Joey Sturgis introduces JST Clip plugin

The sonic arms race just got a little more heated as Joey Sturgis unleashes the latest weapon from his audio arsenal, the JST Clip.

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Manage your DJ collection with Beatport Pro software

With Beatport Pro software you can manage your music collection within a free application built by DJs for DJs. Create and manage playlists, add extended metadata, tag your music with attributes, use advance filtering tools, and shop with multiple carts.

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Over 300 Fairlight sounds added to Nord Sample Library

Nord Keyboards this week announced a major addition to the Nord Sample Library, the sounds of the legendary Fairlight digital sampler. The Fairlight was the first commercially available polyphonic sampler when launched back in 1979 and it opened up the doors of sampling to many artists and producer during the 80's. The sounds in this collection were all sampled from a newly overhauled Fairlight CMI System IIx, with detailed mapping to capture that characteristic Fairlight sound!

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Tension and Suspense with Rise & Hit from Native Instruments

Native Instruments today released RISE & HIT – the first instrument dedicated to creating thrilling tension and suspense with build-ups and climactic hits. RISE & HIT uses an extensive range of over 8 GB of exclusively recorded and studio-produced sounds. An easy-to-use interface offers detailed editing with integrated effects and mastering tools for endless sound design capabilities. RISE & HIT runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER.

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Audiowerkstatt introduce Midi-Restarter

The midi-restarter helps you to start or stop your MIDI-slave independent of your MIDI-master, but alway in perfect synchronisation. You push the buttom and the audiowerkstatt midi-restarter sends a MIDI-start/stop-message at the beginning of the next bar to ensure that all following MIDI-devices run in the correct timing.

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Universal Audio adds three new plug-ins to the UAD Platform

Universal Audio Direct Developer partner Brainworx has released three plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces. Available for purchase via UA's Online Store for $199 each, the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier, bx_refinement, and bx_saturator V2 plug-ins are part of new UAD Software v7.6.

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Plugin Boutique release their first plugin: Big Kick

Loopmasters’ sister site selling music software - has just released their first proprietary plugin, “Big Kick”. Created in collaboration with Credland Audio, Big Kick was developed to help producers make kick drum design easy and enjoyable and includes a set of features to help them get results quickly. 

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inMusic acquires Denon and Marantz

inMusic announced the addition of three professional product brands from D&M Holdings to its existing family of brands. Denon Professional, Marantz Professional, and Denon DJ join a family that includes Akai Professional, Alesis, Alto Professional, ION Audio, Numark, M-Audio, AIR Music Technology, and Mixmeister.

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Rob Papen concept idea for RP-Control MIDI controller

From the Facebook page of Rob Papen:  Below is the 'concept idea' for RP-Control. Note that this product is not available!

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Glen Drover talks guitar apps JamUp and BIAS

Being a former lead guitarist for legendary bands such as Megadeth, King Diamond and Testament, Glen Drover knows how to get a massive tone, this time using mobile guitar apps. In his home studio in Ontario, Canada, the seasoned musician spends most of his time teaching, writing, and recording, so when he first grabbed mobile guitar apps JamUp and BIAS, the fact of having his whole guitar rig replicated in an iPad made total sense.

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FabFilter 10 Years already! Celebrations with Discount Sale...

FabFilter is celebrating its tenth anniversary of creating powerful audio plug-ins with superb sound quality and innovative interfaces. The company is proud to toast this occasion by announcing a generous ten-day sale, with a discount of 40% off all bundles and plug-ins, from April 14 to April 24. In addition, FabFilter will make a charitable donation to Stichting MEMO, a local organization bringing children in their early years in contact with young professional musicians and their passion for making music.

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123creative introduces NX3 Multiband Noise Gate

123creative.com has released their new Multiband NoiseGate NX3 plugin. Noise gate is processor that „mute“ signal that is quieter than threshold level and vice versa pass signal that is louder than threshold level. This is mostly used during recording of live drums on more microphones, so if you are recording hi-hats microphone is also recording kick drum but at much lower level. You want to remove quite sound of bass drum from hi-hat channel – you use noise gate. Noise gate is useful also for removing low analog noise, low room reverb or some disturbing noises/speech in background of record.

