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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

XILS-lab PolyM 1.1.0 Update

via XILS-lab

"XILS-lab pushes polysynth hommage beyond the pleasure principal with welcomed PolyM 1.1.0 update additions

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyM 1.1.0 — updating its critically-acclaimed, authentic-sounding software recreation of a pioneering polyphonic analogue synthesizer manufactured between 1975 and 1980 (based on divide-down oscillator technology similar to electronic organs and string synthesizers of the time), and arguably made most famous by British ‘new waver’ Gary Numan, notably seen as well as heard when ‘driving’ over an endless ‘synthscape' in the trailblazing promo video for his 1979 chart-topping ‘Cars’ single; someone since observed that career-defining song’s parent album, The Pleasure Principal, “ almost an album-length advert for the Polymoog...” — with welcomed additions including a new preset manager and an ability to run as an effects plug-in, plus compatibility with Native Instruments’ Native Kontrol Standard (NKS®), as of October 2…

PolyM first put in an appearance last year, when XILS-lab clearly considered those oft-overlooked Polymoog presets to be well worth revisiting, recreating an ‘unlimited’ polyphony polysynth that was recognisably revolutionary upon its initial release and making it fit for today’s creative computer-based music-makers with a state-of-the-art software makeover. Making that happen took two years — such was the complexity of its inspirational hardware predecessor. PolyM palpably didn’t disappoint, deftly reproducing yesteryear’s divide-down technology with two TOD (Top Octave Divider) oscillators — one for the sawtooth wave and another for the square, slightly detuned for a phenomenal phasing effect (when running independently in FREE mode), yet taking the concept further forward by adding polyphonic pulse width modulation. Meanwhile, in LOCK mode, those two TOD oscillators are almost locked in phase, producing PM (Phase Modulation) instead of FM (Frequency Modulation) when the square wave oscillator is modulated in pitch. The two TODs can also be modulated — tempo-sync-able — in pitch by an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator), while the square wave oscillator has it own pulse width modulation by a tempo-sync-able LFO. Alongside a distinctive envelope generator, this represents the musical heart and soul of PolyM, pushing that revolutionary polysynth sound kicking and screaming into the future!

Further features of note include: 71 emulated chips, offering mixer, VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier), envelope, 12dB filter, and pulse width modulation for each of the available notes; stunning-sounding 24dB ladder filter (using XILS-lab’s critically-acclaimed zero-delay algorithm); nine dedicated acoustic filters — STRING, PIANO, ORGAN, HARPS, FUNK, CLAV, VIBES, BRASS, and VOX — carefully recreated from the original (model 203a); RESONATORS filter bank with three parametric (6dB and 12dB) filters matching the original; three vintage — DEL. (delay), PHAS. (phaser), and REV. (reverb) — effects (with adjustable settings from within an Advanced Settings Panel alongside nine modulation slots for furthering sound design possibilities well beyond the scope of the original hardware); and more.

Today, thanks to the PolyM 1.1.0 update, there’s even more to (literally) make a song and dance about. As such, the NPM (New Preset Manager), a newly-integrated, single-window affair allowing users to easily and speedily perform different tasks with welcomed visual feedback — for example, locate and load the best fitting preset in seconds courtesy of a multi-criteria search engine, save/save as presets with (user-generated) tags, batch-tag multiple selections of presets, export/import multiple selections of presets, and select view (such as showing only favourite presets) — represents a major step in PolyM’s evolution; by that same token, those acoustic filters and RESONATORS, as well as the three vintage-sounding effects, are also available to work with other sound sources when running PolyM purely as an effects plug- in proffering plentiful possibilities for modulation; meanwhile, support for Native Instruments’ NKS® extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers delivers intuitive and seamless interaction with the German giant’s cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware.

Helpfully, there are now over 300 professionally-programmed presets available as creative kickstarters in PolyM; parameters are all MIDI- controllable, combining to musically position this soft synth par excellence as an innovative instrument of its time while retaining a certain pioneering polyphonic analogue synthesizer’s coveted performance properties of the past. Put it this way: while what the deceased Austrian neurologist (and founder of psychoanalysis) Sigmund Freud would have made of this polysynth hommage is obviously open to speculation, surely the still active Gary Numan should approve... as will anyone’s bank balance by paying (comparatively) so little for so much playing pleasure. Thanks to its welcomed 1.1.0 additions, PolyM pushes beyond the pleasure principal in both senses, so anyone wishing to sonically travel back to the future should seriously consider adding it to their soft synth arsenal — all the more so at an attractive (albeit time-limited) introductory promo price representing a welcomed 40% saving. Best be quick, though — time waits for no man... or woman (or child)!

