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Rob Papen’s Punch-BD - bangin’ bass drum virtual instrument

Posted: 22-Sep-14


Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of Punch-BD, a powerful kick-ass bass drum virtual instrument for Mac (OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (Windows Vista, 7, and 8) — based around the BD module of its award-winning speaker-busting, body-rattling Punch drum synthesis/sampler software instrument — to enable users to comfortably create the biggest-sounding bass drums around, as of September 19... Stacking bass drums is a popular technique used by today's power-seeking music producers to give their tracks the kind of kick that will literally move dancefloors — and even mountains... maybe!

By introducing Punch-BD, Rob Papen provides its users with an attractive ability to stack up to six bass drums in total to comfortably create cutting-edge bass drums that will clearly cut through any musical mix. Moreover, its six sequentially-numbered BD pads can be divided across an external controller keyboard for performance purposes, or 'simply' stacked to creatively construct brand new bad-ass bass drum sounds suited to any style of contemporary music production. When selecting Seq, the fourth PLAY MODE, the bass drums that are active play in sequential order — perfect for more experimental applications, while Tune Seq PLAY MODE is essentially the same as Seq but follows the keyboard pitch. Each BD pad can be played solo or muted and has its own command menu with some speedy Copy and Swap functions for friendlier workflow.

Predictably, perhaps, Punch-BD features the same high-quality algorithms attributed to the ever-popular Punch's punchy sound.

In Drum MODE users can choose from four synthesis Models, together with a familiar-sounding range of Classic electronic bass drum samples, and also, according to Rob Papen himself, "...a nice range of built-in acoustic and fantasy bass drum samples."

Elsewhere, each BD pad includes its own distortion module offering no fewer than 19 distortion types, together with a three-band parametric EQ.

Each BD pad also features a preset section next to the overall 'BD kit' to speed up bass drum sound selection for contributing to the resultant stacked sound.

Sample MODE allows adventurous users to combine two samples per pad in several ways with many samples already installed from Punch to make percussive life easier. Enterprising and adventurous users can even choose to load in their own samples for full flexibility with drag-and-drop support, though those pressed for time will appreciate added quick edit parameters for adjusting the most important parts of any given drum sound.



Like its knockout bigger brother, Punch-BD packs four FX processors with no fewer than 31 high-quality FX types with several routing options into its feature-heavy hit list, lifted higher still with further filters, envelopes, and modulation routings with which to delve deeper via various editing pages — EASY, PADS, MIXER, MOD/FX, and MANAGER — when crafting and storing signature sounds that are alive and kicking while packing a whole lot of low-end punch for not a whole lot of financial outlay.

As a 64- or 32-bit (AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible) plug-in, add it to your DAW and you, too, could soon be moving musical mountains! Simply stack those bass drums high and give your tracks the driving kick to take them wherever it is that they need to go.

Punch-BD can be purchased and downloaded directly from Rob Papen for €49.00 EUR/$59.00 USD from here: http://www.robpapen.com/Punch-bd-buy.html (Note: Punch-BD is available for free to EDM Bundle, eXplorer-III, Punch, and Urban Bundle owners… simply login via the Rob Papen homepage, go to My Products, then download the latest installer and installer guide.)


Web-Link: www.robpapen.com/Punch-BD.html


LinPlug releases Spectral 1.1

Posted: 22-Sep-14


Just a short news post ito say that Linplug Spectral has just now being updated to version 1.1 - The update includes: Many more fx parameter can be modulated (66 new ones in total) - Additional LP+ Filter now also with 6, 12 and 24 db/Oct - Matrix now with 24 slots - Improved Oscillator FM crossmodulation - and several other new features and bug fixes. A coplete list is at the very end of the Spectral page available via the link.


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


Future Loops Releases Ultimate Bass Music Sound Tools

Posted: 22-Sep-14


Future Loops has just released Ultimate Bass Music Sound Tools, a collection of royalty-free bass and synth samples - Ultimate Bass Music Sound Tools was produced for anyone looking for heavyweight, hard-hitting sounds and is perfect for Bass Music, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Electro, Breaks and EDM.

