Mabelton Audio releases Ultra Analog VA-2 / Ableton Push integration pack

Mabelton Push/VST Integration Pack

Mabelton Audio has announced the release of the Ultra Analog VA-2 / Ableton Push integration pack.

This is the instant way to use Appled Acoustics’ Ultra Analog VST Plug In properly from inside Push.
The Ultra Analog Integration Pack will allow you to:

  • Find Ultra Analog and all its factory presets inside your Push menu.
  • Browse through the 700+ factory presets from Push’s screen in their categories (Ambient, ARP, Bass, Effect, Keys, Lead, Orchestral, Organ, Pad, Percussive, Polysynth, Signature- Richard Devine, Voice).
  • Load up any of the presets from Push.
  • Control the knobs and sliders on Ultra Analog using Push’s knobs (and record your tweaks using Ableton’s automation function).
  • Unlock Push’s step sequencer, in key and exotic scales functions for all the Ultra Analog presets.

The pack is available for purchase for £6.99 GBP.

More information: Crafted Sound / Ultra Analog VA-2 integration pack

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Acoustic Amplification intros A20 acoustic instrument amplifier

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Acoustic Amplification has introduced its upcoming Model A20 Acoustic Instrument Amplifier.

Acoustic Amplification A20

More than just a guitar amp, the Acoustic A20 is a complete performance solution for today’s versatile acoustic-electric musician. Its full-range 8-inch studio-quality coaxial speaker, ported cabinet design, and 20 Watts of clean, pristine power effortlessly fill the room with rich, crystalline sound. Plug in a microphone and any acoustic instrument with a pickup and you’re ready to go.

Expressly designed to bring out the nuance and natural detail of acoustic instruments and vocals, the A20 delivers the advanced tone shaping control that has made Acoustic Amps “The Pro’s Tone” for almost half a century. Lightweight and portable, the A20 is packed with features, including two combo XLR-1/4″ inputs with independent level controls, 3-band EQ, digital reverb and chorus, effects loop, and Acoustic’s acclaimed Vari-Control feedback eliminator.

With its unique wedge-shaped design, the A20 makes a great, full-featured stage amp. With the power and performance of a small PA system, it’s the ideal rig for coffee houses and other acoustic performances, solo keyboard gigs, home recording, and small to mid-sized karaoke shows. The Acoustic A20′s 1/8-inch Aux input and headphone output also make it a great fit for players looking for a small, portable practice amp. A full-featured direct output with pre-post EQ switch and level control connects the A20 to any PA system for larger venues.

“Today’s musicians are more mobile, and more versatile than ever before,” remarked Rick Gagliano, Acoustic Product Manager. “The A20 addresses those needs, with a lightweight but powerful design that can easily adapt to a wide range of performance conditions. Whether it’s a PA for a mid-sized coffee house gig or a stage setup for a club gig, the A20 has the sound and the features today’s musicians are asking for.”

The A20 Acoustic Instrument Amp will be available in mid-September with a street price of $129.99 USD.

More information: Acoustic Amplification

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AfroDJMac releases Univox Bass Lucy free Ableton Live Pack

AfroDJMac has released Univox Bass Lucy, a free Live Pack featuring a sampled Univox bass from the 70′s.

AfroDJMac Univox Bass Lucy

I’ve had a lot of experience recording this bass, and I’m often torn on how to best record it. Running it through a bass amp is usually my first choice, but I also really like how it sounds coming out of my guitar amp. So what I did while sampling was run the bass through an SWR bass amp and my Fender Deluxe tube guitar amp. Also, I put up an AKG C414 mic in the room to capture both amps simultaneously. On the Ableton device, you can mix the three signals together to meet your taste.

When you pluck a string on a bass, it will always sound slightly different. So to emulate that, I recorded 3 different samples of each note that I recorded. I set the LFO in Sampler to play any of these three samples at random. That means that any melody you play will always sound slightly different. Even a MIDI clip will never loop in exactly the same way with the same samples. You will always get a bit of subtle variation, just as you would with a real bass player.

The Univox Bass Lucy pack is available as a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Univox Bass Lucy

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Zenhiser releases Melodic Trance Midi

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Zenhiser has launched Melodic Trance Midi, a sound pack featuring a blend of trance audio & MIDI.

Zenhiser Melodic Trance Midi

‘Melodic Trance Midi’ is the ultimate blend of melodic trance and euphoric sounds creating a plethora of truly stylish hooks. This detailed and diverse trance sound pack delivers multiple options and ideas to both develop and hone your trance skills. Consisting of multiple parts ‘Melodic Trance Midi’ gives you full trance hooks, then separates them into their individual parts. Not only have we supplied the lead loops with alternate versions for fx trails but everything within this sample pack also includes midi parts, this is a huge leap forward for programming variations, now you can delve into the parts, change notes, amend arrangements and turn every part of ‘Melodic Trance Midi’ into your own clubbing anthem.

Inside the pack you’ll find Trance basslines, leads, synth loops and of course the full loops. This truly is an essential trance sound and midi pack, we recommend it for all levels of trance producers, and as with all Zenhiser sample packs the level of programming, mixing and mastering is second to none.

The pack is available for purchase for $40 AUD.

More information: Zenhiser / Melodic Trance Midi

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Cableguys launches Curve 2 beta, get free 30% discount coupon

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Cableguys has launched a Curve 2 beta version, in which users can help test a new way its plugins connect to the online presets library.

