PITTSBURGH, PA, USA: having turned heads and opened ears at The 2018 NAMM Show last month in Anaheim, CA, electronic instruments-maker Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is proud to announce that it is taking preorders on its Microvolt 3900 — duly destined to delight desktop synthesizer supporters anywhere as a modern, semi-modular synthesizer inspired by the instruments designed by the company’s heroes, though taking a new approach to building a contemporary analogue monosynth with a host of innovative and unconventional features that makes it stand out from the sound of the crowd — as of February 14…
Thanks to Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ new temperature-stabilised, dual-VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) oscillator core, the analogue audio engine of the Microvolt 3900 feeds a set of timbral wave-shapers carefully crafted for deep harmonic shaping, allowing a layer of additive synthesis alongside the classic synthesis waveforms. Waveforms are fed into the binary filter, a custom state-variable filter architecture allowing for near-infinite resonance — with or without self- oscillation. Sonically speaking, this creates a juicy, fluid filter, adding depth and energy to the oscillator that can capably scream on demand!
VERMONA releases remarkable randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider Eurorack module
Unlike traditional step sequencers, VERMONA’s just-released randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider does not allow its users to set steps manually — or tap in a rhythm, for that matter, but rather work with four fanciful LED-lit sliders labelled 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/3 to set the probability of quarters, eighths, sixteenths and triplets making an appearance to form sequences in its two rhythm sections. Each rhythm section works in realtime or DICE mode, meaning that the module is either continuously generating new random values for each note value in realtime, whereas in DICE mode it generates them for a complete 3/4 or 4/4 bar. But in both modes the sliders still influence the resulting sequence — even if a bar has been ‘diced’, so-to-speak.
Creatively, it cleverly combines a treasure trove of unique acoustic sound sources — such as Aquarion, Boltophone, Brass Urn, Crotales, Gamelan Ensemble, Glass Gong, Glockenspiel, Kenong, Koto Harmonic Pluck, Marimba, Muted Prayer Bowl, Pipe Harp, Pot Lids, Rubber Mallets, Shou Drum Brushed, Stonaphone, Toy Piano, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Violin Pick, and Waterglasses (hand-picked from other critically-acclaimed Impact Soundworks libraries like CURIO, MOMENTUM, and RESONANCE, along with some new material) — with an additive synthesis layer, representing the first of its kind in a KONTAKT instrument!
Halmstad, Sweden, January 25: TK Audio is proud to announce the immediate availability of DP-2—a flexible dual microphone preamp. The DP-2 has a number of user-selectable circuit options, which make the DP-2 a cost-effective way of covering a wide range of preamp characteristics. DP-2 replaces the existing DP-1 and is available from today via authorized TK Audio dealers worldwide.
TK Audio, Swedish boutique manufacturer of professional recording equipment, today announces the immediate availability of the dual microphone preamp DP-2.
Each of the DP-2’s two channels is transformer balanced, using a high-end Lundahl transformer. The amplification stage offers a whopping 80 dB of amplification. This stage is switchable between two entirely different circuits, of which one is designed for maximum transparency and the other adds a bit of midrange crunch, thanks to its germanium transistors.
Its two amp simulations channels (with pre and post effects) can be mixed together or used alternatively like a real amplifier. Amp models can be chosen from hundreds of presets or personalized with the amp editor based on Blue Cat's Destructor, that offers complete control over all the parameters. Additional input and master sections let you adjust the tone at the input and the output of Axiom, with 4 additional effect slots each. A brickwall limiter also protects the output from overshoot.
Best Service shows off Impressive & Highly Anticipated Emotional Violin Sample Library & Exciting NAMM Show NEWS
Audified delivers DW Drum Enhancer plug-in par excellence with namesake US pro drum hardware manufacturer
“As Audified is already well versed in creating amazing audio plug-ins, we didn’t want to pretend to be software engineers, but rather play to our strength in knowing what drummers want and translating that into a product that’s not over-engineered and is easy to use — something that makes music-making more fruitful. We gave Audified a list of ideas and they ran with it, but, before we knew it, we were working on presets and had already established a way to maximise workflow.”
- Scott Donnell, Vice President of Marketing for DW® brands, 2018
BOSKOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC: audio software and hardware effects developer Audified is proud to deliver DW Drum Enhancer -- an aptly-named, all-in-one drum processing plug-in par excellence evolved in close collaboration with DWe (DW Electronics), a acclaimed brand belonging to family-owned American professional drums, pedals, and hardware manufacturer Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW®), designed to enable users to significantly speed up their work with wonderful results workable within seconds, thanks to carefully-crafted combinations of parameters provided by a true doyen of DW® content, Chris Denogean — as of January 22…
Spitfire Audio announces availability of ÓLAFUR ARNALDS CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS endeavour as notable namesake latest library
By way of brief background, based in Reykjavik, Iceland, Ólafur Arnalds’ approach to sound and composition has incontestably inspired a new generation to enjoy and create orchestral music. Following in the successful sampling footsteps of his own OLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS and OLAFUR ARNALDS COMPOSER TOOLKIT libraries, Ólafur Arnalds became the clear choice with whom to create ...CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS. After all, Spitfire Audio was collectively keen to explore what was possible with a chamber ensemble ensuing the well-received release of SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS EVOLUTIONS (where pristine symphonic sampling meets Spitfire Audio’s alternatively progressive Producer Portfolio range to create an evolutionary experience by applying the company’s cutting-edge Evo Grid technology to the same no-expense-spared session recordings responsible for its sought- after 60-star-string-player-performing, blockbuster-sounding SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS library like no other); obviously this translated to the driving musical motivation factor behind bringing on-board Ólafur Arnalds again as an accomplished creative collaborator.
Treadstone takes its intriguing name from a fictional highly-classified, heavily-guarded secret program that features in the series of books based on a fictional spy and associated feature films; it is shut down as the thrilling plot thickens, alas. As the latest addition to Analogue Solutions’ synthBlocks series — squarely aimed at laptop and audio plug-ins-focused digital musicians wishing to apply analogue, hands-on hardware sound-sculpting creativity to their sometimes sterile-sounding computer-based creations, the tiny Treadstone true analogue mono synth is far from fictional, however; hearing is believing, but it would, without question, make for a superior-sounding, space-saving desktop addition to any discerning film composer’s creative studio space — or anyone else’s, for that matter!
Dialog Audio unleashes unique sequenced modulation pattern possibilities with SQ4 Sequence Processor plug-in
As implied by name, SQ4 Sequence Processor permits users to create unique sequenced modulation patterns — four sequences with up to 128 steps per sequence, so not so much one small step for man, but rather one giant leap for music-kind when it comes to the creation of advanced sequences to modulate and synchronise audio hardware and software parameters from within a DAW host application!
As such, the basic setup for most host applications is similarly straightforward, with only two tracks usually required. On one track the user needs to add SQ4 Sequence Processor itself, then add the target device — be that an external hardware or software instrument — to the second track, with a virtual MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) connection also needing to be made from the SQ4 Sequence Processor track to the target device track.