Dios santo! The Malstrom must be one of my favourite software synthesizers, but having had the nautical misfortune of actually encountering the maelstrom on one of my sea voyages I cannot fathom why anyone would want to name their musical instrument after such a terrifying ordeal. The only sounds I remember discerning amid the cavernous roar of the vortex itself are the desperate shrieks of dozens of hardy but utterly luckless sailors being funneled rapidly to their doom. But I digress...
A quixotic project if there ever was one, this is my attempt to enhance the Malstrom's capabilities by employing it as an oscillator in Blamsoft's awesome Polymodular System. By allowing you to play many Malstroms as if they were one synthesizer, this collection of gargantuan (and needlessly complicated) combinator patches offer a variety of previously unavailable stereo unison effects, in addition to analogue-style pitch drifting, and various arcane modulation possibilities that otherwise cannot be achieved without a mod matrix.
The free download below contains the refill file with several device concepts and a bunch of presets demonstrating possible uses in addition to a manual that explains everything. In order to control these devices this refill makes use of Aftermath Audio's extremely useful CV8x4 rack extension, which is also free.
Requires: Propellerhead Reason, Blamsoft Polymodular System, CV8X4 (free), a serious CPU
Note: for all of the features of these devices to function correctly, you need to run pattern devices (or press play)
As a bonus to celebrate the opening of this site, here you will find collected some new devices and presets that I've made since the original release. Some of these devices utilize the modular Elements:DS-LFO which was released the past year, and has been gallantly made available for free by the gracious people at AirRaid Audio. This add-on refill contains 6 new device concepts, and 30 new presets.
Requires: Propellerhead Reason, Blamsoft Polymodular System, CV8X4 (free), Elements: DS-LFO (free)