KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.11 released !

Sun, 12 Sep 2010

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.11 has been released. A fresh install is required. See full changelog below.
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 1.11 changelog.
  • Upgraded PC/Windows version to VST SDK 2.4.
  • Configuration options are now stored in an ini file in the synth folder. (Thanks Sean+audiojunkie).
  • GUI: Rewrote all GUI code, window dialogs and file access stuff to be cross platform.
  • GUI: Skins are now stored in zip files instead of dll's. (Hence, older skins will not work in this release).
  • GUI: All fonts are now bitmap based.
  • GUI: Added support for 32 bit alpha bitmaps. BMP loader automatically detects and uses alpha blending.
  • GUI: Color dodge functionality added to skin resource script to colorize bitmaps using hue, saturation and/or RGB values.
  • GUI: Scrollbars have been removed when running in low resolution. Instead modules are restricted to be within the chosen resolution.
  • GUI: 800x600 resolution option removed from Window Size menu.
  • GUI: Removed About-box bitmap from skin file.
  • GUI: Classic skin removed from installer.
  • GUI: Option to view PDF manual added to right click menu.
  • Bugfix: Fix for funky waveform background on startup in some hosts. (Thanks Corvid!)
  • Bugfix: Fixed minor memory leak due to unreleased window handles.
  • Bugfix: Fixed flickering sample region selection in sampler when resizing selection.
  • Bugfix: Loading module presets could crash the synth if parameters were modulated. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Begin/end parameter edit is now passed correctly to the host.
  • Made Mac OS X / Audio unit / Intel port (Mac version coming soon!)
  • Manual has been updated to revision 1.16.

    Demo version expires February, 2011.

Coming Soon: KarmaFX Synth Modular on Mac OS X

Sun, 06 Jun 2010

Mac is an important audio platform, and KarmaFX will finally be taking a bite of the apple. An Intel Mac OS X version of KarmaFX Synth is in the works! It is expected to be released around summer 2010, and is based on an Audiounit/Cocoa framework, which means that it will run natively within any recent host application on Mac OS X such as Live or Logic.

KarmaFX webpage updated with new design

Sat, 05 Jun 2010

The KarmaFX webpage has been redesigned and reorganized to make it easier to read. A "home" section has been added to make room for dynamic content. This should also make it easier to navigate and find what you're looking for.

Not to worry, while our looks may have changed, we are still the same underneath.

Re-vox inhumana - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, May issue

Sat, 17 Apr 2010

Computer Music's resident sound design guru, Scot Solida, tackles the holy grail of synthesis: convincingly emulating the human voice. He uses KarmaFX Synth Modular for creating choir patches with additive synthesis.

Scot writes:

“ It's just a few notes of the additive choir... I want to create something similar to this using a native soft synth. KarmaFX Synth (get the demo from karmafx.net) has an additive oscillator, so let's try that. ”

Elemental explorations - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, April issue

Sat, 20 Mar 2010

Scot Solida uses KarmaFX Synth Modular to create an atmospheric synth patch using a found sound in this months Computer Music.

Scot writes:

“ ...Play a low note and crank the Frequency knob all the way down. Those sounds are superbly atmospheric. ”

Twang bang - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, February issue

Fri, 05 Feb 2010

Scot Solida uses KarmaFX Synth Modular for creating and manipulating plucked string sounds in the february issue of Computer Music Magazine's Synth Essentials column.

New KarmaFX Synth produced track by Wavetraxx!

Sun, 31 Jan 2010

Wavetraxx, alias Chris Menzi, one of the leading hardtrance producers has used KarmaFX Synth Modular on his latest track!!

Click on the sample below for a great, exclusive and still un-released(!), hardtrance mix showing off KarmaFX Synth Modular!

Thanks Wavetraxx!

Wavetraxx - Hardtrance Mix

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.10 released !