PolyM 1.1.0 is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2 dongle hardware or software) protected plug-in at an introductory promo price of €89.00 EUR until October 31, 2018 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of €149.00 EUR — from XILS-lab here.

PolyM 1.1.0 can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit soft synth and virtual effects plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.7 and later) and Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10) from here."

Monday, December 11, 2017

fourth world sessions - Roli Rise, Digitakt, Morphagene, XILS 3, Repro 1,Make Noise Modular

Published on Dec 10, 2017 junklight

"Fourth World electronics from Sunday's sessions

you can hear another part here :"

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flux for PolyKB iii
35 dark, dusty, evolving patches - mostly pads, keys and arps for the Xils PolyKB iii.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SoundsDivine's 'Retro Wave' - Xils-Lab's PolyKB II / III

Published on Aug 19, 2017 SoundsDivine111

"Preview of the presets from the 'Retro Wave' soundset for Xils-Lab's PolyKB 2/3 synthesizer."

Monday, August 07, 2017

Xils Labs Poly Sounds Demo - Sonic LAB

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Xils Lab PolyM based on the legendary Polymoog, Divkid takes us through some selected sounds.
Available in AU/VST, RTAS+ AAX formats. Uses iLok authorisation (dongle or software)

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Friday, July 07, 2017

PolyM VST by Xils Lab - Moog Polymoog Simulation - The BIG Soundtest

Published on Jul 7, 2017 thesoundtestroom

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Monday, July 03, 2017

XILS-Lab Poly M Virtual Instrument - "This Wreckage"

Published on Jul 3, 2017 celebutante

"As many of my synth nerd friends know, I LOVE a vintage Polymoog, but I'm afraid to buy one because they alway break. Anyway, XILS-Lab just released an awesome virtual instrument modeled on the Polymoog, so I grabbed the demo, futzed with the controls for optimum Gary Numan and made this little sample of 'This Wreckage' from the 'Telekon' record.”

XILS-lab PolyM Polymoog Soft Synth Released

You can find a few videos previously posted here on the XILS-lab label (scroll down to previous posts).

via XILS-lab

"XILS-lab literally creates plug-in pleasure principal when recreating revolutionary polysynth

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyM — an authentic recreation of the pioneering Polymoog polysynth, dreamed up by American designer Dave Luce and produced by Moog Music between 1975-1980, but benefitting from finest French software skills to truly create a plug-in pleasure principal as arguably the best ‘virtual’ divide-down oscillator technology-toting soft synth available anywhere and teaching the old dog some new tricks in the process — as of July 3...

That’s today. Putting PolyM in its present-day context involves initially looking back. But back in the early-Seventies, setting out to create an analogue, functional voltage-controlled synthesizer that was polyphonic against a backdrop of monophonic mainstays proved problematic for many. Moog’s musical solution came quicker than most, making an appearance in 1975 in its extremely expensive ($5,295 USD), nine-preset original form as the Polymoog keyboard (model 203a). It included a front panel packed with an almost continuous row of slider pots (permitting presets to be fully modified into more individualised analogue sounds via various subtractive synthesis parameters, including a 24dB Moog ladder filter section — allowing modulation modulated from its own envelopes and low frequency oscillation — alongside a unique and flexible three-band resonant filter section with lowpass/bandpass/high-pass filter modes) before being joined in 1978 by a marginally more economically-viable ($3,995 USD), 14-preset stripped back version (with editing reduced to volume, tuning, high-pass filtering, and basic LFO — Low Frequency Oscillator — features), which was also (confusingly) called the Polymoog keyboard (model 280a), though the original fully-variable version was then rebadged, admittedly, as the Polymoog Synthesizer.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

XILS Lab PolyM Sound Demo - Moog Polymoog Emulation For PC & Mac

Published on Jul 1, 2017 SYNTH ANATOMY

"XILS Lab released this week the PolyM Synthesizer plugin for PC and Mac that emulates the iconic Moog Polymoog. Here is a sound demo of this new plugin. I really love the great sound quality of this new release from Xils Lab."

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

XILS Lab - PolyM: Films n' Friends

Published on Jun 7, 2017 Adam Borseti

"Just another demo of the fabulous, upcoming XILS Lab PolyM; a superbly authentic and meticulous emulation of the Polymoog Synthesizer! Of course, you can't even say "Polymoog" without mentioning Gary Numan, so I thought I'd make two demo tracks to demonstrate the PolyM's Gary Numan presets (which I programmed). They will be included with the released product!

DISCLAIMER: Obviously, the backing tracks have some Minimoog in them which I emulated using the end-all-be-all Minimoog soft-synth, "The Legend".