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Tekit Audio OIO One Software Bundle

Tek'it Audio has announced the release of the OIO One bundle, which features 18 products - 8 instruments, 7 effects and 3 expansions - a comprehensive collection for creative music production, composition and sound design with more than 1,100 sounds and 200 effects.

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Audio Ease Altiverb 7 now Windows compatible

Altiverb 7 is the industry standard convolution reverb plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows. It uses top quality samples of real spaces to create reverb, ranging from Sydney Opera House to the cockpit of a Jumbo Jet. Altiverb 7 is efficient on the cpu, offers many parameters to tweak reverb, is total recall automatable, and has 64 bit support.

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Wisseloord Studios add intimate Vintage Room/Studio

March 25, 2014 marks the two-year anniversary of the re-opening of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. Coinciding with the anniversary, Wisseloord unveils its new Studio4, known as the ‘Vintage Room’: a one-room concept studio, with the look and feel of a living room, but with technical amenities catering to smaller productions, tracking sessions, collaborative songwriting, and the like.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #198

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.

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Mixvibes celebrates Cross DJ 3.1 version with 2014 DJ Contest

Mixvibes has been developing pro DJ software and DJ apps for more than 15 years. To celebrate Cross DJ 3.1 release - that offers a direct share of recorded mixes to Mixcloud - Mixvibes teams up with Mixcloud, Allen & Heath, Creative & Nüba to organize an international DJ competition with awesome prizes, listed above.

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Radial Engineering introduce SB-15 Tailbone

Radial Engineering is pleased to announce the SB-15 Tailbone - a high performance signal buffer designed to sit at the beginning of the signal chain and drive multiple pedals without the added noise that often plagues high impedance circuits.

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Something For The Weekend: The Looploft All Stars Live

A few weeks ago, they gathered an all-star lineup of musicians from The Loop Loft to set up and play at Guitar Center in NYC. No rehearsal. No agenda. Just the world's best musicians, getting on stage and making music in the moment. The result? Watch below...

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Kush Audio release UBK Pusher Magnetic DSP Colorbox

Pusher is a sound sculptor's dream, an artist's tool that bends the rules of physics to generate genuinely new musical distortions and transient colorations. It models the unique sound-bending properties of 4 magnetized metal cores and, through the use of controls the world has never seen or heard before, lets you creatively shape their harmonic complexity and transient character.

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Control WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm with Ableton Push

​WaveDNA is proud to announce that Liquid Rhythm v1.3.4 allows users to control ​the software with Ableton Push, offering producers and DJs a highly fluid workflow to keep creative juices flowing during the music-making process.

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BT and iZotope launch Producer Challenge

iZotope Inc. and Beatport Play, the leading remix contest platform, have partnered with BT to launch the BT Producer Challenge. Through May 5th, create an original piece of music using BreakTweaker, the future beat machine designed by BT and developed by iZotope, for a chance to release your track with Armada Music.

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TYR relies on accurate performance of the Equator D5s

With its bass heavy, dance oriented grooves and the extensive use of synthesis and digital sampling, electronic music has a large and loyal following. Such is the nature of TYR, whose music has been featured on Billboard’s ‘Next Big Sound’ chart as the #9 fastest accelerating artist across the web. TYR’s music has been well received by genre icon Moby and his following keeps growing. Quality production is central to TYR’s music and the studio reference monitors used during production need to be accurate and robust. That’s precisely why TYR relies on his D5 monitors from San Diego, CA-based Equator Audio.

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More than 1000 channels with Fairlight CC-2 audio engine

Fairlight has raised the bar again with the release of its next generation audio engine. CC-2 is based on Fairlight’s Crystal Core Technology, powering their entire range of high-speed digital audio mixing, recording and editing systems, delivering guaranteed performance and increased efficiencies in the largest and most complex productions.

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Korg Taktile Controller Keyboard available now

Korg have announced that their 'Taktile' controllers are available now. The KORG taktile/TRITON taktile are USB/MIDI controllers equipped with the same great-feeling, semi-weighted keyboard found on Korg's KingKorg and Krome. Taktiles are loaded with functions that make them fun to use.

