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Hallo, I think my latest software may interest many of you, so please forgive me for mentioning it :) Fauna is a physical model of a mammalian vocal tract - eg. a synthesizer that can sound like animals. listen to a demo mp3 - http://www.breathcube.com/vst/nature/fauna_animals.mp3 How? It's a waveguide model, meaning it uses short delay lines to model acoustic transmission. The tract can be resized from ~5cm to 10m, and is perhaps a convenient way to voice abstract creatures. I apologize for posting this myself and will not spam this forum. IMO this tool offers a previously unknown solution for producing sound effects. It's free to download, however a donation (suggested $33) gets you 107 presets instead of 16. The manual provides easy instructions for use if you aren't familiar with VST. My homepage is http://www.xoxos.net Best regards, Rurik.

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Commercial use does require the purchase of a license. Other conditions are noted in the pdf, eg. no reselling on ebay as "freeware harvesting service" et c.

This was intended for 'musical' applications with low cpu. As a media voicing tool, it could probably use more segments. At the present five, some patches are serendipitous and shaping the tract is not so intuitive for the casual user.

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I'm pretty sure I'm going to purchase this product. A few questions first:

1) With the $33 donation (which I'll gladly pay) is there any limitation on the number of computers I can use this on?

2) One thing I'd really like to do is use this plugin with spoken dialogue and make it sound like a parrot. Are there any presets build for a parrot sound? I also feel this product could be very useful for other audio editing.

Thanks and keep up the great work! I rated you up!

Thanks,

Nathan

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> 1) With the $33 donation (which I'll gladly pay) is there any limitation on the number of computers I can use this on?

None. The license clause is primarily to inhibit people reselling freeware on ebay.

> 2) Are there any presets build for a parrot sound?

I think patching something resembling a parrot squawk would be fairly easy, however you'd probably have to patch each squawk separately. There are seven bird presets, one of which uses fm to create a 'caw' which might be a good starting point. i can send you the .fpx preset if you'd like.

The model is too primitive for speech. I'd suggest using a formant/fft processor, perhaps dtblkfx (freeware) and a voice talent with attitude.

> Thanks and keep up the great work! I rated you up!


:D


In a similar vein, I just released 'Virtual Machine,' which is included in a Fauna donation.

http://www.breathcube.com/VM.mp3
http://www.breathcube.com/virtualmachine.jpg

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I used this vsti when you first published it in KVR (I think :P) and I was kinda impressed with it. The free presets are not that good, but with enough tweaking and a lot of fx it can sound decent, for a synth.

Good job and continue the good work man.

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