Soniccouture launches Black Friday Sale – Up to 50% off

Soniccouture has announced its Black Friday Sale, offering up to 50% discount on its sample libraries for a limited time.

Soniccouture Black Friday Sale

From Tuesday 25th November to Saturday 30th December you can get any of these great deals on ANY Soniccouture products:

  • 1 PRODUCT = 33% OFF
  • 2 PRODUCTS = 40% OFF
  • 3+ PRODUCTS = 50% OFF

NO CODE REQUIRED – simply add to cart, and discounts will be applied automatically at checkout.

The sale ends November 30th, 2014, midnight PST.

More information: Soniccouture

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Positive Grid announces Black Friday sale

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Positive Grid has announced that starting on November 25th and culminating on Black Friday weekend, all JamUp, BIAS, and Final Touch will be available on sale to celebrate this Holiday Season.

Positive Grid Jamup

JAMUP and BIAS

Only for Holiday Season, JamUp Guitar Multi-Effects, BIAS Amp Designer, and Final Touch Audio Post Production apps are now just $4.99. Furthermore, users can get 50% OFF for all JamUp and BIAS Expansion Packs via in-app purchases, offering the best price of the year for more than 40 different JamUp vintage and modern amps plus 50 studio quality effects, as well as BIAS Expansion Packs (Glassy, Crunch, and Insane). The offer expires on Dec 1st.

BIAS Desktop

Also exclusively for one day only, the recently launched and already popular BIAS Desktop – Amp Matching Modeler Plug-in for Mac and PC will be at $25 OFF regular price ($74) on Friday 28th.
The Holiday Season Sales are immediately available on Positive Grid’s website, on the iTunes App Store and as in-app purchase on the JamUp and BIAS Store.

More information: Positive Grid

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Native Instruments releases MASCHINE 2.2 Software Update

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Native Instruments has released version 2.2 of Maschine, a major update of the acclaimed integrated hardware/software groove production system.

Native Instruments Maschine
New features include Smart Play™, adding new melodic capabilities, unified sound browsing, full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard integration, Light Guide™ synchronization, and more to the MASCHINE workflow.

The MASCHINE 2.2 update adds a powerful new melodic dimension to the MASCHINE workflow. The Smart Play™ features include a new scale and chord engine, as well as a fully-functional arpeggiator. Producers can select from a range of popular musical scales and chords, and perform them into their productions directly on MASCHINE’s 16 high-sensitivity pads. The arpeggiator allows precise control of direction, octave span, and subdivision – its output is also recorded directly into MASCHINE’s Pattern Editor, providing easy post-performance editing of the note sequences. The update also unlocks MASCHINE STUDIO’s touch-sensitive knobs for an even faster, touch-and-see workflow.

MASCHINE 2.2 also brings full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series integration to MASCHINE. Producers can browse instruments and effects in the MASCHINE software directly from an S-Series keyboard. Once an instrument or effect is loaded key parameters automatically map to the display knobs on both pieces of hardware. The luxurious Fatar keybeds add a new level of fluid expression. Light Guide™ also synchronizes perfectly with MASCHINE’s pads, giving producers the same level of feedback on both pieces of hardware when switching from beats to melodic playing.

The update is free for all current Maschine 2 owners. Maschine users who have not yet updated to the Maschine 2 software can purchase the upgrade for $49.50 USD/49.50 EUR/£44.50 GBP until December 12th, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine

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Toonrack releases Metal Machine SDX for Superior Drummer 2

Toontrack Metal Machine SDX

Toontrack has announced the release of Metal Machine SDX, a Superior Drummer 2 sound library featuring the original recording that was used as the foundation for the Metal Machine EZX, arguably the most popular set of metal drum sounds on the market.

What makes it different from the EZX version is that the SDX sounds are raw and without post-processing, meaning the source material recorded directly at the studio. It comes with fundamentally the same collection of instruments but includes a wider variety of mic selections as well as a custom bank of kit presets.

The sessions were conducted at Studio B of Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios. Formerly known as the A&M Studios, these landmark facilities have housed the who’s-who of the recording industry of the past few decades. Heavy acts like Metallica, Soundgarden, Kiss, Pearl Jam and many others have all mixed or recorded groundbreaking works here.

At the helm recording, a man that needs no introduction to the world of metal; Andy Sneap. Having produced and mixed defining albums by some of modern metal’s most priced acts like Testament, Megadeth, Accept and Killswitch Engage, Sneap has had an instrumental role in shaping the sound of metal as we know it in the new millennium.

This library comprises three full kits as well as a wide assortment of cymbals and snares drums, which were all recorded using the utmost in recording equipment. With its concrete-lined walls, the room at Studio B produces a hard but still deep and precise tone, making it a perfect sonic environment for big, reverberant rock and metal drums. This room really brings out the very essence and raw nature of these instruments.

Toontrack Metal Machine MIDI

This is more than a collection of drums for just rock and metal. With the powerful tools of Superior Drummer 2, it’s a clean canvas of the finest of raw material, ready for you to harness, shape and mold into something truly unique.