Curve 2 presets library

Some of our plugins can connect to an online sound library to backup and to share sounds and ratings.

Very rarely some users could not connect to the online library and we guess that it relates to some routers’ behavior (if it’s not the firewall) .. the kind of bugs that are impossible for us to reproduce on our own systems. Nevertheless we’ve just changed the way our plugins connect to the online library. To verify that this works perfectly, we need your help!

We hope that the new version is rock-solid, but who knows, maybe it can still fail with a few setups / routers / Internet connections. To find this out, it would be great if many of you can download the new Curve 2 beta version and give it a test.

A 30% coupon will be provided to everyone who helps with this beta and and provides Cableguys with feedback.

More information: Cableguys / Curve 2 beta

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Steinberg launches Groove Agent 4

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Steinberg has launched Groove Agent 4, the drum workstation that comprises different drum modules each specialized in certain acoustic and electronic drum styles.

Steinberg Groove Agent 4

Together with its additional capabilities to program patterns easily, mix drum tracks, add studio-grade effects and the perfect incorporation with Steinberg’s award-winning Cubase software, Groove Agent 4 is the ideal tool for composers, producers and musicians.

Groove Agent 4 features three drum modules, also known as Agents, which trigger a wealth of grooves and samples. Each Agent offers a set of specialized tools essential to the style of drum production in demand, but Agents can also be combined, giving Groove Agent 4 its unique multi-Agent architecture.

The Acoustic Agent consists of three drum kits: Studio Kit, Rock Kit and Vintage Kit. Each kit includes dedicated controls that adjust the mix of room and overhead microphones, bleeding signals as well as further kit tuning. Armed with a dedicated channel strip sporting EQ, compressor, tape saturation and envelope shaper, the acoustic drum mixer comes with up to 20 microphone channels, six group channels and four aux buses. The Style Player provides over 50 contemporary styles to choose from. Once selected, Groove Agent 4 offers a groove with intros, fills and endings and up to 16 variations of the main part that can seamlessly be blended by complexity and intensity.

The Beat Agent gets down to intricate beat production, boasting over 100 kits quickly accessible via the MediaBay and the Sample Browser as well as a broad scope of editing capabilities available through the Sample Editor. The Drum Classifier detects the different kit components in a loop and allows users to extract, replace and rearrange them. The Vintage and Turntable modes add the sound perceived in early 12-bit drum machines.

The Percussion Agent includes percussion instruments the likes of bongos, shakers, tambourine and congas. Its Style Player combines up to 8 substyles and adjusts the complexity and intensity of each instrument. With more than 20 styles the Percussion Agents covers grooves ranging from disco, funk, pop and R&B to classic percussive standards, such as bolero and bossa nova.

The entire library encompasses over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves. All drum kits have been recorded in 24-bit resolution while the Acoustic and Percussion Agents also offer 16-bit versions on top.

Additional features highlighted in Groove Agent 4 are the Pattern Editor for easy editing of grooves and the Jam mode that creates backing tracks on the fly. The overall kit mixer provides 29 quality effects and 16 stereo outputs that can be fed directly to any host mixer. In conjunction with Cubase, Groove Agent 4 takes integration to a new level, allowing users to drag and drop samples and MIDI patterns from Cubase onto Groove Agent 4 or drag patterns from Groove Agent 4 back into Cubase. Drum maps from Groove Agent kits are automatically created and pad names are copied to Cubase.

“The fourth iteration of Groove Agent gives us reason to cheer: we’ve been working hard on delivering a multi-role virtual drummer that is matchless,” said Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “We are confident that Groove Agent will equally become a rich source of inspiration and creativity for musicians all over the globe.”

Groove Agent 4 features

  • Complete virtual drum workstation including three specialist Agents for drums, beats and percussion — combinable in four slots.
  • Huge library including over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves and patterns for any contemporary music style.
  • Acoustic Agent virtual drummer with stunningly detailed drum kits for unmatched realism.
  • Beat Agent drum sampler for electronic music production including advanced slice editing and automatic drum hit recognition.
  • Percussion Agent with more than 20 instruments to complete your virtual rhythm section.
  • Full pattern editor for groove editing on the fly.
  • Style Player plays in the desired complexity and intensity, generates auto fills and much more.
  • Jam mode creates immediate backing tracks, including intro, fills and ending.
  • Integrated mixing board with high-end audio effects for flexible control over all aspects of your drum sound.
  • Advanced Cubase integration with drag and drop, full automation and automatic drum map exchange.

Groove Agent 4 will be available for purchase from resellers from August 20th, 2014 for a suggested retail price of 179 EUR including German VAT. The Groove Agent 4 update from version 3 is now available as a download through the Steinberg Online Shop for 99.99 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Groove Agent 4

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SampleTekk releases TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand

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SampleTekk has announced the release of TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand, a virtual piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

SampleTekk TVBO - Yamaha C7 Studio Grand

The Grand Piano used for the TVBO is a Yamaha C7. One of the most popular studio grands. Well known for its detailed, rich, full sound.

The recordings took place at OAL studios in Stockholm, Sweden and we used two types of microphones, Neumann SM2, a stereo microphone and a pair of Neumann U89.

TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand features

  • 31 velocity levels.
  • More than 7399 samples.
  • TimeVel Release Technology.
  • Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Real Pedalling.
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
  • Two different mixable microphone perspectives.
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance.
  • 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until July 31st, 2014 (regular $249 USD). Requires Kontakt 4 full version or higher.

More information: SampleTekk / TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand

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