Brass Timbres - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine

Sat, 14 Jan 2012

Computer Music's resident sound designer, and Modular Synth abuser Scot Solida, gets the horn for powerful, punchy and entirely synthetic brass sounds. All in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, January 2012 issue.

Scot writes:

“ While you can certainly create a good horn patch on a fixed-path synth, you'll be able to add much-needed complexity with a modular instrument. With that in mind, we're going to be using KarmaFX Synth Modular. ”

Merry X-mas! X-Mas Sale!

Mon, 05 Dec 2011

Christmas comes early this year! In the dark and cold season, what better than to sit by your warm computer and make some delightful synthesizer ear-candy using a powerful modular machine? As last year, KarmaFX wants to celebrate the holiday season by having a 35% off sale on KarmaFX Synth Modular!

If you have been wanting to break out of the fixed-path-synthesizer cage, and plunge into modular awesomeness to take full control over your soundscapes, now is your chance! For a limited time only. 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.

Sale starts today, december 5th! KarmaFX wishes everyone a merry X-mas, a happy holiday and a magical new year 2012!
EDIT: Sale extended 5 more days! Now ends 10th of january!!

KarmaFX Synth v1.16 released!

Sun, 13 Nov 2011

KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.16 released.
Update contains bugfixes.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.16 changelog.
  • Bugfix: Stereo samples in sampler could get truncated on load. Fixed. (Thanks Robert)
  • Bugfix: Samplerate in Audio Unit would not work with anything but 44.1kHz. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Audio Unit upgraded to latest SDK. Now requires minimum OS X 10.6.
  • Bugfix: Synth and FX Audio Units had exposed gui interfaces with the same class name. Fixed.
  • KarmaFX Synth Modular demo updated. Extended timeout.


Sonic cycling - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, October issue

Sun, 09 Oct 2011

Computer Music's resident sound designer, Scot Solida, goes crazy with the step module in KarmaFX Synth Modular to do wavesequencing. All in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, October 2011 issue.

Scot writes:

“ There are easier ways to do what we're going to do, but we'll get the most out of using a modular instrument such as KarmaFX Synth Modular. ”

Spectral resynthesis - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, August issue

Sun, 09 Oct 2011

Computer Music's resident sound designer, Scot Solida, uses KarmaFX Synth Modular to play with spectral resynthesis in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, August 2011 issue.

Scot writes:

“ We need a software modular synth to replicate the spectral shenanigans that I like to patch on my big modular or within the Kyma System. I'm turning to KarmaFX Synth Modular (karmafx.net), since it's easy to use no matter what your level of experience. ”

KarmaFX Synth reviewed in Wusik Magazine, June issue

Thu, 01 Sep 2011

KarmaFX Synth Modular is reviewed by Ben Paturzo in the June 2011 issue of Wusik Magazine (page 54). The review is very well written and positive, and also contains some historical facts about modular synthesis in general. The synth is even featured in a very nice article on Additive synthesis in the same issue (page 13). You can read the whole issue online here. Ben writes:

“ The modules in KarmaFX and the way they can be arranged and routed come closest, in my opinion, to the original spirit and operation, especially in terms of layout and patching, of the modular synthesizers that Robert Moog (and others) made. ....
KarmaFX is a solid performer and a delight to use. Bob Moog would be proud. ”

SUMMER SALE 2011 !

Thu, 16 Jun 2011

To celebrate the sunny warm weather, the barbecue, the hot sand and the shallow, salty waves on the beach, KarmaFX will be having a summer sale this year! This means that the price of KarmaFX Synth Modular will be cut 35% during the summer!!!

That's right! So if you're serious about synthesis, and want to take the plunge into modular sound creation or just spice up your music with some killer modular patches, now is your chance to do so at a reduced price, and for a limited time only, starting now!!

KarmaFX wishes everyone a great summer and a happy holiday! 8-)
Simply click here to buy and have fun during those long, warm summer evenings!

EDIT: 09/05/2011: Summer Sale has ended.

