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IK Multimedia's SampleTank adds support for iOS 8 and iRig Pads plus new sound collections
Posted: 14-Nov-14


IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, today announced a new version of SampleTank® for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The ultimate mobile sound and groove workstation has been updated to take advantage of iOS 8 and includes new features that add to its comprehensive sound library and advanced recording functions. SampleTank now sports full plug-and-play compatibility with iRig Pads, IK's new ultra-portable MIDI groove controller. Along with this, the latest version introduces two new in-app purchases: The Grid, a sound pack for beat makers and electronic musicians and Sonik Synth™ - Mobile Edition, a downloadable sound collection with over 300 superb instruments that have been remastered and reprogrammed from the popular Sonik Synth 2 virtual instrument. With support for Audiobus 2 also in the mix, the new SampleTank for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch sets a new high standard for mobile music creation.

Up to date features
SampleTank is now fully optimised with iOS 8 and Apple's latest generations of mobile devices. SampleTank's new iOS 8 compatibility also comes with support for Audiobus 2, which lets users open SampleTank through the Audiobus app and use it with other compatible apps - like AmpliTube - for real time inter-app audio routing. In addition, the interface of SampleTank has been streamlined with a new global menu that makes it even easier to navigate within the app.

Grooves to go
The drum machine-style PADS interface has always allowed for effortless beat creation in SampleTank. Now beatmakers can enjoy an even more intuitive experience thanks to new native plug-and-play support for iRig Pads. IK's ultra-portable MIDI groove controller works right out of the box with SampleTank, which lets users transform their mobile devices into the ultimate drum machine and beat sequencer. iRig Pads' full integration mode syncs up with SampleTank's PADS interface, allowing for seamless control via the physical pads on the hardware.

The addition of native iRig Pads support also brings with it the release of The Grid, a brand new sound pack designed for beat makers and electronic music producers that includes 50 instruments and 50 patterns in two categories: DRUMS and LOOPS & HITS. iRig Pads users can register their controller to receive The Grid for free, while others can enjoy a taste of 4 free kits and patterns with the remaining sounds available via in-app purchase.

An expanded sound universe
The latest version of SampleTank also introduces the Sonik Synth - Mobile Edition downloadable sound collection. It features a selection of the best sounds from the popular Sonik Synth 2 virtual instrument for desktop platforms, which have been specifically remastered and reprogrammed for the mobile edition of SampleTank. From the sample vault of sound design company Sonic Reality, Sonik Synth - Mobile Edition provides a well-rounded sound collection of superb instruments with over 300 meticulously sampled vintage synthesiser, piano, organ, drum, bass, guitar, orchestral, ethnic and other sounds that complement and expand the wide tonal palette that SampleTank for iOS offers for all styles of music.

Pricing and Availability
The new version of SampleTank is available now on the App StoreSM as both a free or paid app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for only $19.99/€17.99 for new users. The Grid is available as a free sound pack for registered iRig Pads users or via in-app purchase for $9.99/€8.99. The Sonik Synth - Mobile Edition downloadable sound collection is available as an in-app purchase for $19.99/€17.99.

For more information, please visit: www.sampletank.com


Web-Link: www.sampletank.com


Rob Papen produces quick-fire QUAD as its first RE release built from the ground up for Reason
Posted: 14-Nov-14


Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of QUAD, its first Rack Extension synthesizer built from the ground up for Propellerhead Reason, as of October 28...

When Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software first unveiled its revolutionary Rack Extension — an ever-expandable, freely-routable rack of instruments, effects, and sounds — for its well-received Reason music-making and recording studio software solution, namesake company founder and synthesizer developer Rob Papen promptly pronounced it as being "...a brilliant concept." Continuing, he then summarised its advantages as follows: "What we face as a developer is having to have a PC version and a Mac version, and if you run them in your regular host, you can crash your host. That's a real big battle. People, if they use Reason, learn that things are connected. It's cross-platform; everything works. It's a major leap forward for Reason, and productions coming out of Reason will sound totally different. Reason remains Reason, but, now, it's open."

Open to the likes of Rob Papen to develop distinctive and desirable third-party Rack Extensions (RE) for Reason. Little wonder, then, that Rob Papen was amongst the first wave of developers to do just that, starting by porting over its popular ‘phat'-sounding soft synth Predator as Predator-RE, rapidly followed by its SubBoomBass-RE dedicated virtual bass synth, self-explanatory PR-Verb RE and PR-Distort RE virtual effects, plus PunchBD-RE, a versatile and easy-to-use bass drum synth.

Soft synths have always been at the core of Rob Papen's productive business model, so it's hardly surprising that they put some serious time and effort into porting some of their most popular products over to Propellerhead's popular Reason platform. Yet what distinguishes QUAD from its aforementioned admired RE predecessors is that this time the company has chosen to build a Rack Extension synthesizer from the ground up. Why? Well, according to Rob Papen's namesake founder, it "...offers a different and refreshing synthesis for your rack!"

Really? Really. "QUAD is still ‘subtractive synthesis' like you know from Predator and so on, but the oscillator part has some interesting new features that vastly expands the sound options and makes QUAD very different from any other regular ‘subtractive synthesizer'," reasons Rob Papen.



Put simply, QUAD has two oscillators (OSC 1 and OSC 2) at its sonic core, each endowed with a seemingly simple selection of classic waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Saw, White Noise, and Pink Noise), together with a SPREAD function (adding multiple oscillators with slightly higher and lower pitch to the main oscillators to fatten up the sound), and a SUB oscillator tuned one octave below with two selectable waveforms (Sinus and Square). Straightforward-sounding so far? Arguably yes. Yet those oscillators can be combined with many cross modulation functions, generating a wide range of harmonics. How so? "This is arranged inside OSC 1, where we also have several interesting modulation types. Also, OSC 1 can be shut down for going into the filter, so it can be exclusively used as a modulator for OSC 2."

These already stunning sound sculpting tools are all brought to life by the four XY pads that dominate the main screen, giving OSC 1 and OSC 2 their distinctive PHASE DISTORTION and WAVE SHAPER capabilities — and also giving rise to the QUAD name. Notes Rob Papen: "For each we have several distortion or wave-shaping types. With the XY dials or XY field you can change this dynamic. The very cool thing is that with minimal effort you can quickly create a new sound and preset."