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First Atmos Dolby music mix with Unity Audio Rock MK II

English engineer Geoff Foster has recently completed the first ever specific Dolby Atmos music mix for the new Paramount Pictures blockbuster feature film on the Unity Audio Rock MK II active monitors. The cast includes Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins and directed by Darren Aronofsky with music composed by Clint Mansell.

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Compact Control Powerhouse Arturia Beatstep now available

Arturia’s BeatStep offers a new degree of functionality and performance for a portable pad controller. BeatStep is highly versatile, capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live, it also allows you to play drums in conjunction with such applications as BFD or EZDrummer.

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Propellerhead Announces Reason 7.1 Update

Propellerhead today released an update to their award-winning Reason software and Synchronous; a modulation Rack Extension plug-in for Reason. Reason 7.1 offers an enhanced workflow, performance improvements and new SDK2 technology for Propellerhead’s Rack Extension plug-in platform.

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Firebeatz talk UAD-2 Plugins - Video

Firebeatz are part of the strong, and growing group of very succesful dutch EDM producers. With succesful releases of their own but also collaborations with Martin Garrix and Sander van Doorn, and remixes for Rihanna, Pink and Justin Timberlake these boys are one of the hot names in the (EDM) business right now.

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TC Electronic announces three new Loudness Meter Plug-Ins

TC Electronic is proud to announce three new loudness meter plug-ins for audio and video editing systems. The company is a pioneer in loudness-based technology and offers a multitude of solutions for loudness metering, normalization, processing and logging. Furthermore, each element helps the creation of a transparent loop spanning from production to multi-platform transmission.

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XILS-Lab EMS VCS3 emulation updated to version 2.0

XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS 3 V2.0 — an updated version of its authentic-sounding software emulation of the groundbreaking late-Sixties-vintage EMS VCS3 portable analogue synthesizer, scaled up to also emulate EMS’ early-Seventies-vintage Synthi Sequencer 256.

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Def Leppard rocking out with the Presonus ADL-700s

Having worked with UK rockers Def Leppard in the studio and as concert front-of-house engineer for well over a decade, Ronan McHugh has had ample opportunity to try out lots of different gear with the band. McHugh has been using the new PreSonus ADL 700 tube channel strip to record the band's first studio album since their 2008 Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, and he gives the channel strip high marks all around.

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Yamaha Nuage System - Introduction Video

Digital audio workstations, controllers, interfaces: professional post-production capabilities can only be realized when all components work together in perfect harmony. Nuage Integrated Audio Production System brings it all together in a collaboration that defines new standards of quality and workflow efficiency for virtually every aspect of the production process. Yamaha control and interface hardware seamlessly integrates with Steinberg Nuendo DAW software in a purpose-built system that offers unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality.

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Hornberg introduces new breath controller concept: HB1

Hornberg Research is a small and young company in the south of Germany founded by Martin Raschke and Mick Baumeister. Mick is a professional film composer. He is working for more than 30 years for the German Film- and TV-Providers. When the BC3 disappeared from the market he begged Martin to develop a new breath controller because he needs a replacement to continue his work. The goal was to develop a stable, durable and high flexible tool that gives your work more expression and makes your daily work more easy and intuitive. This is why the hb1 MIDI Breath Station has been developed.

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Audient iD22 ready for windows

Audient can reveal that Windows drivers are now available for iD22, extending the benefits of its high performance AD/DA interface and monitoring system to all PC-based recordists.

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Elektron Analog Keys - Gearjunkies Review

Around the end of last year Elektron announced the Analog Keys which they describe as their flagship analog synthesizer. For many it is the same as the Analog Four but with keys. Before we begin with this review I wanted to tell you that I already own an Elektron Analog Four and know it like the back of my hand. So in that regard I may skip over parts that I'm overly familiar with and will make a comparison between the two models.

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From Mind to Melody with Imitone Voice Control

Over the weekend we found this cool and interesting concept over at Kickstarter. Imitone is a project there which lets you use your own voice to become a sort of midi controller. Imitone is an app for PC and Mac which transforms your voice into musical notes, live.  As you sing -- or whistle, or hum -- imitone instantly converts the sound into "MIDI signals" which can control almost any music software.

