fbpx
Posts By :

Cristina Totaro

Can Software Instruments Express the Extent of Your Musicality? 1024 576 Audio Modeling

Can Software Instruments Express the Extent of Your Musicality?

To become a great musician, it takes more than having fantastic technique allowing you to play a gazillion notes per minute. Of course, some level of technique is required to have the freedom to express a variety of emotions on the instrument but the keywords are these: expressing emotions.

There’s a magical element in good music playing, something that’s difficult to pinpoint and explain in words but that we can all recognize when we hear it. 

What does being musical mean?

In college, it seemed music students could be separated into two different categories: the ones who were technical, and the ones who were musical. Teachers sitting in to judge student’s performance exams would say things like “You are very musical but you should work on your technique” or “What a great technique you have but your musicality doesn’t really come through”.

It seems like musicality is the magical ingredient that makes the listener experience something from the way a musician plays, but what is musicality exactly? We could say musicality is the ability to express something beyond simply reproducing a series of notes, rhythms, and dynamics written down by a composer, or improvising complex solos. 

We can go even further by saying that musicality is the element that makes someone’s playing unique, that gives a musician an authentic sound or style that we, as listeners, can recognize. Jazz musicians like Chick Corea or Victor Wooten have an incredible amount of technique, of course, but more than that, they have a particular sound that makes their playing recognizable anywhere.

In the professional world, musicality is an important part of becoming a successful musician, whether it’s in the studio or on stage. Producers and composers hiring session musicians don’t just want someone who can play something technically challenging on the fly, they also look for players who can make their ideas come alive, musicians that can infuse in their music precisely the thing computers can’t: emotions

The Limitations of Hardware and Software Instruments

But in this day and age of technology, musicians are faced with an additional challenge. We don’t always play acoustic instruments anymore. 

Keyboard players, drummers, or all other kinds of instrumentalists now play more and more on electric instruments or MIDI controllers with sounds selected on their computer. It can be frustrating in some cases to find ways to express the full range of our musicality while using digital sounds. It never quite feels the same as playing a real acoustic instrument.

So is there a solution or are musicians using technology bound to play music without the same level of musicality as acoustic music? Is it necessary to have the budget to hire a full orchestra if we want our orchestral piece to be truly expressive?

Expressive and realistic VST plug-ins and software instruments

Digital audio has come a long way in the last decade and the good news is that we are not limited to using traditional technologies anymore. With the development of physically modeled instruments, musicians, composers, and producers now have access to a variety of virtual instruments and VST plug-ins with a level of realism unequaled to sample libraries. 

Physical modeling refers to sound synthesis methods in which the waveform of the sound we want to generate is computed using a mathematical model, a set of equations, and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound like a musical instrument. 

Unlike sampling, which uses recordings to replicate the sound of an instrument, physical modeling doesn’t generate a sound as such but creates the conditions for the system to create it according to an external input (like someone playing on a keyboard).

Realism is one thing, and definitely something important. But what about musicality?

The SWAM engine was created precisely to address the need for not only realistic software instruments and VST plug-ins but also expressive ones.

SWAM (or Synchronous Waves Acoustic Modeling), developed by Stefano Lucato and Emanuele Parravicini, is a proprietary technology based on physical modeling that adds elements allowing the system to not only model the mechanical system of an acoustic instrument in real-time, giving it that sought after realism but also models the unconscious behaviors of a real professional musician.

If we think about it, musicality is not something applied consciously. It’s a musician’s way of feeling the music that influences the way they touch the keys, breathe in their instrument, pluck the strings, or move the bow. The emotions felt are conscious but the way these emotions are communicated through the instrument is not. 

In this sense, what the SWAM engine accomplishes is spectacular because it can perceive and model all these unconscious behaviors that professional musicians perform at their instrument when they are expressing the full range of their musicality.

Expressing Yourself From the Studio to the Stage

One of the main issues with traditional sample libraries is their size. Since the programs include a ton of files and recordings (samples), they are usually very heavy. This makes them complicated to use in a live setting because they normally take a long time to load and they are not very practical to use on a portable system with limited storage space. 

But since physically modeled instruments like SWAM instruments don’t need to store any samples, they are extremely lightweight. They can not only run on regular laptops but some SWAM instruments (and soon all of them) also have versions available for iPad. 

And these software instruments are made to be played in real-time. They come in different formats, including a standalone version, VST, VST3, AAX, or Audio Unit plug-ins. For live performances, they can be loaded inside a VST host such as Camelot Pro.