Taking FM analogue - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, June issue

Wed, 01 Jun 2011

Computer Music's resident sound designer, Scot Solida, turns frequency modulation on its head by pursuing this typically digital technique using a modular "analogue" synth. All in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, June 2011 issue.

Scot writes:

“ I'm using KarmaFX Synth (karmafx.net), since it has solid, prefab modules that don't require any messing about under the hood. ”

New Track from Wavetraxx featuring KarmaFX Synth

Tue, 08 Mar 2011

Two new exclusive tracks from Wavetraxx: One of the leading hardtrance producers!

First track is called: Meriton Celiku - Love7 (Wavetraxx Remix) and has not been released or published yet. Done by Christoph Menzi/Wavetraxx (left) and Meriton Celiku (right). Leadsound was created with Sylenth1, KarmaFX Synth and Virus Powercore!

Second track fresh from the studio is Wavetraxx Nightingale. KarmaFX Synth was used for some background soundelements and for the lead on this awesome sounding track.
Thanks so much Wavetraxx! Keep it up!


Meriton Celiku - Love7 (Wavetraxx Remix)


Wavetraxx Nightingale Demo

Shepard's Pie - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, January issue

Sun, 16 Jan 2011

Computer Music's resident sound designer, Scot Solida, demonstrates how to create the shepard tone, a sound that creates an illusion of continuosly ascending or descending pitch, All in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, January 2011 issue, this time using the Mac / OS X version of the synth.

Scot writes:

“ It's easy to forget that mixers can be routed just about anywhere in a modular system - and that includes using them for control-level-signals. That's what we're doing here. ”

Merry X-mas! Holiday Sale!

Fri, 24 Dec 2010

KarmaFX wants to celebrate this years holiday season by having a 35% off sale on KarmaFX Synth Modular!

So if you've been wanting to get into modular synthesis, now is your chance to do so at a reduced-price! For a limited time only!

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.

Sale starts today, december 24! Last day is friday, 14th of january. Click here to buy.
KarmaFX wishes everyone a great holiday and a happy new year!

Pitch Modulation - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, December issue

Thu, 16 Dec 2010

Computer Music's resident sound designer, Scot Solida, experiments with pitch envelope modulation to produce terrifying timbres in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, December 2010 issue.

Scot writes:

“ Once our samples are trimmed and looped, we can turn to our synthesiser. We're combining sampling and synthesis. You could use Reason's Combinator, say, or a sophisticated sampler like Kontakt. Since I make my own sounds on my modular, I use KarmaFX Synth (karmafx.net). ”

Synth emulation - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, Autumn issue

Sun, 24 Oct 2010

Computer Music's resident sound designer, Scot Solida, demonstrates how to recreate the Polymoog's unique sound using KarmaFX Synth Modular in his Synth Essentials column in the Computer Music, Autumn 2010 issue.

Scot writes:

“ We're going to need a modular synthesiser for this exercise - and if you're a long-time reader of Sound Essentials, I probably don't need to tell you which one we're going to use. Yup, that's right - it's KarmaFX Synth (karmafx.net), ... ”

KarmaFX Synth v1.15 updated!

Tue, 19 Oct 2010

The KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.15 build 6024 for Windows fixes an important issue in Cubase SX 3.1.x.
Users having this issue should download installer again, and reinstall.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.15 build 6024 changelog.
  • Bugfix: Synth would not appear as midi device in Cubase SX 3.1.x under Windows. Fixed. (Thanks Klaus!)

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.15 released for PC and Mac!!

Tue, 12 Oct 2010

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.15 has been released. See full changelog below.

Now, for the first time, KarmaFX Synth is also available for the Mac / OS X (Intel) / Audio Unit platform!!

Full install is required. Registered users should have received a notification e-mail and can update online by using the download link or by using "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

Registered users of the PC version that wish to register the Mac version too, can do so now and get a 50% discount. That's 56 USD / 38 EUR+VAT for a limited time only (and for registered users only):

Mac Upgrade:$56 USD
Mac Upgrade, EU:€38 EUR+VAT

A PC & Mac Bundle is available with the same discount, for non-registered users that want both versions.
KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.15 changelog.