Of course, Rob Papen himself is an internationally recognised sound designer of considerable standing, so it should come as little surprise to learn that QUAD is packed with wide-ranging Rob Papen-designed presets so you don't have to (if you don't want to). Those that do, of course, can delve deeper courtesy of an extensive MODULATION matrix; two effects processors (FX 1/2) that can be automated within the MODULATION matrix or via the ‘back panel'-positioned ‘external' CV; LFO 1/2 and ENVELOPE 1/2 that can be tempo-synced; AMP section for controlling the volume contour; and more.

Moreover, QUAD offers no fewer than 28 filter types via two top-notch analogue-modelled filters (FILTER 1/2) with various routings, as well as an artistically-inspirational arpeggiator (ARP) with several playback modes. Maintains its co-creator: "It's a big synth with many features!" For Reason users it really does offer a refreshing and different approach to synthesis, so why not extend your Rack right now?

QUAD can be purchased and directly downloaded for €99.00 EUR/$119.00 USD from the Propellerhead Shop here: https://shop.propellerheads.se/product/rob-papen-quad-instrument/ (Propellerhead operates a try-before-you-buy service for those wishing to test Rack Extensions.)

For more detailed info, please visit the QUAD product webpage here: http://www.robpapen.com/rp-quad-re.html


Web-Link: www.robpapen.com/rp-quad-re.html


Native Instruments introduces PARADISE RINSE Expansion for MASCHINE
Posted: 14-Nov-14


Native Instruments today introduced PARADISE RINSE – a new MASCHINE Expansion giving producers the broad range of emotive sounds heard in contemporary UK bass styles. PARADISE RINSE is available now at the NI Online Shop and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MASCHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the in-app store.

PARADISE RINSE features sounds that reflect the influence of bass music on today’s UK music culture. Melodic elements are featured heavily, including soulful sampled vocals and catchy organ and synth stabs. Complementing the sample set are exclusive new presets for MASSIVE, adding additional melodic content and the ability to tweak sounds in real time while producing and performing. New presets for the MASCHINE 2 Drum Synths are also included in PARADISE RINSE, providing producers ready-to-go percussion sounds that can also serve as starting points for their own sound design sessions. The sounds are inspired by the UK music scene that grew out of 90s deep house, garage, jungle, and more. The music played on pirate radio and in warehouses around the country gave birth to UK bass – a sound now heard in the charts and across many styles of contemporary dance music.

A condensed version of PARADISE RINSE is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for creating beats on-the-go. The iMASCHINE Expansion features three projects, four drum kits, and three instruments. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

PARADISE RINSE is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 4,800 / AU$ 79 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software.

The iMASCHINE expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for $0.99 / 0,89 € / £0.69 / ¥ 100 / AU$ 0.99.

Additional information on PARADISE RINSE is available at: www.native-instruments.com/paradiserinse


Web-Link: www.native-instruments.com/en/products/maschine/maschine-expansions/paradise-rinse


Spitfire Audio augments Hans Zimmer cinematic percussion sample library lineup with London soloists
Posted: 14-Nov-14


Compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS — the third (Mac 10.8 or higher and Windows 7 compatible) virtual instrument instalment of Hollywood soundtrack supremo Hans Zimmer's tantalising take on his truly trailblazing approach to cinematic percussion production for Native Instruments' KONTAKT PLAYER platform, perfectly broadening the breadth of solo content found within the original HZ01 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON library released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year by bringing additional clarity and tightness to any ambitious arrangement — as of November 4...



A distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified. So reads a typical dictionary definition of the word signature. Spitfire Audio's Signature Range sample library luminaries certainly have a signature sound, hence the apt appellation. As one of the most successful, influential, and prolific film composers of his generation, it is only fitting, therefore, that Hans Zimmer — himself no stranger to the virtues of successful sampling — should have his own such Signature Range. Having hitherto collaborated with Spitfire Audio on the definitive collection of hybrid cinematic widescreen percussion ensembles in the multi-award-winning HZ01 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON library and its well-received HZ02 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LOS ANGELES followup featuring the premier percussive talents of world-renowned rock drummer Jason Bonham (son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS successfully completes a far-reaching percussion project that has been several painstaking years in the making.

Adds fellow Spitfire Audio Director — and fellow film composer — Christian Henson: "It really adds some clarity and tightness to any HZ01 arrangement. And anyone who doesn't necessarily need the thunder of HZ01, yet loves Hans' sonic aesthetic, the sound of drums in Air Studios, and is seeking something new and very different sounding, will love using this library in a standalone capacity."

Clearly, then, between both of them, HZ01 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON and HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS set out to offer the best of both worlds, with the latter's beautifully performed and sampled selection of solo instruments bringing bite, detail, focus, clarity, and nuance to this epic Signature Series — and, indeed, the compositional table, thanks in no small part to the premier percussive talents of Frank Ricotti, Hans Zimmer's longterm collaborator who has helped Spitfire Audio to so effectively encapsulate the definitive anthology of percussion instruments and styles developed over ten years of brilliant blockbuster film scoring. This is, indeed, an authentic recreation of the ear-blowing, big screen-suited techniques explored throughout the likes of Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Inception, and The Dark Knight. Contrary to popular belief, however, Hans Zimmer himself is particularly partial to the nuances of quieter percussion layers, so while the "twat it" layers — as Frank Ricotti (not) so delicately puts it — cater to (re)producing the thunderous tones that grace so many of Hans Zimmer's signature soundtracks, the lower layers provide plenty of potential to engage in some delicate drum programming to help keep those more mellow cues ticking along appropriately.

