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Producers Choice intros Boom Bap Legends sample pack

Producers Choice Boom Bap Legends

The Producers Choice has released Boom Bap Legends, a collection of 120 original, hand crafted boom bap one shot drum samples, and 50 rare hip hop drum breaks.

Our sound designers painstakingly mimicked the EXACT drum sounds used by J Dilla, DJ Premier & Pete Rock.

The ‘Boom Bap Legends’ drum kit is the ‘go to’ drum library for Boom Bap drum samples. The kit captures the signature styled drums used by J Dilla, DJ Premier & Pete Rock by using the same filtering techniques, creative EQ & compression, and drum machines as the legendary producers.

Boom Bap Legends features

  • 120 PREMIUM Handcrafted Samples – 30 Kicks, 30 Snares, 30 Hats (Open & Closed), 30 Percs & Other Sounds.
  • 50 RARE VINTAGE drum breaks – sampled direct from vinyl and chopped for easy loopability!
  • .WAV Format – will work in FL Studio, Logic, Ableton, Reason, Cubase and many more softwares & samplers!

The sample pack costs $34 USD.

More information: The Producers Choice / Boom Bap Legends


Native Instruments launches KOMPLETELY IRRESISTIBLE sales special

Native Instruments Kompletely Irresistible

Native Instruments has announced a time-limited sales special, offering customers the chance to pick up KOMPLETE 8 and KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE at considerable savings for the next two months.

Customers choosing the KOMPLETE 8 package, which features 27 KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, will save $160 / 100 EUR on the standard price – down to $399 / 399 EUR from $559 / 499 EUR. The KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE bundle, which comes with 50 Instruments and Effects, will be available for $699 / 699 EUR instead of $1099 / 999 EUR – a saving of $400 / 300 EUR.

The KOMPLETELY IRRESISTIBLE sales special will run until midnight (CET) on March 26, 2013, with the deal available at participating retailers and the NI Online Shop – while stocks last.

KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE contains 50 products and over 240 GB of sound – the entire range of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects (at the time of
release) on an external hard drive. In addition to the products in KOMPLETE 8, it also contains RAZOR, SESSION STRINGS PRO, SCARBEE FUNK GUITARIST, VINTAGE COMPRESSORS and many more.

KOMPLETE 8 will be available for $399 USD / 399 EUR. KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE will be available for $699 USD / 699 EUR. The offer is valid until March 26, 2013, and while stocks last.

More information: Native Instruments


Time+Space introduces Zero-G Avanna for Vocaloid 3

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Time+Space has announced the release of Zero-G’s Avanna, the first English female vocalist for the new Vocaloid 3.

Zero-G Avanna for Vocaloid 3

Delve into the world of Vocaloid for the first time and it’s difficult not to be staggered by the huge following these virtual vocalists have amassed around the globe. From a Wiki-esque website to their very own Facebook pages, ‘Vocaloids’ are worshipped at great length by fans who not only debate the voices but also the outfits worn by these virtual vocalists.

Avanna is Zero-G’s first release for the new Vocaloid 3 engine as well as the first English female singing voice for the new software. Ideally suited to pop and Celtic music, Avanna can also be used in a myriad of musical styles – whether it´s sweet and pure leads, harmonies or backing vocals, this ‘Engloid’ can sing anything you like, any time you want!

The new Vocaloid 3 interface allows you to import wav files so Avanna can sing along with your compositions from within Vocaloid. Avanna also comes with a default reverb for added realism and you can add vibrato and expression to her voice.

Available for PC use only, Avanna ships with Vocaloid 3 Editor Lite (also known as Tiny Vocaloid3 Editor) which has the following features:

  • Piano-roll style note editor, importing functionality from a standard MIDI file (limited for 1 track and 17 bars)
Inputting lyrics and automatic conversion to phonemes
  • Assigning musical expression templates from an Icon 
  • Sending notes, lyrics and musical expression to the Synthesis Engine
  • Saving vocal data as a .wav file.
  • Changing synthesis parameters.
  • Effects (Reverb only).
  • Playback .wav files.

Avanna is available to buy now as a DVD or download from Time+Space for RRP £79.95 GBP / 94.95 EUR / $119 USD. The full Vocaloid 3 Editor software which offers the full range of editing features is available to buy separately.

More information: Time+Space


AudioRealism announces 64-bit beta of all its plug-ins

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AudioRealism has announced it is seeking beta testers for the 64-bit versions of its synthesizer plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

We are about to start beta testing the 64-bit versions of all plug-ins.

The current formats we want to test are:

  • Mac OS X 64-bit: VST and AU, versions 10.6-10.8
  • Windows VST: Vista, 7 and 8 64-bit

The new 64-bit versions are intended to install alongside the old 32-bit ones so ideally installing a beta version will not break your current projects. As usual we do not recommend using beta versions if you are right in the middle of a production, unexpected things can break.

More information: AudioRealism


Producer Loops releases Future Pop Vol 3

Producer Loops Future Pop Vol 3

Producer Loops has announced the release of its Future Pop Vol 3 sample library.

‘Future Pop Vol 3′ is the third volume in this best-selling 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 3′ 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.

The sample library costs £24.95 GBP.

More information: Producer Loops / Future Pop Vol 3


Gradient Audio releases B1t Crunch3r MC 505 free sample pack

Gradient Audio

Gradient Audio has released B1t Crunch3r MC 505, a free sample pack featuring sounds from the Roland MC-505.

We are excited to announce our latest free sample pack! This time B1t Crunch3r brings you 114 one shots from the Roland MC – 505′s user banks, recorded in 24 bit 44k with a Apogee Duet . All samples are in the key of C with some headroom for processing.

Big thanks to Ryze + fall of Abrasion Equation for volunteering his 505 for recording and Caleb Markle for once again donating his recording gear. We hope you enjoy.

The download is available here.

More information: Gradient Audio / B1t Crunch3r MC 505


CableGuys Curve 2 CM available with Computer Music 188

Computer Music 188 includes the Curve 2 CM edition of the flexible software synthesizer for Windows and Mac by CableGuys.

Cableguys Curve 2 CM Edition.

This plugin is FREE and exclusive to Computer Music magazine. Get Computer Music issue 188 and you get Curve 2 CM!

Computer Music 188 is available to purchase starting at £2.99 GBP for a digital copy.

More information: Computer Music