Like every year, this is becoming the time that many manufacturers try to give some back to existing and new customers. This is the season the Holiday Deals are launched. So we collect the deals we come across and share them with you, so you can get the best deal out of this season for the gear you really want!
Denon DJ, a leading manufacturer of premium-grade DJ equipment, is now shipping its new DN-S700 Tabletop CD/MP3 Disc Player. The DN-S700 is a new entry-level compact tabletop CD/MP3 player sporting many features from Denon DJ’s flagship professional models, including advanced MP3 functionality for easy file search and selection, CD text display, auto or manual BPM, three onboard FX, four pitch ranges, one hot start and seamless loop controls, fader start and pitch bend (available on buttons and jog wheel to enhance performance creativity). All of these design features and functions provide hobbyists, true mobile entertainers and today’s aspiring DJs unprecedented creativity and showmanship opportunity at a groundbreaking price.
The Monologue Refill is a monophonic analogue synthesizer library for the Reason 4.0 NN-XT sampler. The sets include the standard sawtooth, square, triangle waves. Also included are a fixed rate pulse width modulation set, and hard sync sawtooth set. Other sources include, detuned pulses, frequency modulated oscillators, tuned oscillator layers, white noise, and sine wave samples from a self-oscillating resonant filter.
Rayzoon is pleased to announce that Jamstix 3 is now in a public beta for Jamstix 2 owners. Jamstix 2 users who are eligible for a free upgrade to Jamstix 3 (purchased after 05/11/2009) will automatically receive a separate mail with download links and license key when Jamstix 3 is released and do not need to buy the pre-order. Jamstix 3 is scheduled for release in Q1 2010.
Voxengo Voxformer version 2.3 update is now available for download. Voxengo is a multi-functional vocal channel strip plugin for professional audio and sound production applications, available in AudioUnit and VST plug-in formats, for Mac OS X and Windows computers.
Arturia has announced the release of the Hip-Hop Producer, a complete, ready-to-go solution that will get you started in Hip-Hop music production.
Waldorf announces the release of Waldorf Largo V1.5.0. This free update for all Largo customers comes with a completely new Browse page for easy sound administration, a new 6-stage Chorus effect, new parameters in the Oscillator section and in the Arpeggiator. Furthermore it fixes several bugs reported by our beta testers and customers and Largo now runs in ProTools with the FXpansion VST2RTAS Wrapper. Included are more than 450 new sounds from highly acclaimed sound programmers.
Yes, we know it is supposed to be posted on (sample) saturday, but with all the holidays, we post them today (sunday) for once! These are the releases we have encountered this past Christmas week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.
SKYLIFE updates SampleRobot, SampleRobot Essentials and WaveRobot to version 3.08. Creating your own software instruments on sample base is now a lot easier with SampleRobot V3.08 and WaveRobot V3.08.
From humble beginnings as a party DJ in downtown New York, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) is today a formidable force in hip hop. But he’s also an acclaimed multimedia artist who’s written on the subject of the history of hip hop and the aesthetics and art of the genre, and has criss-crossed the globe on the search for art and music. His latest Album, The Secret Song, is a fusion of hip hop, dub, rock, house and breakbeat, with snippets of the numerous genres moulded together to form what reviewers have said “may be the only concept recording of the 21st century that can be considered crucial listening”.
It already has been a few years since old hack Dave Smith started putting out new analog synthesizers on the market. This renaissance of analog synths means having more instruments to pick from for us musicians. Funny enough it just was short after the FM synthesizer patents of Yamaha ended which were responsible for the major part of the decline of the analog synthesizer market during that time.
Arjen and Aram of Audio Ease went by Frank Zappa’s studio, the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, to meet with Dweezil Zappa and together record the acoustics of both the tracking room and the famous Zappa echo chamber. Microphones and speaker in the echo chamber were set up just the way Frank had left them.
Elektron have just released new Operating Systems software for their Machinedrum and Monomachine. These new OS are a free download at the Elektron website.
u-he has updated Uhbik to v1.1, which includes the addition of a new plug-in: Uhbik-G / GrainDad. GrainDad is a Granular pitch shifter and vast audio mangling device. Tape stop effects, reversing effects, weird metallic drones from otherwise harmless material. Try on drum loops first.