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Time+Space intros Harps by Garritan

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Garritan Harps

Time+Space has announced the release of Garritan Harps, an innovative collection capturing the sweet, pure and powerful sound of this enchanting instrument.

Garritan kicked off the virtual harp revolution more than 12 years ago with GigaHarp and today Make Music has announced the release of Garritan Harps, which utilises the power of today’s technology to deliver a pristine sound and authentic playing experience.

This virtual instrument features a variety of harps including Salvi Pedal, Venus Concert Grand and Lyon & Healy as well as a host of special features that deliver an unprecedented level of realism. Encompassing advanced glissando emulation, sampled acoustic spaces, and much more, Garritan Harps gives musicians, composers and producers the tools to easily recreate the enchanting sound of the harp in their music.

Special features include full-ranged harp articulations – traditional angelic-sounding harp plucks, harmonics, Pres de la table, picked, dampened, and other types of playing techniques. Through a variety of options, Garritan Harps also makes playing glisses accessible to any musician.

Harps features

  • Pure, pristine sounds
    • Each string was sampled for the entire life of its natural decay.
    • The sound of each string is sweet, pure, powerful, and dynamic with minimum crosstalk.
  • Full range of harp articulations
    • Traditional angelic-sounding harp plucks (gentle, soft, medium, and loud).
    • Special effects include harmonics, Pres de la table and damping.
    • You can also perform chords, arpeggios, trills, tremolos, and bisbigliando.
  • Heavenly Glisses
    • Unique built-in keymapping emulates the pedals of a harp so you can play realistic harp glissandi and arpeggios that can be performed in real time and customised to your music.
    • Glisses are easily played in Garritan Harps by running one’s fingers up and down the keyboard.
  • Compatible with both Mac and PC and all the major sequencers, Garritan Harps ships with the acclaimed ARIA player, which includes Ambience Reverb and Convolution Sampled Reverb. With this technology, the sound of specific performance spaces can be captured and shared – Garritan Harps offers more space perspectives and flexibility than any other professional harp instrument.
  • The standalone ARIA Player also allows anyone to load and play back MIDI files and produce audio recordings of the MIDI file or live performances, without additional software.

The Harps library is available from Time+Space, priced RRP £74.95 GBP / €86.95 EUR (Download), £89.95 GBP / €105 EUR (DVD).

More information: Garritan Harps

Gospel Musicians releases Neo Soul Keys 3X Lite

Gospel Musicians Neo Soul Keys 3X Lite

Gospel Musicians has announced the release of Neo-Soul Keys 3X Lite, a sound library for UVI Workstation and MachFive 3.

A lightweight version of Neo-Soul Keys with all three electric pianos: Mark I Suitcase, Mark I Stage, and 200A Wurli. The library comes with the sustain samples and two release notes which consist of the actual mechanical and tine release noises. The benefit of the UVI Workstation player is that the user will be able to choose from an assortment of effects already built into the player.

Neo-Soul Keys 3X Lite features

  • Library Size: 1.00GB.
  • 12-Velocity layers on sustain notes.
  • UVI Worksation effects and amp sims.
  • Light on processor and RAM.
  • Wurli Vibrato Knob.
  • Dedicated Bass Boost knob.
  • Full 720×480 wallpaper.
  • Works with Free UVI player.

The sound library costs $99.99 USD.

More information: Gospelmusicians / Neo-Soul Keys 3X Lite

Audiofile Engineering announces Vio app by Square B

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Square B Vio

Audiofile Engineering has announced Vio, the first app for iPhone and iPad released under their new Square B brand.

Morph and shape your voice by exploring Vio’s mesmerizing and unique user interface, watch the entrancing graphics, and hear the transformation of your voice.

Vio is an amazing app for anyone who wants to experience their voice transformed beyond imagination. In the hands of an experienced musician or producer, Vio is a serious creative tool to design new vocal sounds.

