Modular Synthesis Primer - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
The March issue of Computer Music (page 55) takes a deep dive into Modular Synthesis,
using KarmaFX Synth Modular for building a fully modular synthesizer patch in an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial.
The primer is a good read, especially if you are new to modular synthesis.
Right, let's stray into the deep end with a fully modular synth! We're going to build a modular patch from the ground up. KarmaFX Synth is an ideal modular for those learning the ropes, and a 30-day demo is available from karmafx.net.
KarmaFX Synth also gets an honourable mention as one of the top picks in "Three of the best Modular Synths" (page 73).
KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.17 released!
KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.17 released.
Synth now comes in a 32 bit and 64 bit version. Full install is required.
Registered users will receive their download links by email ASAP. Until then, the previous RC1 download link will work just as well.
On Mac, currently only one version (32 or 64 bit Audio Unit) can be installed at a time.
The demo version, downloadable from the product page, is now also available in both 32 and 64 bit.
KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.17 build 6045 changelog.
Coming soon: KarmaFX Synth Modular in 64 bit!
KarmaFX Synth Modular will soon be out in a 64 bit version!
All registered users have received an email with the release candidate download link for v1.17 RC1 build 6043.
32 bit and 64 bit installers are available for both PC and Mac.
If you feel brave and want to take it for a spin in your favorite 64 bit or 32 bit host, please download and try it out.
However, please note that this is not the final version. A stable, final version will (hopefully) be released very soon. Stay tuned! Update 08/06-2013: KarmaFX Synth 1.17 RC1 updated to build 6044 on Win32/64.
- Bugfix: Release DLL was missing manifest causing load to fail in several hosts.
SUMMER SALE 2013!
Summer is a great time! Time for relaxing and enjoying the nice, warm, sunny weather.
But when you're done hanging out at the beach, all tanned and heading back to the studio, ready to make some great tunes, why not brush off the sand and enjoy a KarmaFX Synth Modular snack with a crunchy 35% summer discount? This is your chance to get KarmaFX Synth at a reduced price, and for a limited time only, starting right now!
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.
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!
Peace! and don't forget to spread the word!
CR-78 kick drums - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
In the July issue of Computer Music,
Scot Solida delves further into the wonders of the Roland CR-78 beatbox, recreating its bass drum, all using the modules in KarmaFX Synth Modular.
...I've synthesised a number of different kick drum sounds in Sound Essentials over the years, but I've never tried to create a replica of a specific sound; it's harder than you might think! Not as huge as a detuned TR-808 kick, the CR-78's bass drum is nevertheless a classic. Let's fire up KarmaFX Synth and load up the CMBasic patch...
Metal Beat - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
In the June issue of Computer Music,
Scot Solida recreates the signature sounds of the classic Roland CR-78
drum machine, all using the modules in KarmaFX Synth Modular.
Let's whip up a couple of CR-78-inspired percussion sounds. I said I'd use a modular package, and for that I'll turn to KarmaFX Synth once again.
ARP Pro Soloist - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
Scot Solida gets nostalgic for an abandoned monosynth, and emulates the ARP Pro Soloist using legato and aftertouch in KarmaFX Synth Modular.
In the April issue of Computer Music, Scot writes:
...we're going to create the sound of an exceedingly simple synthesiser with one of the most flexible instruments out there: our dear old friend KarmaFX Synth.
Shimmer and boil - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
In the january issue of Computer Music, Scot Solida celebrates the witching season with and age-old modulation technique: Creating bubbling and shimmering sounds using Sample & Hold. All using KarmaFX Synth Modular.
You just knew it had to be KarmaFX Synth again, didn't you? The fact that its sample and hold function works much like that of a hardware modular makes it an obvious choice for recreating a patch I made on The Big Fella (my huge modular system).
Merry X-mas! X-Mas Sale!
Some of the best traditions happen this time of year.
And just like the previous years, KarmaFX wants to celebrate the holiday season by having a 35% off sale on KarmaFX Synth Modular, starting today
So, if you have been wanting to break out of the fixed-path-synthesizer cage, and plunge into modular awesomeness, now is your chance! For a limited time only. Sale ends in 30 days.
