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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Dmitry Sches releases free Collaboration soundset + 50% off Diversion plugin

Dmitry Sches Collaboration for Diversion

Dmitry Sches has launched Collaboration, a free soundset for the Diversion synthesizer instrument.

Here we have some very nice thing to release, let me explain please a bit. Rob Mitchell from SoundBytesMag in conversation with Frank Neumann and Rob Lee came to idea to gather a group of sound designers to make a freeware soundset for Diversion in order to boost spreading the plugin among users. They gathered an excellent group of top notch sound designers and here we go…

Let me present Collaboration, a freeware sounds, created by Rob Mitchell, Byeong Seon Mun, Aiyn Zahev, George Zondagh, Irion Da Ronin, Rob Lee and Frank Neumann.

Collaboration is a free download for Diversion users.

Dmitry Sches has also launched a sale on the Diversion synthesizer plug-in.

Dmitry Sches Diversion

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production.

Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Diversion for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for $89 USD until January 15th, 2015 (regular $169 USD). Prices ex. VAT.

More information: Dmitry Sches

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Arturia updates iProphet app for iOS to v1.1

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Arturia has launched version 1.1 of iProphet, a synth app that recreates the unique sound of the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet VS synthesizer.

Arturia iProphet

The Prophet VS’s rareness and classic digital sound make it a mainstay for those who can find them and a seemingly out or reach dream for those who cannot. The sound is purely classic crisp digital sound that easily stands on its own, but at the same time is the perfect compliment to the sound of analog synthesizers.

It brings the crystaline vintage sound of four digital oscillators and allows sculpting them using a creamy & warm multimode filter. You can morph the sound of the 4 oscillators using the joystick or the vector mode and the vector envelope.

Changes in iProphet v1.1

  • Updated Audiobus to 2.1.5.
  • Updated for iOS8.
  • Fixed MIDI channel selector not showing devices opened if iProphet was opened before then.
  • Fixed the issue where every third oscillator would be the one before on preset load.
  • Fixed an issue where turning the Frequency knobs all the way to the right would act as if it was at 0.
  • Added the ability to delete custom presets.

iProphet is on sale for $4.99 USD until January 2nd, 2014 (50% off regular).

More information: Arturia / iProphet

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SKYLIFE updates SampleRobot Pro to v4.8 + Free packs for microSAMPLER

SKYLIFE has released version 4.8 of SampleRobot Pro, a comprehensive update for the top-of-the-line auto-sampling software for Windows and Mac.

Skylife SampleRobot 4 Pro

It includes unique functions like a supersize WaveRobot sample editing window and enhanced support for up to 128 velocity layers per Project.

This version 4.8 upgrade is free of charge for all users of SampleRobot 4 Pro. Furthermore new customers will receive a free upgrade token to version 5 of SampleRobot Pro, to be released in 2015/Q01.

Changes in SampleRobot Pro v4.8

  • Support for up to 128 velocity layers in a single Project.
  • Enhanced velocity auto-mapping for all multi-sample export formats.
  • Supersize WaveRobot window for screen resolutions up to 3200×2000 pixels.
  • Advanced audio transient recognition for elimination of silence at sample start.
  • Improved Mac OSX framework, compatible with OS 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Optimized activation process.
  • Includes 5 new skins and color schemes.
  • Includes 4 additional Premium Multisample Banks in SF2 format: AMBIENTE, NEURONIC, ELEKTRON and NOIZCUTZ.
  • Various optimizations in respect to graphical user interface and functionality.
  • Comes with free upgrade token to version 5 of SampleRobot Pro for all new customers.
  • Includes 4 cross-platform installation licenses.

SampleRobot 4 Pro is available for purchase for $349 USD/249 EUR/£219 GBP. The update is free for all users of SampleRobot 4 Pro.

SKYLIFE has also released 4 free sample packs for KORG microSAMPLER users.

Skylife microSAMPLER packs

The ambient loops and airy beats from the AMBIENTE sample bank fuse into inspiring mood tracks. This is an atmospheric sound construction kit of the special kind.

Sounds from the legendary Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer form the heart of the NEURONIC sample set. Rich modulated textures, extraordinary morph sounds and neuronic effects reminiscent of film scores enrich every music production.

In the ELEKTRON bank pulsating analog sounds and a sampled analog drum synthesizer let the microSAMPLER become a muscle machine for all sorts of electronic music. The single samples cut through the mix already but you can layer them synced in tempo for full impact.

For the sample bank NOIZCUTZ sounds from an old multi-band transistor radio were captured with SampleRobot. You can find all kinds of short and long wave sweeps, typical noise patterns and sound shreds from the flood of radio waves surrounding us every day.

The packs are available to download at no charge. If you don’t own the microSAMPLER, you can still extract the samples with Korg’s free editor software.

More information: SampleRobot

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Meldaproduction releases MDrumLeveler dynamics plugin

Meldaproduction has launched MDrumLeveler, a dynamics processor specially designed for drums and percussive instruments.

Meldaproduction MDrumLeveler

MDrumLeveler is a unique tool specially designed for drums and percussive materials. It will improve the drum performances, stabilize drum hit levels, remove leakage and ambience and let you control the drum hits better than you ever could with traditional tools.

Traditional dynamic processors (compressors, expanders, gates…) detect levels of input samples and transform them depending on the transfer curve. This means that the gain is changing on every sample. This can be very well used to shape the sound itself, but it is hard to make it transparent if you want to level individual drum hits. MDrumLeveler on the other hand analyzes the incoming audio, detects events (drum hits for example) in it and transforms them somehow. That way it adjusts the level of each event, but does not alter the actual sound or color, so the results are unbelievably transparent.

MDrumLeveler for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for the introductory price of 59 EUR for a limited time (regular 149 EUR).

Meldaproduction has also announced a version 8.10 updated of its plug-ins, which brings major improvements to MCompare, ability to disable keyboard input, GUI improvements, optimizations, fixes and much more.

More information: Meldaproduction

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