Sony Creative Software updates Sound Forge Pro Mac & SpectraLayers Pro

Sony Sound Forge Pro Mac

Sony Creative Software has released a free 2.5 update to Sound Forge Pro Mac, and a Version 3 upgrade to SpectraLayers Pro.

Sound Forge Pro: Advanced Audio Waveform Editor is the application of choice for a generation of audio editors. The free 2.5 update for OS X features disc-at-once CD burning, the classic Wave Hammer compressor/limiter plug-in, and other improvements.

The award-winning SpectraLayers Pro: Advanced Audio Spectrum Editor stands at the forefront of the audio spectrum editing movement. Parallel developments in program design and core engine performance combine to deliver the most highly-evolved and surgically precise spectral editing platform available.

While Sound Forge and SpectraLayers Pro are standalone applications, both are configured to work seamlessly with each other, providing a comprehensive editing environment that combines deep waveform and spectrum editing capabilities.

“We’re pleased to announce significant upgrades and updates to our audio software product line,” said John Freeborg, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “Sound Forge Pro Mac users are invited to install the free 2.5 update. Now with CD burning capability, the stand-alone Convrt Batch Processing Automation Tool, and our classic Wave Hammer compressor on board, Sound Forge for OS X has hit a highly anticipated benchmark. On the spectral editing side, our SpectraLayers 3.0 upgrade is extensive, reflecting a deep rethinking and reworking of the spectral editing paradigm. The list of new features is impressive, and they’re backed by core performance enhancements that contribute to a remarkably enhanced feel.”

Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.5 is available for purchase for $299.95 USD; SpectraLayers Pro 3 for Windows and Mac is $399.95 USD. Upgraded cross-platform Audio Master Suite bundles are now also available.

More information: Sony Creative Software

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Samplephonics releases Half-Step Drum and Bass, Hip Hop Guitar Loops & Sylenth: Retro Pads

Samplephonics has launched three new sound packs: Half-Step Drum and Bass, Hip Hop Guitar Loops & Sylenth: Retro Pads.

Half-Step Drum and Bass features a collection of 186 loops and 155 one shots.

Samplephonics Half-Step Drum and Bass

Are you tired of hearing the same, regurgitated musical styles, the subtle variations on the same old themes and the spoon fed junk forced upon us by those in control? Well, its time to take back what is ours, to rebel against the system and spread anarchy through the establishment.

This sample pack is something born out of the will to change. A twisted fusion of drum and bass, hip hop and techno, contorted, warped and re-sampled into this hybrid collection of earth shattering sounds.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £25 GBP. A pack of one-shot samples is £13 GBP.

The Hip Hop Guitar Loops sample pack features a collection of 236 guitar loops.

Samplephonics Hip Hop Guitar Loops

Are you looking to stock up your samplers with some stunning authentic downtempo guitar loops? If you produce hip hop, trip hop, chillout or downtempo, this sample pack is a must.

The loops and samples in this pack have been designed to be cut up, rearranged and tweaked for your arrangements. Find your perfect melodic snapshots and twist them around your beats to create funked up resampled mashups and melodic hip hop masterpieces.

Hip Hop Guitar Loops costs £25 GBP.

Sylenth: Retro Pads features a collection of 80’s analogue synth sounds, lush evolving pads, and mystical-pitchy-poly-synth-vibes for the Sylenth1 synthesizer from Lennar Digital.

Samplephonics Sylenth: Retro Pads

All presets and patches have been painstakingly crafted to recreate all the nuances and imperfections of analogue, providing you with an essential library of authentic 80’s sounds at your fingertips… without having to re-mortgage your house!

Infusing 80’s synth pop, downtempo and even science fiction, these characterful synth presets are a must have addition for any music producer wanting to extend their sound palette and inject movement and character into their music.

The soundset is available for £15 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics

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Sample Anatomy releases New School Minimal and Tech II

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Sample Anatomy has announced the release of New School Minimal and Tech II, a new sample pack.

Sample Anatomy New School Minimal and Tech II

What can we say… This is the pack that started it all! After almost one year in the making, Sample Anatomy is back with part two of our hugely successful “New School Minimal and Tech” Series.

Topping out at #4 on the Beatport sounds top 10 sample packs, the original was a game changer for the minimal genre. A once coveted genre with intricate but simple grooves was now in any aspiring minimal producers hands. New School Minimal and Tech I set the standard for minimal packs today. We hope that you will enjoy our second offering as we’ve made this one bigger, badder and more badass than the first.

New School & Minimal II Covers a broad spectrum of minimal and tech styles however all sounds contained within can very well mingle with other kits and styles within the pack. Each kit as been key marked and all loops have been treated to ensure maximum usability. Inside you will find kits that range all the way from 121 bpm to the more festival ready 128 bpm. We’ve also added 5 kits of pure hard style minimal that’s been sweeping the minimal charts. Nothing is missed here. For an added bonus we’ve thrown in some next level FX to take your productions even higher.

Labels you might find in common with this pack include: Flat Belly Recordings, DC10, Hungry Koala, Serkal, Fierce Animal Recordings, Bosphorus Underground, Dark Smile Recordings, Be One Records,

Punch Underground, Little Helpers, Sorry I’m Minimal, Drugstore Recordings, Deep Tech Records, Spout, Yoruba Grooves and many more.

The sample pack is available for purchase for $19.95 USD.

More information: Sample Anatomy / New School Minimal and Tech II

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Gravitas Recordings releases Noverture Vol. 1 sample pack

Gravitas Recordings Noverture Vol. 1

Gravitas Recordings has launched Noverture Vol. 1, a sample pack featuring 200MB of field recordings by The Digital Connection, Rachel Lopez and Garrett Mohr.

The 21st century has shown us the true potential that lies inside the creation of digital sound. Our ears are the very first to experience these unique, time-warping, reality-bending sensations. Even so, the digital music scene is developing so quickly that, in 2015, we’ve already heard all the grimy wobbles, basic wub-wubs, builds and drops more times than we can count.

This calls for something new – Combining the human experience with our digital creation. This is Noverture.

The sample pack is available for download at a “pay what you want” price (suggested price $5 USD).

More information: Gravitas Recordings / Noverture Vol. 1

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Line 6 intros Firehawk FX multi-effect pedal

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Line 6 has introduced the Firehawk FX, a multi-effect processor that combines world-class tone with intuitive app-based editing, so you can get the perfect sound faster than ever before.

Line6 Firehawk FX

The Firehawk Remote app for iOS® and Android™ gives you the power to sculpt great tone, right in the palm of your hand.

Choose from over 200 legendary amps and effects—including 50 HD models—and wirelessly control every detail of your sound. You get access to 128 internal presets plus a massive online tone library, making it easy to find the right sound for any recording session, rehearsal or gig.

With 1/4” and Variax Digital (VDI) inputs, two outputs, FX loop, USB connectivity and ultra-low latency, Firehawk FX is also an ideal guitar recording interface for PC, Mac® and iOS.

Firehawk FX will be available in Q1 2015, priced at MSRP $629.99 USD.

More information: Line 6 / Firehawk FX

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