See the XILS Lab label below for more.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Xils PolyM Demos

Published on Jun 4, 2017 EmptyVessel

"Some of my factory presets from the Xils PolyM Polymoog emulation"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

XILS Lab - PolyM (Polymoog VST!!!)

Published on May 31, 2017 Adam Borseti

"So! I've been working on a set of presets for the upcoming 'PolyM' soft-synth from XILS Lab! The patches you hear in this demo will be included with the plug-in upon release! The PolyM is stunningly authentic to a real Polymoog in my opinion, and I can't say enough good things about it! You people will love it!

It's about damn time that someone did a proper emulation of the Polymoog!"

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Unreleased - Polymoog Plug-in PolyM by XILS Lab

Published on May 24, 2017 Adam Borseti

"Yep! With XILS Lab getting ready to release the PolyM soon, I figured I'd record a little video of myself messing around on a Polymoog plug-in that has never been seen before..... maybe anywhere! Dates back to the summer of 2008, when I was working with the folks over at DubSounds, doing the presets for it.

It's a shame the main designer/coder/GUI artist left for no reason.... it's like he walked off of the face of the Earth! Still, I use this Polymoog from time to time for its authenticity and charm..... nothing sounds like a Polymoog.


(PS: No, you can't have it!)"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

XILS-Lab PolyM Announced - New Polymoog Based Soft Synth

Published on May 10, 2017 xilslab

"Long awaited, XILS-lab PolyM is coming soon"

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

RSF Kobol Synthesizer VST Emulation - PolyKB III by xils-lab

Published on Dec 27, 2016 Ali Musician

PolyKB III by xils-lab

"Simply the most versatile and powerful analog modelled polyphonic synthesiser ever produced

Intro Price : 119€ Until January 21th, 2017

The PolyKB III captures the sound and spirit of the legendary RSF PolyKobol 2 polyphonic synthesizer, including its most revolutionnary feature : Morphing analog Oscillators.

This set it apart from all the other common analog synth recreations, because you have instant access to hundreds of different analog modelled & free running oscillators waveforms. More than in other synthesizer, including those who propose switching between oscillators models. Icing on the cake, they can be dynamically modulated by many sources.

Friday, November 18, 2016

xilslab PolyKB II V2 Tutorial Videos

Published on Nov 18, 2016 xilslab

PolyKB II V2 5 SpaceXY Tutorial
PolyKB II v2 5 VoiceXY Tutorial
PolyKB II 2 5 Sequencer Tutorial

Friday, October 28, 2016

SoundsDivine's 'Retro Wave' - Xils-Lab PolyKB 2

Published on Oct 28, 2016 SoundsDivine111

"Preview of the presets from the 'Retro Wave' soundset for Xils-Lab's PolyKB 2 synthesizer."

Friday, July 15, 2016

XILS Vocoder 5000 : Shift Frequency

Published on Jul 15, 2016 xilslab

"This video explains how to use the frequency shifter of the XILS Vocoder 5000"

XILS4 Tutorials

Published on Jul 15, 2016 xilslab

XILS4 GUI Tutorial
XILS4 : Two Parallel Synthesizers Tutorial
XILS4 : Two Series Synthesizers Tutorial

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

XILS-lab Launches StiX by Xils V1.0 Virtual Analogue Multi-Synthesis-Driven Drum Machine Plug-In

StiX by Xils Overview

Published on Mar 19, 2016 xilslab

"GRENOBLE, FRANCE: after almost a year of diligent development, music software specialist XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of V1.0 of StiX by Xils — a virtual analogue and multi-synthesis-driven drum machine with sophisticated sequencer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, and 7/8), inspired by a whole host of trailblazing drum machines that have helped make music technology what it is today, all adapted to the modern-day digital paradigm and fast-footed user workflow with ease — as of April 5…

35 years is a veritable lifetime when it comes to music technology. Today’s computer-based music-makers bombarded by staggering software developments on an almost daily basis may mock at the idea of hefty hardware blazing the trail back in the 1980s. But breakthroughs came throughout that genre-defining decade — often at a prohibitive price. Take the wonderful world of drum machines, for instance. Innovative American designer Roger Linn’s revolutionary Linn LM-1 Drum Computer was first to use digital samples of acoustic drums — albeit at 8-bit/28kHz — and also one of the first fully-programmable drum machines to boot. But back in 1981 most musicians could only dream about accessing a $5,000 USD digital drum machine, revolutionary or otherwise!

