For this week we have an interesting video. It is a dublab documentary project featuring four amazing, LA-based beat makers: Daedelus, J.Rocc, Nobody and Ras G – in a secret mission to create new musical magic from the dusty remains of thrift store vinyl. DVD and vinyl released through Stones Throw Records. Visit dublab.com/secondhand for more information on the film and release.
Almsot exactly two years ago the guys behind Mixed In Key wanted to create their mashups in 5 minutes or less, but there was no easy way to do it. Then they created the Mashup software. This week they released the next version, 2.0. Mashup 2.0 software helps to beatmatch tracks and save results to new audio files. It’s the ultra-fast audio editor that they always wanted for Windows and Mac.
TC Electronic has been at the forefront of reverb research and development for decades. With the arrival of Reverb 8, multichannel reverb reaches the next level, bringing world-class room simulation to new 3D sound formats.
Native Instruments released MARBLE RIMS – a new MASCHINE Expansion offering producers the laid-back, sun-kissed flavor of classic and contemporary SoCal hip hop. Adding to the scope of included kits and sounds, MARBLE RIMS delivers exclusive recordings from renowned West Coast artists and producers.
In cooperation with G-Sonique engineers, 123creative.com releases Kashmir Sitar – Guitar to Sitar plugin. As sitars are mythical oriental instruments, quite expensive and difficult to play, this plugin makes it easy to convert your guitar into a realistic sounding Sitar, … in real time!
The folks at Plugin-Alliance have announced that after an intense public beta phase the V1.1 release of DRUMATOM is now available. DRUMATOM is the first and only software that can help you reduce the crosstalk captured by microphones when you record drums with multiple mics without the use of noise gates, filters etc. Hear your drums as punchy and real as never before.
Wave Shaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In wave shaping it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.
Last month at the NAMM, EHX introduced the Holy Grail Max, giving fans of reverberation more options in their quest for the perfect space for their instrument or voice. This new pedal shares the Holy Grail’s classic Spring and spatial Hall reverbs. A new Plate reverb, with a wonderfully complex, lush tone, and Reverse reverb for the sonically adventurous, were also added.
Orange Amplification are launching a limited edition white finish of their Rockerverb guitar amp heads and combos, Thunderverb 200 and 50 heads and legendary PPC412 and the more compact PPC212 Speaker Enclosures
With SUPERCHARGER GT, Native Instruments takes the sound of modern tube compression even further with superior control, additional saturation, and sonic sculpting. This feature-rich follow-up to the SUPERCHARGER compressor released in December 2013, this new GT version goes beyond modern tube compression by adding dedicated Saturation and Character modes and additional controls for complete sonic fine-tuning.
Put on the ritz! Octa Pak 6 – Indie Dance is here, bristling with sounds inspired by the disco era and the sounds of the 1980s. The sound pack is custom built for the Octatrack and is filled with cutting edge samples from Loopmasters, pre-arranged and loaded for ease of use. It comes with an Octatrack set featuring 16 built in patterns, essentially all you need to jump right in and start creating/mixing and mangling. Also included are 16 Scenes ready to be assigned for adding fills, filters and FX to your live set.
The people at Propellerhead caught up with producer & DJ ResetRobot to find out more about his creative process and his use of the Reason DAW software. Emerging rejuvenated from the studio in 2009, Reset Robot announced himself with the licensing of no fewer than 6 tracks to the internationally acclaimed Sci+Tec label, under the stewardship of Ali Shirazinia – better known to the world as Dubfire. Further releases followed on Get Physical, Soma, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, and with his feet still firmly planted in the underground, Portsmouth’s own Wolf Trap label.
With the release of the version 7.5 software of the UAD-2 software, Universal Audio has introduced two new additions to the software. First there’s the UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection, this new plug-in collection delivers the first genuine representation of the UA 610 preamp’s revered tube character. Secondly they add the BAX Dangerous EQ collection, which has been developed by Brainworx. This collection is a premium “finishing EQ” that offers world-class sonics, unique frequency curves and features.
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.