I mentioned a little while back that Sonic Charge would be releasing a big (and free) update to its wonderful µTonic drum synth/drum machine plug-in on New Year's Eve. Now, they've spilled a few details on some of the new features we can all expect. (Thanks to Ronnie over on Rekkerd for posting this, as I missed it originally! Hope you had a great Christmas!)
The primary motivation behind this upgrade is to transform µTonic into a more dynamic instrument, without sacrificing its simplicity or drastically alter its "trademark sound". We've always been proud of how µTonic sounds, and our intention has never been to turn it into a MegaTonic. If you are expecting to see four oscillators with sample playback and granular delay effects on top, you will be disappointed. Instead, you are going to see a set of well-balanced new features for exploring sounds, building patterns and performing live withµTonic. Features that will bring the best out of the beast.
We have already revealed that the upgrade is free and will feature the much requested support for "MIDI Program Changes" and "MIDI-file drag and drop". I will now reveal another significant addition: "Morph". "Morph" lets you transform all eight drum patches simultaneously from one point to another. This feature can be used both for performance (think: dramatic build-ups), for editing (think: finding semi-random sounds, "Synplant style") or for crazy loony fun experiments (think: what would it sound like if I morph the kick to a snare and the snare to a kick, back and forth?).
A sound-file says more than a thousand words so I pulled a random preset from our big preset-bag ("EE Flat Lines") and made a quick little arrangement with three different morph configurations. Enjoy."