MOTU is now shipping Digital Performer version 8, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software. Significant new features include 64-bit operation, a new video playback engine, Punch Guard™ confidence recording, 17 new included plug-ins, 15 new user interface themes, and new plug-in management features.
Noisepad is a user friendly drum computer, sequencer and beat creator made specifically for live performances and instant result. It has been designed to give you the most functionality and fun without having to go through a steep learning curve. After installation you’ll find 5 preloaded soundbanks of 12 samples each, ready to start the beat making. You’ll be bouncing your head within 5 minutes, that’s a promise!
vielklang Instant Harmony is an instrument for easy generation of harmonies from an audio or MIDI melody. The utilization of voice leading and harmony progression models allows vielklang to create harmony parts in a more musical way than traditional harmony processors and makes it a versatile and creative tool for musicians, songwriters and producers. vielklang utilizes zplane’s widely-used élastique SOLOIST engine for high quality pitch shifting and time stretching.
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.
Camel Audio has released Shlomo Beatbox, a Sound Library for Alchemy and the free Alchemy Player, featuring amazing manipulated beats and inspiring vocal instruments.
Nordkeyboards (Clavia) have just announced the arrival of their new Nord Electro 4. This follow-up to their succesful Nord Electro 3 has, among other improved features, more memory and an upgraded organ section. The Electro 4 will be available in two versions the Electro 4 HP and the Electro 4D. These instruments feature everything from the award winning Electro 3 series, adding the acclaimed new Nord C2D tone wheel engine and 122 Rotary Speaker simulation, USB MIDI and more!
For all Maschine users and anyone who’s interested in the new Native Instruments Maschine MKII, there is an axclusive demonstration this weekend in Rotterdam. The text continues in Dutch below.
We all know the high-end HIFI and studio monitoring headphones by Ultrasone. Now, the manufacturer of high quality headphones has developed high-end DJ headphones. With their own experience and knowledge they drew on the experiences of DJs from all over the world in the development of these luxurious Signature DJ headphones.
All-new American pro audio plug-in company Plugin Alliance is proud to announce availability of bx_rockrack PRO, a major update (V1.1) to the trailblazing bx_rockrack guitar plug-in par excellence recently released to critical acclaim by Plugin Alliance founder member Dirk Ulrich’s renowned German M/S mastering tools and audio plug-ins company Brainworx.
Reloop IN-2 Flash Black is the name of the In Ear headphones solution for private and professional applications. These headphones are equally appropriate for use as stage or studio monitors while performing perfectly for mobile media players such as smart phones or MP3 players. Thanks to the especially isolated ear plugs with strong 10 mm drivers ambient noise is shout out while a powerful and brilliant sound unfolds in your ears. The included silicon buds in 2 different sizes guarantee high wearing comfort for an intense listening experience even for longer periods. As already known from Reloop’s RHP headphones series the INP-2 comes in a Flash Black colour variant.
Virsyn have released another cool app which will transform your voice into a choir with up to four voices! Harmony Voice is a pitch shifter and harmonizer with professional features including automatic tuning correction.
IK’s instruments and effects software line gets a new make over: new bundles, lowered prices across the board and a facelift on the product boxes! Get unbelievable price reductions of up to 70% on must-have studio tools such as AmpliTube®, T-RackS®, SampleTank®, as well as the entire range of IK software products for Mac/PC.
Man, what a fuss these past weeks since Pioneer revealed the CDJ-2000nexus to the public. A fantastic upgrade form the first version. However one feature shook the DJ scene, and created two opposing sides. The younger DJ’s welcomed the new ‘SYNC’ feature. The slightly older DJ’s were appalled by this feature. “Now anyone can pose as a DJ! Just hit the sync button!” Without taking any side on this matter, the discussion went on for days, weeks. If you want to read more about it, just Google it and you will find lots and lots of editorial thoughts on the ‘Sync fucntion discussion’. Or, … you could watch Laidback Luke doing a performance ont he Nexus!
News from Serato. They have just released three updates for their software products. You can now download updates for Serato Itch, Serato Scratch Live and Serato Video.