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Biome Digital Releases 'Big Drop!' Dance Music Presets For Massive
Posted: 22-Jul-14


Biome Digital has released Big Drop! Dance Music Presets For Massive.

119 expertly crafted presets suited to a wide variety of dance music genres, 242 Audio files ready for
you to get creative with and 212 MIDI files totalling a whopping 572 files! Audio & MIDI files are Key
labelled and range from 2 bars to 32 bars in length. Macros & controllers have been assigned where
necessary and many patches feature complex modulation routing.

Pack contains the following:

119 Presets in .NMSV Format*
242 Audio Files (range of styles & tempo)
212 MIDI Files.

*Requires Native Instruments Massive 1.3 or newer (not included)


3 purchase options available from www.BiomeDigital.co.uk:

Big Drop - Complete £23.
Big Drop - Presets Only £19.
Big Drop - Audio & MIDI Only £11.


Web-Link: Buy From Biome Digital
Web-Link: Youtube Video Demo


Producerloops Deep House Vocals Vol 1
Posted: 15-Jul-14


'Deep House Vocals Vol 1' begins a new series of deep, soulful House Construction Kit products featuring complete vocal tracks and individual phrases for you to edit and re-arrange. These chart-ready vocals and Kits are inspired by Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Jess Glynne, and Mr Probz. Each Kit in this 1.15 GB library features all of the instrumentation you need to create smooth House hits including lush pads, side-chained bass and various filter effects. All of this is backed up by useful features for advanced producers as well as MIDI files.

From deep phased basses to flowing pads and sparse synth melodies, 'Deep House Vocals Vol 1' includes all of the essential elements of the Deep House sound which is storming the charts once again. At the heart of each Kit is a complete vocal performance complete with individually separated phrases and adlibs which you can re-combine to create entirely new vocal arrangements.

On top of all of this, you'll find Dry & Wet versions of most samples, as well as FX Tails and also MIDI for those producers who want to get under the hood and re-shape these already versatile tracks into something entirely new.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Deep House 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 content is 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.

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
  • Complete Vocal Stems
  • Over 130 Individual Vocal Phrases
  • Adlibs, Verses & Choruses
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Deep House Vocals Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 24,90 EUR / $49.94 USD. More information is available at www.producerloops.com via the link.


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


Biome Digital Releases Club Clap 'n' Snare Loops Sample Pack
Posted: 12-Jul-14


Biome Digital has released Club Clap 'N' Snare Loops.

Here's what they say: "In Dance music Kick is King; but nothing without a solid clap/snare to back it up!
This pack has been created to give you that wide & dynamic punch heard in so many dance music hits. 85
loops are ready to drop straight into your tracks, 74 one shots are available for you to get creative with
and 2 Native Instrument Kontakt banks with all one shots mapped across the keyboard are supplied for
your convenience."

The pack contains the following:
40 Groove Loops (128bpm)
45 Straight Loops (128bpm)
74 One Shots

2 Kontakt Instruments with all one-shots mapped across the keyboard.
Available to buy now from www.BiomeDigital.co.uk


Web-Link: Biome Digital Club Clap 'n' Snare Loops
Web-Link: Youtube Video Demo


Biome Digital Releases Club Impacts Sample Pack
Posted: 12-Jul-14


Biome Digital has announced the release of Club Impacts, featuring 150 sound FX for electronic music
production.

Here's what they say: "This pack of impact FX is the perfect way to add tension, excitement and
suspense to your music. These sounds are not limited to any genre of dance music, but are also great
for sound design for game, TV, commercials and movie scoring. If you're looking to add that extra
something to make your tracks stand out then this is what you need, Listen to the audio demos to see
for yourself."

Pack contains 150 carefully designed, sampled and processed sound FX in the following categories:

13 - Audio Stops.
39 - Booms.
39 - Cinematic.
59 - Noise & Sweeps.

04 Kontakt Instruments containing all sounds. Mix and match sounds creating 1000s of unique
combinations. Requires Native Instruments Kontakt.

Available to buy now from www.BiomeDigital.co.uk


Web-Link: Biome Digital Club Impacts
Web-Link: Youtube Video Demo


Biome Digital Releases Club Risers Sample Pack
Posted: 12-Jul-14


Biome Digital has announced the release of Club Risers, featuring 200 sound FX for electronic music
production.

Here's what they say: "Nearly 700MB of uplifters, pitch risers, panners, noise sweeps and many more.
This huge pack of risers is a work of passion and full of energy, movement and excitement ready for you
to inject into your latest tracks. Sound sources include analogue & digital synthesizers, noise generators,
re-sampling & heavy fx processing. Files are individually named and contain number of bars for easy
selection."

The pack contains 200 carefully designed, sampled and processed sound FX in the following categories:

2-Bar - 47 Sounds.
4-Bar - 89 Sounds.
8-Bar - 48 Sounds.
16-Bar - 16 Sounds.

05 Kontakt Instruments containing all sounds. Mix & Match sounds creating 1000s of unique
combinations.

Available to buy now from www.BiomeDigital.co.uk


Web-Link: Biome Digital Club Risers
Web-Link: Youtube Video Demo


Future Loops Releases Artist Sample Pack : Jimmy Edgar - Modular Loop Systems
Posted: 30-Jun-14


Future Loops has just released Jimmy Edgar - Modular Loop Systems, a collection of over 1100 samples & loops produced by electronic musician Jimmy Edgar.

