Holderness Media releases Caramel distortion & crusher effect for iPad

Holderness Media has announced the release of Caramel, a highly playable distortion, crusher and fattener effect processor for iPad.

Caramel (performance view)

Designed for use with the Audiobus app and USB audio interfaces, Caramel lets you easily add grit, punch and character to input sources such as drums, synth, bass and guitar. Create punchy distorted drum sounds and basslines, colorful lo-fi digital distortion and more.

Caramel also works as an Inter-app Audio effect inside hosts such as AudioShare, Auria, Cubasis and Apple’s own Garageband. Caramel supports Core MIDI for controlling the effect parameters with your favorite MIDI controllers.

Caramel features

  • Great for adding punch, grit and sonic character to drums, bass and synths with ease.
  • Compatible with USB audio interfaces such as the Apogee Jam, One, Duet and many more.
  • Crunch, Crush, Girth, Sizzle and Bite parameters for shaping your distortion tone.
  • Girth parameter adds subtle to punishing low end boost to drums and bass.
  • Independent left and right channel effects engines can be linked or controlled independently for interesting stereo distortion.
  • Use Caramel as an effect inside Garageband, Auria, Cubasis, and AudioShare using Audiobus or Inter-app audio.
  • Supports new Audiobus 2 state saving feature for full parameter recall via Audiobus presets.
  • Supports Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI and Network MIDI, plus MIDI learn for easily mapping your favorite controller to Caramel’s effect parameters.
  • Two distinct modes: Perform and Tweak.
  • Playable presets, allowing for interesting sonic experimentation on the fly.
  • Several stereo output modes including Normal Stereo, Wide Stereo and Sum To Mono.

Caramel is available for purchase for $4.99 USD at the iTunes AppStore.

More information: Caramel

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PG Music releases Band-in-a-Box 2014

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PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2014

PG Music has announced the release of Band-in-a-Box 2014, the latest version of the music software which comes with over 50 new features and enhancements and a new look.

Band-in-a-Box is so easy to use! Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you’d like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest… Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns.

RealTracks add the human element of great session musicians to your songs and version 2014 offers some of the most exciting new RealTracks yet! Plus, version 2014 has a great new look with a redesigned GUI, 54 MIDI SuperTracks, 36 Artist Performances and much more!

Band-in-a-Box for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $129 USD. Band-in-a-Box 2013 users can upgrade for $49 USD.

More information: PG Music

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Fabrizio Poce updates J74 Progressive to v2.0

Fabrizio Poce has released version 2.0 of J74 Progressive, a Max for Live tool set for chord progression making and harmonic editing.

J74 Progressive

The new version provides new functionality for chord progression editing, MIDI clip editing (humanize velocity and timing) and for detecting musical information in audio material (notes, chords, scales).

Changes in Progressive v2.0

  • Techniques for borrowed chords and accidentals.
  • Additional control for chord inversion.
  • Additional control to arpeggio settings (note can be omitted).
  • Swing, groove and velocity dynamics.
  • A new device, the “Audio Analyzer”, which processes audio input in real time visualizing notes and extracting chord and scale information.

Progressive is available for purchase for $12 USD.

More information: J74 / Progressive

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Audiomodern releases DeciBell free Kontakt instrument

Audiomodern DeciBell

Audiomodern has released DeciBell, a free instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

DeciBell for NI KONTAKT is a Bell-tone synth patch from a modded Roland analog synthesizer routed to a “distant” TC Electronics Reverb 4000 patch.

Simple user interface with a filtter cutoff knob.

The pack is available to download at no charge (valid email address required). Requires Kontakt 5.2.16 or higher, full version.

More information: Audiomodern / DeciBell

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Beatmatch releases Digital free sample pack

Beatmatch Digital

Beatmatch.info has announced Digital, a free sample pack.

“Digital” is a must have collection of close to 300 high quality royalty-free synthetic drum sounds, effects and one shots.

Thanks to Maschine extension update you can now use “Digital” with Native Instruments groove production workstation. Maschine extension includes 4 drum kits and 16 music grooves optimised for use in minimal techno, electro & detroit techno music productions.

Digital features

  • 295 Sound Files.
  • 4 Drum Kits.
  • 16 Music Grooves.
  • WAV Format.
  • 100% Royalty Free.

The pack is a free download at Beatmatch.info.

More information: Beatmatch / Digital

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Blue Cat PatchWork v1.4 released

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.4 of its PatchWork plug-in host for Windows and Mac.

Blue Cat Audio PatchWork

This new version includes MIDI channel filtering for plug-ins input, parallel processing chains improvements (selectable summing mode and solo buttons), and several compatibility improvements on Mac.

Changes in Blue Cat PatchWork v1.4

  • Selectable parallel processing chains summing mode: sum or average.
  • Solo button for parallel chains.
  • MIDI Channel filtering for each plug-in input.
  • Fixed undo/redo incompatibilities with some plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed crash introduced in 1.3 when trying to load missing VST plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed wrong plug-in instantiated in some cases when selected from a VST shell package.
  • (Mac) Fixed crash after closing the editor of an Audio Unit plug-in loaded with SoundRadix’s 32Lives.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork is available for purchase for 59 EUR/$79 USD.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / PatchWork

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New Sonic Arts updates Nuance to v1.5007

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New Sonic Arts has released version 1.5007 of Nuance, a sampler instrument for Windows and Mac.

New Sonic Arts Nuance 1.5

Finally, a sampler designed the way you want it. Fast workflow, pristine sound quality – and no bloat.

Proudly standing out from the crowd of complex and cumbersome samplers, Nuance’s streamlined and intuitive approach will boost your productivity and inspire you to create new sounds – fast.

Changes in Nuance v1.5007

  • Improvements:
    • Pad Audition button.
    • Empty pads can now be selected.
    • CPU optimizations.
    • Improved interpolation quality.
    • Modulation amount now displayed on header.
  • Fixes:
    • Crash in OSX / Logic 9.
    • Windows installer would not run on 32bit systems.
    • Start modulation was broken.
    • Loop modulation fixes.
    • Various minor bug fixes.

Nuance for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase at a 40% discount until July 31st, 2014.

More information: New Sonic Arts / Nuance

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