Xen-Arts – XenFont2



size 33 MB

XenFont2 is a microtonal SF2 / subtractive synth.

It is a stereo, two oscillator, hybrid SF2 SoundFont & Subtractive Synthesis VSTi that features full-controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning using the MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard) format, where any MIDI Note Number can be freely microtuned to any desired pitch across the MIDI range, enabling computer musicians and composers to explore the vast expressive possibilities of composing music with alternative intonation systems.

XenFont2 is a microtonal sound-designer’s SF2 sample-based synthesizer, with a carefully designed ergonomic workflow for quickly creating powerful sounding and musical useful timbres. The instrument enables users to load their own stereo SF2 SoundFont files and thereby any special timbres required of the music at hand, from classical acoustic instruments, to synthesized ones. Routing the SF2 SoundFont Oscillators through the internal synthesis functions of the VSTi, provides a way to radically transform the original sounds and create new synthesized timbres.

XenFont2 is also an educational tool for learning about computer music sound-design, sampling and subtractive sound synthesis, as well as musical instrument intonation (aka microtuning and xenharmonics).

XenFont2 embodies a design philosophy of simplicity for microtonal music sound-design:

  • A knob-less design primarily featuring slider controls, which enables intuitive direct control with a computer mouse.
  • A dedicated control signal system mapped to the most important synthesis functions.
  • Settings are made by typing values into fields, dropdown lists, left-and-right arrows, switches and sliders.
  • Enables musicians to specify precise microtonal pitch-bend settings.
  • Features arbitrary microtonal oscillator transposition settings.
  • MIDI-CC modulation of harmonics enables dynamically playing harmonics of the fundamental pitch.
  • 2 Stereo SF2 SoundFont Oscillators that enable users to load their own SF2 files.
  • Microtonal, Cents-Based Oscillator Transposition.
  • Per-Oscillator Analog Pitch Drift Emulator.
  • Flexible channel routing options for each oscillator.
  • 6 dedicated Modulation Generators (MOD-GEN), featuring an ADSR and Graphic Envelope Generator, and an LFO that can be switched to run at Audio-Rate, which are for modulating Amplitude (AM) of each oscillator, Crossfade Modulation (XFM), Filters, Pitch and VCA.
  • MIDI-CC-to-Harmonics Modulation enables oscillators to dynamically sound harmonics of the fundamental pitch.
  • Oscillator Mixer for setting relative oscillator volumes, Cross-Fade Modulation (XFM) and Ring Modulator (RM).
  • Cross-Fade Modulation (XFM) Mode with six directional options for cross-fading between the two oscillators, including Sum (XFM bypass).
  • Pre-Filter Saturation Stage with 20 Saturation Types.
  • 2 Independent Filters with Six Filter Types: LP4, LP2, HPF, BPF, BRF, APF.
  • 1 and 2 Stage Filter Cascade.
  • Parallel and serial order routing.
  • Unipolar and Bipolar Filter Modulation Modes.
  • Full controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning with MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard).
  • MTS support for both Single Note and Bulk Dump: Loads MTS microtuning format files internally and receives MTS externally.
  • Patch (per-patch) and Global Microtuning (static microtuning for all patches).
  • Microtunings can be loaded from any directory on hard drives or storage devices connected to the PC.
  • Partials file loader for patch-level partial retuning of MOD-GEN Audio-Rate Oscillators.
  • Modulation Effects include Chorus and two Phaser types.
  • MIDI: 12 Note Polyphonic, Monophonic Legato Mode, Monophonic Portamento, Microtonal Pitch Bend, Vibrato.
  • Ensemble: Tone Filters, Stereo Ensemble.
  • Delay: Stereo Delay effect.
  • Amp output section with three models.
  • 89 Factory Patches by Xen-Arts and Sevish.
  • 148 MTS Microtunings.
  • 91 Partials TXT Files for Audio-Rate Oscillator Modulation.
  • Instruction Manual.


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