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26-11-2015, 01:01

Xfer Records Serum 1.07b4 VSTi AAX [PC x86 x64]

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Xfer Records Serum 1.07b4 VSTi AAX [PC x86 x64]

Xfer Records Serum 1.07b4 VSTi AAX | PC x86 x64 | 149 / 18 MB

The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with a truly high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface to make creating and altering sounds fun instead of tedious, and the ability to “go deep” when desired - to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these on playback in real-time.

Serum has a Wavetable editor built right in- you can create your own wavetables in a variety of ways. Import audio directly from audio files - Serum has a variety of methods and options for analyzing audio for breaking it apart into individual waveforms. You can import single-cycle wavetables of course, as well as many at once (with in-built sorting options, or manual re-ordering). Morph between various wavetables using standard linear interpolation (crossfading) or via harmonic/spectral morphing. Draw directly on the waveform, with optional grid-size snapping and a variety of shape tools. Generate or modify waveforms using FFT (additive). Create or process waveforms using formula functions. Processing menu options allow you to do the other tasks you would want, such as apply fades, crossfades, normalize, export, and much more.


Playback of wavetables requires digital resampling to play different frequencies. Without considerable care and a whole lot of number crunching, this process will create audible artifacts. Artifacts mean that you are (perhaps unknowingly) crowding your mix with unwanted tones / frequencies. Many popular wavetable synthesizers are astonishingly bad at suppressing artifacts - even on a high-quality setting some create artifacts as high as -36 dB to -60 dB (level difference between fundamental on artifacts) which is well audible, and furthermore often dampening the highest wanted audible frequencies in the process, to try and suppress this unwanted sound. In Serum, the native-mode (default) playback of oscillators operates with an ultra high-precision resampling, yielding an astonishingly inaudible signal-to-noise (for instance, -150 dB on a sawtooth played at 1 Khz at 44100)! This requires a lot of calculations, so Serum’s oscillator playback has been aggressively optimized using SSE2 instructions to allow for this high-quality playback without taxing your CPU any more than the typical (decent quality) soft synth already does. Load up Serum and we think you’ll be able to notice both what you hear (solid high frequencies, extending flat all the way up to the limits of hearing) as well as what you don’t hear (no unwanted mud or aliasing gibberish- just good, clean sound).


The modulation system allows for drag and drop connections between mod sources and destinations. Want an LFO controlling a filter cutoff? Simply drag the LFO title to the cutoff knob. This LFO->Filter connection will now appear in the Mod Matrix as well. In other words, you have two views/approaches for creating and modifying your modulations: sometimes a list is nice, other times you just want the job done fast and easy.


In addition to moving through the set of wavetables (up to 256 make up a single oscillator), you can manipulate the waveform itself in a separate realtime process referred to as Warp. This allows for FM/AM/RM/Oscillator Sync and many other ways to modify the waveform, including “Remap” modes - a graph editor for drawing your own custom table manipulations.


Serum includes all of the filter types found in LFOTool in addition to some brand-new ones. Flangers, Phasers, and Comb filters all of which can key-track to the musical note you play. Dual filter types let you control or morph between filter types. Get creative with atypical processes for filters such as downsampling, or the unique filter types found nowhere before, such as the dirty-sounding French LPF.


An effects rack with 10 effects modules lets you get your sound all the way to the finish line inside Serum. Effects can be re-ordered to any configuration you want. Virtually all effect parameters are also available as modulation destinations. This is especially useful on monophonic synth sounds. For example, apply an LFO to control reverb size or dry/wet, or velocity to control distortion amount. Many of these effects and modes were built just for Serum, so there are many unique effects to choose from, such as Hyper, which simulates (additional) unison amounts, or a dual-waveshaper which allows for a distortion you can morph between two separate wave shapes.


Serum will let you stack a single oscillator to use up to 16 voices. Each of the wavetable oscillators have a number of unison advanced parameters. Stack settings allow for note (e.g. octave) layering to get a fuller sound for a single note-press. Set the unison voices to all have their unique waveform at once with the Unison WT Pos setting, or have them all skewed in a different way with the unison Warp control. A variety of unison tuning modes per-oscillator let you get the stack sound blooming or swarming like you want.

* fixed: for selecting "init preset" while notes are playing
* fixed: for chaos oscillators resetting the chaos algorithm when no notes were playing
* fixed: for using variables q and z together in a formula in the WT editor could lead to NaN output
* fixed: dragging NOTE and VELO mod-source tiles on Windows ncould lead to a crash
* fixed: Filter cutoff Hz (numeric value display) was incorrect in some situations
* fixed: Drag and Drop import in Ableton Live OS X 64-bit could appear "stuck" or crash
* fixed: WT Editor, it was possible to draw on a different table than visually selected
* fixed: extremely large sample sizes in WT formula editor were displaying improper text for note name
* added: support for drag-and-drop to wavetable (import for audio files) from Cubase Media Bay

* The internal FX filters (specifically the ones used in Hyper, Chorus, and Flanger FX modules) no longer internally clip. While I consider this an improvement (sonically), this could lead to presets that use these FX sounding subly different if the input to the effect was overloading, most likely this only happened if the preset was played polyphonically (holding multiple notes down). I would expect the sound should be considered “better” in most circumstances when different, but if you are reloading saved projects that use heavy FX after Serum (e.g. distortion FX after Serum) you could notice a sound change. Therefore, I would suggest to keep 1.072 around if you wish to A-B the sound in any situations. I can provide this download if needed (email me). If this change is a burden to anyone, don’t hesitate to make your voice heard, I could add a legacy switch to re-introduce the clipping as an option, but I would rather avoid doing that, for CPU savings.
* new Matrix window menu (top-right) -> sort mod matrix slots by Source or Destination. This should not be used in projects where you are (already) automating matrix depth sliders in the host.
* Effects “Smart Disable” when signal is below -180 dB for a period of time. This saves CPU on “idle” serum instances for hosts/situations where the host isn’t providing a similar ability.
* improved filter quality / effectively eliminated the "low-level aliasing" in most filter algorithms
* fixed: LFO delay and rise time controls weren’t getting host tempo change notifications making their durations incorrect in some situations.
* fixed: closing the preset browser by using the ‘show preset browser’ button (as opposed to close button) was leaving LFO’s in a non-updated state
* fixed: closing the preset browser could leave oscillators in a non-redrawn state.
* fixed: Save Preset file dialog folder default location was not always defaulting correct on windows systems in 1.072



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