Plugin Boutique updates BigKick kick drum synth plugin + Dubstep Kicks V1 with Dodge & Fuski released

Plugin Boutique BigKick

Plugin Boutique has announced an update to its BigKick kick drum instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Plugin Boutique and partner Credland Audio have been hard at work developing a major update to BigKick. The update includes 100 FREE Kicks from Loopmasters in the demo installer (usable even without purchase of the full version).

Until 1st October, the full purchase also includes a free expansion pack from Dodge & Fuski (available at 50% off to existing BigKick owners). View a short video on the expansion pack below.

Changes in BigKick

  • New tough mode for harder hyper-clean trance style kick drums.
  • Much longer envelopes for those bass booms and 808 style kicks.
  • Make your pre-sets sit right in the mix more quickly with the new built in EQ. Or, if you want, leap out and smack you in the face with the punch control.
  • Keyboard controlled MIDI pitch.
  • New (much warmer) distortion and waveforms for more creative and aggressive sounds.
  • New GUI.
  • Drag and drop import for attack samples. Drag sounds straight from your track into onto the Load Sample button – it’s very quick and easy!
  • Massively improved pre-set handling, including folder creation, renaming, easier pre-set browsing, pre-set-pack creation tools and much more.
  • Over 80 changes, fixes and performance improvements over the previous version.
  • New envelope shape for the longer kick drums for a more natural decay.

BigKick for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 50 EUR. Until October 1st, a purchase includes a free copy of the Dubstep Kicks V1 with Dodge & Fuski expansion pack. This pack is also available for purchase separately.

More information: Plugin Boutique / BigKick

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J1000 releases CH4D free VST chorus effect

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J1000 has announced the release of CH4D, a free chorus effect plug-in for Windows.

J1000 CH4D

CH4D is a classic chorus effect with four delay taps. All four taps are controlled with single knob and plugin automatically calculates time and amplitude differences. CH4D lets you narrow spectrum with two resonant cut filters.

You don’t have to worry when working with basses or sounds with ultra-precise highs, because it will leave their critical parts intact and process only the midrange.

CH4D features

  • Four delay taps (two per L/R channel).
  • Low-cut and high-cut filters with adjustable resonance (12dB/octave slopes).
  • Advanced LFO that avoids unnatural repetitive modulation.
  • Phase invertion and soloing for wet signal.
  • Continuous dry/wet mix control.
  • Simple output correlation meter.
  • Zero latency and very low CPU consumption.

The plug-in is available as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: J1000

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New Sonic Arts launches Granite XL Bundle – Save 25%

New Sonic Arts has announced Granite XL, a bundle of the Granite granular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac and the Aura sound expansion pack.

New Sonic Arts Granite XL

Granite is the truly unique sound engine that teleports you deep into new sonic territory. Get ready to enter a world of evolving textures, haunting atmospheres and shifting soundscapes – from warped and twisted textures, to beautiful shimmering pads. As users all over the world will testify, Granite never fails to inspire, and granular synthesis has never been so musical, immediate, nor easy to use.

Granite Aura is the ultimate upgrade for Granite: 150 stunning sounds, including over 120 unique sample recordings, all meticulously prepared and tweaked by sound design experts Ameyah Audio. Boasting a huge variety of patches from sublime pads, through thunderous soundscapes to haunting alien-like voices, Granite Aura is the perfect sonic expansion for film composers, game designers and musicians looking for a creative edge.

The bundle is available for purchase for 89 EUR / $99 USD.

More information: New Sonic Arts / Granite XL

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iMusicAlbum updates Audio Mastering app for iPad to v2.7

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Igor Vasiliev at iMusicAlbum has updated the Audio Mastering app for iPad to version 2.7.

Audio Mastering 2.5

Audio Mastering is designed to be the first application for iPad with 96 kHz internal and external processing truly provides professional audio quality when finalizing your mix. It can be used for processing audio files and as final sound processor for a mixing console (with external audio interface).

Changes in Audio Mastering v2.7

  • Supports 96 kHz / 32-bit audio processing.
  • Supports Audiobus 2.x in Input, Effect and Output slots.
  • Added Audiobus “State Saving” feature.
  • New Stereo Imaging process options.
  • New color schemes.
  • Built-in description updated.
  • Minor bug fixes.

The app is available for purchase for $5.99 USD.

More information: Audio Mastering

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Trance Euphoria releases Trance Leviathan sample pack

Trance Euphoria Trance Leviathan

Trance Euphoria has announced Trance Leviathan, a new sound pack for creating trance music.

Trance Euphoria are proud to present their new hybrid trance construction kit pack ‘Trance Leviathan’, featuring a whopping 20 x Construction Kits including 24Bit Wav Loops, Stems, One Shots and Midi Files for ultimate flexibility for each kit.

