This is one of those posts we rather wouldn’t have to write, but sadly we got some information that another gear company went into bankrupcy. According to the Austin, TX news paper the Statesman, on august 4 2010, all assets of Open Labs, Inc. consisting primarily of the patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other IP associated with the most Open Labs products will be sold at a public foreclosure sale.
Avatar ST is featuring a new generation of HG Fortune synths. Basically it is most suited for a large variety of pads, soundscapes, athmospheres or related FX sounds but can do other sounds like e.g. certain kinds of basses too. The 16 Step Modulator allows sounds to be fairly rhythmicated in various ways if wanted.
These are the releases we have encountered this 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.
Musicians have many different goals when they acquire audio gear. Some are recording demos, some are looking only to perform live. Some perform to a devoted regional fan base while others perform on tour to crowds all over the world. Everyone has a unique story to tell.
Sugarbytes announce the most complete guitar software of all times. Absolutely convincing guitar riffs, combined with amps, wah pedals and effects. The actual guitar player has been transformed into a step sequencer system that allows control about playing styles, chord progressions and song structures. Guitarist can be played live as well, with just two fingers you can combine chords and patterns easily. You can choose from factory chords or just create your own chords on the fingerboard. The Action Section allows you to tweak the sequence in realtime and apply timestretch, looper or other crazy effects. Guitar players, keyboarders, producers, Guitarist is the new solution when guitar tracks are needed.
Mid/Side processing involves working independently with the sum and difference of the left/right channels of a stereo mix. We’ll show you how to use the Mid/Side processing in Ozone 4 to get unprecedented control over your sound scape. Ozone 4 is a plug-in for RTAS/AS, AU, VST, MAS and DirectX hosts.
Rayzoon has released version 3.0.2 of its virtual drummer Jamstix. This update offers various enhancements and updates and is available now to all Jamstix 3 owners at no charge.
Yamaha will be releasing the next generation music workstation Motif with the Motif XF. The XF is based on the XS but with groundbreaking Flash memory expansion capabilities that will set the standard for keyboard workstations for years to come.
BOSS continues its top-selling tradition of portable, affordable multi-trackers with the new BR-800 Digital Recorder (www.BossUS.com/Gear/BR-800), a battery-powered studio to go. The sleek new design is made possible by touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Up to four tracks can be recorded or eight tracks played back simultaneously, plus an additional stereo track dedicated to the built-in rhythm generator.
This is a beginners tutorial on setting up your Vestax Spin for scratching. Vestax Spin is a midi controller that requires a software called djay on Macintosh. Spin is an all-in-one bundle of digital DJ hardware and software, offering total control to mix, scratch, and play music as a DJ would right at your fingertips. The included software, djay seamlessly integrates with your iTunes library and transforms your Mac into a full-blown DJ system.
Native Instruments today announced KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS, a software bundle that provides musicians and producers with an especially affordable arsenal of professional instruments and effects. Based on the acclaimed technology of KONTAKT, KORE, REAKTOR and GUITAR RIG, the bundle includes over 2,000 production-ready sounds and 12 GByte of studio-grade sample material, covering a wide range of sound aesthetics and musical styles.
REAKTOR 5 PLAYER is your free entry point to the award-winning and avant-garde audio world of REAKTOR 5 – the super-powerful modular sound studio that made Native Instruments famous. REAKTOR 5 PLAYER offers you an easy to use interface and gives you access to the high-end, professional sound of REAKTOR. REAKTOR 5 PLAYER can be used with the free FACTORY SELECTION, featuring three unique instruments with over 200 sounds. Users can also expand their arsenal with the growing range of KOMPLETE Instruments & Effects powered by REAKTOR. Simply load an instrument and start playing!
KOMPLETE 7 is the latest version of the ultimate software collection from Native Instruments. Now bigger and better and featuring 24 KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, this 90 GB package is bursting with more than 10,000 production-ready sounds for all styles and genres. KOMPLETE 7 features renowned flagship products like KONTAKT, GUITAR RIG and the redesigned REAKTOR 5.5 plus all-new instruments and effects from Native Instruments and brands like Abbey Road and Scarbee.
Alchemy Factory Presets & Samples Bonus 3 offers over a gigabyte of new samples. Acoustic instruments are a major feature of this latest collection, including a grand piano, baroque lute, cimbalom, autoharp, and hammered dulcimer, plus delicate meditation bowls and crystal glasses. There are also loads of dramatic one-shot hits, sweeps, and crashes, war drums, tabla loops, and bowed cymbal effects.