Playing these software instruments live means you can extend your musical expression to not only the one instrument you already master, but you can use your skills to play any acoustic instrument you like! You can use your technique on the keyboard to learn how to accurately express yourself using a clarinet or saxophone sound. You can use your breath controller to play an emotional violin solo. The sky is the limit.

Computers Are Not Replacing Musicians

When digital audio came around with the invention of MIDI, artists and musicians were afraid that computers would replace them. That soon, we wouldn’t need musicians to play the music anymore. We thought that the job of a musician would become obsolete. But decades later, we see how false this idea was. 

No matter how great the technology, we still need musicians to play the music. The only difference is that the software and virtual instruments we now have to express ourselves are better.

Now, we can use the skills we have on one instrument and apply them to another. This can have a variety of applications besides recording and performing, it can be used to learn new instruments, orchestration, music theory, and to teach these things as well. 

Nothing can replace the power of human emotions. Audio Modeling’s mission is simply to create the tools allowing the full range of these emotions to shine.

Audio Modeling – CAMELOT 2.0 a “Must Have” for Live performance 1024 576 Audio Modeling

Audio Modeling – CAMELOT 2.0 a “Must Have” for Live performance

On stage or at home (Home Studio), many musicians wonder how to manage Keyboards, Sound Modules (hardware and software), MIDI Controllers…

Until now, musicians using Apple computers had MainStage which not only allows you to manage all these peripherals but also embeds the sound modules delivered with Logic Pro X. This is great and comes at a very affordable price compared to the possibilities of the product.

Yes but what about PC users, I hear you say? There are other applications that have been developed which are more or less known or more or less well distributed but they’ve remained in the shadows of MainStage which is widely used by many professionals all around the world.

So, the Italian company Audio Modeling, (who is also developing a series of virtual instruments using their SWAM engine), has made a software that seems to address the desire of a growing number of musicians looking to integrate various hardware components (Synthesizers, Sound Modules, Keyboards of controls, MIDI controllers…) with software applications (Virtual Synthesizers, Virtual Effects…). This software is CAMELOT Pro 2.0.

I don’t know if the name chosen by Audio Modeling refers to the Arthurian legend, but it could be that Audio Modeling is looking for the holy grail for all musicians on the planet.

I admit, before CAMELOT was released I was using Apple's MainStage. But when CAMELOT version 2.0 came out, and after downloading the trial version, I started using it and discovered not only a very simple and intuitive software but also a very powerful tool.

At first glance, I wasn’t particularly thrilled by the looks of the graphical interface. Compared to other current software, we can say CAMELOT is minimalist (graphically speaking… this is a personal opinion). But behind this first misleading impression, CAMELOT is much more than what it looks like. In fact, as soon as you scratch the surface, you discover a monster of power and ergonomics. Everything in this software was done precisely to allow users to perform complex tasks with disconcerting simplicity (to be honest, I only opened CAMELOT’s online “Quick Guide” to dig into more sophisticated features after using it for a week, only to find out they were much easier to implement than I thought).

Let see what CAMELOT is capable of:

First, CAMELOT is available on Windows, Mac OS, and IOS (this already differentiates it from MainStage which is only for Mac OS users).

CAMELOT is mainly used to create routines to keep musicians focused on what they like to do … music, while CAMELOT’s job is to take care of all the grunt tasks.

The Quick User Guide on the Audio Modeling site is very well done. I won’t go over all the features in detail but I will try to offer, as much as possible, suitable features for Wind controller users in future articles.

So, what do we need to make music on stage?
First, you need something to generate musical notes (a keyboard, a Workstation, a wind controller, a MIDI controller…), one or more sound modules (Synthesizer, Expander, hardware or software), and a PA system (or equipment allowing you to connect to such a system like a Mixing Console, PA equipment, amplified speakers or an audio interface, etc…).

During a concert or a stage performance, you’ll want to play a set of pieces one after the other in a pre- established order but you also need the possibility, if necessary, to easily modify this order at any time. This is called a Setlist in CAMELOT. Depending on the nature of your concerts, it’s possible to create several Setlists (in the example below “Show 2019”, “Work In Progress” and “Show 2020 Part 1” are Setlists and song titles contained in each setlist are displayed on the right side of the screen). The pieces that make up this Setlist can be moved at any time by simply clicking and dragging (difficult to do simpler).

For each of the pieces you are going to play, you’ll need one or more controllers (Master Keyboard, Wind Controller, MIDI Pedal, etc.) to control and play one or more sounds (more or less complex, effects, etc.) as well as music sheet and, if you play alone, possibly one or more backing tracks. CAMELOT acts as “your conductor by proxy” by organizing all these elements in a simple way.

First, tell the program which hardware you want to use. To do this, go to “System Settings”.

