u-he releases Presswerk dynamics plugin v1.0

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u-he has released version 1.0 of Presswerk, a dynamics processor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

u-he Presswerk

Presswerk is designed to be a powerful dynamics processor rich with musical soul. An easy-to-use interface and a rich feature set give you hands on control to all the details of your sound.

Presswerk is more than a copycat of other hardware compressors, it blends the warmth of classic hardware models with many modern touches.

Presswerk features

  • 3 different detection topologies: feed-forward, feed-back and interactive (mix of FF and FB).
  • Dual channel (stereo) or two independent channels.
  • M/S (Mid-Side) mode – for more detailed stereo processing and delicate mastering tasks.
  • DPR (Dual Phase Rotation) mode – creates an emulation of classic outboard gear phase response by rotating lower and mid frequencies at input and output stages.
  • Adjustable Non Linear control – simulates the behaviour of specific compressors or gain-reduction circuits.
  • Sidechain ready with 6 / 12 dB high pass & low pass filters.
  • Pre or post compression stage saturation with variable “warmth” (tilt filter style) and “dynamics” to model the distortion behaviour of the FET-based voltage dividers from classic devices.
  • Presets for common compression tasks (eg. mixdown, ducking, vocals).
  • User interface zooms in 10% steps.
  • 32 & 64-bit VST, AU, AAX.
  • and more…

Presswerk is available for purchase for the introductory price of $89 USD until December 31st, 2014 (regular $129 USD).

More information: u-he / Presswerk


ModeAudio launches Mirage – Massive Chillwave Presets

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ModeAudio has launched Mirage – Massive Chillwave Presets, a collection of 50 presets for the Massive synthesizer instrument by Native Instruments.

ModeAudio Mirage

Melding the soft, glowing tones of Chillwave with a fuzzier, smokey Trip Hop edge, these synth presets will roll back the tempo and ramp up the rhythm!

This collection features deep programming within Massive and pushes the synth’s unrivalled modulation routing abilities to the very edge. With an emphasis on tube and tape warmth, the sounds also sparkle with waves of delay, sing with cavernous reverb, fizz with vintage overdrive and burn with retro-style intensity.

Feel that gorgeously gentle and delicately warm breeze blow through your music with Mirage – Massive Chillwave Presets!

Mirage – Massive Chillwave Presets features

  • 50 .nmsv Presets (Basses, Synth Leads, Pads, Chords, Percussion Synths & SFX).
  • 50 MIDI Loops (Key-Labelled).
  • All 8 Macro Controls Assigned for Every Preset.
  • 100% Royalty-Free.

The pack is available for purchase for £12 GBP. It is currently 30% off in ModeAudio’s Christmas Sale.

More information: ModeAudio / Mirage


Orange Tree Samples releases Evolution Electric Guitar – Stratosphere for Kontakt

Evolution Electric Guitar - Stratosphere

Orange Tree Samples has announced the release of Evolution Electric Guitar – Stratosphere, a new electric guitar sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Evolution Electric Guitar – Stratosphere features the fifth generation of the Evolution guitar engine, a completely rewritten engine with many improvements and additions over the previous Evolution guitar engine.

For example, Stratosphere has a new built-in strumming pattern editor. Rather than using the traditional step sequencer approach, the editor lets you create strumming patterns in a more powerful and flexible way, while still being fast and easy to use. The editor gives you control over which strings get strummed, the direction of the strum, and the speed of the strum. Plus, you can use many articulations within a single strum pattern, even incorporating special effects like string slaps as part of the pattern.

Evolution Electric Guitar – Stratosphere comes with a guitar effects engine, including a wide assortment of modeled guitar pedals, rack effects, and guitar amps/cabs. All together, it provides you with a comprehensive guitar effects suite at your fingertips without external guitar effect plugins necessary to get production-ready tones.

Finally, all the factory presets are available directly inside Stratosphere’s interface, meaning that you can see the preset name at all times as well as use convenient arrow buttons to scroll through the included collection of factory guitar tones and strumming patterns.

Evolution Electric Guitar – Stratosphere features

  • Over 10,000 samples, recorded in 24-bit, 48khz.
  • Articulations such as sustains, half palm mutes, full palm mutes, mutes, squeals, tapping, natural harmonics, plus special effects such as chugs, scratches, string slaps, and others.
  • Legato samples for slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
  • Built-in strum pattern editor for authentic guitar strumming.
  • Adjustable pick position using our proprietary physical modeling technology.
  • Multitracking up to quadruple tracking.

Evolution Electric Guitar – Stratosphere is available for purchase for the introductory price of $139 USD until January 31st, 2014 (regular $179 USD). Requires the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4/5.

More information: Orange Tree Samples / Evolution – Stratosphere


ADSR Sounds launches 24-hour sale on Echo Sound Works Christmas Bundle

ADSR Sounds has launched a 24-hour sale on the Echo Sound Works Christmas Bundle, offering a collection of 500+ patches for NI Massive for just $14 USD.

Echo Sound Works Christmas Bundle

Echo Sound Works’ Christmas Bundle is only available for 24 hours and includes both Massive Beast V1 AND 2 plus 3 full banks of EDM snares, kicks and claps.

This awesome bundle pack is bursting full of 540 club-worthy EDM sounds for almost any genre of EDM including Progressive, House, Electro, Dubstep, Melbourne, Trap and even Garage/Deep House, plus bonuses galore!

The bundle is available for purchase for $14 USD on December 18th, 2014 (regular $74 USD).

More information: ADSR / Echo Sound Works Christmas Bundle


Native Instruments releases free Replika delay effect plugin

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Native Instruments has launched Replika, a free delay effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Native Instruments Replika

REPLIKA packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Simple to use with a resonant filter and classic phaser built in, REPLIKA is a versatile delay for anything from subtle slapback to warped sheets of noise.

REPLIKA provides three distinct algorithms. Modern is a digital delay that delivers the crystal-clear repeats of high-end units. Vintage Digital delivers the charismatic grit of early studio delays. Diffusion delivers a fresh sound that rides the line between delay and reverb.

A high-class resonant filter and classic phaser add subtle to drastic motion that can be sync’d to the beat for intense sound design. You can even adjust your signal’s placement in the mix with normal, wide, and ping pong stereo modes.

REPLIKA’s powerful sound shaping features are laid out on a slick, essentials-only interface. Choose your delay mode and fine-tune lows and highs. One-knob subdivision adjustment steps you through the most widely-used delay times. And adding modulation is just as easy with simple combinations of three intuitive knobs and two buttons to choose between phaser and filter – lowpass, highpass or notch.

Replika for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to download at no charge.

More information: Native Instruments / Replika


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