KarmaFX Synth 0.89 BETA released

Sat, 01 Oct 2005

KarmaFX Synth 0.89 BETA changes.
  • Added flexible multipoint envelope modulator with up to 60 seconds duration, support for individual
    curve control for each control point, and adjustable sustain points.
  • "Length" knob in Sampler changed to work as intended, i.e., as the real length of the loop.
    (Before "Length" controlled the loop's end position).
    Note, this might change the sound of patches using samplers.
  • Added Position knob to Sampler component (directly sets play position).
  • Minimizing a large component (e.g. the Sampler) now resizes the component on the x-axis also.
  • Recoded equalizer (EQ10) to adapt correctly to high sampling rates.
  • Number of automation controllers was increased to 32 but the host was still led to believe that only 8 were available. Fixed.
  • Filters in Noise and Delay component would update very slowly when tweaking knobs. Fixed.
  • Current patch is now kept in memory when changing banks. This has two advantages:
    (1) makes it possible to save the current patch into a different bank.
    (2) work is not accidently lost by changing banks.
  • Improved Bank handling. The synth should now gracefully handle banks that have been removed or
    added since last load.
  • Synth could crash when loading a sample while playing. Fixed.
  • GUI: Added "Minimize/Maximize All" components to options menu.
  • GUI: When adding a new component, that component is now shown in front.
  • GUI: The sample display in the sampler would sometimes behave strangely,especially with big stereo samples. Fixed.
  • GUI: Left mouse & dragging in the sampler view now scrolls the sample.
  • GUI: Sample position cursor in sampler view would sometimes screw up the sample display. Fixed.

Website Updated

Sun, 31 Jul 2005

A few minor changes:

  • Navigation buttons should now always appear in the top of the page.
  • Added User "Feedback" area, where you can post comments to the author and read previous user quotes.
    Later on I'll be putting user music demos and other cool stuff there too.
  • "About KarmaFX" page added. Still work in progress.

KarmaFX Plugin Pack 1.3 released

Sat, 30 Jul 2005

Yes, plugin pack 1.3 is out. All plugins in the pack have been updated!

KarmaFX Synth 0.88b BETA changes.
  • Added a new Generator: "Osc2". This is a mixed dual oscillator with adjustable
    hardsync and optional ring modulation. Supports saw, square, triangle, ramp and flexible sine.
  • Added 4 extra distortion algorithms to the "Distortion" effect component.
  • Added soft-knee "Compressor" Effect with RMS/Peak gain reduction and optional sidechain.
  • Added "FM" Modulator that modulates the internal control signal using a frequency
    ratio and modulation index (standard FM). It can run in harmonic or disharmonic mode and
    has an antialias button for autoscaling the mod.index.
  • Added "Envelope Follower" Modulator with RMS/Peak detection.
  • Added "HFO" Modulator, a High Frequency Modulator that
    supports standard bandlimited waveforms and can work as a standard HFO (i.e. like
    an LFO just faster), or in FM mode. It also supports phase modulation.
  • Recoded the "Decay" Modulator.
  • Patch list was not updated in other instances of KarmaFX Synth when saving. Fixed.
  • ADSR envelopes output changed to be in [-1 to 1] range (was [-0.5 to 0.5] previously).
    Consequently, the initial Modulation Depth for the Amplifier and all Filters has been set to 0.5.
  • Increased number of automation controllers from 8 to 32.
  • Fixed a serious crash bug when loading a new patch after changing voicecount in another patch.
  • Fixed crash bug when patching a polyphonic note pitch controller into another note pitch controller.
  • Recoded the triangle-wave oscillator so it reacts correctly to pulsewith changes.
  • Removed "pulse" waveform from Oscillator1 since it was aliasing badly.
  • Fixed some minor GUI issues.
  • The synth now silently ignores patching a component to itself instead of asking the user.
    Hence, potentially dangerous infinite loop patching is not allowed anymore.
  • Improved mouse patching when holding ctrl down:
    It's now possible to patch several component together in a row by keeping ctrl pressed and
    clicking on a series of components one at a time.
  • Updated and improved the ADSR envelope.
    "exp" now behave like a true exponential envelope. Same goes for "log".
  • Added "Load Sample", "Clear", "Normalize" and "Reverse" buttons below the waveform display
    in the Sampler window.
    One can still right click, but this should make it easier to e.g. load a sample.
  • Changed name of "link" led in MidiData component to "midi learn".
  • Changed the patch list popup window to be three rows instead of four + added support for separators.
  • Fixed a bug in the LFO frequency calculation.
  • In large components, knobs would sometimes not update correctly. Fixed.
  • Portamento would sometimes behave strangely in polyphonic mode. Fixed.
  • Fixed rare denormal bug in Amplifier.
  • Improved support for high samplerates (e.g., 48kHz and 96kHz).
  • When saving in sequencer, patch index got lost when using other banks than "Bank 1". Fixed.
  • Some hosts (e.g., cubase) would output noise when changing patch. Fixed.
  • Added a bunch of new patches. Renamed and reordered the existing ones.
KarmaFX Filter 1.1c changes.
  • Better support for 48 and 96 Khz.
KarmaFX Deelay 1.1c changes.
  • Better support for 48 and 96 Khz.
  • Suspend now clears delay line.