With these parameters, you can tell CAMELOT which equipment you’re using. (I advise you, as a first step, to define at least the sections Audio and MIDI to establish the connections with your equipment and then to try a simple configuration in order to familiarize yourself with the different tools).

  • Audio: This allows you to configure your audio card, select the ASIO driver of your card to limit the
    latency, and define the audio outputs you want to use.
  • MIDI: This allows you to define which MIDI inputs and outputs you’ll use (ex: for “Class Compliant”
    equipment—equipment that you connect directly via USB to your computer and which is recognized
    without having to install a specific driver—their name will be displayed directly in the list. If, on the
    other hand, your equipment is connected via DIN MIDI, you’ll need to select the MIDI port to which
    they are connected.
  • Remote Control: This allows you to define which component to use for switching from one song to
    another, for starting the playback, etc…. (I’ll come back to these features later).
  • Plugin Manager: This allows you to scan folders on your computer where your virtual synths, virtual
    effects, MIDI processors, etc. are installed, and to manage them efficiently.
  • Backup & Snapshots: This is where you can export or import your backups, as well as create and
    restore your Snapshots.
  • Accounts & License: In this section, you can visit the Audio Modeling site to download the new
    versions of CAMELOT or, if you are using the evaluation version, convert it to a full version.
  • Options: Various options which we will come back to later.
  • About: Gives you information such as which version of CAMELOT you are currently using.

Note: When an exclamation mark (!) appears in red, it means CAMELOT has detected a problem in one of its sections. It’s advisable to go and see what the problem is (e.g. missing MIDI connection, etc…).

Then, everything is simple. In almost all of CAMELOT’s pages when you have a dotted rectangle with the “+” sign in the center, you can create something new. (ex: in the 1 st page you can create a new Setlist, in the second page a new Song, in each song, new Scenes, and in each scene install new sound modules, Effects, Layers, etc…) A window will appear where you can indicate the name of the object and save it by clicking “Done”.

To be followed … closely.

Other important information, Audio Modeling is also developing their SWAM instruments based on their SWAM engine to IOS. No doubt that the CAMELOT / SWAM combination on IOS should allow musicians playing wind controllers to have a light and efficient alternative to racks loaded with sound modules that are unmovable over time. However, as the price of these instruments will be more economical, the version offered on IOS will be limited (fewer adjustments possible, however, if you have the full version on Mac or PC, it will be possible to import presets including all the settings of the Mac or PC version on the IOS in order to have the complete settings).

Freely translated from SaxFred Blog (in French)

Audio Modelling – CAMELOT 2 un “must have” pour le live

Audio Modeling – Camelot 2.0 – Application for “LIVE”

Camelot d’Audio Modeling is the direct competitor of Apple's Mainstage, they do not yet provide the same functionalities, but Camelot has caught up and even overtook its competitor in a lot of areas and above all has the big advantage of being multi- platform (Windows, Mac OS and IOS) which allows to create overly complex configurations and above all to allow musicians on PC to benefit from the same environment as on Mac and IOS.

For a few weeks now I have been using this program for several reasons, on the one hand I use both the Mac as well as the PC and IOS for music and especially Camelot is much easier to use than its direct competitor, much more intuitive and yet extremely powerful. In Camelot you get the impression that everything has been thought of for efficiency, not the right graphics just the essentials to achieve the desired result, to make music without having to be a computer scientist. No frills, simplicity, once you understand Camelot's logic everything is extremely easy, to implement.

Camelot allows combinations of incredible sounds mixing, Synthesizers, and Hardware and Software effects, MIDI processors, seamless sequences of sounds, in the song, we can even automate these sequences thanks to the contribution of an audio track (playback) as well as the display of the score (the sequences are done without having to take your eyes off the score). Even the chaining of songs can be done automatically. Likewise, if you play a transposing instrument (ex: Saxophone Alto Eb, Clarinet Bb) and the score you have is in the key to your instrument and you use a Camelot Wind Controller transpose the MIDI part. you no longer must worry about modifying the transposition on your MIDI controller between each song, Camelot takes care of it itself.

I advise you to refer to the article on Camelot that I did in the Blog section for additional information.

Freely translated from SaxFred Applications’ section (in French)
https://saxfred.1ere-page.fr/applications-mac/

Get Ready For Your Next Show With Camelot Pro 1024 576 Audio Modeling

Get Ready For Your Next Show With Camelot Pro

Right time to look for new solutions to make your live performance great

As musicians and performers, we all took a severe blow during 2020. No more live shows, no more masterclasses in person, and barely any work in the studio. Many of us had to reinvent ourselves to be able to survive. Many musicians, composers, and producers took this isolation time as an opportunity to learn and experiment with new instruments and new hardware or software tools.