This sample pack includes 400 bass and synth one-shots in WAV format.

Check out the demo for Ultimate Bass Music Sound Tools and download the free promo pack at the Future Loops website, via the link.


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-ultimate-bass-music-sound-tools.php


Producerloops RnB Chillout Sessions Vol 6

Posted: 22-Sep-14


'RnB Chillout Sessions Vol 6' is the final installment in this popular series of laid-back RnB Construction Kits packed full of soulful chord progressions, lush ambience and unique flavour. With an extensive and professional feature set, this incredible pack, like the previous volumes, is sure to inspire your next chilled-out hit.

Combining the unmistakable sound of contemporary RnB with the subdued vibe of Chillout music, 'RnB Chillout Sessions Vol 6' brings you five distinctive Construction Kits complete with One-Shots, FX Tails, MIDI, and more.

Each song has multiple sections, and you'll find plenty of expertly effected and produced loops to form the basis of your next RnB track.

Read on to find out more about the extensive feature set of this library.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'RnB Chillout Sessions Vol 6' includes a selection of MIDI files for many of the 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.

One-Shot Samples:
Each Construction Kit features one-shot samples, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to compliment the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice and create an infinite number of new 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
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'RnB Chillout Sessions Vol 6' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £19.96 / 25,14 EUR / $27.14 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-RnB-Chillout-Sessions-Vol-6.html


IRCAM Launches IRCAM Lab TS - Next Generation Time Stretching Application

Posted: 22-Sep-14


The Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music (IRCAM) today proudly announces the launch of IRCAM Lab "TS" as for "Transpose/Stretching". "TS" is a very impressive time stretch, pitch shifter, remix, formant, noise tweaker that will blow creatives minds with its powerful algorithms based on the unique phase vocoder engine (SuperVP). IRCAM Lab is a new company dedicated to the development of IRCAM's applications and plug-ins based on decades of pure research and technological innovation.

IRCAM Lab today proudly announces the launch of "TS" (Transpose/Stretching) a powerful stand alone application that revolutionises the way audio signal can be processed. Unlike other time stretching applications, "TS" uses an advanced phase vocoder engine (SuperVP) as for the analysis/synthesis functionalities of "AudioSculpt". Phase vocoder technology provides high-quality sound processing in real-time and offers amazing results even when used to transpose or stretch audio waveforms radically. It is able to transpose and/or pitch a WAV or AIFF audio file with extremely accurate results and minimal artefacts making it possible to process professional recordings with transparent results. A life saver for audio engineers and broadcast technicians!

But "TS" is much more than a simple time shifting tool. the application can transform an audio signal at extreme settings making it a totally new sound! Simply drag a WAV or AIFF file into "TS" and stretch it down by 100%. That will give you a quick idea of how powerful it is. Now use the formant, transient, sinus or noise sliders to sculpt your sound and create totally original audio textures. Sound designers, DJ's and musicians will be amazed by the unlimited possibilities offered by "TS" to create totally new sounds. From a basic drum loop to pianos, voices or any other audio signal, "TS" can make something totally wild and original out of it...

IRCAM Lab "TS" also includes real time Midi remote control and a live editing export feature. That enables users to export totally original sounds created in "TS" as easily as clicking the mouse. A DJ's dream come true!

Learn more from the product page at Plugivery (Official distributor)

http://www.plugivery.com/products/p1680-TS/

IRCAM Lab TS is available through-out September at the introductory price of ONLY $99 (MSRP $249).

*At this time, IRCAM Lab TS is only available for Mac OS X. Windows versions will be released very shortly as a FREE upgrade to all users.


