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07/24/2017 06:23 PM
NEW Reallusion iClone 7 Virtual Production with Cinematic Visuals & Expert Animation


#Reallusion #iClone7 #iClone #7 #2 #3DAnimation #3D #Animation #3DGraphics

“A Tour de Force that is Unmatched in the Industry”
Jeff Jasper - Oscar-winning team member/FX Supervisor ‘Interstellar’

San Jose, CA 21st July 2017 - Reallusion launches iClone 7, the biggest update ever in the iClone real-time 3D evolution. This giant leap empowers iClone users with the latest PBR/GI visuals, unlimited creation for 3D characters, professional animation for morph and curve editing, real camera system, as well as several significant technology integrations with industry leaders. iClone 7 is now a virtual production platform with community inclusive tools and massive aggregation of real-time content, empowering indie filmmakers, pro studio crews, previs / VFX teams, writers, directors, animators, advertisers and anyone that wishes to quickly turn their vision into a reality. Compared to game engines enhanced with cinematic timelines, iClone 7 is much easier to start or include into an existing production pipeline as there is no need to have specific game development knowledge or coding capabilities.

VIDEO Watch the iClone 7 New Features Video...
What’s New in iClone 7?
● PBR Physically-Based Rendering ● NVIDIA Global Illumination (VXGI) ● 60-morph facial animation rig ● Character pipeline for Unity and Unreal ● Live Mocap - Total Body Motion Capture solution ● Techviz & Previz with Real Camera System & Camera Switch (RED, Alexa, Canon) ● Morph Creator & Morph Animation ● LUT library with Film Looks ● Lighting & Shadow Pass, Shadow Casting, Matte Shadow & Invisible Mesh Plane ● Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA) ● IBL Bake 360° Capture ● HBAO+ (Enhanced Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion) ● Motion Curves with Graph Editor (7.1) ● Visual Learning Library with hundreds of quick-reference feature videos
Intuitive Character Creation
Elaborate character design tools with a workflow that capitalizes on speed and quality, combined with animation-ready rigging to immediately enliven character creations with motions, facial animation, and lip-sync. Generate unlimited character styles with high-detail visual quality via face and body morphs, PBR dynamic materials, and layers of fashion. Facial Animation Rig

Create vivid facial animations with audio lip-sync and puppet emotive expressions with motion key editing. The amount of facial morphs has now doubled from 30 to 60, giving you unmatched facial precision for mouth, cheek, eye, and other facial feature animation. iClone 7’s facial architecture also meets professional face tracking specifications, opening a new door for real-time facial mocap!
Motion Layer Editing 
Instantly animate any character with intuitive animation tools that record face and body animation with a unique puppeteering engine. Freely control body parts with HumanIK, and use motion layer editing to quickly fine-tune characteristics of your animation.

Dynamic prop animations utilize industry-leading NVIDIA PhysX for natural rigid body dynamics and soft cloth simulations. Morphs and blend shapes expand your options for animating both characters and props, while a new and long-awaited Curve Editor now allows you to fine-tune motions for dynamic and exaggerated motions.
Morph Animation Achieve dynamic and organic animation performance with a series of morphs added to props or skin-bone characters. This is a simple technique that adds incredible performance enhancing animation options that can be keyed and controlled inside iClone 7. The Morph Manager edits morph groups from a hierarchical model, and you can import OBJ morphs from 3D modeling or sculpting tools. Link selected morphs to adjust them individually using the iClone 7 Morph Manage interface. All imported blend shapes are available in the timeline with individual morph tracks. You can set keys and tweak values for each morph track in order to achieve organic movements between morphs. 

● Character Morph Animation: Body morphs can be applied to exaggerate a character’s secondary actions.
● Prop Morph Animation: Props with several morph alternatives can turn a simple shape into a lively actor.

Global Illumination, NVIDIA VXGI

Utilizing NVIDIA’s leading real-time VXGI (Voxel Cone Tracing technology), iClone 7 greatly enhances visual realism by integrating secondary light reflections over diffuse and specular surfaces. Users can quickly and easily level-up their existing projects to achieve superbly-fine video renders in a fraction of the time, even when using slower GPU systems.

GI for Realistic Interiors and Architectural Visualization

Physically-based Rendering (PBR)
iClone 7 introduces PBR as the new real-time renderer for iClone users. Not only does it deliver amazingly realistic visuals, but it also serves as the new material content standard that helps maintain a consistent look between iClone 7, 3D game engines, and popular PBR design applications like Substance Painter.

Custom Shaders: LUT, +HBAO, Shadow Map
In order to harness the ever-increasing visual potential of rapidly growing real-time GPU technologies, the iClone team has re-engineered iClone 7’s render core, aiming to make it compatible with industry standard shader languages. By utilizing this new Custom Shader architecture, iClone 7 has enriched its rendering capabilities with LUT color grading, shadow matte to turn any mesh into a shadow capture for professional compositing, and HBAO+ for increased sharpness and more precise AO range control.

Virtual Production & Direction
Produce professional shots in real-time, using industry-standard iClone cameras like Alexa, Red, Canon, and more! Use iClone 7 for all your virtual production requirements including previz, and techviz; and take advantage of the new 1:1 seamless camera pipeline compatibility with the ability to import or export cameras via FBX.

Oscar & BAFTA winning FX Supervisor on iClone 7
“iClone 7 represents a huge leap in features that take iClone to a whole new level for professional production workflows. Studios have long dreamed of an animation platform with integrated performance capture, procedural animation and pipeline scripting in a package that also delivers stunning visual quality in real-time. Add in flexible integration with 3rd party software and game engines and you have a tour de force that is unmatched in the industry. Delivering on features like realtime GI with reflections, full PBR workflow and viewport rendering, HBAO+ and Shadow Mattes all bring the level of realism to the render to unprecedented levels.”

Jeff Jasper, Oscar winning team for Interstellar as a digital FX supervisor for New Deal Studios

NASA SEALS Virtual Production Case Study

iClone 7 enables Monkey Chow animation studio with new mocap & previz pipeline...
“Not that long ago the only filmmaker who got to do this was James Cameron when he made Avatar!” - Jeff Scheetz, NASA SEALS
Watch the Nasa Seals iClone Previz Video 

Florida animation studio takes feature-length screenplay ‘NASA SEALS’ into virtual production with Reallusion iClone and Noitom Perception Neuron. The new era of community inclusive tools available to studios and indies today allow for directors, producers, writers, and animators to collaborate in real-time visualization, bringing scripts to life with 3D animation.

iClone Opens: Developers and Partners
iClone 7 is now plugin-ready for developers and technology companies to connect hardware and software with iClone.  It is already integrating with the latest technologies including the latest NVIDIA real-time visuals. iClone 7 features technology partnerships with Allegorithmic Substance & Painter, NVIDIA Gameworks, Faceware, Xsens, Noitom, PopcornFX, and others.

iClone 7 Visual Essentials Pack featuring Reallusion partners Allegorithmic, Panocapture, Amplify 

iClone 7 More Info:

iClone 7 Demo Video: 

iClone 7 is available for Windows from Reallusion - from $199.00

About Reallusion: ​Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, gamers and filmmakers providing them with stand­alone movie studio packages.
Thank you for reading! Review coming soon... Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

07/05/2017 10:11 PM
Music Maker: MAGIX has reached over 100,000 new beat producers in just two months!

#MAGIX #Music #Maker #Free #Standard #Live #Premium #MusicMakerFree #MusicMakerStandard #MusicMakerLive #MusicMakerPremium


MAGIX Music Maker Free is currently breaking the Internet! If you haven't heard of MAGIX Music Maker (Free Version) and you have the vaguest of an interest in music production then you need to read this!

Berlin, July, 2017 - MAGIX Since introducing the first free version of popular software, Music Maker, MAGIX has reached over 100,000 downloads. Thanks to this fully functioning DAW, music enthusiasts can get started in digital music production completely for free and start producing music right away. Record. Produce. Share.
Based on a modular design and an intuitive workflow, Music Maker makes it easy to record, arrange, mix, produce and share your music. Record external instruments and vocals, add and arrange loop-based musical elements, record and playback MIDI information, mix, produce, and then publish the finished product. The modern user interface with its drag & drop workflow make music creation easy and fun. A complement of professional music creation tools amp up production quality and inspire creativity.

Endless Creative PossibilitiesThe new, free, full-featured version of Music Maker comes with 425 sounds and loops, 3 instruments, and 8 effects. It's easy to add more sounds and instruments to the collection with just a few clicks. Integrated sounds, loops, and instruments offer unlimited possibilities for creativity and experimentation with complete control over all production aspects of any genre, from EDM and trap to rock and pop. The possibilities are endless.

"Music Maker has always enabled music lovers to get creative and win audiences over by producing their own songs in authentic studio quality. Now, with the free version of Music Maker, anyone and everyone can get started in the world of music production, develop or evolve their skills and make their musical dreams a reality.", Torsten Heise, MAGIX Product Owner and Music Maker. About MAGIX:MAGIX is an internationally operating provider of software, online services and digital content for use in multimedia products and services. Founded in 1993, MAGIX offers private and professional users a technologically sophisticated and user-friendly range of products for designing, editing, presenting and archiving digital photos, videos, music, documents and websites. MAGIX is the market leader in the field of multimedia software in Germany and in the most important European markets. It is also regarded as one of the most successful players in the US market.

MAGIX see.feel.hear.create
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

06/22/2017 08:34 PM
FUZE to Code on Nintendo Switch - SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
FUZE Technologies Ltd is proud to announce they are bringing their hugely popular learn-to-code platform, FUZE Code Studio to Nintendo’s incredibly sought after new console, Nintendo Switch.

#Fuze #Code #Studio #Nintendo #Switch #Coding 

Learn to Code on Nintendo Switch™ with FUZE Code Studio

Since 2013 FUZE has achieved great success in teaching young people how to code using the FUZE personal computer and FUZE Code Studio - their accessible and easy to use programming language.
FUZE Code Studio motivates and inspires users of all ages and abilities, leaving them wanting to learn more, even if they have no prior experience of coding. FUZE’s unique method means children as young as six can learn to code using a real text based language – and now it’s coming to Nintendo Switch.

FUZE Code Studio is the perfect stepping stone between visual coding simulators currently used in most primary schools and real-world languages like Python, Java and C++/# etc. FUZE Code Studio comes with everything you need to learn to code in one app. Users can code their own games and share the experience with friends and family – imagine creating your own game then transferring it to a big screen with multiple controllers so others can play your creations. Thanks to Nintendo Switch’s revolutionary design this becomes a reality – and coders will soon be learning how to interact with external devices, sensors and motion controls in ways not previously possible.
One reason for FUZE’s success in educating young people to code is the wealth of support content included and to download. Worksheets, projects and a very comprehensive reference guide are all included and more are being added all the time.
FUZE Code Studio on Nintendo Switch makes learning to coding more accessible than ever and what’s more, is children can learn while having fun. The move to Nintendo Switch is one FUZE’s CEO, Jon Silvera is convinced makes perfect sense.

He states “Back in the eighties when home computers reached critical mass and were selling into the tens of millions they all had one thing in common.  They all had very accessible coding environments to get users started within minutes. Before you knew it we had more coders than we knew what to do with and a multibillion dollar industry was born!

In stark contrast, today we have a global shortage of coding skills and very few accessible learning platforms. It seems we’re running around ‘Scratching’ our heads, wondering where it all went wrong”.

Jon Silvera continued “We are deeply honoured and very excited to have been accepted as an independent developer for Nintendo Switch.  Over the last four years FUZE has taught tens of thousands of children in schools, science events and clubs, how to code using a text based programming language. Nintendo Switch is the perfect platform for FUZE Code Studio to help nurture the next wave of bedroom coders.”

The UK Government recently rewrote the Computing Curriculum to focus almost entirely on coding and computational thinking to ensure we have the much needed coding skills to support the increasingly digital landscape. FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch is perfectly suited to assist in meeting this objective.

FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch will be available Q2 2018 with additional gaming content to be made available via DLC add on packs.  Pricing will be confirmed nearer the launch.

To be kept up to date with the release of FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch please register at:

About FUZE Technologies:
UK-based FUZE Technologies Ltd has its roots in home computers and programming. Our many years of experience in the computer industry and our passion for technology innovation and computer programming have positioned us perfectly to expand our business into Programmable Computers and Electronics.  The last five years has seen the development of FUZE for Linux, Raspberry Pi, Asus Tinker Board and Microsoft Windows.  The team continues to deliver outstanding FUZE Coding Workshops to schools across the country and constantly receives incredibly positive praise and testimonials.

For more information on FUZE please see

06/17/2017 02:26 AM
YouTube Stars Shine Animation Reallusion Animates VidCon 2017
YouTube Stars Shine with Animation Reallusion Animates VidCon 2017

#Reallusion #CrazyTalkAnimator #CrazyTalk #Animator #3 #Pro #CrazyTalkAnimator3 #2DAnimation #Cartoons #YouTube

The Reallusion machine keeps on rolling...

6/16/2017 San Jose, CA - VidCon, the YouTube creator's expo for today's online video stars and tomorrow's next YouTube celebrities will showcase this week. Many popular YouTube personalities compete for video views, subscribers, and big audiences that drive the VidCon experience Reallusion - the 2D/3D content and software developer - are proud to be showcasing its user-friendly CrazyTalk Animator 3 animation tool to help video content developers garner video engagement.
At VidCon 2017, Reallusion will be setup at Booth #2624 where would-be YouTube stars can sign up for an extended trial copy of CrazyTalk Animator 3 PRO (CTA3), and free video training. Qualified YouTubers can then upload their animated videos, or reviews, to YouTube and mention CTA3, and link back to the main CrazyTalk page in order to receive a full-version copy of CrazyTalk Animator 3 PRO worth $179.
Watch Video: Reallusion YouTube Demo
Animate in 5 Minutes with Specialized Tools
CrazyTalk Animator 3 (CTA3) is a revolutionary 2D animation suite that enables all levels of users to create pro-level animation with the least amount of effort and time. Now with CTA3anyone can instantly bring an image or photograph to life through preset motion effects, or they can setup their own custom characters to animate in minutes thanks to extensive motion libraries, intuitive facial puppets, and audio lip-syncing.
Personalize your Own YouTube Channels
In today's YouTube environment users are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. CrazyTalk allows users to customize their video effects by animating trademark logos, images, or text with just a mouse. YouTubers can create custom virtual 2D hosts which they can composite with real video footage, along with animated assets to give their channels their own personal style.
"Our delivery times are very short, and one of the things that allow us to meet these schedules is CrazyTalk Animator due to its speedy workflow." - Pablo Escalona / LunaCreciente YouTube Channel
Discover Why Other YouTubers choose CrazyTalk
For over a decade, CrazyTalk has been the go-to-tool for beginners and professionals who need quality animations in record time. YouTubers choose to use CrazyTalk thanks to its short learning curve, flexible interface, quick workflow, vast motion libraries, online content store and more.
YouTubers that use CrazyTalk Animator 3
442oons - Weekly Animated Football News
LunaCreciente - Musical Children's Channel
Super Kids TV - Children TV Network
Garry Pye - Comic Artist Turned PRO Animator
Linguaspectrum - Teacher Creates Popular Language Channel
*Created by 442oons
FREE CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Recruitment Program
YouTubers who are interested in animation can visit the Reallusion booth to sign up for an extended trail of CrazyTalk Animator 3, with online video training. Users simply need to fill out their basic information in order to receive an invitation email to download their extended trial. Qualified YouTubers can then claim a full-version copy of CrazyTalk Animator 3 PRO after uploading their first CrazyTalk video, or review, to their YouTube channels.
More info about CrazyTalk Animator 3
CrazyTalk Animator 3 is available for Mac or WIN PC, at & the Apple Store -
Signup for CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Recruitment Campaign\event\animator\youtuber
Free Animation Video Tutorials - Video Tutorials for CrazyTalk Animator 3

About Reallusion:

Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion’s core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, game developers and filmmakers.
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

06/14/2017 12:19 AM




#MAGIX #Photostory #PhotoEditing #VideoEditing #Presentation #Soundtrack #Video #DVD #BluRay
MAGIX is going all out to dominate multimedia; Adobe is trailing behind. As you may or may not know, Sony has pulled out of the creative multimedia software race by selling off its Creative Software range of applications that includes Vegas (video editor), Sound Forge (audio editor) and Acid (DAW).

MAGIX has a superlative attribute is that it has applications for just about everybody! The range of applications can be likened to an infinite layer of multimedia tangents cut from key audio/visual applications. This has the advantage of a pronounced seamlessness interface throughout.

Photostory Deluxe 2017 shares its DNA with Movie Edit Pro, which was cut from the Music Maker DAW application many moons ago. As you might know, both Music Maker and the range of MAGIX video editing software applications had blossomed wonderfully!

Above: Animation effects of still images within Photostory Deluxe. Photostory Deluxe can be seen as a marriage between a video editor, photo editor, and slideshow application such as PowerPoint. The result is very compelling… What's more is that Photostory lends itself to just about anyone! Create a digital photo/video book of your precious family moments; how about stunning intros and outros for your YouTube videos; how about a digital portfolio/showcase reel? The possibilities are there!

Above: Photo editing in Photostory Deluxe. As expected, you can output your creations to most video formats and create a DVD/BluRay disc. 

Above: The Photostory Deluxe interface in more depth.

For the most part the user interface is straightforward; Photostory makes for a simple fuss free video editor. However, the interface can get a little confusing when incorporating animation and transition effects. It can take a while to commit the menus to memory. With a bit of effort, you could create intros and outros that resemble Adobe After Effects! Photostory can be a great tool for YouTube content creators who are starting out, on a budget, and/or don't require the kind of functionality and power of a full blown video editor such as Video Pro X (review coming soon).

Above: What you are seeing is the automatic creation of a slideshow via a selection of pictures and music soundtracks. Below: The titling aspect of Photostory Deluxe; it works just like a video editing application.


One of the many great aspects of Photostory Deluxe is that you can take the colour attributes of a photo or video and add it to different photos and videos - even if the photos/videos were taken with a different camera/camcorder to create a uniformed look. Below: Transition and fades.
CONCLUSIONIn the world of smartphone photography and videography, Photostory Deluxe is a must have! I'm sure you've got great material on your phone and/or in the cloud doing absolutely nothing. Photostory Deluxe will transform your videos and photos into works of art. Make a simple slideshow out of your photos and add some background music! Hey, you make your own royalty free music using the free version of Music Maker or any of the commercial versions.

Above: Export options... From video file to DVD and BluRay.

The Multimedia Designer in me would want to see a means for creating interactive presentations in a similar vein to PowerPoint. DVD/BluRay have limited interactions but an executable CD ROM/DVD/BluRay would be ideal for interactive displays and kiosks. It'll make for a means of creating interactive promotional materials for creatives such as bands,filmmakers, photographers, and so on. Or output to HTML5 for online learning. I can see it now… MAGIX Multimedia Designer… 

Photostory Deluxe is a great presentation creator...

Photostory Deluxe scores a spectacular... Synapse Circuit Platinum!

Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/26/2017 07:53 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #SuperWave #Ultimate #Super #Wave #SuperWave #Sirius #Analogue #Synth #AnalogueSynth

Synapse Circuit keeps bringing you more VST synths (and soon to be effects) for your music making pleasures... 

Sirius is a powerful virtual analogue synthesizer incorporating a Moog Filter for that nostalgic warm and fat analogue sound.

If you're technically squeamish look away… NOW!

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications
35 Oscillators + Noise Generator with integrated 12dB Resonant Filter
Waveforms: Sine, Saw, Ramp, Square, Pulse, Bi-Pulse, Triangle, Vintage Saw, Exp Saw, Morph Triangle, Parabola, Saw Square, BPF Noise, White Noise
Controls: Tune, Semi Tone, Pulse Width/Morph, LFO1 WFM Depth, LFO2 WFM Depth, Ring, Sync, Active

3 Channel Mixer
Controls: OSC1, OSC2, Noise

Resonant Filter: Moog 4-Pole 24dB
Filter Type: Low Pass
Controls: Cutoff Frequency, Resonance, Keyboard Track, Envelope Intensity, Velocity Sensitivity, Velocity Curve

Controls: Level, Pan, EG2/Gate, Distortion, Distortion Shape, Distortion Limit, Keyboard Track, Velocity Sensitivity, Velocity Curve

2 Envelopes with Time Scale and Output Contour function
Contour Types (Curve): 13
Controls: Curve, Time Scale, Clip Attack, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release

Low Frequency Oscillators
2 LFO's (Low Frequency Oscillators)
Waveforms: Ramp, Pulse, Triangle, Sine, Sample and Hold
Beat Ratios: 33
Controls: Select (Waveform), Frequency, Key Sync, Tempo Sync, Sync Note, Motion, Phase, LFO1>LFO2 Frequency

Virtual Patch Function
Virtual Patch function x4 (8 Source Inputs, 8 Destination Outputs)
Controls: Select (Patch), Source, Destination, Depth Level

Classic Arpeggiator
Types: Up, Down, Alt1, Alt2, Alt3, Alt4
Range: 1-4 Octaves
Beat Ratios: 18
Controls: Type, Range, Latch, Resolution, Velocity Mode, Transpose Channel, Transpose Mode, Tempo, Gate

16 Step Sequence x4 (Modulation x3, Gate)
Destinations: 29
Types: Forward, Reverse, Alt1, Alt2
Beat Ratios: 18 (Independent beat resolution for each sequence)
Controls: Select (Sequence), Depth/Length, Motion, Sequence Type, Run Mode, Resolution, Key Reset, Knob (Destination), Step Value

Effect Types: Chorus, Phaser, Delay (Stereo, Cross, L/R), Distortion, Equalizer
Chorus Controls: Speed/Time, Depth, Pre-Delay, Modulation Depth, Feedback, FBK Mode, Waveform, Phase, Level, Panpot
Phaser Controls: Speed/Time, Depth, LFO (Internal, External), Waveform, Freq Min, Freq Max, LFO 1 Depth, LFO 2 Depth, Stereo Diff, Feedback, Stages, Key Sync
Delay Controls: Speed/Time, Depth, Type, Tempo Sync, Sync Note, Feedback
Distortion Controls: On/Off
Equalizer Controls: High Freq, High Gain, Low Freq, Low Gain, Active

Other Features
Integrated Patch Browser for loading and saving of FXP and FXB files
16 note polyphonic operation
Main volume control
Mono/Polyphonic control
Portamento control
Pre-Bend function
Compatible with Korg MS2000 control surface
Midi CC control with learn capability
128 high quality presets

2 GHz+ Processor recommended / 1024 x 768 pixels screen resolution / 24 bit colour depth.

Gosh! Did you get all that?

Above: Sirius working like a dream in MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium, which is a cost effective level entry DAW, and my has it grown! See review here: MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium

As you know, the preset patches are a good indication of what a synthesizer is all about. Once again, I am truly astounded by the eargasmic range of the presets. The bass patches are rich and deep - check out the Moog basses; luscious pads, and multitude of great authentic sounding patches from strings, arpeggiated Instruments that brings back that era of 80s Synth Pop, and Trance oriented Instruments. WOW!


Again, I'm blown away at how great the interface looks for a synth coming in at this price. It's not gimmicky, it's complex but on the right side of complexity - if you know what I mean. Okay, when you first launch it as a novice the knobs and buttons may as well be embedded within the dashboard of a pilot’s cockpit! But when your eyes and brain calm down you'll see that it's not so complex. Going through the presets gives you an idea as to how the onboard sequencer works for example.