A true renaissance man the Berlin-based and Detroit native Jimmy Edgar has been playing instruments and experimenting with sound manipulation from an early age. As a man of many talents (musician, director, photographer, multimedia artist), Jimmy's creativity knows no boundaries and his music reflects that thirst for experimentation and innovation: whether it's Techno, Electro, IDM, Funktronica or glitchy Hip Hop his music is as much Human as it is Robotic.

With releases on labels such as the seminal Warp Records, !K7, Hotflush Recordings, Detroit Underground, Semantica Records and his own label Ultramajic, Jimmy Edgar is now teaming up with Future Loops to deliver a collection of carefully crafted and curated samples that delves deep into the realms of sampling , electronica and sound design.

What's Inside

Inside Jimmy Edgar - Modular Loop Systems you will find many samples and loops that make up for Jimmy's signature sound. It's a combination of Techno , Ambient, Electro, Funk, Experimental, Hip Hop, Glitch and everything in between - a journey through Jimmy Edgar's extensive collection of analog synths and sound manipulation gear.

Most of the collection was recorded from Modular synths but digital production is also represented with Digital Chords , Synths , Vox and Percussion loops .

The bulk of this sample library are the One-Shots folders where you will find over 800 unique one-shot samples: Modular FX, Modular Bass, Patch Chords, Modular Chords, Atmospheres, Drums and more.

Samples are all Royalty-Free and offered in WAV and REX formats.

Jimmy Edgar - Modular Loop Systems is available at Future Loops website.


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-jimmy-edgar-modular-loop-systems.php


Bluezone Corporation presents 'Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects'
Posted: 26-Jun-14


Bluezone Corporation presents 'Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects', a new sound design library containing 176 professional background ambiences, atmospheres and sound effects. This awesome sound collection offers 1.60 GB of high definition sounds ready to be used without any additional licensing fees.

This new sample library is loaded with a precise choice of meticulously created sound effects including sci-fi alarms, interstellar escort frigate indoor and outdoor background ambiences, massive battlecruiser mechanical drones, futuristic reactor engine rumbles, interface and computer room elements, lasers and scanners, spacecraft pass-bys, transmission and communication elements, patrol spaceship weapons and many more.

'Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects' comes to you in 24-bit high definition and is licensed to you as Royalty-Free so you can use it in your commercial compositions at no extra cost.

'Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects' folders:

• Alarms
• Backgrounds - Computer rooms
• Backgrounds - Indoor ambiences
• Backgrounds - Machine drones
• Backgrounds - Outdoor ambiences - Reactors
• Interface - Computer beeps
• Lasers - Energy beams - Scanners
• Spaceship 00 - Elements
• Spaceship 01
• Spaceship 02
• Spaceship 03
• Spaceship 04
• Transmissions - Communications
• Weapons

'Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects' Contents:

• Sound Effects • Ambiences • Drones • Textures

Technical Specifications :

• 1.60 GB Data / 187 Files • Format : WAV • Instant Download • Requires Winzip or similar utility to unpack • Suitable for use in all major sequencers • Royalty-Free with no extra cost • Ready to use in commercial production


Web-Link: www.bluezone-corporation | Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects
Web-Link: 'Spaceships - Science Fiction Sound Effects' Youtube Video


'Club SFX - DJ Audio Samples' Released at Bluezone Corporation
Posted: 26-Jun-14


Bluezone Corporation returns with a new set of 139 cutting edge sound effects for producers looking for carefully selected dynamic EDM SFX ready to set fire to the club floor. Available in WAV and AIFF formats, 'Club SFX - DJ Audio Samples' represents the future of worldwide's sound.

With pro and flexible sound effects, the samples of this downloadable pack have been created, reworked and mastered to give you access to a lot of awesome variations and get a wide range of options for creating your future Techno, Dubstep, Psytrance or Electro House charts. All samples are cleared for personal and commercial use. You can use this pack in your commercial releases without having to pay any extra.

'Club SFX - DJ Audio Samples' Contents:

• Sound Effects • Sweeps • Boom SFX

Technical Specifications:

• 264 MB Data / 284 Files • Formats : WAV / AIFF • Instant Download • Requires Winzip or similar utility to unpack • Suitable for use in all major sequencers • Royalty-Free with no extra cost • Ready to use in commercial production


Web-Link: http://www.bluezone-corporation.com/samples/club-sfx-dj-audio-samples-download
Web-Link: www.bluezone-corporation.com | Club SFX - DJ Audio Samples


'Assault Mech - Robotic War Unit Sound Effects' Released
Posted: 26-Jun-14


Bluezone Corporation releases 'Assault Mech - Robotic War Unit Sound Effects' a new awesome sound library featuring 272 high-powered robotic sound effects for video game sound designers, cinematic productions and multimedia projects. This epic collection of sound effects features an incredible array of world class robotic sound design elements, incorporating SFX as: deploy sequences, footstep elements, emotion and language expressions, body impacts and hits, heavy main and secondary machine guns, and many more.

Produced by the Bluezone Corporation team, this cutting-edge science fiction sound library has been created with an amount of high quality recordings including a wide range of mechanic factory devices, modified servo sounds, destroyed metallic materials and tools, train workshop sounds, various electric systems and much more. All samples are treated, twisted with many treatments to create a collection of sounds completely unobtainable in any other way. These designed samples have been then layered to give you ready-to-use elements.

The qualities of this armored mecha allow you to build complete battle sequences with a carefully crafted result. Many files come with variations to provide flexible construction kits. You can use these sound FX as they are or mix and match them with other elements from this collection to create your own ideas. Of course you can easily pitch, modulate, mangle and stretch these elements to create thousands of variations.

