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News - June 2009

 

xoxos releases Friction and Populus free          23rd June 2009

xoxos has announced that, after a poll held in the KVR Forum, Friction and Populus are now available as freeware.

Friction is a physical modeling synthesizer designed to be applicable to a range of emulative tasks, and is suitable for budget foley production or experimental music.

The architecture applies a friction algorithm to a 2nd order mass-spring, modeling the reactivity of surfaces in contact. Two waveguides are used to model the primary resonances of a physical object. The synthesis engine employs 4x oversampling, providing reasonable emulations of sounds produced by friction, such as squealing tires, squeaky hinges and wiping noises.

Modulation consists of three 32-stage envelopes (designed by Chris Kerry,) 4 configurable LFOs and an x-y pad. A group of sends allows modulators and controllers to be assigned to multiple destinations, similar to those used on xoxos' other physical models such as Fauna and Oscine Tract.

 

Populus generates MIDI sequences using an algorithm modeled on biological behaviour. The measure is treated as a 'year' and note events are determined by parameters describing the 'life cycle' of each note.

The sequences are usually patterned, yet rarely repeat exactly, creating motif-like qualities.

Populus was created for Computer Music Magazine and is included with all xoxos VST license purchases.

 

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