Only programmability in itself would be a dream come true for many musicians of the time, tied to realistically restrictive constraints when it came to auto-accompaniment budgets. But the technological tide turned in their favour that same year with the timely arrival of the STIX PROGRAMMA ST-305 from (now-long-lost) Italian manufacturer SoundMaster as one of the first affordable analogue drum machines to feature programmable patterns rather than just presets. Proactively, perhaps, the STIX PROGRAMMA ST-305 included individual outputs for several sounds — unlike its main competitor, the breakthrough Boss DR-55, though, similarly, ‘programmability’ was restricted to basic bar-based patterns, which would soon become its downfall. Within a year, Roland’s radical TR-606 Drumatix was a better buy as an affordable analogue drum machine offering a higher number of fully-programmable patterns and, crucially, an ability to chain them together into songs, such was the speed of technological change… before long, the advent of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and affordable digital drum machines changed everything. Endgame? Paradoxically, an ‘analogue renaissance’ is still being felt (and heard) today — a fact far from lost on XILS-lab CEO Xavier Oudin.

Obviously, times change as, of course, does technology — music and otherwise. Today, then, StiX by Xils takes the best ideas (and subtly-different, yet strangely contemporary-sounding sounds) from the likes of the STIX PROGRAMMA ST-305 and Roland TR-606 Drumatix — and many more notable drum machines besides — and successfully transports them to a virtual analogue and multi-synthesis drum machine plug-in for Mac and PC, pumped up for a truly 21st Century computer-based music-making experience that is second to none.

Central to the StiX by Xils workflow with fast-footed users in mind — and centrally positioned in a GUI that’s as easy on the eye as it is to understand — is its engagingly-expressive XoX Sequencer, boasting a multitude of fanciful features, including a multilane editor with customisable steps per beat; per step division trigger (for fills and stutters); customisable beats per bar; and global swing, as well as a single line editor (for in-depth editing of individual sequencer lines), plus pattern and song modes (for speedy song building).

Building upon traditional analogue drum machine design, several sounds — BD (bass drum), SNARE, HH CL (hi-hat closed), HH OP (hi-hat open), TOM L (tom low), TOM H (tom high), and CRASH — are always accessible — alongside additional user-definable PERC 1 (percussion 1), PERC 2 (percussion 2), and MISC (miscellaneous) ones — via the drum pads bar at the top of that intuitive GUI. There the similarity ends, though, as StiX by Xils takes things to another level entirely as an inspired piece of contemporary software design that leaves the historic hardware from which it took its initial inspiration standing (way back in the early-Eighties)! Fit for today, StiX by Xils comes complete with 10 full-featured synthesisers — one for each sound being hosted by those 10 drum pads, each of which can call upon several sound engines, including virtual analogue (with components closely modelled upon a selection of prestigious and rare analogue synthesisers for percussion and drum sounds with unmatched analogue authenticity) and FM sine oscillators (with wave shaping and a third oscillator that can load samples), as well as easy and advanced synthesis pages. Put it this way: yesteryear’s hardware drum machine users couldn’t have imagined such heightened levels of control in their wildest dreams!

Desirable StiX by Xils features well worth noting in that regard include MIDI output (for controlling virtual instruments or recording MIDI data within a DAW); MIDI learn (with full automation of all synthesis parameters of each drum pad and associated mixer, etc); multi-criteria database (for finding the right preset efficiently as well as creating custom tags); randomise (drum kits, sequences, and full patterns); live control (for chaining patterns, plus muting/un-muting tracks on the fly); multi outputs (with volume, groups, and pan preservation); high-quality effects (including natural-sounding reverb, analogue delay, and analogue phaser, plus per drum crusher and distortion); sample-accurate synchronisation and audio engine (to create the tightest beats imaginable); hundreds of simultaneous modulation targets; and gang mode (to edit sequencer lanes, mixer, and effects sends).

Stacked with 390 exclusive samples — including 15 drum kits sourced by production partner Wave Alchemy from classic drum machines of the past (including Roland’s revered TR- series as well as trailblazing digital dream machines such as the E-mu SP-12 and LinnDrum); 2,000 presets; 120-plus global presets; 720-plus patterns; 700 drum pads; and 60 drum kits, StiX by Xils means more sounds and styles are available to the modern-day discerning (virtual) drum machine user than ever… roll on some truly 21st Century computer-based music-making!

StiX by Xils is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (soft or USB iLok dongle) protected plug-in for an introductory (30% discounted) price of €125.00 EUR until April 30, 2016 — rising to €179.00 EUR thereafter — from the XILS-lab web store here:

StiX by Xils can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit-compatible virtual drum machine plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and Windows (XP, Vista, and 7/8) from here:"

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