Wednesday, August 29, 2012

monstrumWave 2.5, Full Version Available Now!!!

monstrumMedia proudly announces monstrumWave 2.5 Final, available now from for $39.99!

monstrumWave 2.5 is a cross-platform (Win/Mac/Linux) fully featured standalone and VST/AU MIDI/Sysex editor for the Waldorf Microwave II, XT and XTk synthesizers.

If you just want some info or are interested in beta testing the features to the next 3.0 update including a fully featured, interactive wavetable editor, or the upcoming editor for the waldorf pulse, pulse+, pulse 2 or other projects, check in at

Here are four demonstration videos showing monstrumWave 2.5 in action!

monstrumWave 2.5 Demo - Arpeggiator + Mod Matrix
monstrumWave 2.5 Demo - Wave Envelope + Modulation Matrix
monstrumWave 2.5 Demo - use within FLstudio
monstrumWave 2.5 Demo - Arpeggiator + Analog In

monstrumWave 2.5 can be yours now, just head over to and prepare to get kicked out of your apartment for noise complaints!!!

Update via Rob Wentz the developer in the comments below: "Just wanted to follow up here that monstrumWaveXT is currently a stand-alone editor, VST/AU functionality has been "downgraded" to "beta" status.

This is all because I restructured things so now monstrumWaveXT does not require any ctrlr install to work. There is a monstrumWaveXT application file for the stand-alone editor (which now has full wavetable and waveform editing and arrangement ability!) and there is a beta VST for os x and one for Windows. Development is ongoing and I'm getting a lot of great feedback from users, so the "beta" should be lifted from the name in due time.

Also on a similar note I recently released an editor -monstrumWave1 for the original Waldorf Microwave. It has all of the features monstrumWaveXT has in terms of parameter AND waveform/wavetable editing capabilities."

Syntorial: The Ultimate Synthesizer Tutorial

On Kickstarter

"Syntorial - The Ultimate Synthesizer Tutorial

Syntorial is a fully interactive training program designed to help users program sounds quicker and easier. Syntorial differs from other synth tutorials in two very important ways:

1. It's software. The current offerings of synth tutorials are either books, videos, articles or websites. And while they can only present information, a program can interact with the user. And that's just what Syntorial does. Through a series of challenges Syntorial gradually builds up your sound design skills so that by the end of the entire tutorial, you're doing it. "Look Ma!"

2. Most tutorials focus on the technical ins-and-outs of synthesizers. Or, they show you how to make a few specific sounds. They fail to address the MOST important skill needed to program synthesizers: a trained ear. Using our Synthesis By Ear method, Syntorial takes you step-by-step through 58 different common synth parameters and trains your ear to instantly recognize how each one effects sound. "Seriosuly, Ma! Look at me! I'm doin' it!!!"

We've launched a KickStarter campaign to help finish development and get Syntorial out into the world. Go to to learn more."

This one also posted on MATRIXSYNTH here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Analog Synthesis Course by MusicInclusive LLC

"MusicInclusive™ LLC is an Indie label and publishing company that is also interested in artist education. They will be offering two 3-day live instructor-led hands-on courses in analog synthesis at the Marriott Hotel, Mechanisburg, PA, one starting Oct 17 and one Dec 18, entitled:

ANALOG SYNTHESIS (1.25V) - SYNTHESIZER PROGRAMMING : "How to make the knobs, dials, sliders, cables - and yes, even keyboards - do something cool!"

The course will cover the basics of analog synthesis - from psychoacoustics to waveforms, from oscillators to filters, from envelopes to patches. Training is open for anyone - from senior high-school to professional musician - and is designed to teach you how to make the best use of your analog synthesizer or VST® or RTAS® plugin, iPad® synthesizer application such as Animoog® or the the Korg iMS-20®, or any rack or patch-based digital or modeling or keyboard synthesizer based on an analog foundation.

Students will learn how to generate, modify and shape waveforms to produce all kinds of sounds - from emulating natural instruments to grungy synth basses and sparkling synth leads - from sound effects to space music, and you will get hands-on experience using both real and virtual synthesizers in the classroom.

Detailed information may be found here:

Places are limited to ONLY 12 ATTENDEES PER CLASS and if you are interested in securing a place, you may BOOK NOW directly on the site here:

If you want more information, send an email to:

We have other courses in the works as well - on Animoog and the iMS-20 - which will be followup classes to the Analog Synthesis class and will build on the principles learned there.

See you on the 17th October!"