For a quick introduction to the synth and its many features, check out this video. KarmaFX Synth Modular has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.
KarmaFX wishes everyone a merry X-mas, a happy holiday and a magical new year!
EDIT: 01/12/2013: Sale has ended.
KarmaFX Synth v1.16 updated
KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.16 has been updated to build 6033.
Only Mac users of Presonus Studio One 2 will need to upgrade.
As this is a minor update, there is no version change.
KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.16 build 6033 changelog.
Aggressive behaviour - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
In the autumn issue of Computer Music, Scot Solida goes through some clever synth programming
for creating a distorted guitar type sound using Pulse width modulation. All using KarmaFX Synth Modular.
For my solo recordings, I use my massive analogue modular system. Fortunately, our dear old KarmaFX Synth offers everything we need to do much the same job.
KarmaFX Synth Modular featured on SYNTHDemo
The guys over at SYNTHDemo have posted a video featuring KarmaFX Synth Modular,
so cool that it deserves mention here. They write:
All sounds including drums and vocal are from KarmaFX. No external FX used except light limiting on the master. ...This is an amazing sounding synth and very flexible with a huge range of modules. If you're quick you can still catch it at the summer sale price of 48 euro or $72 US.
Nice sounds and arrangement guys. Thanks so much for posting it!
Ringing in your ears - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
In the latest issue of Computer Music, Scot Solida uses KarmaFX Synth Modular
for wringing percussion patches from little more than a ring modulator.
In his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, September 2012 issue,
We need a modular synth, so I'm calling upon KarmaFX Synth Modular - its high-level modules make it a perfect learning tool. If you don't own this beauty, you can get the demo at www.karmafx.net.
New KarmaFX Synth Modular Introductory Video
A new KarmaFX Synth Modular Introductory Video is now available on
The video gives a brief introduction to the synth and some of its many modules.
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and find more KarmaFX videos on our Youtube channel.
The awesome KarmaFX Synth-made music in the video was done by BluffMunkey.
SUMMER SALE 2012!
Summer is finally here!
Time to relax, enjoy the sunny warm weather, do some roller scating, play some ping pong, and all the other things you do in your summer holiday.
But in all this excitement, don't forget to feed your ears with some new quality sounds,
when kicking back in the studio during those warm, cozy summer evenings.
For that reason, KarmaFX wants to celebrate the holiday by cutting 35% off the price of the awesome, award winning KarmaFX Synth Modular! KarmaFX Synth Modular has a unique sound due to the high quality of the built-in modules and the internal high frequency, sample accurate modulation. Roll your own sounds by connecting modules in creative ways, or simply use some of the many quality, pre-made patches.
For a limited time only, so get it while it's hot! Sale ends September 1st.
EDIT: 09/01/2012: Summer Sale has ended.
Off the beaten path - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
Scot Solida uses KarmaFX Synth Modular to create a full percussion track powered by just one oscillator. In his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, May 2012 issue,
To make this sound like a drum machine, we need KarmaFX Synth's Step module.
Custom Waveforms - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
Scot Solida explores the concept of resynthesising on the wave cycle level using the Additive module in KarmaFX Synth Modular. In his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, April 2012 issue,
You're not playing a sample - you're playing an additive recreation of it!
In the Crossfade - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine
Scot Solida bigs up one of the most overlooked techniques in the sound designer's toolbox: The crossfade. In his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, March 2012 issue,
The sound in question began as an idea I had for shifting timbres by sequencing or modulating between two sounds using a fade module on my modular. Unfortunatly, the modular was in use at the time, so I cobbled together something using KarmaFX Synth instead. It worked beautifully and was easily translated into a patch on the big fella later.
New Track from Wavetraxx featuring KarmaFX Synth
Wavetraxx alias Chris Menzi, latest track "Alternativ" features KarmaFX Synth!
According to Chris, KarmaFX Synth is used for the ARP Element in the break, and some rhythmic sounds in the intro/endingpart. Check it out below!