Loopmasters has launched its Kid Massive EDM Sessions sample pack.
Loopmasters proudly welcomes the Benjamin Pederson AKA Kid Massive to our Artist series with a mammoth 1.8GB collection of 10 club shaking song kits suitable for all Main Room House and EDM producers.
Massive EDM features 10 complete song kits with all the elements required to build huge dance floor tracks including Anthemic Synth Melodies, Hard Hitting Drums, Chest Pounding Bass and Spine Tingling SFX.
Each Kit comes with intelligently labeled long evolving audio stems that can be quickly assembled into the backbone of EDM production of epic proportion. The Collection also contains extra one shot material to complement each of the ten kits including extra drums, musical one shot samples and MIDI files of most of the Melodic content
The sample pack costs £29.95 GBP. Individual kits are sold separately for £4.95 GBP each.
More information: Loopmasters / Kid Massive EDM Sessions
Plugin Boutique has launched a Flash Sale on the Grid Machine Slice Minimal Tech Vox instrument library by Channel Robot for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Here are Volumes 2 and 3 of the best selling Minimal Tech Vox – a fantastic collection of snipped, glitched, processed and tweaked minimal vocal samples, produced specifically for the dance music producer. Whether you are making Tech, Electro, Deep or Mainroom Dance Music – these samples recorded by pro session singers have been mangled, chopped and edited to provide you with the building blocks for some awesome grooves.
Featuring a killer selection of one word single shot samples, glitched vox sounds, vox stabs, Fx Processed Loops, vocal hooks and re-sequenced parts which together form a formidable collection of samples for any producer looking to introduce the human element to loops and sections of their productions, and now you can further process cut, mix, slice and glitch to produce completely unique content in Grid Machine Slice.
The Minimal Tech Vox library is available at a 50% discount until March 17th, 2014.
More information: Plugin Boutique / Minimal Tech Vox
Sonimus has announced Britson, an upcoming console emulation plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Britson, besides being a subtle saturator, can be very aggressive if volume is increased from the input.
Just like with a real unit, THD (total harmonic distortion) is low at normal levels, but can easily reach the clipping point without loss of dynamics at normal levels.
Britson’s sound can be very aggressive without the need for a specific switch dedicated to that purpose.
- Flexibility to be used subtly or aggressively (to overdrive virtual or real instruments, for example).
- Two Saturation Modes: Normal (subtle distortion, high dynamic range) and Fat (hotter signal, lower dynamic range).
- Optional Stereo Crosstalk which lends a sense of depth and three-dimensionality to your mixes.
- Filters (both low and high pass). Britson’s filters are tuned to sound sweet and pleasant to the ear.
- Saturation which can be disabled (when using Britson for trim and metering purposes exclusively).
- Three EQ Color Mode options(on Britson Buss instance) for use on your master track: Default (no color), Master Loudness, and Master Bright.
- Zero latency and no group delay.
- Carefully optimized algorithm for low CPU consumption. Britson allows for a remarkably high number of instances per session.
- Internal 64-bit floating point double-precision.
- Hassle-free installation. No activation or serial. Each buyer receives a personalized copy for use in the studio, on the laptop, etc.
Briston will be available to purchase on March 18th, 2014, priced at $39 USD.
More information: Sonimus
Ueberschall has launched Wonky Toys, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring a collection of off-kilter sounds for unstable tunes.
The Elastik Inspire series brings you Wonky Toys, a sound collection that captures the character and mood of sub-genres such as wonkystep, streetbass, aquacrunk or purple sound. Wonky Toys includes drum and percussion loops to give you a complex, and sometimes unusual, rhythmic feel in a meld of hip hop and dubstep influences
Pre-mixed loops and single track drum recordings as well as additional drum mixes processed for a lo-fi and dirty sound will get you started while you can build your track with a range of dark and disturbed instrument loops and sound FX. Instruments include synth-based basses, chords, leads, arps, pads and FX while there are also more conventional instruments such as guitars, brass and strings to colour your sound. A series of sound FX, processed vocal samples, a huge variety of percussion and 8-bit sounds round out the collection giving you all you need to start your next wonky cut.
This 1.14 GB-Library does not contain conventional construction kits. Rather, Wonky Toys is a pool of ideas consisting of 445 loops to be freely combined. So to speak, this library is a single huge construction kit.
The sample library is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
More information: Ueberschall / Wonky Toys
batZode has announced Blowfinger, an app that turns any iPad into a breath or wind controller.
Musicians blow across an iPhone mic – or any other mic – and the wind noise is converted into a MIDI continuous controller. The instrument can send notes from the onscreen keyboard or woodwind touch keys (which use a very simple and intuitive fingering system). Or it can just function as a MIDI breath controller.
“We designed this app to take the place of expensive, inferior hardware breath controllers,” programmer Stephan Podell says. “It’s also a fantastic auxiliary controller for playing MIDI instruments.”
