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Download of the Month: Big Tick Audio Software

If you're looking for retro additions to your virtual-synth kit, Big Tick Audio Software might be just the ticket.
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If you're looking for retro additions to your virtual-synth kit, Big Tick Audio Software (http://bigtick.pastnotecut.org) might be just the ticket. Its roster includes standalone and VST plug-in instruments as well as VST effects. All offerings are Windows compatible; some are also available for Mac and BeOS.

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Cheeze Machine provides convincing emulations of the ARP Solina and Crumar Performer, while Ticky Clav emulates the Hohner Clavinet. Both are free VSTi plug-ins for Mac and PC. The EP-Station (Win; $39) isn't exactly a Wurlitzer or Rhodes emulator, but its FM-modeled sound can be used to lay down an electric-piano groove. The latest offering, Angelina (Win; $39), uses formant morphing and shifting to produce fat, breathy pads. Angelina can be used as a standalone synth or as a VST instrument.

Big Tick Audio's flagship product, Rainbow (Win; $60), is a 4-oscillator synth capable of producing a wide variety of leads, pads, and effects. Rainbow starts with four multiwaveform oscillators. Each oscillator can frequency- or amplitude-modulate any of the others (as well as itself), and each has a level envelope and waveshaping capabilities. The oscillator mix passes through a multimode filter with a dedicated envelope generator, followed by a stereo chorus. Rainbow also sports a 16-step sequencer and pitch-envelope and portamento sections.

Big Tick Audio Software also offers four free VST effects plug-ins. NastyShaper is a waveshaper capable of subtle to extreme distortion effects. Hexaline and DualDelay are stereo delay processors for short and long delay effects, respectively. Makunouchi Bento ring-modulates incoming audio using sine waves of randomly varying frequency.

The MP3 file “PassTheCheeze” on EM Links combines a Rainbow tubular-bell patch processed by DualDelay with a Cheeze Machine track processed by Hexaline. Rainbow is triggered by its built-in step sequencer.

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