May 6, 2019, Berlin – Native Instruments today unveils the second generation KOMPLETE AUDIO 6. Following the release of KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and 2 earlier this year, the AUDIO 6 rounds off Native’s new generation of audio interfaces. Perfect for small bands, duos, or solo producers, KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 comes with pristine, pro-grade sound and a flexible set of connections for studio or stage.
The new KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 follows the sleek, all-black design of its smaller siblings, this time featuring a glass and aluminum housing – refreshing its look and feel while adding extra durability. An improved layout places essential controls, connections, and visual feedback – including new LED VU-meters – exactly where they’re needed, for intuitive use.
The next generation of Native’s popular six-channel audio interface is here, with a new design, refined sound, and more.
With SUPER 8, users can start creating right away by choosing from 200+ presets – including rich analog strings, ethereal pads, deep basses, biting leads, electronic percussion, and unusual effects. Patches were inspired by iconic analog synths, but SUPER 8 has a character all its own. Modern presets provide combinations of oscillators, filters, and modulation settings that wouldn’t have been possible on original hardware.
Spitfire Audio announces availability of AMBIENT GUITARS with world-renowned virtuosic guitar innovator Leo Abrahams
Available for Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER platform with full NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) support, Spitfire Audio’s aptly-named AMBIENT GUITARS sample library is an instantly-playable, intuitive toolkit designed for any discerning media composer or producer looking for fresh sounds and atmospheric textures with an experimental edge. The road to arriving at AMBIENT GUITARS was a long and winding one, spanning several years. Yet it is one that was well worth waiting for, definitely destined to join its popular predecessors as a firm favourite amongst discerning directors and composers alike.
Analogue Solutions ships compact true stereo analogue monosynth/sonic realiser as perfectly-packaged desktop device
As is, indeed, the case with all Analogue Solutions’ innovative instruments, Impulse Command is a ‘real’ analogue affair... as in its audio signal path — post effects apart — and all modulation routings really are analogue through and through. The chosen company name gives the genuine game away. After all, Analogue Solutions’ circuitry capitalises on superlative-sounding designs dating back to the Seventies, so no quantisation for CPU (Central Processing Unit) reading required. The VCOs (Voltage Controlled Oscillators), VCFs (Voltage Controlled Filters), EGs (Envelope Generators), and LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) are all truly analogue in the Seventies sense of the word, with transistors, op-amps, and resistors. Reality dictates, therefore, that — apart from the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) conversion, sequencer control, and digital delay/reverb essential elements — Impulse Command is really analogue. As such, sound benefits become apparent as soon as anyone feasts their ears on the remarkable result. Is it any wonder, then, that there is so much favourable commentary about how good Analogue Solutions’ synthesizers sound!
Audified spots speedy tone-hunters with ToneSpot Acoustic Pro plug-in tailored to processing acoustic instruments
BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC: having helpfully spotted speedy tone-hunters with its opening ToneSpot series salvo aimed at advancing the bass tone sweet spot, software applications, software effects, and hardware processors developer Audified is proud to announce availability of its ToneSpot Acoustic Pro purposeful follow-up — another abundantly powerful plug-in presented as an eye-catching, easy-to-use channel strip, this time tailored to processing stringed acoustic instruments as an aptly-named, Swiss Army knife-style solution, so speedy arrivals at appropriate, professional-sounding results are always assured — as of April 12…
Technology-driven, modern-day music production can commonly involve a lot of processing in pursuit of outstanding tones, and acoustic instruments are no exception to this unwritten rule — even when striving towards a natural-sounding tone. Why? Well, stringed acoustic instruments frequently find themselves fighting against busy arrangements, where several layers of instruments can clash with one another. Also, recordings can sometimes sound too thin, harsh, or sterile. So a tone that can clearly cut through the mix is what’s needed. That tone needs to be both harmonically rich and fat-sounding, yet retain clarity and tightness. That’s not all, though! The stringed acoustic instrument in question might well end up being heavily processed, but by striving to remain natural- sounding surely lets listeners identify — and identify with — what it is that they are actually hearing. However, this is easier said than done. Delicate and difficult, it’s a balancing act for sure. So this is exactly where ToneSpot Acoustic Pro comes into play.
This bundle is designed for a lot of different purposes, like podcasting, vocal recording, track recording or simply as a starting point for a professional home studio. The set is PC and Mac compatible and includes Bitwig Studio 8-Track as well as Deckadance LE v2 from Stanton and inTone 2 ESI Edition by Audified.
Brainworx brings acclaimed analog synth module back to the future with breathtaking bx_oberhausen VI debut
bx_oberhausen draws deeply from Brainworx Audio’s extensive experience of working with analog audio equipment to creatively craft top- tier mixing and mastering plugins. As the cutting-edge company’s highly-anticipated first VI, it effectively revisits an acclaimed analog synthesizer expander module much loved by generations of musicians for its sought-after sound. The sound itself is reliant on fully-analog, discrete circuits and a classic state-variable 2-pole filter. First introduced in the Seventies, that trailblazing synthesizer subsequently proved popular — so much so that it was reissued in various form factors by its iconic creator using the same circuits as the original.
