Primal Audio has released version 1.1 of FM4, a 4-operator synthesizer app for iOS.
Modelled on the popular DX series from the 1980s FM4 provides the same gritty sound, with a modern interface, and without being bound by the limitations of the original units.
Every aspect of the hardware — from envelope curves to sine-table sizes and quantisation errors to digital-to-analogue converters — has been meticulously analysed, in order to recreate the raw and dirty sound of the original units.
Changes in FM4 v1.1
- Audiobus support.
- iOS 7.0.x crash has been fixed.
- Performance boost: the UI responsiveness has been drastically improved.
- App-size has been reduced with more than 60%.
- The manual is up.
- Added a tempo popover with manual control of the tempo.
- Added a waveform popover with an overview of waveforms.
- Minor bug fixes.
FM4 is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.
A free FM4 Lite version is now also available.
The lite version is fully functional except for the following limitations:
- MIDI is disabled.
- Inter-app Audio is disabled.
- Audiobus is disabled.
- Saving is disabled.
- Only 40 factory presets are included.
More information: Primal Audio
Prime Loops has launched The Islandz, a sample pack featuring a collection of 5 versatile construction kits that fuse together Ambient, R&B, Jazz and Reggae.
Nice The Creative Group brings you ‘The Islandz’. This pack contains five Construction Kits which include a mixture of Ambient, R&B, Jazz and Reggae. A pack with smooth rhodes, catchy voxs, and amazing basses. This collection is great from head to toe!
If you want a great way to add diversity to your music, ‘The Islandz’ is as versatile as it gets within five beats.
The pack is available for purchase for £15.95 GBP.
More information: Prime Loops / The Islandz
Scuffham Amps has released version 2.5 of S-Gear, a software guitar amplification plug-in for Windows and Mac
S-Gear is a collection of guitar amps, speaker cabinets and effects implemented in software for use with your computer, Windows PC or MAC. The software comes as a Standalone Application and as plug-ins for use with the most popular DAW (digital audio workstation) recording software.
Changes in S-Gear v2.5
- Precision tuner in collaboration with Sonuus UK
- Ultra fast and accurate pitch detection technology.
- Tuning accuracy to within 1/2 cent, right down to the low bass guitar strings.
- Highly visible analogue style metering with smooth, responsive ballistics.
- Big note indicator.
- New cabinet options
- A boutique 2×12″ rear ported cabinet
- Alnico Gold and G12-65 speaker options
- Clean and precise impulse capture process
- Delay pan control allows you to position mono mode delays in the stereo field.
S-Gear for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for $99 USD ex. VAT.
More information: Scuffham Amps
Organic Loops has launched Real Strings Vol 6 – Broken Chords, a loops library of violins, performing the distinctive texture of rolling arpeggios.
There are 94 chord patterns, recorded across 4 bars, at 100 and 120 bpm. The loops cover major, minor and open 5th chords, and unusual patterns like augmented, diminished and sus chords. The pack also includes sustained notes with rising and falling dynamics.
The pack really comes to life for producers who own Kontakt 5 as they are treated to a fully scripted performance instrument that features a customisable preset of up to 8 Broken (arpeggiated) chord patterns, a two octave spread of single notes to compliment the arpeggios and a reverb module to add air to the sounds and loops. Real Strings – Broken Chords features clever key switching allowing producers to change between the 8 loaded sequences on the fly with the ability to also change the root key of each loop. Tempo changes are not a problem as the instrument will use Kontakt 5’s ability to follow your DAWs tempo.
The sample library is available for purchase for £29.95 GBP.
More information: Organic Loops / Real Strings Vol 6 Broken Chords
Toontrack has announced the release of N.Y. Studios Collection Producer Presets Bundle, a bundle including 6 individual titles of presets for the SDX sound libraries in the New York Studios Collection: the core Superior Drummer 2 library, the New York Studios Vol.2 SDX and the New York Studios Vol.3 SDX. In total, the collection includes 30 individually crafted and mix-ready kits.
The three Big Drums titles were crafted by Toontrack’s own head of sound design, Mattias Eklund, and designed to showcase the amazing acoustics of the main recording rooms at the renowned Avatar Studios, Allaire Studios and The Hit Factory. Get ten incredibly creative takes on how to mix ambient drums, using a number of varying tools, channel selections and the built-in effects in Superior Drummer 2, tweaked to the very outer limits.
The preset collections by Neil Dorfsman and Pat Thrall take you back directly inside the creative minds of the very men who helmed the consoles when the original sessions took place. Get fresh, new ideas on how to squeeze, tweak, shape and mold the raw material of these pristine recordings into all-new, layered, hybrid kits. From ambient to dry, punchy and edgy.
Use these settings as a starting point to hone your own tones, or just call up a preset and sit back. Get the most out of your SDX libraries – put the powerful framework of Superior Drummer 2 to work.
The bundle is available for purchase for 29 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / N.Y. Studios Collection Presets Bundle
Loopbased has announced the release of 10 new sound packs from its partners. New at Loopbased Chillstep Express – Pack your bags, we are proud to present Chillstep Express, an unmissable journey through the warm … read more
IK Multimedia has introduced three new products at the Winter NAMM 2015. iRig UA is the first universal guitar effects processor and interface for all Android devices. IK is pleased to announce iRig UA, the … read more
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Freaky Loops has launched Maschine Pro: EDM, the first pack in a new series of Maschine libraries. Featuring 35 Maschine kits at 128BPM (.mxgrp) including a total of 611 sounds and 195 MIDI patterns. A … read more
Waves has introduced the dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter, an effect plug-in developed in collaboration with Harman Professional. Considered one of the best drum compressors ever, the original dbx® 160 stands tall among its peers, … read more
Waves has introduced H-Reverb, a reverb based on Finite Impulse Response (FIR) reverberation technology, providing richer, deeper reverb tails that sit beautifully in the mix while breathing crisp air into your tracks. The FIR engine … read more
ModernBeats has announced the release of Kolossal Kickz, a new sample library featuring a collection of 240 drum samples. Featuring over 240 deep kick drum samples designed for modern pop, hip hop, r&b, and dubstep … read more
Patchbanks has announced the release of Grand Funk Boogie Jams, an all-original collection of drum jams for old school music lovers looking for those memorable grooves produced from the late 70s and early 80s era. … read more
Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of Vienna Solo Voices, a new library featuring 4 female and 3 male solo voices: Coloratura Soprano, Soprano,
Mezzo Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass. Recording the human … read more
Cakewalk has announced ProChannel support for the +10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor plug-in from Boz Digital Labs. The +10db Compressor Plug-in, the brainchild of producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Of Mice … read more
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unEarthed Sampling has launched Interplanetary, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring cinematic tuned glass bowl multisamples. Inspired heavily by scores like Interstellar and Solaris, Interplanetary features cinematic multisamples taken from an antique … read more
Auganizer has announced the imminent arrival of Auganizer 2, the next major version of the Audio Unit management app for Mac OS X. Since the day Apple moved to the Audio Unit format users have … read more
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99Sounds has announced the release of Mangling Audio, a free sound library by Poztman, the winner of the first Music Making Contest on 99Sounds. This free collection of one shots and audio loops is a … read more
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VAST Dynamics has launched Vaporizer, an analogue/subtractive synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac. The intention of this development is to combine a fat virtual analog sound with low system CPU resource usage. And all this … read more