‘Trance Leviathan’ are hybrid trance kits with a fusion of melodic trance and psy trance,inspired by top trance events and top trance artists around the world ‘Trance Leviathan’ will surely spark your next trance hit.

Trance Leviathan features

  • 20 Hybrid Trance Construction Kits.
  • Each kit includes 24Bit Wav loops, stems & one shots, and MIDI files.
  • 725 total kit files, 128 total MIDI files.
  • 4.35GB content (2.67GB zipped).

The pack is available for purchase for £18 GBP.

More information: Trance Euphoria / Trance Leviathan

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Peavey releases ReValver 4 amp modeling effect

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Peavey ReValver 4

Peavey has announced the release of ReValver 4, an amp modeling software for Windows and Mac.

Redesigned from the ground up, ReValver 4 contains amp modeling capabilities that capture the characteristics of real tube amplifiers. It runs as Stand Alone or as an AAX/VST or AU plug-in on Mac OS X or Windows.

Peavey has updated and improved the modeling engine in ReValver 4. It also incorporates a GUI and UX redesign and the ability to run on a Windows tablet, plus other high-level features including GIG mode, ACT (Audio Cloning Technology) and RIR 2 cabinet modeling.

Based on feedback from the extensive ReValver user community, the application’s redesign has been done so to improve user experience and workflow. The GUI now separates pedal board, amps/cabs and effects into their own views, thus minimizing the amount of vertical scrolling needed to navigate the application.

GIG mode further expands ReValver’s power as a live performance solution by allowing the user to load 8 presets into memory and seamlessly switch between them. The presets can also be assigned to MIDI controller switches. In addition, another primary consideration of the GUI and UX redesign was to make ReValver 4 the ideal solution for amp modeling on Windows tablets. As a result, the combination of ReValver 4, an audio interface, and a Windows tablet makes the “perfect live performance rig”.

Peavey’s ReValver 4 also features ACT (Audio Cloning Technology) modules that allow the user to mold and shape the guitar sound at both the input (before amp modeling) and output (after modeling). At the input, ACT turns ReValver into an instrument modeler by altering the incoming guitar signal to mimic the sound and characteristics of other instruments, such as acoustics, folk instruments, and even other electric guitar and pickup combinations. At the output, ACT allows the user to load presets that sculpt the signal to fit in a recording mix or mimic the sonic characteristics of famous guitar rigs.

With improved Impulse Responses, ReValver 4′s RIR 2 feature gives the user independent control of speaker configuration, microphone, and mic placement, allowing for almost endless tone shaping options. Also, the electrical features or the cabinet that alter the response of the amp have been captured, allowing for even greater realism and dynamics. The new Pedal Board feature provides a familiar environment to build and edit an effects chain before the amplifier whilst the effects rack sits post amp for all your delay, reverb and modulation needs.

ReValver 4 also comes with the introduction of the Amp Store, allowing users to purchase new amps, stompboxes, effects, and ACT content through in-app purchases. Users can begin with downloading ReValver 4 which is free (included modules listed below) and then simply purchase the additional content they desire.

ReValver 4 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/Standalone) is available to download for free and comes with a number of free modules. Extra modules are available for purchase from the Amp Store.

A Producer Pack, which includes Over $250 USD of modules, is available for purchase for $99.99 USD. ReValver MK III.V owners can upgrade to the Producer Pack for $49.99 USD.

More information: Peavey / ReValver 4

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Toontrack launches new EZmix 2 Complete Production Bundles

Time+Space has announced the release of new EZmix 2 Complete Production Bundles.

Toontrack EZmix 2 bundles

EZmix 2 provides the tools to get the perfect sound for every instrument mix situation and now with the ‘Complete Production Bundle’ users will have everything they could need to turn their initial idea in to a polished, mixed track not only easily but incredibly fast.

Available with or without the EZmix 2 software, each bundle features six preset packs including…

  • Lead Vocals – Will help to make your lead vocals sound great and sit well in any mix, in just a few clicks.
  • Amps – 50 pro-designed signal chains based on guitar/bass amp/cab simulation.
  • Ambient – Create large, reverberant soundscapes for film scores through to modern pop.
  • Bass Toolbox – Presets custom-made by an all-star team of engineers solely for bass guitar.
  • Drums Toolbox – Large choice of one–click settings specifically tailored to enhance drum recordings of any type.
  • Mastering II – Wide variety of signal chains for the most common mastering needs and music genres.

The Complete Production Bundle is available inclusive of EZmix 2 for £199 GBP/249 EUR (save 29%). Existing EZmix 2 users can get the Complete Production Presets Bundle for £105 GBP/129 EUR (save 40%).

More information: Time+Space / Toontrack EZmix 2 Bundles

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