This downloadable sound library comes in 24-bit high definition and is licensed to you as royalty-free so you can use them in your commercial compositions at no extra cost.

Note: The background ambience in the demo is not part of the product but is added free of charge.


'Assault Mech - Robotic War Unit Sound Effects' folders:

• Body - mech deploy sequences
• Body - mech footstep elements
• Body - mech short sequences
• Mech language expressions
• Mech malfunctions
• Weapon - machine gun main 01
• Weapon - machine gun main 02
• Weapon - machine gun main 03
• Weapon - machine gun secondary 01
• Weapon - machine gun secondary 02
• Weapon - machine gun secondary 03
• Weapon - machine gun secondary 04
• Weapon - machine gun secondary 05
• Weapon - machine gun secondary / side to side 01
• Weapon - machine gun secondary / side to side 02
• Weapon - mechanical elements

'Assault Mech - Robotic War Unit Sound Effects' Contents:

• Sound Effects

Technical Specifications:

• 340 MB Data / 555 Files • Formats : WAV / AIFF • Instant Download • Requires Winzip or similar utility to unpack • Suitable for use in all major sequencers • Royalty-Free with no extra cost • Ready to use in commercial production


More info, demo and download: www.bluezone-corporation.com


Web-Link: http://www.bluezone-corporation.com/samples/assault-mech-robotic-war-unit-sound-effects-download
Web-Link: http://www.bluezone-corporation.com


Dance Midi Sample launch VIP Membership 25% discount
Posted: 24-Jun-14


We're pleased to offer our Gold Membership Upgrade - Receive a 25% discount on all purchases from our online store for one year! DMS Gold Members can also collect DMS Reward Points with every purchase*, so you'll receive an extra discount for your customer loyalty too!

Please note that once purchased you must download and follow the instructions in the download file to activate your membership. Your account will not be upgraded until you have received your confirmation email!

The small print: DMS Gold Members may not be eligible for other promotional offers - please see the terms and conditions of the specific offer for more information.

Royalty-Free: All of the content on dancemidisamples.com 100% royalty-free. Once purchased, you can use your new sounds in your own commercial music releases with no restrictions.


Web-Link: DMS VIP Membership Form


DANCE MIDI SAMPLES - 20% OFF SUMMER SALES
Posted: 24-Jun-14


Dance Midi Samples have launched a summer sale given customers 20% some of their best selling music samples on their Music sample e-store. With over 100+ sample packs now 20% off you been crazy not to check out this new sale.

Remember international sales can save an additional 20% as they do not have to pay UK VAT.


Web-Link: Dance Midi Samples Summer Sale
Web-Link: Dance Midi Samples


Producerloops Commercial EDM Vocals Vol 1
Posted: 23-Jun-14


'Commercial EDM Vocals Vol 1' kicks off a brand new series of powerful vocal-driven EDM Construction Kit products, boasting pristine production, up-to-date sounds and complete vocal arrangements. Performed by rising star, 3PM, these ground-breaking male vocals are inspired by the likes of Matthew Koma, John Martin, One Republic and Jonathan Mendelsohn. Producer Loops is very proud of this new series and believes 'Commercial EDM Vocals Vol 1' to be one of the highest quality vocal sample packs the industry has ever seen. This 1.6 GB sample pack is designed to give your Commercial EDM productions a professional edge to stand up alongside the very best in the genre.

Production-wise, the pack is inspired by artists like Alesso, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Nicky Romero, and Avicii. In detail, you'll find five pounding Construction Kits covering all the essential instrumentation, from cone-shattering kicks, explosive fills and deep basslines to lush plucked synths, emotive chord progressions and dramatic filter effects.

At the heart of this product, however, lies complete vocal takes, including verse and chorus sections, adlibs, and whispers, all expertly performed, processed and produced. You can use these vocal arrangements to form the foundation of your track, or chop and edit them into vocal fragments to create something completely new.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Commercial EDM 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/REX content is 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.

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
  • Over 1.6 GB of Content
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Commercial EDM Vocals Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 43,68 EUR / $49.47 USD. More information is available at: http://www.producerloops.com


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


Future Loops Releases G Funk Legends
Posted: 18-Jun-14


Future Loops has just released G-Funk Legends, a collection of G-Funk and West Coast samples & loops in WAV and REX formats. G-Funk Legends features a groovy and funky selection of samples including Full Drums, Bass, Synths, Pads, Guitars, Piano, Keys, Percussion & more.

With over 3 GB, G-Funk Legends also includes the standalone drum loop elements such as Kicks, Snares, Hats, Claps and Drum One Shots for increased mixing and production potential.

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


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-g-funk-legends.php


Kenton cultivates more MIDI connections with GPI-compatible converter
Posted: 18-Jun-14


MIDI utilities specialist Kenton is proud to announce availability of the GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI converter — the latest addition to its growing family of compact and sturdy MIDI utility boxes, that allows any GPI-equipped device to 'talk' MIDI — as of June 13...

But first, a little background: commonly called GPI (General Purpose Interface), IEEE-488 is a short-range digital communications bus specification that dates back to the late Sixties for use with automated test equipment. While still used for that purpose today, it has unsurprisingly since been the subject of several revisions. As a standard contact closure format used in broadcast-level post-production, it allows computer-based editing equipment to synchronously 'start' at the same time, for example. Now any such equipment can easily be integrated into commonplace MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) setups thanks to Kenton's communicative GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI converter.

