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Propellerhead releases Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2

Propellerhead has announced the release of Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2, major updates to its award-winning music software line.

Propellerhead Reason
The latest versions inspire musicians to create more and better music with deep, streamlined mixing and a complete rack for all types of instruments.
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Reason’s renowned music-centric design focuses around a virtual rack of software instruments, effects and processors connected to a world-class mixing console. Users can go from ideas to music, literally in minutes, designing their of the dreams in the process while never stopping their creative flow. Now, version 7 offers integration of all instruments—in and out of the “box”—with MIDI out. Automatic audio slicing and audio quantize enable quick fixes or style changes of recorded performances—even conversion of those recordings into REX loops for further creative possibilities in the rack. For mixing, Propellerhead adds a spectrum analyzer with visual EQ controls to “see” the audio and tweak equalization settings of any tracks in mixer. One-click group and parallel mix channels go beyond what is possible in physical large format mixers—instantly exposing the world of modern parallel effects and automation. And to inspire, Reason 7 makes importing audio from users’ music libraries and the web with support for mp3, aac, wma and more a snap. An enhanced Factory Sound Bank comes with tons of new loops and drum kits supplying the latest sounds ready to be thrown into tracks.

Audiomatic Retro Transformer takes its place alongside over 100 third-party instrument, effect and utility Rack Extensions (RE) already available for Reason. Designed for use on any instrument, channel or even group mix, Audiomatic oozes character to the sound. Inspired by retro phone apps, Audiomatic, with 16 snapshots going from Vinyl and VHS tape to PVC pipe and Gadget, immediately evokes an auditory mood, place or time. The RE is included free in Reason version 7 but is available to owners of Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials too, as a separate purchase. As with any Rack Extension, all users can try a fully functional version free for 30 days.

Reason 7 & Reason Essentials 2 are now available at the following suggested retail pricing:

  • Reason 7 EUR €405 / USD $449
  • Reason Essentials 2 EUR €120 / USD $129
  • Reason 7 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version) EUR €129 / USD $129
  • Reason Essentials 2 upgrade from any previous version FREE
  • Balance (includes upgrade to Reason 7 for earlier versions of Reason) EUR €429 / USD $449
  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer Rack Extension (RE) EUR €39 / USD $49 (FREE for Reason 7 owners)

Purchasers of certain previous-version Reason products may qualify for a free upgrade to Reason 7.

More information: Propellerhead Software


Producer Pack releases Deep House, Nu Garage One Shots sample pack

Producer Pack Deep House, Nu Garage One Shots

Producer Pack has announced the release of Deep House, Nu Garage One Shots, a sample pack bundle by Jeremy Sylvester.

Deep House Nu Garage One Shots bundle is a values pack containing all of Jeremy Sylvester’s deep house/garage one shot producer packs in one. If you produce music in these genre, this is an excellent package giving you hot samples designed for cutting edge music production.

All samples are in 24bit WAV format and ready for use within any sampler instrument on all DAW set-ups. This exclusive packs is only available to download from

The sample pack costs £19.95 GBP.

More information: Producer Pack / Deep House, Nu Garage One Shots


MuTools updates MuLab and MUX VST to v5.1.5

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MuTools MuLab 5

MuTools has updated its MuLab sound and music production system and MUX VST high-quality and super flexible modular synth and effect plug-in to version 5.1.5.

Changes in MuLab / MUX v5.1.5

  • Improved audio level compressor.
  • Extended support for different types of WAVE files.
  • Mixdown start-end is only set automatically on first time, after that it’s purely defined by the user.
  • Composer and Sequence Editor: Zoom Selection, Copy Time Zoom and Paste Time Zoom are now shortcuttable functions.
  • Rack naming: If loaded from a preset, the preset name has more priority than the first plug-in name.
  • New preset file function: “Unlink From Preset”.
  • Improved VST engine especially wrt VSTs that rely on timing info from the host.
  • Improved support for rack desk shortcuts when the rack desk is docked.
  • Added a bypass for a load problem in ToonTrack EZ Drummer.
  • Fixed a recent bug that could cause audio noises.
  • MUX VST now properly reports the effective host samplerate to VST plugins.
  • Fixed a little bug in the VST engine which could cause improper syncing between host and plug-in. (eg Kirnu Cream).
  • “Select Composition” function: When used via a shortcut, the popup list was displayed in the bottom-right corner. Fixed.
  • Audio File -> Create New Sample From Selection did not update the samplerate of the new sample. Fixed.
  • Fixed a little issue wrt the session editor window size when loading sessions that were saved with another editor window size.
  • Fixed an initialization bug that could have various consequences. One known consequence was that eg the Shortcut Map context functions were not listed in the shortcut target function list.
  • Extended log info for better diagnosing certain problems.

