Fingerpushers releases Shades of Techno sample pack

Fingerpushers Shades of Techno

Fingerpushers has announced the release of Shades of Techno, a collection of deep techno percussion loops and sounds.

Fingerpushers presents Shades of Techno. A brand new library for the deeper, darker and more sinister side of techno, featuring 198 loops of dark percussive loops. The feeling we aimed for in this library was the sound you might expect in a warehouse techno club in the outskirts of a major european city. Dark. Damp. Threatening.

Shades of Techno utilizes a combination of hardware and software and features classic gear such as the Roland TR909, Waldorf RackAttack, Eventide H3000, Akai S1100 and Ensoniq DP/4. As a bonus there are over 200 percussive one-shots, sorted into categories based on type of sound.

Shades of Techno is available for purchase for the introductory price of 9.90 EUR until November 15th, 2014 (regular 14.90 EUR).

More information: Fingerpushers / Shades of Techno


BHK Samples announces Halloween Sale – 30% off packs

BHK Samples has launched a Halloween Sale, offering a 30% discount on its sound packs for a limited time.

BHK Samples Halloween Sale

Are you looking for authentic-sounding drum n bass synth patches, drums, breakbeats or just inspiring samples to set your sampler on fire?

At BHK Samples you get carefully crafted sounds and samples to achieve up to date productions of any drum n bass genre, with each sample pack and in a wide range.

And also this year you can expand your library for a bargain price during Halloween at our special sale from the 31st October until the 3rd of November 2014 !

Happy Halloween !

The sale ends November 3rd, 2014.

More information: BHK Samples


Review: Bass Music 2 by Sample Tools by Cr2

The Bass Music 2 pack by Sample Tools by Cr2 is the second volume of sound packs inspired by the sound of the UK underground.

Sample Tools by Cr2 Bass Music 2

There are HUGE rolling basslines, tight key-labelled kicks, expertly crafted bass hits, chord one-shots, groove-infused drum loops and striking FX sounds and fills. You also get 8 key-labelled songstarters comprising a mixed idea and all component stems.

The loops and samples are grouped in folders for bass, chords, drums, and synth. Massive presets are included for single shot samples made with this synth, and a few presets for Sylenth1, FM8, and an unspecified Togu Audio Line synth are also available.

The folder structure seems a bit odd to me. There’s a chord hits folder but no chord loops. The synth loops folder includes some chord loops, yet there is no synth hits folder. The files include bpm (mostly 124 bpm) and key info where applicable. Here’s a breakdown of the samples and patches:

  • 28 bass hits + 20 Massive patches, 3 FM8 patches, 2 Sylenth1 patches and 2 TAL patches (aupreset).
  • 39 bass loops.
  • 23 chord hits + 21 Massive patches.
  • 107 drum hits (23 claps & snares, 20 hats, 44 kicks, 20 perc).
  • 19 drum loops with full, kick free, perc, stripped and top loop version (93 loops in total).
  • 25 sound fx hits.
  • 40 synth loops.

For the melodic parts (bass & synth loops) MIDI files are available so you can use your own sounds and modify the melodies. Eight songstarters with loops & MIDI files show the potential of this pack.

The pack also includes 3 demo tracks, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live 9 templates, and 4 videos with tutorials on how to make groovy hi-hats, fm & 808 bass hits, reese basses, and studio productivity tips by Mike Monday.

Check out some of the sounds of this pack in the demo.

So what do I think?

Product: Bass Music 2 by Sample Tools by Cr2
Format: 24-bit samples + patches
Price: £15.99 GBP
Like: Quality sounds, especially loops
Don’t like: Folder structure
Verdict: 8/10

Bass Music 2 provides a nice batch of sounds for bass music like garage and underground house.

The bass loops and samples are solid, as are the chord and synth sections which include some lovely warm tones. The drum loops have plenty of shuffle and with the included drum hits you can add to the loops or create your own beats.

With access to Massive patches and MIDI loops the pack does justice to the production toolkit tag it carries.

In short, Bass Music 2 packs a lot of punch for a great price.

More information: Sample Tools by Cr2 / Bass Music 2


Loopbased intros 9 partner sample packs – 33% off in Halloween Sale

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Loopbased has introduced 9 sample packs from its partners, including titles by Prime Loops, Pulsed Records, Kryptic, Bluezone Corporation, and more.