As implied by its (full) name, the bi-directional GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI converter comes complete with 16 GPI inputs and 16 GPI outputs arranged across four standard 9-pin D-sub connectors — sockets for inputs (labelled GPI 1-8 IN and GPI 9-16 IN) and plugs for outputs (labelled GPI 1-8 OUT and GPI 9-16 OUT). When inputting a manual switch signal into a digital circuit the signal needs to be debounced so a single press does not appear as multiple presses; in the case of the GPMX-16, the debounce value for all switch inputs can be set between one to 100 milliseconds (defaulting to 10 milliseconds) to ensure that this does not happen. The GPI inputs themselves are arranged with internal pull-ups, so shorting an input to ground will send the appropriate MIDI ON message and releasing the short to ground will send a MIDI OFF message (unless disabled). The GPI outputs are floating and can switch up to 50V at 100mA of resistive load. They can also be controlled by MIDI ON and OFF messages or provide a pulse of settable length in response to just MIDI ON messages (by default). Each block of eight GPI inputs and outputs can be assigned a MIDI starting number, and subsequent inputs and outputs follow on consecutive note numbers (defaulting to 36-43 for the first block and 44-51 for the second). MIDI channels can be set independently for the GPI inputs and outputs (defaulting to transmitting on Channel 1 and receiving on Channel 2).

As well as allowing users to control the GPI outputs using MIDI, the MIDI IN socket also allows several GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI converter boxes to be daisy-chained together (without any limit to the number of units that can be daisy- chained as the data is regenerated rather than being merely copied). Any data received at the MIDI IN socket is merged with any new data generated from the GPI inputs and everything is subsequently sent to the two MIDI outputs (MIDI OUT and MIDI OUT 2) carrying identical information. A second MIDI output has been thoughtfully provided so that data can be sent to a backup computer system at the same time as supplying a primary one.

In a nutshell, then, the GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI converter can receive and output MIDI messages as Note, Controller (CC), or Program Change data when operating in normal operating mode. However, it also has a number of additional parameters that can be edited and stored when it is put into edit mode (using a screwdriver or pen to press the recessed front panel-positioned EDIT button and adjacent INC, DEC, and SELECT buttons to receive and display different types of MIDI messages). Such settings are stored in EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) for future use.

As if that is not enough to be getting on with in its own right, the GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI converter handily has a built-in MIDI analyser — allowing users to see what types of MIDI messages are being transmitted by their master keyboard or sequencer, for instance, doubling up an already well-specified MIDI utility box that is indispensable to GPI- equipped device owners to also act as a useful diagnostic tool.

The GPMX-16 MIDI to GPI and GPI to MIDI convertor can be purchased directly from Kenton for £275.00 (excluding tax and shipping) from here: www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/gpmx16.shtml


Web-Link: www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/gpmx16.shtml


Producerloops LA Pop Drums & Guitars Vol 2
Posted: 18-Jun-14


'LA Pop Drums & Guitars Vol 2' continues this brand new series of cutting-edge contemporary guitar and drum loops taking influence from the LA Pop scene. Recorded and produced in the finest recording studios LA has to offer, this awesome pack brings the sound of LA straight to your studio. Featuring over 80 drum and guitar loops, as well as One-Shots, this product also includes bonus Construction Kits to get you started.

From fuzzy and chunky to clean and funky, each of the 28 guitar loops is perfectly complimented by a selection of 52 fresh Urban, Dance and Pop infused drum loops.

What's more, 25 percussive One-Shots are included for you to drop into your favourite sampler allowing you to create your own complimentary drum and percussion loops.

Bonus Micro Construction Kits complete this product, providing you with the basis for your next LA Pop hit.

Read on to find out more about this product and its feature set.

One-Shot Samples:
'LA Pop Drums & Guitar Vol 2' includes a folder of One-Shot drum 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 beats and phrases.

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

Specifications:
  • 28 Real Guitar Loops
  • Multiple Articulations
  • 52 Modern Pop Drum Loops
  • 2 Bonus Construction Kits
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'LA Pop Drums & Guitars Vol 2' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £24.95 / 31,02 EUR / $34.99 USD. More information is available at: http://www.producerloops.com


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-LA-Pop-Drums-Guitars-Vol-2.html


Future Loops Releases RNB Swingerz
Posted: 18-Jun-14


Future Loops has just released RNB Swingerz, a collection of R&B Construction Kits in WAV & REX format. RNB Swingerz features a sexy and warm selection of samples geared for R&B and Hip Hop producers and features Beats, Bass, Strings, Keys, Synth, FX, Pads, Percussion, Guitar & more.

With Over 4 GB, RNB Swingerz also includes the standalone drum loop elements such as Kicks, Snares, Hats, Claps and One Shots for increased mixing and production potential.

For more info, demos and free samples check out their website at:
www.futureloops.com/product-rnb-swingerz.php


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-rnb-swingerz.php


Voxengo Voxformer 2.9 vocal channel strip plugin released
Posted: 17-Jun-14


Voxengo are happy to inform you that Voxengo Voxformer version 2.9 update is now available for download. Voxengo Voxformer is a multi-functional vocal channel strip plugin for professional audio production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers.

Version 2.9 adds VST3 support and fixes compatibility with Adobe Premiere CS6 (mono and stereo processing only).

