September 22, 2006

Freebie from FXpansion...

by Chris Randall

Check this out. A free monosynth from our good friends at FXpansion. Marketspeak: "Orca is an experimental monosynth built to showcase some new technology that FXpansion has been developing. Based on detailed and accurate models of analogue synthesizer circuits and components, Orca excels at deep, squelchy basses and thick unison leads."

In real life: I haven't tried it yet, but it looks fly, and they're trying to get some feedback on a new synthesis method (which is almost certainly some old synthesis method.) It's sort of creepy looking, like an alien vagina or something, the Rubber Johnny of user interfaces. Registered FXpansion members only; you just have to create an account, then you can get the synth. Grab it>here.

UPDATE: I've just spent a few minutes with it. It has a distinctly ARP-ish sound; it actually sounds really good for software. Not much you can program (amp filter env, freq and res, and some detune shit) but incredibly usable sounds. Definitely give it a try, unless you're an Intel Live user; Intel Live doesn't load VST2.3 plugs, which this is.



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Sep.23.2006 @ 3:32 AM
And for those of us Logic users too lazy to go buy a VST>AU host, oh well.

Sep.23.2006 @ 5:54 AM
Bjorn Vayner
Runs perfectly fine in Live 6 on a PPC though...

Sep.23.2006 @ 8:52 AM
Yeah, it's too bad they couldn't have at least used the adapter code to release an AU version, since they own the technology/code. However, even with the the VST->AU adapter, the plugin fails AU validation, and does not load into Logic by default. However, You can enable it in AU Manager, and it seems to work fine.

Sep.23.2006 @ 8:57 AM
are you saying logic will run the vst?!


have you heard if the issue w/ live and intel is solved w/ v.6? ie is live 6 on intel suppose to suppose to work w/ vst2.4?


Sep.23.2006 @ 9:01 AM
Downpressor - I can feel your frustration... it's inevitable with the multi-format silliness of current DAWs. While we can justify making our commercial products for all formats, it's just not viable for a freebie, especially as there may be more freebies in future. Apple has a habit of changing the AU spec for fun, so we could do without another painful hit of re-compiling/testing for freebies. From our experience, any Logic users with the remotest interest in checking out new free plugins own the VST-AU Adapter, so the decision for us was an easy and logical one. There is a whole world of weird and wonderful free VST plugins out there that you're missing out on too.

By the way Chris, I forgot to mention that I love reading this blog... it's very honest and refreshingly free of hype/marketing. Dig the AD stuff too!


Sep.23.2006 @ 9:03 AM
penzoil washington
And for those of us DP users too much in love with stability to run a VST>AU host......

Sep.23.2006 @ 9:03 AM
Bjorn Vayner
Frugal... Vst 2.4 support was added in Live 5.2 if i'm not mistaken.

This plugin works in Live 5 and Live 6 for me. But i'm not on an intel mac. I'm on the old dual g5 ppc.


Sep.23.2006 @ 9:04 AM
giantm - The current version of the adapter (1.5) won't deal with UniBins properly (they weren't around when it came out). However, as you say, it can be force-enabled, or you can use the new VST-AU v2 which can handle UniBins.

Sep.23.2006 @ 9:06 AM
Bjorn Vayner
Btw. For those unable to run this plugin.
Wouldn't it be possible to wrap this vst into a pluggo?
Haven't tried it yet, but it should work in theory.

Sep.23.2006 @ 9:07 AM
penzoil - there really aren't any stability issues with wrapping. Most AU's you're probably running are wrapped anyway. I'm sure I can summon Angus to give you an in-depth rundown on plugin format misconceptions, but most of the pertinent info can be found in the link posted by Puffer earlier.

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