Native Instruments updates Traktor DJ to v1.5

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Native Instruments has released version 1.5 of Traktor DJ, a DJ mixing app for iOS.

Native Instrument Traktor DJ

Create mixes in seconds with TRAKTOR DJ for iOS. Touch and manipulate music as waveforms on your iOS device using hand gestures you already know. This isn’t just an app – this is as close to the music as it gets.

Changes in Traktor DJ v1.5.1

  • New SuperSlicer feature available for in-app purchase.
  • History Playlists remember what you play so you don’t have to.
  • Beat Grid improvements with pinch-to-zoom and magnetic snapping.
  • Some bugfixes for the browser.
  • Enhanced performance on latest generation devices.

Traktor DJ is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor DJ

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Don’tCrac[k] offers 5,000 Plug and Mix V.I.P. Bundles at $49

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Plug & Mix V3

Don’tCrac[k] has announced a limited time sale on the Plug and Mix V.I.P. Bundle, offering 5,000 copies at $49 USD only.

We are blowing out 5 000 Plug and Mix V.I.P. Bundles at ONLY $49 starting today ! (MSRP $249)

Why? Because we’re insane ? Probably a little, But really it’s because we’d like to have all the P&M users out there to have a REAL PAID license that offers full customer support and FREE lifetime UPGRADES…

Get your P&M V.I.P. Bundle today for ONLY $49 before we run out of this special stock ! And during this promotion, ALL the individual plug-ins are at ONLY $9.99 ! (MSRP $49)

More information: Don’tCrac[k] / Plug and Mix V.I.P. Bundle

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8Dio releases Guitar Steel String Strummer for Kontakt

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8Dio Guitar Steel String Strummer

8Dio Productions has released Guitar Steel String Strummer, a guitar instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Steel String Strummer contains over 4,500 samples spread across 13 different chord types and 13 different rhythm types utilizing 8DIO’s powerful x-legato technology, allowing the blending of any chord and rhythm at any time and giving an infinite amount of options. Steel String Strummer is a round-robin based strum library, so even if the user triggers the same chord/rhythm multiple times they still get natural subtle variation.

Steel String Strummer contains all the classic chords (e.g. Major, Minor, Maj7, Min7, Dim7, Dom7) used in traditional song-writing, but also contains more elaborate chords (e.g. Maj7B5, Min79, Dom7#9, Sus2, Sus4, 11s Alt Bass and Add11Alt2).

The rhythm section is equally deep from traditional type of strum rhythms to more genre specific ones (e.g. country, fingered arped, muted chugs). In addition they also recorded muted strums of all rhythms, which gives additional options to design new types of rhythms.

Steel String Strummer also contains intelligent fret noises and velocity based end chords, which allows making a natural ending to a chord progression by playing hard on keyboard.

8DIO has also integrated live FX (e.g. Delay, Verb, Screamer, Lofi, Convolution) into the patches, so you can trigger live FX on top of the patches by using key-switches. Steel String Guitar comes in both 24 and 16-bit versions and has a full purge function (ability to decide which parts of library you want, to conserve RAM).

Guitar Steel String Strummer features

  • Deep-Sampled Steel String Strummer.
  • Direct download / Cloud Server System.
  • Product only available as download.
  • Core Specifications:
  • Deep-Sampled Steel String Strumming.
  • 4.500+ real chord and strum samples.
  • Round Robin (repetition) sampled.
  • 13 chords / 13 rhythms.
  • X-legato and intelligent fret noises.

The library is available for purchase for $179 USD. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2 or higher.

More information: 8Dio / Guitar Steel String Strummer

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TC Electronic intros System 6000 Integrator plugin

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TC Electronic has launched System 6000 Integrator, a new audio & video software integration plug-in.

TC Electronic System 6000 Integrator

Today, virtually all music, film and post production is rooted in DAWs such as Pro Tools, Audition, Nuendo and Logic Pro or NLEs such as Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Media Composer. As DAW components change in three year cycles, many professionals use System 6000 to ensure their most precious audio effects. Before, this was a challenge when managing projects; and typically involved MIDI or custom solutions to synchronize data.

Now TC Electronic launches a complete integration solution for its System 6000. The System 6000 Integrator plug-in allows users to save and reload the complete settings of their System 6000 as part of virtually any DAW or NLE project just by using the ethernet connection which is already there.

Through standard automation it is also possible to automate preset changes during playback, which means that users are able to get more out of the four processing engines of System 6000 than ever before. For instance, one engine may apply subtle 8 channel reverb in one scene and extraordinary DXP dynamics processing or UnWrap HD in the next.

“We are very excited that users are now able to integrate their System 6000 with their DAWs and NLEs,” says TC Electronic’s Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management, Broadcast & Production. “What may seem like a minor and simple addition to the System 6000 platform is in fact a game-changing move that adds a whole new dimension to System 6000.”