The Metal Machinery SDX also comes with a MIDI groove library performed by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir). This is also available as a separate release (Metal Machinery MIDI).

Metal Machinery SDX features

  • Three kits (2 x Tama Starclassic Bubinga, Ludwig Stainless Steel) as well as a large selection of snare drums and cymbals.
  • Produced and engineered by Andy Sneap.
  • Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Six (6) kit presets including custom samples, designed and mixed by Andy Sneap.
  • Included MIDI played by Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir).

The Metal Machine SDX is now available for purchase for 159EUR. The Metal Machine MIDI pack is 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Machine SDX

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Five12 releases Numerology 4 for Mac

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Five12 has announced the release of Numerology 4, a major release of the modular step-sequencing environment for Mac OS X.

Five12 Numerology 4

In addition to numerous modernization and usability improvements, Numerology 4.0 adds several new features that expand it’s capabilities in two areas central to its workflow: hardware control & modulation.

In version 4.0, Numerology extends it’s highly-capable grid mapping for the Novation Launchpad to include support for the Ableton Push and Livid OHM RBG grid controllers. Users can easily setup Numerology 4 to use several grid controllers at once, opening up new options when working with longer sequences, or for simultaneously manipulating sequence patterns and sequence ‘control’ settings (rate, direction, key, offset, etc.). Numerology’s grid mapping has also been updated to support accidentals, per-step probability settings, and a mapping for Numerology’s virtual keyboard module.

Numerology 4’s expanded support for hardware controllers also includes new options for transport and mixing oriented controllers, and improved OSC support in Numerology Pro. With these additions, users can easily configure a hardware controller setup that allows them to spend as much time away from the computer as they want.

Extending Numerology’s already generous selection of options for modulating sequences is a new feature called Realtime Automation (RTA), which allow users to record and play looped automation moves up to 64 beats long. This feature is can be accessed by mapping a MIDI (or OSC in N4 Pro) controller to trigger RTA recording. Once triggered, RTA recording captures all parameter edits made by a hardware controller to internal automation buffers. RTA recording auto-stops after a set number of beats, then immediately plays back all automation moves.

Among other general workflow improvements, Numerology now includes a comprehensive multi-panel browser for managing module presets, exported stacks (which are a collection of connected modules), audio and MIDI files. Users can easily setup custom module and stack libraries of their own via drag-and-drop to the browser. The audio section of the browser includes a preview panel and an ‘auto play’ mode for very fast auditioning of audio samples.

Numerology 4 includes a much-improved built-in sampler. Based on Numerology’s previous DrumKit and SamplePlayer modules, the new SampleKit has an updated UI with a zoomable waveform display, a convenient outline-based layout, and proper support for multi-part patches. Also included with Numerology4 is an all-new set of demo projects, stacks, sound patches and samples. Though not large by modern standards, this new library is specifically designed to show off Numerology’s compositional flexibility, including pop and funk tunes, dance music, classic synthesizer tracks, and several excursions into the exploratory world of experimental and generative musics.

Numerology 4 can run either 32 or 64 bit as a standalone app, 64-bit in ReWire mode with a 64-bit ReWire host, or as any of three plugin types (VST, AU and AU MIDI Effect) with 32 and 64 bit hosts.

Numerology 4 also adds support for Apple’s latest Audio Unit variant, the AU MIDI Effect, which allows Numerology to run as a MIDI insert within an instrument channel in LogicX (Mac OS X 10.8.5 and later). Running in this mode provides trouble-free routing and sample accurate MIDI transmission within LogicX’s instrument tracks.

Other changes in Numerology 4

  • A new welcome dialog with an unlimited listing of ‘recent projects’.
  • Per-stack MIDI loop recorders with drag-n-drop export.
  • New quantization options for presets.
  • Auto-mapping for MIDI control over preset changes.
  • Preset-arrangement recording in the timeline.
  • Better zooming and transport locate behavior in the timeline.
  • Auto-Best-Fit chord selection in the Chord Sequencer.
  • Per-step probability control in all note-based sequencers.
  • Separate Key vs. Semitone Offset settings for pitched sequencers.
  • The DrumSeq module can support up to 16 tracks. (As always, users can add as many DrumSeqs as wanted)
  • Background auto-saving of projects.
  • Automatic checking for updates online.
  • Additions specific to Numerology 4 Pro include:
    • Unlimited Undo/Redo with a full history dialog.
    • Automatic plugin delay compensation.
    • User-configurable track delays for managing latency with external instruments.
    • Expanded options for OSC control.
    • Bonjour support for easy OSC setup.
    • OSC Support in Numerology’s AU & VST plugins.
    • A dedicated MIDI/OSC mappings dialog.

Numerology is available for purchase for $129 US (Standard Edition) / $199 USD (Pro). Upgrades from Numerology 3 are $39 USD until December 27th, $49 USD thereafter.

More information: Five12 / Numerology

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