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IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and iRig HD
Posted: 01-Jul-15


IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce a new complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig® PRO and iRig® HD mobile audio interfaces. At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent by offering the utmost in professional recording quality - anywhere and anytime.

The higher the bandwidth, the better
Simply put, musicians can now play and record with recording studio quality sound. Both iRig HD and iRig PRO are now able to capture even more of the subtle nuance and detail of analogue instruments and other input sources. It's an ideal feature for professionals and advanced home studio enthusiasts who won't settle for anything less than the best sound possible - and it's a completely no-cost update for all existing iRig HD and iRig PRO users.

iRig PRO - The 96kHz all-in-one mobile audio solution
iRig PRO is the first full-featured compact audio and MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. It's like a Swiss Army knife for mobile recording: It sports an XLR/1/4" combo input socket and a MIDI input which means that it can be used with any XLR microphone (it even provides 48V phantom power supplied by an onboard 9V battery), guitars, basses, keyboards, line-level instruments and MIDI controllers.

It's perfect for the musician on the move who needs to have it all. Now anyone can record guitars, bass, vocals, harmonies, acoustic instruments, keyboards, MIDI data and more without having to swap interfaces, and lose that creative flow. iRig PRO is compact - about as small as a harmonica - and comes with everything needed to get started playing and recording right out of the box. Its included Lightning, 30-pin and USB connector cables ensure the right connection every time.

iRig HD - Streamlined high-definition sound
High-definition sound that fits in the palm of a hand - that's what iRig HD was made for. It's a slim and compact audio interface with a 1/4" instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolour LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry. Its 1/4" Hi-Z input jack can accommodate any guitar, bass or line-level instrument, and its detachable Lightning, 30-pin and USB connector cables allow for maximum compatibility. And with the addition of 24-bit/96kHz recording, now it sounds better than ever before.

A world of apps
Both iRig PRO and iRig HD come equipped with a USB cable that allows them to be used with a computer and a wide variety of popular 24-bit/96kHz recording-compatible DAW software, like Apple Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Avid Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer, PreSonus Studio One and Steinberg Cubase. In addition, both come with a full suite of mobile apps and software designed for creating inspired music on the go.

Pricing and availability
The 96kHz firmware update is provided to registered owners of iRig HD and iRig PRO at no charge. To update, users just need to simply log into their user account on the IK Multimedia web site, download the firmware updater for their computer OS and then follow the simple installation instructions. The PC version of the Firmware Updater is available now, July 1, 2015, and a Macintosh version will be available in the second week of July, 2015.

Alongside this special announcement, IK Multimedia is offering a $/€20 discount on the list price of iRig PRO and iRig HD through the entire month of July. iRig PRO is now available for $/€129.99 and iRig HD is available for $/€79.99. Both can be purchased from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK online store.


For more information, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/irigpro
www.ikmultimedia.com/irighd

For more information about the 96kHz firmware update, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/firmware


Web-Link: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigpro
Web-Link: www.ikmultimedia.com/irighd


XILS-lab relaunches revolutionary virtual analogue soft synth with modern-day makeover
Posted: 01-Jul-15


Music software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of Syn'X 2 — a multi- format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit polytimbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7/8) that pay perfect homage to the legendary Elka Synthex Eighties-vintage Italian instrument.

At the time of its 1982 launch the eight-voice polyphonic Elka Synthex sounded like no other synthesizer around thanks to the eight monophonic synthesizer circuits central to its innovative 16-DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator) driven design. The Elka Synthex was discontinued in 1985, but users include legendary American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder & electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, who has three, with well-known Laser Harp performances still emanating exclusively from an amazing-sounding Synthex patch produced by one-time UK demonstrator/programmer Paul Wiffen (and audible in isolation in 'Second Rendez-Vous' on Jarre's super-selling Rendez-Vouz album of 1986).