Vio features

  • Sonic adventures – always in tune
    Build sonic universes from your own voice. The innovative audio engine behind Vio goes far beyond existing voice effects to create novel, futuristic vocal styles. Vio’s sound spaces vary in character from edgy and energetic to mellow and relaxing. Vio surprises and inspires your creativity: you may not intend to do something, and it comes out cool. Whether you are an amateur or seasoned professional, Vio’s pitch correction technology ensures that everyone sounds in tune and is beautifully harmonized.
  • Touch Control
    Explore each sound space by touching Vio’s swirling particle vortex. Move the vortex around the screen and change how your voice is transformed – harmony is added or subtracted, melodies emerge and disappear, and reverberations shape shift.
  • Looping
    Double-tap the screen, loop what you have just sung or hummed, and focus on morphing your sound with the particle visualizer.
  • Recording & Sharing
    Record your performances and share them via email, SoundCloud, Dropbox, or iTunes file sharing. Choose between compressed and high quality audio files.
  • Advanced Features
    Visit http://squareb.co/vio/ to learn about advanced features like changing keys and recording high quality audio.

Vio for iOS is avaialble to purchase for $2.99 USD.

More information: Square B

Inear Display releases Danaides effect plugin

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Inear Display has announced Danaides, a sequenced sound mangler with a powerful modulation section.

It gives you the ability to route the input signal through a filter and three sound destruction effect processors : a “driller” that will loop and repitch very small slices of the signal, a “metalizer” delay and a samplerate reducer.

Inear Display Danaides
Danaides feautres built-in effect and dry-wet sequencers.

Danaides features

  • 3 sound mangling effects : “driller”, “metalizer” and “reducer” .
  • 1 pre-filter with mode morph (Lowpass, Bandpass, Highpass).
  • Effect selection sequencer.
  • Dry-wet sequencer.
  • 2 Morph LFOs with 2 sub-LFOs each.
  • Host tempo sync for the LFOs.
  • Modulation inputs for each effect/filter parameters.
  • Sequence randomizers.
  • Global randomizer.
  • MIDI learn.
  • MIDI program change support.
  • MIDI layout for TouchOSC on IPad.
  • Vector based resizable User Interface.
  • Cross-platform presets.
  • 61 factory presets.
  • Lifetime free updates for registered customers.

Danaides for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 10 EUR until March 5th, 2013 (regular 20 EUR).

More information: Inear Display / Danaides

Sountrack Loops releases Electric Body Music sample pack

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Soundtrack Loops Electric Body Music

Soundtrack Loops has announced the release of Electric Body Music, a collection of royalty free loops and samples in multiple formats.

Electric Body Music is the largest Industrial EBM pack to date. Soundtrack Loops EBM will provoke nothing but a constant flow of Leather and Lace driven dance floor debauchery. Join us in a post apocolyptic cyber punk future where the sound of dark body grooves rule the night. This is the sound of Electric Body Music. Good for Gothic Dance, Industrial, Sci Fi, Steam Punk, Hardcore, Noisecore, Gltichcore, and EBM.

Folders include 11 construction kits (122 loops), “add on” Drum beats (221 loops), “add on” Synth and Bass (82 loops), Drum shots (44 samples), and Synth shots (54 samples). Sounds include Vocal bits, Electric Basses, Synth Basses, Leads, Pads, Percussion, Kicks, Snares, Hi Hats, Cymbals, SFX, Mixed Beats, and much more. 24 bit 44.1kHz Stereo ACIDized Wav. Tempos range from 95 – 150 BPMs. Key and tempo are included in the file names as well as metadata.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $39.95 USD (Pro Pack, includes all formats).

More information: Soundtrack Loops / Electric Body Music

Fingermarks releases SEMblance for Arturia Oberheim SEM

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Arturia Overheim SEM V

Fingermarks has released SEMblance, a soundset for the Oberheim SEM by Arturia.