New packs at Loopbased

New packs at Loopbased

  • Zombiestep by Prime Loops – This extroverted producer tool kit is the ideal side-kick for any bass producer looking to cause chaos on the scene: get this very latest strain of the deadly dubstep virus today and prepare to cause a world-wide pandemic!
  • Magic 80s by Diginoiz – All of the most known modern genres were inspired by the time of the 80s. That is why we’ve prepared our new product called ‘Magic 80s’. You will find 52 great sounding, warm, melodic WAV, AIF and MIDI loops in the style of 80s pop.
  • Dr. Kryptic contains five Hip Hop Construction Kits including WAV and MIDI files to make your production process easier. Inspired by the music of Dr. Dre, this pack includes all elements you need to create real East and West Coast tracks.
  • Future Complextro from Pulsed Records delivers an amazing collection of sounds and Construction Kits designed to give a unique & distinctive sound to any production.
  • Bomb Blast – Explosions and Debris Sound Elements by Bluezone Corporation – This brand-new sound FX library contains not only a great number of dynamic explosion sound effects, but also different debris sound ensembles like breaking glass, or sounds of falling metal and stone debris.
  • SB-03: Tech Tops by Sixbrix Sound Design features 101 kick-free top lines for adding additional drive to your Techno tracks. The top lines in the tempo 125 BPM consist of hi-hat and percussion patterns and were carefully crafted.
  • CoLoVe Trance 2 for reFX Nexus 2 by Colove Music – This awesome magic Trance and EDM presets package is called “CoLoVe Trance 2″ for reFX Nexus 2 (old). You will find a collection of 91 shocking presets including Arps, Bass, Classic, Leads, Pads, Pump, Drum, FX, Guitar, Piano, Pluck and Vocal.
  • Electrified! Guitars For Reason ReFill & Kontakt by Sounds and Effects features vintage and modern electric guitars. Most guitars were played either through a huge Marshall four speaker stack or an original 1965 Fender Deluxe Amp “Blackface”.
  • Underground Strategy 2 by Kryptic contains five Hip Hop Construction Kits that include both WAV and MIDI files to make your production process even easier. This pack includes all elements you need to create real Old School tracks.

The packs are currently available for purchase at 33% off in the Halloween Sale.

More information: Loopbased


Synthblitz updates VA RAXS plugin to v1.2

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Synthblitz Audio has released version 1.2 of its VA RAXS multi-effect mastering rack plug-in for Windows.

Synthblitz Audio VA RAXS

VA RAXS is now equipped with its own saturators that allow the rack to operate in several modes, including one dedicated to the emulation of analog circuits.

Changes in VA RAXS v1.2

  • New dB module processor (check dBfs and RMS for each module and for outputs).
  • New features for sub (Q control and more).
  • New feature cut-frequency for incoming signal (cut from 1 hZ up to 40 hZ).
  • New switch Mono/Bypass for test (in the amplifier).
  • 3 mode for processing incoming signal (bypass saturators, internal saturators and analog emulator).
  • New shourtcuts and mouse double click – right click.
  • New feature “after output compensation” (up to -1.5dBfs).
  • New parameters for gain input and gain output.
  • New internal saturators.
  • New algorithm for va mode (circuit emulator).
  • New flash alerts for output over the zero db (Show dB saturating and more).
  • Show dBfs and RMS for each module (also RMS percentage in/out).
  • Improved refresh for VU METER coil.
  • Fixed error frequency eq 10k and 8 k and “Q” resonance problem.
  • Changed parameters for eq (from +/-24 to +/-12dB, more usefull for mastering).
  • Fixed preset parameters (resolve more error when save reverb eq and others in project).
  • New Presets (up to 28 presets).
  • Fixed “rename” in preset manager.
  • Add new visual features in plasma emulator (amplifier).
  • New parameter for predelay in reverb.
  • Add post-delay for each channel in reverb.
  • New Limiter settings, now double position switch (-0.1dBFS and -1dBFS).
  • Modified limiter “speed control” now works with attack (more bass and RMS).
  • Improved “fast mode” compressor.

VA RAXS for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 39 EUR.

More information: SynthBlitz Audio / VA RAXS


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