Web-Link: www.plugivery.com/products/p1680-TS/


Producerloops Progressive Trap Vol 1

Posted: 20-Sep-14


'Progressive Trap Vol 1' kicks off this exciting new series of Construction Kit products, combining the hugely popular sound of Trap with more Progressive and leftfield elements, taking the genre into more musically rich territory. Each of the five Construction Kits also features MIDI and One-Shot files for maximum versatility.

Trap has emerged to become one of the most popular Urban styles of music in recent times, and with the conventions of the genre so firmly established, it takes something a little special to stand apart from the crowd. Enter 'Progressive Trap Vol 1'; a brand new series of blazing hot Construction Kit products.

You'll find massive 808 kicks, rapid-fire hats and tight snares, all set against a rich sonic background of pads, glitched vocals and lush chords. The resulting sound takes Trap into more musical territory, although you could easily create a more typically sparse Trap arrangement using the supplied loops, One-Shots and MIDI files.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Progressive 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/REX files are extremely flexible and powerful, MIDI has the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

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

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


Price and Availability:
'Progressive Trap Vol 1' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 37,63 EUR / $40.58 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


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


Future Loops Releases Garage & 2-Step Sessions

Posted: 12-Sep-14


Future Loops has just released Garage & 2Step Sessions, a collection of samples & loops in WAV & REX format. Garage & 2Step Sessions has an all around old school and underground vibe – bringing back the UK sound scene of the 90’s but keeping an eye in the present with intense rhythms and swinging grooves.

With over 400 MB of content, Garage & 2Step Sessions includes Chords Loops, Chords Hits, Bass Loops, Bass Hits, Vocal Cuts, FX, Tops & Percussion, Drum Loops and Drum Hits.

To hear the demo and download the free demo pack go to the Futureloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-garage-and-2step-sessions.php


Future Loops Releases 'Future Chill Generation'

Posted: 12-Sep-14


Future Loops has just released ‘Future Chill Generation’, a collection of over 1500 samples & loops in WAV and REX format. The sound of ‘Future Chill Generation’ is influenced by a wide range of styles: there’s a cool Chillout breeze, lusty Ambient vibes, hints of Nu R&B, Dubstep-drenched grooves & mellow electronica sounds.

‘Future Chill Generation’ features ready to mix loops – tempos between 65 to 75 BPM – and over 1.000 drum one shots. Included are Full Drums, Top Loops, Kick Loops, Bass, Chords, Vocal FX, Leads/Synths, Full Music Loops, & Drum Hits.

Tech Specs:
+2.000 Samples // +4 GB // WAV+REX // 100% Royalty-Free

You can hear the demos and download the free promo pack for ‘Future Chill Generation’ at the Futureloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-future-chill-generation.php


IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand Stand for October release.

Posted: 12-Sep-14


IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories today announced iKlip® Xpand Stand its next generation expandable tabletop riser stand that lets you securely hold any iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, Android device or any other tablet with a screen size between 7" to 12.1". Thin, wide, long, short - it doesn't matter the dimensions, iKlip Xpand Stand is designed to accommodate just about any tablet size without any kind of adapter required. It's the latest iteration of IK's popular iKlip line, which has sold nearly a quarter of a million units worldwide since its November 2010 debut. iKlip Xpand Stand features an expandable spring-loaded bracket design, four rubberised gripping points, a metal-reinforced base and an optional tabletop clamp. It's an all-in-one solution that's as useful for musicians as it is for small business owners, public speakers, professionals and anyone else who needs a sturdy way to secure their tablet for everyday use.

All sizes, no adapters required
At the heart of iKlip Xpand Stand is its expandable sure-grip technology, which allows it to accommodate a wide range of tablet sizes without the use of cumbersome adapters. iKlip Xpand Stand's grips can be extended to hold all tablets with screen sizes between 7" and 12.1" - from thick to thin and big to small, iKlip Xpand Stand has been designed to carry them all. It even lets you use many devices without having to remove their protective carrying cases. It also features a rubberised "soft touch" surface that provides a firm hold that doesn't scratch or mar your device's surface.