As always, I encourage novices to get stuck in and create unique patches. Look, I can tell you that as a computer musician I don't have an in-depth knowledge of synthesizers, it never stopped me from messing around with hard and software knobs and sliders to get the sounds that I want.

Sirius transports me back to my youth and discovering synthesizers for the first time. My Electronic music heroes are very varied; from Parliament/Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell to Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb to Depeche Mode, Front 242 and many others! The aforementioned made me swap my guitar for a synth (Kawai K1), drum machine (Roland R8) and sequencer (Kawai Q80). I was a kid on a budget but I managed, with no prior knowledge, to program some great patches on the K1.

It was an exciting time for me as I and anyone else could get on a stage, press ‘play’ on the sequencer and music would come out! Amazing! But, sadly, today people are still doing the Industrial thing.

Sirius, has given me the synthesizers that I wasn't able to afford from yesteryear! I was able to feel nostalgia and excitement from being in the possession of a great synth! I feel like making music again. Gosh!

I'm impressed by the care and attention to detail in how this synth was put together. The quality is unprecedented at this price point, £15! £12 - if the sale is still on by the time you get to read this review!

I can't fault Sirius! It's great! It's a monster of a synth! I'm sure that the seasoned synth enthusiast/professional would get a tremendous amount of joy from Sirius! Please, do not overlook Sirius and SuperWave in general in favour of synths that costs considerably more! You'll be missing out!

Trust Synapse Circuit on this one… Sirius is super-cost effective and awesome in sound! It is a no brainer!

Sirius scores an heartfelt... Synapse Circuit Platinum!
You can purchase it here: SUPERWAVE SIRIUS

Thank you for reading!
Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/25/2017 06:46 PM
Reallusion & Sketchfab Partner for 3D Character Creation and Publishing SYNAPSE CIRCUIT NEWS
Reallusion & Sketchfab Partner for 3D Character Creation and Publishing

#Reallusion #CharacterCreator2 #Character #Creator #2 #Sketchfab #CrazyTalkAnimator3 #2DAnimation #Cartoons

Reallusion are at it again... Reallusion is an unstoppable machine!

San Jose, California 5/25/2017 - Reallusion and Sketchfab partner technologies connecting Character Creator 2.0 advanced 3D characters to Sketchfab’s powerful real-time 3D content viewer & sharing platform. Sketchfab integration with Character Creator (CC) 2.0 adds instant and highly flexible sharing of 3D characters to the CC 2.0 enhancements featuring PBR shaders, Image Based Lighting options, and a new Substance Material Generator to dynamically design high-quality 3D characters and appearances.

Watch Video: Character Creator to Sketchfab:
Create & Publish fully-rigged 3D Characters Directly to Sketchfab

Complete Character Design Tools Ready for SketchfabCharacter Creator 2.0 characters are fully-equipped to look great and animate in real-time on the web or in VR with Sketchfab. Character Creator tools are designed to start with an already rigged character base that can be clothed, morphed and animated from head to toe. Choose from hundreds of motions in iClone to animate characters for Sketchfab and add facial animation with lip-sync to make characters come to life with ease. The new Character Creator 2.0 comes with updated visuals for industry standard PBR shaders, allowing users to import PBR textures made with 3D paint tools like Substance Painter, 3D Coat, or Quixel. Users can now export their Character Creator assets to iClone, Unreal, Unity, or Sketchfab with the same PBR visual quality.
View Animated Character Creator model  “The Female Pirate” on Sketchfab 

Publish and Share Real-time 3D Characters online and in VR The new “Upload to Sketchfab” function lets Character Creator 2.0 and Character Creator 2.0 Lite users directly publish 3D characters straight to Sketchfab to share their content with the world. Users can export the character along with its motion clips, facial morph expressions, and PBR textures. Characters with different motion clips can animate in real-time in the Sketchfab viewer to see the animated results. Sharing Character Creator 2.0 characters with Sketchfab also provides a complete method to post real-time 3D viewers embedded into Facebook, Twitter or blogs and websites.

Get a Free Character Creator Download from Sketchfab

Reallusion is showcasing the Sketchfab real-time 3D viewer as a dynamic way to browse and view 3D character content in the Reallusion Marketplace demonstrating that the Sketchfab viewer is a valuable tool for content developers and artists alike.

View Reallusion Assassins on Sketchfab

Sketchfab Soft Cloth Physics Animation Demo

This is a character test showcasing how Sketchfab can real-time render blend shape animation generated from iClone soft cloth physics.

Pricing and Availability:
Character Creator 2.0 is available for Windows 7 and above. The full version of the software is free to anyone with a licence of iClone 6 Pro or the upcoming iClone 7, which currently cost $199.

There is also a free Lite edition of Character Creator, which includes all of the features of the commercial version, but limits users to five exports and a maximum of 30 seconds of animation in FBX files.

About Sketchfab:
Enter new dimensions. With a community of over half a million creators contributing over a million scenes, we are the world’s largest platform to publish, share and discover 3D content online and in VR.

Our technology integrates with every major 3D creation tool and publishing platform and supports almost every 3D format directly through our site or using one of our official exporters. Using our universal 3D & VR player, your creations can be embedded on any web page and every major network including Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, WordPress, Bēhance, DeviantArt and Kickstarter.

With offices in NYC and Paris, Sketchfab is proud to be the official 3D publishing partner of Adobe Photoshop, Facebook, Microsoft Hololens, Intel RealSense and more. Sketchfab is a venture­ backed company, alumnus of the TechStars accelerator program (New York Spring 2013) and winner of several start up awards.

About Character Creator 2.0:

Character Creator (CC) innovates 3D character design process for generating fully rigged characters with: Face & Body slider morphs, Custom Clothing Design, Animation, & Content, and FBX Export. CC 2.0 delivers character design tools for 3D pros and hobbyists alike with AAA level visuals and options to do all-in-one character design for ZBrush, Mudbox, Allegorithmic Painter, Substance, Unreal or Unity, and web sharing sites like Sketchfab. Character Creator features PBR, a customizable clothing system, and direct real-time animation capability through Reallusion iClone for creating custom motions and facial animation.

About Reallusion:

Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion’s core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, game developers and filmmakers.
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/25/2017 12:50 AM



#Audio #Editing #DAW #VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #SuperWave #Ultimate #Super #Wave #Ultimate #Analogue #Synth #AnalogueSynth

Synapse Circuit brings you more VST synths (and soon to be effects) for your music making pleasures... 

A Bright Future Shines Ahead for the Entire SOUND FORGE Line

MAGIX releases SOUND FORGE Pro MAC 3 and announces new versions of SOUND FORGE Audio Studio, and SOUND FORGE Pro

Berlin/Madison... It’s official: The SOUND FORGE community will be pleased to hear that MAGIX has committed to upgrades for the entire SOUND FORGE family of products. Currently under development by engineering teams in the US and Germany, new upgrades begin to arrive this month with upgrades for the entire line slated for completion within the next 12 months.

SOUND FORGE Pro Mac 3 marks the beginning. Support for 64-Bit float/192kHz/32 channels high-resolution audio, sample-accurate editing, enhanced professional-level filters and processing and disc-at-once Red Book Standard audio CD authoring makes SOUND FORGE Pro MAC 3 the perfect tool for audio processing and mastering on macOS. Version 3 adds several new features including loudness metering and the iZotope Plug-ins RX Elements and Ozone 7 Elements.

A new, 64-bit version of SOUND FORGE Audio Studio follows at August 8, 2017. Top features include: Improved DSP-algorithms for native audio effects, slice-oriented edit mode providing a dynamic way to edit wave files, VST3 compatibility and enhanced accessibility.

After 4 years without a new version, SOUND FORGE Pro 12 is expected to roll out end of 2017. Teams in both Berlin, Germany and Madison, Wisconsin have set a goal to raise the bar for audio editing and mastering in version 12. 
“For years, the name SOUND FORGE has defined the industry standard for top-tier professional audio recording, editing, and mastering tools,” said Gary Rebholz from SOUND FORGE team. “But we're not satisfied with relying on our reputation, so our teams in Berlin and Madison, now join together to renew a commitment to carry on this unparalleled legacy. Audio pros and enthusiasts alike will continue to rely on SOUND FORGE for years to come.”

The latest version of SOUND FORGE Pro Mac 3 is now available online for $299/€299.

About SOUND FORGEIn May, 2016, MAGIX acquired the SOUND FORGE product line, along with other video and audio products. The choice of audio professionals the world over, SOUND FORGE continues to provide the essential tools needed to record, edit, enhance, and deliver high-resolution audio with speed and accuracy.

Great stuff, huh? You betcha! Thank you for reading!
Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/11/2017 04:17 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #SuperWave #Ultimate #Super #Wave #Ultimate #Analogue #Synth #AnalogueSynth

Synapse Circuit brings you more VST synths (and soon to be effects) for your music making pleasures... 

My goodness! SuperWave Ultimate looks like something out of the Millennium Falcon! It promises to deliver great sounds for all manner of genres including: Pop, Rock, Electronica, Dance and Trance. Big talk! And for less than £20? Yeah, right! Let's have a look… Could it really be possible to have such a potentially awesome sounding synth for such a low asking price?

If you're technically squeamish look away… NOW!

Technical Specifications

2 Oscillators (Total of 28 Oscillators played simultaneously)
Osc 1 Waveforms: Ultimate Osc, Tri Sync Osc, Noise, Morph Osc, Square, Saw, Triangle, SF2 Exp
Osc 2 Waveforms: Square, Saw, Triangle, Noise, Perc
Ultimate Osc Waveforms: Sine, Saw, Ramp, Soft Ramp, Peak Ramp, Square, Triangle, Peak, Octava, Cluster1, Cluster2, Noise
Morph Osc Waveforms: Sine, Saw, Ramp, Soft Ramp, Peak Ramp, Square, Triangle, Peak, Octava, Cluster1, Cluster2
Osc 1 Controls: Waveform, Gate Sync, On, Ultimate Osc Detune, Ultimate Osc Stretch, Tri Sync Slide Speed, Tri Sync Mode, Noise Cutoff, Noise Resonance, Morph, Morph Beat, Square Pulse Width, Square PWM Depth, Saw Shape, Saw LFO 1 Depth, Triangle Shape, Triangle LFO 1 Depth, SF2 Exp Level, SF2 Exp Spread
Osc 2 Controls: Ring, On, Gate Sync, Sync, Waveform, Range, Fine/Wide, Square Pulse Width, Square PWM Depth, Saw Level, Saw Harmonics, Triangle Level, Triangle Harmonics, Noise Cutoff, Noise Resonance, Perc Level, Perc Decay
Ultimate Osc Controls: Pan Mod On, Master Level, Phase/PW, Stereo Spread, Analogue Drift Rate, Analogue Drift Depth
Ultimate Osc Mixer Controls: Waveform, Harmonics, Semi Tune, Fine Tune, Phase/PW, Pan, Level
Ultimate Osc Mod Edit Controls: Tune Depth, PW Depth, Pan Depth, LVL Depth, Waveform, Key Sync, Rate/Beat
Morph Osc Edit Controls: Waveform, Harmonics, Morph/Beat, Stage

Osc Common
Osc Shift: -2 +2 Octaves
LFO 1 & Env Destinations: Osc 1+2, Osc 2, X-Mod, Tri Sync, Tri Sync + Osc 2
Controls: -Oct +Oct, LFO 1 & Env Destination, Osc Balance, X-Mod Depth, LFO 1 Depth

Resonant Filter: 12dB, 24dB
Filter Types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass
Controls: Cutoff Frequency, Resonance, 12dB/24dB, Type, Key Follow, LFO 1 Depth

Controls: Pan, LFO 1 Depth, Level

3 Envelopes with Time Scale and Output Contour function
Contour Types (Curve): 13
Pitch Envelope Controls: Attack, Decay, Curve, Time Scale
Filter Envelope Controls: Depth, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Curve, Time Scale
Amp Envelope Controls: Attack, Decay Sustain, Release, Curve, Time Scale

