimming and enjoying nature. By now you are probably feeling relaxed, enjoying the sun, spending time with your family and eating food fresh off the barbecue. But once you return to the studio, feeling creative, why not fire up a modular synth and patch modules into art. As of today KarmaFX Synth Modular comes at a nice 35% discount.

KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package that has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. It is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc and get it here: https://karmafx.net/buy

KarmaFX wishes everyone and a refreshingly warm and magical summer! Sale is valid till end of August.

KarmaFX Synth Modular in Computer Music's Synth Classics

Tue, 14 May 2019

KarmaFX Synth Modular is featured in this months Computer Music "Under-The-Radar Synth Classics", page 59. A clever step-by-step guide takes you through the patching of an additive synthesis instrument, using several Additive modules controlled by ADSR envelopes, to get a controlled, dynamic timbre without using any filters.

CM writes:

“ Now let's build a proper, if simplified, additive signal path with no filters and multiple envelope generators. for this we'll use KarmaFX Synth. ”

X-Mas Sale 2018!

Fri, 14 Dec 2018

X-mas. It's that special time of the year again. Time to cuddle up in front of the fireplace, eat delicious food, and to take good care of your familiy and loved ones. At KarmaFX we want to celebrate the holiday with the annual X-mas Sale. That means 35% off our flagship modular synth, KarmaFX Synth Modular, starting today. KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package that has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. It is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc and get it here: https://karmafx.net/buy
KarmaFX wishes you a merry X-mas, and a modular new year 2019!!

Summer Sale 2018

Wed, 4 Jul 2018

Happy Fourth of July! Summer time is here. And what a summer! It's hot, warm, dry, and perfect weather for being outside, enjoying nature, sipping cold drinks and eating barbecue. By now you are probably feeling relaxed, enjoying life, hanging out on the beach and perhaps even surfing the waves. But once you are back from the beach, feeling creative and in the studio on those warm summer evenings, why not surf the audio waves and fire up your modular synth and patch modules into art. As of today KarmaFX Synth Modular comes at a nice 35% discount. Sale is valid until end of August!

KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package that has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. It is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc and get it here: https://karmafx.net/buy

KarmaFX wishes you a happy holiday, and a warm and magical summer.

KarmaFX Synth in Computer Music's Roundup on Modular Environments

Mon, 26 Mar 2018

KarmaFX Synth Modular is featured in this months Computer Music Roundup on Modular Environments: "Patch your own virtual sonic adventures with these systems.", page 18.

CM writes:

“ KarmaFX Synth: A simple setup with all the building blocks you need to create complex routings. ”

KarmaFX Synth Modular demotune by Niels Bye Nielsen

Sat, 13 Jan 2018

Niels Bye Nielsen has generously shared a really cool demotune made exclusively with KarmaFX Synth Modular.

Niels is a talented musician and composer known for his awesome work in many commercials, video games, films and TV shows. You can listen to the demotune below, or on soundcloud, where you'll also find the full patch list. Check out more music by Niels here: http://byelye.com.

"Karmakaze" by Niels Bye Nielsen:

KarmaFX Synth Modular featured in Computer Music Magazine

Mon, 8 Jan 2018

KarmaFX Synth Modular is featured in this months Vintage Synthesis cover feature in Computer Music Magazine.

CM writes:

“ ...let's dive into the deep end by building a vintage-style waveform from the ground up. To do this, we're going to call upon KarmaFX Synth, a mighty modular with an additive oscillator. ”

Interestingly, the synths additive module is used to recreate a classic analogue synth square wave with characteristics similar to the Korg MS-20 and Prophet 5.

X-Mas Sale 2017!

Mon, 4 Dec 2017

Time sure flies. We want to fire up the fireplace and the X-mas sale early again this year, so as of today KarmaFX Synth Modular comes at a nice 35% discount. Running a good long 35 days into the future. So don't forget to treat your ears and your stomach well this holiday. Take the plunge into modular awesomeness, sounds creation and creativity, and let this crispy, modular X-mas snack keep you warm and entertained all through the holidays. KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package that has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. It is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc and get it here: https://karmafx.net/buy

The very best wishes for the coming holiday, a merry X-mas and a happy, modular new year to all of you!

Summer Sale 2017

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

Ahh! Once again, summer time is upon us. It is time to sit back, relax, get some sun, swim in the ocean, and once in a while take a sip of an ice cold drink and simply enjoy life. But holiday-time also means play-time, so once you return home from the beach, have a cup of steaming hot coffee, and get creative in the studio with a cozy, awesome, genuine modular synth at a whopping 35% discount!

It has never been easier to create your own modular synth leads and soundscapes. KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package with lots of possibilities just waiting to be explored. It has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Dive into advanced sound synthesis and roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.

Check out the introductory video: http://karmafx.net/videos and order the synth right here: http://karmafx.net/buy.
KarmaFX wishes everyone a fantastic summer and a creative and inspirational holiday! Sale lasts until end of August.

