Aciddose releases Xhip Synthesizer v8.0 for Windows
Aciddose has released version 8.0 of Xhip, the free subtractive synth VSTi plug-in for Windows.
Summary of new features
- Resizable GUI.
- MIDI to parameter routing.
- Embedded effects.
- Preset categories.
- Bank name.
- New LEDs.
- Buttons replaced with a menu.
- Improved preset menu.
- Improved parameter menus.
- Unison stereo width.
- Sine waveform.
- Save/load state files.
- User-customizable “init state”.
- PCM now saved in projects/state.
- Save/load “MIDI learn” CC map.
- Linear and differentiated xmod modes.
- Voice recycling switch.
- Various fixes and other improvements.
WHAT IS XHIP?
Xhip allows you to produce the highest quality dual-oscillator polyphonic synthesizer sounds, similar to classic poly synthesizers of the late 80s. Strings, synth pads, basses, leads, organs, pianos, percussion, bells, vocals, sound effects and more are demonstrated in the included bank.
- Two oscillators, filters, envelopes and LFOs.
- Oscillator sync and X-mod.
- Oscillator (super-saw) and voice level unison.
- PCM (samples) as oscillator waveforms with looping and anti-aliasing.
- Ring-mod, audio-rate filter modulation and saturation.
- Per-voice wave-shaping (distortion).
- Sample-accurate modulation.
- Detailed PDF format manual.
From Xhip Website
Ancient Xhip lore from bygone days of yore.
(Eons ago~! … well, approximately …)
Xhip was originally designed as a basic synthesizer used inside a tracker (“acid tracker”) around 1999. Before that it had existed in pieces as small tools for generating samples to be used in more common trackers.
In 2003 it existed as a stand-alone application (“acid synth”) and someone suggested that it should be converted to a plug-in using a more common and popular interface format. It needed a new name as the synthesizer was originally designed for simple chip-sounds with a little extra and not so much for TB-303 basslines or whatever else might be associated with “acid”.
Xhip was born.
In 2004 someone suggested it could be released publicly on a webpage with news about it posted on KVR. At the time it had no GUI and much more limited capabilities.
How do you say Xhip? Well, the same way you’d say xello, or xlevator, or xurbo xharger of course. Personally, I use a sound like rough sand-paper scratching along a plank. Incidentally I wonder if Xhip can produce this sound … ?
That’s enough of a history lesson for now; Let’s move on to the …
Xweet xubtractive xudio xynthesis!
(Preferably pronounced by a robot with shorting frayed neckcabling.)
With the addition of a second oscillator, super-saw unison, two filters, a waveshaper, pairs of modulators (envelopes, and LFOs); Features like ringmod, xmod, filter input FM, saturation and global unison Xhip has become far more than its original intention.
Xhip allows you to produce the highest quality dual-oscillator polyphonic synthesizer sounds similar to classic poly synthesizers of the late 80s. Strings, synth pads, basses, leads, organs, pianos, percussions, bells, vocals, sound effects and more are demonstrated in the included bank.
ADDITIONAL CONTENTto reach the page where you can find the user guide, the factory bank and an additional synth-drum bank.