Today the Elka Synthex is one of the most sought-after synthesizers around. As a result of its superlative sound design and avant-garde architecture, it's a true musical instrument that's truly stood the test of time. Today it sounds as fresh as it did back in 1982. Just ask Jean-Michel Jarre, who is on record as saying, "The Synthex allowed me to also develop something I had in mind with electronic music — epic, symphonic type of sounds that you probably had with the modular Moog before, such as those that Walter/Wendy Carlos used for Switched On Bach or A Clockwork Orange — a deep, mad, classical approach to a polyphonic synthesizer." Truly, madly, deeply, indeed.


In 2011 XILS-lab decided to effectively emulate it in software, even going so far as to enlist the eager ears of Paul Wiffen himself. "The sonic results are uncannily close to the original" he promptly pronounced. Surprisingly, Syn'X has already been available to purchase and download from the XILS-lab web store for longer than the production lifespan of the original hardware synthesizer from which it drew so much musical inspiration. It's time, therefore, for a serious update, and with it some fanciful features that look beyond merely modelling the Elka Synthex...


All-important additions to Syn'X 2 include: oscillators with (up to 40) cumulative waveforms (per patch); new 0DF PWM (Pulse Width Modulation)/hard sync oscillator algorithms; unique CHAO (2D space movement) and (five rhythmic effects) RTHM LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) with (up to 50) cumulative waveforms (per patch); two arpeggiators; two keyboard zones — Upper and Lower, suitable for split and layered instruments; guitar multitimbral mode — whereby all layers can be assigned to independent MIDI channels, so playing different sounds with each guitar string, for instance, is possible; polyphonic SEQUENCER (that also acts as a modulation source); vintage-sounding CHORUS, DELAY, PHASER, and EQ effects (with proprietary True Stereo Technology); and 300 phenomenal presets programmed by professional sound designers, to name but few.


Syn'X 2 is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2) protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of €127.00 EUR until July 21, 2015 (rising to €169.00 EUR thereafter) on the XILS-lab web store here: https://www.xils-lab.com/products/Syn'X-%3A-iLok-or-eLicenser-protected.html

Syn'X 2 can also be purchased as a bundle together with the miniWork'X sound library — featuring 268 miniSyn'X sounds for Syn'X 2 programmed by Lotuzia — for an introductory discounted price of €148.00 EUR until July 21, 2015 (rising to €198.00 EUR thereafter).

Note that owners of the original Syn'X can upgrade to Syn'X 2 for free while owners of miniSyn'X can upgrade to 'full-blown' Syn'X 2 status for an introductory discounted price of €93.00 EUR until July 21, 2015 (rising to €124.00 EUR thereafter).

Syn'X 2 can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit polytimbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and Windows (XP, Vista, and 7/8) from here: https://www.xils-lab.com/pages/Syn%27X_Download.html

Several superb audio demos showcasing Syn'X 2 can be heard here: https://www.xils-lab.com/pages/Syn%27X_Audio.html


Web-Link: www.xils-lab.com/pages/Syn%27X-2.html


Producerloops Essential Tropical House: Summer Edition
Posted: 01-Jul-15


'Essential Tropical House: Summer Edition' kicks off a brand new series of laid-back, sun-soaked House Construction Kit products, perfectly encapsulating the chilled, blissful vibe of the Tropics and blending it with modern House elements. Deep sidechained basses, lush plucks, radio-ready chord progressions and vocal fragments, it's all here in this 970 MB library inspired by Kygo, Sam Feldt & Oliver Heldens.

Featuring dry, wet, FX tail and one-shot files, this MIDI equipped collection of Construction Kits is your entry point into the world of Tropical House.

The production in this pack is silky smooth, and is sure to give your tracks the warmth and depth they require. You'll find 240 24-Bit WAV files included, along with 34 MIDI files, making this pack both easy to use and incredibly versatile.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Essential Tropical House: Summer Edition' includes MIDI files for the majority of musical phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

Advantages of MIDI:
While the supplied ACID/Apple Loops/REX files are extremely flexible and powerful, MIDI has the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

One-Shot Samples:
This pack also includes One-Shot samples, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to complement the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice and create an infinite number of new grooves and phrases.

