SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: as the music, sound, and event technology communities collectively unite in making their final approach for landing at The 2019 NAMM Show in Southern California, January 24-27, Plugin Alliance is proud to announce its approaching entry into new space with welcomed Virtual Instruments (VIs) that are all set to turn heads and open ears when released into the wider world…
Strymon shifts stereo multi-head delay focus to pedalboards with Volante Magnetic Echo Machine marvel
As implied by the Magnetic Echo Machine legend boldly blazoned across an attractive, rugged, road-ready, yet functional front facia that should feel familiar to owners of Strymon’s similar-sized effect pedals such as the award-winning BigSky (multidimensional reverb) or TimeLine (multidimensional delay) — or, for that matter, its inspirational Magneto Four Head dTape Echo & Looper module with which it shares some controls and design DNA.
With a brand new user interface (fully zoomable), redesigned algorithms, external side chain support and many new features and enhancements (full list below), this new version offers even more control over the dynamics of the audio signal with a greatly improved workflow. It is also available at a cheaper price (149 EUR/USD instead of 199 for version 1).
BOLT enables a different and fast approach to sound design with an unusually organic and warm sonic character. Harmonics Synthesis generates and shapes the sound directly in the oscillator: It doesn’t require the dedicated filter section typically found on subtractive synthesizers. By turning just one knob, a wave’s shape can be changed from dark and subtle to bright and overtone-rich.
Native Instruments releases AQUARIUS EARTH
The latest in NI’s Expansions series captures the sound of late-90s soul.
December 17, 2018, Berlin – Native Instruments today releases AQUARIUS EARTH, a new Expansion that focuses on the sound of the late-’90s soul movement.
AQUARIUS EARTH captures the sound of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, when artists like the Soulquarians and Lauryn Hill began to condense the cumulative energies of funk, hip-hop, jazz, and soul into a distinctive new sound.
Spitfire’s second showing in its all-new studio orchestral range arrives as closely connected brass breakouts
LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS — representing the second showing in its all-new studio orchestral range of incredibly versatile pro-end, dry-stage sample libraries recorded in the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1, available as both standard (SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS) and extended (SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL) editions to offer composers depth, detail, and an awesome punch to boot — as of December 13…
By choosing the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1, smaller and more controllable — capable of accommodating up to 45 musicians across its 140m2 floating floor (with a specially designed sliding door system that allows it to be divided into acoustically separated areas) — compared to the opulence of AIR Studios’ Lyndurst Hall — helpfully accommodating a full symphony orchestra with choir as one of the largest recording rooms in the world — where Spitfire Audio has hitherto recorded an abundance of award-winning orchestral libraries in its ongoing mission to inspire a generation of music makers.
Non-Lethal Applications Announce Video Slave 4 And New ADR Master Software Designed For ADR Professionals
Rosenheim, December 12, 2018
Non-Lethal Applications, creators of quality video playback software for Mac, announce Video Slave 4, offering new features, improvements and bug fixes. Video Slave 4 and ADR Master both offer rock-solid playback of movies in sync to MIDI Timecode.
Paris, 2018/12/13: Blue Cat Audio has released an update for "Blue Cat's Freeware Pack", a bundle of 7 free plug-ins, and launched year-end promotions.
The new version of the free plug-ins bundle now includes the "Free Amp" plug-in that was available separately. The user interfaces of the 6 other plug-ins have been refreshed with the new Blue Cat Audio design, and they are now fully zoomable. The spectrum analyzer now performs most of the computation in the background, freeing up resources for other audio processing tasks. This update includes many other improvements and fixes detailed below.
iCON Pro Audio announces availability of QCon Pro G2 universal control surface and accompanying QCon EX G2 extender
As an all-new, next-generation version of its full-featured, eight-channel universal control surface, iCON Pro Audio’s appropriately-named QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station sports nine motorised faders — eight channel faders, plus one master fader, each 100mm in length and featuring 10-bit resolution, allowing for small and accurate adjustments during recording and mixing endeavours.
Consisting of picks, bows, and hammers interacting with a modelled string, these oscillators offer a special blend of modern and creative synthesis. Augmented with a soundboard, classic filters, an enveloppe generator, a LFO, and studio-quality effects, String Studio VS-3 proposes a brand-new path in the quest for tone.
(Starts 12th December 2018 - Ends 31st December 2018)
December 2018 - Accusonus Inc., developers of critically-acclaimed human-friendly audio technology, are running a sale starting next Wednesday, on the 12th of December 2018. Until the 1st of January, Accusonusâ audio repair, beat making & drum mixing bundles and individual plug-ins will be available at a discounted price of up to 65% off. Great discounts are also available for existing customers looking to upgrade.
Paris, France, 2018/11/30: Blue Cat Audio has released an update for Blue Cat's Plug'n Script, their scripting software that can be programmed to create custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments inside most Digital Audio Workstations (DAW).
XILS-lab updates ultimate matrix modular soft synth with welcomed fanciful features added to XILS 4 v1.5
“My favourite analogue synth is probably the VCS3, so when I heard that a company was releasing a software version I was quite cautious; today, XILS 4 is one of my favourite plug-ins! Working with it gives me the same excitement as the original hardware, plus there are lots of extra features, since it is basically two VCS3s with an interconnected sequencer. The sound is great, and it is one of the best soft synths on the market for experimenting with new ways of creating sounds!”
- Jean-Michel Jarre (award-winning composer, performer, and record producer), April 2015
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS 4 v1.5 — a major update to its self-styled ultimate matrix modular soft synth, effectively emulating a conceptual ‘blend’ of the legendary VCS4, a ‘dual VCS3’ analogue matrix modular synthesizer prototyped by British trailblazing entity EMS (Electronic Music Studios) back in 1969 but never commercially released, with pioneering British synthesist Tim Blake’s so-called ‘Crystal Machine’ (comprising two EMS Synthi AKS analogue matrix modular synthesizers with hard sync between their oscillators, one connected to the keyboard and the other connected to the sequencer) — with welcomed additional fanciful features including a powerful preset manager in a single window and new effects with semi-modular routing, as of November 30…
Integrated dynamic EQ
Pro-Q 3 adds the ability to switch any of its 24 bands to Dynamic EQ mode, with a simple, elegant workflow: just raise or lower the Dynamic Range ring around the Gain knob to apply smooth compression or expansion to that band. An intelligent algorithm automatically chooses program-dependent attack, release, and knee settings, while the Threshold can be set automatically, according to the input signal level, or manually. And, of course, dynamic EQ bands continue to operate with perfect analog matching and support Linear Phase mode.
Audified brings erstwhile brands’ virtual stomp box breakthroughs back to the future with MultiDrive Pedal Pro plug-in bundle
You can never have enough effect pedals. Just ask any guitarist worth their sonic salt! Since there are literally thousands of stomp boxes on the market, maybe this is hardly surprising — all the more so since they each offer something different in terms of sound, purpose, or quality. Quantifying this time-honoured trend in today’s DAW-driven workflow with its all-new MultiDrive Pedal Pro plug-in bundle sits naturally with the future-facing nature of Audified. As such, it is professionally primed to provide the perfect bundled blend of overdrive (for power), distortion (for complexity), fuzz (for fuzziness), and boost (for allowing every detail to shine through). The talented team of Audified engineers expertly draw upon the company’s rich history of creating quality guitar software to simulate 12 legendary effect pedals that every musician should have in their studio setup. Since this effectively represents the company’s third generation of stomp box models — made with totally new modelling technology — they simply sound perfect!
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