PARIS, FRANCE: following five months of beta-testing, avant-garde musical machines developer Squarp Instruments is proud to announce availability of pyraOS 3.0 — a free, major update of the radical realtime processing system firmware for its innovative Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer, an advanced 64-track desktop design with MIDI, MIDI USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity, creatively adding all the most requested features from its supportive user base alongside innovative ideas from its design team to total over 30 additions — as of September 3…
Polyrhythm is defined as a rhythm which makes use of two or more rhythms simultaneously, so Squarp Instruments’ Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer certainly takes some beating as an advanced 64-track desktop design with MIDI, MIDI USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity (‘re-released’ last year as a more robust MKII version, thanks to the machined aluminium housing and a sturdy screen protecting its graphical display); different and unusual time signatures can creatively be set to work on each of those tracks to shape shifted-beat sequences, sowing the seeds for freshly-flavoured musical productions.
Paris, 2018/09/07: Blue Cat Audio ( http://www.bluecataudio.com ) has released a free update for Blue Cat's PatchWork, its virtual patchbay for plug-ins with built-in effects.
This new version includes 4 new built-in audio effects (reverb, harmonizer, wah, mute), many new presets and major performance improvements. It also includes a few bug fixes. This is a recommended free update for everyone (full change list below).
The update for V2 users can be downloaded for free from the same location as the original full version (link received by eail upon purchase). For users still on version 1, an upgrade link is available from the same page. For others, a demo version is available on bluecataudio.com as a standalone application and in most plug-in formats for Mac and PC.
Spitfire Audio announces all-new orchestral library range with opening SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS salvos
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, this time the British music technology company is offering its fellow composers a string library with depth, detail, and focus all at once. One that will work on anything — from passionate period dramas to modern Scandi noir. Needless to say, it is as at home with quirky indie and crisp pop as it is tackling epic film and game scores.
Native Instruments releases INFAMOUS FLOWNew Expansion captures the sound of 90s platinum-selling hip hop and R&B
September 4, 2018, Berlin
Today Native Instruments releases INFAMOUS FLOW, a new Expansion created with Grammy Award winning producer Snipe Young.
INFAMOUS FLOW captures the sound of platinum-selling hip hop and R&B from one of pop music’s golden ages. In the early 90s, hard-hitting, sample-based hip hop merged with the glossy, high-production values of R&B – giving birth to an infectious new sound that would go on to dominate charts globally. Labels like Bad Boy Records (Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs) and So So Def (Jermaine Dupri) led the way, drawing on fresh talent – including new female voices, emerging as powerhouses in the hip hop sphere.
The nearly 8GB of synth recordings created by film composer David St-Hill are carefully-sculpted for easy mixing and ideal for layering. Though made with soundtrack composers in mind, the synthetic and evocative sounds of COSMOS are equally well-suited for any genre that calls for atmospheric and ambient elements.
The fusion artist on finding his sound, building communities through music and Haitian inspiration
August 21, 2018, Los Angeles – Sounds.com, the daily source for loops and samples, powered by Native Instruments today announces the availability of ZEL, a soundpack from rising EDM star Michael Brun.
Haitian DJ and producer Michael Brun shot to fame by fusing modern EDM styles with influences drawn from his Haitian roots — the salsa-like kompa, as well as rara, a style of festival music become massively popular across the nation. On the heels of several hit releases, including 2016’s 'All I Ever Wanted' and the 2018 World Cup anthem 'Positivo', Brun gave back to his community by founding the Kid Coconut label, designed to be an outlet for other Haitian artists as well as his own music.
Brun has focused much of his efforts on feeding this success back into the communities that inspired him. He’s been mentoring aspiring musicians at the Audio Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, and raising funds and resources to provide modern music tools for the students there. “Native Instruments gave a bunch of gear and software to the students, and I started my crash course on using Maschine and some of the other gear,” he says. “It was really exciting because I love all the Native Instruments products, and getting to share that was such a cool experience.”
We felt it was worth exploring some Class A/B amp options, but, having tried several, we weren’t impressed... until we came across the ATC P2 PROs. Now there’s a more musical bottom end, and this extra dimension has made things more enjoyable to listen to.”
According to AIR Studios Mastering’s wisely-worded website: Professional audio mastering is the last part of the sound production process where recordings are given a final gloss. Our role is to bring multiple songs together within a project, creating consistency across different formats and ensuring greatest possible impact when played on different systems.