Dry/Wet Loops:
For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem - add your own effects.

Unlooped Riffs/Tails:
This sample library also comes with unlooped/tail versions allowing you to end a phrase with the decay of the reverb/delay applied to the loop, another "Producer Loops" exclusive product feature.

Royalty-Free:
All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.

Specifications:
  • 5 Construction Kits
  • 240 Individual WAV Files
  • Pads, plucks, basses, drums, vocals and more
  • 34 MIDI files
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • REX2 Loops
  • Ableton Live 8.1.3+ Pack
  • Reason ReFill
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Essential Tropical House: Summer Edition' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £39.95 / 56,24 EUR. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Essential-Tropical-House-Summer-Edition.html


Softube announces availability of Heartbeat drum synth software
Posted: 01-Jul-15


Having caused quite a stir when announced in April at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, high- end software developer Softube is proud to announce availability of Heartbeat — its first software instrument for Mac OS X 10.8 or newer (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and Windows 8 or newer (VST/VST3/AAX) — as of June 26...

As implied by name, Heartbeat is an innovative software drum synth with a familiar, yet unique sound character. While drawing its inspiration from the best Eighties-era-defining analog drum synths, HeartBeat does not emulate any existing drum machine. Mostly, its sounds are based on Softube's own modeled analog synthesis, augmented with carefully selected waveforms. Eight instruments are included — two different bass drums, two different snare drums, two percussion instruments, plus hi-hats and cymbal.

Heartbeat is a one-stop shop for beat creation. As such, it includes a fully-featured effects section. Softube's acclaimed TSAR-1 reverb is included in a slightly modified form alongside the separately available Valley People Dyna-mite compressor/limiter/gate. Generously, the third effect, Filter Echo, is a new and characterful delay.

Heartbeat also features the innovative Auto Layer Machine, which can be used to easily layer the instruments or create flams or small fill patterns. The Chaos slider adds a sense of randomness to the behavior of Auto Layer Machine, making Heartbeat a drum synth with a mind of its own!

Heartbeat is available for $199.00 USD/€128.00 EUR (excluding sales tax/VAT) from Softube's authorized dealers, as well as from Softube's own Web Store (where the price is circa 10% higher) here: http://www.softube.com/buy.php

Please visit the Heartbeat product page for more information and a demonstration video; a free 20-day demo license can also be downloaded from here: http://www.softube.com/index.php?id=heartbeat

All Softube plug-ins, including Heartbeat, use iLok's machine-based license system, which is entirely free, meaning a USB iLok key is optional.


Web-Link: www.softube.com


ZAOR and IsoAcoustics create new products
Posted: 01-Jul-15


Premium studio furniture designer and manufacturer ZAOR Studio Furniture is proud to announce a cross-continental collaboration with Canadian optimised speaker isolation solutions provider IsoAcoustics as of June 25...

ZAOR Studio Furniture and IsoAcoustics are joining forces to create an attractive series of speaker stands, desktop speaker stands, and even media production workstation desks. Great and small, professionals and amateurs alike will benefit from an enhanced audio experience.

Says IsoAcoustics President Dave Morrison: "Speakers perform best when they are correctly positioned and free from mechanical interference. Our desktop speaker stands are the perfect blend of aesthetics, ergonomics, and acoustic science to make any speaker system perform better." And speaking of aesthetics and ergonomics, little wonder, then, that ZAOR Studio Furniture was deemed to be the perfect partner for IsoAcoustics: "We have always liked the sleek and elegant design of ZAOR's furniture. For us, this opportunity to integrate our patented technology into their product line feels like creating a dream team."

