Archive for July, 2013

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Producers Choice releases The Cratez Drum Kit Bundle

The Producers Choice has introduced The Cratez Drum Kit Bundle, a bundle of three drum kits.

Fresh from production team The Cratez (Produced for Three Six Mafia, Wu-Tang and more) – these kits are a ‘must have’ for fans of classic hip hop one shot drums.

These kits were made with drums sampled direct from vinyl, then processed using top of the line plugins and hardware to achieve that classic thick hip hop drum sound!

The kits come in HQ 24-bit WAV format – and will work in ANY DAW – including Logic, FL Studio, Reason & more.

Producers Choice Cratez Drum Kit Bundle

Cratez Drum Kit Bundle features

  • Dusty Fingers – comes sampled from vinyl for a classic, old school hip hop feel. Includes 20 kicks, 20 snares & rims, 20 hats, 20 drum breaks/loops, 20 percussions.
  • Trill Kit – full of ‘dirty south’ drums – full bodied kicks and sharp, trap style snares for big beats. Includes 15 kicks, 15 snares, 15 cymbals, 15 closed hats, 15 open hats.
  • First Class Kit – full of luxurious, anthem type sounds from their stash. If you’re looking to make huge Maybach Music style hip-hop anthems then this kit is for you. Includes 10 cymbals & chimes, 15 hi-hats, 15 kicks, 5 rims, 10 snaps, 15 snares, 10 tambourines.
  • 277MB content in total, 255 samples 24-bit WAV.

The Cratez Drum Kit Bundle is available from Producers Choice for $29 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / Cratez Drum Kit Bundle

Review: Sample Magic Chillwave Guitars

Sample Magic Chillwave Guitars

Sample Magic’s latest SM Studio series sample library is Chillwave Guitars, a collection of inspiring guitar loops.

The SM Studio series is all about live instruments, and having the session musician right at your fingertips by offering quality stems recorded and processed with high-end gear.

Chillwave Guitars offers a collection of 140+ guitar riffs, phrases and textures by experienced musician, teacher and producer Simon Pratt.

From summery acoustic patterns and lilting beachside progressions to effected swells, tapetoned reverses and degraded electric guitar textures, Chillwave Guitars answers that request, serving up a wealth of 6-stringed inspiration that can slot effortlessly into the mix or form the cornerstone of new productions.

The pack features 146 processed loops of acoustic and electric guitar loops, and raw (unprocessed) versions of the recordings for 138 of them. All samples are key labeled and tempo synced to 90 and 100 bpm. REX and Apple Loops formats are also available if you want to work in different tempos or keys. The file names indicate acoustic (24) or electric (122) guitar loops.

For this collection Simon used various guitars, including a Fender Thin-Line Telecaster and a 1970′s Ovation acoustic guitar. Some classic amps and effects pedals were used, and the acoustic recordings were tracked with vintage Neumann U77 microphones.

Following in the footsteps of the sun-washed sounds of the Chillwave sample library, this guitar loops pack has a seriously laid back vibe, with that typical vintage 80′s sound and heavy use of effects processing found in chillwave music.

So what do I think?

Product: Chillwave Guitars by Sample Magic
Format: 24bit samples (Wav/REX/Apple Loops)
Price: £14.90 GBP
Like: Spot on sound, lovely themes, good variety, includes raw material
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

With Chillwave Guitars, Simon Pratt delivers an outstanding collection of guitar loops.

The effects processing is spot on and there’s a wide range of sounds, making these loops perfect for use in chillwave productions. While the sounds are beautifully designed, having the unprocessed recordings is very useful too, as you can use your own effects processing to get the sound needed for your projects.

Simon is creative and consistent in his playing, and it really feels like having a top notch session player in your studio.

More information: Sample Magic / Chillwave Guitars

Make Noise Audio releases Velvet Rhodes sample library

Make Noise Audio Velvet Rhodes

Make Noise Audio has announced the release of Velvet Rhodes, a sample library featuring the sounds of electric pianos.

A collection of 40 original electric keyboards samples based on the “Rhodes” sound.

These sample have been carefully pieced together using the latest digital software techniques to create warm and luscious sound elements for use in your own productions. The digital download includes 23 chords, 11 loops and 6 rif’s all in a 24bit WAV format.

The sample library is available to purchase from eBay for the introductory price of £2.50 GBP (RRP £5 GBP).

More information: Velvet Rhodes (eBay)

ADSR Sounds intros EFX Sound Design for Massive

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ADSR Sounds has launched EFX Sound Design, a video tutorial course by Jonny Strinati for Native Instruments Massive.

EFX sound design With NI Massive – Create Uplifters, Downlifters, Impacts and Sweeps!

In this 4 part micro course, our resident Massive expert Jonny walks you through the steps of designing your own Uplifters, Downlifters, Impacts and Sweeps! Of course once you have this knowledge you can tweak these out to create hundreds of unique variations.

The video course costs $9 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / EFX Sound Design

Sonokinetic releases Qanun for Kontakt

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Sonokinetic Qanun

Sonokinetic has announced the release of Qanun, a multi-sampled and performance sampled Qanun instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

This instrument complements our other Arabic instruments such as Ney and Kemence to build an ethnic ensemble. The Qanun has been played for centuries and feels right at home in our collection of deep sampled ethnic instruments and vocals.