The coolest feature of Voxformer is its one-knob vocal compressor. Using only a single knob, you can get a tight, open and definitive professional vocal sound with an excellent articulation in no time. You do not have to worry about common ratio and make-up gain controls since they are automatically selected by the advanced compression algorithm while attack and release parameters are stored in a mode preset. Moreover, Voxformer features two compressors of this type, allowing you to apply either a two-band or a two-stage (serial) vocal compression.

Voxformer features:
  • Two built-in vocal compressors
  • Two-band compressor operation
  • Asymmetric compression
  • 5-band parametric equalizer
  • Real-time FFT spectrum analyzer
  • Noise gate (de-breath) module
  • De-esser module
  • Presence boosting module
  • Saturation module with 4 modes
  • Residue listening mode
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Mid/side processing
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • Zero processing latency


Voxengo Voxformer end-user license is available for purchase on-line for US$69.95. Demo version of Voxengo Voxformer can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site via the link.


Web-Link: www.voxengo.com/product/voxformer


Brainworx bx_refinement and bx_saturator V2 plug-ins
Posted: 17-Jun-14


American pro audio software company Plugin Alliance is proud to announce availability of bx_refinement and bx_saturator V2, two new native plug-ins from high-quality German software developer Brainworx, as of May 22...

bx_refinement is the brainchild of mastering engineer Gebre Waddell of Stonebridge Mastering, who designed the original prototype as a tool to remove harshness, a problem he was encountering more and more in his work due to the transition to digital and the prevalence of over-compressed mixes. "Harsh recordings are one of the most common problems mixing and mastering engineers deal with," he notes. "The idea with bx_refinement was to create something that addressed harshness with little impact to the recording, and a great workflow. While it represents a genuine technical achievement, it's the listening during development that was key. Working with Brainworx to make this amazing multi-platform release was truly rewarding."



For his part in the creative proceedings, Brainworx founder and CEO Dirk Ulrich had this to say: "Brainworx grew out of my desire as a producer and mastering engineer to create tools to enhance my own work, and we always strive to maintain that practical approach in our product development. This is why we were so excited to work with a mastering engineer as experienced and talented as Gebre Waddell on bx_refinement. The end result is a plug-in which solves a key problem no other plug-in on the market directly addresses."

bx_saturator V2 is an update to Brainworx's popular bx_saturator. While retaining all of the key features of the original, including M/S processing, the ability to add saturation or distortion to targeted frequencies, and increase perceived volume without clipping, bx_saturator V2 adds significant improvements. "bx_saturator has been a very popular plug-in," proclaims Dirk Ulrich. "And with the totally rewritten algorithm in bx_saturator V2 we've improved the smoothness of the sound and the anti-aliasing, while reducing the CPU requirements significantly. This makes bx_saturator V2 not only a no-brainer upgrade for existing bx_saturator owners, but also a must-try for those users who haven't yet worked with it."



Indeed, to invest in both bx_refinement and bx_saturator V2 is to take two steps towards improving your mixing and mastering toolkit and to follow in the masterful mixing and mastering footsteps of Gebre Waddell and Dirk Ulrich. Smooth out harsh-sounding recordings with bx_refinement and add saturation, drive, and distortion exactly where you want it with bx_saturator V2. A no-brainer, indeed

Brainworx bx_refinement can be purchased and downloaded directly from Plugin Alliance for $199.00 USD from here: http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/plugins/detail/bx_refinement.html

Brainworx bx_saturator V2 can be purchased and downloaded directly from Plugin Alliance for $199.00 USD from here: http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/plugins/detail/bx_saturator_v2.html

(Note that owners of any Plugin Alliance bundle that includes the original bx_saturator plug-in have received a bx_saturator V2 license free of charge; anyone who purchased bx_saturator during 2014 has received a 50% discount coupon towards a bx_saturator V2 upgrade worth $24.00 USD; and anyone who purchased bx_saturator before 2014 can upgrade to bx_saturator V2 for $48.00


Web-Link: www.plugin-alliance.com/en/plugins/detail/bx_refinement.html
Web-Link: www.plugin-alliance.com/en/plugins/detail/bx_saturator_v2.html


Producerloops Explosive EDM: Risers 2
Posted: 16-Jun-14


'Explosive EDM: Risers 2' brings you another whopping 25 micro kits based around high-energy Electro and Dance risers. This versatile multi-format pack is perfect for producers looking to push their EDM productions to the next level.

Within each of the 25 micro kits you'll find a wide array of expertly produced synth lead risers, designed to bring your track to the perfect crescendo before a huge drop. Up and down filters are included, as well as dry versions allowing you to add your own FX within your sequencer.

In addition to this, each kit is supplied with pounding multi-track drum loops with compressed and non compressed variants, perfect for forming the foundation of your track or complementing other Pure EDM products.

Pure EDM is an exciting new label designed to bring you the very best content for your productions. With its signature high-energy percussive sound, EDM is exploding globally right now. Pure EDM products perfectly capture this sought after style, bringing you stunning production quality and only the most current & essential EDM loops.

Read on to find out more about the professional feature set including tail/release loops and MIDI files.

MIDI Files Included:
'Explosive EDM Risers 2' 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 content is 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.

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.