Actions almost always speak louder than words, however, and Air Studios — London's legendary recording complex that has played host to so many notable soundtrack scoring sessions in its spacious and exceptional-sounding Lyndhurst Hall — is where Frank Ricotti took to playing a wide variety of percussion instruments — including bucket, snare, crusher, paper djun, tombek, dohl, darbuca, surdu, and darbucket — using a selection of beaters and perfectly-honed performance techniques. This is just the start of those superlative sounds' percussive journey to HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS glory, of course. Captured using a stunning collection of 96 rarefied mics via Neve ‘AIR Montserrat' preamps through the world's largest Neve 88R console (exhaustively re-gained at every dynamic layer for optimum signal quality) and on into high-end HDX and Prism AD convertors to emerge as 32-bit floating point/192kHz files (subsequently SRC'd to 24-bit/48kHz), the end result is a highly-playable virtual instrument designed to provide instant inspiration using no less than 13GB of compressed data from no fewer than 17,151 superlative samples via its highly-intuitive front-end GUI. With all articulations and drums recorded with up to nine round robins and six dynamic layers per hit, stunning-sounding authenticity is assured at all times.

All told, then, HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS represents a fitting closing chapter to this ear-opening Signature Range. It is truly the collaborative result of acute attention to detail at so many levels from so many of the best in the business — not least Hans Zimmer himself, for not only has he lent his well-known name to these inspirational sample libraries, but he has personally curated and mixed many articulations. As previously proven in HZ01 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON, microphone positioning makes a huge difference to the sound, so HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS similarly features a number of user-accessible microphone positions, mixed in stereo by the ultimate multiple award-winning producer/engineer/composer combo — Geoff Foster, Alan Meyerson, and Hans Zimmer!A

According to Spitfire Audio, when users plug in and play this material they will experience a feeling not too dissimilar to strapping themselves in to a freshly- delivered Aston Martin luxury car, albeit with the luxury of being able to repeatedly customise and interchange its livery and paintwork at will! Who knows? Perhaps HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS and its superbly-sampled siblings could well be just the ticket to scoring the next James Bond blockbuster ‘starring' another Aston Martin motive marvel — providing Hans Zimmer himself does not put his euphonic foot to the floor to win the race to that great gig, that is!

Concludes co-creator Paul Thomson: "We're having a load of fun with this here, and hope that you find it an incredibly useful and valuable addition to your HZ01 libraries — even as a standalone library, or even to cut into rock tracks and stuff with HZ02 since it works very well with that, too." This Signature Range is certainly ending on a high note here, that's for sure!


HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS can be purchased and downloaded directly from Spitfire Audio for an attractive introductory price of £149.00 GBP (subject to VAT within the EU) — rising to £199.00 GBP (subject to VAT within the EU) on November 14, 2014 — from here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/products-page (Note that this is a free Native Instruments KONTAKT PLAYER library — no additional purchases necessary to run this product to its full potential.)


For more detailed info and an awe-inspiring audio demo from Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson, please visit the HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS webpage via the link.


Web-Link: www.spitfireaudio.com/hz-percussion-london-solos


Producerloops Abstract Electro House Vol 5
Posted: 14-Nov-14


'Abstract Electro House Vol 5' re-ignites this killer series from Producer Loops, bringing you five fresh Construction Kits designed for producers of Electro House, Minimal House and Minimal Techno. Includes ACIDized WAV, Apple Loops, REX and MIDI formats.

'Abstract Electro House Vol 5' returns with five brand new Construction Kits of pumping & energetic Electro House. Produced to the highest standard, each of these Kits contains all of the elements you'll need to recreate the main mixes, including swinging top loops, quirky bass lines, intense risers and drop FX.

Supplied in multiple formats and boasting the range of professional features you've come to expect from Producer Loops products, this is an essential part of any EDM producer's library.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Abstract Electro House Vol 5' 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.

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


Price and Availability:
'Abstract Electro House Vol 5' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £19.95 / 25,50 EUR / $26.47 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Abstract-Electro-House-Vol-5.html


Producerloops Open Your Trap Vol 1
Posted: 12-Nov-14


'Open Your Trap Vol 1' delves deep into this hugely popular genre to bring you five dark & menacing Construction Kits packed full of all the essential instrumentation needed to create real, authentic Trap. Inspired by elite artists like Chief Keef, 2Chainz, Future, Riff Raff, and Kirko Bangz, and with a focus on brooding progressions, this product is sure to inspire your next heavy, aggressive Trap hit. Dry & Wet files, FX Tails and MIDI are included.

Trap is blazing up the charts and producers the world over are constantly on the hunt for fresh new samples and grooves. Enter 'Open Your Trap Vol 1'; a journey into the darker side of Trap, featuring brute-force brass, Orchestral percussion, vocal glitches and snappy 808 drums.

This Royalty-Free pack is ready to drag and drop directly into your DAW, supplied in a range of formats and perfectly engineered to rattle trunks and shatter speaker cones.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Open Your Trap 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 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.

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
  • 141 Individual WAV Files
  • 21 MIDI Files
  • 808s, Brass, Pads, Vocals & More
  • 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:
'Open Your Trap Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 38,18 EUR / $39.95 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Open-Your-Trap-Vol-1.html


Producerloops Dirty EDM Basslines Vol 1
Posted: 03-Nov-14


'Dirty EDM Basslines Vol 1' brings you no less than 25 micro Construction Kits each centered around powerful synth bass phrases and featuring razor-sharp production. Packed full of growls, rips and buzzes, this collection includes up and down filters, as well as dry & wet files and MIDI. These hard-hitting basses are inspired by elite production talents like DVBBS, Showtek, W&W and Hardwell.

Within this pack you'll find 25 micro Construction Kits including all the drum and percussive elements heard in the main Kit demos. Dry & wet files are included for maximum flexibility and each bass phrase is accompanied by MIDI data allowing you to play them back using your favourite synth or sampler.

Each of these powerful drum and bassline combos could easily form the backbone of your next EDM smash hit and with the included MIDI data you can customize them to perfectly suit your production.

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.

MIDI Files Included:
'Dirty EDM Basslines Vol 1' includes MIDI files for every bassline 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.

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:
'Dirty EDM Basslines Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 37,95 EUR / $40.28 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Pure-EDM-Dirty-EDM-Basslines-Vol-1.html


Trance Techno Soundbanks released FREEWARE 'Synth 1 Trance Templates'
Posted: 31-Oct-14


TranceTechnoSoundbanks.com released 'Synth 1 Trance Templates'.
This is a freeware soundpack for the SYNTH1 synthesizer instrument from ICHIRO TODA.

Soundpack do have 4 uplifing trance templates which can be opened in 7 various DAWS:
-FL STUDIO, ABLETON LIVE, STUDIO ONE, TRACTION, REAPER, SONAR X3 and X3 LE formats.

The soundset is available for download for free. To use this soundpack You need freeware Synth1 and Tal
Dub II.


Web-Link: SYNTH1 TRANCE PROJECT TEMPLATES


Arturia authentically scales Sequential swansong into innovative iOS soft synth reboot
Posted: 26-Oct-14


Music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of iProphet — an authentic emulation of the Eighties-vintage, California-created classic Prophet VS Digital Vector Synthesizer, Sequential's first digital design (and, alas, the final synth, sadly, from the iconic innovative instrument manufacturer) for Apple's popular iPad platform — as of September 30...

To fully appreciate Arturia successfully and significantly bringing back to life Sequential's somewhat easy-to-use Prophet VS Digital Synthesizer swansong in an even easier form as the convenient and cost-effective iProphet app for Apple's popular iPad platform, we must first turn back the pages of history for a little lesson in digital synthesis developments.



Upon its 1986 release at a time when seemingly synth manufacturers everywhere were moving away from traditional analogue designs in favour of creating all manner of weird and wonderful synthesis techniques, the trailblazing Prophet VS Digital Synthesizer signalled a major milestone in synth history as an alternative means of speedy sound creation. Californian creator Sequential Circuits had already found fame and (good) fortune with its iconic Prophet 5 — the world's first fully programmable polyphonic synth — while company founder and mentor Dave Smith acted as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) — he coined the acronym, in fact. Ironically, MIDI was communicatively central to the various difficult-to-understand digital designs being bandied about at the time by various rival Japanese giants and European outsiders — think FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis from Yamaha with its market- dominating DX line, PPG's funky forays into wavetable synthesis, Casio's cunning Phase Distortion, and LA (Linear Arithmetic) synthesis from Roland, to name but several significant examples. The struggling Sequential responded in kind when worker Chris Meyer made some revealing private investigations into how PPG was achieving its distinctive-sounding wavetable scanning and concluded that two-dimensional crossfading would work better than the upmarket German competitor's one-dimensional approach, and Vector Synthesis subsequently arrived as Sequential's saving grace — as hoped for on paper at least — featuring four oscillators per voice, no fewer than 96 factory-preset waveforms, 32 user-definable waveshape locations, plus, of course, its pièce de résistance... joystick- driven dynamic waveform crossfading. "Vector Synthesis is much more than just cramming four oscillators into a voice; the continuous crossfading between four waveforms provides incredible animation to the sound," says its inventive instigator in retrospect. For the first time, users could choose four waveforms, assign them to four oscillators, move the joystick around, and save the resulting movements to create hitherto unheard sounds almost instantly!

As it happened, however, the Prophet VS Digital Synthesizer sadly did not prove to be the coup d'état that Sequential were hoping for, after all. Innovation alone clearly could not save the financially-stressed Sequential from biting the dust, and, like its Californian creator, the phenomenal- sounding Prophet VS Digital Synthesizer soon disappeared into the annals of history (having first made it into the hands of a chosen few, gracing pioneering electronic music recordings from a number of outstanding synth stars such as Depeche Mode and Vangelis, as well as fellow film soundtrack composer — and acclaimed director — John Carpenter)... until Arturia got its collective hands on a Prophet VS, that is, opening a whole new chapter of soft synth history! "I'm very happy to see Vector Synthesis live on with the iProphet," continues Chris Meyer, while graciously singing Arturia's praises thusly: "And I'm thrilled to see that Arturia improved on the original hardware instrument by adding oscillator sync — which was considered for the original instrument, removing the sidebands on the high notes, and sidestepping the flakey aftertouch sensors on the keyboard version of the VS."

Voila! With iProphet's introduction, then, today Arturia has boldly brought those pre-eminent Prophet VS Digital Vector Synthesizer sounds back to life on a wider-reaching scale than ever by bringing a whole new pallet of tones to the iPad that have never existed on this popular platform before. By authentically emulating the still-sought-after sound of the Prophet VS using the TAE® (True Analog Emulation) engine from Arturia's award-winning Prophet V soft synth for Mac and PC, Arturia has effectively breathed new life into this thin on the ground yet heavenly hardware synth, resolutely revamping the user interface into something that makes more musical sense than ever before.

Just like its historic hardware ancestor, iProphet uses Vector Synthesis to create its sounds, allowing for tremendous timbral variation over time, which, in turn, turn it into a ‘pad monster machine' belying its host's compact and bijou size! Sound can then be processed using subtractive synthesis-like techniques on a typical analogue instrument using a multimode (Low-pass, Band-pass, High-pass, and Band reject) filter and output effects (CHORUS, OVERDRIVE, and DELAY) via a dedicated FX page. Pièce de résistance? Try the Vector mode. Here users can access and edit the Vector envelope parameters in greater detail to create all kinds of new sounds not possible with other synthesis types. All highly visual, all highly intuitive — much more so than the original Prophet VS Digital Vector Synthesizer, such are the benefits of iProphet's popular platform that are plainly visible for all to see (and hear).

Of course, communication with the outside musical world is a must, and, again, the TabletopTM-ready iProphet delivers like no other. Using the (separately-sold) Audiobus app, users can interface iProphet with a number of other iOS apps, using other virtual MIDI controllers to send note information to iProphet or record the output to DAWs. iProphet will also work with CoreMIDI interfaces and CoreMIDI devices via Apple's Camera Connection Kit or Wi-Fi, with Arturia's own MiniLab and KeyLab 25 keyboard controllers making for a perfect portable performance companion. Coming full circle, Apple's interapp-audio allows for audio patching, similar to Audiobus, and iProphet supports interapp-audio transports at the top of each of its screens, so users can control record and playback functionality directly from iProphet itself. Import and export presets between iProphet and Prophet VS (within Arturia's award-winning Prophet V)!

iProphet includes hundreds of presets from top sound designers, all conveniently categorised to help get the creative juices freely flowing. Fortunately for the musical masses, it is easier than ever to access those history-making Vector Synthesis sounds thanks to Arturia's innovative iProphet now that it is increasingly difficult to acquire an original Prophet VS Digital Vector Synthesizer due to the high prices that they can command. Take a trip down musical memory lane by taking a trip to Apple's App Store to make a trouble-free online purchase — and all for not much more than the price of a glossy monthly magazine! Why wait?


Owners of Apple iPad 3 or above can purchase and directly download iProphet from Apple's App Store for €8.99 EUR/$9.99 USD or bundled with iMini — Arturia's award-winning MinimoogTM emulation app for iPad 2 or above — for $17.00 USD (representing around a 15% saving).


Web-Link: http://arturia.com/products/ipad-synths/iprophet


Producerloops Deep House Vocals Vol 2
Posted: 26-Oct-14


'Deep House Vocals Vol 2' continues this series of versatile House vocal sample packs, bringing you five fully-featured Construction Kits, complete vocal performances and individual vocal phrases designed to be chopped, re-arranged and sculpted to fit your next Deep House production. These chart-ready vocals and Construction Kits were inspired by Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Jess Glynne, and Mr Probz. Powerful bass lines, plucks, floating pads and pounding drums form the core of these stunning tracks.

Each of the five Construction Kits comes with the usual Producer Loops feature set including dry & wet files, FX tails and MIDI files.

On top of this you get complete vocal performances including dry & wet FX mixes. Single vocal phrases are also provided allowing you to craft new vocal lines and create chopped/glitched effects, suitable for genres outside of Deep House.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Deep House Vocals Vol 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, 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
  • 128 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 2' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 37,89 EUR / $40.15 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Deep-House-Vocals-Vol-2.html


Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility with Native Instruments products
Posted: 26-Oct-14

Native Instruments has conducted compatibility tests with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite which have shown current NI products to work without any specific issues under standard installations of this operating system.

However, products with a hardware dependency, such as MASCHINE, KOMPLETE KONTROL, TRAKTOR, GUITAR RIG, and Controller Editor will not launch when the AVID CoreAudioManager/Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue.

Native Instruments is currently conducting further systematic compatibility and performance tests with the release version of Yosemite, and will provide new information as it becomes available.

Best regards,

The Native Instruments team


Web-Link: www.native-instruments.com


Future Loops Releases Releases Kingston Rockers - Reggae Construction Kits
Posted: 26-Oct-14


Future Loops has just released Kingston Rockers - Reggae Construction Kits, a collection of live recorded samples in WAV & REX format.Kingston Rockers is organized into several Construction Kits - structured in Intro, Verse, Bridge, Chorus ( & more) and includes:
  • Bass Loops
  • Full Drums, Fills & Multitracks: Both Stereo Mixed Versions plus individual Multitrack Drums (Kick, Snare, Hat, Overhead, etc..)
  • Full Brass Section: Stereo Mixed version, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone
  • Guitar: Both Rhythm and Lead Guitar in DI and Amp versions
  • Keys: Clavinet, Rhodes, Hammond
  • Percussion: Bongos, Timbale, Repeater, Thunder, Shaka, Cowbells & more

Kingston Rockers - Reggae Construction Kits is 100% Royalty-Free and contains over 1400 samples (+3.5 GB)

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


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-kingston-rockers-reggae-construction-kits.php


Voxengo SPAN and Overtone GEQ free audio plugins update
Posted: 26-Oct-14

Updated Voxengo SPAN v2.8 and Voxengo Overtone GEQ v1.11 freeware audio plug-ins are now available for download. These plug-ins are 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.

These updates provide minor fixes and add VST3 support.

*** Voxengo SPAN
SPAN is a real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer plug-in for professional music and audio production applications. For the most part it was derived from Voxengo GlissEQ dynamic parametric equalizer and reproduces its spectrum analysis functionality.

*** Voxengo Overtone GEQ
Overtone GEQ is 7-band harmonic (overtone) graphic equalizer AU and VST plugin with multi-channel operation support (supporting up to 8 input/output channels, host setup-dependent). Overtone GEQ offers
extensive internal channel routing capabilities, and supports mid/side channel processing.

Beside equalizing, Overtone GEQ applies harmonic enhancement processing: it uses 7 harmonic enhancement modules, one for each EQ band. This generates a complex harmonic coloration you will probably like a lot.

These updated and other pro audio plug-ins can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site via the links.


Web-Link: www.voxengo.com/product/overtonegeq
Web-Link: www.voxengo.com/group/free-vst-plugins


TTS released 'DUNE 2 GOA FULL ON AND PROGRESSIVE TRANCE' soundset
Posted: 25-Oct-14


TTS-TranceTechnoSoundbanks label released new soundset for Synapse Audio DUNE 2 synth :

'DUNE 2 GOA FULL ON AND PROGRESSIVE TRANCE'

In this soundset You'll find 83 high quality presets as well as 11 VARIOUS DAWS DEMOS
CONSTRUCTION KITS and 11 MIDI construction kits in many trance styles such as: CLASSIC PROGRESSIVE GOA, CLASSIC, FULL ON, GOA NEO, HARD GOA NEO, PROGRESSIVE, PROGRESSIVE NEO FULL ON, UPLIFTING PROGRESSIVE.

Main idea of this sounbank was to combine sound of CLASSIC GOA and CLASSIC FRANKFURT
TRANCE styles with FULL ON and new fresh styles that rised few yeras ago from this fusion.

Inspiration for soundesigner was mix of traxxes of artist from past: Astral Projection, Oliver Lieb, Jam and
Spoon, Juno Reactor, Koxbox,
and present: Time in Motion, Talamasca Xsi, Zyce and Flegma, Ace Ventura, M.I.K.E.

Inside the pack there is text file showing you how to work with this soundbank in every major DAW.
The kick drum, clap, hats and boom kick in the demos are for demonstration purposes.

Pack Information:
 83 Dune 2 presets also including sidechain signal presets (fxp)
 11 Construction kits in midi (every demo)
 11 Construction kits (FL STUDIO from v9 to v11, ABLETON LIVE v8 to v9, STUDIO ONE 2, TRACTION
v5) (every demo)
 11 Automation screens JPG's for every demo

Soundcloud prewiev:
https://soundcloud.com/ttssoundware/tts-dune-2-goa-full-on-and-progressive-trance

Price: 13Eur

Below You will find links to Product and Freeware mini soundbank:


Web-Link: Product link
Web-Link: Freeware Teaser Mini Soundbank


Producerloops Ibiza Chillout Vol 1
Posted: 22-Oct-14


'Ibiza Chillout Vol 1' from the all new "Anthology" label brings you a MASSIVE 8.44 GB (unzipped) of blissed out and emotive Construction Kits featuring stunning acoustic guitar performances, ethereal vocal samples and ambient FX to transport your productions straight to the white sandy beaches of Ibiza. MIDI and OMF are included as well as ACID and Apple Loops for maximum versatility. 'Ibiza Chillout Vol 1' is available to purchase as a full product or in separate kits, allowing you to pick and choose the right atmosphere for you.

Each of these five kits perfectly capture the sun-kissed vibe of one of the most popular clubbing destinations in the world and are infused with a dreamy post-party vibe.

Nylong strung guitars, percussion, lush synths, smooth electric bass, subtle whispered vocals and detailed sonic landscapes combine to create the true sound of Chillout in this 8.44 GB library by the incredibly talented Gregor Theelen.

As well as over 1000 ACID WAV loops you'll also find Apple Loops, over 300 MIDI files and OMF files which allow you to dissect the original arrangement as well as collaborate with other producers across multiple software platforms.

Add to this dry and wet variations and you've got an incredibly versatile product sure to inspire countless new productions. Read on to find out more.

The Anthology Label:
This brand new label focuses on delivering only the highest quality products aimed at professional producers and composers seeking authentic performances, expert arrangements and a high calibre of composition.

OMF files are included as standard for producers who need to work across multiple platforms or to industry standards.

About The Producer:
Gregor Theelen is a classically-trained composer with decades of experience in working with large orchestras in recording studios. When it comes to styles, Gregor is a Jack of all trades. He loves working in the classical field, Jazz is his passion and he will never have doubts about working on a House, Lounge, Rock, Funk or any other project, as long as there is room for sincerity, authenticity and experimentation. The past decade, Gregor Theelen's Chillout/Downtempo/Lounge music has been used in numerous famous compilations and best selling mix-CDs, such as Buddha Bar. You can check out Gregor's extensive credits here. Besides this, he is a well known sound designer and connoisseur of old analogue synthesizers.

Producer Loops and Gregor Theelen would like to thank guitarist Bas Kooman for his wonderful input. His creativity and skillfull playing
will enhance your musical output enormously.

MIDI Files Included:
'Ibiza Chillout 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 artifacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

Dry/Wet Files:
Most of the loops in this product are provided in both dry and wet variations, meaning you can either drag and drop them straight into your DAW complete with FX or apply your own FX mix using plugins or hardware of your choice.

OMF Files:
With the included OMF files you can import each audio clip into your sequencer at precisely the right location, allowing you to re-structure the original song, or add your own complimentary instrumentation.

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:
  • 8.44 GB of content
  • 5 Construction Kits
  • 5 OMF Mixes (For your sequencer)
  • 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:
'Ibiza Chillout Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £49.95 / 62,91 EUR / $66.30 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Anthology-Ibiza-Chillout-Vol-1.html


Solid State Logic launch new L300 live console
Posted: 22-Oct-14


A bit of slightly late news, but Solid State Logic has announced the release of L300, the new compact live console with the signature sound of SSL and the power to handle large scale productions.

Since the introduction of SSL’s first live console in 2013, the speed with which operators can achieve outstanding results with our consoles has been praised by leading engineers around the world. The L300 builds upon this success and offers a new more compact option that is perfectly suited to Touring, Installation, Houses Of Worship and Theatre.

SSL believe that offering a more compact console should not mean compromising and reducing quality or features. Both consoles offer the same immaculate, huge SSL sound and the same superb operator experience. There are no compromises in build quality and both consoles use and can share the same Remote I/O.

The L300 is physically smaller than the L500, so it is a more compact, lower cost option… with no hidden performance compromises – it’s that simple.

L300 will ship with new V2.5 console software which introduces 27 new features and updates which are also applicable to the L500 console.

Explore L300 online at www.solidstatelogic.com via the link.


Web-Link: www2.solidstatelogic.com/l300


Future Loops Releases Releases Warehouse Sessions - Underground Techno
Posted: 22-Oct-14


Future Loops has just released Warehouse Sessions – Underground Techno a collection of royalty-free dance samples. Warehouse Sessions – Underground Techno explores a darker and warmer side of Techno. With over 500 samples, this collection includes hard drums, syncopated leads, creative synth works, deep basslines & infectious progressions.

With a total 1.18 GB, you’ll find ready to mix Loops and One Shots in WAV & REX format.

Check out the demo and download the free promo pack at Future Loops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-warehouse-sessions-underground-techno.php


Future Loops Releases Releases Trap Nights - Dark & Underground Kits
Posted: 14-Oct-14


Future Loops has just released ‘Trap Nights - Dark & Underground Kits’ a collection of Trap construction kits in WAV & REX format. Trap Nights - Dark & Underground Kits brings an eerie and chilling approach to Trap and includes intricate drum machines, arpeggiated synths, creepy leads, low 808s, orchestral beds and more. Each Construction Kit includes ready to mix melodic elements (bass, brass, synth, fx, bells, guitars, etc..), full mix drums and individual parts (kick, snare, hats, claps, etc) as well as drum one shots.

Trap Nights - Dark & Underground Kits includes over 500 samples & loops, all 100% royalty-free.

Check out the demo and download the free promo pack at their website via the link..


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-trap-nights-dark-and-underground-kits.php


Neosphere - Dark Ambiences and Textured Sound Effects
Posted: 08-Oct-14

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Bluezone releases 'Neosphere - Dark Ambiences and Textured Sound Effects', a new sample library offering a wide range of inspirational backgrounds, ethereal pads, dark soundscapes and textured SFX for video game sound designers, editors and modern music producers.

Easily downloadable and affordable, this sample pack brings you highly flexible ambient drones, production-ready metal hits, intimidating impacts, brooding ambiences and pitch-dark soundscapes highly usable in every project.

Over 1,5 GB of exclusive sounds : All these samples were created from hardware synthesizers and field recordings, and have then been twisted to add an inspiring alternate-reality sonic character.

Design your own universe : If you need to create hyper-detailed music backgrounds for abandoned labs or mysterious abyssal atmospheres, adding these sound effects and ambiences will allow you to build complex sequences.

This sound library is royalty-free and comes to you in 24-bit high definition : you can inject these inspirational elements into your commercial projects without having to worry about any additional licensing fees.


Contents:

• Sound Effects • Ambiences • Drones • Textures

Technical Specifications :

• 1.47 GB Data / 178 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

http://www.bluezone-corporation.com/samples/neosphere-dark-ambiences-and-textured-sound-effects-download


Web-Link: Neosphere


LinPlug - 100 new exceptional, "transforming" sounds by Yemski for Spectral
Posted: 03-Oct-14


The second LinPlug-exclusive sound set for Spectral is available. LinPlug are happy to announce 100 new exceptional, "transforming" sounds created by Yemski are available NOW. We have a demo up on our website in a new area we created for all the upcoming sound sets from some of the finest sound designers on this planet. Yemski has been working as a sound designer for more than 10 years and created remarkably well accepted sounds for several of the finest instruments on the market, including the Albino, our MorphoX, CrX4 and Spectral synthesizers.

As all sound sets of our series are very attractively priced, so is this with just 24.90 US$ (18.90 Euro). Please check the demo via the link to get a glimpse of this amazing set.


Web-Link: www.linplug.com/sounds.html


Native Instruments releases KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards + the next-gen of KOMPLETE
Posted: 02-Oct-14


Native Instruments today released the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of KOMPLETE and KOMPLETE ULTIMATE software bundles. The S-Series keyboards and accompanying KOMPLETE KONTROL software unite all KOMPLETE Instruments under a single, unified playing experience. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series debuts several industry innovations never before available in a hardware controller. The release also welcomes the next generation of Native Instruments’ acclaimed KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects suites, including six brand-new instruments, as well as several new additions. The prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of the instruments and effects when bought separately. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards, KOMPLETE 10, and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE are available now in stores and at the NI Online Shop.

The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards were designed to deliver the tightest integration yet with the entire KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio thanks to the KOMPLETE KONTROL software – included with purchase of KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE. The all-new KOMPLETE Browser™ delivers a tag-based system to access all KOMPLETE Instrument presets from one plug-in interface. Native Map™ technology saves producers time and accelerates workflow by automatically mapping key KOMPLETE Instrument parameters to the touch-sensitive controller knobs. The keyboards’ Clear View display provides a clear overview of all tweaks directly on the hardware. Light Guide™ shows key switches, zones, and more on multi-color LEDs positioned just above the keys. KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboards feature premium Fatar keybeds and are available in a choice of 25, 49, and 61 keys.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards also deliver powerful Smart Play™ features. Scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across the keyboard as they are played. Chord mode maps chords onto single keys across octaves on the keyboard, allowing users to add rich harmonic progressions to their tracks quickly and easily. The integrated scale mapping features deliver fast access to new melodic possibilities – virtually any musical scale can also be mapped to the white keys so melodies are easy to play and always in tune. Notes of the currently selected scale light up on the Light Guide™ for optimum visibility. An arpeggiator works seamlessly with every KOMPLETE Instrument directly from the hardware. The ultra-sensitive Touch Kontrol™ can mimic the behavior of pitch and mod wheels, and physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves – far beyond what conventional mod wheels are capable of.

The release of KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE sees the release of six brand-new KOMPLETE Instruments. ROUNDS, KONTOUR, and POLYPLEX are three new REAKTOR-based instruments designed to take full advantage of the advanced features of the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION presents three new acoustic pianos – THE GRANDEUR, THE MAVERICK, and THE GENTLEMAN – sampled in unprecedented detail, delivering a varied and nuanced sonic range. Along with these new instruments, each bundle comes with several new additions since KOMPLETE 9 was released. KOMPLETE 10 now features 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, and over 130 GB of instruments and effects, including DRUM LAB, SESSION HORNS, and SUPERCHARGER. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE delivers 75 products, over 17,000 sounds, and over 440 GB of instruments and effects, such as ACTION STRIKES, MOLEKULAR, and RISE & HIT - all stored on a USB hard drive for convenient installation.

Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

Pricing and availability

Pricing for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards:
KOMPLETE KONTROL S25: $499 / 499 €
KOMPLETE KONTROL S49: $599 / 599 €
KOMPLETE KONTROL S61: $699 / 699 €

Pricing for KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE:
KOMPLETE 10: $499 / 499 €
KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE: $999 / 999 €

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards, KOMPLETE 10, and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE are available now online and in retailers.

Upgrade, update, and crossgrade paths for KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE also available online and at retailers worldwide.

Additional information, new hands-on feature videos, and new sound demos of the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series products are available at: www.native-instruments.com/kompletekontrol


Web-Link: www.native-instruments.com/kompletekontrol
Web-Link: www.native-instruments.com/komplete


Solid State Logic Release XL-Desk. The killer new mid scale analogue console
Posted: 02-Oct-14


XL-Desk is a modern twist on the classic analogue studio console. It's designed for tracking or mixing engineers who require an analogue console within a DAW centric studio, but don't want or need the integrated DAW control and analogue level automation other SSL console products have made the new hybrid studio standard.

XL-Desk is in many ways a traditional 24 into 8 analogue console but it packs in an incredible collection of features. It has 20 channel strips: 16 dual input mono (switchable between main input or DAW return) and 4 stereo channels. The first eight channels have VHD mic pre's. There is an 18 slot 500 format rack built in that can be used for processing or mic pre's. XL-Desk ships with a legendary SSL Stereo Bus Compressor module in slots 17 & 18 (hard wired to Mix A). The rack has its own dedicated high spec' power supply. There are four main Mix Buses (A, B, C, D) with buses B, C and D able to be summed into Mix A. The Buses and channels can access the 500 rack and each have a separate insert point for processing. There are two mono aux sends and two stereo return inputs. Direct outputs on every channel, stereo return and mix bus enable convenient stem printing. Each channel has a Cue Stereo Bus section (with Pan and Volume) used to provide one of the headphone mixes while tracking. At mixdown the mono channel DAW return signals can be routed to the CUE ST bus and then summed into Mix A, so there are 16 main faders + 16 Cue ST inputs + 4 Stereo channels providing 40 summing inputs (using the stereo returns and insert Sum functions you can squeeze in over 50 summing inputs). There is also a fully-featured monitoring section with bass management (3 sets of speakers + subwoofer), Foldback A and B with individual talkbacks for headphone mixes and a built in Listen Mic input + classic compressor circuit, with its own direct output.

Key Features
  • 20 + 1 fader, over 40 input SuperAnalogueTM SSL console
  • 8-built in Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) preamps
  • 16 dual input mono channels (switchable between main input or DAW return)
  • 4 stereo channels (switchable to mono for tracking)
  • The legendary Stereo Bus Compressor, with new high-pass filter sidechain
  • 18-slot 500 format rack built-in, accessible from channels or mix busses
  • In addition to a 500 rack insert each mono channel also has a standard insert point
  • 4 stereo Mix Buses with their own insert points and access to the 500 rack
  • One stereo and 2 mono aux sends. Two dedicated stereo return inputs
  • Direct outputs on every channel, stereo return and mix bus for stem printing
  • Fully-featured monitoring section with bass management
  • Foldback A and B with individual talkbacks for headphone mixes
  • Built in Listen Mic input + classic compressor circuit, with its own direct output
  • AFL and Solo-In-Place solo modes, with Solo Clear and Solo Safe (Protect) modes
  • Balanced D-Sub rear panel inputs/outputs & Front panel headphones & iJack sockets
  • High quality internal PSU


XL Desk will be available from the end of October 2014.

XL-Desk is available with the 500 format rack empty or fully loaded with 16 x SSL E-Series EQ modules priced from: GBP £11,750, euro 14,749, USD $19,999 excluding VAT or local taxes.


Web-Link: www.solidstatelogic.com/music/xl-desk/


Producerloops Liquid Drum & Bass: The WAV Sessions Vol 1
Posted: 02-Oct-14


'Liquid Drum & Bass: The WAV Sessions Vol 1' is a stunning addition to the "Liquid Drum & Bass" series bringing you fully processed and rendered WAV versions of all the loops heard in 'Liquid Drum & Bass: The MIDI Sessions Vol 1'. Inspired by some of the biggest names in the scene, this product is ready to drag-and-drop into your DAW and makes an excellent companion to the original MIDI loops. This product also includes Apple Loops and REX files for maximum versatility, and Reason ReFill files are also available.

Created in the style of legenary Drum & Bass artists such as Halogenix, Blackmill, Seven Lions, Phaeleh and Seba, 'Liquid Drum & Bass: The WAV Sessions Vol 1' brings you a stunning selection of basslines, pads, keyboards, instrument melodies and leads.

The key of each loop is included in the filename allowing you to seamlessly integrate them with your existing project. Key and tempo data is also embedded within the files.

All of the synth, FX and drum loops heard in the demo for the original MIDI version are included here. Enhance your "Liquid Drum & Bass" experience today with this selection of polished pre-rendered ACID/WAV, Apple Loops, REX and Reason ReFill files.

Contents:
  • Basslines
  • Choirs
  • Guitars
  • Pianos/Organs
  • Leads
  • Pads
  • Strings
  • Trumpet

Royalty-Free:
All of the files in this product are 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use them in your personal and commercial tracks without having to pay any extras. However, these files cannot be re-produced or modified slightly for use in a competitive loops product, without legal implications.

Formats:
  • 5 Construction Kits
  • 241 24-Bit Loops
  • Apple Loops & REX Included
  • Includes Reason ReFill
  • Loops Sync to BPM
  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • PC/Mac Compatible

Specifications:
  • 241 Files
  • 24-Bit Quality

Price and Availability:
'Liquid Drum & Bass: The WAV Sessions Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £19.96 / 25,61 EUR / $26.93 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Liquid-Drum-Bass-The-WAV-Sessions-Vol-1.html


Harmonic Geometry by Richard Devine
Posted: 01-Oct-14


Applied Acoustics Systems are very excited to release the Harmonic Geometry sound bank for String Studio VS-2 and AAS Player – their second Sound Bank Series title by artist and sound designer Richard Devine.

With Harmonic Geometry, Richard Devine explores their string modeling synthesizer in all its facets. In his distinctive style, he brings us elaborate timbral perspectives and intricate textural spaces using the many shapes and forms of String Studio VS-2. These ingenious constructions materialize into an eclectic collection of sounds spanning modern sci-fi territories, ambiences, surprising percussions, resonant vibrational effects, and exotic instruments. Harmonic Geometry comprises 130 presets divided into eight categories: Pad, Effect, Arpeggiator, Plucked, Synth, Keys, Percussion, and Ambient.

The Harmonic Geometry sound bank for String Studio VS-2 and AAS Player is available now at the introductory price of only $29 – a $10 discount – until October 20th, 2014. During this period, Harmonic Geometry is also included in every purchase of String Studio VS-2 which is offered at the special price of $179 – a $59 discount. This is the perfect opportunity to get String Studio VS-2!

To buy, get more information, and listen to a preview of Harmonic Geometry, visit the links.


Web-Link: www.applied-acoustics.com/harmonic-geometry/
Web-Link: www.applied-acoustics.com/string-studio-vs-2/


Spitfire Audio elemental eDNA release
Posted: 01-Oct-14


Compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of the first phase in its eDNA (Electronic DNA) project, EDNA01 - EARTH - a mouth-watering, once-in-a-lifetime collection of electronic sounds served up from the most valued collection of orchestral recordings on the planet, creating the next generation of soundware for the next generation of music makers, as of September 12...



For the last five years Spitfire Audio has been cherry-picking its way through the best musical moments from seven years' worth of orchestral recordings and placing them through a series of extraordinary analogue and digital signal-warping chains to create the largest sound set of jaw-dropping, next-generation, organic-sounding electronics ever heard anywhere on earth. Either this is some of the best hyperbole ever written or something special has been happening behind closed doors, waiting for the right moment to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting music-making masses, more often than not already jaded by the morass of identikit, mainstream, and clichéd dance and pop sounds already available elsewhere. EDNA01 - EARTH is far from this, and far more besides, however. Hearing will be believing, believe us.


Web-Link: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/edna01-earth