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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

Delectable Records releases Afro House sample pack

Delectable Records Afro House

Delectable Records has introduced its Afro House sample pack.

This package contains a fusion of various styles of electronic dance music with awesome ethnic elements, over 300 pristine 24 Bit samples and one shots lovingly EQ’ed and treated ready to punch through any mix and add immediate weight and groove.

The collection builds upon its huge library of 157 custom built drum and percussion parts, with a selection of 61 inspirational percussion loops, over 85 drum parts you can use to build your rythmic parts, 29 african- inspired House synths loops, a wide selection of 26 phat bass loops and 15 Vocal drops and field recordings offering variations and components, 11 Specific Afro-House Grooves useful to add to your track an intense tribal mood.

In addition to this, Delectable Records have included almost 35 SFX, and over 40 Chord synth one shots which are useful production elements able to sit at home in a whole spectrum of EDM genres.

The sample pack costs £22.95 GBP.

More information: Delectable Records / Afro House

Pettinhouse releases Powerchords sample library

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Pettinhouse Powerchords

Pettinhouse has released Powerchords, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Powerchords is an innovative Guitar Power Chords sample library for Kontakt 3, 4, 5 and future versions (NO Kontakt player) available for download.

It is made with samples recording a Stratocaster Guitar and it is made for playing automatic power chords. It has pre made patterns for Rock, Blues, Metal, Pop which you can edit or create new from scratch. It has a built-in Amp simulator with Wah, Distortion, EQ, Reverb, Delay and Phaser.
You can also play it DRY with your favorite amp simulator.

Powerchords doesn’t have any chord recognition. You are free to play what you want. One note, two, random notes, doesn’t matter it strums all the keys you press on your keyboard.

The sample library costs $69 USD.

More information: Pettinhouse / Powerchords

Sinevibes updates Drift to v1.2.0

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Sinevibes Drift

Sinevibes has updated the Drift chaos modulator Audio Unit effect plugin to version 1.2.0.

It is based on a two-dimensional Lorenz attractor generator commonly used in airflow modelling but applied here onto sound level and low-pass filter cutoff frequency. Drift easily makes any static sound come to life – giving it an organic, smooth motion. And its high-contrast, colour-coded interface is a joy to use, too.

Changes in Drift v1.2.0

  • Completely new user interface, with new colour scheme and larger controls.
  • Re-calibrated level and filter modulation intensity.
  • Added required Audio Unit format changes for OS X 10.7 and 10.8.
  • Removed support for Power PC processors and OS X 10.5.
  • Minor performance optimisations.
  • New preset patches.

Drift is available to purchase for $19 USD. The update is free to all existing owners.

More information: Sinevibes / Drift

Corin Neff releases The Zebra Orchestra soundset

Corin Neff Zebra Orchestra

Corin Neff has announced the release of the Zebra Orchestra, a soundset for the Zebra 2 virtual synthesizer by u-he.

Hello Zebra users and fanatics! After nearly a year of experimentation and lots of fun emulating acoustic instruments, Esgalachoir is offering his hard work to the Zebra public!

The Zebra Orchestra easily stands on it’s own when it comes to making cinematic/orchestral music. However, it’s also an excellent supplement for those who already have an advanced arsenal of sounds at their disposal.

Zebra Orchestra features

  • 131 patches, including 12 Brass, 12 Woodwinds, 9 Strings, 6 Mallets, 33 Percussive instruments, 38 Soundscapes, 13 Synths, 8 Sequences.
  • Plus extra “scrap” presets, handmade LFOs, as well as some wavetables.
  • 68 patches have complete XY Mappings. Nearly all patches have modwheel functions.

The soundset is available for the introductory price of $20 USD until January 6th, 2013.

More information: Zebra Orchestra