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:
  • 25 Construction Kits
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops also included
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Explosive EDM: Risers 2' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 36,79 EUR / $41.75 USD. More information is available at: http://www.producerloops.com


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Pure-EDM-Explosive-EDM-Risers-2.html


Producerloops Minimal Trap Vol 4
Posted: 16-Jun-14


'Minimal Trap Vol 4' from the popular Urban Elite sample label, brings you the next volume of this series with another five red-hot Construction Kits inspired by the modern sound of Trap. 808 booms, rapid-fire hi-hats and sparse synths are all included for maximum versatility. Trap music is blazing through the Hip Hop and Urban charts, and the "Minimal Trap" series from Urban Elite is your gateway to this brand new style.

Fusing together Trap, and Hip Hop with more aggressive electronic genres such as Grime, Dubstep and Glitch, 'Minimal Trap Vol 4' has all of the style and substance you could look for, and is great for compiling beats.

About Urban Elite:
Urban Elite is an exciting new label focused on producing high quality Urban products with crossover potential, while staying faithful to the essence and energy of the streets from which urban music originates.

MIDI Files Included:
'Minimal Trap Vol 4' 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/WAV content is 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 artifacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

One-Shot Samples:
Each Construction Kit features one-shot drum 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 beats 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 as opposed to fade-outs or abrupt endings.

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
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Minimal Trap Vol 4' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £24.95 / 30,65 EUR / $34.81 USD. More information is available at: http://www.producerloops.com


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Urban-Elite-Minimal-Trap-Vol-4.html


Producerloops LA Pop Vocal Sessions Vol 1
Posted: 16-Jun-14


'LA Pop Vocal Sessions Vol 1' is a stunning 1.39 GB collection of five radio-ready Pop, EDM and Urban tracks complete with multi-track instrumentation including arguably some of the finest vocal samples every released. Fusing elements of Dance, EDM, Pop and Hip Hop/Rap, this cutting-edge contemporary library is an essential tool for creating hit tracks and comes in a variety of formats. Recorded and produced in the finest recording studios LA has to offer, this awesome royalty-free sample pack brings the sound of LA straight to your studio.

Featuring a selection of edgy synth loops, punchy drum beats and shimmering FX, the instrumentation included in 'LA Pop Vocal Sessions Vol 1' would be impressive enough on its own, and will no doubt inspire countless original vocal performances.

With the included vocal content, however, you've got access to polished and professionally mixed vocal stems ready to be chopped, edited and re-mixed into something entirely new. Mix and match these samples between the five included Kits, or branch out and combine them with your other Producer Loops products to break into uncharted sonic territory.

The samples are just that versatile; there's no limit to what you can create with this Royalty-Free library.

All of this content is of course backed up by a professional feature set designed for users of all abilities. Check out the demo, and read on to find out more.

One-Shot Samples:
This pack includes percussive One-Shot samples taken from each Kit, 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 beats 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
  • Fully Mixed Vocal Performances
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:

'LA Pop Vocal Sessions Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 36,79 EUR / $41.79 USD. More information is available at: http://www.producerloops.com


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-LA-Pop-Vocal-Sessions-Vol-1.html


Voxengo Elephant 4.1 mastering limiter plugin released
Posted: 02-Jun-14


Voxengo Elephant version 4.1 is now available for download. Voxengo Elephant is a mastering limiter plugin for professional audio and sound production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers.

This version includes the following changes:
  • Extended the input gain range to +24 dB.
  • Extended the output gain range to -15 dB.
  • Made the "Eval" switch to not affect the output statistics.
  • Extended the "Release Shape" range to 2, offers an extreme punch and "hardness", via an idealized S-curve release shape.
  • Added "EL-4 BRITE" factory limiter mode.
  • Made the output signal level to never exceed 1 dB over the Out Gain setting.
  • Improved the "EL-4" algorithm reducing transient distortion and "boxiness": the sound is more biting less woofing now.
  • Improved oversampling filters reducing chances of overshoots.


Elephant is a highly competitive plug-in for mastering applications: it features a variety of limiter modes that can be deeply customized, and a comprehensive set of level metering tools, including headroom estimation and K-metering. Elephant's built-in linear-phase oversampling is an important element in achieving high-quality peak limiting and loudness maximization without inter-sample overshoots.

Elephant limiter can be used for mixing and mastering of both stereo and multi-channel music and sound material, at any standard sample rate. Limiting process can be visualized both as gain reduction meter and real-time graph.

Elephant features:

  • Transparent signal limiting action
  • 10 predefined limiter modes
  • Limiter mode editor
  • Optional release stage
  • Noise-shaped bit-depth converter
  • DC offset removal filter
  • Waveform graph view
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Up to 8x linear-phase oversampling
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • 22-millisecond processing latency


Demo version of Voxengo Elephant can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site: www.voxengo.com/product/elephant/


Web-Link: www.voxengo.com/product/elephant


Producerloops Nu Deep House Session 2
Posted: 02-Jun-14


'Nu Deep House Session 2' continues this brand new series of feature-packed Deep House Construction Kits, arranged and produced to the very highest quality. Supplied in a range of formats including OMF and boasting a massive selection of One-Shots this highly versatile product is an essential part of any House producer's arsenal.

Inside this 1.7 GB sample library you'll find all the content you need to craft your next Deep House hit. Each of the five Construction Kits features an array of powerful drum loops, deep pulsing bass-lines, side-chained pads and stunning FX all mixed, where possible, through legendary SSL hardware.

Also included is a selection of 170 One-Shot percussive samples ready to be loaded into your favourite software or hardware sampler, as well as 50 bonus percussive loops. Add to this OMF arrangements and you've got an extremely powerful and versatile product with enough content to satisfy even the most demanding producer.

