Patchworks updates Conductr controller app to v1.2

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Patchworks has released version 1.2 of the Conductr Ableton Live controller app for iPad app, featuring a new 4-dimensional XY pad.

Conductr with XY-4D pad

After its successful transition to a freemium model last June, Conductr takes a step further and launches a long awaited feature: the XY-4D pad.

Many Conductr users have been asking for an XY pad for months. But the Conductr developers didn’t want to release a XY just like any other. So they took their time to create the Conductr XY-4D pad.

A Conductr XY-4D pad can be created just like a User Module, and can contain 4 fx units. Each unit allows you to control up to 4 parameters: one horizontally (X), one vertically (Y), one by pinching (Z) and one on/off parameter when tapping (K). So you can control up to 16 parameters in a single module, and even have up to 64 parameters at your fingertips in the Playground with the 4 user modules view mode.

Last but not least: each XY-4D unit has a reset and a freeze mode. You can go as crazy as you want and never get lost.

Changes in Conductr v1.2

  • New: 4-dimensional XY pad:
    • Each XY-4D pad can contain up to 4 fx units.
    • Control up to 4 parameters in a single fx unit: one horizontally (X), one vertically (Y), one by pinching (Z) and one on/off parameter by tapping (K).
    • Each fx unit has a reset and a freeze mode.
    • Control 16 parameters in a single XY-4D pad.
    • Control up to 64 parameters with the Playground’s 4 User Modules view mode.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.

From now on, the Conductr free basic version will include one XY-4D fx unit. Users can purchase the Premium User Modules to get unlimited User Modules featuring a complete XY-4D pad on each module.

More information: Conductr

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u-he updates plugins to rev2570 (public beta)

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u-he has updated its plug-ins (ACE, Bazille, Diva, Filterscape, MFM2, Podolski, Satin, Triple Cheese, Uhbik, Zebra & ZebraCM) to revision 2570, the latest build with the newest fixes and improvements.

Owners of ZebraHZ can log into our support website. The download now contains revision 2570 as beta-installer, fixing most pressing issues with AAX.

Unfortunately the Changelog since revision 2352 contains more than 500 items, most of which relate to Satin and Presswerk. However, some of the most notable fixes are

  • fixed crash when changing presets at high buffer sizes
  • resolved Bazille crash related to FX
  • fixed a few note hangers
  • fixed a few MIDI issues
  • fixed issues where UI was slow

We have tested 2570 extensively. Despite being “beta”, we highly recommend to upgrade to these and check them out. Note that Satin is at 2577 to fix the feedback bug in the 1.2.0 rev 2570 release version.

Downloads of rev2570 are available from the u-he forum at KVR Audio.

More information: u-he

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HoRNet releases Graffio distortion plugin

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HoRNet Plug-Ins has announced the release of Graffio, a three band distortion unit with selectable crossover frequency and three different processors for each band: a saturator, an exciter and a bit reducer.

HoRNet Graffio

Each of the processors adds a different kind of distortion to your signal, each of the flavors can be mixed with each other or bypassed, each band level is fully adjustable.

High quality processing is guaranteed by the same 4x oversampling algorithm found in HoRNet Magnus.

Of course if you want to distort the whole signal, Graffio works in full band mode too disabling the crossover and the high and low frequencies processors.

Graffio features

  • Three band crossover with adjustable frequencies.
  • Multi band and full band operation.
  • Three different distortion processors for each band.
  • Dry/Wet knob and bypass for each distortion processors.
  • Output level and mute option for each band.
  • 4x oversampling.
  • Mac OS X (>=10.5 Intel only) and Windows support.
  • 64-bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows.
  • Audio Units VST2.4, VST3 and RTAS format.

The plug-in is available for purchase for 11.99 EUR.

More information: HoRNet / Graffio

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Propellerhead releases A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords

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Propellerhead has announced the release of Electric Guitarist Power Chords, a new A-List series Rack Extension instrument that gives musicians a fast, easy way to create inspiring electric guitar tracks.

A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords

Available immediately, A-List Electric Guitarist allows musicians to quickly and easily create powerful, dynamic power chord tracks right within Reason. By combining a top-notch instrument and world-class player all in the same rack device, A-List Electric Guitarist provides a virtually endless variation of power chord styles that can be played, combined, and tweaked in real time to create unique, realistic, and inspiring performances.

“Whether you’re creating pop, rock, punk or other styles of music, A-List Electric Guitarist helps you quickly and easily create great-sounding power chord tracks and explore new musical directions,” stated Timothy Self, Propellerhead VP of Product Marketing. “With A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords, you don’t need to be a virtuoso to get amazing results; one finger is all your need.”

Propellerhead launched the A-List series in May 2014 with the introduction of A-List Acoustic Guitarist, which has since emerged as one of the most popular Rack Extension instruments in the Propellerhead store. The release of A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords expands the line further, with more great-sounding A-List instruments to come.

A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords puts the sound and ability of a world-class studio guitarist right in the Reason rack. Single MIDI notes trigger power chord progressions, additional notes add alternate voicings and patterns. With complete control and flexibility to adjust key, tempo, style, feel and phrasing at the touch of a button, musicians can quickly create the perfect performance for their song—or spend time experimenting with variations. A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords also offers five amp models and a great-sounding effects selection for a huge variation of sounds.

Since its release in 2012, Propellerhead’s Rack Extension platform has emerged as a powerful audio plug-in format, with over 600 active developers and more than 200 instruments and effects now available via the Propellerhead online store. Rack Extensions integrate seamlessly into the Reason rack, combining excellent sound, smooth workflows and rock-solid stability with the intuitive routing, automation, deep editing and flexibility that Reason users expect.

A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords is available for $99 USD / 79 EUR.

More information: Propellerhead / Electric Guitarist Power Chords

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Matthieu Brucher releases ATKLimiter effect plugin

Matthieu Brucher has announced ATKLimiter, a free limiter effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Matthieu Brucher ATKLimiter

I’m happy to announce the release of one new limiter plugin based on the Audio Toolkit. It is available on Windows and OS X (min. 10.8) in different formats.

I also updated the compressor and the expander with improved UI controls. The compressor also has now a dry/wet knob, allowing to use it for parallel compression.

The plug-in is available for download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Matthieu Brucher / ATKLimiter

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Loopmasters launches RV Samplepacks sale – 30% off

Loopmasters has launched a limited time sale, offering 30% off sample packs from the rv_samplepacks label.

rv_samplepacks sale 30% off

The sale ends August 27th, 2014.

More information: Loopmasters / rv_samplepacks

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Focusrite releases Scarlett Solo USB interface

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Focusrite has launched the Scarlett Solo, a new portable 2-in/2-out USB audio interface.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

We want everybody to be able to make and record music, whatever their level of experience or budget. What we don’t want, however, is for anybody to have to compromise on their sound quality. To us, Sound is Everything.

That’s why we‘ve created the Scarlett Solo. It’s a 2-in/2-out USB interface with a single mic pre, a single instrument input and direct latency-free monitoring. It’s as compact and simple as possible: we’ve stripped out everything unnecessary and left pure Focusrite quality.

Scarlett Solo features

  • 2 in / 2 out USB audio interface.
  • 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion.
  • 1 Focusrite microphone preamplifier.
  • Red anodised aluminium unibody chassis.

Scarlett Solo is available for purchase for MSRP $125.99 USD ($99.99 USD street).

More information: Focusrite / Scarlett Solo

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