KORG LEGACY COLLECTION - ANALOG EDITION 2007
Korg (www.korg.com) is shipping a new version of the Legacy Collection, a software bundle that emulates classic Korg synthesizers and effects. The Legacy Collection - Analog Edition 2007 (Mac/Win, $299) reconfigures the bundle to focus exclusively on analog instruments. It includes the MS-20 and Polysix virtual synths, MS-20FX and MDE-X effects processors, and Legacy Cell, which combines the two synths into a single instrument. Wavestation, however, is now part of the Legacy Collection - Digital Edition.
The latest addition to the suite is Mono/Poly, a software reproduction of the analog synth launched in 1981. The original Mono/Poly had four VCOs you could stack together in unison or cycle through in polyphonic mode, each with independent pitch, level, and waveform. Its architecture also featured a noise generator, a multimode filter, two ADSR generators, two LFOs, Synchro- and cross-modulation, chord memory, and a built-in arpeggiator. The software version adds 128-voice polyphony, up to 16-voice unison, 256 new patches, and an 8-way modulation matrix with 159 sources and 35 destinations. Korg Legacy Collection - Analog Edition 2007's instruments and effects run standalone and support AU, RTAS, and VST plug-in formats.
MODARTT PIANOTEQ 2
A new and improved version of the virtual piano from French software developer Modartt (www.pianoteq.com) is now available. Like the original, Pianoteq 2 (Mac/Win, $337) uses physical modeling rather than sampling to capture the intricate sound and nuance of a fine grand piano. The result is a virtual instrument that requires only 15 MB of disk space and loads quickly, yet sounds surprisingly lifelike.
In addition to operating as an AU or VST plug-in, Pianoteq 2 runs standalone. A new soundboard model engenders even greater realism, as demonstrated by the Grand C2 collection of presets. You can vary the lid position from open to half-open to closed, and use the Pan slider to alter the stereo image's width. If you like to experiment with microtuning, Pianoteq 2 furnishes 30 presets ranging from Wendy Carlos's Alpha scale to pre-Baroque Zarlino. You can use predefined MIDI Control Changes for smooth, hands-on control of 19 parameters such as piano size, hammer hardness, and sympathetic resonance. Pianoteq now responds to Release Velocity, and new reverberation presets let you alter the perspective from player to audience.