Low Frequency Oscillators
2 LFO's (Low Frequency Oscillators)
LFO 1 Waveforms: Triangle, Saw, Square, Sample and Hold
Modulation (LFO 2) Waveforms: Triangle
Beat Ratios: 33
LFO 1 Controls: Waveform, Rate/Beat, Fade, Key Sync, Beat Sync
Modulation (LFO 2) Controls: Depth Select, Rate/Beat, Depth, Key Sync, Beat Sync

Classic + Phrase Arpeggiator
Modes: Up/Forward, Down/Back, Alt1, Alt2, Alt3, Alt4
Range: 1-4 Octaves
Beat Ratios: 18
Controls: On, Tempo/Beat, Phrase On/Off, Chord On/Off, Hold, Mode, Range, Tempo, Gate

32 Step Sequence x4 (Modulation x3, Gate)
Directions: Forward and Reverse
Beat Ratios: 18 (Independent beat resolution for each sequence)
Sequence 1 Destinations: Pitch 1, Cutoff, Amp, Pan, Morph
Sequence 2 Destinations: Pitch 2, Cutoff, Amp, Pulse Width, X-Mod
Sequence 3 Destinations: Pitch 1+2, Cutoff, Amp, Ult Stereo, Tri Sync
Sequence 4 Destinations: Cutoff, Amp, LFO 1 Rate, LFO 2 Rate
Sequence 1 Controls: On, Key On, Reverse, Beat, Smooth, Pitch 1, Cutoff, Amp, Pan, Morph
Sequence 2 Controls: On, Key On, Reverse, Beat, Smooth, Pitch 2, Cutoff, Amp, Pulse Width, X-Mod
Sequence 3 Controls: On, Key On, Reverse, Beat, Smooth, Pitch 1+2, Cutoff, Amp, Ult Stereo, Tri Sync
Sequence 4 Controls: On, Key On, Reverse, Beat, Smooth, Calibration, Cutoff, Amp, LFO 1 Rate, LFO 2 Rate

Effect Types: Tone Control, Chorus, Phaser, Delay (Stereo, Cross, L/R), Sweep Filter, Limiter with Drive
Tone Controls: Bass, Treble
Chorus Controls: Rate, Depth, Wave, FBK Mode, On, Pan, Phase, Mod Depth, Level, Pre-Delay, Feedback
Phaser Controls: Rate, Depth, Wave, LFO (Internal/External), Stages, Key Sync, On, Stereo Diff, Freq Min, Freq Max, LFO 1 Depth, LFO 2 Depth, Feedback
Delay Controls: Time/Beat, Feedback, Level, Type, On, Beat Sync, LPF Feedback
Sweep Filter Controls: Wave, Beat Sync, On, Key Sync, Cutoff Freq, LFO Depth, Rate/Beat
Limiter Controls: Bypass, Threshold, Drive, Squash

Other Features
Integrated Patch Browser for loading and saving of FXP and FXB files
10 and 20 note polyphonic versions available
SF2 Wavetable Expansion Oscillator
Main volume control
Mono/Polyphonic control
Portamento control
Midi CC control with learn capability
FREE Trance SF2 Expansion containing 30 plus multi-sampled waveforms
384 high quality presets

2 GHz+ Processor recommended / 1024 x 768 pixels screen resolution / 24 bit colour depth

Gosh! Did you get all that?

REALIZATION Above: Ultimate working like a dream in MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium. Well, I've got to say that the GUI of Ultimate looks superb! It evokes the feel of a hardware synthesizer - I can visualize the controls on a physical keyboard and/or module.

Ultimate is a beautiful looking vintage analogue VST instrument. Now, let's check out how it sounds...

The preset patches are nothing short of brilliant! Ultimate absolutely delivers upon the aforementioned music genres. The bass patches are rich as are the leads and pads. Run them through the onboard arpeggiator and you'll be further astounded. Some patches have sequences as part of the sound and they sound wonderful!

I've got to say that not only does Ultimate look and sound fabulous, it's beautifully created. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that the synthesizer has been created to perfection when you take the cost into consideration! There were no instances of hanging notes and it wouldn't crash when I put it into a decent budget DAW that is MAGIX Music Maker Premium. I played some notes on my Akai USB musical keyboard whilst the sequencer (of the DAW) was running and it didn't cause a crash like other synths have done.

Well done!

No doubt that we're looking at a potentially complex synth in Ultimate! I'm talking from a programming perspective. In order to get the most out of any synth you must program your own patches - in my humble opinion. If, like me, you're not very technical, you'll soon get to intuitively understand the parameters.

I'm going to have great fun creating my own patches.

SuperWave Ultimate is an absolute no brainer. It looks great, sounds even greater and it's been created with such precision that I didn't worry about the possibility of it crashing my DAW in the middle or composition.

You will do well to add this one to your collection. Even at £19.99 you're getting such a steal of a deal. You're just laughing should you snap it up for the spring sale price of £15.99! The arpeggiator, effects and sequencer in addition to the sound shaping possibilities with the vast range of oscillators makes for one awesome sounding and inspirational synth! Get it now! Quick - before the sale ends!

SCORE Come on... This synthesizer was put together by a scientist! It's clean, clear and precise! Ultimately (see what I did there?), you can get some deep bubbling basses, searing laserbeam leads, electrical pads, and some dirty old sleazebag electronic sounds! Seriously... Gosh!
Ultimate scores a super-well deserved... Synapse Circuit Platinum!
You can purchase it here: SUPERWAVE ULTIMATE

Thank you for reading!
Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/10/2017 06:39 PM


#Web #Design #WYSIWYG #Incomedia #WebSiteX5 #Responsive

Synapse Circuit brings you what could be the new WYSIWYG Website Design application...

Yes, it looks as though Serif has dashed WYSIWYG Web Design from its roster of creative software, choosing stick to photo editing/manipulation and illustration applications. I'll be doing reviews on Affinity Photo & Designer respectively! Stay tuned… With Serif out of the WYSIWYG Web Design application game, it leaves great opportunity for competitors to fill the gap that WebPlus (X8) has left in its wake. Synapse Circuit looks at what appears to be a strong contender…

It has been a while since I looked at Incomedia's WebSite X5 Pro application. I think I reviewed version Pro 11… Let's take a look at the Pro 13 incarnation…

Like most WYSIWYG Web Design applications, X5 Pro 13 is aimed at the non-programmer - not that HTML is really a programming language. X5 Pro 13 is meant to be very easy to use, and for the most part it is pretty straightforward.

The modular step-by-step approach remains unchanged; this is a little frustrating coming from applications such as Xara/MAGIX Web Designer, WebPlus, and, of course, Dreamweaver!

While the interface safeguards the novice from making errors, Incomedia needs to add a secondary optional interface for advanced users. This secondary interface would allow the designer to place content precisely on the page.

WebSite​ X5 Pro 13 has many templates that can be easily modified to suit. As always, I recommend that you start from scratch! The danger in using templates is that thousands of X5 Pro (13) users could use the same template as you.

However, the templates can serve as a lesson to understand​ a particular layout. If you're a novice, it'll take you a bit of time to learn good design principles. It's time well invested!

Responsive web design is all the rage at the moment. In a nutshell, a responsive web design means that your website will adapt to different screens i.e. mobile, tablet and desktop. WebSite​ X5 Pro 13 makes light of creating responsive web pages; it takes a lot of the guess work out.

You should know that Google's​ search engine will rank responsive websites higher than non-responsive ones. A responsive design comes with a few challenges that makes you think about how the content is presented. Personally, I nearly always request the desktop version over mobile designs when browsing the web on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

My opinion is that most mobile sites pack too much information in a cramped space. Oh, well… … It takes a bit of getting used to. In fact, I don't like most mobile versions of websites (as I've stated above). That said, responsive websites is a must and WebSite​ X5 Pro 13 handles this aspect very well!


Digital Products
This is a great attribute for budding entrepreneurs that provides a means of selling digital products such as music files, photography, eBooks, etc. Yes, sell your work independently!

Parallax & Animation Effects
These days many sites show off slick scrolling effects and animations. Used selectively, these attributes can complement thoughtful design.

Online Control Panel
Here you've got an online control panel that helps you to be on top of certain aspects of your website such as online store orders, blog discussions, etc.

Title Object
Here you can add Search Engine Optimization tags to titles in order to increase the chances of a search engine finding your site and/or specific page.

WebSite X5 Manager
There's an app for Android and iOS that allows you to get notifications on your mobile device when an order is placed on your online store or when someone comments on your blog, etc. I love it!

WebSite X5 Pro can work with databases and can create areas that users can access by registering.

You can also connect your blog to FeedReady, which of an app that feeds off the RSS of your blog. Not bad at all. Your audience will use FeedReady if you've got great content!
WebSite X5 Pro 13 is a hard WYSIWYG Web Design application to beat. Yes, it's a tad more expensive than similar apps by about, on average, £50 but you're getting very useable professional features that will have you producing websites with a back end that doesn't require the expert knowledge of a programmer.

Now that Serif WebPlus is no more Incomedia WebSite X5 Pro 13 rules the cost effective WYSIWYG Web Design arena.

And when you use WebSite X5 Pro 13 with Incomedia's WebAnimator… WOW! FREAKING WOW!!! You'll be able to create your own Flash-like animations in HTML5; interactive content; and custom video and audio players! You can get them both for under £300! That's an amazing achievement!

Here's a link to the Synapse Circuit WebAnimator review: WebAnimator

WebSite X5 Pro 13 is definitely a winner and it comes through for the non-programmer with shining colours. Despite the step-by-step nature of the interface - I do hope we get an optional interface for experienced designers - WebSite X5 Professional 13 scores a well deserved Synapse Circuit Platinum! ​
WebSite X5 Pro 13 Scores a well deserved... Synapse Circuit Platinum!
You can purchase it here: WebSite X5 Pro 13

Thank you for reading!
Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/08/2017 10:16 PM
The New Video Pro X Is Out – with Deep Color Grading and New Video Effects for Pro Filmmakers!

#MAGIX #Video #Pro #X #VideoProX #VideoEditing #Video #Editing

PROFESSIONAL VIDEO EDITING! MAGIX Video Pro X is the perfect editing software for intuitive and powerful video production. This multi-award-winning video editing suite is geared towards the unique requirements of ambitious and professional users, and offers an unrivaled range of powerful post-production tools.!

Berlin, May 8, 2017 - MAGIX is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of its video editing software, Video Pro X. An unrivaled spectrum of innovative features makes Video Pro X the most attractive choice in its price range for video enthusiasts with high creative demands. From 10-bit HEVC decoding/encoding and professional color grading to 360° editing and precise audio mastering, the latest version offers powerful tools for broadcast-quality results. In addition, scalable proxy editing, preview rendering and hardware acceleration enable real-time video editing in HD, 4K and 360°.
Professional Colour Grading Built-in 16-bit deep colour processing in Video Pro X provides greater creative freedom and detailed colour correction via the color grading workflow - including true colour space handling for broadcast-ready results in 4:4:4 chroma subsampling. Colour-true processing of material is carried out by precise measuring instruments: vectorscope, waveform monitor, histogram and RGB parade. The software supports all formats from the professional and consumer sector such as ProRes, HEVC 10-Bit, AVC and MPEG-2. Thanks to new support for lookup tables (LUT) in Video Pro X, it can sync flat recordings with LUTs from the camera manufacturer or upload cinematic effect LUTs to create unique film styles. Lookup tables save color grading information and can easily be imported and applied, or custom created and saved.

Media & Authoring The new version supports a diverse range of formats and cameras from the professional and consumer sector such as H.264 and HEVC/H.265 or formats including ProRes, AVC-Intra and DVCPRO that can be imported via the multi-format timeline and edited without any need for conversion. The integrated tagging & logging function for metadata guarantees a clear overview of all media and takes. To finalize projects, Video Pro X offers professional authoring functions for creating DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. There are also a range of animated templates for menus or the option to create your own.

