KV331 Audio is proud to announce version 2.0 of their flagship software synthesizer SynthMaster, which is due to be released in Standalone/VSTi formats for Windows in November 2009. To celebrate the arrival of SynthMaster 2.0, KV331 Audio is also holding a song contest with cash prizes of $200/$150/$100 for the top three winners. Candidates interested in entering the contest can submit their songs created using SynthMaster 2.0 to firstname.lastname@example.org until October 25, 2009. KV331 Audio has been working on the new version of SynthMaster 2.0 for the past 2.5 years and they have recently announced the release date of SynthMaster 2.0 as November 2009. The beta version of SynthMaster 2.0 has been heavily tested since July, and the Demo version is also available from their web site at : http://www.kv331audio.com/DownloadFile.aspx?fileID=37 SynthMaster 2.0 has gone through major changes compared to the first version: * Layers: In SynthMaster 2.0, every voice consists of 2 layers. Each layer has its own Arpeggiator/Sequencer, 2 Oscillators, 2 Multimode filters, 4 Modulators, 4 ADSR Envelopes, 2 Multistage Envelopes, 2 LFOs, 4 KeyScalers and Distortion/LoFi/4 Band EQ effects. * "Analog" filters: SynthMaster now sounds warmer with the addition of "analog" LP/HP/BP/BS filters modelled after the famous "Ladder" filter. Aside from those, 1/2/3/4 stage Allpass and Comb filters are new additions as well. * "Wavetable/Wavescanning" oscillators: With the addition of Wavetable/wavescanning synthesis in SynthMaster 2.0, now it is possible to create very complex and evolving sounds using multiple wavetables and sequencing between them. * Flexible Modulation Options: It is possible to modulate almost every continuous parameter using LFOs, Envelopes, KeyScalers, MIDI Velocity, MIDI Aftertouch or MIDI Controllers; which makes it possible to create very complex sounds with SynthMaster 2.0 * Rich Wavetable Content: Aside from the 128 factory wavetables licensed from Galbanum, 320 user wavetables selected from the Muz3um for Rapture patch set also comes with SynthMaster 2.0 * Rich Preset Content: To show the power of SynthMaster 2.0, a team of professional sound designers formed by Scot Solida, LeLotusBleu Sound Design, Xenos Soundworks, CFA-Audio and KV331 Audio's own Teoman Pasinlioğlu'n have created more than 500 presets in a wide range of categories/genres. * Preset Browser: With the addition of a preset browser users can now easily find the sound they're looking for by filtering through preset category, music style or preset author. * Skin Editor: SynthMaster 2.0 comes with its skin editor which allows the users to customize the look of SynthMaster, or to create new skins with different layouts. To celebrate the arrival of SynthMaster 2.0 and to show off the power of SynthMaster 2.0, KV331 Audio is holding a song contest between October 1st-25th. The top 3 winners of the contest will win cash prizes of $200/$150/$100, while all the other contestants will receive free SynthMaster 2.0 licenses. KV331 Audio have announced the rules of the song contest as follows: 1. Free SynthMaster 2.0 Licence: Candidates interested to submit songs to the contest can obtain a free SynthMaster 2.0 license from KV331 Audio by submitting the first 60 seconds of their demo song created using SynthMaster 2.0 Demo version to email@example.com 2. Submissions/Deadlines: Contestants should e-mail finished songs to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 26. During submission, they should include the following information as well: * Music genre/style * Host used * Number of SynthMaster instances used * External fx/drum (if used) 3. Voting: Between October 25th-31st, there will be public online voting on various music forums. The percentage of the public voting on the final result will be %25. The other %75 will be decided by KV331 Audio's internal judges, formed by members/moderators at MuzikTek.net 4. Payment method for top 3 winners: Payment will be made via PayPal. 5. Use of external effects: Allowed. 6. Use of other instruments: Only drums are allowed, no other external instruments can be used. KV331 Audio will announce the results of the song contest on their web site and on online music forums on November 1st.