Fri, 08 Jan 2010

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.10 has been released. See full changelog below. 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 1.10 changelog.
  • Added recording functionality to the sampler module.
  • Added copy & paste buttons to the pattern module for easier pattern duplication.
  • Added "New" item to input menus that adds a new default module and automatically patches it to the respective module or knob.
  • The "New Bank" menuitem has been removed from main pop-up and added to the bank selection menu instead.
  • Re-enabled the non-resetting, analog-style envelope attack (was disabled in v1.07).
    An "Analog" option has been added to the ADSR envelope attack knob. This option is on by default. (Thanks Argitoth!)
  • Added "Crossfade Sustain Loop" option to right click menu in Sampler.
    If sustain is enabled this will alter the sample to create a seamless sustain loop by crossfading the attack/sustain/release areas.
  • The keyrange/velocity view in sampler has been extended to also show the ranges of any pressed keys.
  • A sample selection region can now be resized by shift-left dragging mouse close to the borders of the region.
  • Shift now has to be held down when pressing up and down arrows in sampler to autoload samples from disk.
  • A modules input menu now grays out the item that makes it patch to itself.
  • Shift-double clicking on sample area in sampler now selects sustain region/all of sample.
  • Default ADSR curve is now set to Exp.
  • Location of the output module has been changed in the Empty patch template.
  • Bugfix: Amplifier did not respond correctly to all-notes-off midi events. Fixed. (Thanks Al!)
  • Bugfix: Playing multisamples was broken. Sustain was wrongfully enabled when loading some SFZ files. Fixed. (Thanks cytone!)
  • Bugfix: 303Like Kybd tracking was not working in 4 pole mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed possible threading issue when connecting modulators.
  • Bugfix: Interpolation across sustain loops in sampler was broken. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed denormal issue in output module.
  • Bugfix: Reduced GDI usage. (Thanks MadGonzo).
  • Manual has been updated to revision 1.15 (requires fresh install).

    Demo version expires April, 2010.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.09 released !

Sat, 31 Oct 2009

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.09 has been released. See full changelog below. 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.

Some of the best user banks from stuff are now bundled with the registered version, including: Alexeus Knober BASS, Consonance, Gonzo, PsyKick, PsyBass, Teh Flos Bank and The Fall. Enjoy! That's more than 1300+ patches total!!

Synth Modular price has been adjusted to take into account the recent drop in the US dollar.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.09 changelog.
  • Bugfix: Sample index was reset in sampler when loading a new sample. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Knob state was not reset after the global Show Modulation was enabled and then disabled. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Crash when routing an infinite: delay->eq10->(back to delay). Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Step sequencer not reset on transport change when trigger was disabled. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Wobbly Bobbly patch (and possibly others) were broken due to a modulation initialization bug. Fixed. (Thanks pedx1ng)
  • Bugfix: Ambience reverb was using the wrong profile compared to KarmaFX Reverb. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo)
  • Some of the best user banks from stuff are now bundled with the registered version.

    Demo version expires April, 2010.

New KarmaFX Synth Video Tutorials !

Sat, 01 Aug 2009

A bunch of new video tutorials have been added to the stuff section.
They show selected features in the synth and are targeted at both beginners and advanced users.

To see them simply click here.

Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard - New book featuring KarmaFX Synth Modular !

Tue, 16 Jun 2009

Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard KarmaFX Synth Modular is featured in a new book on Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User by Simon Cann.

The book is an exploration into the world of synthesizers which will guide you through an introduction to synthesis, synthesizers, and sound creation in the digital realm, the building blocks of synthesis, synthesizer construction and sound design and synthesizer architecture.
Simon Cann is a writer based in London. He is the author of a number of music-related books, including: How to Make a Noise, Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, Building a Successful 21st Century Music Career, Rocking Your Music Business, and Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard: From Presets to Power User.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.08 released !