  • Synth reverted to use the VST 2.3 interface with the 2.4 SDK under Windows.
  • Bugfix: Loading .WAV with loop-points was broken. Fixed. (Thanks Scot!)
  • Bugfix: Synth would fail to load in older hosts under Windows XP (e.g. Cubase SX 3.x.x) due to DLL dependency. Fixed. (Thanks Frank!)
  • Bugfix: Host parameter names would not update on Mac when renaming parameters or changing patches. Fixed. (Thanks J├╝rgen!)
  • Bugfix: Synth now handles bogus host tempos gracefully.
  • Bugfix: Mouse right button double click was not mapped on Mac. Fixed.
  • Added simple Alt-left click mouse option to simulate right click on Mac (undocumented). (Thanks Byron!)

    Mac version released!!
    Demo version expires February, 2011.

Mac OS X Release Candidate Demo now available!

Mon, 27 Sep 2010

The KarmaFX Synth Modular v1.14 Mac OS X (Intel) release candidate Demo (Build 6016) is now available for download on the Products page. Thanks to all the beta testers and special thanks to Jan for help with the Mac porting process!

If all goes well the release version will be ready for purchase within a week or two.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.14 released !

Mon, 27 Sep 2010

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.14 has been released. See full changelog below. Full install is not required.
Registered users should have received a notification e-mail and can update online by using the download link or by using "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.14 changelog.
  • Bugfix: Synth would crash in Reaper when using polyphony. Fixed. (Thanks rocket34bg!)
  • Bugfix: Support was broken for samplerates other than 44.1kHz. Fixed. (Thanks Itai!)
  • Bugfix: Added missing support for the "key" keyword in .sfz loader.
  • Bugfix: Better .sfz loader error checking.
  • Bugfix: 31 band equalizer 12/24dB toggle did not show up in GUI correctly. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Shift/control keys could get stuck when openening a dialog on Mac. Fixed. (Thanks Itai!)

    Demo version expires February, 2011.

Euphemiser Live on KarmaFX Synth

Tue, 21 Sep 2010

Australian alternative electro producer Euphemiser (alias Adrian James) had his first live performance this September at the Brisbane Hotel, Hobart. Euphemiser uses KarmaFX for 99% of his synth needs.

Adrian writes:

"I use three to six different custom-made patches for each track, and sometimes run the live vocals through KarmaFX too...KarmaFX is as versatile as it is powerful, and so easy to use. You're pretty much just limited by CPU and your imagination."

Euphemiser uses Ableton Live 8 as DAW/host, and KarmaFX Synth both to produce backing tracks and to play live on midi keyboards.

Euphemiser's next gig is at Alley Cat on the 5th of November. Check out his music on myspace and last.fm!

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.13 released !

Sun, 19 Sep 2010

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.13 has been released. See full changelog below. Full install is not required.
Registered users should have received a notification e-mail and can update online by using the download link or by using "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.13 changelog.
  • Bugfix: Additive module did not work due to internal FPU stack overflow. Fixed. (Thanks John!)
  • Bugfix: Changed the way the NotePitch module handles all-notes-off midi events.
  • Feedback connections are now always made with an initial volume of 0.
  • Added a "license days remaining" popup window to the demo version.

    Demo version expires February, 2011.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.12 released !

Wed, 15 Sep 2010

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.12 has been released. Unfortunately v1.11 had a couple of serious bugs. These have been fixed in v1.12. Updating is highly recommended. A fresh install is required. See full changelog below.
Registered users should have received a notification e-mail and can update online by using their download link.
Apologies to everyone who updated to v1.11!

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.12 changelog.
  • Bugfix: Memory debugging was enabled by mistake in v1.11. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo!)
  • Bugfix: Small memory leak in ini file reader. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Online update would crash in v1.11. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixes for uninitialized memory.
  • Bugfix: Simplex mode toggle did not always work. Fixed.

    Demo version expires February, 2011.

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