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Best Service intros Engine 2.1 (incl 64-bit)

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Best Service

Best Service has announced the release of Engine 2.1, featuring full 64-bit cross-platform support.

Best Service is excited to announce the immediate release of Engine 2.1.0.186. This new version brings a couple of really great new features and a lot of minor bug fixes. One of the new exciting features being the AU and VST 64-bit OS X support.

From now Engines memory access is not limited any more to 4GB. Use a 64-bit sequencer to take full advantage of your computers RAM and load as many Best Service Engine instruments as you like (and your computer can handle).

Changes in Engine v2.1.0.186

  • Added 64 Bit Support for OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8.
  • Improved Memory Management.
  • VST Gui updated to 3.6 for better mouse handling [Mac 64bit only].
  • Enhanced/Improved legato.
  • Enhanced directory/file structure management. It´s now possible to use UNC Path and special characters [PC].
  • Enhanced/Improved Convolution Reverb.
  • Enhanced/Improved Midi processing.
  • Fixed some bugs in the E-License Manager [Mac].
  • Fixed some minor bugs.
  • Fixed split keyboard function.
  • Fixed some bugs in the midi learn function.
  • Fixed virtual keyboard.

Engine 2.1 is now available to download at Best Service, free of charge.

More information: Best Service / Engine

9 Soundware releases 1.316 Seconds channel strip settings for Sculpture

Titled after the Guinness World Record for the shortest song ever recorded (“You Suffer” by Napalm Death), 1.316 Seconds by 9 Soundware is a collection of Sculpture-based Channel Strip setting files for Apple Logic Pro inspired by extreme music.

9Soundware 1.316 Seconds

Combining the string/exciter paradigm of Sculpture with the signal-contorting resources of Logic Pro, the sound set is composed of simulations and abstractions of instrumentation associated with stupendously aggressive, challenging works.

1.316 Seconds is composed of 5 categories, “Down-tuned Guitar”, “Down-tuned Bass”, “Blast Beat”, “Death Growl”, and “Microsong”, each of which consists of 10 Channel Strip settings. Featuring .cst files designed to simulate machine gun-like mechanical riffs, as well as sustained chords, central to the sound set is “Down-tuned Guitar”. When sequenced with consecutive fifths and parallel octaves, using palm mute and sustaining sounds in conjunction, these Channel Strip settings allow for mockups of simple phrases. “Down-tuned Bass” is based on the timbres of grotesquely distorted, droning bass guitars. Similarly, parallel octaves allow for the balance between tonality and cacophony when using these .cst files. The “Blast Beat” Channel Strip settings are abstractions of the blistering noise associated with the drumming technique. While the sound design behind this category is largely conceptual (; not emblematic of drum kits), snare drums can be modeled by layering multiple Channel Strip settings (in particular Blast Beat 08.cst and Down-tuned Bass 09.cst). Comparably nonfigurative, the “Death Growl” noise instruments impressionistically portray guttural vocals. These .cst files are designed for performance in tandem with the modulation wheel. Finally, the “Microsong” Channel Strip settings produce bursts of rhythmic and randomly shifting timbres driven by LFO modulation.

1.316 Seconds is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: 9 Soundware / 1.316 Seconds

Don’tCrac[k] announces Puremix partnership

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Puremix

Don’tCrac[k] has announced it has partnered with Puremix, producers video tutorials for mixing, recording, mastering, and producing music and audio.

We believe they produce the finest audio tutorials currently available. All of us at DontCrack have been very impressed by the quality of the content Puremix delivers though their well thought-out hi-resolution video/audio streams.

Professionals and audio enthusiasts can learn quickly how to add to their skills by observing real working professionals who talk in depth about their techniques of recording and mixing.

Please take a look at Puremix’s FREE tutorials available from our brand new video section. More Puremix content is also available at very reasonable cost from our store.

We also added other specially selected manufacturer’s videos to our new video section that we believe will be useful in further increasing your music and recording/mixing know-how.

Puremix products are available from the Don’tCrac[k] store now.

More information: Don’tCrac[k]

Native Instruments releases Reaktor v5.8

NI Reaktor 5

Native Instruments has updated its Reaktor modular studio software for Windows and Mac to version 5.8.

