Batch xFader updated to v1.1.1

August 28, 2022, 11:34 pm

The single cycle code has been reworked to be more reliable with as wider range of source material.


  • Improved the single cycle loop zero crossing search for the end point, it now scans for nearest in both direction.
    Added controls to enable/disable Zero-X Start which then gives the option for zero-X end and a maximum scan time in percentage of loop size.
  • Resample added for the single cycle loop, this will resample loops that are larger/smaller due to the zero X scan which effectively tunes them to perfect pitch. It should only be used as a last resort as it does change the character of the sound. It’s better to ensure that the source is already the correct pitch before it reaches batch xFader.
  • Added option to enable/disable the zero X scan phase alignment on ‘CREATE LOOP’ mode, although it’s recommended to leave this on usually.

Batch xFader updated to v1.1

August 25, 2022, 1:44 am

This is quite a major update, single cycle mode really expands the program’s usefulness!

  • Single Cycle Export Mode Added – locates a positive zero crossing in the centre of the file, sets the end to the correct number of samples for the given midi note & then scans for the next negative zero crossing. For the midi note, it can either be embedded or in the filename.
  • Loops now quantise to the nearest multiples of frequency if the filename has a midi Note number or embedded note number in the smpl header.
  • Loop section now looks for positive zero crossing at the start & negative at the end which can help with phase issues & also setting xFade amount to zero will now bypass the xFade altogether. If you have constant material this can perhaps create seamless loops if single cycle mode is not sufficient.
  • Added xFade Mode menu with a choice between Equal Power, Linear, & 3 S Curve modes.
  • Fixed: Trim Start ‘All’ ignored the Trim Start enable.
  • Fixed: occasional small click on some loops.
  • Fixed: The Fade in sample amount was left when using ‘Delete All’ even though ‘Fade In’ was disabled.

Move to New server Complete

August 22, 2022, 9:46 am

The site has now migrated to a new server. I’ve had issues receiving mail ever since I got the last server and was unable to resolve it. That’s the main reason for the move, however the new server also has double the ram, is SSD based & has a faster connection to the internet, so it should be an improved experience.

Please let me know if you experience any issues.

Input Monitor for Mac Released

August 18, 2022, 10:04 pm

A simple program which soft monitors soundcard inputs on a MAC without having to open a DAW to enable monitoring. I made this for myself because the direct monitoring on a Steinberg UR22 mkII treats them as dual mono and so is no use for listening to stereo input sources. I thought other people might find it useful too.

Batch xFader MAC files are now code signed

August 16, 2022, 10:19 am

I’m in the process of implementing code signing/notarization for the Mac versions of apps. On the last few versions of MacOS, it gives a warning and no option to open the file without shift-clicking/open. Code signing means the open option is available on the ‘downloaded from the internet’ warning & Apple verifies that the file was compiled on my registered development Mac.

I haven’t got notarization working yet which is when apple scans files for viruses and attaches their certificates. It’s complex and I haven’t worked out how to work this in to my workflow as yet. It will happen  though.

Kit Creator will also be updated soon.

Batch xFader for Mac & Windows released

August 12, 2022, 9:07 am

Batch xFader is designed to accomplish the tedious work involved making sampler instruments out of samples. This process generally involves:

  • Creating a sustain loop
  • Cross fading the loop so it loops seamlessly
  • Trimming any space at the start
  • or trimming all/most space at the start
  • Creating a short fade in at the start to avoid any non zero-crossing clicks
  • Deleting all data after the loop section which is not usually used
  • Converting Stereo to Mono
  • Converting to multiple formats

Batch xFader can accomplish all of these tasks as a batch process on the selected folder of WAVs very quickly.

Hydra Stack Updated to v1.01

August 5, 2022, 1:04 am


  • Fixed an issue with 4-5 samples in the wrong places in the B1 bank
  • All samples reprocessed for source using a new Equal power looping algorithm which removes the volume swells.

Hydra Stack for Kontakt Released

August 5, 2022, 12:02 am

Hydra Stack is a collection of Multi Sampled instruments sampled from a Hydra Synth using the Wavestack Mutant. This module creates a detuned unison style of sound from the loaded oscillator shape. 218 instruments have been sampled at 96khz using 2 samples per octave over 5 octaves for a great sampled range. There are 2 complete sets, one set at 20% detune & the other at 40%.

The digital waveforms from the Hydrasynth are special due to their high resolution & a great collection for bright sounds that don’t sound harsh.

introductory price $19.99 until the end of August.