Thu, 11 Jun 2009

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.08 has been released. See full changelog below. Registered users have received a notification e-mail and can update online by using their new download link or by selecting "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.08 changelog.
  • Added Fixed/Auto portamento mode option to right click menu of all porta knobs. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Added stereo option to reverb module. (Thanks MadGonzo)
  • Bugfix: Having two or more GUI instances of the synth open could cause hanging wires and result in crash. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Triangle/Square/Sine wasn't triggered correctly, sometimes causing a signal with twice the amplitude. Unison could intensify this problem causing clicks. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo)
  • Bugfix: Stereo, Minimized and On/Off settings weren't copied when cloning a module. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Osc1 trigger would not init phase in legato mode if module had been off or reset between midi events. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Chorus delay line could go out of range in stereo mode. Fixed.
  • Updated manual to revision 1.14 (Requires fresh install).

    Demo version expires November, 2009.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.07 released !

Sun, 17 May 2009

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.07 has been released, containing feature additions and some essential bugfixes. See full changelog below. Registered users have received a notification e-mail and can update online by using their new download link or by selecting "Check for Update Now..." inside the synth.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.07 changelog.
  • Added modulation range option (of factors 1,2,4 or 8) to the right click menu of all Mod knobs.
  • ADSR module attack now always resets level on trigger, regardless of Clk option.
  • Added support for loading of .wav files with more than 2 channels, truncated to stereo.
  • The Show modulation option has now been made sticky. (Thanks to many users who suggested this!)
  • Loop_start and Loop_end info is now read on sfz import.
  • The default exponential curve in the envelope module has been inverted.
  • Slightly speeded up overall load time.
  • Improved video recording. More framerate and audio options are now available.
  • Bugfix: Multi-connecting modules while pressing Ctrl was broken in v1.06. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Since v1.05, pitchbend would only work when pitchbend wheel was repeatedly moved. Fixed. (Thanks Nick!)
  • Bugfix: Since v1.05, and annoying click could be heard on transport change (when clicking play/stop in the host). Fixed.
  • Bugfix: When importing an sfz file, an out of range lokey/hikey could make the synth crash. Fixed. (Thanks Stephen!)
  • Bugfix: Synth could crash when deleting modules in a patch with poly/unison modules. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo!)
  • Bugfix: Exported additive .wav files were saved with an incorrect header and failing to load in external wave editors. Fixed. (Thanks Stephen!)
  • Bugfix: Pad module could crash on init, due to unitialized start phase value. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Attack in ADSR module would not reset correctly in Exp mode. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo!)
  • Bugfix: Since v1.02, poly-logic would rather cut a voice than reuse a voice that was released on the exact same sample. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo!)

    Demo version expires September, 2009.

Cosmosis endorses KarmaFX Deelay

Wed, 06 May 2009

Legendary Goa- and Psy-Trance producer and pioneer, Bill Halsey (Cosmosis) has updated his Cosmosis Bassline Secrets, a psytrance bass tutorial, with three fresh preset banks for KarmaFX Deelay.

Bill Writes:

"...Find attached a small Cosmosis bank of psychedelic trippy delay patches for the excellent vst delay plugin by KarmaFX. If you're making Psy-trance, then delay is probably the most important effect to create a psychedelic or trippy vibe. The KarmaFX plugin is one of my favourite delay plugs in my vst folder as it contains a filter in the feedback loop, enabling dub effects as well as lots of control over panning the repeats - straight pan delay, stereo delay or L,C,R delays are possible."

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.06 released !

Mon, 02 Mar 2009

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.06 has been released. Bugfixes only. See full changelog below.
Registered users can either update online by selecting "Check for Update Now..." in the menu
or use their most recent download link again for getting the full installer.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.06 changelog.
  • Bugfix: A "Window initialization error!" message would appear in hosts where subclassing failed. Removed. (Thanks Jon!)
  • Bugfix: Synth could crash when connecting module to unison module in polyphonic mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Connecting a module to another module which modulates the first module could crash the synth. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Releasing Ctrl just before making a connection could leave a hanging non-connected wire. Fixed.

    Demo version expires September, 2009.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.05 released !