REAKTOR 5.8 opens a universe of sound. It’s a deep and powerful modular studio that sets no restrictions on creativity. More than 70 unique synthesizers, sound generators, grooveboxes, sequencers and effects are at your fingertips, with 3000+ more freely available in the Online User Library. Customize existing instruments, or create your own individual sound generator from scratch thanks to the fully modular architecture. REAKTOR is a true playground for the creative mind.

Changes in Reaktor v5.8

  • Updated OSC Settings window.
  • Improved handling of OSC and MIDI, enables fast and easy mapping of MIDI & OSC controllers to Reaktor ensembles in Play Mode.
  • New OSC Array modules, for sending and receiving OSC messages in array format.
  • OSC in plug-in mode.
  • OSC learn feature now also implemented in Play mode.
  • OSC activity indicator.
  • Limits on the total number of OSC connections have been removed.
  • Maximum numbers of ports for the OSC Send and Receive modules has been increased to 40.
  • Improved sample management, including the ability to manage samples when in Play Mode.
  • Various workflow improvements in the sample map editor.
  • Selection of sampler module per drop down menu.
  • Show sampler module in structure functionality.
  • Mouse control fine tuning.
  • Bookmark behavior for Screensets.
  • Fixed sample rate per Ensemble.
  • Various other fixes and improvements.

Reaktor is available to purchase for 379 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Reaktor

Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO mkII saturator plugin released

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Variety Of Sound has announced the release of TesslaPRO mkII, a transient aware signal saturator effect plug-in for Windows.

Variety Of Sound TesslaPRO mkII
Stateful Saturation takes advantage of some sought after analog qualities and preserves them accurately during their transfer into the digital domain.

Based on stateful saturation algorithms, it features an internal expandable ‘color model’ architecture and right from the start five different models are already included being three different ‘console style’ models plus one generic ‘tube stage’ and a ‘tape warmth’ saturation model.

It also introduces advanced DSP processing which is designed to have it applied across the entire mixing stage by featuring zero latency processing and further optimized assembler coding yielding a ~40% lower CPU footprint compared to its predecessor. Its very unique transient control appears further improved, vibrant 2nd order harmonic generation was added and better support for gainstaging is included now.

The plugin is available as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Variety Of Sound / TesslaPRO mkII

Propellerhead updates ReBirth for iPad to v1.3

Propellerhead ReBirth

Propellerhead Software has updated the ReBirth music app for iPad to version 1.3.

ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software’s legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music’s three backbone devices: The Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous-looking interface and you’re ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features.

Changes in ReBirth v1.3

  • Duo Mode – flip instruments around and jam with a friend on the same iPad.
  • MIDI sync – sync ReBirth to your DAW, MIDI hardware or other apps.
  • Background mode – keep ReBirth playing in the background when slaved to other apps.
  • SoundCloud Sharing – share your ReBirth music on SoundCloud.
  • iTunes export – export your track to iTunes on your computer.
  • Various bug fixes and performance enhancements.

The app is available at a special price of $9.99 USD for a limited time (regular $14.99 USD).

More information: Propellerhead / ReBirth App

Uplifting Trance MIDI Arpeggios by Equinox Sounds released

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Equinox Sounds Uplifting Trance MIDI Arpeggios

Equinox Sounds has released Uplifting Trance MIDI Arpeggios, a collection of MIDI loops for uplifting trance music production.

‘Uplifting Trance MIDI Arpeggios’ from Equinox Sounds features 30 professionally programmed uplifting Trance Arpeggios in MIDI format so you can fit them into your Trance music productions, or transpose them into any key.

All phrases are 100 royalty-free and ready to be assigned to your favourite synth or sampler in your personal and commercial productions.

The MIDI pack is available to purchase for $19.95 USD.

More information: Equinox Sounds / Uplifting Trance MIDI Arpeggios

Propellerhead updates Figure music app to v1.3

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Propellerhead Figure

Propellerhead Software has released version 1.3 of its Figure music-making app for iOS.

Create an addictive beat before the next bus stop or lay down a beefy bass line while waiting in line at the bank. Figure will have you making music within seconds yet is deep enough for endless play on a transatlantic flight.

Changes in Figure v1.3

  • Universal – Adapted for iPad and iPhone 5.
  • Legato notes – Create tied notes in the pattern by drawing finger right on Rhythm wheel, then up/down.
  • Clear all function – clear a whole track with one tap.
  • VU meters in mixer.
  • Updated translation (Russian and chinese).
  • Choose language in Settings.

Figure for iOS is available to purchase for $0.99 USD.

More information: Propellerhead / Figure