- Blowfinger Keyboard mode
- Velocity-sensitive keyboard allows you to glide between notes in a way not possible on a regular keyboard, making this an excellent musical performance addition to any set-up.
- Use the eight utility pads with user text labels to send program changes or keyswitches. Or use them to play drums and percussion – they’re velocity-sensitive.
- The XY pad offers additional expressive control in both axes, and it can be set to snap back to zero, to the center, or stay where you release it. Choose which MIDI controller is sent in each direction.
- Transpose octaves up or down with one tap (either or both keyboard manuals).
- Blowfinger Wind mode
- Simplified fingerings based on recorder or Boehm system allow anyone who’s ever played a wind instrument to pick up Blowfinger right away. You switch octaves with your left thumb, so once you know one octave you know them all.
- One size fits all. The keys and the thumb pads can be resized, moved, and stretched all over the screen. Play the instrument on your lap or perhaps a desk in front of you, or move the pads to the sides and hold the iPad up to your belly.
- XY right thumb pad. This has the same features as the one in Keyboard Mode, with your choice of snap back behavior and MIDI controllers.
- General features
- Blowfinger can work as a breath controller without sending notes; in Breath-only mode, blow without fingering and it sends a MIDI controller.
- Simultaneous support for Network MIDI over Wi-Fi, hardware MIDI, and inter-application MIDI to control synths running on the same iPad. Also supports rpMIDI for wireless MIDI on Windows.
- While it feels great right away, you can personalize the breath response to suit your preference and also to adjust for noisy environments.
- Global transposition so you can play in the key of Cb without getting angry.
Blowfinger is available to purchase for $17.99 USD.
More information: batZode
Uppercussion has announced the release of Vocalisms, a collection of 58 drum kits made exclusively from sounds produced by the human voice and mouth.
The VOCALISMS drum kits feature all kinds of vocal percussion: beatbox, shouts, buzzes, chirps, hard consonants, exaggerated vowels, phonetic exploration and a lot of experimentation. Each kit includes the standard drums such as kicks, snares, hihats, cymbals and toms, but also melodic elements such as bass lip buzzes, tonal hits and other sung one shots.
The sounds in Vocalisms are 100% “orally originated”, meaning that no other non-vocal sounds were used and the human voice is the only sound source…even if it doesn’t always sound like it. The samples were processed in a plethora of different ways to give an even broader palette of drum kit sound possibilities.
- 58 drum kits in 4 categories (Advocal, Evocal, Havocal, and Provocal).
- 928 samples, 16 samples per kit (24-bit, 44.1 kHz).
- Formats include Ableton Live Pack, Maschine, Geist, Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Reason NN-XT, and single WAV samples.
- Sample folders are easily accessible and sorted by sound type.
- Total size is 120 MB.
- Additional Ableton Live Pack content:
- 58 Live Clips.
- 58 MIDI patterns (one in each Live Clip).
- 8 Macro assignments per kit.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $49 USD. The Ableton Live Pack is only sold through Ableton.com, priced at $49 USD / 39 EUR.
More information: Uppercussion / Vocalisms
Samplecraze has announced the release of Low End, a new eBook covering everything you need to know about the bass end in pop, dance & urban genres.
While a great bass end may not guarantee you a hit, failure here will scupper your chances, particularly if you’re working in urban, pop or dance styles. So bass, the bottom end, the low end — call it what you will — to craft a successful pop, dance or urban track, you need to get what’s happening in those low frequencies bang on.
Samplecraze’s latest eBook Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers takes on this vast and much misunderstood subject. Author Eddie Bazil has poured decades of dance and urban sound-design experience into this epic exploration of the bottom end, and the result is far more than a book about mixing.
Eddie covers everything from choosing classic sound sources like the classic Roland TR808 and 909 synths, to programming parts with a real feel — and parts that won’t cause problems when it comes to the mix. There’s plenty of practical advice on sound-sculpting using filters, both creatively and to remove ‘mud’ and avoid masking, on dynamics processing and ways to add ‘warmth’ using tube, tape and analogue gear emulations. All of the production tricks you’d expect to see in dance, pop and urban genres are explained in detail, from layering different sounds and parallel processing, through side-chaining your gates and compressors for pumping and other effects, triggering sub-bass synths, and modulation of various synth and effects parameters, to the many different ways you can use automation to your advantage.
The eBook is available to purchase for $25 USD.
More information: Samplecraze / Low End
Future Loops has announced the release of Pro Dance Kits – Tech Funk 01, a multi-format collection of drum kits and one shots for dance music productions including Tech Funk, EDM, Progressive, Complextro, House and Techno.
Pro Dance Kits – Tech Funk 01 features over 360 Drum One Shots organized into 20 different Drum Kits.
All samples are offered in WAV format and were edited and mapped into ready to use kits for NI Kontakt, NI Battery, EXS24, Giga, and MPC.
The sample pack is available to download for 19.95 EUR.
More information: Future Loops / Tech Funk 01