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

We are taking the wraps off a new synth – Hive. What is Hive? Think sleek, low CPU use, “super” sounding synth with a streamlined workflow. We wanted to make a synth that was fast, fluid, light on CPU but still had a heavyweight sound.

There are lots of features packed into the single page interface to make your sound design quick and intuitive – drag and drop modulation, solo buttons, parameter linking and much more.

Hive is now available for download as a public beta. We are putting the finishing touches on Hive and this is your chance to give some feedback and help us get ready for release.

The public beta is available to download for Windows and Mac from the u-he forum at KVR Audio.

Hive is available for purchase now for $99 USD ex VAT while it is in public beta (regular $149 USD ex VAT). The serial number works with both the beta version and the final released version.

More information: u-he / Hive

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Prime Loops launches Total Trap Vol 1 sample pack

Total Samples Total Trap Vol 1

Prime Loops has announced the release of Total Trap Vol 1, a sample pack featuring 160MB+ of banging Trap Samples from bass masters Total Samples.

Anyone after the sounds inspired by the likes of Antiserum & Mayhem, Baauer, Flosstradamus, LAXX and more need look no further. this one has everything you need to make you own state-of-the-art trap bangers.

Total Trap Vol 1 delivers you ultra-tight drum loops, mighty 808 bass loops, cutting synth loops (all at 145BPM) as well as hard-hitting drum hits, dramatic SFX, original vocal samples (royalty-free as always) and more!

The pack is available for purchase for £17.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Total Trap Vol 1

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New Sonic Arts updates Vice plugin to v1.15

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New Sonic Arts has released version 1.15 of Vice, a loop sampler and slicing instrument for Windows and Mac.

New Sonic Arts Vice

Quickly load loops from the integrated loop browser, slice them in an instant with the intelligent transient detection algorithm and effortlessly export your grooves to your DAW via MIDI drag and drop.

Changes in Vice v1.15

  • Added Zoom to Slice feature.
  • Waveform display now automatically scrolls/zooms to selected slice.
  • Added Slice context menu, including Copy and Paste Slice Settings.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for select the previous / next slice (Arrow left / right, works in most hosts).
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for Zoom To Slice / Zoom To Loop (Arrow up / down, works in most hosts).
  • Several fixes, including two crash bugs.

Vice is available for purchase for 79 EUR. The update is free for all registered users.

More information: New Sonic Arts / Vice

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BHK Samples releases Abandon DNB for Massive + Christmas Sale

BHK Samples has announced the release of Abandon DNB, a new soundset by Abandon for the Massive synthesizer instrument from Native Instruments.

BHK Samples Abandon DNB for NI Massive

Having already delivered one of the best drum & bass packs for FM 8 in the market to date, this time we have for you a collection of brand new presets for Native Instruments Massive.

These carefully crafted presets are made to make any future productions into merciless weapons !

Including tearing basses, earthshaking basses, dark menacing basses, evolving atmospheric pads, modulated synth arp sequences, twisted sound effects, ripping reece bass modulations and oneshots.

In detail, expect to find 74 authentic presets, perfect to create techstep, jump up or neurofunk basslines, new sounds, intros, breakdowns and many more for your building blocks. Furthermore, you get all demo track stems (dry), marked by the presets and samples that have been used for.

Don’t miss it, this unique preset collection is a true enrichment for any drum’n’bass producer.

The soundset costs 29.95 EUR.

BHK Samples has also launched its Christmas Sale, offering a 20% discount on its packs until December 27th, 2014.

BHK Samples Christmas Sale

Use coupon code seven to take advantage of this offer.

More information: BHK Samples

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Mystery Islands updates Virus|HC Editor to v1.0.1 + Windows release

Mystery Islands Music has released version 1.0.1 of the Access Virus|HC Librarian Editor, a VST plug-in to control and manage the Access Virus-series hardware synthesizers.

Mystery Islands Virus|HC Librarian Editor Plugin

The plug-in offers extensive librarian handling and more features will be introduced along the way. Almost every parameter of the Virus-series synth can be edited and stored.

The plug-in includes total recall functions so that the user doesn’t have to do anything else than switch on their Virus.

Changes in Virus|HC v1.0.1

  • Reduced CPU usage when moving knobs from the hardware.
  • Fixed CC knobs mappings while some functions are not in use.
  • Several other improvements.

The plug-in is now available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) for 49.95 EUR.

More information: Mystery Islands / Virus|HC Librarian Editor

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