Now, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In some places, life is getting back to normal—events and gigs are starting again which means that soon, you’ll be able to walk up on stage once more. But while you are still waiting, why not use this last stretch to learn how to use an application that could dramatically help you improve your live performances?

More Than a VST Host, Camelot Pro Is a Musician’s Swiss Army Knife

What if you could control all your MIDI controllers, keyboards, and pedals all in one centralized application? What if this app didn’t only allow you to control all your devices on stage but also provided you with a music score reader, a MIDI patchbay router, and a setlist manager? 

Camelot Pro is the application every musician with a complex live setup dreams of. The idea behind Camelot is to make the lives of every stage musician easier and more convenient so that their time is better spent focusing on the music, rather than focusing on technical details. 

Camelot provides one central place to manage every aspect of your live performances:

    • Manage your setlists and songs. Keep all your songs organized by events and projects. Share songs and setlists with bandmates and across devices.

    • Attach audio backing tracks. With Camelot’s Timeline feature, you can set backing tracks and automate transitions between sound, MIDI, and attachment configurations simultaneously.

    • Add auto-play and auto-stop markers, and use the separate output option to send the click to your bandmate’s in-ear monitors, separated from the main backing track and the band mix.

    • Manage all your hardware instruments in one place (sounds, presets, transitions, everything).

    • Use it as a host for your software instruments and FX.

    • Integrated music score reader. Attach PDF or JPG music scores or chords and add your own sticky notes on top of them.

    • Acts as a MIDI patchbay router for advanced channel routing, MIDI layer connectors, MIDI monitor, Key-Range and Velocity splits, and MIDI FX plug-in support.

    • Switch seamlessly between sections of a song without Audio or MIDI interruptions.

    • Available on iPad, macOS, and Windows.

Camelot Pro is great for any type of instrumentalist, not only keyboard players who have multiple keyboards on stage! 

Here a few use cases for different types of musicians.

The One-Man-Band

John is a singer and guitar player. He plays his own compositions alone on stage with the support of backing tracks. 

John has Camelot Pro installed on his iPad and uses it to manage all the moving parts of his live performance.

  • All his backing tracks are loaded in Camelot and organized with automated start and stop markers. His songs are then neatly organized in a setlist.
  • His pedalboard is connected through USB to his iPad and he can use it with Camelot Pro to switch between patches and snapshots.

For a more in-depth explanation on how to accomplish this, check out this video by Nick Trapassi.

Drummer Managing Complex Tempo Changes and Sound Settings

Dave is a drummer who plays with different bands. In one of these bands, he needs to manage the show’s backing tracks, while using dedicated click tracks for each song and sending the click to another auxiliary channel so that his bandmates can hear it in their in-ear monitors.

With Camelot Pro, Dave can load all the backing tracks and all the click tracks on his laptop, organize the setlist in Camelot, automate the click track and backing track changes, and easily make last minute changes to the setlist with a simple drag & drop gesture. 

Try It Before Buying

Learning new tools can be intimidating, especially if you have less experience with using this kind of software. That’s why we think it’s important you get the chance to first try Camelot before buying it

A free version of Camelot is available on our website for download. Simply fill in the form with your details and we will send you a link to download the Camelot Free version installer! 

Camelot Free has nearly all the features of the full Camelot Pro version because we want you to experience the power of this software before committing to buying it. You can see a comparison of the features between the free and paid versions here.

That’s how sure we are that you’ll love it.

What are you waiting for? Have a go with Camelot Free by signing up here and let us know your thoughts! Join our Facebook group to exchange impressions and ideas, or to receive help and feedback from our team and our community. 

We Are the Future of Digital Music Making 1024 576 Audio Modeling

We Are the Future of Digital Music Making

It seems only like a few decades ago when the thought of replacing real instruments with virtual ones was laughable. We never expected for sampling technologies to come as far as it did but yet, it happened.

As computers become more powerful everyday, we are not satisfied anymore by what we now call traditional technologies can give us, we want more. More expressivity, more realism, more flexibility, and the ability to play virtual instruments live as well as being able to program them in the studio. The close enough realism that sampling gave us is now outdated.

Time to innovate.

What Makes SWAM Instruments and VST Plug-Ins So Special

Physical modeling refers to sound synthesis methods in which the waveform of the sound is computed using a mathematical model, a set of equations, and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound like a musical instrument. 

