Hartmann Neuron VS makes a comeback for Intel Macs 30/05/13
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In 2000, Axel Hartmann and Stephan Bernsee, set out to design a novel synthesizer based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis, the Neuron synthesizer. They were able to get support from a lot of people, including well known artists such as Hans Zimmer, and Hartmann Music as a company won several awards for innovation in synthesis technology.
Unfortunately and despite the huge interest in their products, due to some issues with distribution and their hardware manufacturer Hartmann was driven out of business in 2004. With the company dead there was no chance for Neuron owners to get tech support or updates.
Just recently, a Facebook group came into existence that managed to attract many knowledgeable and skilled Neuron owners who provide support and advice to each other in their spare time. To aid them in the process of keeping the Neuron alive, Stephan Bernsee dusted off the old NeuronVS sources in order to revive the NeuronVS VST plug-in, a software-only version of the Neuron synth that came with a powerful hardware controller, the Nuke. Thanks to the generosity of former Hartmann CEO Stefan Rapp and Neuron designer Axel Hartmann Stephan Bernsee says that he is now able to provide an updated version of the original software free of charge, (hopefully) free of bugs - and with no warranties of any kind.