Monday, August 20, 2012

monstrumWave - Waldorf Microwave II/XT/XTk Editor

Just an overview, this can be run in standalone mode or as a vst inside your favorite DAW.. so you basically can use the panel like you would any VST synth emulator, except the sound engine is the actual piece of gear. TONS of features here, lots of things you can't do with the synth alone, and added GUI enhancements for easy parameter settings and visual ques.

Key Features:
Wave and Free envelopes can be edited as an actual envelope plotted on an x-y grid. time/level parameters can be set simultaneously by moving a single point on the envelope. Loop Key on and Loop Key Off are also nicely visualized on the envelope, if enabled.

Arpeggiator editor! - select any preset arp pattern and send it to a user pattern where you can edit the pattern to your liking. Red LEDs indicate preset pattern, Blue LEDs indicate user pattern.

Context sensitive knobs/dropdowns for things like Wave startwave, OSC pitchbend range, LFO delay, filter 1 extra, effects.

Pitch sliders for both Oscillators
Building off the Osc Link and Wave Link on the original synth which links modulation, you can also link parameter changes, or you can link both parameters and modulations, so adjust osc1 semitone/octave/etc, osc2 follows.

Besides all this functionality, the general consensus is that this thing just looks bad ass.

Additional notes:
When you change programs on the panel the panel sends a note off command and a program request, then sends a dump request to the synth, so all knobs/sliders/etc even the program name update on the panel to match the synth program's name and parameters.
Built in software program manager gives you the ability to save backups of your favorite programs to the panel for later use.

Ability to Load sysex/midi files from panel to the synth.

I've had a 2.x version of this panel available for free for the past year which has been downloaded several thousand times before removing the link from sourceforge this weekend when I launched the new demo.

monstrum Wave 2.5 will be available for sale soon on

Upcoming features for monstrumWave 3.0 later in the year:
Wavetable Editor - it's massive. it's beautiful. it's coming soon.
Multimode Support, including multiPart step editor (arpeggiator x10)
Modulation Matrix Reloaded (map ANY parameter to an X Y surface)

Current release notes for the free demo version of monstrumWave (2.498):

monstrumWave 2.498 BETA
August 18, 2012

New Features since 2.2:

Compatible with nightly CTRLR revs 1100< *Arpeggiator can now be edited in user mode!! *Fully interactive visual envelope editors for free and wave envelope!! Program Name now displays on-screen in the mock XT LCD screen!! MIDI in from synth LED indicator on panel, LCD contrast control Dozens of new dynamic components which appear only when available for current parameter settings (Distortion Effect Amp Type, Filter 1 Wave, etc) "Parameter Link" allows linking of Osc1 and Osc2 parameters as well as Wave1 and Wave2. Can also simultaneously link Osc/Wave parameters and modulation. "Init All" button initializes all sliders and selector boxes from max to min value. Double click any knob/slider to reset value. DEMO RESTRICTIONS: no sysex dumps to/from synth no MultiMode *Know this: -- This revision is limited to Device ID 0. Synth must be set to this ID for successful communication between the panel and synth. -- Attempting to edit preset arpeggiator pattern on red LED step buttons will change the arp mode automatically to "User" mode. After the blue User LED arp step buttons appear you may edit the arpeggiator steps. -- Some quirkyness will be noticed when dragging points on Free & Wave envelopes Current quick fix is to double click the envelope to redraw. "Quirkyness" does not effect the values being sent to the synth. --Effect parameters (p1, p2, p3) may slide out of range when switching between effect types and adjusting p1-3 due to waldorf bug. Current quick fix is to set effects drop down to "off", then back to desired effect. INSTALLATION: ****This beta release of monstrumWave requires you download and install the latest build of ctrlr for your operating system. ****The latest ctrlr builds are hosted at, under the "Downloads" page. Save the monstrumWaveBeta.bpanelz to a desired location on your hard drive. Install Ctrlr following the installation notes currently on the ctrlr download page ->
Pay special attention to your os's approprate VST/AU path when installing ctrlr.

Using monstrumWave
Either Open ctrlr in standalone mode (recommended) or open your favorite DAW, then load a ctrlr vst instance.

In vst mode, you must enter the panel properties (red "HAL" icon in tool bar or right click>panel properties) and adjust the MIDI settings properly.
Recommended settings: enable "Accept MIDI from Host", "MIDI Input goes to Comparator" and "Output MIDI to Host".

Set the MIDI I/O Devices appropriately. MIDI Devices are selected in the toolbar at the top. Leftmost selection box is the Input Device and channel. Output Device and channel is set to the right.

You should be able to take off running from here if you have things set right.

If you are not familiar with ctrlr, I recomend spending some time looking through the forums at to get a feel for things.

please report any issues/bugs/suggestions to: