Bedroom Producers Blog releases Toy Keyboard Bass Station

Bedroom Producers Blog has announced the release of Toy Keyboard Bass Station, a free sample pack containing a set of multi-sampled bass instrument patches in WAV format and a set of instrument mappings for NI Kontakt 5.

Toy Keyboard Bass Station

All of the included sounds were created with the Yamaha PSS-390 toy keyboard and recorded through a compact tube preamp.

Yamaha PSS-390 is an unusual toy keyboard which features a rather cool FM synthesis engine with some unlocked parameters, making it possible to completely modify the factory sounds. There are 99 factory patches in total and every patch can be edited using the rudimentary and at the same time totally awesome synthesis engine.

I was planning to sample this one for a long time and a couple of days ago I finally got some inspiration to do it. Since programming such a simple FM synthesizer is tons of fun (and incredibly easy), I’ve spent quite some time trying to get the best possible bass sounds out it. I ended up with 16 custom presets and I’ve recorded them through a compact 12AX7 tube preamp, just to round them up a bit and add a bit saturation on top. I’ve also recorded the drum sounds, in case you want to have some toy keyboard DnB fun.

The pack contains 17 instrument patches and 135 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format. The instrument patches were created with NI Kontakt 5, although you can still use the individual WAV files if you don’t own Kontakt.

The pack is a free download at Bedroom Producers Blog.

More information: BPB / Toy Keyboard Bass Station

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Industrial Strength releases Gancher & Ruin – Russian Roulette Vol. 2

Industrial Strength Records has launched Russian Roulette Vol. 2, a sample pack by Gancher & Ruin.

Gancher & Ruin Russian Roulette Vol. 2

Inspired by the fiercest sounds of DnB, Hardcore, Drumstep and Industrial, this ferocious pack delivers round after round of relentless Synths, wicked Reese Bass, rumbling Bass Fx, merciless Bass Shots, and insane Noise Fx.

These hair-raising samples are held in tight check by an arsenal of clean and conniving Breakbeats: unload an onslaught of Hardcore Drumshots with all the Kicks, Snares, and Hats to twist ears into a furious sweat—plus frenzied Drum Loops and Drum Fx to spin tracks to a fever-pitch.

This edgy pack was produced by Gancher & Ruin, the unstoppable production/DJ team of Alexey and Dmitry Goncharenko. Together, the identical twins have been setting European audiences on fire. Their signature style is a high-voltage musical assault marked by frantic breakbeats, 4/4 kickdrums, and complex arrangements. Through collaborations with Hardcore legend Angerfist, and myriad releases (on labels including Position Chrome, PRSPCT, Tainted Audio, Yellow­Stripe, and Monstersound) the Russian natives continue to stir the scene, bringing Crossbreed to a wider audience.

Deep, dark and eerie, this pack is the fiery followup to Russian Roulette—combine both sets for ceaseless sonic assault live and in the studio.

The pack is available from Loopmasters for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Industrial Strength / Russian Roulette Vol. 2

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Samplephonics releases Smooth RnB Kits + Cyber Weekend Sale

Samplephonics has announced Smooth RnB Kits, a collection of 45 construction kits for RnB music production.

Samplephonics Smooth RnB Kits

The cream of the crop, Smooth RnB Kits is a gorgeously lavish sample pack, full to the brim of 1.2GB of exquisitely slick material, with no less than 45 full Pop and RnB construction kits to move your body to.

Remember the time when RnB was about grooving, moving and shaking your gad dam booty? When soul and rhythm were at the heart of Pop music? When it was about music, not money?! Well, this sample library transports us to a place where once again, groove is king!

The amount of material in this sample pack is astounding! Each construction kit contains 5-6 parts, including full drum loops, fat moog baselines, synth and electric piano keys, effects and emotive string loops. Plus there is a full mix of all parts thrown in there for good measure.

The sample pack costs £34.70 GBP.

Samplephonics has also launched its Cyber Weekend Sale, offering a 40% discount on its sample packs.

Samplephonics Cyber Sale

It’s that time of year when everyone goes bonkers eating turkeys, rampaging through stores and fighting for the best deals in town! Well, from the safety of your studio, you can do the same at Samplephonics!

This weekend only we have 40% off everything! That includes bundles which are already heavily discounted, so there really are some great deals to be had.

Use coupon CYBORG at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Samplephonics

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Toontrack releases Hi-Energy Grooves MIDI pack

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Toontrack Hi-Energy Grooves

Toontrack has announced the release of Hi-Energy Grooves, a collection of drum MIDI beats and fills performed by Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter).

This title, which concludes the company’s annual Metal Month release activities, underlines the fact that metal isn’t all about blast beats and rampant tempos – it’s about the groove as well.

With a history in bands such as Pitchshifter, Bullet For My Valentine and Axewound, Jason has cemented a position as one of metal’s most solid and dynamic drummers. This goes to show in this versatile collection of grooves and fills. It takes you from basic, sturdy 4/4 beats and inventive double-bass patterns to finally combust in intricate 6/8 and 9/8 grooves – all infused by Jason’s highly energetic signature style and feel.

In essence, great, solid mid to uptempo grooves for any modern metal song in need of an ironclad foundation.

The MIDI pack is available for purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Hi-Energy Grooves

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Loopmasters releases Tech House V4 sample pack

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Loopmasters has launched Tech House V4, a new DJ MixTools series pack featuring a fresh collection of inspiring Progressive House and Tech samples assembled into 4 full tracks ready to mix, remix and blend into your DJ sets.

DJ MixTools Tech House V4

Mixtools 36 has been created exclusively for Loopmasters by Deepsy and is packed with Smooth Chords, Spine Tingling SFX, Rolling Tech Beats and Deep Punchy Bass lines all recorded in A Minor at 126BPM allowing flexible mixing of the loops and stems to create extended mixes and monster mash ups for beach bars, main room dance floors and late night sessions worldwide.

Offering new and exciting possibilities for studio production and live performance, these tools give a DJ the ability to essentially remix live and essentially raises the bar for tools a DJ has at his disposal to work a crowd. Producers will also find these long evolving loops and bonus one shots invaluable in their studios to create new tracks and form the basis for remixes and new music.

The pack is available for purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Tech House V4

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