MuLab 5 is available to purchase staring at 29 EUR, MUX 5 UL costs 49 EUR.

More information: MuTools


Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 USB Pre-order

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Sonoma GuitarJack 2 USB

Sonoma Wire Works has announced that its GuitarJack 2 USB studio quality audio interface for desktop and mobile is now available to pre-order.

GuitarJack 2 USB portable audio I/O connects mics and instruments to your PC, Mac, and select mobile devices through a Micro USB connection.

Featuring a 1/4 inch instrument input, 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input, and 1/8 inch stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones, GuitarJack 2 USB contains the same pristine sounding 24-bit AD/DA converter as the acclaimed GuitarJack Model 2.

GuitarJack 2 USB features

  • Studio quality sound from a 24-bit A/D and D/A converter with analog front end and digital circuitry designed by renowned audio designer, Joe Bryan, famous for his work on the UA 2192.
  • 1/4 inch (6.5 mm) instrument input – nickel-plated, solid brass Switchcraft (10,000 MTBF) jack.
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo mic/line input – (no phantom power is provided).
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones provides incredible sound quality.
  • Micro USB connector.
  • Sleek and rugged aluminum shell with a brushed finish.
  • Device powered for ultimate portability – requires no batteries or power adapter.
  • Input Modes:
    • Instrument (1/4 inch) – mono Hi-Z.
    • Mic/Line (1/8 inch) – mono or stereo.

The GuitarJack 2 USB is available to pre-order for the introductory price of $129 USD ((U.S. shipping only, $199 USD MSRP). It is estimated to ship in June 2013. GuitarJack 2 USB is estimated to be available from select dealers worldwide in June 2013.

More information: Sonoma Wire Works / GuitarJack 2 USB


u-he announces Spring 2013 updates

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u-he has announced the release of updated versions of all its instrument and effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Free updates for ACE, Diva, Zebra2, Uhbik, MFM2, Filterscape, Podolski, Triple Cheese and The Dark Zebra have arrived!

Changes in u-he Rev 1559

  • Supported formats now include VST3 (Mac/Win) and 64-bit VST2 (Mac).
  • New installers with improved support for Windows 7/8 and OS X Mountain Lion.
  • Numerous niggles and bugs fixed. (see changelog)

All updated plug-ins are now available to download.

More information: u-he


Samplephonics releases 909 drum sample library

Samplephonics has released 909, a multi-sampled drum hits sound library.

Samplephonics 909
The Kontakt version of Samplephonics 909 comes with a custom sequencer.

Expect to find over 4000 24 Bit Wav samples, meticulously sampled through two inputs, one clean, and one through a Thermionic Culture ‘Culture Vulture’ to provide some real analogue tube warmth and extra beef!

This sample library is available to download with a deeply scripted sequencer for Kontakt 5 (please note the full version of Kontakt 5 is required to run this and the instrument only works in demo mode with the Kontakt Free Player.) Create, copy, paste and edit patterns and even play live. We’ve kept many features true to the original (and added a few more necessities) and we believe this to be the closest software equivelent to the real thing.

Take your music back to it’s roots and inject some truly authentic drum samples into your next production. The 909 is back!

Samplephonics 909 features

  • 4054 24 Bit Wav samples, available in 96khz and 44.1khz sample rates.
  • Clean and real Analogue Tube input sources available.
  • Custom sequencer for Kontakt 5.
  • Sampler Instruments for Ableton, Reason, Logic/Garageband and Kontakt 4.2.

The sample library is available in 96kHz & 44.1kHz versions, priced at £49 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / 909


Delectable Records releases Darkstep Vol. 1

Delectable Records Darkstep 1

Delectable Records has launched its Darkstep Vol. 1 sample library.

If you are seeking a complete toolset of fun Jungle sounds, nice uptempo break beats and ambient noises, Darkstep 1 is probably your best choice. Ape-Samples proudly present this outstanding volume filled with hypnotic bass lines to fit into your next productions.

Enjoy the wide range of utterly inspiring 24 bit quality audio samples offered by this new collection of properly tempo and key labelled audio samples, recorded at 175BPM and meticulously designed by our Studiocrew with professional equipment and custom made DSP routines, for ready-made sound generation.

This up-to-date library, primarily focused on pounding bass lines and twisted break beats, incorporates up to 518 Wav or Aiff files packed in 599 MB. Featuring no less than 346 precise Loops, 156 enigmatic Shots and 16 Bass Riffs, the dark side of sound delivered with this release is available in Wav or Aiff formats, ready to be put to good use with every standard Music Software.

The sample library costs £29.95 GBP. Individual parts are sold starting at £8.95 GBP.

More information: Delectable Records / Darkstep Vol. 1