Monday, August 20, 2012

monstrumWave - Waldorf Microwave II/XT/XTk Editor

"A FREE DEMO IS AVAILABLE NOW: www.monstrummedia.com
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 www.monstrummedia.com.

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):

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monstrumWave 2.498 BETA
August 18, 2012

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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 www.ctrlr.org, 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 -> http://www.ctrlr.org/page.php?p=downloads
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 www.ctrlr.org to get a feel for things.

please report any issues/bugs/suggestions to:
http://www.ctrlr.org/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=533

enjoy!!!"

1 comment:

  1. 2.9 is available now! Complete with wavetable and waveform editor from

    Works as a stand-alone editor for mac os (leopard - mt lion), windows (xp-8) and on linux using wine and a Linux qualified USB/FW MIDI interface.

    http://www.monstrummedia.com - 23,423 lines of code for only $66.6.

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