Patchpool releases Tabla Rasa for Serum

Patchpool has announced the release of Tabla Rasa, a new soundset for the Serum synthesizer instrument from Xfer Records.

All wavetables in this set are created from scratch, either by resynthesizing acoustic instruments, vocals, percussion, hardware synthesizers and sounds derived from organic and inorganic materials like wood, metal, plastic and glass or by creating wavetables and single cycle waveforms in Serum’s own editor.
34 wav-samples were produced especially for this set including cinematic soundscapes and drones, abstract and atonal textures and acoustic percussion sounds.

Complex modulation routings enable the user to deeply interact with the sounds, often totally changing a patch at the turn of a Macro. Tabula Rasa contains a wide range of expressive sounds ranging from ambient drones and warm pads to dark and gloomy textures to cinematic impacts and sound effects to futuristic and new age-sequences to beautiful plucks and bell sounds to expressive leads, deep basses and edgy stabs.

Tabla Rasa features

  • 104 patches (75.9 MB).
  • 34 wav samples (44.1 Khz/24 Bit/stereo) – 330.9 MB.
  • 114 wavetables (50 MB).
  • 42 LFO shapes.
  • All patches have Velocity, Modwheel and four Macros assigned, most patches also use Aftertouch.
  • Library size: 458,2 MB installed.

The soundset is available for purchase for 30 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Tabla Rasa

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Audio Assault updates Head Crusher to v1.2

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Audio Assault has released version 1.2 of Head Crusher, an analogue saturation effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Audio Assault Head Crusher

Head Crusher is the ultimate analogue saturation workhorse, Head Crusher can go from subtle warmth to full on harmonic destruction.

Use it to give drums more power, to make vocals stand out in the mix and sound more aggressive, even use it with a synthesizer and cook up new and exciting sounds, the possibilities are endless.

Changes in Head Crusher v1.2

  • Gain recalibration.
  • Fixed latency issues.
  • Fixed phasing issues.
  • Added mix knob.
  • Fixed recognition errors in Logic X.

Head Crusher (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for $29.99 USD (personal/small business license) / $49.99 USD (full license).

More information: Audio Assault / Head Crusher

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Denon DJ intros MC4000 Serato controller & DS1 Serator interface

Denon DJ has announced the MC4000, a new Serato MIDI controller.

Denon DJ MC4000

The all-new MC4000 is a 2-deck Serato MIDI controller for the professional DJ, wrapping in- demand audio manipulation tools in a robust steel chassis. In addition to precision touch-activated jog wheels, performers get access to dedicated hot cue and sample pads for on-the-fly creativity.

Long-throw 100mm pitch faders and an intuitive control layout deliver natural operation when balancing complex set elements. Known for their emphasis on sound quality, Denon DJ includes a premium 24-bit audio output path for noticeably clearer mixes.

Denon DJ’s highly regarded dual microphone inputs are complemented by a studio-grade echo effect, and “ducking” feature—effortlessly moving vocals to the top of the mix without riding faders. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Intro and will be compatible with Traktor 2, and Virtual DJ 8.

MC4000 features

  • Premium 2-Deck controller for Serato.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro; user-upgradeable to Serato DJ.
  • Touch-activated jog wheels for accurate scratching and track cueing.
  • Dedicated hot-cue and sample trigger pads with illuminated feedback.
  • Long-throw, 100mm pitch faders.
  • All-new control layout for effortless, intuitive use.
  • Dedicated EQ and FX controls on each channel.
  • (2) balanced mic inputs with 2-band EQ, Ducking, and Echo effect.
  • Compatible with Traktor 2 (via .tsi files) and Virtual DJ 8.
  • RCA Aux input for external device mixing.
  • Balanced Main and Booth Outputs.
  • Pro-grade steel construction.

The MC4000 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

Denon has also introduced the DS1, a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap – the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library using a turntable or compact disc player.

Denon DJ DS1

The DS1 is plug and play with Serato DJ, extending Denon DJ’s hallmark audio quality and reliability to club DJs and turntablists who prefer the feel of vinyl, but desire the flexibility a digital music library provides.

At the core of the all-new DS1 is a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. As users manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal, Serato DJ software mirrors the control signal—controlling digital tracks on-screen in real-time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling.

Playback audio is distributed by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs.

DS1 features

  • Premium Digital Vinyl System (DVS) interface for Serato DJ.
  • Interfaces turntables and CD players using Serato NoiseMap with a Serato DJ-based digital music library.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ—no purchase necessary.
  • (2) sets of stereo RCA inputs and outputs for left and right decks.
  • Studio-grade 24-bit digital to analog conversion.
  • Supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates.
  • Dedicated grounding post for use with turntables.
  • Single USB cable connection to a computer for power and audio.
  • Includes (2) Serato NoiseMap control tone vinyl records and CDs.
  • Includes USB and stereo RCA cables.
  • Rugged, all-metal construction; carrying case included.

The DS1 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £229.99 GBP.

More information: Denon DJ

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ADSR Sounds intros Massive Melbourne Drops video course

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ADSR Sounds has launched Massive Melbourne Drops, a video tutorial course that shows how to build a Melbourne Bounce Drop from start to finish using the NI Massive synthesizer.

Massive Melbourne Drops

Welcome to ADSR’s new ‘Start to Finish’ Series – in-depth video courses that step you through creating the hottest EDM genres in detail, from start to finish.

Hosted by lead tutor Echo Sound Works, this edition of this unique series gets you up to speed on how to create that distinctive Melbourne Bounce Sound using Native Instruments Massive

With over 2 hours of exclusive video content, you will learn how to make 7 sounds in Massive, tune kick drums, build and layer drum samples, write off beat bass lines, compose your actual drop and as an added bonus, learn how to chop up vocals to get that Melbourne Bounce sound popularized by Deorro.

* Includes 10 bonus MASSIVE sounds, 6 drum samples and 5

The course is available for purchase for the introductory price of $17 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / Massive Melbourne Drops

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Focusrite intros Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite

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Focusrite has announced the release of the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, a bundle compresing equalizer and compressor effect plug-ins, that come bundled with all Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, Forte, and Clarett audio interfaces.

Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite

The new plug-ins are accurate models of Focusrite’s classic Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor hardware. Coveted by producers and engineers for their exceptional clarity and versatility, the original units are prized fixtures in professional recording studios the world over. Now, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite lets you exploit the famous natural sound of the originals, conveniently from within your audio software.

The plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware, allowing you to get detailed tonal control of your mix. The Red 2 EQ is a sweet sounding 6-band design, with high/low pass filters, high/low frequency shelves, and fully parametric low-mid, and high-mid frequency bands. The Red 3 compressor is a VCA compressor design, excellent for natural sounding dynamic control of drums, bass, vocals, and acoustic instruments.

The bundle is available for purchase for $299 USD. Registered Scarlett, Saffire, and Forte customers can download the new plug-ins for free, adding to their Focusrite software bundles.

More information: Focusrite / Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite

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