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Introducing the DW Fearn VT-24 Four-Channel Mic Preamp

Like most of their products, the VT-24 came about because it was something Douglas Fearn needed for his own recording projects. He wanted to record every microphone with VT-1/VT-2 mic preamps, but was running out of rack space in his small control room. A four-channel version of the VT-2 would double the preamp capacity in the same space.

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Full Audiobus 2.0 Support for all Positive Grid apps

Positive Grid, creator of best selling mobile guitar apps JamUp, BIAS, and the recently launched Final Touch Mastering System for iPad, announces full Audiobus 2.0 support as part of the latest update for its family of apps.

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New Firmware available for the Allen & Heath Qu Mixer Series

Allen & Heath has released a new firmware update for its Qu Series of compact digital mixers. Downloadable from the website, v1.4 introduces several new features, including multiple access user permissions, Windows drivers for multitrack streaming, per scene recall filters and FX user libraries.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #197

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.

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Audiowerkstatt introduce their first product: Midi-Clock-Divider

Audiowerkstatt are pleased to announce their first product: the audiowerkstatt midi-clock-divider - a clock divider for the MIDI clock.

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BT Explains MUSE - New App for Leap Motion

When Grammy-nominated composer BT was just a kid,  his music teacher told him that nothing new would ever happen in the industry again – that becoming a master involved artfully rehashing the past.

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Something For The Weekend: Legowelt Studio Tour

Future Music Magazine went to The Hague (The Netherlands) and made a studio tour in the studios of Legowelt, famous for his use and love of vintage synthesizers and gear. Legowelt (real name Danny Wolfers) is a Dutch electronic musician who describes his musical style as "a hybrid form of slam jack combined with deep Chicago house, romantic ghetto technofunk and EuroHorror Soundtrack."

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Reveal Sound SPIRE synth - Gearjunkies Review

Reveal Sound is a relatively new company and their first product is a synth called SPIRE. It's a 4 oscillator synth with the options: classic, noise, fm and amsync. According to the developers it is a polyphonic synthesizer that combines powerful sound engine modulation and flexible architecture, a graphical interface provides unparalleled usability. Spire is the embodiment of the best opportunities, both software and hardware synthesizers. Let's dive in and see what this synth is all about.

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Audiobus 2 support for Arturia iSEM App

Arturia is proud to announce availability of an Audiobus 2-supporting update (V1.0.2) to iSEM, its authentic recreation of the 1974-vintage Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (SEM) for Apple’s iPad.

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e-instruments unveil advanced Session Keys Grand Pianos

e-instruments announce the immediate availability of Session Keys Grand S and Grand Y, two Kontakt based instruments with a new and innovative approach to create the perfect Piano sound for music productions. Carefully selected acoustic grand pianos, meticulously recorded and combined with an inventive feature set, deliver unmatched versatility in a truly inspiring set of instruments.

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Win iPad Air with Positive Grid Video Contest

Positive Grid announces the first amp creation competition as a celebration of their over 1 million ToneCloud views for its BIAS amp designer app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Simply by submitting a short video demoing your custom BIAS amp, till April 18 you can win an iPad Air + $25 iTunes Cards!

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Spektre Spiral Pulse - Free Ableton Live Project

Loopmasters have teamed up with top Techno duo Spektre and have released a free Ableton Live project. This was done to further the knowledge of the producer community and share this knowledge of the world class producers they work with and share some of the wealth.

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Introducing the Digitech Bass Whammy Bass Pedal

The next generation Bass Whammy uses the most advanced pitch detection and polyphonic note tracking technology to create the world’s best pitch shifting effect pedal optimized for bass. The Bass Whammy maintains the classic settings from the original with many modern upgrades. 

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Introducing the MOTU HDX-SDI Interface for video

With the blazing speed of Thunderbolt technology, the HDX-SDI video interface turns your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or PC into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation equipped with all the I/O you need.

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Ear Trumpet introduce new sister to microphone series: Mabel

Ear Trumpet Labs announces the release of Mabel, a new microphone designed specifically for studio work. Mabel is a hand-built multi-pattern condenser microphone utilizing two cardioid medium-large diaphragm (26mm) capsules, designed primarily for capturing demanding sources like acoustic instruments, drum overheads, and vocals.

