Latcher is a noisebox synth in the same vein as NANDroid and XORbot, and contains many of the same features as those previous synths. The sound-generating part is something of a cross between my Modutronic Messmaker circuit and an Atari Punk Console, in that it combines the AM/FM oscillator configuration with the osc-triggered monostable of the APC. In keeping with the logic-based theme of the previous two noiseboxes, it also includes a switchable “mod osc” that is fed into an XOR gate with the AM/FM signal on the other input (pre monostable).
NANDroid and XORBot have both been updated to V1.01, with the biggest change being that MIDI note value is now available as a modulation source in any of the assignable slots, including the Combiners. This change is largely thanks to a user request.
Another change is that these and other FSA plugins will now be available from Gumroad. They are still available for free if you like, just enter a price of “$0”.
XORbot is another fairly simple noisebox synth based on logical operations. Though it has some similarities to the previously-released NANDroid, it uses a different method of sound generation and thus creates a different kind of cacophony.
XORbot is somewhat related to NANDroid, in that it uses logical operations to generate sounds, and features a similar modulation setup and synth engine. The synth itself is finished, just working on presets and a manual.
Here’s an audio demo, starting from a preset and tweaking knobs:
Spectral Lemuring, a lo-fi spectral processing/pitch-shifting effect, has been released (Windows 64, VST3, free/donationware). You can hear an audio demo and download it at its dedicated page here.
If you remember Spectral Monkeyage, it’s kinda like that, and (as the name implies) is created as a sort of nod in the direction of that “classic” plugin from Shiny FX. It isn’t meant to be a direct remake or anything, but uses some similar concepts, and may fill a similar niche in one’s arsenal. Note that I have no affiliation with Shiny FX (the developer of Spectral Monkeyage), and this is only inspired by the namesake.
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Spectral Lemuring is, as the name implies, a spectral processing effect which is inspired by a discontinued freeware plugin with a similar name. The feature set isn’t exactly the same, but like the plugin that inspired it, it can process the high-magnitude and low-magnitude parts of the FFT signal separately, and can also “freeze” the signal.
Among the ways it differs from its inspiration are the separate pitch shifting for high and low-magnitude signals, and a resynthesis section (another way of “rebuilding” the FFT signal) which can be mixed with the iFFT output. The split point for the high and low-magnitude signals can also be modulated.
This plugin is mostly finished, though I will probably be adding preset management as present in other recent FSA plugs, fixing some graphical stuff, etc. Patreon supporters get access to a preview version, available from the FSA Patreon page.
NANDroid is a noisebox synth based loosely on the TrigPulser module I built for my hardware Lunetta-style modular. As such, it shares some DNA with the “Loid’s Cousin” Reaktor ensemble as well, which also features a section based on that module. This plugin takes the idea in a slightly different direction though, with stuff like LFO’s and a filter.
You can get the plugin (in VST3i format) and hear audio demos at the VST plugins page.
Thanks to KVR user Erisian for reporting this bug. There was a silly mistake in the installer which made it create the subdirectories for the presets twice, making them invisible to the plugin itself. This error has been fixed, so you can either uninstall it, download the updated installer (same link) and reinstall, or just move the presets from “C:\Users\[user name]\Documents\VST3 Presets\Kevin Breidenbach\FSA Shapeulator\Kevin Breidenbach\FSA Shapeulator” to just “C:\Users\[user name]\Documents\VST3 Presets\Kevin Breidenbach\FSA Shapeulator\”
As previously noted, Shapeulator is a subtractive synth at its core, with a couple added bells & whistles. It is best at percussion, fx sounds, and other weirdness, and isn’t necessarily designed to sound “good” in the traditional sense, though it can do standard VA-style sounds too. This probably just won’t be your first choice for such things.
See the VST page for downloads and audio demos. Note that this one has an installer available to make it easier to get the presets where they need to be.
A preview version of the upcoming Shapeulator synth plugin is now available from the FSA Patreon. This preview version does not have a finished GUI, a manual, or a preset library, but otherwise the functionality will be the same as the final version. Join the Patreon at any support level to gain access to this and other exclusives.