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 LFOâ†’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 (â€˜Pâ€™ next to â€˜Dâ€™ 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 didnâ€™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 ofÂ 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.
All Multiverse products are updated to v1.1 which fixes a couple of issues with the Arpeggiator.
120 Multi-Sampled Instruments designed with the PolyKB II and Dune 2 Synthesizers. This provides a good mix of analog warmth vs digitally smooth which blend together very well for Pads, and also makes a nice sample set for Kosmology. With Multiverse you can randomize the Instruments easily using the ‘W’ button to quickly get new Wave combinations, or use the global randomize to generate new instruments very quickly:
Calculus is a collection of presets for the Virtual CZ Plug-in of mainly Pads inspired by the likes of Eno, Harold Budd and the Boards of Canada. Some of the sounds were designed on a CZ1000 and transferred to the plugin, although they make full use of aftertouch and also the loopable envelopes which which really add to Virtual CZ’s Pad creation appeal.
There are 128 presets in total which are mainly Pads and Atmospheres with a few Basses and Leads thrown in for good measure. The Presets are provided in VST2, VST3, Audio Units and Pro Tools formats so you can use whichever you prefer.
Virtual CZ is an emulation ofÂ the Casio CZ Range of Synths made in the 80′s which used a unique form of Synthesis. The Plug-in was created by Oli Larkin and sold by Plugin Boutique. If you are a fan of the CZ Synths it really is a must buy, and if you have never owned one now is the time!
130 Multi-Sampled Instruments designed with a CZ1000 and Virtual CZ with the aim of providing a collection of beautiful Pads for layering within the Multiverse Script. Each sample is longer than usual at 14 seconds long with a long loop section which preserves the character of the CZ. It is ideal for anyone wanting an almost endless and inspiring resource of Ambient Pads.
With Multiverse you can randomize the Instruments easily using the ‘W’ button to quickly get new combinations, or use the global randomize to generate new instruments very quickly. The original sounds are also available to buy for the Virtual CZ VST Instrument if you own it.
150 Multi-Sampled Instruments designed with an MFB Dominion X Analog Synthesizer. This excellent synth has a hard yet warm sound, and this is a great collection for use with the included Multiverse and Kosmology Scripted Instruments. Most Samples were made with the filter open to allow taming within the scripts. The Instruments sound great in Kosmology and 20 new Kosmology presets are included specifically for Dominate.
After Months of work, Multiverse the successor to Kosmos is now released, furthermore all Kosmology Releases have now been updated to include Multiverse which adds extra weight to each collection. This is a free update to all existing customers and can be downloaded from your personal downloads page. Note that Multiverse has replaced Kosmos which will no longer be sold, however Kosmos releasesÂ are still available to those that bought them.
The idea with Multiverse was to redesign Kosmos from scratch, bringing many enhancements seen in the Kosmology Script. Multiverse has now replaced Kosmos, and if you own any Kosmos products, the multiverse versions are available on your download page. The major improvements are:
An internal Browser for loading & saving Presets easily – there are also previous/next buttons for cycling through presets easily
The preset browser has the ability to filter which parts of the presets are loaded, for instance you could just load the filter section when cycling through presets
The ability to save a Default Instrument used as the basis for all of the Default buttons
Clearer design of the front panel which has most of the major sound design controls visible at once
An Advanced Programmable Arpeggiator – This replaces the Sequencer used in Kosmos as Kosmology instruments are also included with each Multiverse release
True Dual Synth – Each Synth now has it’s own Filter in comparison to Kosmos which shared the Filter Cutoff and Resonance controls.
Mono/Unison/Portamento are now controlled from the Multiverse script.
The Reverb has been replaced by a Convolver which includes 50+ Impulse responses – the same set used in Kosmology
Kosmology Instruments are included in all Kosmos Releases
Designed with Light CPU use in mind – Multiverse uses much less CPU than Kosmos
Sample memory is automatically managed so that only the used samples are loaded at any time.
The Fusion Sample Collection was designed using a Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, capturing it’s aggressive analog sound to the full. It’s a very interesting addition to the Kosmology Collection and has a very different feel to all of the other releases.
All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 3 samples per instrument at 24-bit. Whilst plenty of instruments are chromatically useful, there are also plenty of FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.
The Kosmology script for Kontakt 5 has been updated for all paid versions which includes Awakenings, Analog, Evolution, Dissonance, Space, Lumin and Elementary. V1.3 adds the following:
Sustain/Hold Mode Added via pedal or button (‘H’) â€“ Mainly designed for use with a sustain pedal so that current notes will be held when released, it also has a button to be triggered from the GUI (‘H’ next to Live Mode). When on constantly it does work polyphonically although when no keys are held and new ones are triggered it really relies on a single note to release the old ones otherwise occasionally old notes will not be released. In practice if you want to use chords, playing them like a quick guitar strum works well.
Added Randomization options. Found under the new ‘Options’ Tab are a group of Buttons which will decide whether Wave A, Wave B. Wavemix/Start Position, FX, Filter and Envelopes should be included when using the Synth Randomize button. There are also individual randomizers for each of them.