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FXpansion releases Bloom delay & diffusion effect plugin

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FXpansion has announced the release of its Bloom creative delay and diffusion effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

FXpansion Bloom
FXpansion’s Bloom delay with additional diffusion network, effects, advanced modulation and much more.

Bloom’s varied delay modes and lush diffusion reverb instantly introduce new textures and spaces to your productions.

Dig a little deeper to discover new ways of using delay for sound design – use psychedelic effects like frequency shifting and chorus in the feedback path and modulate Bloom’s parameters with step-sequencers and LFOs for an amazing variety of new sounds.

Bloom features

  • Creative delay and diffusion effect plugin.
  • Digital, Analogue BBD and Tape emulations.
  • Syncable, reverse, ping-pong and freeze delay modes.
  • Diffusion reverb, additional effects, EQ, drive and saturation.
  • Flexible routing for processing blocks.
  • 2x oversampling with 4x Hi Def mode for extremely high quality.
  • TransMod modulation with step-sequencers, LFOs and more.
  • Comprehensive MIDI control.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit support.

Bloom for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) costs $99 USD / €79 EUR / £69 GBP inc VAT where applicable. Registered owners of Geist, DCAM: Synth Squad, Tremor, Etch, Maul, DCAM Dynamics, BFD2 and BFD Eco (and customers purchasing Bloom at the same time as any of these products) get an introductory discount until March 31st, 2013.

More information: FXpansion / Bloom


Native Instruments sneaks new software synthesizer

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Native Instruments has introduced its upcoming software synthesizer.

One synth to rule them all. Years of meticulous research and the latest in cutting-edge DSP technology combine to deliver a virtual synth with teeth. Stay tuned.

More information: Native Instruments


Voxengo updates Elephant limiter plugin to v3.10

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Voxengo has released version 3.10 of the Elephant mastering limiter effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Elephant is a highly competitive plug-in for mastering applications: it features a variety of limiter modes that can be deeply customized, and a comprehensive set of level metering tools, including headroom estimation and K-metering.

Voxengo Elephant
Elephant’s built-in linear-phase oversampling is an important element in achieving high-quality peak limiting & loudness maximization without inter-sample overshoots.

Changes in Elephant v3.10

  • DC filter issue with oversampling switch fixed.
  • Occasional crashes with oversampling enabled fixed.

Elephant for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $119.95 USD.

More information: Voxengo / Elephant


Radium Audio releases Radium Compressor effect plugin

Radium Compressor

Radium Audio has released the Radium Compressor, a compressor/expander effect plug-in with a unique user interace.

With the Radium Compressor, you spend less time listening and finetuning. The interface quickly makes you find the sound you want.

Radium Compressor features

  • Top class audio quality.
  • The DSP code is implemented by Julius O. Smith III. Julius O. Smith III is a professor in Music and EE at Stanford University, and he is one of the legends in audio research. The compressor is based on code Julius has written for Faust.
  • Simple and intuitive GUI.
  • Functional and clean graphics.
  • Optimized CPU usage.
  • Can also work as expander.

The effect plug-in is currently available for Windows (VST), priced at 20 EUR. Mac and Linux versions are expected soon.

More information: Radium Compressor


P5Audio releases Vintage House Kicks sample pack

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P5Audio Vintage House Kicks

P5Audio has announced the release of Vintage House Kicks, a sample library featuring kick drum samples.

As a House producer you cannot have enough kicks in your arsenal. Using the same old drums will make your tracks sound monotonous and stale. That’s why we have hand selected 151 Vintage House kicks, all mastered, and all sourced from analog gear and processed through NEVE EQ and Empirical Labs FATSO compression.

Vintage House Kicks features

  • 151 Vintage House kicks drums in 24 bit WAV, 44.1 kHz.
  • All analog sourced.
  • Processed with NEVE EQ and Empirical Labs FATSO compression.
  • Formatted for popular software samplers.

The sample pack costs $7.79 USD.

More information: P5Audio / Vintage House Kicks


Detunized releases Gra.FX2 Live Pack + Live 9 compability announced

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Detunized Gra.FX2

Detunized has announced Gra.FX2, the second installment of a series of graphic generated sounds for Ableton Live.

This Live Pack delivers a surprising toolbox of 63 instruments for the creation of otherworldly, dissonant textures and drones. The sample pool of the instruments was created by parsing more than 100 bitmaps by a variety of specialized software tools.

Although Gra.FX2 covers an extensive range from SciFi-melodies to LoFi dust-noise patterns each single instrument follows an unified macro control layout. This allows for fast and intuitive interaction with external controllers like Push.

Gra.FX2 is available to purchase as a download for 9 EUR. As a special offer, Gra.FX2 and its predecessor Gra.FX are availabe as a bundle at an introductory price of 12 EUR. This offer is valid for a limited time only.

Detunized has also announced it has finished testing all previous releases with the forthcoming Live 9.

The final release of LIVE 9 will host all Detunized Live Packs without any restrictions. Release numbers DTS001 to DTS046 were installed and tested successfully. Throughout the entire testing routines no drawbacks had been detected.

More information: Detunized


Sounds To Sample releases Bigroom Elektro – Z3ta+ 2 Presets

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Sounds To Sample Bigroom Elektro for Z3ta+ 2

Sounds To Sample has launched Bigroom Elektro, a collection of presets for the Z3ta+ 2 software synthesizer by Cakewalk.

Packed with presets fattened to obesity epidemic proportions and similar sonic signatures to a failing clutch in an 18-wheeler, Sounds to Sample’s debut Z3ta+ 2 preset pack, Bigroom Elektro, is the only preset pack you’ll need to create this years WMC electro house heater!

Recently released for the first time on OSX, Cakewalk’s Z3ta+ 2 is ready to stake its claim in a production world otherwise dominated by two “other” soft-synths.

The soundset is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Sounds To Sample / Bigroom Elektro


Toontrack Vocal Toolbox EZmix Pack released

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Toontrack Vocal Toolbox EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of Vocal Toolbox EZmix Pack, a new expansion for the multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2.

The Vocal Toobox EZmix Pack is designed to be a Swiss Army Knife of vocal production. You’ll find anything from warm and up close voice over presets to a multitude of effect saturated lead vocal settings, various FX voices and signal chains perfect for beefing up your background vocals! All professionally designed, covering genres across the board and, like always, just one click away.

In short: your new go-to tool for anything related to producing great sounding vocals – creatively, quickly and EZ!

The EZmix Pack costs 39 EUR / $49 USD.

More information: Toontrack / Vocal Toolbox EZmix Pack