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New inspirational sounds for Tone2 ElectraX synth

The Rompler soundset utilizes ElectraX' powerful multi-layer capabilities with a rich blend of sampling and synthesis. This creative sound library features a selection of 200 breathtaking presets, new inspirational sounds that cover a wide spectrum of music styles and built to provide a wealth of inspiration.

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Time Limited Price Drop for Kontrol S4 and S2 Controllers

Native Instruments launched "It's all about the drop" – a limited-time special offer on the industry-standard TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 all-in-one DJ controllers. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 will be reduced by 100€ / $, while the S2 will be available for 50 € / $ off standard retail price. The price drop will run until April 30, 2014, both at resellers and in the NI Online Shop.

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Eventide H3000 Factory ready for Pro Tools 11

Eventide is proud to announce the release of H3000 Factory and Blackhole 64-bit plug-in update supporting AAX64/Pro Tools 11 and VST Mac. They know that many of you have been waiting - thanks for your patience. To celebrate this release, they're running a super sale starting today through April 30, 2014.

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Russell Hewitt talks new Radial Engineering 500 series gear

You could say that Nuevo Flamenco artist Russ Hewitt has one of those storied successful arranged marriages... to his career that is. As a student of classical guitar at UNT, the Texas born Hewitt shifted focus and committed to a new style of music that would allow him to keep his schedule full and his bills paid. His commitment to Nuevo Flamenco has certainly paid off, not only because of his success but he also found a passion for a style of music of which he is now considered a modern virtuoso.

 

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Elektron Analog Rytm Audio Examples

The Analog Rytm is a one stop solution beat machine. Distinguished by the power of analog drum sounds fused with samples. Perfected by the immediacy of drum pads coupled with Elektron sequencing.

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Neogen Hybrid Morphing Synth from Tekit Audio available now

Tek'it Audio has announced that Neogen, a hybrid morphing synthesizer VST plug-in, has been released. Neogen is a hybrid (phase distortion / subtractive) polyphonic synthesizer with sound morphing capabilities and a rhythmic arpeggiator/sequencer. Design your sound using the 56 variation of waveform shapes, the sub-oscillator, 11 filter types, 3 envelopes, 5 effects including a two voices chorus and an auto-pan.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #196

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.

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Akai MPC Headphones Available Now

Announced last year, Akai have now let us know that their MPC Professional music production headphones have hit the stores now. The headphones were designed to match each new MPC in design, quality, and purpose. Each is designed to empower producers with the ability to hear their tracks and hone their craft with unmatched clarity and precision. In addition, MPC headphones provide an exceptional experience for simply listening on the go to a personal music library.

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Synth-Project custom iVCS3 Controller

The 'wizard' of do-it-yourself software (synth) controllers Mario Jurisch has finished yet another great project. This time he developed and created the iSP3 Controller for the iVCS3 iOS App which emulate the EMS VCS3 Synth.

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RME MADI Router now shipping

Building on the eight year success of the MADI Bridge and the MADI Converter, RME presents a newly designed device that is a worthy successor of both - in fact, its innovative core will redefine and inspire MADI systems for years to come.

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New Live-Courses website plus discount

Producertech are excited to announce the launch of their all-new Live Courses site, originally released back in 2009. With core courses created by certified Ableton Live trainer Rob Jones, this site has become widely known as one of the best platforms for learning about the software and music production, at an affordable rate and during times that suit you best, all from the comfort of your own home.

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V-Moda introduce new XS Headphones

V-MODA is thrilled to announce the latest addition to their award-wining M-Class Series - the XS. Designed for ultimate comfort and sleek ergonomic fit, the XS reflects V-MODA’s commitment to fashion-forward wearable technology, combining professional-grade quality and a personalized style.

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Native Instruments Molekular: An Introduction (Video)

Native Instruments reputation for high-quality production software, be it through their comprehensive groove box Maschine, amp and pedal simulator Guitar Rig, modular sound design environment Reaktor or various soft synths and samplers, has made them a regular on the hard drives of some of the biggest names in production, engineering and songwriting. While they are now a truly global company, they haven’t strayed too far from their sound design roots, with more experimental sample libraries and Reaktor ensembles regularly rolling out of their Berlin base.

