It’s a tough time for the music tech industry like so many industries. But there are beautiful products coming from independent developers – indie, boutique shops crafting musical instruments in code. The folks at Devine Machine, makers of the likes of Guru and Lucifer, unloaded three big announcements overnight – enough to make you think there’s some obscure trade show going on at the end of March no one told you about.

Here’s the capsule view of why they matter:

OTR-88: A modeled electric piano

The beautiful thing about electric pianos like the Rhodes is that they’re really electromechanical instruments – amplified, yes, but entirely organic in the way they produce sound. OTR-88 is not the first attempt, as the developers imply, to use physical modeling techniques to try to reproduce those properties. Applied Acoustics’ Lounge Lizard, for instance, (available in Ableton Suite as Electric) follows similar lines. (Native Instruments’ Electric Piano and Digidesign’s Velvet have modeling approaches of their own, but also make use of samples.)

But OTR-88 does appear to go further. Tine movements are modeled in 3D. There are elaborate models of pickup interaction and velocity response. Herbie Hancock was consulted on the design. And you can adjust keys on a per-key basis. That should appeal to sound designers and electric piano aficionados alike. You can thank new physical modeling research by Efflam Le Bivic, one of Devine’s two developers.

I’m really eager to play this one.

OTR-88 Electric Piano

Krishna 1.5: Samples to Synthesis

The Krishna synth instantly earned respect for its “Frame Synthesis” approach, which makes it atypically easy to turn recorded samples into oscillators – a hybrid approach that threatens to end forever the synthesis versus sampling debate. 1.5 has a rebuilt engine, more LFO and ADSR routing destinations, and this tasty-sounding feature:

‘Snap to harmonics’ option for the filter : each note will instantiate a filter to resonate to its own harmonic.

Krishna Synth

One Shot Recorder

OSR is a terrific-looking little tool that’s designed to grab sounds while you play them. Set a threshold, record, and OSR spits out ready-to-use samples. That makes setting up a quick sampling or multisampling session — times when you may have a whole mess of samples to record — much easier. The new release now supports standalone and more pg-in formats, has a decay control, automatic sample reordering, and a pretty new UI.

One Shot Recorder (OSR) Sample Capture

OSR looks like the dream tool for a big multisample creation. Sometimes you may just want to grab some quick, beat-synced samples. Not new, but related, Live Sync Recorder is a tempo-synced VST. Turn it on, and it just rolls, slicing up your audio into one or two bar loops.

I actually can’t believe I didn’t know about this – I expect to put this to use very, very soon.

Live Sync Recorder Free

If you like that, there’s a fancier version, too.

  • tobamai

    Spiff post, I'll definitely put OSR and LSR to use.

  • Bhakta Billy

    Becuase Lord Krishna is not born and never dies he can not be Reincarnated 😉

    Great site ya got here!

  • Can't get through to their site… Their server must be getting a hammering!

    Guru is one of my favorite drum machines… So look forward to checking out this stuff.

  • oooh

    Rhodes? Where we're going…we won't need…Rhodes…

  • Nice, OSR looks extremely helpful. Will give the site a detailed look when i get some time.

  • Thanks guys!
    yes, the site was down during a few hours;
    it is back and working now.

    Demos will be updated (lower random noise volume)

  • drumwell

    did anyone else initially think this was a richard devine project?

    looks cool, nevertheless …

  • p2b

    I did beta for OTR88 and Krishna and made a bunch of the presets that come with both. Another really great thing about the OTR88 is the ability to tune each note individually and import tunings which it comes with a bunch of. Krishna is awesome and the new version is much lighter on the cpu which is very welcome. I'm a really big fan of Devine Machine.

    I haven't seen it up here yet but another of my favorite companies, Audio Damage, just released Big Seq2. Definitely worth checking out.

  • case

    I would really like to see a version of LSR for the Mac. Actually, maybe someone around here has an idea of a mac app that does something similar? What's I'd really like to see is something like the RJDJ iPhone app that listens to an input and "quantizes" using amplitude spikes as the reference for time – anyone know of this?

  • this instrument was amazing there is synthesizer who gives the piano the real sound of music,it filter the sound and the distortion of the sound and one beautiful thing about electric pianos like the Rhodes is that they’re really electromechanical instruments

  • just bought the whole suite, they emulated all these instruments in a fantastic way! brillant sound!