The first fruits of this mutually beneficial collaboration came together in time to be previewed at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. This included ZAOR Studio Furniture's flagship in its marketable modular studio furniture concept lineup, the MIZA X media production workstation desk, featuring a pair of IsoAcoustics' new Aperta stylish and slick line of sculpted aluminium acoustic isolation stands designed for medium-sized professional studio monitors and speakers. These can be freely positioned on the bridge and are integrated in a solid-wood plate in desk-matching colour configurations. Also available is the D-STAND ISO, ZAOR Studio Furniture's height-adjustable desktop stand in white glossy finish that now benefits from additional top acoustic isolation and speaker enhancement alongside height- and angle-adjustment attributes... all thanks to tight IsoAcoustics integration.

More collaborative products will follow soon, such as full-height speaker stands, height-adjustable for small, medium, and large professional studio monitors. Watch this ('free-floating') space...

The D-STAND ISO height-adjustable desktop stand is available to purchase from ZAOR Studio Furniture's global network of authorised authorised resellers or online directly from the ZAOR Studio Furniture Store (http://poe-music.com/products/zaor-studio-furniture/) for a RRP of €340.00 EUR (including 17% sales tax, plus shipping).


Web-Link: www.zaorstudiofurniture.com


Future Loops Releases Dubstep Focus - Serum Soundset
Posted: 01-Jul-15


Future Loops has just released Dubstep Focus - Serum Soundset, a collection royalty-free presets for Xfer Serum VST. Dubstep Focus - Serum Soundset includes 100 presets (bass, leads, plucks) and was created for anyone producing Dubstep, Bass Music and EDM.

Version 1.0 or latest of SERUM is required

For more info and demos check out their website via the link.


Web-Link: http://futureloops.com/product-dubstep-focus-serum-soundset.php


Roland goes modular
Posted: 29-Jun-15


Following last year's AIRA debut, Roland is launching a whole new range of Eurorack compatible modular gear. The SYSTEM-1m is a semi-modular version of the SYSTEM-1 synth with extra features like CV/Gate connections, external input, and more comprehensive signal routing options. Next there's a range of standalone, table-top and Eurorack compatible effects for next-level sound mangling and experimentation, with distortion, crusher, delay and scatter coming soon. Patch cables at the ready!

Roland is also pleased to announce the development of the SYSTEM-500, an all-new, fully analog modular synthesizer based on two of the most revered electronic instruments of all time—the SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100m. Designed exclusively for Eurorack, the SYSTEM-500 delivers classic Roland sound with all the advantages and reliability of a modern instrument.

Coming Q3 2015!


Web-Link: www.roland.com/aira/airamodular/


Korgs new Electribe sampler shipping!
Posted: 29-Jun-15


The Electribe series lets you play back your carefully constructed patterns while using intuitive operations to add spice and reveal new sonic possibilities. Approximately ten years after the Electribe SX first went on sale, there's now a new sampler in the electribe series that's designed to be simple and easy for the beginner to understand, and even more enjoyable for previous electribe users.

  • Maximum Polyphony: 24 voices *1 (Pseudo-polyphonic *2)
  • Number of parts: 16
  • Sampling Frequency: 48.0 kHz
  • Number of Sound Samples: Up to 999 (Includes User)
  • Number of Filter types: 3
  • Number of Modulation types: 72
  • Memory capacity: 250 patterns
  • Insert effects: 38 types
  • Master effects: 32 types
  • Up to 64 steps for each part
  • Up to 24 modulation sequences for each pattern
  • Last Step can be varied for each part
  • 16 Velocity sensitive pads
  • L/Mono Output (Standard Phone jack)
  • R Output (Standard Phone jack)
  • Headphones (Stereo mini jack)
  • Line Input (Stereo mini jack)
  • MIDI In/Out (Use an included MIDI adapter cable)
  • USB Type micro B
  • Sync In/Out (Stereo mini jack)
  • External storage on SD Card (More than 1GB), SDHC Card (Up to 32GB)


For more information check the link.