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Highly anticipated Bitwig Studio available now

Today was the day many of us looked out for, as the 26th of march is the relase date of the Bitwig Studio software. Record and arrange, improvise and perform, or do it all at once. Choose between several display profiles. Design your own sounds with dedicated container devices. Combine built-in instruments, effects, and VST plug-ins. 

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Mark Kelley (The Roots) - Behind The Demo (Video)

As a member of The Legendary Roots Crew (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Mark Kelley's infectious bass grooves are heard by millions on TV every night.  With his first Loop Loft release, "Mark Kelley - Bass Loops Vol 1", The Looploft bring his signature style of deep pocket, fat tone and funky grooves directly to your DAW.

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CR2 expand their sample pack line with Heavy Electro

Continuing Sample Tools by Cr2’s commitment to giving you the ultimate production toolkits, Heavy Electro contains over 1.3 GB of content which includes nearly 900mb of essential audio and MIDI alongside 27 minutes of our trademark Prod-Cast video tutorials. We have raised the bar once again however as Heavy Electro also includes 20 of the finest NI Massive presets. Our aim is to give you ALL the tools you need to create the next dance floor bomb

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Native Instruments introduce Multi Effect System - MOLEKULAR

Native Instruments released MOLEKULAR, a modular multi-effects system for the flagship synthesis studio REAKTOR 5 or the free REAKTOR 5 PLAYER. MOLEKULAR features 35 exclusive creative effects for advanced, creative sound manipulation. MOLEKULAR's modular design allows for an unprecedented level of routing freedom and its Morphing Field provides inspiring performance possibilities for producers.

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Teenage Engineering release Sketch OS for OP-1

Teenage Engineering are happy to annouce SKETCH! the new OS for the OP-1. Sketch features a brand new synth engine called Dsynth and a sequencer called Sketch.

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Final Touch - Mastering System for iPad Available Now

Positive Grid, maker of #1 selling mobile apps BIAS and JamUp, proudly announce the release of Final Touch - Complete Mastering System for iPad, a professional mastering suite that combines nuanced techniques of mastering with Positive Grid’s expertise on mobile design, offering the highest mastering control, precision and flexibility possible on an iPad.

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Ableton Push and Playing Hardware Drum Machines - Video

You’re probably already familiar with Ableton Push, the instrument for playing melodies, triggering clips, sequencing beats, and more. If you’ve been paying attention, you might also know that Push can be used to play and control hardware synthesizers. Today, we’re revisiting the topic hardware setups to show you how using the powerful drum pads and sequencer modes in Push, you can also get incredible expression from your drum machines.

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Serato DJ 1.6.1 Update available now

Two exciting new features that Serato DJ 1.6.1 brings are the ability to open multiple performance panels at once and being able to select the location for your recordings. Keep reading for a run through on how these features work, and how they could help you.

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sE Electronics Magneto vs. AKG Perception 200 - Gearjunkies Comparison

On the NAMM in 2014 sE Electronics introduced a new large-diaphragm microphone, called the Magneto. Together with the X1 and X1R this microphone makes the sE Electronics budget line complete. With the help of the Dutch distributor (Total Sonic) we set up a comparison test with the AKG Perception 200.

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Introducing the SBS Designs Iso-Q2 Isolator and Equalizer

The Iso-Q2 brings the SBS Designs trademark sound to the Pro Audio market with a very open & dynamic sound and a tremendous amount of depth that will improve the fidelity of any sound system Iso-Q2 is installed in. Iso-Q2 offers ultimate flexibility to dig into music to reconstruct it like no other processor available to the market place. The voicing of the Iso-q2 is the signature sound that will be found in all of its counterparts in the SBS Designs line.

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Soundtoys introduces Spinal Tap Quirky Delay Plugin

Inspired by the classic Prime Time from 1978, Little PrimalTap captures the highly distinctive sonic imprint of this quirky, and well-loved (by those in the know) vintage digital delay. Don't be fooled by it's simple interface, Little PrimalTap lets you unleash your creative urges to echo, loop, warp, distort, mangle, or create cacophonous cascades of otherworldly sounds.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #195

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.