KarmaFX Synth Modular wins the Technofile Awards 2016 Silver price

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

We are happy and proud to report that KarmaFX Synth Modular has won The Technofile Awards 2016 Silver price in the category "Best Modular Soft Synth"! The Technofile writes:

“ ...Despite the many modules on offer, KarmaFX Synth Modular is incredibly easy to patch, thanks in part to the minimal skeuomorphism. Modules appears as easily understandable building blocks reminiscent of Max or Quartz Composer and there are over 1300 presets to get you started. If you want a self contained modular soft synth that's easy to use, has extensive sonic possibilities and sounds fantastic, KarmaFX Synth Modular is an excellent choice. ”

Read the full review here: http://thetechnofile.com/

The Technofile, published by MC Rebbe, brings you independent reviews and previews of all the latest hardware, software, books, courses and tutorials, for musicians, producers, filmmakers, photographers, animators, designers, DJs and VJs.

X-Mas Sale 2016!

Thu, 15 Dec 2016

The holidays are approaching fast. At this point it might be easy to get caught up in stress, or a sense of urgency. Please take it easy, and don't forget that it's a celebration. So take a deep breath, relax, get cozy, and wrap your ears around some sizzling modular sounds from a true modular synth.

At KarmaFX we would like to contribute, by kicking off the holiday sale earlier this year, with a nice 35% discount on KarmaFX Synth Modular. In case the fireplace can't, hopefully that will keep you warm and entertained all through the holidays. It is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc

Merry X-mas and a happy, modular new year to all of you! Sale lasts until mid January.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.19 released!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.19, Build 6075 is out now for both PC and Mac. Full install is required.

This update contains some crazy new features, including a brand new arpeggiator note masking option (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCOr33S23M), support for double the amount of modules instances and double the amount of internal voices! Also added a bunch of new single cycle waveforms, improved additive phase editing and transient control, and a high quality distortion option, plus much more! See the full changelog below. And yes, it's absolutely free for registered users. So go ahead and get it now using your regular download link or by right-clicking and choosing "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.19 build 6075 changelog.
  • Increased module instance limit from 8 to 16. This means that number of simultaneous running modules can now reach 97 as apposed to only 49.
  • Increased voice limit from 64 to 128, so you can have, say a 16 voice unison module in an 8 voice polyphonic patch without running out of voices.
  • Added Phase Offset knob to additive module for improved transient control. Appears only when phase editor is shown.
  • Added 8x oversampling HQ option to distortion module to reduce high frequency aliasing.
  • Added Major/Minor chord modes to Unison module.
  • Added a bunch of extra single cycle waveforms to additive/pad module, including Korg Saw/Square, SquareSaw, TB Saw/Square and PhasedSaw waveforms.
  • Added shift left and shift right right click options to additive modules harmonic/phase editors.
  • Added Amplitude/Phase normalize option to right click menu in additive module.
  • Added custom note masking to pattern modules arpeggiator, to mask off certain notes in each pattern. Comes with 31 scale presets.
  • Added up/down and down/up arpeggiator modes to pattern module.
  • GUI: Added phase offset by -45 and +45 degrees options to right click menu in additive modules phase editor.
  • GUI: Added up/down button to pattern module for easy switching of patterns.
  • GUI: Parametric EQ now shows the corresponding musical note to the chosen frequency as note / cents.
  • GUI: The Scale knob in the additive module is now reset to 1.0 when a new waveform is selected.
  • GUI: Additive waveform dropdown now shows up to 50 waveforms (was previously 20).
  • GUI: Improved accuracy of pattern module note display and editing.
  • Bugfix: Controller modules are now reset on song start/stop. Fixes bug with arpeggiator sometimes sounding different on successive runs.
  • Bugfix: Mouse capture in pattern module would sometimes get stuck. Fixed.
  • Minor: Added internal instance profiling.

Summer Sale 2016!

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

Summer time is upon us! In this warm, cozy season, it is hard to imagine a time without sunbathing, swimming, sunsets, cold drinks and barbecue. But once you are all kicked back and relaxed, perhaps it is time to spend some quality time in the studio and get creative with an awesome modular synth at a whopping 35% discount.

It has never been easier to create your own modular synth leads and soundscapes. KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package with lots of possibilities just waiting to be explored. It has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Dive into advanced sound synthesis and roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.

KarmaFX Synth is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc KarmaFX wishes everyone a fantastic sunny summer and a productive and inspirational holiday!

KarmaFX Synth Demotune by Atom Sessions!

Mon, 15 Feb 2016

Fernando Hood aka Atom Sessions has shared a seriously cool demo track made almost exclusively using KarmaFX Synth Modular. Atom Sessions is an audio experiment with deep influences from IDM, Psychill, Dub, Glitch. The man behind the name is Fernando Hood, graphics designer and music producer, born in Portugal.

Fernando writes:

“ KarmaFx Modular is an Impressive modular system thats very easy to approach, sounds seriously gorgeous and its accompanied by a very reasonable price, it will never leave my DAW and it will be apart of your workflow since the first minutes you start to play with it! ... "All Karma" was built in a few days just using KARMAFX modular and DAW. All melodies, lush pads and deep alienlike basses, synth fxs and drum effects are my own patches all written inside the wonderful KarmaFX Modular. ”

Atom Sessions has released a promotional EP called "Alpha Drifter" and have a upcomming album called "Rest for the Wicked" that should be released in the next comming months. Have a listen to the demotune below and check out more great music from Atom Sessions here: http://atomsessions.bandcamp.com/releases

Atom Sessions - All Karma

Merry X-mas! X-Mas Sale!