Web-Link: www.korg.com/us/products/dj/electribe_sampler/


Producerloops European Pop Vocals Vol 1
Posted: 29-Jun-15


'European Pop Vocals Vol 1' kicks off a brand new series of tender, emotive and fully-fledged vocal driven Pop Construction Kit products. Inside you'll find five powerful arrangements featuring multiple song sections, a range of contemporary Pop instrumentation and complete vocal tracks that run through the entirety of each song.

In detail, each Construction Kit contains a variety of drum and instrument loops, including acoustic drums and percussion, bass, acoustic guitar, strings, FX and more. These elements on their own are sure to inspire countless future Pop hits.

At the heart of each of these five arrangements is a complete vocal track including verses, choruses, and other adlibs and vocal effects. You can chop and mangle these vocals, or simply drag and drop them in as-is to form the basis of an entirely new track.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'European Pop Vocals Vol 1' includes MIDI files for the majority of musical phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

Advantages of MIDI:
While the supplied ACID/Apple Loops are extremely flexible and powerful, MIDI has the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

One-Shot Samples:
This pack also includes One-Shot samples, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to compliment the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice and create an infinite number of new grooves and phrases.

Dry/Wet Loops:
For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem - add your own effects.

Unlooped Riffs/Tails:
This sample library also comes with unlooped/tail versions allowing you to end a phrase with the decay of the reverb/delay applied to the loop, another "Producer Loops" exclusive product feature.

Royalty-Free:
All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.

Specifications:
  • 5 Construction Kits
  • 267 WAV/AIFF Files
  • 32 MIDI files
  • Complete vocal takes
  • Full Pop arrangements
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • REX Files
  • Ableton Live! 8.1.3+ Pack
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'European Pop Vocals Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 41,33 EUR. More information is available at: http://www.producerloops.com


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-European-Pop-Vocals-Vol-1.html


Open Source - Ego Killer [Ghost Label records]
Posted: 21-Jun-15


Death is not frightening, for it would seem frightening to Socrates if indeed it was.

During the short breath of existence that we call life, a man¢s instinct provokes him to be loved, and if not
loved to be admired, and if not admired to be respected, and if not respected to be feared, and if not feared
to be hated. Whitewashed from his bio necessities a man without EGO quietly awaits his ending to fulfill
his destiny.

EGO KILLER elevates the listener to a new level of awareness and reflects the overwhelming growth in
popularity of highly emotional, melodic trance over its 80-minute journey. The unique melodies and abstract
instruments combine to create a sentient musical dose of life-and-death bliss and allow you to explore the
edges of consciousness.


Web-Link: Buy "EGO KILLER" online!


Bluezone releases Tribal Techno Loops
Posted: 05-Jun-15


Bluezone releases 'Tribal Techno Loops', a new tribal sample pack covering a wide range of sophisticated drum loops and percussion grooves. You can inject these loops into a lot of styles such as progressive house, techno, EDM, tech and deep house, minimal, psytrance and more. This sample pack contains 112 high quality loops ( ethnic and world percussion rhythms, percussion loops, drum beats, top loops, hihat and shaker loops...) carefully designed, really useful, and presenting a lot of possibilities to create your own productions.

All loops have been recorded at the same BPM, are meticulously edited and give you an inspiring selection of audio elements. 'Tribal Techno Loops' offers a perfect mix of loops with incredibly pure sounds. Available in WAV and AIFF format, all of the content in this downloadable sample pack is 100% royalty-free : once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial music releases with no restrictions.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS :

Editor : Bluezone
Reference : BC0206
Delivery : Download link
Download size : 205 MB
Extracted size : 234 MB
Format : WAV + AIFF
Resolution : 24 Bit / 44.1 kHz
Channel : Stereo
License : Royalty free
Total files : 234
Total samples : 112 WAV + 112 AIFF


Web-Link: http://www.bluezone-corporation.com/samples/tribal-techno-loops-download