[LAA] [ANN] setBfree v0.8

Robin Gareus robin at gareus.org
Wed Jun 17 03:11:40 UTC 2015


setBfree is a MIDI-controlled, software synthesizer designed to imitate
the sound and properties of the electromechanical organs and sound
modification devices that brought world-wide fame to the names and
products of Laurens Hammond and Don Leslie.


It's been over 18 months since the last release and setBfree just
reached another major milestone: It now features a proper GUI that
allows to configure various aspects that have previously only been
accessible via text config files (the config and program file-format
itself has not changed). The GUI is available as LV2 and standalone jack
application and the old tcl/tk prototype UI was removed for good.

visit https://vimeo.com/130633814 for a demo.

The 2nd big change was reworking the Leslie: The horn now spins
counter-clockwise (same as the real thing) and we finally managed to
track down the aliasing noise that was audible during acceleration and
deceleration. Since various users play guitar and some even cello
through it, an animated LV2 GUI was added for the whirl-speaker
emulation and it has also been made available as standalone jack client.
Advanced settings such as microphone angle, position, horn radius, etc
are now also exposed (both for the organ as well as the LV2). The UI
looks like

Other notable changes include new addition of presets for Kurzweil and
Korg CX3 and updates to portability (ARM-CPU/RPi, Windows + OSX
versions). The full list of over 300 changes since 0.7.5 is available as
git log.

Binaries for Intel platform, GNU/Linux, OSX and Windows are available
from https://github.com/pantherb/setBfree/releases/latest
though for Linux most distros will pick this up as usual.

Many thanks to Axel 'the C.L.A.' Müller and Jean-Luc Nest who provided
valuable feedback and inspiring music during the development cycle.

happy playing,
robin + will

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