Freaky Loops releases Maschine Pro: EDM

Freaky Loops has launched Maschine Pro: EDM, the first pack in a new series of Maschine libraries.

Freaky Loops Maschine Pro: EDM

Featuring 35 Maschine kits at 128BPM (.mxgrp) including a total of 611 sounds and 195 MIDI patterns. A powerful tool for your Maschine Studio with more innovative sounds.

You will find the sounds have been crafted with layering in mind, to get your beats knocking and sounding professional in seconds – all you need to do is press play and record! The kits are layered with inspirational, saturated classic sounds and instruments and arranged in a practical order for real time play, either live or in the studio. From hard-hitting drums to club pumping basses, cracking club-ready grooves to thundering kicks, epic leads to huge chords, snarling snares to crystal-clear hats (open and closed), big melodic pads to blazing synths, piercing percussion to sizzling SFX and more.. Taking influence from other defining genres such as Progressive House, Techno and Electro and fusing them seamlessly into todays EDM scene. Regardless of what music you make there is something in here that will trigger your creativity.

The pack is available from Loopmasters for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Freaky Loops / Maschine Pro: EDM

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Waves intros dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter plugin

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Waves has introduced the dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter, an effect plug-in developed in collaboration with Harman Professional.

Waves dbx 160

Considered one of the best drum compressors ever, the original dbx® 160 stands tall among its peers, boasting a very clean sound with minimum THD. The fast-acting dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, and later models in the 160 series also became industry standards.

Created in collaboration with dbx, the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin is an authentic-sounding software version of this storied piece of hardware. In addition to its meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, the Waves dbx 160 plugin incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component. The result is a must-have compressor / limiter for use in the studio, live, or both.

“To get closer to the realism of live performance” has been a goal of dbx since the company’s inception in the 1970s. This goal has come full circle with the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin, which enables users to achieve stunning realism in the studio or to add nuance to an actual live performance.

The plugin is to be released soon. Pricing TBA.

More information: Waves / dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter

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ModernBeats releases Kolossal Kickz sample pack

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ModernBeats Kolossal Kickz

ModernBeats has announced the release of Kolossal Kickz, a new sample library featuring a collection of 240 drum samples.

Featuring over 240 deep kick drum samples designed for modern pop, hip hop, r&b, and dubstep music production, Modern Beats releases its kick drum sample library “Kolossal Kickz”. All samples were recorded at 24bit, 96khz for optimized audio quality and include kick designs modeled after Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Dre, Stargate, J.R. Rotem, T. Pain, DJ Premier, Storch, Lil Jon, Trak Starz, Trackboyz, and others.

“Kolossal Kickz” contains 10 auto-loading software sampler presets in 6 formats that instantly load all 240 kick samples into your sampler of choice: Reason NN-XT (.SXT), EXS24 (.EXS), Kontakt (.NKI), Battery (.KT3/.KIT), Halion (.FXP), Soundfont (.SF2), and WAV (.WAV). The kick sound pack is organized into 10 themes so users can quickly load the desired kick type.

Kolossal Kickz is available for purchase for $27.96 USD.

More information: ModernBeats / Kolossal Kickz

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Patchbanks releases Grand Funk Boogie Jams

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Patchbanks has announced the release of Grand Funk Boogie Jams, an all-original collection of drum jams for old school music lovers looking for those memorable grooves produced from the late 70s and early 80s era.

Patchbanks Grand Funk Boogie Jams

Inside contains various flavors from classic radio hits to dusty rare groove compositions that were recorded with live drums and vintage drum machines for nothing but pure authentic sounds.

With 100 extended loops running for an approximate total of 44 minutes playing time, provides plenty of selection throughout each two-track recording to select pattern variations that are generally broken-down by percussions from the core drums. Sound wise: each mix was pre-mastered on a vintage console and processed with SSL analog dynamics along with high-end tape emulators to add a touch of vinyl-like saturation.

If you’ve got the funk for old school drums, this collection is unequivocally the real deal.

Grand Funk Boogie Jams features

  • 100 Drum Loops (Mixed Stereo).
  • 24bit Aiff format.
  • Music Styles: 80s Funk, Boogie, Disco, Rare Groove.
  • Range: 100-124 bpm.
  • 627MB content.

The sample pack is available for purchase for $24.95 USD.

More information: Patchbanks / Grand Funk Boogie Jams

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Cakewalk intros ProChannel support for +10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor

Cakewalk has announced ProChannel support for the +10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor plug-in from Boz Digital Labs.

+10db David Bendeth Signature Series Compressor

The +10db Compressor Plug-in, the brainchild of producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Of Mice & Men, A Day to Remember) and audio plug-in designer Boz Digital Labs, is a channel strip plugin meticulously modeled after one of the industries most iconic hardware compressors.

This rare analogue unit has never before been designed into a plug-in. Along with harnessing the sonic feel of this unique piece, the +10db also comes with 10 presets that were created by Bendeth, allowing users’ drum and vocal tracks to benefit from his years of experience in the studio.

SONAR’s ProChannel was a feature that was introduced in SONAR X1 Producer, and has continued to evolve. This analog-style channel strip offers SONAR customers the ability to create their own mixer architecture, with customizable mixer channel strips. Accessible on every track and bus inside of SONAR, musicians can get that epic, vintage sound of classic records from the past 25 years.

“Both Boz and I are excited about the prospect of working with Cakewalk and supporting SONAR, ” says Bendeth. “They have such a great long history in the world of computer-based recording. We are also very proud of the +10db compressor and look forward to future collaborations with Cakewalk in the coming years.”

The +10db Compressor includes three separate plugins: +10db Compressor, +10db Equaliser and +10db Channel Strip. The Compressor and Equaliser will be available as ProChannel modules and all plugins will also be available as AU, VST3, AAX, and RTAS on Mac and Windows-based digital audio workstations.

The plug-ins will be available at the Cakewalk Store starting late January, 2015.

More information: Cakewalk

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