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Dear readers: Thanks for 2013 & Happy New Year!

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To all readers of, I want to wish you all a blessed and music-filled 2014!

Best wishes for 2014!

The 8th year of has been another busy one. No less than 4,323 blog posts were published in 2013. Since I don’t usually work weekends, that’s an average of about 16 posts a day!

I want to thank you for your encouragement, feedback, heads up on news and deals, financial support and other contributions, participation in contests and giveaways, and just checking out at this place.

Also, many thanks to the developers who send in their press releases, and for providing me with products for testing or reviews. The same goes for all advertisers and affiliates who help me cover all the costs of running the blog.

Hope to see you all again in the New Year!



Loopmasters House packs 45% off – 24 hours only

Loopmasters has launched a 24-hour sale on its House sample packs and soundsets.

45% off House packs

Save a whopping 45% off Loopmasters House samples – 24 hours only! Hurry!

The sale ends December 31st, 2013.

More information: Loopmasters / House Sale


Sonic Charge releases Cyclone free TX16W emulation

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Sonic Charge has announced the release of Cyclone, a free software emulation of the Yamaha TX16W sampler from 1988.

Sonic Charge Cyclone

Cyclone is a true low-level hardware emulator. It simulates all the important circuits of the Yamaha TX16W, including the main 68000 CPU, the properietary Yamaha DSP circuits, the 12-bit sample memory and the 400kHz non-linear DACs. Cyclone not only looks like a real TX16W, it sounds like a real TX16W and it runs the exact same software as a real TX16W.

That last sentence is worth elaborating on. We have not merely created a new virtual instrument with a vintage sound, neither is Cyclone an updated version of Typhoon. Cyclone features a full 68000 emulator that runs the exact same version of Typhoon that was released 14 years ago. This implies that using Cyclone will require a bit more effort than your average modern virtual instrument. But this can also be a very rewarding experience. Regard Cyclone as a time travel portal to an era from the past. The era of the monster dinosaur samplers.

Cyclone for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download.

More information: Sonic Charge


Multiples Pro releases Maschine MicroPak

Multiples Pro Maschine MicroPak

Multiples Pro has announced its Maschine MicroPak, a collection of drum sounds made with Maschine 2.0.

For those of you who follow in it’s entirety you will note mrthebigman just picked up the most recent version of the Maschine software in Maschine 2.0.

This library has been created after many hours experimenting with the new Drumsynths in Maschine and he has served up so very cutting edge one shot hits.

Maschine MicroPak features

  • 32 samples:
    • 8 Kicks
    • 8 Snares
    • 8 HiHats
    • 4 Toms
    • 4 Percussion sounds
  • Available .wav, Maschine 1.8 & Maschine 2 formats.

The sample pack is available as a free download.

More information: Multiples Pro / Maschine MicroPak


Zenhiser releases Classic Goa Trance Hooks

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Zenhiser Classic Goa Trance Hooks

Zenhiser has launched Classic Goa Trance Hooks, a 2GB collection of Goa Trance loops.

Crammed full of 2GB pristine, mind elevating synth loops, pulsating basslines, power driven beats and super sharp Goa fx makes this sample pack an absolute certainty for all producers creating the more driving side of Trance. It’s by far the biggest collection of Goa Trance samples ever created whilst using only the highest production skills available.

These Goa sounds really are monsters, 60 hooks containing their own bassline, multiple drum loop variations and synth loops variations too. There’s also and FX folder for transitioning all those hooks, which means we’ve literally supplied everything you need to get that Goa Trance sound hitting both the vinyl charts again and digital charts accordingly.

The sample pack costs $40 AUD.

More information: Zenhiser / Classic Goa Trance Hooks


Plugin Boutique launches 24-Hour Sale – 40% off Sonar X3

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale for the Sonar X3 music production software for Windows by Cakewalk.

Cakewalk SONAR X3 Sale

Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again.

Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 lets you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting the latest technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

Cakewalk Sonar X3 is available at a 50% discount at Plugin Boutique on December 31st, 2013.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Sonar X3


Impact Soundworks releases Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar, its latest virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring an exhaustively sampled Jim Hall model archtop guitar by Sadowsky, outfitted with custom electronics and performed by Josh Workman.

Archtop is designed to suit a wide variety of musical genres, from jazz, blues, and funk, to R&B, pop, and rock; as it was recorded completely clean with two blendable pickups, the instrument can be used in virtually any context. A range of vital articulations are included, such as thumbed octaves, picked sustains, hammer-on and pull-off legato, portamento (glissando), tremolo, harmonics, and more.

Impact Soundworks was founded in 2007 by composers Andrew Aversa and Will Roget, II with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries “designed with composers in mind.”

“We were thrilled to collaborate with Josh to create this instrument,” said Aversa, lead designer of the library. “Thanks to his extensive experience as a session player and performer, we were able to capture and include all the essential techniques and nuances that make the end result great.”

The sound content of Archtop includes nearly 9,000 24-bit stereo samples, with up to 4 dynamic layers and 8 round robins per note. It also features a detailed, custom user interface allowing total control over instrument mapping, fretting, effects, and engine settings.

“The goal for Archtop was for it to sound great out of the box with a very gentle learning curve. Keyswitches and MIDI CCs are not required, and any articulation can be toggled or remapped with just a few clicks. Adding effects or changing presets is a snap, and advanced users will find the engine settings to be quite detailed!” explained Aversa.

Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar features

  • Extensive 24bit CLEAN recordings.
  • Sadowsky Jim Hall model archtop guitar.
  • Beautiful user interface with easy editing, presets, and FX pedals.
  • Custom blend between bridge and neck pickups.
  • Sustain, palm mutes, vibrato, tremolo.
  • Thumbed octaves, portamento (glissando).
  • Staccato notes, hammer-on, pull-off playing.
  • Harmonics – artificial & real – neck slides, pick FX and noises.
  • Wide range of release noises.
  • Every fret sampled on every string.
  • Adjustable mapping and playing style.

Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar for Kontakt (Kontakt Player compatible) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $139 USD (regular $159 USD). Owners of the Shreddage 2 library can crossgrade for an intro price of $119 USD. This deal expires January 15, 2014.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Archtop