Tue, 24 Feb 2009

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.05 has been released.
A few nifty features have been added and a fresh install is required. See full changelog below.
Registered users should have received their download link by e-mail.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.05 changelog.
  • Speed of oscillators and unison modules has been improved significantly.
  • Noise generator now also works in stereo.
  • Added silent output detection to filters to reduce CPU load in polyphonic patches.
  • Chorus sound has been improved: Depth and delays range have been increased from 80ms to 200ms. Max number of stages has been increased from 3 to 8. A delay modulator is allocated per stage to let LFOs run out of phase. New "phase offset" parameter added for controlling LFO phase. (Thanks MadGonzo!)
  • "Straight" unison is now the default mode in Unison module.
  • Online update will now also download and run full installer updates. [requires fresh install]
  • Bugfix: Sampler would not trigger on very first note when GUI was minimized. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Switching a module connected to the notepitch module between stereo and mono could cause notepitch module to loose a polyphonic voice. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Notepitch module could in some situations play the same key in two or more polyphonic voices, causing the amplifier to leave hanging notes. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: To prevent hanging notes, the Amplifier and Notepitch modules are now reset when the midi stream is interrupted.
  • Bugfix: Silent modulators would not free the CPU as much as disconnected modulators. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Midi events are now deltaframes sorted to prevent midi trigger inconsistencies in different hosts. (Thanks Klaus!)
  • Bugfix: Pseudo random generator in LFO is now reset on trigger and transport change for true deterministic randomness.
  • Bugfix: SFZ parser would fail and crash the synth on files without newline breaks after sample filenames. Fixed. (Thanks Jeremy!)
  • Bugfix: Damping was computed wrong in reverb module causing unwanted ringing. Fixed. (Thanks MadGonzo!)
  • Bugfix: Amplifier would not always pass sound when trigger was off. Fixed. (Thanks Matthew!)
  • Bugfix: Infinite loop test could crash the synth when making a new connection in a patch with a working infinite connection. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: EQ31 settings were not cloned correctly in polyphonic mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Synth did not respond to "all notes off" midi event causing hanging notes in some hosts. Fixed. (Thanks ksn!)
  • Bugfix: All LFO instances did not reset on transport change. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Fixed memory leak when loading new patch. [requires fresh install]
  • Bugfix: Synth would crash when saving Sampler module patches with sample filenames longer than 127 chars. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Backward loop mode in sampler could cause overflow error. Fixed.
  • GUI: Bugfix: The background color of EQ31's display was wrong. Fixed.
  • User's Manual has been updated to revision 1.12.

    Demo version expires August, 2009.

All together now - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, February issue

Thu, 05 Feb 2009

Scot Solida uses KarmaFX Synth Modular to fatten up waveforms while uncovering the unique undulations of the unison effect (without even touching the unison module). All in this months Synth Essentials column.

Scot writes:

“ We'll can take control over each and every parameter, giving our unison tone a distinct edge over the prefab variety. All we need is a modular synth and a computer with enough grunt to run the thing! ”

KarmaFX Synth Modular Reviewed in Computer Music Magazine, January issue

Thu, 15 Jan 2009


KarmaFX Synth Modular is reviewed in the January issue of Computer Music Magazine. It receives a whopping 9/10 rating and their Computer Music Value Award!

CM writes:

“ If you're looking for a modular synth that works well in a sequencer environment, then we have no hesitation in recommending this one, especially as it's so reasonably priced. ”

CM Verdict: 9/10

“ KarmaFX Synth Modular is a great buy, especially for synth fiends in danger of outgrowing their current instruments ”

The full review can be read online here.

Dead Ringers - KarmaFX Synth featured in Computer Music Magazine, January issue

Thu, 15 Jan 2009

Scot Solida uses KarmaFX Synth for emulating old-skool drum machines and using self-oscillation for adding zing, in this months Synth Essentials column.

Scot writes:

“ We need a lot of flexibility to create the ringing filter signal path, so a modular synthesiser is an obvious choice. As usual, I'll be calling upon KarmaFX Synth Modular... ”

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.04 and Plugin Pack 2.1 released !