Unlike sampling, which uses recordings to replicate the sound of an instrument, physical modeling doesn’t generate a sound as such but creates the conditions for the system to create it according to an external input (like someone playing on a keyboard). Modeled virtual instruments can give the feeling and  behaviour of the instrument, reacting and interacting with the player the same way a real instrument does.

Audio Modeling has always been at the cutting edge of technology for creating the most realistic virtual instruments and VST plug-ins on the market. To achieve this, we developed a proprietary technology called SWAM (Synchronous Waves Acoustic Modeling) based on physical modeling.

The SWAM engine combines pure physical modeling synthesis methods with some additional elements allowing us to go much further in terms of flexibility and realism.  The topic is huge but in a nutshell, not only do we model the mechanical system of an instrument, we also model the unconscious behaviors of a real professional musician

This is why musicians and producers are able to inject into SWAM instruments their own style of playing. This kind of realism and expressivity is impossible to achieve with sampling.

We Aim to Provide a Complete Ecosystem to Musicians, Producers, and Composers

Our mission is not only to create single products, but to create a full musical ecosystem to provide musicians, composers, and producers with a complete toolset to create incredible music. 

  • Each SWAM instrument is available as a standalone virtual instrument and in VST, VST3, AAX and Audio Unit plug-in formats.
  • All our instruments are available for macOs and Windows, with some also available on iPad (soon, all our instruments will be available for iPad and iPhone as well).
  • We have a range of SWAM powered products. Previously with ROLI Noise and recently with GeoShred. There are GeoSWAM Instruments optimized for playing on GeoShred’s unique playing surface and on MPE controllers.

We developed our very own performance management platform, Camelot Pro. We call Camelot Pro the “Live Performance Swiss Army Knife” because it connects hardware and software instruments together with the best MIDI patchbay and processor ever created for macOS, Windows and iOS. Besides that, it also has a ton of features making it essential for any live performer.

Reaching a New Milestone With the Release of SWAM Solo Strings v3

SWAM Solo Strings v2 were already considered the best physically modeled string instruments and VST plug-ins on the market today. Yet, we knew we still had the capacity to improve. 

In the last week of March 2021, we officially released SWAM Solo Strings v3 for macOS and Windows. Now, SWAM Solo Strings v3 is available on iPad as well. This new release comes with major changes and improvements to the previous version.

In particular, the new SWAM framework and interface has interesting features:

  • A wide range of popular controller profiles. Making user-friendly products is extremely important to us. As much as we can, we are always aiming for Plug & Play solutions. That’s why we included configurations for a wide range of popular controllers including keyboards, breath controllers, wind controllers, MPE, and more. (link to youtube video https://youtu.be/jT3H8LFluL8)

List of built-in controller profiles

  • We also provide the option to go much deeper. The MIDI Mapping engine allows you to create custom configurations for your specific controller, use MIDI Learn, and remap curves to adjust the response and playability of the instrument according to your needs and style.

The MIDI Controller Mapping Interface

Remapping curves

Four types of messages are supported: AfterTouch, CC, CC Hi-Res and NRPN.

List of MIDI mapping parameters

We implemented microtuning and integrated it with MAQAM and SysEx.

Pitch control and micro tuning window

SWAM Solo Strings for iPad

  • The iPad version has an innovative control surface that allows you to play the instrument in real-time directly from your device
  • You can also read and sync presets from your Desktop to your iPad since the instruments are built using the same SWAM engine.

The only difference with the iOS version is that some advanced editing parameters are locked on iPad. 

According to Your Feedback, We Are Doing It Right

Since the release of SWAM Solo Strings v3, our inbox has been flooded with positive feedback. This means a lot to us since we are working tirelessly to constantly improve our technology. Here are just a few examples of what some of you had to say. 

“Thank you very much, I already bought an upgrade from Solo Strings v2 to v3. I use all of your physically modeled plug-ins: Flutes, Trumpets, Solo Horns, Violins etc. Your physically modeled software sounds absolutely fabulous! About 5 years ago I switched to physical software whenever possible. A big compliment for your enormous and fantastic work!”Andreas

* * *

“Just want to say how much I love your instruments. I’ve worked with sample libraries a lot and the modeled instruments just allow more human feel by the person playing it, not by the person who played it. It has been the most inspiring software I’ve used in a very long time. Instead of doing the same thing differently, these instruments are truly something new for me.”William

* * *

“I just had an hour to test two of the plug-ins and while I knew from your videos that they would all sound very good, I didn’t know how incredible they would *feel* when actively played! This took me quite by surprise.”Karl

* * *

Our technology might hold the future of digital music making, but without our precious community of musicians, composers, and producers our work would be meaningless. Thank you for your meaningful feedback and input, you help us improve our products and technology everyday.