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MicroGranny Monophonic Granular Sampler that fits in your hand

microGranny 2.0 is monophonic granular sampler. It reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release). MIDI Input allows external control of all parameters as well as transposition of the samples, or playing individual grains by different keys.

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Rob Papen Blue II Synth - Introduction Video

Recently Rob Papen released the new version of his Blue synth, Blue II. BLUE-II remains true to the ethos of the original Blue synth but now with even more sound dimensions and features to its extended name, starting with six oscillators beating at its musically creative heart. These can be connected in various ways, together with two analogue-style modelled stereo filters with 27 different filter types, an enormous range of processing and modulation options, sequencer, and an incredibly powerful arpeggiator. A new range of specially selected waveforms based on samples have been meticulously fashioned for creating new and fresh-sounding synth sounds, so don’t go expecting acoustic pianos galore here.

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Eisenberg introduces EINKLANG Extended

Eisenberg is proud to announce availability of EINKLANG Extended — bundling its exceptional EINKLANG software synthesizer for Mac (OS 10.6 or higher) and PC (Windows XP or later) with its RED Tone Pack, GREEN Tone Pack, and BLUE Tone Pack, plus the recently-released premium WHITE Tone Pack and BLACK Tone Pack, to add a whole new range of tone colours.

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Dark Techno sounds for Maschine released

Native Instruments released GREY FORGE – a new MASCHINE Expansion for dark, monolithic techno productions and live performances utilizing the unique features introduced in MASCHINE 2 software. GREY FORGE is out now for all MASCHINE hardware units, with a compact version for iMASCHINE also available as an in-app purchase via the Apple App Store.

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Alesis introduces the iO Dock II

The iO Dock is back and more capable than ever. The updated iO Dock II picks up where the original left off by unlocking the power of the iPad to provide professional recording capabilities in a simple-to-use design. Just slide your Lightning or 30-pin iPad into the dock and open your favorite iOS recording app to start creating.

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Ken Macbeth introduces new Element synth

Out of the Macbeth stable comes this year's analogue synthesizer sensation! The Macbeth Elements synthesizer and the Macbeth Elements Eurorack series in 84hp units. Once again, the no comprimise in sound and build quality philiosophy is imeadiately apparent- as are the ergonomics that synth designer, Ken Macbeth sees as an important issue in the design of his instruments!

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SBS Designs announce SP-1PRO 2UBE Processor

The SBS Designs SP-1PRO is a Vacuum 2UBE Processor with 7 front panel useable controls designed to let the end user Sweeten up and improve the dynamic range of any full range source. A carefully designed expansion process will bring out exciting detail that is so often masked by recordings that are compressed and engineered to be mono compatible. The SP-1PRO will also bring back amazing detail to digitally stored / processed recordings which where subject to data reduction processing.

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RME TotalMix FX for iPad 1.1 Update available now

An update to TotalMix FX for iPad is now available on the App Store. Version 1.1 adds a whole bunch of new features, reduced CPU load and improved user experience. The app adds full control over hardware mixer and DSP effects of the supported audio interfaces Fireface UCX, UFX, Babyface and the new Fireface 802, when these devices are in Class Compliant mode (TotalMix for iPad does not work wirelessly, and is therefore no replacement for typical remote software like Lemur or TouchOSC). It also controls hardware settings like sample rate, clock sync configuration or digital I/O formats.

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Exclusive Fargen Amps 15 Years Anniversary versions announced

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Fargen Amplification is now offering a limited edition High Gain Classic 50. The anniversary edition will be limited to five pieces in red, five pieces in white and five pieces in blue for a total of 15. A matching 212 speaker cabinet is also available. The amps are available through select authorized dealers or directly from the Fargen website.

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RME releases firmware updates for all products

RME’s latest driver updates for Fireface UFX, UCX, MADIface XT, HDSPe MADI FX and Babyface include TotalMix FX version 0.998, which comes with many improvements and even new features. To take full advantage of these it is necessary to update the firmware of all the mentioned interfaces.

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Soulful synthesizer sounds for Steinberg Retrologue Synth

Steinberg announced the release of the new VST Sound Instrument Set, Sounds of Soul, which adds to the sound library of Retrologue with classic synthesizer sounds influenced by the soul, disco, funk and R’n’B genres between the 1970s and 2000s.