About Transmission:
Transmission is a brand new, high energy, high quality label for Pop, RnB, & Dance producers, including professional-quality feature sets with the most up-to-date sounds, loops and samples. We only commission the best producers and sound engineers for our products, making Transmission ideal for the producer seeking perfection.

Transmission promises to offer only high end sounds for their productions, in a variety of genres, including OMF files, so the full mixes for each producer can be opened up and edited within your own sequencer.

If you produce Dance, House, Progressive, Pop, RnB, Electro, and more, and are looking for premium quality packs, then look no further than Transmission. All products in our range are delivered in easy-to-use ACID/WAV, Apple Loops, Reason ReFill, REX, and OMF formats, and most importantly, all of our products are 100% royalty-free.

MIDI Files Included:
'Nu Deep House Session 2' includes MIDI files for many of the musical and percussive 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 content is 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:
Each Construction Kit features one-shot melodic and drum 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 beats 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.

About using the OMF files:
OMF format (Open Media Format) allows you to import a complete arrangement of audio loops into virtually any sequencer. Once loaded, you will see all parts on screen exactly as originally seen when exported, with chunks of audio data on separate tracks, all named by instrument. This format will allow you complete flexibility when re-mixing the arrangements.

Dry loops were used when building the OMF files so feel free to add your own reverb and/or favourite FX to a phrase, a loop or a fully orchestrated fragment. All clips (phrases, loops) carry the same name as the dry and wet loops as well as the MIDI loops which you will find in the folder structure.

Please Note:
The OMF files sum up all volumes of the individual tracks while all faders are set to 0 db. Therefore, please set the master fader to around -7 db to avoid clipping and take it from there.

List of Sequencers with OMF Import:
Here is a list of all sequencers that will import the full arrangements of these kits in audio format. When you import these arrangements you will be able to see them in your sequencer as if you had recorded them yourself:

  • Ableton Live!
  • AudioDesk
  • Cubase
  • Digital Performer
  • Logic Pro
  • Logic Studio
  • Nuendo
  • Pro Tools
  • Pyramix
  • Sadie
  • Samplitude
  • Sonar
  • Soundtrack Pro

Using these OMF arrangements you will be able to (i) Re-arrange them as desired (ii) Learn how this music was put together.

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
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • REX2 Loops
  • OMF arrangements included
  • Reason ReFill
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Nu Deep House Session 2' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £49.95 / 61,40 EUR / $70.07 USD.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Transmission-Nu-Deep-House-Session-2.html


Future Loops Releases Reggae Percussion
Posted: 01-Jun-14


Future Loops has just released Reggae Percussion, a collection of over 1100 percussion samples & loops in WAV and REX format. - Reggae Percussion features 9 different percussive instruments - Timbale , Bongo, Clave, Cowbell, Funde, Repeater, Shaka, Snare and Thunder - and all performances were recorded at 70BPM.

Reggae Percussion was recorded for all Dub & Reggae producers and includes percussive breaks, intros, fillers, rhythmic patterns and also 100's of one shots for anyone wishing to build their grooves from scratch.

For more info and demos check out their website at:
http://www.futureloops.com/product-reggae-percussion.php


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-reggae-percussion.php


Native Instruments introduces ARCANE ATTIC Expansion for MASCHINE
Posted: 27-May-14


Native Instruments announced today ARCANE ATTIC - a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring gritty field recordings. Designed for unconventional beat making across all styles and genres, this Expansion was created, recorded, and designed by BOOM Library. ARCANE ATTIC also comes with new presets for MASSIVE and MASCHINE's Drum Synths, with a selection of sounds that perfectly complement the out of the ordinary sample material. ARCANE ATTIC is available now at the NI Online Shop and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MACHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the in-app store.

The high-quality field recordings in ARCANE ATTIC are aimed at electronic music producers or simply anyone looking to add unconventional sounds to their productions. The range of sounds is highly diverse and organized into several categories. It represents a wide spectrum from robotic and mechanical science fiction recordings to heavy cinematic metal impacts, slams, strikes, and buzzing, percussive details. A set of elemental sounds explode with kinetic fire and water blasts. Producers looking to spice up their percussion will also find a range of pistol, rifle, and cannon sounds that have been transformed into pounding drums. Finally, a set of orchestral samples recorded with a live orchestra are included for adding rich, larger-than-life melodies to productions.

Complementing ARCANE ATTIC's field recordings are a new set of 40 presets for MASSIVE, which provide additional melodic possibilities beyond the orchestral samples. 43 MASCHINE 2 Drum Synth presets feature a clean sound designed to complement ARCANE ATTIC's gritty sample set with added punch and character. In total, ARCANE ATTIC features 7 projects, 39 drum kits, and 7 special kits, plus a set of 140 pre-arranged patterns for quick inspiration.

ARCANE ATTIC was created by BOOM Library - the sound design company founded in 2010 by Axel Rohrbach, Pierre Langer, and Tilman Sillescu. The sounds are a selection from the BOOM Library product line - now for the first time directly accessible within the MASCHINE beat production environment. Their sound libraries have been featured in films like 'Sin City - A Dame To Die For', TV series such as 'From Dusk Till Dawn The Series', Games like 'Battlefield 4' and trailers for 'The Hobbit - The Desolation Of Smaug', and 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

A condensed version of ARCANE ATTIC is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for creating unconventional beats on-the-go. The iMASCHINE Expansion features 2 projects and 4 drum kits. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

ARCANE ATTIC is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 4,800 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software.