We hope to become an essential part of your musical journey.

New Partnership For Spanish-Speaking Musicians and Composers With Instrumentos Virtuales 1024 576 Audio Modeling

New Partnership For Spanish-Speaking Musicians and Composers With Instrumentos Virtuales

🇺🇸 We are proud to announce a new Reseller partnership! Audio Modeling products are now available online through Instrumentos Virtuales, our official Audio Modeling Spanish Reseller. Spanish-speaking musicians and composers are now able to buy, ask questions, and get support on Audio Modeling products in their native language. 

If you’re a Spanish speaker and would like more information about SWAM instruments or Camelot Pro, visit instrumentosvirtuales.es.

 

🇪🇸 Nueva asociación para músicos y compositores de habla hispana con Instrumentos Virtuales

¡Estamos orgullosos de anunciar una nueva asociación con el revendedor ! Los productos de Audio Modeling ya están disponibles en línea a través de Instrumentos Virtuales, nuestro revendedor oficial de Audio Modeling en español. Los músicos y compositores de habla hispana ahora pueden comprar, hacer preguntas y obtener soporte sobre productos de Audio Modeling en su idioma nativo. Si eres hispanohablante y quieres más información sobre los instrumentos SWAM o Camelot Pro, visita instrumentosvirtuales.es.

SWAM Solo Strings v3 are OUT! 1024 576 Audio Modeling

SWAM Solo Strings v3 are OUT!

We are so excited to announce that SWAM Solo Strings version 3.0 for macOS and Windows* is now available!

We are confident this new release will exceed all your expectations. Not only will this upgrade include the new GUI introduced with SWAM Solo Brass, but we also made many Sound Engine improvements reaching the highest level of realism and control.

Here’s what’s new:

  • New instruments body types
  • New powerful MIDI Mapping feature that supports CC, Hi-Res CC, After-Touch NRPN, and remapping curves that allow more customization and sensitivity to any controller.
  • More realistic Legatos
  • New Pizzicato model
  • General sound improvement and behavior of bowed string
  • New timbral correction feature. You’ll be able to select up to two harmonics to adjust (for emphasis or reduction).
  • Real-time bow Sensitivity Control (on bowing mode). This gives you the ability to transform the bow, from a short bow with soft strokes to a full-length bow with strong strokes.
  • In addition to the new Standalone version, there will be a VST3 plug-in format, and Native instruments NKS compatibility.

The kind of control and realism our Solo Strings offer have never been heard before in modeled instruments!

How to upgrade your SWAM Solo Strings instruments?

If you are already a proud owner of SWAM Solo Strings version 2.0 and would like to get an upgrade to version 3.0, we got you covered.

Until September 30, 2021**, you can upgrade to version 3.0 at a 75% discount from its regular price of 120 USD. This means the upgrade cost drops from $120 to $30 for each instrument.

As an owner of version 2.x, you’ll still have access to that version in the download section of your account on our customer portal. Just keep in mind that there will be no future updates on version 2.0 (only severe bug fixing on current DAWs and OS updates).

** Update prices starting October 2021:
The 75% Discount on the paid update to version 3.0. will be reduced to 60% (each instruments update will be 48 USD instead of 30 USD)

Our mission at Audio Modeling is to help musicians be at their best, whether it’s on stage or in the studio. A huge thank you to our partners at Line6 and Helix, and to Nick Trapassi for making this video and showing off his love for Camelot Pro 2.0.

Control, Sync, and Automate Your Line 6 Helix Remotely With Camelot 2.0 1024 576 Audio Modeling

Control, Sync, and Automate Your Line 6 Helix Remotely With Camelot 2.0

Every musician with some experience knows—there’s sometimes a big difference between what the audience sees and what’s really happening on stage. 

For the uninitiated, it’s hard to understand how terrifying some situations can be when you’re playing live. There are just so many things you can’t control and that can go wrong during a gig.

If you’re a musician who heavily relies on technology for your live shows, setups can become complicated quickly. Once you add in over one instrument and throw some other toys into the mix—a laptop, some effect pedals, maybe a few other machines—your live setup can quickly become a sophisticated puzzle.

We created Camelot with this problem in mind. We want to provide live musicians with an intuitive tool that makes all the movable parts of their setup manageable in one place.

  • No more forgetting to press a button to change the preset before a song.
  • No more syncing issues.
  • No more having to click on different windows to start and stop tracks.

With Camelot, musicians can automate, sync, control, and manage their whole setup inside one intuitive digital workstation.