Precise Audio Processing
Precise tools for audio restoration, sound mixing, TV-compliant loudness normalization according to EBU R 128 norms and extensive mastering plug-ins are also included in Video Pro X, allowing for professional audio editing at the post-production stage. Thanks to VST2 standard support, audio production plug-ins can be added to Video Pro X at any time. Following mixing, finalize sound via the master channel with the Mastering Suite - including 5.1 surround sound. Audio tracks can be exported to hard drives or transferred to external audio editors using the interface (EDL).
Professional Effect Design
Video Pro X offers a range of GPU-optimized video effects for creative editing. The new professional-sector effects are a particular highlight and include broadcast colour, tone value correction, LAB adjustment, noise and blur masking effects for broadcast ready results. Use masks to apply effects to specific areas of the image or attach media to moving elements with the professional object tracking feature. There's a whole range of additional features for finalizing productions, such as captions, text fades, title templates, travel route animation and intros and outros.

The latest version of Video Pro X is now available in stores and online for £349.00.

MAGIX is an internationally operating provider of software, online services and digital content for using multimedia products and services. Founded in 1993, MAGIX offers private and professional users a technologically sophisticated and user-friendly range of products for designing, editing, presenting and archiving digital photos, videos, music, documents and websites. MAGIX is the market leader in the field of multimedia software in Germany and in the most important European markets. It is also regarded as one of the most successful market participants in the USA.

MAGIX see.feel.hear.create
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/02/2017 04:27 PM
NEW CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 Auto-Rig Photoshop Artwork for PSD Character Animation SYNAPSE CIRCUIT NEWS

NEW!CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 Auto-Rig Photoshop Artwork for PSD Character Animation

#Reallusion #CharacterCreator2 #Character #Creator #2 #CrazyTalkAnimator3 #2DAnimation #Cartoons

I asked the question several weeks ago, "Do the Reallusion guys ever stop?" The answer is a resounding "NO"! Read on!

04/26/2017 San Jose, CA - Reallusion updates 2D animation software, CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 with specialized Photoshop templates to easily setup and save PSD character designs as fully auto-rigged CrazyTalk Animator characters.  CrazyTalk Animator PSD character animation tools allow any artist to create characters in Photoshop (or PSD layer compatible tools) that can come to life with lip-sync, bone animation and morphing.  You can save valuable setup time and quickly animate PSD characters directly from Photoshop using PSD templates designed to make human biped, quadruped, talking heads and more! Photoshop PSD Character Animation in 4 Easy Steps
1.    Design a Character using Photoshop or PSD compatible software
2.    Organize the PSD template and layers provided by Reallusion to setup the character. Apply body parts layers to the PSD template, and align the joints location
3.    Save and Import the PSD into CrazyTalk Animator to test, preview and round-trip edit
4.    Animate PSD characters with CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 motions, poses or facial animation

Watch the Video: CrazyTalk Animator & Photoshop
Free Animation Resources for Photoshop
CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 offers a variety of resources for learning to animate with Photoshop characters.  Get started with setting up characters using PSD character animation templates, see how it works with sample PSD character design projects, try it yourself with source character design element downloads and perfect the technique with detailed whitepaper and video tutorials.

Sample PSD Character Animation Projects
Quickly learn to design and animate Photoshop characters by downloading and viewing the sample PSD character projects.  CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 Pipeline users gain instant access to a library of Photoshop projects featuring 9x Human Characters, 2x Quadruped, 3x Spine & Wing, and  5x bone character samples.
Step by Step Guide to Success
The CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 whitepaper is a complete PDF guide to mastering the magic of Photoshop character animation with CTA 3.1 in easy-to-follow illustrated steps. Learning to create and animate Photoshop characters with the whitepaper is a quickstart and reliable reference to understanding how to setup and import PSD characters for animation.
Free Photoshop Video Tutorials
Learn from the experts in 6 video tutorials designed to show the basics of creating characters in Photoshop, using the PSD templates to auto-rig character body parts, hand gestures and setting up PSD characters for facial animation and lip-sync.
Compatible Character Animation for PSD Software
Whether you are a Photoshop guru or prefer to use another PSD compatible character design tool, CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 fully supports PSD import with: Photoshop, Xara, Affinity Photo, Clip Studio Paint and Krita.
Design Characters with Dramatic Diversity
Create a whole community of diverse 2D character designs with the G3 Power Tools “The Elastics” content pack, a collection of ready-to-customize and animate 2D characters with various ages, ethnicities, along with body and face shapes! In this pack you will find 25x animated 2D characters with diverse facial components, everyday motions, along with a series of scenes and props.

Watch “The Elastics” content pack video
More info about CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 & Importing PSD
CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 is available for Mac or WIN PC, at & the Apple Store -  For more info on purchasing CrazyTalk Animator - CTA 3.1 Pipeline Version required for PSD support
Try CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 - Free Download - Pipeline Version
Free Animation Video Tutorials
New tutorials on importing Photoshop PSD to CrazyTalk Animator 3.1
About Reallusion: Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, game developers and filmmakers.

Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

05/02/2017 12:25 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #G #Sonique #GSonique #FM #Wave #XR7 #FMWaveXR7

Synapse Circuit brings you what appears to be a great new take on the FM synth... 

The Yamaha DX7 is probably the most renowned FM synthesizer ever! I wasn't fortunate to own one. However, I did have the pleasure of using the DX7 in a few recording studios in my time; I did end up owning a TX7 for a while, which was the FM synthesis engine of the DX7 in a little black box (sans keyboard). What I loved about the DX7 FM synthesis was the harsh metallic sounds I got from it. A sheer joy to program for the music I was making at the time! The FM Wave XR7 could be the triumph that FM synth enthusiasts are looking for!

There has been a wave of VST creators producing various FM synthesizers - some try to emulate the DX7 and others put a unique stamp on the subject. G-Sonique, from Slovakia, appear to have gone where no other FM synth creator has gone before… Let's take a look… Read on!

INTRODUCING THE… FM WAVE XR7 First of all, you'll be pleased to know that the FM Wave XR7 comes with 64-bit version in addition to the standard (32-bit). Then there are a multitude of waveforms that I thought were a set of additional sound banks/patches. Still, it didn't take me long to figure out how to import those waveforms into the front panel of the XR7.

Above: The back panel - knobs! Essentially, the XR7 has two interfaces a) front and b) back panels. The front is where you obviously load and/or manipulate the waveforms - 3 slots; whereas the back contains a bank of filters and a Ping-Pong delay! Nice!

It looks complex, but once you go through the presets you'll be able to understand what the knobs do. The best way to program a synth is to load a preset and change the parameters until a desired sound is arrived at. There is a tendency for musicians to rely on the presets of any synth and not to explore programming in any way and it's a shame.

The XR7 is an invitation to the world of sound sculpting! When you hear some of the presets you will be in awe! The patches are wide and varied; there are those lovely metallic bass instruments that I've come to know from my TX7. As you'd expect, there are great pads and leads. But the FX category takes the prize! I love the Sci-Fi aspect of Electronic music and the XR7 does not disappoint!

Sci-Fi movies and Electronic music goes hand in hand. When I go to the movies to watch a Sci-Fi blockbuster I get off on the sound effects more than the movie itself. I would come home, turn on my synths, try to recreate the sounds and incorporate them in my compositions.

The XR7 is going to empower and delight sounds designers for music and multimedia such as games and, of course, movies.

G-Sonique have done a very nice job on the interface. The use of colour remains faithful to the DX7/TX7 black 'n’ green - it looks pleasantly familiar.

The parameters are laid out in a very logical manner; it's a very clean layout. Having a front and back panel is a very good idea, therefore you're not hit in the face with a bunch of knobs and waveforms all at once.

The FM Wave XR7 is a very unique FM synth that stands out in the sea of waves. Again, the presets are inspirational and they make me want to get programming straightway!

As a former owner of a TX7 module, I can tell you that I feel connected to the XR7. I can hear the patches that I created on the TX7 coming back.

The G-Sonique FM Wave XR7 is a beautifully programmed FM synth that brings something new to the table in being able to draw waveforms and import them. Furthermore, the waveforms can be tweaked to perfection by the altering the filters on the back panel. It's DX Heaven!

The FM Wave XR7 is a big synth for a very small price!
SCORE The G-Sonique FM Wave XR7 feels fresh yet familiar at the same time!
FM Wave XR7 scores a sound sculpting... Synapse Circuit Platinum!
You can purchase it here: FM Wave XR7

Thank you for reading!
Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/21/2017 02:02 PM



#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #K331 #Audio #K331Audio #SynthMaster #One #SynthmasterOne

Synapse Circuit has great pleasure in bringing you yet another great synth, and it's FREE! 

SynthMaster One is an easy to use wavetable synthesizer with an intuitive workflow. Although it shares the same engine with its bigger brother SynthMaster, it comes with new features like wavetable synthesis. With its simple layout, rich wavetable/waveform content and inspiring factory presets library, designing new sounds with SynthMaster One is a real joy. Read on!
Sometimes great VST synthesizers can be offputting for novices, and even some semi-professionals. A lot of Electronic Computer Technology Musicians just want to install an awesome VSTi (and effects) and start composing straightaway! Well, you can do this with K331 Audio’s Synthmaster One.

Synthmaster One comes with many waveforms and wavetables, as a result you can create amazing patches! You can also add your own! Synthmaster One comes with the most amazing presets you will ever hear on a VSTi! Beautiful analogue sounding patches for all types of Electronic genres.

Me? Again, I am not what you would call an out and out expert in VST. However, I do like to get stuck in and alter the preset sounds to create my own unique take on them (the presets). I don’t understand people who would just use the presets as they are. Oh, well… Anyway, the Synthmaster One user interface is not only aesthetically pleasing but I find that it lends itself to tweaking the parameters. The interface is very inviting to those who, like me, just want to experiment and intuitively tweak the settings to create the desired sound. I am sort of old school in that when I used to have hardware synths I had to learn to program them pretty quickly to get the most out of them. I only had a few Kawai synths, and boy, did I program the heck out of them! I was so good at get the most out of these Kawai synths (K1 & K4) that people thought I was using more expensive synths! Synthmaster One takes me back to the days when I intuitively understood what I was doing when creating new synth patches!

FX Above: K331 Audio Synthmaster One working inside the MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium DAW flawlessly! It has some wonderful onboard effects, distortion, EQ, compression, chorus, delay, and reverb. These effects really go that extra mile in giving a patch a certain sweetness that just delights your ears!

I have to hand it to K331 Audio for creating this cost effective - more so because it is currently discounted in a Spring Sale!

As simple as the interface is, the seasoned professional sound designer would get mileage out of Synthmaster One and then some! I don’t meet Synth Master’s very often, but when I do it never ceases to amaze me what they can do in the name of synthesizing sounds! In fact, it was such a Synth Master who got me into Electronic music in the first place! All this Synth Master needed was a white lab coat!

I think he would have created divine sounding patches if he were around today!

Synthmaster One is a phenomenal VSTi for the money - the current sale makes it even more so! There is no excuse for boring formulaic Electronic music! Seriously, have you ever gone to a Trance, EDM, or Industrial event? As a former music journalist, I can tell you that attending these events were seldom fully enjoyable. There may have been one or two bands/artists on the billing worth listening to, the rest were terrible clones. I think some of these lacklustre artists/bands could up their game with Synthmaster One! I really mean that! I would love to hear what an Electronic band like Front 242 would do with Synthmaster One! Front 242, these guys are like what the Rolling Stones is to Rock music; they can give these young pretenders a run for the money any day of the week!

Anyway, enough bitching! I love Synthmaster One! It is a fantastic synth and it, along with some of the recent synths that I have reviewed of late, makes me want to start composing again!