The Qanun (also known as Qanoun and Kanun) is a dulcimer or zither-like instrument of 81 strings stretched over a frame and plucked with the fingers or picks. Its distinctive tone comes from the grouping of strings and levers which create the scales.

Our Qanun was recorded in Istanbul by our long-standing friend, expert engineer and composer Ceyda Pirali in high fidelity audio quality. The player is the renowned performer Gunay Celik who learnt his craft at the State Turkish Music Conservatory. He studied the playing styles and techniques for many years before becoming a master in 1992. He taught Qanun at university level and has played with the İstanbul University Ensemble and Ayangil Turkish Music Orchestra. His credits also include many performances with Turkish radio and television. Currently, Gunay is working at the State of Turkish Classical Music Ensemble. He has kindly agreed to allow us to capture his unique playing style with traditional songs and hundreds of improvisations.

For the multisampled playable instrument we have captured multiple round robins and velocity layers so that you can play the instrument chromatically. For the improvisations and songs, Sonokinetic Qanun features tempo-synced performances in root keys. These samples are wrapped in an intuitive interface which makes playing this instrument a pleasure. In addition, the convolution reverb creates an unparalleled ambience, evoking the spirit of Arabia.

Qanun features

  • 6.6 GB sample pool, 14934 samples.
  • 3 playing styles: Multisampled, Songs and Improvisations.
  • Tempo-synced performances, pitched to root key.
  • ITM (Intelligent Time Machine) function for half and double time tempo-syncing.
  • Kontakt 5 optimized “Time machine Pro” programming.
  • Mod wheel phrase start control.
  • Full sustains up to 10 seconds long.
  • Multiple round robin samples.
  • 1 realistic impulse response.
  • Multiple velocity layers.
  • Automatic RAM loading and purging.
  • Custom designed interface.
  • Open Kontakt format for complete user customisation (Kontakt 4.2.4 or 5 Full version only, NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player).
  • Royalty and copyright free content license.
  • Qanun Reference document (PDF).

The Qanun library is available to purchase for 49.90 EUR.

More information: Sonokinetic / Qanun

Waldorf intros Space Explorer & Alien Space soundsets for Blofeld

Waldorf Space Explorer & Alien Space

Waldorf has announced the release of Space Explorer and Alien Space, two new soundsets for the Blofeld synthesizer.

The Space Explorer sound set is based on the inspiring HG Fortune wave set (86 sample sets) and picks up the thread of the Alien Vanguard sound sets.

It is dedicated to the beauty of the universe and provides numerous warm and dreamy pads, catching atmospheres, cool deep space effects, driving arpeggios, analog leads, and more.

The Space Explorer soundset is avialable to pruchase for 30 EUR. Requries Blofeld Keyboard or Blofeld with installed License SL.

Alien Space is a free soundset featuring 128 patches for the Waldorf Blofeld by HG Fortune, Dimitri Schkoda and Dr. Christian Gritzner.

More information: Waldorf

Karma-Lab updates KARMA software for Korg Kronos, M3, M50 & Oasys

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Karma-Lab, the developer of the KARMA interactive music technology featured in Korg Workstations, has released a major update to its KARMA Kronos, M3, M50 and Oasys software.

Karma-Lab KARMA software updates

Version 2.2.9 of each program is available for both Mac and Windows. The update is free to registered users and available for purchase directly from Karma-Lab (US $169 to $199).

The new Mac versions are now Universal applications, and will run on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, including 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, PPC or Intel. They’ve also been tested on the Developer Preview of 10.9 Mavericks without any major issues. Furthermore, some enhancements such as the ability to import and export .KGE files between all four applications have been incorporated, along with a lengthy list of reliability enhancements and bug fixes.

The new Windows versions include all of the same enhancements and bug fixes as the Mac versions, and runs on XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit).

KARMA Kronos, KARMA Oasys and KARMA M3 software allow the in-depth editing of the many hidden KARMA parameters of the keyboard, and allow for the creation and editing of user GEs which can then be uploaded to the keyboard. KARMA M50 software provides all of the KARMA features, grooves and sounds of the Korg M3 to users of the Korg M50.

More information: Karma-Lab

Gospel Musicians releases EX5 & Dyno for Neo-Soul Keys iPad

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Gospel Musicians has announced the release of EX5 and Dyno, two new electric pianos for Neo-Soul Keys for iPad.

Gospelmusicians EX5 / Dyno for Neo-Soul Keys iPad

Neo-Soul EX5 is an electric piano library that uses the EP synthesis technology from the Yamaha EX5 synthesizer. Gospel Musicians sampled their electric piano through the FDSP engine of the EX5 to simulate the physical modeled expression of an EP pickup. There is a new dedicated knob that will control more of the EP Pickup sound.

Neo-Soul Dyno is an emulation of the popular “Dyno-My-Piano.” Utilizing wavetable and sampling techniques Gospel Musicians designed it to achieve an extremely expressive and playable emulation of a Dyno electric piano sound.

There are other minor bug fixes and improvements as well as a new chorus algorithm that is intended to be warmer and richer than the previous version.

The EX5 and Dyno electric pianos are available to purchase from the App Store for $9.99 USD each.

More information: Gospel Musicians / Neo-Soul Keys iPad