“For years and years I had set up two to three tape recorders to achieve real, genuine flanging and phasing. Instant Flanger Mk II is the first plug-in to achieve the same exact effect without harming tape recorders. ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘I Am The Walrus’ are now available to everybody!”
LITTLE FERRY, NJ, USA: Eventide is proud to release the Instant Flanger Mk II plug-in — perfectly emulating the iconic sounds of the recording technology trailblazer’s original Instant Flanger hardware released in 1975, and available with added creative features and functionality for use in all of the most popular DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) — as of April 2…
The original Eventide Clockworks Instant Flanger was among the world’s first pro audio effects boxes, so who better to reintroduce its innovations to today’s DAW-driven production populace than Eventide’s ‘resident fossil’, Tony Agnello. He begins by answering an obvious question: “Why ‘instant’? Well, the original hardware was designed to give artists the ability to ‘instantly’ create the psychedelic sound effect that otherwise required two tape machines, a bunch of cables, and a deft touch. Its introduction in 1975 ushered in the era of electronic studio effects. Tony Visconti used it to magically transform an ordinary piano into an otherworldly harpsichord on David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’. Also our innovation of adding a de-correlated output was seized upon by engineers who were seeking to create rich stereo images — case in point being Bill Wittman’s brilliant use of the ‘pseudo stereo’ effect on Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’.
Antelope Audio announces availability of Orion 32+ | Gen 3 innovative interface and cutting-edge AD/DA converter
SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: having made momentous musical waves with a show-stopping premiere performance at The 2019 NAMM Show in Southern California, January 24-27, trailblazing pro audio manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce availability of Orion 32+ | Gen 3. Boasting brand-new AD/DA converters capable of achieving up to 129 dB dynamic range alongside Antelope Audio’s next-generation 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology and jitter management algorithm and a rich collection of circuit-level gear emulations running in real-time on an integrated FPGA FX platform, this third-generation improved interface is industry-leading like no other.
Offering low-latency recording and playback of up to 64 simultaneous 24-bit/192kHz audio channels via ThunderboltTM and up to 32 audio channels over USB, Antelope Audio’s latest addition to its ever-expanding range of innovative interfaces connects seamlessly with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) on a Mac or PC. Powerful flexibility for easy workflow integration is all there for the taking, thanks to the colour-coded software routing matrix with four separate mixers, effects chaining, and zero-latency monitoring capabilities all residing within an easy-to-use application for macOS and Windows. With all selections viewable in the centre of the routing matrix when hovering over a connection, colour-challenged users are also well catered for.
Waveform 10’s actions panel has been developed for lightning fast workflow and easy, intuitive navigation of commonly used features. The flexible track grouping and track editor window features make editing new or existing groups quick and easy allowing users smart and swift access to untold sound potential. The UI and UX developments mean track destinations are always clear and accessible.
Spitfire Audio releases reimagined remarkable trio of Evo Grid-based libraries as dedicated plug-ins
Who better to introduce that revolutionary — and now evolutionary — concept than Spitfire Audio co-founder Christian Henson? “Evos are short for evolutions, and the concept came to me whilst eating a sandwich — or, rather, not being able to, but, as it turns out, this sandwich changed composing for many of us,” the ever-creative music-to-picture composer begins, before expanding on his tasty theme thus: “I was commissioned to write the music for a major, 13-part TV series — each part an hour long, with wall-to-wall, epic orchestral music. There was a catch, though. They gave me, like, no time to write it. So I found myself composing, arranging, orchestrating, and programming 25 minutes of music... a day! So I decided to make my own kind of mini sample library; I got a group of musicians to play really long notes that changed — sometimes subtly, sometimes radically — over time, so I could sustain a chord and eat my sandwich, but the chord would continue evolving and changing. It worked — really worked! So we decided to make a thing, which is what we like doing at Spitfire Audio; we went into a studio and recorded a whole bunch of different evolutions.”
Synclavier Digital delves into iconic past to bring seminal Synclavier® II sound engine back to the future as awe-inspiring iOS apps
Allowing all the famed FM (Frequency Modulation) and Additive (harmonic) synthesis capabilities to be brought forward forty years for all to musically marvel, at a fraction of the original’s prohibitive pricing thanks to today’s technology, while also effectively emulating the iconic instrument’s intuitive panels of easy-to-touch red backlit buttons and iconic control knob in easy-to-use user interfaces — as of March 5…
"Re-guitaring" can be used to enhance or completely modify the guitar tone while playing your own instrument, or to virtually switch guitars after recording - just like we already do with guitar amp simulations.
The plug-in is included as a built-in plug-in inside Blue Cat's Axiom 1.2, the company's multi effects processor for guitar and bass that was updated today. It is also available separately as an independent plug-in, alone or within the Axe Pack guitar software bundle.
LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS — which represents the British music technology company’s third and final self-explanatory release in its indispensable SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA range, rounding off a stunning-sounding ensemble that creates an incredibly versatile, pro-end dry stage sample library recorded in the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1 to offer composers an astounding woodwind experience that captures every grain in depth and detail, duly available as ‘standard’ (SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS) and ‘extended’ (SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL) editions — as of February 14…
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). . .
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