Primal Audio updates FM4 synth app to v1.1

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Primal Audio has released version 1.1 of FM4, a 4-operator synthesizer app for iOS.

Primal Audio FM4

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

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Prime Loops releases The Islandz sample pack

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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.

Prime Loops The Islandz

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

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Scuffham Amps updates S-Gear guitar amp plugin to v2.5

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Scuffham Amps has released version 2.5 of S-Gear, a software guitar amplification plug-in for Windows and Mac

Scuffham Amps S-Gear

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

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Organic Loops releases Real Strings Vol 6 – Broken Chords

Organic Loops has launched Real Strings Vol 6 – Broken Chords, a loops library of violins, performing the distinctive texture of rolling arpeggios.

Organic Loops Real Strings Vol 6 - Broken Chords

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

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Toontrack releases N.Y. Studios Collection Producer Presets Bundle

Toontrack N.Y. Studios Collection Producer Presets Bundle

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

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