I've closed comments, since 95% of them were spam. Feel free to email email@example.com with anything you have to say.
I've been working on a suite of small effect modules which will have control-rate 'subchannels' to modulate one another with. The cross-modulation isn't ready for prime time yet, but four of the individual modules are usable at this point.
Distortion and bitcrusher unit. Sample decimation adjustable down to 40:1, sample quantization from 24 bit to 1 bit, several different forms of waveshaping distortion, variable-hardness clipping, and a gain knob that goes to 11.
Splits the incoming signal into three frequency bands. First out pair is lowpass, second out pair is bandpass, third out pair is highpass. Bandpass covers the range between the lowpass and highpass cutoff frequencies even if low and high cross over.
Simple chorus unit. Can be very subtle or completely wack; the vibrato rate goes well into audible frequencies for a metallic FM sound, and in the current version, the feedback control can turn it into a pulsing throbbing mess very easily.
16-step tempo-synced gate sequencer with delay and feedback. Mutation control randomly tweaks gate states as it cycles.
Stay tuned for more...
Meridian has arrived! Everyone who was holding off because it was beta, go get it!
Monophonic SSE and non-SSE versions available for free. 32-voice polyphonic version is US$35. Take advantage of that strong Euro, guys!
Meridian's hand-coded, lovingly optimized synthesis engine features:
• High-quality high-performance antialiased oscillators with 9 unique waveforms and continuous brightness/fullness controls!
• Static and dynamic detune for warm, fat, moving sounds -- it's the John Candy of soft synths!
• Modulations include LFO vibrato, LFO filter modulation, four-point filter envelope, dual 16-step gates with adjustable attack and release times modulating gain, filter, and panning, and more!
• Integral waveshaping distortion capable of gently limiting the sound or shrieking like a teenage girl!
• 4-tap tempo-syncable feedback delay!
• Multi-mode filter with 12- and 24-dB/octave lowpass, bandpass, and highpass configurations, unique filter 'afterburn' variations, capable of self-oscillating resonance!
• Mutation feature to quickly explore the entire range of sounds Meridian is capable of!
• 64 presets generated with the very latest in random number technology, almost 35% of them usable!
• and MUCH MUCH MORE!
Meridian is also listed on the Products page now.
Baby's gonna need its own product page real damn soon.
Here's one note played on Meridian.
Here's Meridian screaming. (3x Meridian, 1x fxpansion dr-005 (drums), some effects)
This sucker is almost done.
(Send me some email after you play with it, dammit!)
Version 0.90 changes:
• Presets are named and arranged by type (Keys, Bass, Lead, Pad, Weird) and suck less.
• Documentation is coherent and sucks less.
Version 0.89 changes:
• Filter code now uses SSE. SSE version is 25%-30% faster overall than non-SSE.
• 24dB/octave bandpass and highpass filters added.
• Gate 1 can control panning.
• MIDI controllers smoothed.
• 14-bit MIDI controllers supported (untested).
• Mono mode remembers and retriggers held notes.
• Waveset timbres changed, 3 more added.
Version .88 changes:
• Checks CPU for SSE support and pops up helpful dialog boxes if you're using the wrong version.
• Shuts down gracefully if trying to run SSE version on non-SSE CPU.
• Presets have default MIDI controller mappings (in particular, CC7 volume is mapped to volume, and CC1 mod wheel is mapped to filter sustain level cutoff, but many others are mapped as well).
• MIDI learn works better.
• Increased filter cutoff range - previously you had to do tricks with the gates to get the filter below 75Hz or above 4KHz.
Version .87 changes:
• SSE and non-SSE versions provided for compatibility with older CPUs.
Version .86 changes:
• Oscillators optimized using SSE instructions.
• Warm and friendly distortion unit.
• More oscillator waveshapes available.
• Bug fixes
Feel free to grab Meridian beta v0.86 and have a go. Lots more changed. Distortion, new waveforms, bug fixes galore, a little sumpin-sumpin, etc.
Feel free to grab Meridian beta v0.85 and have a go. UI layout redesigned, lots changed, a little bit of documentation. Cheers.
Not quite ready for its own products page, but I'm working on a synth called Meridian. Feel free to download the beta version and play with it and tell me what you think. Cool? Sucks? Needs a funny hat?
On the Products page, you can now find links to old stuff like MIDITab, my experimental Wacom-tablet-to-MIDI interface. Enjoy.
Also, I killed some of the comment spam. Yay!
Murmur Pro has been released. See the Murmur product page for the details and screenshots.