Practical Walkthrough Using the New Camelot Pro 2.0

Nick Trapassi gives us a great beginner guide on how you can start using the improved version of Camelot Pro.

His practical walkthrough starts by covering the basics of Camelot while addressing interesting questions, such as what is a Ghost Copy of a Song and why use one

Then he switches gears.

“So far, we’ve seen a standard use of Camelot that was already possible in previous versions. I have often used it on tour to control remotely, for example, the pedalboards of guitarists. With Camelot, they could move on stage without having to think about sound switches or without having to run towards the pedalboard right before playing a solo.”

“Now, I will get to the heart of this Version 2.0…”

It’s true, we are proud of the improvements we introduced in Camelot’s latest version. 

  • the Timeline
  • the Automation
  • the possibility to insert one or more audio backing tracks with independent volumes
  • Markers
  • the new Edit Mode for Layers  
  • the Song Archive, with the possibility of moving, duplicating, or using a ghost copy for each song
  • Finally, thanks to our close collaboration with Helix and Line6 we included (and yes, we listened to your request Nick!) the mapping of all models of the Helix Line6 pedalboards.

We believe that with all these new exciting features, we’ve taken Camelot to the next level.

In the second half of the video, Nick uses his Helix pedalboard to show us how to play with some of his favorite features in Camelot 2.0, like the Timeline and Tempo & Sync. Watch the video to see him in action!

Deleted:

Our mission at Audio Modeling is to help musicians be at their best, whether it’s on stage or in the studio. A huge thank you to our partners at Line6 and Helix, and to Nick Trapassi for making this video and showing off his love for Camelot Pro 2.0.

An Inside Look Into How Master Violinist Jason Yang Uses SWAM 1024 576 Audio Modeling

An Inside Look Into How Master Violinist Jason Yang Uses SWAM

Imagine doing your first professional tour as a musician with one of the most influential pop icons of our time. That’s the incredible story of music composer and violinist extraordinaire Jason Yang.

At only 23 years-old, Jason was hired to play violin on a world tour with none other than Madonna. With 29 countries, 65 cities, and 88 shows in 10 months, the MDNA tour is now known as one of the top-grossing tours of all time. 

And that was just the beginning.

Since then, he made appearances in acclaimed TV series and shows such as The Colbert Report, Glee, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and collaborated with international brands like Panasonic, Adidas, Hilton, and Ford. 

But now, in these COVID times, live performances are at a halt. And like so many other musicians, Jason is now focusing on composing while he is social distancing at home in Los Angeles, California. And can you guess what’s his latest passion these days? Playing with Audio Modeling’s very own SWAM instruments!

In an interview for the ILIO Artist Spotlight, Jason talks about how he grew up to become a violinist, his experience playing on stage with Madonna, and gives us unique insights on how he uses SWAM instruments and why he fell in love with them.

Taking All Your Experience of an Instrument and Placing It Into the Computer

When asked how he encountered Audio Modeling and SWAM instruments, Jason explains that like pretty much everyone else, he first started by exploring traditional sample libraries.

“It was really hard to find good-sounding sample libraries for instruments like the violin. It’s because of all the tiny details… That’s what makes the difference in the sound. With sample libraries, I couldn’t get anywhere similar to how I express myself on my instrument. That’s when I heard about Audio Modeling… because that’s pretty much exactly what their mission is.”

“So I tried out SWAM instruments and got them to be more expressive by thinking inwardly about all the little nuances I do in my violin playing to be expressive. The main parameters I control are expression, vibrato, and a bit of pitch bend.”

Jason goes on demonstrating this by using the SWAM Clarinets to play the famous opening solo of Rapsody In Blue on his Nord Stage 2. 

“Transitioning notes are crazy in SWAM! That last line with the glissando at the end is extremely important. The glissando sounds great just by playing with the velocity, even before adding any pitch bend or expression. The softer I play the subsequent note, the more drawn out the glissando will be. It’s not just a slow or fast glissando, it’s a bunch of values in between depending on all those MIDI values for velocity.”

If you’re wondering how technically difficult it is to reach this level of quality with SWAM, Jason offers great insight.

“In a way, it’s kind of technical, but in another way, it really clicked intuitively because it feels like what I’ve been doing on my own instrument this entire time. For example, with the SWAM violin, you can hear the placement of the bow, whether it’s close or far from the bridge. That’s just crazy! So if I can control these things with ease, I can just take all my experience with the instrument and put it into the computer, just like that.”

Admittedly, Jason is baffled by SWAM’s technology.

“When I’m playing each note, it’s creating it live as opposed to drawing on a sample and manipulating it that way. I mean… I don’t understand it, but I love it!”