If you are serious about producing music and/or sound design then you NEED Synthmaster One yesterday! Get it now while it is on sale!
This one is a no-brainer! The interface is on point! The range of sounds is plentiful! If you have a sound in your head Synthmaster One will synthesize it for you in all its glory!

Synthmaster One scores an astounding... Synapse Circuit Platinum!

You can purchase it here: K331 Audio Synthmaster One

Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/19/2017 09:00 PM

#Reallusion #CharacterCreator2 #Character #Creator #2 #CrazyTalkAnimator3 #2DAnimation #Cartoons

Do these Reallusion guys ever stop? There are at it again... Reallusion is up to its usual amazing tricks in the name of 3D Animation and Character Creations! Read on!

San Jose, CA 19th April 2017 - Reallusion launches Unreal (UE4) Character Creator 2.0 update, a solution for thousands of UE4 game developers to create, animate and export 3D characters fully-rigged and ready for games. Unreal character design for developers utilizing Adobe Fuse & Mixamo now have a new solution for game character creation and animation with Reallusion Character Creator’ full compatibility. Design a visually stunning character with easy morph sliders and clothing options, animate it with hundreds of iClone animations, custom mocap or lip-sync and export the finished characters to Unreal with a workflow that integrates into any indie or studio pipeline for game development.

VIDEO: Character Creator 2.0 Export for Unreal & Unity Physically Based Render Shaders
Optimized for Unreal UE4 Unreal users highly requested a new character design tool that is dedicated to working and scaling with Unreal development. In response, Reallusion has adapted Character Creator 2.0 to auto convert character bone structures for UE4 rigs, allowing CC characters to be fully compatible with the Unreal UE4 Third Person Controller.
Unity Mecanim Compatible
With the latest CC 2.0 update, Character Creator assets can now enjoy a direct FBX export for Mecanim-compatible characters into Unity 3D, for instant 3rd person gameplay. Users will also be able to save and display the same realistic PBR looks in Character Creator to their Unity game by manually setting up their texture maps. Mixamo Motions ExportBy combining with the iClone/3DXchange pipeline, users can auto convert Mixamo motions through Character Creator 2.0 for use in the Unreal engine. Reallusion now offers a quick workaround to quickly apply any Mixamo motions to character rigs in Unreal by taking it through 3DXchange. This will save time by avoiding the requirement to map and rename bones and re-align axis.
Benjamin Bishop of Caprica Productions details how Reallusion answered their call for help and saved their game company “thousands of dollars and hundreds of development hours”.“We were using Mixamo, Adobe Fuse for a lot of our character creation needs. When the Unreal Engine 4 rig was removed from their service it completely broke our pipeline and caused us to lose countless hours of work. We turned to Reallusion for a possible solution and have found a company which was quick to respond, help and integrate everything we needed into their software. We found them vastly superior in every way and couldn't have imagined a better interaction. Shortly after, Character Creator 2.0 was released including the feature we requested plus many others that make it an excellent addition to any developers’ tool bag. Reallusion have saved us thousands of dollars and hundreds of development hours. It’s great to find a company that really listens to their customers and does everything they can to help!” - Benjamin Bishop / Capricia Productions

Download Character Creator Lite -
Character Creator website:
Character Creator PBR:
Character Creator Export:
Optimized for Unreal UE4 -
Unity Mecanim Compatible -
Mixamo Motions Export -

About Reallusion: ​Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, gamers and filmmakers providing them with stand­alone movie studio packages.
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/19/2017 02:38 AM



#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #Noizefield #Kick #Machine #KickMachine

Synapse Circuit brings you a dedicated kick drum synthesizer from the house of Noizefield! 

You and I both know that there's no such thing as having enough drums! Whether it's your ever expanding collection of loops or one-doors, or soft machines… There's always room for more! Getting the right sounding kick to cut through the mix can prove to be troublesome. It helps if you've got the right sounding kick for a particular genre. The advantages that software has over a sample is that you can shape the sound more readily by tweaking the synth parameters. Read on!
KICKING OFF Above: Kick-Machine in action! The DAW is MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium.

The presets are nice and varied to span most, if not all, genres of Electronic music. Do you love Gabba? I do. Well, not all of it… … Anyways, there a few kicks that lend themselves to that genre; you know that hallmark distorted sound that makes you feel that you're losing brain matter throttle your nose. C'mon, we've all been there… … We've been at those hardcore clubs…
Yes, indeed! It's easy to tweak the parameters to create the ultimate kick. There are quite a few kick synths out there and Kick-Machine is quite outstanding.

It's free! What more can you ask for? That's a trick question! We want it all! We'll get the next one; we'll get the next sample, and the ones after that…

The only thing you have to do is create an account with Noizefield in order to download. You can do it here: Noizefield
The Kick-Machine is a must have synth as you'll keep coming back to it; it's solid! .

Kick-Machine scores a decent Synapse Circuit Gold!

You can download it here: Kick-Machine
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/18/2017 01:14 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #LeslieSanford #Leslie #Sanford #Cobalt

Synapse Circuit brings you what looks like an unbeatable DAW in Reaper!

I don't know if you've​ noticed but there's a great deal of digital audio workstations on the market. Some are available free on the Interweb and then there are commercially available ones from the likes of MAGIX, Steinberg, Cakewalk, and many others! Cockos Reaper comes out like a hand from the heavens reaching musicians all-over the world. Reaper was born on the Interweb but, unlike other Web based software projects, it has taken off… BIG TIME! Let's take a look…Read on!
As well as being cost effective at a discounted $60 licence, it's next to free as you will get a prompt to purchase a license when it's launched. It is fully functional. Even at $225, Reaper appears to be a steal.
What I like about Reaper is that it is less than 15MB to download and takes up about 50MB after the installation. It's ready to go! It can even be run from a flash drive! Cool! Reaper is configured in accordance to your PC soundcard. No need to make any adjustments. I find that quite impressive as MAGIX Music Maker Premium was quite fiddly to configure on an AMD based rig. Above: The sparse but highly functional Reaper interface.

As interfaces go, Reaper looks pretty good. The layout is very self-explanatory, and, for the most part, quite intuitive. Me? I don't like reading manuals unless I have to. Adding a VST Instrument on a track and adding notes via the MIDI interface was easy!

Unlike the aforementioned MAGIX Music Maker Premium, and other DAWs, Reaper isn't preloaded with a bunch of instrumentation. There are about 27 VST and JS effects. It kind of makes sense to not include Instruments as Cockos, the creators of Reaper, expects users to be in possession of a myriad of Instruments​ (and effects). This DAW is aimed at the serious music producer, yet it is within reach of the bedroom producer. This is what sets Reaper apart from the more established DAWs on the market.

Reaper's nearest competition that springs to mind is, yes, MAGIX Samplitude Pro X3 (I hope to bring you a review soon), which costs £300 for the standard version or £750 for the suite that's currently on sale for £450! So, it looks like Reaper is a very attractive prospect for producers of all abilities. With the money saved, depending on what option you go for, there should be enough money left over to get a decent synth or two, plus effects for mastering, etc. I must look into cost effective mastering effects soon. There again, the standard of freely available VST instruments and effects is astounding! Not only that, there are many developers out there who are creating great mastering effects for a very reasonable price.

Reaper looks good and has skins to change the overall colour scheme. It's not like, say, MAGIX Music Maker Premium for example, in that it's colourful with a modernized aesthetic. In comparison, Reaper looks rather dull. However, Reaper is highly functional in ways that MAGIX Music Maker Premium is not. For example, it's possible to modify various aspects of the graphical user interface by using a script. I won't go into detail as you can learn how to modify the GUI via the Reaper website:

And let's not forget that Reaper is aimed at the serious music producer and there are other functions that are not available in MAGIX Music Maker Premium such as VCA track grouping. What? Basically, you can group a number of tracks and control these tracks with a single VCA master. As a result, you can create sub mixes. It's very flexible and powerful.

Above: Automation in Reaper and options.
When it comes to automation, Reaper is very, very straightforward in that you load a synth or effect and by going to the automation settings you can then select “Touch” or “Latch” - in addition to others - and proceed to move a knob or slider on the Instrument/effect and record those moments in real-time. Once the knob/slider movements have been recorded they can be played back as part of the composition. Whereas with Music Maker Premium, there are no options for “Touch” or “Latch” automation; these parameters can only be drawn in the MIDI editor interface. Don't misunderstand me, it doesn't mean that Music Maker is less capable, it's just that you have to work in a slightly less efficient manner.

Unlike Music Maker Premium, Reaper isn't fussy about accepting VST instruments and effects - at least during my test time! I didn't encounter an instrument not functioning as it should. Not only that, Reaper locates all the VST instruments and effects from the start; there's no need to keep updating the VST location each and every time a new VST is added. That's a remarkable bit of programming that saves a lot of time.

Reaper is on its own when it comes to value for money and professional features. Again, other DAWs that cost around £20 less than the discounted license is guaranteed to have a limited feature set that will appeal to a particular user base. Whereas, Reaper can cover a wide range of users from the bedroom producer right up to seasoned professionals working in a studio environment. Yet, at the same time, Reaper's interface may not appeal to producers who rely upon sample loops for composition.

The sample loop driven DAW is not aimed at musicians and is lacking features. No. I'm not dismissing such DAWs as toys - such applications have a place. That said, MAGIX Music Maker - especially the Petition version - straddles both sample loops and musicians remarkably well.

In contrast, Reaper is perfect for traditional and computer musicians.
SCORE Given that you have the option to a discounted license at $60 while you're working on making your music pay, Reaper is unbeatable!

It's constantly being updated; it seems that Reaper gets updated at least every two weeks. I downloaded a version a couple of weeks ago and then when I launched it today, 17th April 2017, there was an update! The updates aren't solely for the purpose of increased stability, uh-uh! The updates add new attributes that increases the usefulness of Reaper even more!

Reaper scores a super Synapse Circuit Platinum!
You can download it here: Reaper
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/15/2017 05:41 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #LeslieSanford #Leslie #Sanford #Cobalt

Synapse Circuit brings you another great VST synthesizer in the form of...

You may be well aware of the plethora of free VST instruments and effects on the Web; you may also be aware that many of these freebies can be badly programmed. Great ideas and wonderful looking synths/effects poorly realized can have an adverse effect on your productivity. Nothing worse than a beautiful sounding synth that keeps causing your DAW to crash. Read on!
Behold… Leslie Sanford delivers a Cobalt out of the blue…

Do not worry if, as a novice, that the above means little or nothing to you. It is more important to get in there have mess around. That’s how you learn! I created a patch by fooling around, saved it and recalled it.

Above: Little Cobalt, big Cobalt.
Whenever I install what promises to be a decent free VST instrument or effect, I cross my fingers in the hope that it doesn't crash my DAW. It's worth noting that I'm using MAGIX Music Maker Premium in my ongoing tests. I recommend that you test these VST plugins with different DAWs; what crashes one DAW works perfectly well in others!

Well, that's the nature of these things. In the not too distant future, I'll be reviewing other DAWs! Stay tuned…

I'm happy to say that Cobalt is wonderfully realized. It was created to emulate classic synths of the 80s. Gosh! Cobalt sounds phenomenal!
The presets sound fantastic! Sweet! The bass instruments are varied, leads cuts the air like shrapnel flying through the air, and the pads are lush!

Those sounds can be used in any music genre. It's easy to program too! Cobalt is a must have!
The graphical user interface (GUI) could have been better but the sounds are delicious! .

Cobalt scores a well-deserved Synapse Circuit Gold!

You can download it here: Cobalt
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/14/2017 09:22 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #Noizefield #Bounce

Synapse Circuit has great pleasure in bringing you yet another great synth, and it's FREE! 

