We’re almost ready for the new release of Noxious, version 1.5. This will be a really major release with lots of improvements.
- True stereo width
- Waveform variations
- Standard serial or parallel filter mode with filter mix
- Vowel filter
- Random modulation sources reset at each note
- Major performance enhancements
Of course, all this comes with some new presets to demonstrate the new features.
Here is an audio peek of what it sounds like, especially the stereo width and some new presets. Done without special effects apart from the reverb and echo.
The good part is that performance improvements are so good that this song has been built on a humble Mac Mini with 16 instances of Noxious at no more than 50% of the CPU load.
Version 1.1 of Noxious is about to come out in the following days. It fixes some minor bugs but most of all adds some new modifier, filter and wave types.
- New filters : band reject and new low pass type II with slopes ranging from 6 dB/oct. to 48 dB/oct.
- New modifiers : duplicate, level randomize, pitch randomize and limit.
- New waves : fractal, quasi-sawtooth, shepard and alien.
- New modulation destinations : envelope decay and release.
- 40+ new patches including some combinator patches.
And for those of you just waiting to make the leap to Noxious, this new version will come at a slightly lower price too!
If you are planning to buy all three rack extensions of the Volt family, CB-1, SH-1 and SL-1, you might consider buying the Volt Pack bundle instead of each individual rack extension, at a lower price. The bundle includes full normal licences of the rack extension.
The Volt Pack is available exclusively for Propellerhead Reason 6.5 and Reason Essential 1.5 on all supported hardware platforms. It can be purchased and downloaded through the Propellerhead Shop.
Version 1.0.1 of Noxious is out. It fixes some minor bugs – the sustain pedal now works – and also adds 60 new patches. The upgrade is of course free for current owners of Noxious.
The Volt SL-1 has been greatly updated with version 1.1, taking into account user feedback:
- A greater number of sets with now up to 12 sets, with individual labels for each one,
- 15 controls per set,
- Individual gate inputs for finer set triggering,
- Individual gate outputs to sync set activation with other devices.
This version is fully compatible with version 1.0 accept for note lanes which must be rewritten as the note mapping has changed (see documentation). Upgrade is free for current owners of version 1.0
On the music side, Ryo Okumoto, keyboard player for progressive rock band “Spock’s Beard”, and recent Reason convert is also a happy user of the Volt CB-1 & SH-1 rack extensions by Zvork. If you wan’t to hear what they are doing or even try to catch a glimpse of the Volt’s in action, their new album “Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep” will be out on March 01, 2013 followed by a tour in may.
Check out their links for more information.
Version 1.0.1 of the Volt SH-1 is now available and free of charge for owners of version 1.0.0. It is a minor feature update corrects some minor glitches:
- The device name sticker is now visible when the SH-1 is combined.
- The filter does not show a slight “overshoot” anymore when resonance is set to 0. This is really nice if you want to create some smooth glissando effects. But beware with your current songs as this might slightly alter your filter behavior from version 1.0.0.
Check the product page for more details.
Nektar announced their support for 14 new Reason Rack Extensions, with the Volt CB-1 in the list, for their Panorama P4 keyboard controller.
Get more information at the Nektar corporate website.
Version 1.0.1 of the Volt CB-1 is now available and free of charge for owners of version 1.0.0. It is a minor feature update that adds two more operations, Add and Compare. Check the product page for more details.
Polybonk.com, an online music store specialising in independent music, has published three acid tracks by artist SH9 featuring the Volt CB-1. It might not be obvious to the ears but up to fifteen CB-1’s were used to create the rhythmic patterns and without the help of any automation, just progressive track mutes. As artist SH9 says : “no automation, all modulation”.
All three tracks of the Molecule release are available on Polybonk.com‘s online store.