So in a perfect world, I'd have Murmur Pro available for sale by now. If you find yourself strangely wanting to buy stuff from me, you can go hit the Tiny God cafepress shop in the meantime. I don't actually make much money on that stuff (I set the markups fairly low), but it would amuse me to know that someone, somewhere, is wearing or drinking out of or mousing over my logo.
You can't possibly own enough T-shirts yet, can you?
I'm working on a little virtual-analog-ish synth called Ignition. (Yeah, I have a short attention span. Sue me.) Anyone interested in playing with it and writing up any problems they encounter and making helpful suggestions? Read up on how to report a bug and then mail me.
I changed the download links over to the new site as well. Let me know if you have any trouble with anything.
The Failure Mode and old plugins pages from the old site are in limbo, but will get linked from here eventually. If you really need MIDITab or something, just holler.
UPDATE: MIDITab is linked off the products page now, under "Older Stuff."
Previously, www.tinygod.com redirected to another domain under which the tiny god stuff was hosted. Now the www.tinygod.com domain points directly to this site on a new host. Shouldn't affect much of anything on the outside world...
Now how much would you pay?
Some diligent soul sent me mail today describing the results from tests of all my plugins in some host or another (Logic maybe?) and I accidentally deleted it before I had a chance to reply.
So if that was you, thanks for taking the time to try them all out and send me the report. Pegger and Reggep aren't really sensible in environments which don't offer full modular routing of all inputs and outputs (try them in Audiomulch or Plogue Bidule and you'll see what I mean), so it's not surprising that one didn't work and the other didn't do anything useful in your host.
New version of Murmur up. I have a known bug with Sonar 3 PE (and possibly anything else that uses the FXpansion DXi/VST wrapper), but you should be able to at least use it with the internal clocking option.
• Per-step amplifier gain control for stutter/pulse effects.
• Global frequency and resonance bias knobs let you modify all filters at once.
• Gate control for filters and for amplifier holds settings for part of the beat, with correspondingly faster transitions between beats.
• Swing (shuffle) control offsets every other beat in time.
• As an alternative to host tempo, there's an internal clock to sync to.
You can get it here.
Howdy, kids. I'm beginning to make time for Tiny God work again, and to give myself a break from an ongoing soft synth project called Plark, I knocked out a quick filter sequencer plugin similar to Breather but without the randomness. It's called Murmur, and you can get it here.
A new version of Pegger III/Reggep III is now available for download.
v0.501 caused a crash under Plogue Bidule; this version fixes the crash and will report input connections correctly in future versions of Bidule.
Long time no VST.
A new version of Pegger III/Reggep III is now available for download.
This version corrects the problem with recent versions of Audiomulch telling Pegger that all inputs are connected. The fix involves a quotation from the film True Romance.
Heartburn v1.20 is now available.
• Noise as a waveform choice on all 3 oscs
• Option to continue loop-envelope mode during release on filter, formant, and vibrato
I still owe registered users an updated Ben Crosland soundset. I'll keep you advised.
Four-Way Zone now has per-stage enable/bypass toggles. That means that the pan mode control is completely redundant now, and there's a redundant bypass setting on the VCF mode knob. I desperately need to think of something to do with the pan mode knob. There will be a v0.6 release when I think of it.
Yes, I am a symmetry whore.
Fans of Throbber will want to download the initial release of Four-Way Zone.
Unlike Throbber, which had a single LFO driving either a VCF, VCA, or flanger, Four-Way Zone has four independent tempo-syncable LFOs driving an autopanner, VCF, VCA, and flanger in series. CPU usage is only a little more than twice that of one Throbber unit, so this is substantially more efficient if you want that much sound abuse.
Throbber grew a flanger. It's available on the Products page.
Breather got some important performance-related bug fixes, plus a new feature.
• Sweep speed control added.
• Denormalization bug fixed, eliminating CPU usage jump when processing silence. On a P3-800, usage could go over 50% per live filter.
• Performance improvements in core loop. On a P3-800, went from 8% usage to 2% usage per live filter.
Breather is available on the Products page.
See, I told you I'd still update the stuff.
Heartburn v1.13 is now available.
• Envelopes can now be toggled between linear and exponential curves. In exponential mode, releases in particular will sound much more natural. I'll let you know if and when the Ben Crosland soundset gets updated to use the new curves.
Just thought I'd let y'all know that I'm now employed in a non-Tiny-God-related job. This will likely slow down my development of Tiny God projects. I will continue to reply to email (albeit with increased latency) and will remain responsive to problem reports.
The latest incarnation of Pegger/Reggep is now available for download.
Pegger is an "arpeggiating mixer" -- it selects pulses of audio from each of its 8 input channels. This only works in "fully modular" VST hosts (such as Plogue Bidule or Audiomulch) which support plugins with arbitrary numbers of inputs and outputs. If you don't use one of those hosts and this paragraph doesn't immediately make sense to you, you probably don't need Pegger.
