Sonic Charge has upgraded µTonic. Here's the press release that the company has sent us...
Sonic Charge µTonic (pronounced "MicroTonic") is the brainchild of Magnus Lidström (who also created the Malström synthesizer in Reason). It is a VST / AU plug-in for Windows and Mac featuring a unique drum and percussion synthesizer combined with a pattern based drum-machine engine.
The first version of µTonic was released in December 2003 for Windows only. A Mac version followed in 2004 and version 2.0 was released in 2005, featuring over 20 improvements on version 1.0.
Since then µTonic has been used on countless productions by thousands of musicians, including celebrities such as Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Sasha, Pendulum, Yello, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Coldcut and many, many more.
In the summer of 2010, the µTonic Patternarium was opened. Patternarium is a giant online collaborative patch randomizer for µTonic. As of this writing it contains 9.000 unique presets for µTonic.
On New Years Eve of 2010 / 2011, µTonic version 3, the first major upgrade in over five years, was released. Free of charge to registered users, as with every prior update.
A Selection of New Features in Version 3
- A morph slider allows you to interpolate all eight drum patches simultaneously between two end-points. You can edit the drum patches with the morph slider at any position and it will adjust the interpolation end-points accordingly. Morph is an automatable and MIDI controllable parameter, so it can be used both as a performance parameter as well as an editing feature.
- Matrix editor window for viewing and editing the pattern steps of all eight drum channels simultaneously. (Bonus feature: you can drag channel labels to reorder the drum channels of the preset.)
- MIDI Program Change message support for instantaneously switching between up to 16 different presets (loaded into memory). (It is also possible to switch programs with MIDI notes.)
- Drag and drop patterns as MIDI files directly into your sequencer (supported by all major hosts).
- "Edit All Channels" button enables adjusting parameters for all drum channels simultaneously. E.g. turn up the distortion on all channels. µTonic will write parameter automation for all affected channels, so the effect can be automated.
- A new "choke group" feature lets you assign two or more channels that should play mutually exclusively and cut each other off. Useful for closed and open hi-hats for example.
- A preset name display sits in the top of the window, with previous and next preset buttons and a popup list when you click the display.
- Support for MIDI Pitch Wheel for real-time pitch transposition with a range of up to 2 octaves.
- A new "Stop Voices with MIDI Note Off" option makes it possible to sustain the sound while you hold down MIDI keys (if you use µTonic as a synth). It is also useful for changing the length of drum sounds with note lengths in your sequencer.
- Alternative "pattern launch modes": "Switch Next" (the behavior in earlier versions of µTonic), "Switch Directly", "Retrigger" and "Retrigger Gated".
- Undo / redo.
- New 3D-rendered skin. Sharper, brighter, sexier with 32-bit graphics. (Yes, µTonic version 2.0 was using 20th century 16-bit RGB graphics still).
- The filter algorithms have been replaced with a new custom design based on a modified state-variable topology. It allows exact replication of the original filter response, but with better accuracy, speed and stability when the frequencies are modulated.
- From the file browser you can now select to load only the patches or the patterns from a preset.
For a complete list of changes, please have a look at the "Change History" chapter in the User Guide.
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