Bounce is a 6 oscillators subtractive synthesizer… OK, whatever that means… Ha ha! But seriously… It is designed for EDM, House, Future House, Dance, Melbourne Bounce, Trance and Dubstep other styles of Electronic music. In other words, the preset sounds are geared towards the genres mentioned above. The truth is that you can tweak the oscillators and other parameters to create your own unique patches. Read on!
For the technically minded, look below. If you are not technically minded then look below!

6 oscillators (Four oscillators with 32 waveforms each and two oscillators are wavedraw
oscillators), inclusive Phase, FM and RM and XMod.
Sync option for the osc 1-4.
Multimode - Filter (LP,HP,BP).
Noise generator (White Noise).
4 Envelopes (One amp and three modulation envelopes (Pitch/Filter/FM).
2 tempo-synced LFOs.
Effects: Chorus, Equalizer, Decimator, Reverb, Fatner.
Portamento for gliding sounds.

Do not worry if, as a novice, that the above means little or nothing to you. It is more important to get in there have mess around. That’s how you learn! I created a patch by fooling around, saved it and recalled it.

Above: The saving and retrieval of a patch. Oh, when you save a patch (a synth sound) based on one of the presets, you can’t revert back to the original sound. In order to revert to the original sound you have to reload the Bounce. This is a minor irritation that doesn’t spoil the whole deal. Also, whatever you have named the new sound that you have created does not show up on the interface. Odd! So, that’s two minor irritants. SCORE
If not for the two minor irritations I would have liked to have given Bounce a possible Platinum. The interface looks good, the parameters can be easily modified to create new and compelling sounds, and it presented no problems in that it did not cause the MAGIX Music Maker DAW (digital audio workstation), used for the test, to crash. It is well programmed.

Bounce scores a super Synapse Circuit Gold!

You can download it here: Noizefield Bounce

Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/12/2017 08:20 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic #Noisebud #Burt

Synapse Circuit has kicked off with the start of a long running Computer Electronic Future Music Technology string of reviews! 

“The entity Noisebud can pretty much do whatever it likes and not care about anyone or anything else…”

I like that… Bold! Noisebud are Sol and Johannes from Sweden. These men are accomplished Electronic musicians but makers of some wonderful VST instruments and effects. And here’s the Synapse Circuit review of Burt 2.0! Read on!

How I stumbled upon Burt 2.0… I was looking for some free VST plugins to test MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium. Very often, some of these free VST instruments and effects would crash Music Maker. The plan is to do a small follow-up review on the stability of Music Maker with free VST! Standby for that review…

In the meantime I have downloaded quite a few freely available VSTs. For some reason Burt 2.0 was outstanding. I think it was the interface that did it. I found it on a free VST specific website and I went from there straight to the Noisebud website. I saw there are two versions, one free and the other asked for a small donation fee of $7.99 and I had to have it! The donation version allows some of the presets to be controlled by a modulation wheel. Darn it! I need a USB music keyboard with a mod wheel on it! That’s next on my list! Anway…

What I love about Burt 2.0 are the beautifully distorted and aggressive presets. Gorgeous sounds! Burt 2.0 is the kind of synthesizer that Electronic music purists will just fall in love with. At first I had an issue with getting some sound out of Burt 2.0 with Music Maker… I contacted Noisebud and they came up with this solution:

“The steps listed below is a bit different between the Windows versions, so don't panic if it looks slightly different:

- Use Windows Explorer to browse to your VST Plugins folder.
- Right-click the folder - 'Properties'
- Choose 'Security' tab.
- Click 'EDIT' (You may need to click a UAC prompt).
- Select username "Users".
- Tick options Allow 'Write' and 'Modify'.
- To finish Select 'OK' to close the two dialog boxes.

When all this is done, reinstall Burt and launch you DAW and see if it works.”

That did the trick! It may not be necessary to deinstall reinstall Burt 2.0. This is what I did:

I located the VST folder that I installed Burt 2.0 in and then edited the folder properties as detailed above. I then launched Music Maker, went to the settings, added the VST folder and I could see straightaway that Burt 2.0 had been utilized and it became available in the instrument selection. I dragged one instance of Burt 2.0 across and low and behold, sound came out! YAY!

I can’t pretend to know everything there is to know about a synthesizer to be able to explain on a scientific level about what all the knobs do, but the knobs are labelled clearly thus give an indication as to what they do. I had great fun messing around with the knobs going through the presets. I tend to find a sound that is closest to the one that is bouncing around in my head and proceed to tweak the settings until I intuitively get that sound that I am after. I can see that I will have hours of fun coming up with some rather dirty gritty sounds!

I haven’t made any music in ages and I can tell you that Burt 2.0 has inspired me to get making some tracks again! I have to find the time in-between writing and other things!

If you want a simple and effective VST synth for all genres of Electronic music without paying a king’s ransom then Burt 2.0 will do it for you. It’s pure and raw. It is very programmable. The knobs are fully automated too! Oh, automation - if you are new to Computer Music - is when you are able to record the movement of VST instrument and effects knobs, sliders, and dials, etc. The recorded movement can then be played back as a performance. It’s like messing with the knob of the (in)famous Roland TB-303 to create that definitive Acid sound.

Burt 2.0 scores a well deserved Synapse Circuit Gold!

You will be amazed by the sounds and the scope! Believe!
Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/11/2017 05:49 PM


#VST #VirtualStudioTechnology #Virtual #Studio #Technology #Steinberg #DAW #Instruments #Effects #Electronic #Music #ElectronicMusic #ComputerMusic #MusicTechnology #FutureMusic

Synapse Circuit will be reviewing VST instruments, effects and Music Technology hardware! It's been a long time coming! 

DAW or Digital Audio Workstation applications have come a long way. More and more people are getting into music production as these DAWs have become very inexpensive and delivering professional sounding results. Judging by the amazing response to the Synapse Circuit review of MAGIX Music Maker 2017 Premium, the time is right for Synapse Circuit to venture out into the realms of Music Technology, Computer Music, Future Music Tech - whatever! The idea is not to end up being a catalog for Electronic Computer Music with the bias ethos, "You need this to be professional," but to let You, the Synapse Circuit Reader, know what's out there! Stay tuned for some great Electronic Computer Future Music Technology reviews! To be clear, it's VST instruments and effects, and Music Technology hardware such as USB audio devices, keyboards (musical), speakers, etc. If Synapse Circuit can get hold of it, then it will be reviewed! Watch this space! Thank you for reading! Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene

04/07/2017 02:23 PM



#MAGIX #Music #Maker #Platinum #MusicMaker #VST #Soundpool #ComputerMusic
MAGIX is on a mission; it's an unrelenting multimedia machine that has no off switch. It has just acquired Sony's dying video and music applications, Vegas and ACID respectively and breathed​ new life into them. Reviews coming soon… The question has to be asked: Has the MAGIX staple, Music Maker (Premium) suffered as a result? Well, let's take a look at the 2017 version of Music Maker Premium.

Like MAGIX, the Music Maker Premium interface has gotten yet another thoughtful interface makeover. So far, so good! Sample loops and instruments are now flushed to the right for easy access and it takes one click to move it out of the way so that you're left with just the tracks. You can get rid of the bottom half of the interface containing the virtual keyboard, templates and inspector just as easily.

The result is an uncluttered and solid workspace, it was long overdue! The interface has always been good but a little problematic at times. The residual interface pixel phenomenon is no more. In other words, part of the interface no longer replicates inexplicably on the screen when introducing instruments on the track timeline and hang there (on the screen) when the application is minimized. At last! That was so annoying! Residual pixels up on the screen is an irritating distraction; I'm glad it's no more!

I was a little shocked to see that the mainstay “object” virtual instruments, BeatBox, Robota, LiViD, Atmos, and Loop Designer are gone! What??? It's hard to stomach! Okay, Robota and LiViD were not perfect and I won't miss them… … Well, to be fair, Robota had some awesome Electronic music presets that serves the genres of Techno and Industrial exceptionally well!

I loved the BeatBox as the drum machine grid made creating drum/percussion patterns easy and fun. And I must say that the Loop Designer was pretty good at rearranging beat loops; it was a little flawed but used creatively, it could make for some very inspirational beats.
Above: Sugar Bytes Looperator in action with Music Maker 2017 Platinum. Looperator can take the place of the now defunct Loop Designer. Just in case it is not clear: Looperator does not come with Music Maker Premium. Looperator, like all the external instruments and effects used in this review, can be purchased from the Sugar Bytes website.

The main issue with the Loop Designer was that it was extremely fussy about accepting sample loops; it worked mainly with MAGIX's own “Soundpool” loops that came with Music Maker Premium by default. Thankfully, with regards to replacing the Loop Designer, you'll be pleased to know that MAGIX Music Maker Premium 2017 works with advanced VST instruments and effects such as the Looperator by Sugar Bytes. The Looperator is, if you like, the evolution of the Loop Designer.

I do think that MAGIX could've hybridized the BeatBox and Robota drum machines​. Yes, the Drum Engine virtual instrument takes over all drum/percussion duties but the BeatBox had its place! The 2016 version contains all the drum/percussion instruments mentioned above plus Urban Drums which is an awesome beat machine aimed at Hip-hop and Dubstep containing some nice effects on it. With the 2017, you have to buy the Urban Drums along with some other instruments.

You can purchase and download more instruments (and sound loops) from within Music Maker Premium at the cost of £25 each. It does not appear that these additional instruments are compatible with other DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). I did try to see if I could use the instruments found in the 2016 to no avail.

Above: Cyclop by Sugar Bytes. It is a great synth for wobble basslines!

I've always appreciated the Music Maker ease of use ethos and it remains very user-friendly. You drag 'n’ drop loops and instruments - even video - upon the tracks to create professional sounding compositions.

The Mastering Suite remains easy to add polish to the overall finished tracks. There some good templates but you're not going to get lost in getting the sound you want for your music.

Music composition remains transparent; fuss free in this latest Music Maker Premium!

Above: Egoist by, yes, you’ve guessed it, Sugar Bytes.

It has gotten to a point where the Digital Audio Workstation has reached the pinnacle in terms of what is deemed as “professional” features on a base level. It has been long established that masses of hardware isn't necessary to create a home music studio. You just need a decent PC, a microphone, USB keyboard, and Music Maker Premium.

Music Maker Premium is a very capable DAW that utilizes VST instruments and effects just like other DAW costing considerably more! If you are in the process of building a studio you might want to check out MAGIX Samplitude Pro X3! Review coming soon!

I did notice that Music Maker Premium had some difficulty in finding some VST instruments. I'm not too sure why but I found that I reinstalling the VST instruments did the trick!

I was a little concerned with Music Maker Premium crashing for no logical reason during the test, however, after downloading an update the stability was restored.

Above: The new Mastering Suite that makes it easy to add a professional sheen to the finished track!
Music Maker Premium 2017 has evolved into an outstanding professional music production suite. It's great as a level entry application and it's got more than enough attributes for more experienced users.

I would like to see a return of “object” instruments as that aspect reminds me of the way in which FL Studio works, what with it's pattern based input. I feel that FL Studio has a certain predefined sound that's hard to get away from whereas Music Maker Premium allows me to add color - so to speak - to whatever music I'm making.

Now that Synapse Audio (no relation) Orion Studio has bit the digital dust, I will state MAGIX Music Maker Premium is the best budget and most easy to use DAW out there!

Above: You can purchase sound loops in the form of “Soundpools” and instruments from within the application.
I look at the amount of newly released Digital Audio Workstations such as Bitwig, Studio One, and Sequel wondering what it is these applications are trying to achieve. It appears to me that these newcomers are trying to emulate Music Maker Premium for ease of use and be a self-contained solution to budding music producers (with accessibility to external VST instruments and effects). But the prices of these new DAW doesn't add up to something worthwhile - in my humble opinion.

Music Maker Premium is unsurpassed for ease of use, features and value for money! Plus it looks great too! Let's look at the Reason application in comparison…

Reason is closed off and can't be extended with VST instruments and effects. It costs £320 to Music Maker Premium at £90. With the £230 you've saved you can put it towards some phenomenal VST instruments and effects!

