u-he launches Hive synth plugin preview + pre-order

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u-he has launched a preview version of its Hive synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

u-he Hive

We are taking the wraps off a new synth – Hive. What is Hive? Think sleek, low CPU use, “super” sounding synth with a streamlined workflow. We wanted to make a synth that was fast, fluid, light on CPU but still had a heavyweight sound.

There are lots of features packed into the single page interface to make your sound design quick and intuitive – drag and drop modulation, solo buttons, parameter linking and much more.

Hive is now available for download as a public beta. We are putting the finishing touches on Hive and this is your chance to give some feedback and help us get ready for release.

The public beta is available to download for Windows and Mac from the u-he forum at KVR Audio.

Hive is available for purchase now for $99 USD ex VAT while it is in public beta (regular $149 USD ex VAT). The serial number works with both the beta version and the final released version.

More information: u-he / Hive

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Capsun Pro Audio releases Down Low – Trap & Twerk sample pack

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Capsun Pro Audio has launched Down Low – Trap & Twerk, a new sample pack designed by CAPSUN, creator of the No.1 bestselling ‘Trap’ series.

Capsun Down Low Trap & Twerk

Once again, leading the genre down it’s newest path and representing the freshest experimental future sounds. Except this time around we stepped it up a notch and brought critically acclaimed producer Schroff on board.

One half of Trap outfit iLLU!, boss at FKK Records and Trap93 LDN associate. He adds his patented ‘Lean’ sound – a deep 808 bass fusion of trap, trill, ambient music, dark RnB, grime, house and garage to the collection. This collaborative approach produced the most current, creative and real representation of Trap & Twerk imaginable.

Down Low costs £29.95 GBP. One-shots and loops packs are also available separately starting at £12.95 GBP.

More information: Capsun / Down Low – Trap & Twerk

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Dream Audio Tools releases Indie Mandolin for Kontakt

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Dream Audio Tools Indie Mandolin

Dream Audio Tools has launched Indie Mandolin, an instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Indie Mandolin features a complete set of Folk Mandolin sequenced patches and sustained tones, fully playable to create realistic and lively performances..

The raw and unpolished tone and the playing techniques captured make Indie Mandolin the perfect tool for adding that “indie folk” flavour to any composition and song. It includes fully payable patterns patches, sustained tones, round robin patches, slides, double stops and tremolando.

Indie Mandolin features

  • Tempo synced.
  • All samples 24 bit 48 Khz.
  • A comprehensive choice of Fully playable patterns, Sustained notes, Hammer-ons, Tremolando, Double stops, Combined patches.
  • Patches can be layered for unlimited combinations and arrangements.
  • 21.nki patches.
  • Low memory usage, Laptop ready.
  • Designed effect variations activable (Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Reverb).
  • Modulation/Pitch wheel controlled behaviours.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of 14.90 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or above.

More information: Dream Audio Tools

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Impact Soundworks releases ReForged: Cinematic Metallic Sound Design

Impact Soundworks has launched ReForged: Cinematic Metallic Sound Design, a sound design instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt designed with composers in mind.

Impact Soundworks ReForged

Recorded and produced by award-winning designer Ali Lacey, this library captures a full suite of found metal objects in intimate detail with expressive articulations and playing techniques.

These natural sounds were then transformed, morphed, reshaped and processed to create an entirely new collection of samples: cinematic impacts, slams, textures, atmospheres, tonal elements, rhythmic loops, and noises. In total, ReForged features over 1,900+ inspiring Natural & Designed samples.

This library will give you endless inspiration for your own compositions & productions with its powerful synth engine, along with ALL samples provided as WAV & REX2 for further mangling + editing.

ReForged features

  • Over 1,900 natural + designed sounds.
  • Dozens of deep-sampled found metals.
  • Hundreds of cinematic impacts.
  • Textures, atmospheres, FX + noises.
  • Tonal elements, transitions, synths.
  • Extensive loop + rhythm collection.
  • Inspiring & sleek UI w/ synth engine.
  • Custom FX rack + sequencer/gater.
  • 30+ internal engine/FX presets.

ReForged is available for purchase for the introductory price of $119 USD until December 31st, 2014 (MSRP $139 USD). Requires Kontakt 5 full version.

More information: Impact Soundworks / ReForged

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Industrial Strength releases Lowroller NI Massive Drum ‘n’ Bass

Industrial Strength Samples has launched NI Massive Drum ‘n’ Bass, a formidable collection of earbending Massive presets, MIDI and audio crafted by mastermind producer Lowroller.

Industrial Strength Lowroller NI Massive Drum 'n' Bass

This innovative and versatile NI Massive Production Pack blends the essentials and insanity of Drum n Bass, Crossbreed and Hardcore. The result is an impeccably sculpted set of cutting Drum Patches and ripping Hard Bass Presets straight from the underworld.

Lowroller stacked this pack with deep Reese Bass, dark Bass Leads, Rolling Bass, Sub sounds and Hardcore Bass rumbles—plus a huge selection of Drum sounds to mash up at will: crispy Snares, Hi Loops, Percussion, Sub Booms, Hard Kicks, DnB Kicks and whiplash-inducing Hi Hats. All patches are formatted exclusively for the almighty NI Massive, and each patch brings you total flexibility via macro control.

This maxed-out pack includes the blazing MIDI files you hear in the demo. You’ll also find a slew of Audio Samples presented in crystalline 24-bit Wav: individual Drum Shots, Drum Loops and Bass Loops, all fresh from the demo tracks.

The pack is available for purchase for £21.95 GBP.

More information: Industrial Strength / NI Massive Drum ‘n’ Bass

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