This bank of 64 presets (plus a few variations) for Arturia’s excellent emulation of the classic Oberheim SEM synthesiser covers a variety of genres and sound types from crazy analog style fx to heavy basses and classic keys.

The soundset is “pay-what-you-like”, with a minimum of 5 EUR.

More information: Fingermarks

Arturia releases iMini synthesizer app for iPad

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Arturia has announced the availability of iMini, an authentic recreation of the Minimoog monosynthesizer for iPad.

Arturia iMini
iMini is a recreation of the classic 1971 Minimoog™ synthesizer, one of most iconic synthesziers of all time.

iMini is based on the TAE® (True Analog Emulation) synthesis technology found in Arturia’s award-winning Mini V soft synth, meticulously modelling the distinctive tones and analogue nuances of the legendary Seventies-vintage Minimoog Model D monosynth. Moog changed the musical world with the Minimoog and Arturia helped change the music software world with the Mini V.

Arturia now brings the still-sought-after classic Minimoog sound to the musical masses, transforming any iPad mini, iPad 2, or iPad with Retina display into the ultimate analogue synth emulation! Those timeless three oscillators and that 24dB per octave fabled filter are all present and accounted for in iMini. It also successfully sports the look and feel of Dr Bob Moog’s namesake iconic synthesizer for all to see (and hear). But being a game-changing iPad app for 2013 and not an analogue synth design dating back to 1970 means there’s a whole lot more to iMini than first meets the eye…

iMini features

  • Realistic recreation of the classic Minimoog™ sound.
  • Hundreds of sounds created by the top sound designers in the world.
  • Preset compatibility with Arturia Mini V software.
  • Core MIDI support
    • Including MIDI controller mapping.
    • WIST sync with other iPAD/Iphone devices.
  • High quality sound based on our TAE™ analog modeling technology.
  • Tabletop Ready iOS application for a complete electronic music studio.

iMini is available to purchase for a 3-week introductory price of $9.99 USD / 8.99 EURO (regular $21.99 USD / 19.99 EURO). iMini requires at least an iPAD 2 and OS 6.0 or later.

More information: Arturia / iMini

Spitfire Audio updates Albion Vol 1 for Kontakt to v4

Spitfire Audio Albion

Spitfire Audio has released version 4 of the first volume of Albion, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The finest orchestral sessions musicians playing the finest, rarest instruments, recorded at Air Studios – Lyndhurst Hall, London, through the finest vintage, valve, and ribbon mics to 2″ tape. The only tape based orchestral library in the world. This is all you need to write epic sounding, widescreen cinematic orchestral music straight out of the box. Recorded in sections, this library features rich aggressive and lyrical strings, punchy, growling brass and some seriously malevolent woodwinds.

Albion features

  • Unified patches to bring all articulations of an instrument into a single NKI with keyswitching.
  • New ‘Combined’ patches to merge Lo/Hi sections instead of cumbersome MULTIS.
  • New ‘Time Machine’ patches to stretch/squash the short samples time-wise.
  • New ‘Overlay’ patches to easily blend Albion with Loegria/Iceni/Sable/Solo Strings.
  • New ‘The Cog’ patches to tweak the instrument on a granular level to your preference.
  • The latest version of Spitfire’s Ostinatum machine (configurable keyswitches, multiple tracks, etc.).
  • Highly configurable articulation mapping (assign and group articulations to notes, CCs, velocities and MIDI channels).
  • Customisable CC can be used to quickly change articulation (defaults to CC32).
  • Expression control added to all patches.
  • ADSR control added to the Stephenson/Brunel patches.
  • Route a microphone’s output by clicking the mic title.
  • Improved Round Robin reset options such as ‘Reset from’ and ‘Reset on transport’.
  • ‘Presets’ allows you to quickly purge/unpurge articulations defined for various situations.
  • Holding alt when dragging a mic slider prevents purge/unpurge.
  • And many many more tweaks and fixes.

Albion is available to purchase for £349 GBP ex. VAT. The v4 update is free to Albion users.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Albion