Pricing and availability
iKlip Xpand Stand will be available in October from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK Online store for $69.99/ €54.99 (excl. taxes). Pre-orders are now available on the IK online store and via selected resellers.


Web-Link: www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iklipxpandstand/


IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

Posted: 12-Sep-14


Now anyone can make high-quality stereo recordings while on the move: Introducing iRig Mic Field, the pocket-sized digital stereo microphone for Apple’s range of Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Designed to be used for both video and audio recordings, it features a patent-pending rotatable enclosure that you can easily position for the best stereo image in both landscape and portrait orientations. Now you can capture pristine sound no matter whether you’re recording a rehearsal or a concert, capturing audio for videography, acquiring audio for a music project, recording instruments while on the move, saving a lecture or speech or creating your next viral video hit — iRig Mic Field lets you create accurate and faithful field recordings in any imaginable context.

iRig Mic Field’s combines high-quality components and unparalleled portability with a unique form factor. iRig Mic Field packs a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, a 115 dB maximum SPL rating and a low-noise/high-definition pre-amp into an enclosure that’s small enough to slip easily into your pocket. Now you can get that Hollywood-style stereo sound anytime and anywhere, and you can get it in a mic that’s half the price of comparable microphones that cost and weigh twice as much and lack the flexibility of audio and video support.

And with iRig Mic Field you'll be able to record right out of the box thanks to its powerful included iRig Recorder Free app (version 2 is coming soon). It’s the easy way to record, edit and process stereo audio while in the field. And as if that wasn’t enough, iRig Mic Field is compatible with all Core iOS Audio and Video apps including GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera and iMovie as well as all your favorite social media video apps and services.

Features:
  • Digital stereo field-recording mic that connects to iOS devices via the Lightning port
  • Lightweight and pocketable design
  • Rotates 90° for optimal audio/video positioning and locks in place with comfortable to use controls
  • Great for music recording, video shoots or any field recording application
  • Integrated headphone output for immediate real-time audio monitoring
  • Gain control and multicolor LED indicator for easy and accurate level adjustion
  • 2 high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules
  • 24-bit, 44.1 - 48 kHz A/D conversion
  • Elegant design with black finish


Web-Link: www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigmicfield/


ATC launches SCM20ASL Pro (V2) active and SCM20PSL Pro passive reference nearfield monitors

Posted: 12-Sep-14


Specialist British loudspeaker drive unit and complete sound reproduction system manufacturer ATC is proud to announce availability of two new high- performance reference nearfield monitors — the active SCM20ASL Pro (V2) and passive SCM20PSL Pro — as of September 1...

As implied by name, the active model replaces the previous-generation SCM20ASL Pro, while the passive model is an all- new affair, providing an entry point into ATC studio monitoring at a lower price point, albeit without compromising component quality over features.

Both models feature ATC's renowned drive units, hand built in its UK facility. Of particular note is the new SH-25-76S 25mm/ one-inch soft dome tweeter, the first to be designed and built by ATC, and the result of six years of research and development by Managing Director Billy Woodman and R&D Engineer Richard Newman. “The tweeter is designed and built with the same no-compromise philosophy as all other ATC drive units,” notes Newman, before continuing: “The design takes notes from the highly-regarded ATC midrange dome by utilising a dual-suspension design, negating the requirement for Ferro-fluid, and avoiding the detrimental effects of this drying out over time, a feature considered to be of utmost importance for longterm consistency.” The massive neodymium motor with heat-treated top plate is optimised to ensure an extended frequency response (-6dB @ 26kHz) and low non-linear distortion. The geometry of the waveguide is designed for optimum dispersion and made from a precision-machined alloy so that the entire structure is extremely rigid and free from resonances.

