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Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) announce Hydrasynth wave morphing synthesizer

Posted: 16-Sep-19


Newly-formed music hardware company Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to announce (upcoming) availability of Hydrasynth — a wave morphing synthesizer representing its inaugural hardware product, produced
as a keyboard version (featuring an ASM Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keyboard and a user-assignable ribbon controller) and desktop version (with 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads, plus
an included 19-inch rack-mount kit) — as of September 3…

Hydrasynth itself is an eight-voice, three-oscillator synthesizer anchored around a unique wave morphing synthesis engine. OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3 can all make use of any one of the 219 single-cycle waveforms
available, while Wave Scan mode (for OSC 1 and OSC 2 only) flexibly facilitates defining eight waveforms into a list and then morphing from one to the next using modulation sources.

Said synthesis engine also features four mutators, allowing for further tonal modification. MUTANT 1, MUTANT 2, MUTANT 3, and MUTANT 4 have an ability to perform complex FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis;
each include three different types of pulse width modifiers, hard sync, harmonic sweep, and a Wavestack™ function that generates five detuned copies of the incoming waves for super-dense sounds. Furthermore, flexible
routings within the mutators make available (almost) unlimited options for tweaking, twisting, and turning sounds inside out.

On top of that, the synthesis engine also contains two filters that can be configured in parallel or series. FILTER 1 features 11 filter models spanning new and classic filter modes, while FILTER 2 is a continuously-variable
multimode affair.

As modulation sources add much-needed movement into a synthesized sound, Hydrasynth far from disappoints in that regard with five envelope generators — ENV 1, ENV 2, ENV 3, ENV 4, and ENV 5 — capable of
looping as well as tempo synchronisation and five LFOs (low frequency oscillators) — LFO 1, LFO 2, LFO 3, LFO 4, and LFO 5 — capable of acting as step sequencers or one-shots. The modulation matrix — MOD
MATRIX — offers 32 modulation slots with which to route sources to destinations. Such sources and destinations can also be received or sent via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) CC (continuous controller)
messages or front panel-accessible CV (control voltage) INPUTS and OUTPUTS.

Of course, connectivity to the wider world is as far reaching as it comes, courtesy of that full-blown MIDI implementation (via the usual connection compliment of MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and MIDI THRU on five-pin DIN as well
as USB) alongside CV/GATE connections (for playing nicely with the likes of today’s ever-widening world of Eurorack modular gear, vintage synthesizers, and more).

Hydrasynth has brought back one of the most requested features in synthesizers and controllers — namely, polyphonic aftertouch. As such, its unique polyphonic aftertouch keyboard breathes life and dynamics into
otherwise static sounds, so users can create expressive musical passages using a standard-sized traditional keyboard. It is not necessary to learn a new keyboard technique to be able to play and perform with the
Polytouch™ keyboard.

Alternatively, a desktop version of Hydrasynth — dispensing with that Polytouch™ keyboard and the user-assignable ribbon controller in favour of 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads — is available to
those not needing to add another keyboard to their studio or stage setups; saying that, all other performance attributes are still at hand, including an adaptable ARPEGGIATOR and dedicated FILTER CONTROLS, with
crisp OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays duly providing welcomed visual feedback across the easy-to-follow front panels of both versions of ASM’s inaugural hardware product… when it comes to working with a
sensational synthesis engine, the choice is out there!


Expected to ship in November 2019, Hydrasynth will be available through ASM’s growing global network of authorized retailers at an MSRP of $1,599.00 USD ($1,299.00 USD MAP) for the keyboard version and at an
MSRP of $999.00 USD ($799.00 USD MAP) for the desktop version.

For more in-depth information, please visit the ASM webpage via the link.


About Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) (www.ashunsoundmachines.com)
ASM is a new music hardware brand started in 2019, based in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Shanghai. The brand is wholly owned by Medeli, an established electronic musical instrument developer founded in Hong Kong
in 1983. Passionate about using technology to create exciting products that spark creativity, the core company team comprises Fanny Cheng (President), Daniel Troberg (VP of Sales and Marketing), Glen Darcey (VP of
Products), Dominic Au (Product Manager), and Chen Jiejun (Director of Engineering).


Web-Link: www.ashunsoundmachines.com


Producer Loops releases Cinematic Underscore FX

Posted: 16-Sep-19


'Cinematic Underscore FX' is a compelling collection of foley, impacts, risers, soundbeds and subs. Featuring exquisite sound design, these samples are perfect for bringing tension and a
sense of the foreboding to your productions.

Although the samples were originally designed for us in Cinematic music, they will work equally well in dark electronic music such as Techno, Trance and Psytrance.