Compared with the Pegger 2 series, this version includes:
• Attractive, easy-to-use GUI
• VST Host clocking option
• Pulse divisor setting reduces the need to do tempo math
• Manual control of input channel selection, making it more useful in hosts such as Bidule which lie to the plugin about input connections
• Improvements to the filter stage including 24dB/octave lowpass option and control of filter resonance
• Waveshaping distortion stage after the filter stage
• Cleaner "tails" on short-release pulses yielding less popping and clicking
Heartburn v1.12 is now available.
• Heartburn can now load patch banks when running in Orion (and probably some other hosts).
• Morphing should now be smoother in Logic (and probably some other hosts), though screen update during morphing will be slower.
• The Ben Crosland soundset for registered users has had some bug fixes (some oscillators were out of tune when loaded in some hosts; should be better now).
As always, please let me know how Heartburn works for you.
Quick tweaks to both Breather and Throbber here. Both effects now cooperate with hosts in doing mono-stereo bridging. In Orion (and hopefully in Logic) this means they can be used as insert effects in mono channels. Both effects are available on the Products page.
Heartburn v1.10 is now available. No major changes on the surface, but some internal changes that might break it in some VST hosts (so go live dangerously and send me some email, dammit, if it doesn't work for you), and the patch format has changed, so all your PRECIOUS WORK is ruined.
Current registered users as well as new purchasers who download the latest version of Heartburn will also get Ben Crosland's professional-quality sound set for the synth, 64 patches of twisted sonic goodness. Reach for your wallets, kids.
Oh yeah, one more thing. If you're gonna use the comment link, why don't you make sure you have something interesting to say?
Breather has been updated to v0.7. This version supports VST host clocking - it can now synchronize to your sequencer and "breathe on the beat." Other internal improvements have been made in addition. Go get it!
This is of interest to, well, probably no one. You may have noticed that some of the Tiny God software uses funny waveform names like "Boondoggle". Those names are used in a scheme I call "Nominal Fourier Synthesis", where an arbitrary name is mapped onto a unique waveform. For a long time the NFS doc referred to a long-obsolete version of the NFS algorithm. It is now up to date, for those of you who want to synthesize your own Hellacious Boondoggles. It might even be accurate, but I doubt it.
Heartburn v1.09 is now available. Fixes and improvements include:
• A bug in chord triggering fixed (One or more simultaneously triggered notes would be dropped).
• Voice allocation system improved.
• Per-patch monophonic, mono-portamento, or polyphonic voicing option (polyphonic only works in full version).
• Note-on velocity sensitivity implemented with per-patch sensitivity range.
• Channel/master volume control now visible on GUI and saved with patch.
• A-FM-B bug fixed (Oscillator B wasn't using correct waveform when A-FM-B was enabled).
• This is the cool part! 8 "teaser" presets from sound designer Ben Crosland. Ben is developing a complete bank of 64 professional-quality patches which will be available in February to registered Heartburn users only.
Once again I thank Ben Crosland for his bug reports and helpful suggestions; without his input Heartburn would be a chunk of technology rather than a musical instrument.
Heartburn v1.05 is now available. Fixes include:
• Support for 48KHz VST host configurations (tested in Logic, should work in any host).
• Presets 1-32 improved.
• Button-lights and text displays now display and update correctly in any preset.
Note that the names of some of the DLLs have changed; the confusion this may cause is just part of the fun.
Big thanks to Ben Crosland for the beta-testing work on this one.
Since announcing Heartburn 1.0 on KvR the other day, we've had several hundred visitors. Most of you found your way to the Heartburn page. About half of you downloaded the demo package. Almost no one actually bought the software. That's okay and all, I'm just curious why you didn't. Was it because you didn't think it was worth the money? Or was it because you can't afford to buy software currently? Or do you only use free software? Or are you still considering it? Or was the demo version just too good?
Site redesigned and relaunched. Coincidentally, googlism says:
tiny god is born
tiny god is up and running
tiny god is here and it is totally more fantastic than you and your children combined
Oh, and by the way, Heartburn full GUI commercial version is now available.
I accidentally uploaded the wrong version of the Breather filter plugin; the GUI version is now up.
The filters in versions v0.85 and v0.86 of Heartburn were broken. They are working correctly in v0.87.
Heartburn, Throbber, and Breather were all having problems in certain VST hosts including Tracktion, Psycle, and Cubase. The currently available versions of these three plugins should work better. Other Tiny God plugins may also have these problems; we are working to fix them, but any reports of success or failure in any VST host, as always, are useful and appreciated.