The bass/mid driver used in both loudspeakers is ATC's proprietary 150mm/six-inch Super Linear device. Constructed with a 75mm/three-inch voice coil and a short-coil, long-gap topology, it combines the high-power handling and low-power compression usually only found in large, high-efficiency systems with the fine resolution and balance of modern high- fidelity systems. Unique to the drive unit is ATC's Super Linear technology, which, by employing specialist materials in the magnetic circuit, reduces third harmonic distortion in the lower midrange.

The electronics in the active design have also had considerable development time invested in them, resulting in reduced noise and distortion (a further -10dB @ 10kHz) and a reduced operating temperature for improved reliability. The amplifier design is a revised version of ATC's discrete MOSFET Class A/B design with 200W and 50W continuous power available for the bass and high frequency sections, respectively. The user controls have also been improved over the previous generation with more flexible input sensitivity controls and a revised low frequency shelf control to help achieve good balance in difficult acoustic conditions. The amplifier includes protection circuits for both DC offset and thermal overload.

The cabinet has been restyled to more closely follow the larger monitors in ATC's professional range and is constructed from heavily-braced MDF. Highly damped, elastometric panels are bonded and stapled to the cabinet's inner walls to suppress cabinet panel resonances, while the enclosure's front panel is heavily radiused to reduce cabinet diffraction, improving the frequency response and imaging. The loudspeaker can be wall mounted via a K&M 24120 Wall Mount (available separately). Note that the cabinet requires modification to accept the 'top-hat' mount.

Ideally suited to critical nearfield listening applications in all control rooms, LCR surround monitoring in small-to-medium control rooms, and surround channels in medium-to-large control rooms, anyone looking to seriously improve their reference nearfield monitoring experience surely owe it to themselves and their studio setup to take a listen to the SCM20ASL Pro (V2) and/or the SCM20PSL Pro in action? EQ, balance, and edit faster, with more consistent results and reduced listening fatigue using the latest reference nearfields from ATC.

The SCM20PSL Pro passive high-performance loudspeakers carry a UK RRP of £2,083.00 GBP (plus VAT) per pair; the SCM20ASL Pro (V2) active high-performance loudspeakers carry a UK RRP of £3,647.00 GBP (plus VAT) per pair. Both are available worldwide from any authorised ATC stockist.


Web-Link: www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk/2014/09/new-scm20asl-pro-and-scm20psl-pro-launched/


KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards coming Oct 1st!

Posted: 12-Sep-14


Native Instruments today announced the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. The keyboards represent a hallmark in the history of Native Instruments, providing advanced innovations in hardware/software integration and uniting the KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio under one purpose-built keyboard controller and software interface. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available in a choice of 25, 49 or 61 keys and come equipped with premium Fatar keybeds for a luxurious playing experience. They will be available online and at retailers worldwide October 1, 2014.

Daniel Haver, CEO of Native Instruments, comments: "In the last two decades our software instruments have shaped and defined diverse musical styles and genres. The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards finally bring our original vision to life, and elevate the experience of sounds to a whole new level. Only now the diversity of all KOMPLETE instruments and sounds becomes truly accessible in a single instrument, in ways that no controller or keyboard ever did before."



The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards signal a new era of control for the KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio. The all-new KOMPLETE Browser™ unifies the powerful instruments in KOMPLETE, delivering tag-based access to all KOMPLETE Instrument presets from one plug-in interface. Instead of browsing by instrument, users can now search by sound, opening the breadth of the KOMPLETE Instrument range faster and easier than ever before.

Native Map™ technology automatically maps all key parameters for each
KOMPLETE Instrument to the touch-sensitive controller knobs – all clearly visible on the keyboards’ Clear View™ display. Each instrument was carefully mapped by NI sound designers to arrange the most relevant parameters on pages laid out on the keyboard’s display. The need for complicated mapping is eliminated, bringing producers closer to the act of creating music and allowing them to stay in the creative flow.

A first-of-its-kind Light Guide™ shows key switches, zones, and more on multi-color LEDs positioned just above the keys. For example, key switches for KONTAKT Instruments such as ACTION STRIKES are illuminated in one color, while keys used for performance are lit with another. This puts the instrument’s layout on the keyboard at a glance without having to look at the software. The lights also provide performance feedback – scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across the keyboard as they are played.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards also deliver Smart Play™ features to accelerate workflow and stimulate new ideas. Chord mode lets producers play complex chords with single keys. Chord Set mode provides ready-to-play progressions that can inspire and augment original compositions or add new flavor to remixes. The integrated scale mapping features deliver fast access to new melodic possibilities – notes of the currently selected scale light up on the Light Guide. Many widely-used musical scales can also be mapped to the white keys. ‘Wrong’ notes can be automatically re-mapped so melodies are always in tune. The arpeggiator works seamlessly with every KOMPLETE Instrument. And the eight controller knobs manage parameters such as direction, rate, rhythm, patterns, and variations.

Furthermore, two touch-sensitive Touch Kontrols™ tap into a new paradigm in software instrument control. They can mimic the behavior of pitch and mod wheels, and physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves – far beyond the capabilities of conventional mod wheels. Keyboard functionality such as key splits and Touch Kontrol behavior also function when using the keyboards as a standard MIDI controller, opening these control innovations to instruments outside the KOMPLETE universe.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards were designed to integrate seamlessly with the 10th generation of NI’s acclaimed instruments and effects suites, released October 1st, 2014. 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.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available online and in retailers October 1, 2014. Preorder is also available.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S25 is available for $499 / 499 €. KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 is available for $599 / 599 €. KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 is available for $699 / 699 €.

Additional information on the new KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series is available at: www.the-komplete-instrument.com


Web-Link: www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/keyboards/komplete-kontrol-s-series/


Producerloops Commercial EDM Vocals Vol 2

Posted: 12-Sep-14


'Commercial EDM Vocals Vol 2' continues this brand new best-selling series of powerful vocal-driven EDM Construction Kit products, boasting pristine production, up-to-date sounds and complete vocal arrangements. Inspired by the likes of Matthew Koma, John Martin, One Republic and Jonathan Mendelsohn, this 2.5 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 Hardwell, Eric Prydz, 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, 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 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/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 2.5 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 2' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 44,19 EUR / $57.22 USD. More information is available at: the Producerloops website via the link.


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


Biome Digital Releases 'Club Techno Vol.1'

Posted: 12-Sep-14


'Club Techno Vol.1' features 475 MB of audio content, 198 Wav files & 10 Audio Construction Kits
featuring, Full loops, Drum loops, Kick-less Drum loops, Hi Hat loops, Clap/Snare loops, analogue
Bass loops, Kick loops, Music loops & FX loops giving you everything you need to create pounding
Techno Grooves!

All loops are 8 bars long and musical loops are Key labeled. Also included are 79 one shot drum
samples including, 14 analogue Kicks, 8 claps, 17 Hi Hats, 13 Percussion, 12 Cymbal/Rides, 9 Snare
& 6 Other.

All sounds in the 'Analogue Drum Computer Series' have been made using an Elektron Analog Rytm.
The Rythm features and 8 voice drum machine together with sample playback, analogue compressor
and an analogue distortion circuit which gives these sounds a unique & full character!

Features:
475 MB of audio content
10 Audio construction kits (119 8-bar loops)
79 One shots
198 Total audio files

Bpm: 125
Format: Audio (24bit/44.1khz .wav)
Pack size: 497 MB (download size 441 MB)
Genre: Techno, Minimal, Tech House, Deep House, Electronic


Web-Link: Biome Digital Club Techno Vol.1
Web-Link: Club Techno Video Demo


Bluezone releases 'Bomb Blast – Explosions and Debris Sound Elements'

Posted: 06-Sep-14

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Bluezone Corporation presents its latest release “Bomb Blast – Explosions and Debris Sound Elements”. This brand-new sound FX library contains not only a great number of dynamic explosion sound effects, but also different debris sound ensembles like breaking glass, or sounds of falling metal and stone debris.

Your cinematic, animation or video game project includes violent bomb or howitzer explosions, smashed or crushed glass, collapsing metal structures and broken down walls? Then you will be sure to find what you need among the 107 sounds presented in this pack, ready and easy to use and to adapt.

All the sounds in this pack are meticulously elaborated from a great variety of high quality recordings and are available in WAV and AIFF format. “Bomb Blast – Explosions and Debris Sound Elements” is licensed to you for use in all your projects without any additional costs.

more information: www.bluezone-corporation.com


Web-Link: Bluezone Bomb Blast – Explosions and Debris Sound Elements


Producerloops Nu Deep House Session 3

Posted: 04-Sep-14


'Nu Deep House Session 3' continues this awesome series of feature packed House Construction Kits, arranged and produced to the very highest quality. Supplied in a range of formats including ACID Loops, Apple Loops, REX, WAV, & OMF, it also boasts a massive selection of One-Shots and 50 bonus percussive loops. This highly versatile product is an essential part of any House producer's arsenal and includes over 2GB of content.

Inside this 2.1GB 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 over 160 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.

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 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:

  • 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 3' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.97 / 43,93 EUR / $48.34 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Transmission-Nu-Deep-House-Session-3.html


Roland SBX-1: SYNC BOX

Posted: 04-Sep-14


The SBX-1 lets computers and electronic instruments communicate and synchronize with each other. It supports a vast array of both analog and digital devices through DIN SYNC, MIDI and USB, and any of these can be the master clock source. You can use the SBX-1 itself as the master sync and control your external devices with its rock-steady internal clock. With hands-on control over timing and groove, and support for CV/GATE, the SBX-1 is far from just an ordinary sync box.

  • Simultaneous conversion between MIDI, DIN SYNC, and USB/MIDI
  • Control external devices with SBX-1 as the master sync source
  • Shuffle adds swing to patterns generated on devices without swing, such as TR-808 and TB-303
  • CV/GATE jacks introduce enormous creative possibilities
  • SYNC button corrects timing errors with a single press
  • Output up to three channels of triggers or LFOs with different characteristics
  • DIN SYNC supports both Sync24 and Sync48 compatible with a variety of rhythm machines
  • Works great with the TR-8 through optimized AUX jack
  • Runs on USB bus power or with AC adapter


For more information check the Roland website via the link.



D16 Group announces Sigmund version 1.1

Posted: 04-Sep-14


Polish software company D16 Group have announce their newest product, Sigmund - High Quality Flexible Delay Unit. - Sigmund consists of four discrete delay units, each with its own independent set of parameters offering an incredible degree of sound-shaping freedom. Each of the delay lines has complementary modules built in, independent from the feedback loop:

But that's not all: Sigmund has two general-purpose Modulators which can be used to auto-modulate some of the delay lines' internal parameters.

For more information, check the D16 website via the link.


Web-Link: www.d16.pl/sigmund


Future Loops Releases The Sixth Letter - Alternative Rap / Artist Sample Pack

Posted: 03-Sep-14


Future Loops has just released The Sixth Letter - Alternative Rap, an out of the box collection of vocal loops and acapellas by UK MC The Sixth Letter. The Sixth Letter also known as Fletch has been playing live and releasing his work for over 10 years with inspiring performances that have reached a wide audience all over the world.

Future Loops and The Sixth Letter have teamed up to bring users a vocal sampler that browses some of the MC's signature styles ( Punchlines, Rap, Alternative, Spoken word, Acapellas and more) and is ideal for Hip Hop, Dubstep, Drum & Bass and Breaks productions.

The Sixth Letter - Alternative Rap includes over 230 vocal samples with tempos that range from 75 BPM to 175 BPM - all 100% royalty-free.

This sample pack is available with an introductory summer discount of 25% (limited time offer).

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


Web-Link: www.futureloops.com/product-the-sixth-letter-alternative-rap.php


Producerloops Explosive EDM: Risers 3

Posted: 01-Sep-14


'Explosive EDM: Risers 3' 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. These up-front risers are inspired by Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Deorro and Martin Garrix.

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 3' 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 3' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £17.47 / 21,91 EUR / $24.41 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Pure-EDM-Explosive-EDM-Risers-3.html


Producerloops Progressive Electro House Session 2

Posted: 01-Sep-14


'Progressive Electro House Session 2' raises the bar once again to impossible heights in this huge collection of Construction Kits, One-Shots, MIDI files, Sylenth Presets and OMF files. Huge builds, Earth-shattering drops, infectious grooves, and much more, make this an utterly essential buy for producers of all levels.

Within this vast product you'll find five slick and polished Construction Kits, giving you access to all the elements heard within the main mixes including deep bass-lines, dizzying synth FX, pounding drums and uplifting chord progressions. Each kit contains MIDI data for the majority of its melodic and percussive content.

Weighing in at over 1 GB, the Construction Kits alone would constitute a product, but it doesn't stop there. Also included is a toolbox of Progressive Electro House drum & synth One-Shots and bonus loops totalling over 280 MB. You'll find everything from kicks and snares to percussion and FX.

As if this wasn't enough, this product also includes OMF files giving you access to the inner workings of each Construction Kit. Create a completely new mix and arrangement using this industry-standard format.

10 Sylenth Presets seal the deal, ranging from bass and FX to plucks and arpeggiators.

About Transmission:
Transmission is a brand with a difference. Do not mistake this for one of the plethora of other labels out there. Transmission is new and powerful, focused on outputting the highest quality music in a wide range of Dance and Urban styles. Each product includes professional-quality feature sets with the most up-to-date sounds, loops and samples available.

Read on to find out more about the professional feature set included with 'Progressive Electro House Session 2'.

MIDI Files Included:
'Progressive Electro House Session 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/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. This product also includes a large number of additional One-Shot samples not heard in the Construction Kits themselves.

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. This is particularly useful for beginner and intermmediate producers.

Sylenth Presets:
Lennar Digital's Sylenth is one of the most powerful Virtual Analog synth plugins on the market, and 'Progressive Electro House Session 2' provides you with 10 stunning presets for it. Use them to create new complimentary content, or as a starting point for your own patches.

About using the OMF files (Arrangements):
OMF format (Open Media Format) allows you to import complete arrangements of audio loops into virtually any sequencer (see below for list). Once the OMF has been loaded, you will see all of the regions of the track on screen, with chunks of audio data on separate tracks, all named by instrument (as if you'd produced the track yourself).

This format allows you to (i) Learn the secrets of how to create stunning Progressive Electro House tracks (ii) Remix the arrangements to create powerful new tracks which you can then release.

Dry loops were used when building the OMF files so feel free to add your own reverb and/or favourite FX to a phrase. PLEASE NOTE: The OMF files sum up all volumes of the individual tracks while all faders are set to 0 db. Therefore, please set your master fader to around -7 db (or less) 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 OMF arrangements. When you import these OMF arrangements you will be able to see them in your sequencer as if you had produced them yourself:

  • AudioDesk
  • Cubase
  • Digital Performer
  • Logic
  • Nuendo
  • Pro Tools
  • Pyramix
  • Sadie
  • Samplitude
  • Sonar
  • Soundtrack Pro


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 including MIDI and One-Shots
  • Over 390 bonus One-Shots and assorted loops
  • Industry-Standard OMF files for deep level editing
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • Apple Loops/AIFF Files
  • REX2 Loops
  • Reason ReFill
  • Sylenth Presets
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:
'Progressive Electro House Session 2' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.97 / 44,01 EUR / $49.08 USD. More information is available at the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Transmission-Progressive-Electro-House-Session-2.html


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