Fri, 25 Dec 2015

As usual, KarmaFX wants to celebrate the holiday season by having a 35% off sale on KarmaFX Synth Modular, starting today! This years sale starts late but also lasts 25 days into January.

You might have spent the last few days with family and friends, enjoyed some good, delicious food, and perhaps even received some great presents. But regardless of how you celebrate, when all the festive dust has settled and you find yourself with some spare time, why not make some steaming hot coffee, fire up your speakers and get creative in the studio?!

KarmaFX Synth Modular is an advanced, fully modular sound package for PC & Mac. It has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Dive into advanced sound synthesis and roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.

This years bargin is even better, since the synth has just been updated with some brand new modules, and some brand new patches. New filters and effects, just waiting for you to twist and turn those knobs and create some refreshingly awesome, squelchy, modular sound riffs.

KarmaFX Synth Modular is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc

KarmaFX wishes everyone a merry X-mas, a happy holiday and a modular new year! Sale ends in 30 days.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.18 released!

Wed, 09 Dec 2015

KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.18, Build 6063 is now out for both PC and Mac. Full install is required.

This update contains important bugfixes and some brand new modules: Two new filters (MS20 and EQ3) and two new effects (PanSpread and Maximizer), as well as some new patch banks. Get it using your regular download link or by right-clicking and choosing "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.
See full changelog below.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.18 build 6063 changelog
  • Added MS20 multimode Filter (Korg MS20 emulation), LP and HP, with 2 and 4 pole modes, saturation and drive.
  • Added EQ3, 3 band equalizer with adjustable crossover frequencies, and 2 and 4 pole modes.
  • Added PanSpread stereo expander with individual low and high spread + crossover frequency adjustment.
  • Added Maximizer module. Sonic Maximizer emulation with Low Contour, Process and Peak Detector.
  • Added Warmer waveshaper to distortion types.
  • Added new "Stash" bank by KarmaFX, with lead, bass and pad sounds + some fx and kicks.
  • Added "XenosSoundWorks" bank to installer (except for one patch using a very large sample).
  • Bugfix: Start / Stop play in host would not reset generators / modulators on Mac. Fixed. (Thanks Niels)
  • Bugfix: Turning knobs on control panel would not record automation in some hosts. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Sampler GUI sometimes made the synth crash. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Note bars in pattern module could show different heights for the same note. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Right click and drag in step and pattern module would sometimes choose the wrong bar. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Ctrl connecting wire to a knob did not work if it had previously been covered by a dropdown. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Dragging mouse on Windows/PC could make GUI stop updating due to excessive paint calls. Fixed. Throttled GUI framerate to max 60Hz.
  • Bugfix: Frequency snap info was missing in Pad module GUI. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: CPU detection was disabled in v1.17. Fixed.
  • Pending: To get this update out fast, the manual has not been updated in this version.
  • Extended timeout in demo version.

SUMMER SALE 2015!

Mon, 20 Jul 2015

Yes, finally summer! The holiday and the nice weather we have all been waiting for is finally here!! Time to relax, lay on the beach, catch some sun, do some surfing and drink ice-cold drinks with a straw. But on those cozy, warm, summer evenings, why not celebrate with some sweet, modular awesomeness.

Just like the past years, KarmaFX Synth Modular will be offered with a refreshing 35% summer discount! So right now, this is your chance to get KarmaFX Synth at a reduced price, and for a limited time only.

It has never been easier to create your own modular soundscapes. KarmaFX Synth Modular is a fully modular sound package for PC & Mac with lots of possibilities just waiting to be explored. It has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Dive into advanced sound synthesis and roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.

KarmaFX Synth is available as VST for PC/Windows, and as AU for Mac/OSX in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
Check out the introductory video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fsaLfjOvc
KarmaFX wishes everyone a great summer and a fantastic, productive holiday!

New KarmaFX Synth demotune by Omnivox!

Thu, 23 May 2015

Tomislav alias Omnivox, a psy/goa trance producer from Zagreb/Croatia, has generously produced a really cool demotune entirely using KarmaFX Synth Modular. Omnivox explains that the track was created using just tweaked factory presets available in the synth! Have a listen to the demotune below and check out more great music from Omnivox here: https://soundcloud.com/musicbyomnivox

From Omnivox:

“ I adore your KarmaFX synth, and I've been using it a lot in my music, especially kick and bass banks (like that's a surprise). Yesterday I came up with the idea to make a track with only KarmaFX synth, to show the community what a great tool it is. Anyway, I am sending you a track I wrote in last 2 hours, ... I only used outside EQ to mildly eq sound groups (percussions and lead/fx groups), apart from that all effects are within synths themselves. There are 21 instances of the synth, and they generate all the sounds, including percussions. ”


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