Add a USB audio interface and you've got a decent home studio. In theory, it's possible to use that £230 to purchase both a USB audio interface and a decent VST instrument/effect.

I would invest in MAGIX Music Maker Premium any day of the week.

The reason (no pun intended) why I featured Sugar Bytes instruments and effects in this review is because they are some of the most sophisticated VST instruments and effects available! Music Maker 2017 Premium can handle the aforementioned instruments and effects without crashing! Hook up a USB keyboard and Music Maker 2017 Premium and other versions will find it, no problem.

What can cause crashes are the freely downloadable VSTs out there. I may do another review solely based upon use with these free VSTs. Sometimes the programming of these free instruments and effects can cause any DAW to crash. The ones that I used did not present any problems.

MAGIX Music Maker Premium scores a Synapse Circuit Platinum!
Start making music today!

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Synapse Circuit/Blue Gene

04/06/2017 03:55 AM



#MAGIX #Vegas #Studio #VegasStudio #MusicMaker #DVD #Architect #DVDArchitect 
The MAGIX acquisition of Sony video and music applications must have come as a shock to the die hard users. I would imagine that many people using Vegas Movie Studio have not heard of MAGIX until now. So, if you're on version 13, read on… And if you are taking your first steps in video editing, read on...
One of the most off putting aspects of Sony multimedia software is the bland interface. Thankfully, MAGIX have given Vegas Movie Studio an aesthetically pleasing makeover; it doesn't hurt my eyes.

The workflow is smooth and logical; given a bit of time, MAGIX will perfect the interface for the next version. You should upgrade now if you're on version 13!

Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum is a very solid performer and did not crash on the AMD FX based PC used for the test. There was no stuttering during playback.

Users of version 13 have experienced constant crashes and I suspect that this is due to the system and software optimization. It appears to me that Sony didn't spend too much time on optimization. It's quite a hard task to optimize software for various PC configurations. This is why a lot of people have gone Apple Mac, Apple has a tight control over the hardware as well as the software.

However, MAGIX have more than a couple of decades of experience with intricacies of the PC. MAGIX has done wonders for Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum and will no doubt continue to do so for future versions.

You're not just getting a video editing package! Uh-uh! No! You're getting excellent add-ons to compliment Vegas Movie Studio 14! You've got great transitions from New Effects; DVD Architect and the standard version of MAGIX's Music Maker DAW!

You're not going to get a better deal.
Vegas Movie Studio is in great hands! MAGIX have done a brilliant job of updating it and it will continue to get better.

If you are new to video editing and you are looking for a solid and inexpensive means to get started with a video editor then Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum could very well be for you. Again, you are getting more software in the box - DVD Architect and Music Maker! And, to top it off, you have some very useful plug-ins from NewBlueFX! And all for £69.99! How could you possibly go wrong!
MAGIX Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum scores a Synapse Circuit Gold!

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Thanks for reading! Synapse Circuit/Blue Gene

04/04/2017 09:17 PM
Portobello Live 30 April to 1 May 2017 with Synapse Circuit

Presents... A Community Interest Company Portobello Live! Showcasing the heart and art of West London! 30 April-1 May 2017

West London’s Mick Jones (the Clash, Big Audio Dynamite) introduces festival highlights:

#Portobello #Live #PortobelloLive #Music #Cabaret #SpokenWord #PerformanceArt #Art

It’s back! For the third year running, Portobello Live! returns to West London with its winning formula of music, cabaret, spoken word, performance and art.

Held over the May Day bank holiday in association with dance label Wall Of Sound and Rough Trade records, this year’s festival also takes a retrospective look at Rock Against Racism, a movement which sprang into life 40 years ago.
A stunning line up of new bands and performers, rock royalty and special guests will play out across the stages of Portobello's iconic pubs, clubs and venues. This year, Portobello Live! is delighted to announce punk performance poet John Cooper Clarke as one of the headline artists, along with Glen Matlock (the Sex Pistols), The Egg, Youth, Salad Undressed, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (Curiosity Killed The Cat), Don Letts, Rusty Egan and Noel Watson, with more to be announced. Music, film, poetry and art lovers will join with music industry and media professionals to enjoy the best of the West in a diverse programme of delight.
A Community Interest Charity (CIC), Portobello Live! also represents the local community. The ‘It’s Behind You’ exhibition looks back over 25 years of the iconic Portobello Panto, neighbourhood music academy The Rhythm Studio will hold drumming sessions and beautiful harmonies from the Portobello Live! Choir open the festival.
Particularly relevant in today’s social climate, Rock Against Racism founder Syd Shelton will reflect on the movement which, 40 years ago, came to public attention through music and marches, or ‘carnivals’, inspired by Notting Hill’s annual event where many RAR artists had their musical and street-fighting apprenticeships. Also highlighting current social affairs, the Oasis World Choir, composed of refugees from Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan, will sing at the festival.
Once again, the watchword of Portobello Live! is accessibility, with one affordable wristband allowing entry to all acts and venues over two days. Under 16s go free. Aimed at preserving Notting Hill's rich and diverse artistic heritage, the festival provides a deserved platform for the area’s past and present music and cultural history. Venues are all within walking distance and include Acklam Village, the Cow, Mau Mau, Rough Trade, Westbank, Rum Kitchen, Maxilla Social Club and Book & Kitchen.
Ongoing support for this year’s festival is being provided by established sponsors and local patrons including Mick Jones (the Clash), actress Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), film director Kevin Allen (Twin Town, Under Milk Wood), Don Letts (B.A.D., DJ, filmmaker and author) and artist Mark Wigan.
‘Not only is it great to be working alongside some of the amazing people and organisations who consider West London home; these important collaborations have presented Portobello Live! with the opportunity to expand and develop, as well as giving it greater visibility in the community,’ says Portobello Live! promoter, Micky P.
Wristbands for Portobello Live! are available now at They can also be purchased at Rough Trade, 130 Talbot Road W11.
Press inquiries to:
Portobello Live! Fan Jarvis Cocker

04/03/2017 08:33 PM



Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! Did you have a good weekend? Have you calmed down over Samsung's great big reveal? Ha ha! Read on!

#Samsung #GalaxyS8 #GalaxyS8+ #Bixby #DEX


London, 02 April 2017 The thrill is gone for mobile phone press launches. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the recent Samsung Unboxing Event in New York on the 29 March 2017. But look: Deja vu?
Expectations management, that's the nature of the “leaks”. I get it. I understand. But these “leaks” detract from the impact of such a huge press event. Don't you want to be surprised?

The big reveal turned out to be the big confirmation. That said, I was very, very pleased with what Samsung has delivered. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have gone down in history as the best designed smartphones ever! It's one thing to see the pictures and video of these awesome handsets, it's another to have it in your hands!

It's fairly early in the year but it looks like Samsung have won the Smartphone of the Year Awards already! It looks like the iPhone 8 is going to be pretty much the same.
The only point of disappointment, mild disappointment, is the camera setup. I was hoping for a dual camera or something different… But it remains to be seen what the camera app will bring to the table.

By the looks of it, Samsung played it a little cool, a little safe with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Nothing overly spectacular in terms of technological advances that ushered in the Galaxy S4. Certainly nothing to tax the battery in the extreme!

The screens are set to 1080p by default and one has to manually switch to 2k. Some people seem to be upset with this default setting. But it makes sense to not have the display set to 2k when it's not needed. No doubt people will have the screen set to 2k all the time as this is what the standards dictate. However, I think it's a great idea to switch to 1080p to save battery consumption. You're not going to notice much of a difference when interacting with social media networks and surfing the web on the 1080p setting. Samsung calls this HD Plus.

I think many Android fans have it in mind that having continuous full on hardware power is best but when that power is doing nothing in the pocket then it's a waste. No doubt switching to 2k will be great for VR and 4k videos.

If the price is right, I think that DeX will be a winner! Samsung had something similar to DeX in the form of a hub for the Galaxy Note 2 that for discontinued for some reason - possibly it was too advanced for it's time. DeX makes sense in this current era of inexpensive PC 1080p, 2k and 4k monitors.

Samsung have been in partnership with a few developers to take advantage of the version of Android that has been optimised for desktop environment. I would imagine that DeX could speed up the development of Android tablet apps. It's about time!

Should the DeX hub come in at under £200 then I'm sure that consumers will go for it in a big way! Can you believe that right now there are people out there with a Windows XP system that's struggling to be of any use? All such XP folk would need is a decent phone upgrade, the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus and DeX. Problem solved! Yes, there are a limited range of apps optimized for DeX but that will change over time. I'm going to get DeX as I can envisage hooking it up to my TV setup for an even smarter TV experience.

It appears that Samsung is aiming the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models at the average consumer that appreciates high-tech simplified and with sublime aesthetics to match.

There's enough power under the hood to please the hardcore hardware fanatics as the Snapdragon 835 system on a chip is one of the best there is. Samsung's own Exynos chip is practically the same as the 835!

While I don't think the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos chips will smoke the iPhone A10 (and forthcoming A11), the respective performances won't have you thinking about the iPhone. I never think about the iPhone when using my Android handsets that includes the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Premium Android handsets just do what they're meant to.

As a result, I'm expecting an all-round top performer in terms of camera, responsiveness and usability where apps are concerned.

I'm not on about the 80’s Sci-Fi Horror Thriller. I'm on about the ways in which you can unlock the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models. You've got the fingerprint reader at the back that has been awkwardly placed next to the camera lens; then there's facial recognition that's been a part of Android for a good while now, and, finally, the iris scanner! In a way I'm surprised that Samsung didn't throw in a voice recognition unlock for good measure!

If you ask me, it looks as though Samsung are trying to outdo the forthcoming iPhone 8 as it is reportedly coming with a facial recognition unlock. And Apple may have worked out how to put a fingerprint reader under the screen!

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were rumoured to come with a fingerprint reader under the screen but once you have an iris scanner would you care for a fingerprint​ scanner under the screen?

The facial recognition unlock could work for specific functions such as DeX. But the safest way to secure the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models is the iris scanner, followed by the fingerprint reader, and followed by a password.

I think that Samsung have played it relatively safe due to the unfortunate issue of the Galaxy Note 7 battery. As I've stated earlier, Samsung has walked a balance between gorgeous futurist aesthetics and superlative technological advancement that can freak out some users. Look, the iPhone is successful because it's simple (and some would argue that it's boring too).

Samsung has managed to achieve the best looking handsets in the world that's married to technological advancement wrapped up in the guise of simplicity. That's not an easy thing to do. Again, what makes Samsung's Galaxy series of premium handsets stand out is the Synapse Circuit “All-Round” factor that other handset manufacturers can seem to match. HTC is a prime example, great designs but the camera is truly lacklustre!

Above: The price is right at £779!

I suspect that there will be some that'll say the speaker isn't as loud in comparison to other flagships. But we seldom use our handsets at full blast in public. And when you're at home the volume level is fine. Personally, I'd be more inclined to use a Bluetooth speaker to get more mileage out of music and video. At the same time, I would've loved to have seen Samsung place a set of stereo front facing speakers on one of their flagships!

The placement of the fingerprint reader is not the best; I'm sure users will learn to pick up the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in a certain way that reduces smudging the camera lens - if they use it.

Is Bixby any good? Think of Bixby as a baby; it relies on people using it on a regular basis for it to learn and, consequently, get better. I'm going to give it a try. I think that the ability to control certain apps and the phone itself via voice commands is a welcome additional functionality. I also think it's a good idea to give it its own hardware button instead of making it activate through a voice command, “Okay, Bixby!” I'm sure that a voice commanded Bixby is in the pipeline. I'm quite sure that a voice activated Bixby could work on the bigger Galaxy Note 8 that features advances in technology to make a voice activated Bixby worthwhile.

I think that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are pretty darned perfection! I'm after the Plus version!

Review coming soon…

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Synapse Circuit/Blue Gene