You’ve got beta plugins!
Hey, you! Yeah, you, with the computer! Have you been wanting to try out the sweet Noise Engineering beta plugins? Well, the wait is over: we’re now in public beta, and everyone who signs up for a Customer Portal account has instant access to the beta plugins. Are you excited? We are, too! Just listen to what they can sound like:
FREE VST, AU, AND AAX
If you read our last blog post about the beta, you’ll know we’ve been hard at work developing plugins for VST, AU, and AAX. In June, we announced that we were doing a closed, rolling beta, and asked for sign ups. We were overwhelmed by the response! We picked people at random to try out the first three plugins—Virt Vereor, Sinc Vereor, and Ruina—and we got a lot of valuable feedback and insight. We’re not quite ready to officially release these plugins, but we want to open things up to everybody, and that’s where you come in! We’re ready to go wider: instead of selecting people at random each round, we now are automatically adding them to every Customer Portal account. Already have an account? You have plugins! Don’t have an account? Sign up! It’s free. And then you’ll have plugins (also free!).
A word about current support.
- We have tested our plugins on Intel and AMD processors running any Windows version currently supported by Microsoft (currently, this is Win10) and OSX 10.12 - 11.1.
- M1 processors appear to be working in our preliminary tests.
- Pro Tools First will not support them based on Pro Tools restrictions.
- They appear not to work with VCV Rack, but do seem to work in Voltage Modular based on user reports.
HOW DO I GET THEM?
If you have an account on our Customer Portal, you have them already! Just navigate to the Software tab, and Bob’s your uncle, you have plugins. No account? No problem. Pop on over to portal.noiseengineering.us and create one. As soon as you verify your account, your plugins will be waiting for you with open arms.
If you want to remain in the loop about all the updates with the plugins (and future releases), be sure to sign up for the software mailing list either when you create your account or in the My Account tab of the Customer Portal.
WHAT DOES “BETA” MEAN, EXACTLY?
Good question! In this case, these plugins being “beta” means that they’re in pretty good shape, but we may still find a weird corner case issue. We’ve spent a whole lot of time on them, so they’re about 95% there. We actually have a page where we track what issues we’re working on fixing -- you can take a look here: https://www.noiseengineering.us/pages/known-issues
As you can see, most of the issues are pretty minor at this point, but there’s a chance there are other issues yet to be found. If you run into any sort of issue (or if things go swimmingly!) while you’re using the plugins, we want to hear from you. Please go to the config page in any plugin and click “Report Issue” which will open a browser window and take you to the reporting form. Problem with the installer? Hit Help and click “Upload System Information”, and then drop us a line.
Beta does not mean that dev will stop when they come out of beta. In fact, we have a lot of features planned for the plugins that will be implemented down the road. And of course, when we come out of beta, should we find another bug, we will work to resolve it!
ARE THERE USER MANUALS?
Yes! Well, sort of: while the plugins are in flux as we test and change things around based on user feedback, we consider the documentation works-in-progress, but the core information that you’ll need to use the plugins can be found on this page: https://www.noiseengineering.us/pages/known-issues
Once we’re closer to official release, we’ll typeset them and make them pretty, but as with all things, we’d also love to get your feedback on these manuals. If you think information should be changed or added, drop us a line.
I HAVE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ABOUT THE PLUGINS!
If you have a question, we’ve compiled an FAQ! noiseengineering.us/pages/plugin-faq
There, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we’ve gotten over the beta period.
However, if you have a different question or comment, or you run into issues using the plugins, please use our plugin contact form to send us an email. We’re here to help, and as always, we value your feedback! The most important part of a beta test is hearing from you, so talk to us about anything plugin related, big or small.
WHAT ARE THE PLUGINS?
I’m glad you asked! We have three free plugins: two synths and one multi-distortion. We’ll get into the nitty gritty details in a moment, but we designed these plugins to be intuitive and versatile: whether you want to make pop, industrial, IDM, or techno, there are sounds galore that are sure to fit into your next project.
Sinc Vereor’s intuitive and inviting controls belie the power of this lightweight synthesizer. Sinc Vereor is loosely based on our gone-but-not-forgotten module Sinc Iter.
Tweak the wavemorphing/wavefolding Tone control to make sound design a breeze. All your favorite Sinc modes are here! Blend between familiar waveforms like saw, triangle, and square. Super mode adds 6 phase-offset oscillators. Use Noise mode to generate self-similar noise for percussion, effects, and more.
We’ve paired this oscillator section with Vereor, our easily manipulated dynamics section using an ADSR envelope controlling a variable slope and analog-inspired multimode gate/filter. Add to that a vintage-inspired chorus and a library of presets, and Sinc Vereor will astound with its versatility.
If you want to quickly create instruments that bridge the gap between traditional subtractive sounds and modern synthesis techniques, Sinc Vereor has you covered.
Virt Vereor is a powerful synthesizer based on a unique set of synthesis algorithms. Bass is a quadrature algorithm described in Bernie Hutchins’ seminal series Electronotes. Sawx is a supersaw-inspired beast. Harm is an additive algorithm with spectral control and distortion of partials. Virt Vereor makes a tremendous amount of unique sounds with an immediate and usable interface.
Astute users will recognize these algorithms from Noise Engineering’s contribution to Arturia’s Microfreak V3 firmware and our upcoming Virt Iter module. You can read more details about each mode in our blog post about the MicroFreak oscillators here.
We’ve paired the Virt oscillator section with Vereor, our easily manipulated dynamics section using an ADSR envelope controlling a variable slope and analog-inspired multimode gate/filter. Add to that a vintage-inspired chorus and a load of presets, and Virt Vereor has something for anyone looking for basses, leads, or just new and innovative sounds.
Ruina is a creative stereo distortion plugin built on digital distortion algorithms similar to Ruina Versio: no emulations here. Intuitive and fully automatable controls make it easy to get a gentle, nuanced color, to obliviate a signal, or to dial in anything in between. Don’t feel like tweaking the parameters? Ruina comes with tons of presets to fit any need.
Ruina has a wavefolder, a multiband saturator, a chaotic suboctave generator, octavizer, and phase shifter. It also features a notch or bandpass filter with adjustable tracking, and a control to set the order of the distortions in the signal flow to further customize your sound. Last but not least, Overdrive adds up to 128x gain for maximal destruction.
Run any sound through Ruina for warm, lush distortion, or crank the sliders to unleash complete destruction. With seven distortion types, it’s easy to turn your sounds into something new and unique with Ruina.
Watch out for that evil eye though. Does it ever blink?
WHAT ABOUT BASIMILUS, DESMODUS, AND ALL THOSE OTHER SYNTHS AND EFFECTS?
If you’re hoping your favorite Eurorack module will make a VST/AU debut, have no fear -- these three plugins are the first in a huge lineup of plugins we have planned. Stay tuned… as always, we’re #workinonit. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Head to the Customer Portal, sign up for your account, and get some Noise in your DAW of choice. It’s free, and we think these three plugins are pretty awesome. Give ‘em a shot in your next session, and if you make something cool with them, share it with us! We want to hear what you create.