Kit Creator updated to v0.992

July 5, 2022, 3:29 pm


  • TAL-Drum export added.
  • Sitali export added with the option of embedding samples into the preset.
  • Settings panel added.
  • Factors panel for fine tuning the relationship between the various formats, most people should probably leave this alone.
  • Templates section in the setting panel. The ability to drag & drop your own presets for use as
  • Templates for each format. This opens up the power to make complex presets that use effects etc that Kit Creator can then replace its samples and parameters.
  • 3 Template modes introduced that decide how the user templates are used, use the currently selected, cycle through all, randomly select from available.
  • Improved Speedrum Volume parameter
  • All Factors are now enabled from changing the scaling between the different outputs.
  • Further Modularisation of the Scan code.

Kit Creator updated to v0.99

June 19, 2022, 1:36 pm

This is a big update that’s seen a huge amount of work in terms of restructuring into a modular system and refining the small things. I think this really should be v1.0 but I want to see if anyone has any feedback. The formats conversion is still to come but that shouldn’t impact any existing features.


  • Added a new Pad Screen which shows which allows clicking on a pad and showing/enabling which of the folders are assigned. Pads can also be labelled and saved as label presets.
    • Pads will display folders faded if they do not have any folders assigned. Folders will be faded if they are not assigned to currently selected Pad.
    • Pad Screen allows drag & dropping multiple folders and drag & drop re-ordering.
    • Pad Panel shows which pads a folder is assigned to when hovering over a folder.
  • Folder Displays now have a right click menu that provides various options such as remove, clear, copy Path & open in Finder/Explorer.
  • Processing Panel added and all previous top controls moved to it, it has a modular design so different inputs, tasks and outputs can be assigned now as they are developed.
  • Possibility to randomize Volume, Pan and Release in existing folders of files.
  • Added options to enable/disable the numeric/Random name generators.
  • Numeric name now counts existing files and starts numbering at total+1.
  • Added Folder Size Display to Folders Panel and total at the top.
  • Folder Highlight Colour added to themes.
  • Folder Border added to themes.
  • Added Mouse Over highlight to the dummy folder box on the themes page so that Folder highlight can be previewed on that page.
  • Output Amount now displays ‘All’ instead of -1.
  • It’s now no longer possible to load the exact same directory twice.
  • Folder and Slider Headers were using the wrong Text Colour, should have been Header text.
  • Folders now support Drag & Drop to change the order instead of the up/down arrows.
  • Slider number labels now use the correct theme colour.
  • Slider panel parameter Enable controls moved to processing Panel.
  • Rewritten how the messages are used throughout the app, now hovering over controls will display messages at the top instead of through the Tooltip system.
  • Right click menu added to file displays with delete file/save etc…
  • Preset Table Border now uses the border colour correctly.
  • Manual rewritten to reflect the many changes.

Kit Creator updated to v0.961

May 28, 2022, 4:30 pm


  • Fixed issue with crashes related to aif cache files or other non audio files with .aif + further extension.
  • Added Version Number to the Logo Display.


  • Folder Tooltip now shows full Folder path in case it’s too long to fit and the Folder field truncates the path so you can always see the end Folder. This also applies to the MPC output field.
  • Option to disable copying samples for Live Kits so the kit points to their current location instead. Note that this isn’t possible for MPC as Programs and samples have to be in the same folder.
  • Boiler Plate code implemented, I’ve hopefully covered all scenarios now.
  • Scan logging implemented. Each time process is started log.txt is cleared & created in documents/Homegrown Sounds/Kit Creator.
  • Improved the Collection name text editor so that it saves correctly on enter and restores previous name on escape.
  • Fixed the scan message not displaying.
  • Added Reveal buttons for opening the destination folders in Finder/Explorer.

Kit Creator Updated to v0.95

May 26, 2022, 10:47 pm

  • Adds a Preset System and Theming:
  • Settings storage improved so they can easily adapt to additional settings in future updates and a pathway towards themes and presets.
  • Preset System added. Saves Slider, Folder and Export options. You can decide whether the folder paths are loaded as they are only really relevant to the local machine. Presets are stored in /documents/Homegrown Sounds/Kit Creator/Presets and presets need to be created in this folder.
  • Info display now shows Slider values as they are edited.
  • Added Set All Buttons for each Slider Bank “A” which sets all Slider values to the same as the top slider.
    Each Parameter now has an Enable Button to decide whether those values should be randomized.
  • Global Default implemented, click the ‘D’ button. You can overwrite the Default file by using the ‘save default’ button.
  • Theme system implemented using all 22 Colours with an in application colour selector and load/save mechanism. Themes are stored in documents/Homegrown Sounds/Kit Creator/Themes.