From the wonderful world of plug-ins, we’ve got some good news for soft synth lovers.

I covered the forthcoming Z3TA+ 2 release from Cakewalk last week, and a number of readers pointed to the brilliant work of Urs Heckmann. As it happens, Urs has a number of updates releasing this week, adding 64-bit support, compatibility fixes, and new tutorial videos. Check out the mapping generator and “tap map” LFOs for one terrific example in ACE (the modular Any Cable Everywhere).

New features in the ACE modular and More Feedback Machine delay/multi-effect:

ACE (Any Cable Everywhere) Version 1.1
(modular synth plugin)

* native 64-bit support for Mac AU and VST Win
* extra factory presets by Howard Scarr
* improved installers take Win7 permissions issues into account
* improved compatibility of RTAS (Mac) version, supports “3-finger salute” automation
* adds Cocoa view to AU version
* several minor bugs and niggles fixed
* new tutorial videos: http://www.youtube.com/uheplugins

MFM (More Feedback Machine) Version 2.1
(complex delay and multi-effect)

* native 64-bit support for Mac AU and VST Win
* extra factory presets by Tasmodia
* new PDF manual, with hyperlinks
* improved installers take Win7 permissions issues into account
* improved compatibility of RTAS (Mac) version, supports “3-finger salute” automation
* improved synchronization
* adds Cocoa view to AU version
* several minor bugs and niggles fixed

Below, an image gallery gives you an idea of the capabilities of these instruments; pictures I think speak as clearly as words – at least when the interface is nicely designed.

Also, while it’s not new, this video of Urs’ Zebra2 gives a good overview of what makes that special.

And in Aalto News…

In another soft synth update, Aalto from Madrona Labs, which we’ve covered here previously, gets a bunch of fixes:

improved performance!
optimized patch loading
fixed Logic dropouts, improved Logic CPU spikes
fixed Live 7 UI hangs
fixed Sonar crash, tested in Sonar X1
fixed Maschine scan crash
fixed multislider parameter behavior
added debug diagnostics
smaller executable

Previously:
For Lovers of Aalto, Semi-Modular Soft Synth, a Place to Share Patches

And an interview: Madrona’s Randy Jones on Aalto Soft Synth, Designing a New Instrument, Small Makers

Notably, in fact, both ACE and Aalto draw inspiration from modular synths, but each take a unique approach to applying that hardware patching model to software. Note the schematic-style approach of Aalto, versus the more literal dangling virtual cords in ACE.

CDM is no match for the site KVR Audio when it comes to plug-in releases and updates, but I think it’s only appropriate to talk about updates to software we’ve been following – some selective news on plug-ins. If you’ve found an update that’s particularly useful to how you work, let us know!

  • http://www.discodsp.com/ George

    discoDSP Corona is a brand new synth that has also been released this week and it's worth mentioning too.

    Corona is a 32 and 64-bit, virtual analog and wave synthesizer for Audio Units, VST hosts featuring 3 VA + WAVE oscillators, up to 14 combine modes between oscillators resulting in extensive timbres, 8 destination matrix modulations, 3 LFOs, 3 ADSR envelopes, unison, chorus, delay and limiter effects with high-quality sound and analog modeled filters using a straightforward and easy to use interface.

    Give the demo a try at http://www.discodsp.com/corona/

  • http://www.sensomusic.com nay-seven

    Talking about updates.?

    So maybe you can consider this one :
    http://www.kvraudio.com/news/sensomusic-releases-

    If you ever dream to save your patches as a VST, check specially this new function !

  • http://regend.com regend

    ACE is amazing. It's CPU intensive however. Must have soft-synth.

  • vanceg

    I should point out that aalto just got a complete users manual too!

  • http://noisepages.com/members/wingo/ Wingo Shackleford

    ACE and Aalto are hands-down my two favorite plug-ins at the moment. Both amazing in their own right.

    @vanceg – I was just reading the new Aalto users manual yesterday. Quite thorough. I also like the little drawings, and the fact that the guys seem to have a nice, nerdy sense of humor about the whole thing, too.

  • http://www.authenticfilms.com Charles

    Urs is a mad genius. And a very nice guy.

    I fantasize about having a little dedicated hardware ACE, with chunky endcheeks and rubberized knobs. Patching would be a pain, though.

  • http://www.voltagedisciple.com Risome

    Oscillometric is a patch bank of 100 new presets for Aalto.Head over to 
    http://www.voltagedisciple.com to check it out.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    Loving everything u-he really. Even his free stuff is amazing. Zebralette -the 1 osc Zebra 2 taster, is now also free with the recent release of Zebra 2.5.1.