HISS and a ROAR has released Tortured Wood, a unique 7GB sound library featuring the sounds of breaking wood.
Tortured Wood? Hell yes! We’ve spent the last month breaking wood, slamming 40kg poles into stacks of debris, throwing pallets, planks and furniture around as loudly as possible! We also tortured wood in our quiet foley room, rendering half a dozen baskets into kindling & capturing some truly nasty crunches, creaks and breaks.
Primarily captured with Sennheiser MKH8040 ORTF microphones, we also used contact mics at times (although its very difficult to keep them attached to disintegrating wood!) We also captured some of the louder moments to Nagra 4.2 which will be released as a free update to this library, once final demonising is complete.
The library is available for the introductory price of $79 USD until August 9th, 2014 (regular $99 USD).
More information: HISS and a ROAR / Tortured Wood
Xmonsta has launched PULL, a touchscreen device editor for Ableton that uses the iPad.
It is an extremely fast and efficient workflow tool. Use it alongside other controllers, such as Ableton PUSH, or APC40, or any other controller, even a mouse.
In a nutshell, PULL allows you to edit fullscreen versions of every ableton device from your iPad . It follows any device that is currently selected and displays a very large, multi-touch template on the iPad for editing.
PULL is available for purchase for £25 GBP.
More information: Xmonsta / PULL
Acustica Audio has launched the new Red Eq, a free equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Red Eq is a free equalizer which provides three fixed bands at 80Hz, 1.8kHz and 8kHz, the upper and lower bands being shelving while the middle has a traditional bell response.
There’s an ample 16dB of cut and boost, and though the EQ may look limited compared to a parametric, it actually sounds nicely musical and the frequencies have been chosen with care. A five-section led level meter and an output gain knob allow you to control the overall output level from the unit up to a maximum of +6dB. A red warning lamp lights if the signal approaches clipping, due to excessive use of boost on already hot signals. It can be used to make adjustments in the most needed areas of the audio spectrum without the sound losing its focus.
Red Eq features
- Mac OS X: VST 32/64-bit, AU 32-bit.
- Windows: VST 32/64-bit.
- New CORE5 engine (improved performances).
- Delay time significantly reduced.
- New installer.
- Faster loading and less dropouts.
The plug-in is a free download (requires registration, also free).
More information: Acustica Audio / Red Eq
Adam Monroe Music has released a Mac OS X version of Honky Tonk Piano and updated the Windows version to 2.0.
Adam Monroe’s Honky Tonk piano is an instrument/sample library that is designed to replicate the full range and “honky” sound of a vintage chickering upright piano.
Changes in Honky Tonk Piano v2.0
- Added a GUI pop-up window that tells a user how many samples have been loaded.
- Added multi-threading and a “Buffer For” switch. Dramatically improves playback on slower systems.
- Eliminated the need for sample data to exist in VST directory.
- Fixed problem with audio “pops” when holding down notes until their end.
- Optimized slow c++ code (dynamic lists) down to optimized C code (static arrays) and optimized buffering code.
- Wave file buffers are now properly freed when closing plugin.
- Eliminated 100MB deallocation memory leak.
- Eliminated the need for sample data to exist in VST directory, a user can now place samples anywhere and the VST will ask for their location.
Honky Tonk Piano (VST/AU/Kontakt) is available for purchase for $20 USD.
More information: Adam Monroe Music / Honky Tonk Piano
Squaredheads has released version 1.4 of Nora, a phrase arpeggiator and MIDI key mapper plugin for Windows.
Nora is a MIDI toolset that employs advanced editing tools to create MIDI phrases with ease.
Its full contextual interface allows to create solo melodies, rhythmic basslines or stabs instantly. It may be used in both live and offline environment.
Nora has been recently updated to version 1.4 with a new tool: A MIDI Key Mapper, which can be used as a harmonizer, to create chord progressions, to transpose keys, etc.
Changes in Nora v1.4
- MIDI Key Mapper tool.
- Nudge actions: use keyboard cursors to move notes or nodes.
- Added new presets for Phrase Arpeggiator and for the MIDI Key Mapper.
- Phrase arpeggiator is now optional.
- Moved phrase arpeggiator controls from the main toolbar to its editor window.
- Improved feedback time from interface elements (everything looks smoother now).
- Hidden “Save” from menu, to avoid confusion. It will be restored in a future update.
Nora for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 49 EUR.
More information: Squaredheads
Positive Grid has launched a Summer Sale, offering up to 75% off the JamUp multi-effects and BIAS amp designer apps.
A vast array of popular guitar stompboxes and effects, as well as vintage and modern amps were never so affordable. For a very limited time, Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) is offering guitar and bass players a 75% special discount for both their JamUp Pro multi-effects and BIAS amp modeling iOS apps, available for download in the iTunes App Store. But that’s not all: all in-app purchases -all amps, effects, and bundles- are 50% off regular price.
JamUp is a complete powerhouse multi-effects processor for guitar and bass. It offers over 100 amps and effects, GarageBand integration, looper, iTunes player with tempo/pitch control, built-in tuner and metronome, live-view, preset manager, MIDI support and more.
BIAS is an amp designer, modeler and processor that includes 36 of the most sought-after vintage and modern amps in rock ‘n’ roll history as a starting point for user customization. Users can modify these amps and virtually build their custom amps by swapping out the tubes, preamp, transformer, tone stacks, cab and mic to create their own distinctive signature sound. Users can also upload their amp creations to ToneCloud, BIAS’ own amp-sharing platform, to share their custom presets with other users.
More information: Positive Grid
Tone2 has announced NeoFM, an upcoming soundset for the Nemesis synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
NeoFM has a clear focus on the best that FM synthesis has to offer, tapping into the depths of Nemesis’ powerful neoFM synthesis.
This set is packed with rich sounds ready to be used in any production and covers the complete range of styles, whether you’re interested in that classic FM sound or looking for nasty FM vibes, NeoFM is there to provide!
The soundset will be available soon.
More information: Tone2 Audiosoftware / Nemesis