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We develop state-of-the-art virtual effects as well as the critically acclaimed software synth Curve 2 — "an extremely powerful, flexible synth with a distinctive sound and a stunning, ever-expanding library of presets." (Future Music Magazine, January 2013)

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April 23, 2014
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Synthesist Michael Kastrup: New sounds for Curve 2
April 23, 2014
We expanded Curve 2's shared Preset Library with new beautiful presets from Michael Kastrup. His creations reflect Kastrup's knowledge about decades of synthesizer and keyboard sounds, giving you beautiful classic synth sounds and some fantastic rich pads with a lot of motion.

As with all of Curve's sounds, Michael Kastrup's sounds are free to all users.

Cableguys: Hello Michael Kastrup. Where do you come from and since when are you designing sounds?
Michael Kastrup: I am a synthesist from Denmark and started working as a sound designer in the late 80's when studios began to implement advanced synthesizers like Korg M1, Roland D-50 and Yamaha DX7.

What do you like most about Curve 2 and what makes it unique in your opinion?
Today's modern music making requires tight and interesting modulation. Curve 2 is perfect for that, with more options than most other synthesizers.

Which one of the new presets is your favorite?
"E-Motion" is my favorite because there is lots of motion in it. It uses keytrack to speed up the LFOs as you play higher notes, which adds this special touch.

Do you have any suggestion to users of Curve 2?
Curve 2 is perfect for experimenting with sound: Often the real interesting modulation happens when you combine 2 or more LFOs at different settings on the same target. You won't always be able to predict the outcome and that's the fun with it!

Listen to Michael Kastrup's new presets, including his beautiful pad "E-Motion":

To get Michael Kastrup's new sounds, just open Curve 2, hit the Sync button and you can check them out for yourself!

And watch out for more presets from other sound designers to come, getting the most out of Curve 2's versatility.

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Updates for Curve, FilterShaper and WaveShaper CM
April 17, 2014
In some setups, using a flat waveform in an oscillator could lead to erroneous output in Curve, which we fixed. And we've also fixed a UI bug which could occur after editing macros in Curve or MIDI assignments in Curve, FilterShaper or WaveShaper CM. Download the new versions of Curve and FilterShaper.

You can get Curve 2 CM and WaveShaper CM for free with Computer Music Magazine and Curve 2 BE for free with the German Beat Magazine.

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Striking pads and lead sounds: Xenos' new sounds for Curve 2
April 14, 2014
Curve 2's shared Preset Library keeps growing with new fantastic sounds from Xenos Soundworks.

Xenos created some beautiful deep atmospheric pads and striking lead sounds, letting his preferences for FM synthesis shine through. He also talked with us about how he got into sound design and what he likes most about Curve 2.

As with all of Curve's sounds, Xenos' sounds are free to all users.

Cableguys: Hello Xenos. How long have you been making music?
Xenos: I had about 18 years hobbyist experience as a synth programmer before getting my start professionally back in 2006. My first real keyboard was a Yamaha DX100 my mum got me for my 10th birthday, and I learned my way around FM synthesis from a very early age.

What style of sounds do you prefer?
As FM was the very first synthesis type I learned, it definitely influenced my style and sound. I would describe it as being very tonal and precise, with a tendency towards more stark and gritty textures. However, when I first got my hands on a non-FM synth (Roland JX8P), I was like "WOW!" It sounded so smooth and organic. I had never seen filters before then, and was surprised how the sound could be so dramatically changed with something so simple. A VA synth just has a character you simply cannot get from an FM synth. That had quite a big effect on my style as well.

What do you like most about Curve 2 and what makes it unique in your opinion?
What I like most about Curve 2 is the ability to use your custom waveforms as LFOs. Its FM synthesis parameters are great for adding an icy touch to your sound. If you're into Dubstep, FM is definitely your friend. It's how you get those robotic, aggressive basses.

Do you have any suggestions for users of Curve 2?
Take a Dubstep bass, automate Curve's Macros, and you have the twisting, warbling, morphing basslines we all love. There's another aspect of Curve 2 that deserves a mention: Thanks to the ability to draw complex waveshapes and use them as LFOs, it's a GREAT choice for making moving, evolving pads, soundscapes and atmospheres. You can stack 4 LFOs at once, each having a custom built shape, and create complicated rhythmic sequences that loop across several bars.

To get Xenos' new sounds, just open Curve 2, hit the Sync button and you can check them out for yourself!

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FilterShaper 3 — Hands-on with Computer Music magazine
April 7, 2014

Watch Computer Music get hands-on with FilterShaper 3 in this in-depth new video!

"FilterShaper 3 is a bonkers frequency-sculpting plugin that can achieve mind-bogglingly intricate modulation while managing to make all of this simple and approachable. .. We stumbled upon awesome sound after awesome sound playing around with percussion loops, shaping background atmospherics and working up evolving pads."
(Computer Music Magazine, CM 202)

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FilterShaper 3 Tutorial
February 24, 2014

Myagi had a close look at FilterShaper 3, showcasing its features and sound in this new video tutorial. We hope you like it!

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Crazy patterns and synthlines: EdT on his new sounds for Curve 2
February 13, 2014
This week we added some great inspiring presets from Ed Ten Eyck (EdT) to Curve 2's shared Preset Library. His trademark are unique rhythmical and melodic synthlines that take full advantage of Curve's freely editable LFOs and envelopes. We have been curious how he comes up with his ideas and asked him to give us some insights to his approach of creating new sounds.

Cableguys: Hello Ed Ten Eyck. How long have you been making music?
Ed Ten Eyck: Hi. I've been making music since 1985. Through the years I have made presets for hardware synths (Juno-106 and Wavestation), but switched over to creating on virtual synths in 2010.

What do you like most about Curve 2 and what makes it unique in your opinion?
The thing I like the most about Curve 2 is that I can draw my own waves. The ability to use these waves as OSCs and LFOs makes it unique. It's quite flexible and a great way to get inspired.

For what kind of sounds do you prefer Curve 2?
Rhythmic, synthline and bassline sounds are my favorite with Curve2. Layering them can produce some interesting grooves.

Which one of the presets you have just uploaded is your favorite?
Mantis Groove. It's fun to experiment making glitchy patterns with it in the DAW vs. just holding a note for the whole bar. Filter and resonance are assigned to the modwheel which is useful for effect.

Do you have any suggestions for users of Curve 2?
Try using fast fixed sync LFOs to modulate filter cutoff and resonance for interesting tones. Use LFO 3 or 4 for fixed syncs, and you still have LFO 1 and 2 open for beat retriggering.

If you want to listen to EdT's typical glitchy patterns in action, listen to this track, including his new presets "Mantis Groove", "Sawpan" and "Biperc":

To get EdT's new sounds, just open Curve 2, hit the Sync button and you can check them out for yourself!

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David Guetta on VolumeShaper
January 24, 2013

David Guetta on cutting a kick to fit with the bassline: "Very very recently I've found a way to do it that is really amazing, I actually did it here.. the sidechain that I am using with the bass is something that is called VolumeShaper".

Btw. it's a great video with quite some tricks in there, definitely worth watching!

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Curve 2 Reviews
"A superb synth with slick customisable waveforms and a brilliant cloud-based preset library."
January 2013

"Curve 2 is adept at everything from thunderous dubstep bass wobbles to shimmering pads, advanced, complex sequences and eerie effects."
MusicTech Magazine,
November 2012
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