Mon, 17 Nov 2008

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.04 and KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.1 have been released.
The updates mainly contain bugfixes. See changelogs below.
A couple of new features have been added to the Synth and a fresh install is required.
Registered users should have received their new download link by e-mail.
Synth Modular price has been adjusted to take into account the recent rise in the US dollar.

KarmaFX Synth Modular 1.04 changelog.
  • Added Kybd tracking support to parametric filter (in lowpass, highpass, bandpass and notch mode).
  • Replaced random waveform in lfo with one that has 1 step-change per period unlike old random that does 16.
    Old random has been renamed to 'Random16'.
  • Added right click volume-range option (+6dB (default), +12dB or +24dB) to output module. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Added Clk option to Envelope and Step modules.
  • Added Linear, Cubic and Hermite curve modes to Envelope module.
  • Sampler now also imports loop info from .wav files if available.
  • Added limited support for .sfz soundfont import in Sampler. (Thanks Jeremy)
  • Updated and added a few new patches. Changed almost all patches to be tuned in C. [requires fresh install]
  • GUI: Display in Sampler, Envelope, Additive, Pad, Step and Pattern can now be scrolled and zoomed using mouse wheel.
  • GUI: Envelope and Step displays can now be zoomed/scrolled vertically by holding shift and using mouse wheel.
  • GUI: Envelope control points now auto-snap to zero amplitude.
  • GUI: Sustain markers now change color when selected/dragged + Added extra bottom handle for easier editing.
  • GUI: Added waveform save option to Pad module. (Thanks Stephen)
  • GUI: Added simple gradient support to displays for future skins. (Thanks Rick)
  • GUI: Created new default skin. Old skin is still there but now known as 'Classic'. Blue skin is now included with the demo, whereas Synchro skin has been removed from the demo to save bandwith.
  • GUI: Envelope curves can now be flipped by double right-clicking.
  • GUI: Added Invert option to right click menu in Additive/Pad modules.
  • Bugfix: Patching modulator to ADSR could make the synth crash due to a compiler error. Fixed. (Thanks Argitoth)
  • Bugfix: Frequency snap rounding error: Turning the control knob to -63 would set the semitone to -11 when it should be -12. Same for octave and cents. Fixed. (Thanks sweet_trip)
  • Bugfix: When creating new banks a "recreating index.txt" message would appear since v1.02. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Tempo sync could occasionally be off by one sample causing sync to slowly drift. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: VST Host tempo is now validated before use [requires fresh install].
  • Bugfix: Step, Envelope and Parametric filter modules didn't utilize their entire display area. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Zooming and scrolling a sample in the sampler could be jerky. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Suddenly loosing mouse capture could result in hanging menus. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Display text for slider movement was shown wrong. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Zolzer Keyb tracking was not working in 4 pole mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Gain and Mod depth did not switch correctly when switching filters in parametric module. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: ADSR smoothing filter was enabled in Clk mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Resource frame count was handled inaccurately for sliders and knobs causing redraw artifacts in new skins. Skins have been updated (Thanks Rick). [requires fresh install]
  • Bugfix: Wire drawing could look funky when creating a new connection in bounce mode. Fixed.
  • Bugfix: Custom resolution would malfunction when using simplex mode after closing/reopening the synth. Fixed. (Thanks ksn)
  • Bugfix: Detaching Unison module using Input menu could make the synth crash. Fixed. (Thanks dj.tuBIG)
  • Bugfix: Additive/Pad would in rare cases minimize and maximize randomly when receiving mouse up events. Fixed.
  • Minor performance improvements.
  • User's Manual has been updated to revision 1.11.

    Demo version expires May, 2009.
KarmaFX Plugin Pack 2.1 changelog.
  • Equalizer and Reverb upgraded from VST SDK 2.2 to 2.3.
  • Reverb performance tweaks.
  • Bugfix: VST Host tempo is now validated before use in all plugins.
  • Bugfix: Equalizer had memory leaks. Fixed. (Thanks Music_Man)
  • Bugfix: Equalizer wrongfully created a memleaks log file on exit. Fixed. (Thanks Music_Man)
  • User's Manual has been updated to revision 1.03.

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