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 MusikMesse2014 - MusikMesse 2014 Gearjunkies Roundup

It's time again, MusikMesse is over, but we've been checking out everything for you, and it's time for the traditional roundup of new stuff along our gear categories. The general impression is one of consolidation, but also one of new little gems that are more than welcome to be nurtured by us, junkies of gear...

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Camel Audio Free Electronic Synths and Minimal Loops for Alchemy

Picking up where the popular Minimal Techno Sound Library left off, Camel Audio's latest two free additions to their Alchemy Factory Library contain 25 presets each, combining powerful drums and percussion, deep synths and pulsing basses.

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Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 ready for iOS now

Native Instruments announced new iOS compatibility for the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 – the world's smallest premium DJ audio interface. Now plug-and-play with the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ – the pro DJ app for iPad and iPhone – TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 transforms iOS devices into a mobile, crowd-worthy DJ setup. Designed for ultimate portability, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 delivers pristine, premium 24-bit/48 kHz audio in an unsurpassed pocket-sized format.

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Pulsecode introduces a TR-808 for the iPad

Well this year can be seen as the year of the revival of the TR-808 with the attention it got due to the re-issue by the new Roland AIRA Series. Now Pulsecode have introduced a 'virtual' version for your iPad. Boom 808 integrates one of the most popular drum machines of the 80's into the modern mobile producers workflow.

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More performance from Akai with the APC40 MKII - Video

One of the few real new announcements at the MusikMesse was the MKII version of the AKAI APC40 Ableton Live controller. Combining deep control over Live with an enormous library of hand-selected sound content & virtual instruments, APC40 MKII puts endless creative capability at your fingertips.

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Free Niche Audio Sample pack from Loopmasters

Niche Audio is the label for producers looking for top flight mix ingredients and perfectly processed Maschine and Ableton Live expansion packs in contemporary styles and genres, mixed and engineered with precision, allowing you total flexibility and inspiration to take your music to the next level!

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Dave Pensado Talks iZotope Nectar 2

Dave Pensado (of the popular audio talk show Pensado’s Place) dives into Nectar 2. Learn about Dave’s favorite modules, including Nectar 2’s Delay and EMT-140 modeled Plate Reverb, and hear Nectar 2 on Dave’s latest mix.

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Fairlight introduces EVO.Live Mixing System

Fairlight introduces EVO.Live - a new generation digital audio mixing system for the most demanding on-air and live productions. Built on Fairlight’s leading-edge audio processing and control surface technologies, this new system comes with true live credentials, offering the best possible price/performance value and unique operational features.

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 MusikMesse2014 - Korg introduces more piano with the LP-180

Korg announces the LP-180 Digital Piano, featuring rich, expressive, realistic piano sounds based on the latest Korg technology. This slim, 88-note piano combines the sounds and action from Korg’s affordable SP-170 stage piano with the modern aesthetic of Korg’s flagship LP-380 lifestyle piano. The slim-line cabinet fits easily into nearly any environment, and the two available finishes complement nearly any décor––chic black or elegant white. When not in use, the LP-180 can enhance any living space or commercial location. With a smooth top/keyboard cover, and no exposed hinges, it can easily blend into a room––ideal for apartment dwellers, churches, restaurants, or anyone looking for a space-saving, visually striking digital piano.

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Radial Engineering introducing Headload Guitar Amp

Radial Engineering is pleased to announce the Headload - a guitar amplifier attenuator that allows the artist to reduce the volume levels on stage while driving the amp hard for maximum tone.

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Modern and vintage synth sounds with AAS Reverence Soundbank

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) are very excited to release the Reverence sound bank for Ultra Analog VA-2 – the first collaboration with artist and sound designer Sean Divine.

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batZode Blowfinger - Midi wind controller app

batZode introduces an app thtat turns your iPad into a 'breath' midi controller, Blowfinger. The iPad becomes a super-expressive, easy-to-play wireless MIDI wind controller, using either keyboard or simple woodwind technique. (It also works as a breath controller.) Just blow into any iPhone headset mic or the optional pro mouthpiece and experience the soul-to-MIDI connection you’ve been missing.

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