Cassetto has been reviewed on Producer Spot. and gets a major update adding a 3rd Envelope and LFO with some interesting destinations. The introductory group buy is now halfway and currently has achieved 3 bonus products with the new option to buy multiple credits for further bonus products.
Added Filter Swap Button which exchanges the settings of the filters
Added Buttons to assign LFO→Volume amounts to pitch instead
Sequencer Lights now switch off when no notes are playing
Added LFO Sync Mode
Added Advanced Panel with extra controls for FX
Added LFO3 with destinations for Resonance 1 & 2, Filter 1 & 2 and LFO1 Frequency
Added ENV3 with destinations for Resonance 1 & 2, Filter 1 & 2, LFO1 Frequency and LFO3 Level.
No Purge Option added (‘P’ next to ‘D’ in the master section
Oscillator Waves now have a randomizer each
Improved delay contamination when changing presets
Some sliders can now have negative values so that 0 is the centre, a black mark at the centre of the scale shows this.
Cassetto gets a major update, most importantly a few people requested a version for Kontakt 5.5 and so Micro Cassetto is born. It is functionally identical to Cassetto but uses Panels. There are also an additional 63 hand crafted Single Cycle Waveforms, after making presets with the existing single cycles I wanted to expand the digital side of the synth. It has increased the amount of sounds it can make extensively.
The Introductory Group Buy is currently at 84 members with only 16 to go to achieve the 2nd Bonus product.
Added Micro Cassetto, a smaller version which is identical feature-wise yet compatible with Kontakt 5.5
63 Digital Single Cycle Waveform Added
Added some Dotted Tempo values to ARP Tempo
Fixed an issue where HOLD and As Played didn’t work correctly
Increased ARP Length to 300%
Decreased CPU Usage significantly and raised Polyphony to 64
Improved GUI slightly
Fixed an issue with Automation in Ableton Live
A few more presets demonstrating the new Waveforms
Cassetto is a synthesizer Emulation with a unique character. At it’s heart it has Multi-Sampled Oscillators sampled from Cassette using the raw oscillators of an Analog Four Synthesizer as the sound source. It is a full featured Synthesizer with a built in preset system and the ability to save your own. It makes full use of larger GUI size (1000×700) that Kontakt 5.6 introduced, so that all parameters are on the screen to make creating sounds easy. There is also an advanced Arpeggiator which runs as a standard ARP, but with an additional 6 sequencers for targeting parameters such as Pitch, step length and Pan. Each Sequencer can have it’s own independent Step size which can lead to some complex polyrhythms with little effort.
Cassetto is being launched with a ‘no brainer’ Group Buy for just $14.99 and for every 50 people that sign up a free product of your choice will be added to the deal from the HGS Kontakt and Synth Preset Releases.
2 Oscillators with both multi-sampled cassette sampled sound and single cycle Waveforms
Noise Oscillator sampled from Tape
Unstable for warbling the oscillator pitch
Dual Filters with a large choice of filter types
Parallel Filters or One for each Oscillator
2 LFOs with selectable Waveforms, LFO1 resets on note, LFO2 is free running
Random LFO of the Filter
Filter Envelope for the Cutoff, Pitch and Optional Volume of Oscillator 2
VCA Envelope for Volume Control
Reverb with 50 Impulse Responses
Modulator with a choice from Chorus, Flanger or Phaser
Arpeggiator with Sequencers for various parameters
Preset Browser with the ability to save presets
Global Randomizer and Default, with the ability to save you own Default preset.
Essence is a collection of 175 presets for Bassline-101 by TAL. Consisting mainly of Sequences and Pads this collection attempts to explore this classic architecture to the full. The sequencer patches also use unique presets behind the sequencer which can be used by disabling the sequencer. Note that some of the sound demos use the free TAL Juno Chorus and some delay which is highly recommended with this synth.
Essence is priced at $19.99 but is available for $14.99 as an introductory offer using the code INTRO25
Lifelines is a collection of 96 expressive presets for the virtual synthesizer Spire. Good use is made of both the Modulation Wheel and Channel Pressure (Aftertouch). The main feature are the Pads and Keys which are oozing with atmosphere. Spire 1.1 is required as some of the patches used the new FM Module.
Nostalgia is a free collection of 90 Presets for the Sunrizer synthesizer by Beep Street. It mainly consists of Pads and Atmospheric sounds with a few leads, arps, basses and effects thrown in. Sunrizer is a particularly nice synthesizer for Pads, the reverb adds some nice vocal and string like harmonics to the mix.
Nostalgia is completely free and can be downloaded from this page.
Homegrown Sounds are having a sale until the end of July, use SUMMER40 at the checkout to get the reduction.
Alectrona is a collection of 100 Presets for ArcSyn by SPC Plugins. This synth has some interesting oscillators and deep modulation capabilities which leads to some interesting paths throughout the pads and sequences. There is plenty of atmosphere amongst the pads and some ambient style keybeds which make for good noodling. The sequences range from full on track inspiration loops to dreamlike tangerine dream style sounds. All presets make use of both Aftertouch and the Mod Wheel.
Paradox is a collection of 75 presets for the Dune 2 synthesizer. It is an atmospheric collection of Pads and a bunch or ARP and Sequencer patches making full use of Dune 2′s multilayer capabilities. The Modulation Wheel and Aftertouch are used in every preset for real-time manipulation. 30 Wavetables are also included that were especially created for this collection.
15 new presets have been added to Molecules for PolyKB II bringing the total number of presets to 90, they can be found in the ‘bonus’ category. The latest version can be downloaded from the personal download page.
Radiate for miniSyn’X
Radiate is a collection of presets for the miniSyn’X synthesizer by Xils-Lab, which is a beautiful sounding recreation of the classic analog Elka Synthex synthesizer. The presets are mostly Keys, Pads and Sequences with a few Basses thrown in. These presets will also be compatible with the forthcoming bigger brother Syn’X 2.