Auto-Align Post is an AAX AudioSuite plug-in for Avid Pro Tools, designed to automatically correct the delay and comb-filter phase issues occurring when mixing a recording of multiple moving microphones, such as in the case of a shoot set-up using a boom microphone in addition to actor’s lavalier microphone or multiple on-set microphones.
Until now, phase/time aligning multiple moving microphones was a tedious, time- consuming job that often required several ear-twisting days to complete.
Spitfire Audio works with award-winning composer Samuel Sim to create instant scoring instrument in British Drama Toolkit
So, having previously worked with Spitfire Audio to realise his namesake SAMUEL SIM - CHRYSALIS library — launching a unique and inspirational sound set centred around a stunning, deep sampled studio harp, but bent into a collection of fresh sonic tools to critical acclaim in 2015, it is hardly surprising that he (re)turned to Spitfire Audio when wanting to create an instrument that put up no roadblocks between musical ideas and their realisation as ready-to-go cues.
Audified advances making sound mixing decisions with feature-packed MixChecker Pro plug-in providing more simulations
Anyone accomplished at mixing content for an audience is painfully aware of having to ensure that their mixes sound great when freed from familiar studio surroundings and let loose into the wider (listening) world. Which was exactly the thinking behind MixChecker upon its well-received release in 2016; clearly, consumers — the everyday people for whom that content is mixed — did not (necessarily) have access to high-end studio monitors, but more often than not used desktop speakers, tablets, and smartphones to satisfy their everyday listening needs, while watching TV and listening to music in the car remained routine; reality dictated, therefore, that best mixing practice involved ensuring that mixes were going to sound the best that they could on a wide range of different devices that sounded so wildly different by their very nature, and not just on high-end studio monitors.
The BC-X features the company’s brand new, unique TT1 Precision Devices Transducer built into the top of the patented throne. This uses bone conduction to deliver a potent, accurate reproduction of what is being played, without sound. The new transducer allows the BC-X to deliver seventy-five to eighty percent of the power and performance of the BC2 and Gigster systems.
As implied by the 12 TRACK MATRIX SEQUENCER ‘subtitle’ boldly blazoned across its expansive top panel — pressed into play by the 12-line (and 16- column) arrangement of (red) backlit LED (Light Emitting Diode) buttons that musically mark out the namesake matrix laying claim to the majority of that top panel, the SEQ12 ANALOG AND MIDI SEQUENCER is a 12-track affair, with each track arranged numerically below the next in the matrix. More meaningfully, each track can freely address one of three MIDI outputs (OUT 1, OUT 2, and OUT 3) to ensure optimal timing (by avoiding serial chaining of connected MIDI devices) and additionally be assigned to one of three track types: MONO (monophonic) — plays only one note per step (sending note, velocity, and note length) and offers three controller tracks (C1, C2, C3); POLY (Polyphonic) — plays back multiple notes per step (sending note, velocity, note length, and chord) and offers two controller tracks (C1, C2); and DRUM — optimised to address drum machines (or similar) with the matrix forming a pattern where each line can be set to transmit a definable note to 12 so-called subtracks (with adjustable velocity and accented notes) from within a single track with two controller tracks (C1, C2)... 12 different drum sounds can be arranged from a single track, in other words.
13 legendary hardware reverbs of the last 50 years combined in one plugin
Recorded in stereo and “true stereo” with premium recorders, Halls Of Fame 3 brings the sound of vintage reverb units right into your studio.
The plug-in can produce pristine clean tones, subtle crunches or heavy distortion depending on the amp model and the settings dialed with the guitar-friendly tone controls. It includes two dozens of factory presets to get started, and additional free presets are available for download on the editor's website.
“Elevate quickly became the best-sounding digital limiter I’d ever heard; to this day, there’s nothing that really has the same unparalleled control over transients and multi-band limiting... it sounds immaculate and better and louder than everything, so, consequently, with every record I’ve worked on in the past year, the final limiter on the master has been Elevate!”
Saturate is a spectral clipper plug-in, useful for mixing or mastering. As such, it adds up to 24dB of drive with a variable CLIPPER SHAPE parameter that moves from a pleasant soft curve to full hard clipping. Unique spectral processing maintains the tonal balance of the distorted signal, no matter how hard it is pushed. Saturate automatically compensates output level based on the DRIVE control or, alternatively, allows this to be controlled manually.
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