The iMASCHINE Expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for $0.99 / 0,89 € / £0,69 / ¥ 100.

Additional information on the MASCHINE products is available at: www.native-instruments.com/arcaneattic


Web-Link: www.native-instruments.com/arcaneattic


XILS-lab breathes virtual life into prototyped EMS VCS4 analogue matrix modular monster
Posted: 27-May-14


Music software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS 4 — an authentic software emulation of the legendary VCS4, a 'dual VCS3' analogue matrix modular synthesizer prototyped by EMS back in 1969, but never commercially released — as of May 19...

EMS (Electronic Music Studios), a British company founded by the pioneering Peter Zinovieff, made musical history in 1969 with its introduction of the VCS3, the first portable synthesizer commercially available anywhere in the world. Its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensed with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other (much larger) modular systems in favour of making connections with (removable) coloured pins, so it could be comfortably housed in a small wooden (solid afrormosia) cabinet.

Needless to say, the (hi)story of the EMS VCS3 is well documented, with XILS-lab later playing its part in resurrecting its still-sought-after sound with its cost-conscious and award-winning XILS 3 software emulation for Mac (OS X 10.4 and above) and PC (Windows 7, Vista, and XP) proving popular with both first-time buyers beginning a wonderfully in-depth journey into the wonderful world of modular synthesis and also seasoned synth explorers, including renowned sound designer Richard Devine and original VCS3 aficionado Tim Blake (Hawkwind), and even Peter Zinovieff himself, who commented kindly: "A great step forward!"

Not so well documented, though, is the stuff of legend: the 1969-vintage VCS4 was EMS designer David Cockerell's so-called 'Live Performance Module', comprising two VCS3s sat side by side, together with a five-octave keyboard, a mixer, and a signal-processing unit, all housed in a single wooden cabinet. Only one prototype was ever produced, its ear-opening sounds lost in the sands of time... until now, that is!

By being based on two intricate and interacting VCS3 ('Synthi') cores — following in the fanciful footsteps of its one-off analogue ancestor to a tee, XILS-lab's XILS 4 favourably emulates EMS' VCS4. Indeed, those two cores can be set to work side by side or operate in serial (with one feeding the other). Each and every module on one side can be used to modulate or feed anything on the other side with stunning sound possibilities plus weird and wonderful effects readily available in abundance as a direct result. That said, XILS 4 shows its true 21st Century colours by also allowing amount settings to be individually applied to each patch 'pin'. Providing patchboard power par excellence to an already special soft synth shows that there is clearly so much more to XILS 4 than solely emulating vintage hardware — rare as the vintage hardware in question clearly is. Little wonder, then, that XILS 4 is billed by its creator as being the Ultimate Analog Matrix Modular Synthesizer!


XILS-lab has sought to take things severals steps further still by coupling those cores with the SEQUENCER 256 module, inspired by EMS' trailblazing Synthi Sequencer 256 namesake. Needless to say, this three-layer sequencer with analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue converters to enable digital processing of control voltages to drive multiple analogue synthesizers or multiple parameters with storage of up to 256 'events' was well ahead of its time when released in 1971. Here in the virtual world, XILS-lab has well and truly transported it to the present day with three independent layers, slew rates, and recording modes, together with added abilities like sequencer layers acting as modulation sources in a dedicated SEQ MATRIX — matchless, even by today's most sophisticated DAW standards!


So is that all? No, not at all! Adding a second 'pin matrix', two additional envelopes, an LFO, comprehensive SAMPLE AND HOLD module, and VOLTAGE PROCESSOR, plus several new input modules — including GATE, ENVELOPE FOLLOWER, and PITCH TRACKER — means that there are hundreds of additional connections available to the discerning synthesist set on exploring XILS 4 to the full as a superlative soft synth or as a powerful effects processor plug-in in its own right. The fact that there are over 1,140 possible connections per patch makes for a literal lifetime of programming possibilities that will surely far outlast the host computer concerned, though those in need of a helping hand have easy access to almost 700 professionally-programmed presets from world-renowned sound designers, including the complete XILS 3 factory library and over 350 presets specifically designed for XILS 4. A selection of tutorial-style patches are also available to help users seeking to take their first tentative steps towards scaling the heady heights of this mountainous modular monster of a soft synth!

Simply put, with a whole host of modules and associated far-reaching functionality — for starters, 12 aliasing-free oscillators, grouped in six pairs with wave-shaping and hard sync — yesteryear's impossibilities have become today's possibilities with XILS 4... a great step forward, indeed! A giant leap for modular synthesis software, some might say.

XILS 4 is available to purchase as an eLicenser or iLok copy-protected virtual instrument and effects plug-in for an introductory discounted price of €149.00 EUR (rising to €179.00 EUR on June 17, 2014) from the XILS-lab web store here: http://www.xils-lab.com/pages/STORE.html (Note that this time-limited offer also includes the XILISTICS sound bank with 160-plus presets worth €25.00 EUR, plus a free USB-eLicenser copy-protection dongle!)

XILS 3 owners can upgrade to XILS 4 for an introductory price of €29.00 EUR (rising to €49.00 EUR on June 17, 2014). XILS 4 can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit-compatible virtual instrument and effects plug-in for Mac (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, VST) from here: http://www.xils-lab.com/pages/XILS4_Download.html

Check out several informative XILS 4 tutorial videos here: http://www.xils-lab.com/pages/XILS4_Videos.html


Web-Link: www.xils-lab.com/pages/XILS4_Videos.html