u-he launches Hive synth plugin preview + pre-order

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u-he has launched a preview version of its Hive synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

u-he Hive

Hive started out as my private weekend project. I was trying to figure out how to make the fastest possible supersaw algorithm. It turned out, it’s a mixture of so called “mip mapping” and vector processing. This makes Hive a little bit slow when you don’t use unison for the oscillators, but it makes Hive exceptionally fast when you do. Well, for the non-unison processing we might add another algorithm some time later ;)

Anyhow, we’ve also always been bugged about two things: First of all, why don’t you make a simple synth that’s full fo sweet spots? Secondly, why do all your synths smoke CPUs? So we decided to piece those things together. Fast unison oscillators, a user interface that’s “reduced to the max” and an efficient take on those zero delay feedback filters that I call “cheating”. Latter are not realistic analogue models, but they sound particularly good with unison oscillators.

So this is how Hive came about.

Unfortunately it’s nowhere near a ready state. We’re still pondering about some features that we might add, we have a free hexagon to fill, we’re discussing alternative UIs, colour schemes and visual feedback. However, we do think it’s in a state that’s ready for preset design. Whatever changes we’ll make, you’ll still recognize your preset, and we’ll communicate all steps necessary to update them for the final version – if that will be necessary at all.

The preview is available to download for Windows and Mac from the u-he forum at KVR Audio. Hive can be pre-odered now for $99 USD ex VAT.

More information: u-he / Hive

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Loopmasters releases Top 10 DJs Signature Loops & Sounds

Loopmasters has launched Top 10 DJs Signature Loops & Sounds, a collection of royalty free samples complied into 10 EDM production kits inspired by the DJ Mag Top 100 poll this year.

Top 10 DJs Signature Loops & Sounds

Top 10 Signature Loops & Sounds has been produced exclusively for Loopmasters by Monomade’s Adam White and features over 700Mb of Loop and One Shot sounds arranged into 10 exciting EDM construction Kits. Within each kit you will find all the elements of the production isolated and bounced into separate loops and one shot sounds that can be then flexibly arranged and mixed in the software of your choice for the perfect EDM song starter.

The 10 Kits also include the MIDI files of the musical material and bonus one shot samples plus a fully mixed version of the kit to audition.

Inspired by DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s poll this collection focuses in on the production skills of the top 10 on this year’s list including Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Skrillex and Steve Aoki.

The pack is available for purchase for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Top 10 DJs Signature Pack

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Prime Loops releases Total Bass Music Ultimate Bundle

Total Bass Music Ultimate Bundle

Prime Loops has launched Total Bass Music Ultimate Bundle, a Total Samples collection of sounds by dubstep and bass music producers.

Total Samples bring you a great value bass music pack of epic proportions containing well over a thousand sounds and stacks of top quality Massive presets, spanning dubstep, electro house and more, and literally giving you everything you need to put tearing original tracks together.

This pack includes both audio samples and Native Instruments Massive presets.

Total Bass Music Ultimate Bundle features

  • Total 110BPM Vol.1 — 197MB+ of Killer Bass Music Samples at 110Bpm – for Glitch Hop, Moombahcore & more.
  • Total Dubstep Vol.1 — Over 200MB of next-generation Dubstep Samples, featuring pounding drums, intense bass cuts, piercing synth licks, dark FX and more.
  • Total Dubstep Vol.2 — Over 218MB of the sickest Dubstep Samples, featuring heavy drum loops, intense bass cuts, piercing synth licks, dark FX and more.
  • Dubstep Massive Presets vol.1 — 65 intense Dubstep Presets for Massive synth, carefully programmed by the bass music powerhouse Total Samples.
  • Old Skool Dubstep — 321mb of royalty free Old Skool Dubstep sounds, featuring drum hits, synth and bass loops, synth and bass one shots, vocal shots and SFX.
  • Total Big Room House — 240MB+ Big Room EDM Samples, Huge Synth Riffs, pounding Drums & SFX, floor-shaking Bass Samples & much more…
  • BAR9 Massive Presets — 64 in-your-face Massive Presets for Dubstep, Electro House, D&B and any other Bass Genre, skilfully programmed by Bar9.

The bundle is available for purchase for £54.95 GBP (regular £107.95 GBP).

More information: Prime Loops / Total Bass Music Ultimate Bundle

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MoMinstruments releases Elastic Drums app for iOS

MoMinstruments has launched Elastic Drums, a drum synthesizer app for iOS in collaboration with CDM.

MoMinstruments Elastic Drums

Elastic Drums is a music app with 6 channels of synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 fx channels, all tweakable in an elastic way.

The sound range is from analog “oldschool” beatbox to the weirdest effect drone soundscapes.

Elastic Drums features

  • 6 synth channels with 10 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hit, clap, tom, … fm, grain).
  • 12 parameters for each synth engine.
  • Automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity.
  • 4 send effect channels with 2×11 mono effects and 2 x 9 stereo effects.
  • Automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad.
  • Master effects (stutter, delay, compressor …)
  • 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it’s own tempo multiplier & length.
  • Record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare.
  • Email audio recordings and presets.
  • iOS 8 supported.

The app is available for purchase for the introductory price of $3.99 USD (regular $7.99 USD).

More information: MoMinstruments / Elastic Drums

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Rankin Audio launches Ultimate Bass House Massive Presets

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Rankin Audio has launched Ultimate Bass House Massive Presets, a soundset featuring 101 patches for the Massive synthesizer by Native Instruments.

Rankin Audio Ultimate Bass House Massive Presets

Now Rankin Audio is here to give producers a helping hand and some full scale inspiration through everyones favourite VST powerhouse, NI Massive Synth. 101 presets covering every element you need to make some full on, club rocking Bass House.

Loaded with full, rich Bass, stabbing chords, lush melodic pads and even some risers and FX for good measure. We’ve got Garage style donks and organs, oldskool reece bass cira 187 Lockdown, warping bass a la RIP Groove and a whole batch of ruff and raw modern bass growls. Each sound has been meticulously designed to drop straight into your track without needing anything done to it. That’s not to say you can’t tweak, process and mash up the sounds to your liking though, we pride ourselves on offering maximum flexibility. Each sound comes with a set of Macros for ease of tweak and are laid out in categories for easy browsing.

The soundset is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Rankin Audio / Ultimate Bass House for Massive

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