And we love you too, Jason! Thank you for giving us such a great inside look into your past and present reality as a musician, and for showing us how you like to configure and play with our SWAM instruments. And thank you to Michael and all the team from ILIO for sharing this with us!

Click below to watch the full interview if you’d like to see (and hear) firsthand all of Jason’s stories, tips, and advice on music and SWAM.

 

A New Milestone Is Reached! 1024 576 Audio Modeling

A New Milestone Is Reached!

After much anticipation, we are finally ready to share with you the big news: SWAM Solo Brass for iPad is now available! 

Here’s why we are so excited about this:

SWAM Solo Brass for iPad

The incredibly powerful Physical Modeling technology is going MOBILE. 

With our SWAM Solo Brass for iPad, you now have the unique ability to recreate all the expressiveness and subtleties of a natural trumpet sound, played by a real player, in any style—from classical to jazz, passing through Balkan and even microtonal music. 

SWAM Solo Brass for iPad can be used as a standalone instrument for playing in real-time, or as a plugin for mobile music production. Play with your favorite external controller or directly from the iPad through our intuitive interface.

To kick things off—and to celebrate this new achievement—we are offering a limited-time discount. Don’t miss out on this special offer! 

Until February 22, you can buy:

  • each instrument: $29.99 19.99
  • one family instrument (SWAM Trumpets, SWAM Trombones, and SWAM Horns and Tubas): $124.99 84.99

Get a single instrument today and complete the bundle with a one-shot Buy action.

 

NAMM, Believe in Music, Audio Modeling News! 1024 576 Audio Modeling

NAMM, Believe in Music, Audio Modeling News!

NAMM, Believe in Music Week is starting today so it’s the time to reveal our news!

SWAM Solo Brass – iPad version

Are you in love with SWAM Solo Brass instruments and want to play them on your iPad? Finally, that time has come!
SWAM Solo Brass iOS version will be available after NAMM, just after the final validation from the public beta program that is currently running. 

Register here if you want to test it now!

SWAM Solo Brass – version 1.6

SWAM Solo Brass for macOS and Windows Update v1.6  is almost ready to be shipped with fixes, and some User Experience and Sound improvements.

SWAM Solo Brass v1.6.0 changelog

NEW

– iOS support: Standalone App and AUv3 plugins

– Dedicated Control Surface view for touch screen devices

– Dedicated Sidebar Menu for Navigation

– General User Experience (UX) improvements and restyling

– Parameter Groups Locking: it’s possible to “freeze” a set of parameter values when selecting different presets

– Improved Preset management

– Improved “Reset” experience. New Sound Engine, MIDI Mappings and Micro Tuning – presets ready to use

– Virtual MIDI Output port for Standalone Application (macOS an iPad)

– VU-meters

– Timbral Shaping

– Added Microtuning factory presets

– Added MAQAM support for Microtuning control via MIDI

– Added MIDI Mapping factory presets, especially for Wind Controllers

– Added Root and Steps on Microtuning control surface

– Transpose and Microtuning control by SysEx

– Improved Early Reflection algorithm

– Interactive Slide/Valves and Mute Control

– “Force Hold Compatible Pipe” and “Pipe Selection” key switches

– Improved Hand Mute behavior, especially for French Horns

– Sound behavior improvements

– Extended range for some Trumpet, Trumpet C and Piccolo Trumpet

– Improved license and authorization check

– Added “Options” for handle scroll wheel for horizontal sliders and screen lock

– Improved MIDI Mapping management, especially for learning usability

– Added “bipolar” mode in MIDI remapping curve

FIX

– Windows installer: automatic uninstallation of previous installation

– Dynamic Envelope not working when Pipe Selection is set to Manual

– Erroneous fast slide on very first note

– Sustain off stops held notes

KNOWN ISSUES

– Ableton Live: automated parameters also assigned to a MIDI CC are added to Ableton’s Undo list. This behaviour does not happen with other DAWs

– Inter-App Audio (iPad) not working

SWAM Solo Strings – version 3.0

 

SWAM Solo Strings version 3.0 will be available from March 2021!
SWAM Solo Strings will have a major upgrade to v3.0
Not only will this update include the new GUI and User Experience introduced with SWAM Solo Brass, but also many Sound Engine Improvements that reach the highest level of realism and control, never before heard from a physical model! 

The Upgrade for existing customers will be available in March with a 75% discount from the full price. The non-sale price of Solo Strings v3 will stay the same as Solo Strings v2.
In addition, new customers that buy any Solo Strings Instruments from January 18 to the day of the release of SWAM Solo Strings v3 will get a FREE Upgrade to the new v3 version when released.