Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hartmann NeuronVS Now Free for Mac Users

Wow!  I didn't see this one coming.  Hartmann's NeuronVS, the software version of the infamous Neuron hardware synth, has been re-released as freeware.  Considering how expensive this software was when it was released, this is pretty amazing news.

NeuronVS is only available in VST format (an old version of the standard, at that), and only for OSX.

Here is the statement Hartmann has made:

  1.      In 2000, Axel Hartmann and I, Stephan Bernsee, set out to designing a novel synthesizer based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis, the synthesizer. We were able to get support from a lot of people, including well known artists such as Hans Zimmer, and Hartmann Music as a company won several awards for innovation in synthesis technology.
  2. Unfortunately and despite the huge interest in our products, due to some issues with distribution and our hardware manufacturer Hartmann was driven out of business in 2004. With the company dead there was no chance for owners to get tech support or updates.
  3. Just recently, a Facebook group came into existence that managed to attract many knowledgeable and skilled Neuron owners who provide support and advice to each other in their spare time. To aid them in the process of keeping the Neuron alive I have dusted off the old NeuronVS sources in order to revive the NeuronVS VST plug-in, a software-only version of the Neuron synth that came with a powerful hardware controller, the . Thanks to the generosity of former Hartmann CEO Stefan Rapp and Neuron designer Axel Hartmann I am now able to provide an updated version of the original software here free of charge, (hopefully) free of bugs - and with no warranties of any kind.

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