KarmaFX Synth endorsed in the June 2005 edition of Future Music.

Tue, 12 Jul 2005

Read "the buzz" here:

Snippet taken (with permission) from Future Music, June 2005 edition, page 16.
You can subscribe to Future Music here: http://www.futuremusic.co.uk/.


Forum and F.A.Q added to the webpage

Wed, 01 Jun 2005

The KarmaFX F.A.Q. and the KarmaFX Forum has been added to the webpage. The Forum is meant as a service where users can ask for help, suggest features, share patches, report bugs, or just talk about music making in general. Bugs will also be reported there as soon as they have been confirmed.

KarmaFX Synth 0.87 BETA released

Wed, 18 May 2005

KarmaFX Synth 0.87 BETA changes.
  • SVF lost sound when turned off and then on, until cutoff was used. Fixed.
  • GUI fix. Sometimes the modulation leds under knobs got lost at random when a patch was loaded.
  • Fixed crash on systems with high latency. Max-latency is still 2048 samples though.
  • A fix for the "tiny window bug" which appeared in Emagic's Logic has been added.
  • Added support for resizing the window. User can choose between small (800x600) or large (1024x768).
    This is changed instantly in hosts that support dynamic window resizing.
    Otherwise it is changed the next time the synth is loaded. Setting is saved in the registry.
  • Switching modulation module could cause other modules to freeze in polyphonic mode. Fixed.
  • Poly12, Poly16 and Legato added to notepitch controller.
  • Using multiple notepitch controllers in series or parallel should now work better.
  • Some modules would trigger when initialized. Fixed.
  • "Reverse" function added to sampler's pop-up menu.
  • Retuned filter kybd tracking to be more aggressive.
  • Added "Frequency" controller component. Sweep range is 14 octaves.
  • Enabled knob-snap on knobs with integer ranges (e.g. note and octave).
  • Opening, closing and reopnening the synth could cause a blank vst window in some hosts. Fixed.
  • Added MidiTrig modulator for velocity and note midi-signals.
  • Added MidiData modulator for standard midi controller and pitchbend signals.
  • Added some more patches.
  • Added installer exe (NSIS).

KarmaFX Synth 0.86 BETA released

Fri, 13 May 2005

KarmaFX Synth 0.86 BETA changes.
  • Limited max number of inputs into a component to 10.
    Before too many inputs caused a crash.
  • Major memory leak fixed.
    Before, opening and closing the synth many times would cause a crash.
  • Buggy ADSR retrigger fixed
    + increased ADSR times from 2500ms to 10000ms
    + re-adjusted envelope amplitude.
  • Added extra save info.
    "Author" and "Description" fields are now saved with each patch.
  • Strange behavior when rewiring a Polyphonic synth was fixed.
  • Improved host update of automation controls.
    Would sometimes still be active in the host even though they were disabled. Fixed.
  • Ouput component is now undeletable.
    Before an output-delete would cause a crash.
  • Fixed crash bug when selecting "New Patch".
  • Added infinite loop check when connecting a component to itself.
  • Added experimental mouse wheel support (only works in some hosts).
  • Edited some old and added some new patches.

KarmaFX Synth 0.85 BETA released

Sat, 23 Apr 2005

KarmaFX Synth 0.85 BETA changes.
  • (First public beta release.)
  • Rock solid accurate midi-triggering (<0.85 had glitches).
  • Added automation controls.
  • Better band-limiting of classic synth waveforms.
  • Added noise and input generators.
  • Added Comb,Allpass and Shelving filters.
  • Fixed many, many small silly bugs (too many to mention anyway).
  • Hunted and crunched a few more denormal issues.
  • Fixed minor gui errors.
  • Made skin support (skin is stored in an external dll).
  • Increased max number of patches from 32 to 128.
  • Polyphony fixes.

KarmaFX Deelay 1.1b released

Sun, 25 Apr 2004

KarmaFX Deelay and Filter 1.1b changes.
  • Better sounding delay line interpolation.
KarmaFX Filter 1.1b changes.
  • Filter-mode button did not kick in before a knob was moved - fixed.

KarmaFX Deelay 1.1 and Filter 1.1a released

Sun, 25 Apr 2004

  • Readjusted all frequency ranges.
  • Fixed minor parameter interpolation bug.
  • Filter: Replaced one-pole highpass filter with a better sounding one.
  • Deelay: Replaced filters with better sounding and steeper ones.
  • Deelay: The level parameter did not work as it should - fixed.

KarmaFX Filter 1.0 and Deelay 1.0 released

Wed, 02 Jul 2003

First Filter and Deelay release.

KarmaFX Synth v 0.65 BETA

Tue, 17 Aug 1999

First (non-public) beta working as VST.
VST port working quite well, except for inaccurate midi triggering, missing polyphony and minor GUI glitches.
Legacy screenshots are available here.

KarmaFX Synth v 0.55 BETA

Thu, 19 Feb 1998

First (non-public) standalone beta.

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