Based on the Ethernet protocol, multiple System 6000s may be detected and used on the same network, allowing users to take advantage of powerful communication lines between their DAW/NLE and one or more System 6000 mainframes/TC Icon remote hardware or software.

The System 6000 Integrator supports the AAX, RTAS, VST and Audio Unit formats, covering all major DAWs and NLEs. To use the plug-in, users will need an iLok account, but they can choose whether they want to store the plug-in license on an iLok USB key or directly on their computer.

System 6000 Integrator is available for the introductory price of $299 USD until September 1st, 2014 (regular $499 USD). TC Electronic is also offering a free 14-day trial for all System 6000 users.

More information: TC Electronic / System 6000 Integrator

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SoundCloud intros On SoundCloud creator partner program

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On SoundCloud

SoundCloud has announced On SoundCloud, a new creator partner program which lays the foundation for creators to make money from their work on the platform.

As artists ourselves, Eric and I started SoundCloud with a simple vision. We wanted to develop tools for creators, help them reach fans all over the world, and shape a way we could pay the creators who fuel the growth of SoundCloud.

We’re laying this foundation by initially inviting a small group of creators to become Premier partners in the On SoundCloud program, enabling them to make money on the platform. Over time we will roll this out across the creator community.

To make this possible, we’re introducing advertising from select brand partners to SoundCloud. When someone sees or hears an ad, they’re supporting an artist. We will include ads gradually and bring on more advertisers as we grow On SoundCloud.

Everybody at SoundCloud is really excited about bringing this creator program to you. We often hear people say, ‘I’m on SoundCloud’. Now we’re happy to be able to offer even more for the millions of creators who have made it the best place in the world to share and discover music & audio.

More information: SoundCloud / On SoundCloud

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DRZHNN releases Zebra Redux skin pack for u-he Zebra

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DRZHNN has released Zebra Redux, a skin pack for the Zebra synthesizer instrument from u-he.

DRZHNN Zebra Redux

I’ve been working on this project for about two month now, so I’m very excited to finally share it with you guys.

Zebra Redux is a skin pack for Zebra, Zebrify and ZRev made primarily with sound designer workflow in mind. Initially I built it to reflect my own needs but I’m sure some of you guys will enjoy it too. So here it is.

Zebra Redux features

  • Default window size is bigger now (914×914 px).
  • Removed lower pane. All its features now reappear in form of modules.
  • Renamed Perform, Synthesis and Patches tabs to XY, SYNTH and LIB respectively.
  • XY pads and FX Grid are now part of a central pane and accessible from both SYNTH and LIB tabs.
  • Moved assignable XY controls from lower pane to XY tab. Now all XY pad related parameters are in one place.
  • Added new OSCs tab with 4 full-size OSC editors in one place for fast and easy editing, copying and pasting.
  • Added new MSEGs tab with 4 full-size MSEG editors in one place.
  • Moved global patch settings from lower pane to generators pane for easy access.
  • Changed label color of all definable controls (…) to red.
  • All menus that have only two items will now iterate through those items (when clicking) without opening the popup menu. Menu is still accessible via right click.
  • OSC module now has waveform editor, waveform selector, preset manager and a subpanel with key and velocity scale editors.
  • Noise, XMF and Comb modules now feature local XY pads for controlling two predefined (by me) parameters.
  • FMO module now has subpanel with key and velocity scale editors. FM waveform is represented by an authentic waveform icon.
  • Changed some important menus and switches to graphical icons. Some of them somehow reflect the reality, others are abstract and probably will change in the future.
  • Arp, ArpMod, Modulation Matrix and MSEGs are now modules in modulators pane. ArpMods and MSEGs modules are hidden if not in use.
  • Added new EXTRA tab (empty for now).
  • Zebrify: Envelope Follower and Pitch Detector modules are now part of modulators pane and have big sliders combined with indicators for easy tuning.
  • ZRev: changed T and AP knobs to sliders.

The pack is a free download from KVR Audio and DRZHNN.

More information: DRZHNN / Zebra Redux

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NM Labs releases Alphabeat sample sequencer for Mac

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NM Labs has released Alphabeat, a free step sequencer instrument for Mac.

NM Labs Alphabeat

Alphabeat is a 16-step sequencer with built in samples ready to use, and customizable with your own samples – WAVE/AIFF/MP3 file types.

Built-in Frequency filter, Reverb, Delay and Compressors with DSP Scripting from Software Designer and MAX/MSP contributor.

The Rewire should be OK, but there’s been an issue with several DAWs. Although the standalone mode would give you satisfaction.

Alphabeat was created for KVR Developer Challenge 2014.

More information: NM Labs

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