These samples are ready to simply drag and drop straight into your compositions, with minimal time required to get that quintessential underscore sound. However, FX files are also
provided, each providing a twist to the original sample it is based upon, and offering users more variety and inspiration.

Royalty-Free:
Every loop in this product is 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use this pack in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs. Please check the licence
agreement for full terms and conditions.

Specifications:

  • Total 140 WAV
  • 31 Standard & FX Foley
  • 10 Standard & FX Impacts
  • 11 Standard & FX Risers
  • 13 Signature Soundbeds & FX
  • 13 Standard Subs & FX
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

    For more information including audio demos, check the Producerloops website via the link.


    Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Cinematic-Underscore-FX.html


Producerloops releases 'Popped Up 5'

Posted: 16-Sep-19


'Popped Up 5' is a goldmine of inspiration for songwriters and producers aiming to create the next multi-platinum Pop smash. Catchy guitar lines, big drums, vocal synths, pianos and future-proof Pop synths
combine to make five hugely accessible Construction Kits.

These writer-friendly chord progressions and engaging drum patterns are just waiting for a vocal topline to take them to next level.

In addition to audio content, you'll also find MIDI files for the majority of the melodic phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to substitute your favourite synths and samplers for the pre-rendered audio. Tail
files are included where possible, meaning you can end a phrase with the natural decay of the instrument - there's no need to worry about the listener noticing when your sample suddenly ends!

And of course, all files are provided in 44.1kHz/24-Bit quality, meaning they're ready to drag and drop straight into your projects at full fidelity. ACID/WAV, Apple Loops, Reason Refill, REX2 & Ableton Live
Pack formats are available for purchase separately.

Product Specifications:

  • 5 Construction Kits
  • 199 Audio Files
  • 27 MIDI Files
  • 44.1kHz/24-Bit
  • ACID/WAV
  • Apple Loops
  • REX2
  • Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3
  • Refill
  • 100% Royalty-Free


For more information & audio examples visit the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Inspiration-Sounds-Popped-Up-5.html


IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 - Mobile MIDI keyboard controllers

Posted: 16-Sep-19


IK Multimedia announces the iRig Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers. Building upon the acclaimed features of IK's award-winning iRig Keys series, these new controllers offer new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek new look.

The iRig Keys 2 Pro offers 37 full size velocity-sensitive keys, and the iRig Keys 2 features 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys for backpack portability or use in restricted spaces. Each model comes equipped with a variety of convenient top panel performance controls plus MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller.

In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhone/iPad and most Android models*. They also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones - especially useful for the owners of newer iPhone models.

For instant inspiration, a selection of powerful music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as an assortment of cables.

Control it all
Onboard MIDI input and output enable users to control stand-alone gear such as IK's UNO Synth and UNO Drum, other synths and drum machines, and more. While being used with a computer or mobile device, iRig Keys 2 controllers can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig.

Each controller can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control whether in a studio or classroom, during a performance, while travelling, or even outdoors.

For additional musical expression, the rear panel also features an external pedal input.

Top panel customisation and control
Controls for programming and performance are easily accessible from the top panel. They include modulation and pitch bend wheels, volume control, octave up/down buttons, a data push encoder, and a variety of other function buttons. Custom settings can be programmed to four assignable knobs for easy access to favourite performance parameters.

A convenient Edit mode lets users personalize the controllers and easily recall preferred settings with the touch of a button. Options include keyboard transpose, touch sensitivity customisation, MIDI channel change, customised knob assignments, and more. All changes can also be saved into Sets using the Set button, for instant recall.

Be heard by all
Both iRig Keys 2 models work directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and are compatible with most Android devices*.

A unique new headphone output can be used for silent practice or composition, especially while using newer iPhone models. The audio out can also be used to connect speakers for increased volume and audio quality that surpasses a device's built-in speakers.

Powerful software bundle and more
For instant inspiration, iRig Keys 2 controllers come complete with IK's award-winning Mac/PC sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 4 SE, which offers more than 2000 sounds to create cutting-edge tracks.

It also includes free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android.

The iRig Keys 2 series is compatible with hundreds of other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, offering an endless stream of possibilities for learning to play, practising, composition or live performance.

* Requires micro-USB to OTG or micro-USB to USB-C cables, sold separately.

Pricing and availability
Both iRig Keys 2 models are available now from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide for $/€129.99** (iRig Keys 2) and $/€149.99** (iRig Keys 2 Pro).

** All prices excluding taxes

For more information about the iRig Keys 2 series, please visit the IK Multimedia website via the link.


Web-Link: www.irigkeys2.com
Web-Link: www.irigkeys2.com/video


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