Plogue is proud to announce the release of its new and free sample player that is highly SFZ 2.0 compliant. Advanced musicians and hobbyists now have a free and powerful tool to experiment and share instruments without relying on a proprietary format.
sforzando has only one slot, no fancy UI, effects or mixers. So everything needs to be done at the SFZ text file level, no cheating. sforzando is also a name given for a sudden change in music dynamics which is represented by the “sfz” symbol.
Free As In Free Me From Proprietary Formats
The SFZ Format is widely accepted as THE open standard to define musical instrument from a bare set of sound recordings. Being a royalty-free format, any developer can create, use and distribute SFZ files and players for either free or commercial purposes.
So when looking for flexibility and portability, SFZ is the obvious option. That’s why its the default instrument file format used in the ARIA Engine.
Powered by the ARIA Engine ™
sforzando relies on the same ARIA Engine that powers the ARIA Player and other products from Garritan and also Plogue chipsounds. This engine has been built from the “ground up” on the SFZ spec, and not as an afterthought.
Like the other ARIA products, this player is available as a standalone and VSTi/AU/RTAS plugin on Windows or OS X and can run either in 32bit or 64bit.
Dedicated To Its Community
Its our hope that by releasing this free player, this open standard gets a even more widespread adoption.
Plogue has deployed a forum dedicated to the SFZ format to help users support each other. Now, we will add a section specific to sforzando and the ARIA Engine. All technical support for this product will solely provided by its community at ARIAEngine.com.
chipsounds ( Twitter – Facebook – Google+ ), the software synth that faithfully emulates the 8-bit sound chips from classic video game consoles, home computers and arcade games has just been updated to 1.6! This update brings many new sounds, effects and features to this already feature-packed VST/AU/RTAS plug-in.
In this release, Plogue gives a wink to the legendary Amiga computer by making possible to import sounds from .MOD, .MED, and .IFF (8SVX) files! As a bonus, the famous ST-01 sound pack is preloaded, tuned and categorized.
Also new in this release:
Added analog sounds and effects from 6 of the most iconic arcade games
Added PC Speaker beep and casing resonance effect (i825x PIT + Speaker Impulse)
Added Custom Waveforms/Music Formulas (Viznut/co’s Experimental music from very short C programs)
Here’s the list of new features and bug fixes in v0.9726:
Added Basic Moog VCF
Added Ladder filter
Added Multi Gain
OS X: 32bit and 64bit now in the same binary file, no more ppc
(defaults to starting in 32bit, to change that, in Finder do Cmd-I on the application and uncheck Open in 32-bit mode)
OS X: preliminary support for HiDPI mode
OSC Extractor: Added option to force discrete triggers on consecutive messages
OSC Monitoring: Added display of parameters for non-processed messages
Lookup table: added set value dialog on double-click
Added some optimization to .bidule file loading