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Plugwire – Windows VST plugins on your Mac

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Ornament Uncle has introduced Plugwire, a solution for using Windows VST plugins on Mac OS X.

There are plenty of nice free and commercial VST plugins available only for Win. As probably most of you already know, they might be used in your OS X DAW with Wine (wacvst, VFX). Or with a virtual machine (VirtualBox, Fusion). Or a networked Win old machine.. I’ve tried and thoroughly tested every single one of these options only to end in disappointment. However, initially this post was all about painstakingly setting up wacvst.

But instead of refining and updating the wacvst post as intended, I finally came to a more decent conclusion. Actually bringing back a three years old idea of mine and improving it so I can share it with you, would be the only way to go in using the smoothest and easiest to setup method of having Win VST plugins in the mix as well.

Plugwire is available as a free download.

More information: Plugwire


Producer Loops releases Future Pop Vol 2

Producer Loops Future Pop Vol 2

Producer Loops has introduced the Future Pop Vol 2 sample library.

‘Future Pop Vol 2′ is the second in a brand new series of slick & professional Construction Kits created and produced exclusively for Producer Loops by Simon Rudd of “The Fliptones”. Guaranteed to fuel your next dancefloor hit and packed full of expertly mixed loops and the usual feature set you’ve come to expect from Producer Loops, this is an unmissable product.

Within each of the five Construction Kits you’ll find deep basslines, pounding drums and breathtaking sidechained pads all topped off with scatterings of dizzying FX, euphoric keys and powerful leads.

‘Future Pop Vol 2′ combines all of this with accessible radio & dancefloor-ready progressions designed to inspire and fuel your creativity. As with most Producer Loops products, this pack also includes a number of features designed for professional producers.

Future Pop Vol 2 is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Producer Loops / Future Pop Vol 2


Cescato Musiktechnologie updates Trans Computer Maschine to v1.08

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Cescato Musiktechnologie has updated the Trans Computer Maschine to version 1.08.

Trans Computer Maschine is a semi-modular Vintage Lead Synthesizer + Pattern Sequencer. Modeled after two legendary mono synths and a custom analog sequencer from Germany.

Trans Computer Maschine

Changes in T-C-M v1.08

  • New smaller GUI (‘case’ looking removed).
  • Rewritten P.Bend code for improved MIDI response.
  • Added OSC3 Noise modulation source.
  • Added multiple OSC3 sources for audio modulation.

The Trans Computer Maschine is available to download from the Cescato Musiktechnologie forum.

More information: Cescato Musiktechnologie


Moog Music releases Grateful Dead Expansion Pack for Animoog

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The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart

Moog Music has announced the release of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack, which innovatively turns the Grateful Dead’s live performance at the Carousel Ballroom on Feb. 14, 1968 into a source of harmonic content exclusively for Animoog, Moog’s TEC-Award Nominated synthesizer for the iPad.

The pack features 82 Presets and 45 Timbres that were carefully extracted from the live recording, and then optimized for the Animoog’s Anisotropic Synthesis Engine.

Mike Adams, Moog Music President and CEO said, “Two very important legacies left by Bob Moog and his life’s work were the idea of looking at new technology and crafting new tools to enable musicians to make music in new and inspiring ways, and also the importance of collaborating with musicians to help shape those tools. This innovative integration of textures from the Grateful Dead’s live recordings into Animoog’s timbre library is a true manifestation of this legacy.”

The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, who visited the Moog Factory on April 19, 2012 to test the development of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack exclaimed, “Holy transmogrification, Batman… Amazing!” after hearing the Grateful Dead’s 44-year-old recordings transformed into sound design tools for artists.

The Grateful Dead Expansion Pack is available as a holiday gift to Animoog V2 users.

More information: Moog Music / Grateful Dead Expansion


Samplephonics releases Techno Drum Tools

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Samplephonics Techno Drum Tools

Samplephonics has introduced Techno Drum Tools, a collection of drum loops.

This intricately designed pack of twisted techno tops, percussive patterns and underground-inspired rhythms takes us on a journey through underground techno and industrial house.

With influences stemming from the infamous home of Techno – Berlin’s Berghain Club and artists such as Umek, Dave Clarke, Ben Klock, Cassy and Marcel Dettman this pack fuses together the perfect combination of past, present and future techno sounds.

Featuring 135 pristinely 24 bit wav files, Rex2 files & Apple Loops (available as a separate download), this techno-producer’s must have will help to bring any production to life.

The sample pack costs £12 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Techno Drum Tools


Prime Loops releases Pop Guitars sample pack

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Prime Loops has released Pop Guitars, an electric guitar sample pack that offers an astounding array of warm, organic tones perfect for mainstream pop productions.

Prime Loops Pop Guitars

From solid strumming to precise picking, the guitar has been the star in the eyes of pop producers since the genre’s inception. The instrument on which many incredible arrangements were born, the guitar is hugely versatile in the range of elements it can bring! You’ll find all of these fundamental elements in this string-ringing guitar sound library!

“Pop Guitars” offers 3 folders of stunningly intricate riffs, picking patterns and arpeggios delivered in an incredible range of carefully tweaked tones! Ranging across 3 different BPMs (110, 125 and 128) this pack contains layered guitar patterns plus individual loops, allowing you to use single parts or to rebuild full arrangments with each loop sonically re-mastered to your own taste! As if that wasn’t generous enough, every single sample comes with its very own modulated counterpart, giving you the choice of ‘Dry’ (clean tones) or ‘Wet’ (modulated tones)!

The sample pack costs £17.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Pop Guitars


Cableguys extend Cableguys Bundle deal

Cableguys Bundle

Cableguys has announced it has extended the Cableguys Bundle promotion for one more week.

For anyone who missed it: Due to big demand in the last days before Christmas Cableguys have just extended the discount on the Cableguys Bundle.

Until January 2nd, you can get the Cableguys Bundle for the price of Curve!

This means just EUR 119/USD 159 for all Cableguys plugins: Curve 2, FilterShaper 2, VolumeShaper 3 and MidiShaper.

Upgrades to the Cableguys Bundle are also 20% reduced.

More information: Cableguys