Almost 24 years ago bassist Benny Rietveld ended his tenure with Miles Davis and made the move to join team Carlos Santana. At the time of the move it was unlikely Rietveld knew how Santana would reignite his own career, garner mass appeal on popular radio and clean up at the Grammys with the “Supernatural” project. Netherlands born, Hawaii raised Rietveld took a chance, put in almost a decade of commitment to Santana (prior to “Supernatural”) and now enjoys a career so diverse it satisfies his many and varied interests. He also serves as musical director for Santana.
Below are some of the new 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.
Introducing are a unique live prospect. Playing Daft Punks ‘Discovery’ album from 2001, live from start-to-finish this six piece band, stage whole albums previously thought unperformable. Their first project was DJ Shadow’s sample based classic ‘Endtroducing’, and now they have done their homework to nail every last robotic detail of the French duo’s massive album live on Radio 1. The band comprise of a range of world class sessions musicians, sound engineers and actors in order to make it all happen, spending months to perfect sounds, and tackle this seemingly impossible feat.
Steinberg announced significant updates to its award-winning music production systems, Cubase and Cubase Artist, available in December. Version 7.5 incorporates important workflow enhancements, version updates to its instruments and new effects to further the impressive feature set of Cubase and increase professionals’ productivity when producing music.
RME’s MADIface XT is the world’s first USB3 audio interface – and the world’s smallest portable interface that provides access to hundreds of audio channels in such a small package. RME has started to ship this new audio interface worldwide now.
Moog Music announced the release of “The Minimoog Model D Expansion Pack” for their award winning iOS synthesizer, Animoog. The expansion pack includes 69 Timbres extracted from a vintage Minimoog Model D analog synthesizer, and 213 presets designed exclusively for Animoog’s Anisotropic Synthesis Engine. Presets were crafted by a preeminent set of designers including Sound Creation Expert Kevin Lamb, Timbre Extraction and Design Pundit Drew Neumann, Synthesist Adam Holzman, DJ/Producer Dom Kane, and Sonic Mayhem’s Sascha Dikiciyan.
Multi-band compression has been around for quite some time and even in the digital realm is accepted as common. But to this regard one could have predicted innovations in that field. Fabfilter implemented these innovations and present to us a new concept of a multiband compressor, Pro-MB.
In describing this new version of a company classic, EHX Founder and President, Mike Matthews, stated: “The new Nano Big Muff Pi works and sounds identical in every way to the NYC Big Muff Pi. We simply shrunk it without changing its rich sustain and creamy sound. Now you can have it in our time-honored standard chassis, or our new, compact nano design.”
Harrison is proud to announce the availability of the FREE v2.4 update for Mixbus. This update brings numerous fixes, as well as a new addition to Harrison’s XT series for Mixbus: the XT-BC Bass Character plug-in. Mixbus users can purchase a license ($109) from the Harrison Mixbus store. Mixbus subscribers received this plug-in for free.
Tone2 have introduced the new plugin synth called Nemesis, which will be available the 1st of December. Nemesis features no fewer than 22 combinable synthesis types! expanding FM with synthesis methods such as Additive, Formant, Wavetables, Waveshaping, Phase distortion, Sync and Reso synthesis.
Blipsonic and CDM (createdigitalmusic.com) yesterday announced MeeBlip anode. Combining an analog filter with unique digital sound sources, all in an easy-to-understand, compact sound package, it’s synth hardware anyone can enjoy immediately.
Well here it is, the official statement by Elektron on their new machine, the Analog Keys synthesizer. The Analog Keys is a four voice flagship analog synthesizer, conceived with the modern artist in mind. Fully analog signal path, digital controls, and unprecedented playability make it an instrument for the expressive musician.
Producer, engineer and mixer James Loughrey tells sE Electronics about recording Skindred and My Vitriol‘s upcoming albums using an sE Voodoo VR2, Gemini II, an RF PRO, a pair of sE Rupert Neve RN17’s and a Rupert Neve Designs 517.
123creative.com in partnership with Pentode audio engineers released Vacuum tube triode warmer TRW-1. Pentode audio TRW-1 is aimed for mixing purposes, warming individual channels and adding realistic analog charisma to the mixes.
LinPlug announces the release of the Spectral Synthesizer AU and VST plugin for Mac OS X and Windows PC. Spectral is the result of more than 14 years of synthesizer building experience. Someone being familiar with subtractive synthesis will feel right at home with the Spectral, because one can choose an oscillator waveform, choose a filter shape and go on from there. But Spectral delivers far more options than one would expect from the well sorted user interface. Both Oscillator Waveform and Filter Shape can be edited in depth and created from scratch. This unique audio engine is capable of delivering many sounds never heard before.