Cableguys launches Curve 2 beta, get free 30% discount coupon

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Cableguys has launched a Curve 2 beta version, in which users can help test a new way its plugins connect to the online presets library.

Curve 2 presets library

Some of our plugins can connect to an online sound library to backup and to share sounds and ratings.

Very rarely some users could not connect to the online library and we guess that it relates to some routers’ behavior (if it’s not the firewall) .. the kind of bugs that are impossible for us to reproduce on our own systems. Nevertheless we’ve just changed the way our plugins connect to the online library. To verify that this works perfectly, we need your help!

We hope that the new version is rock-solid, but who knows, maybe it can still fail with a few setups / routers / Internet connections. To find this out, it would be great if many of you can download the new Curve 2 beta version and give it a test.

A 30% coupon will be provided to everyone who helps with this beta and and provides Cableguys with feedback.

More information: Cableguys / Curve 2 beta

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Steinberg launches Groove Agent 4

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Steinberg has launched Groove Agent 4, the drum workstation that comprises different drum modules each specialized in certain acoustic and electronic drum styles.

Steinberg Groove Agent 4

Together with its additional capabilities to program patterns easily, mix drum tracks, add studio-grade effects and the perfect incorporation with Steinberg’s award-winning Cubase software, Groove Agent 4 is the ideal tool for composers, producers and musicians.

Groove Agent 4 features three drum modules, also known as Agents, which trigger a wealth of grooves and samples. Each Agent offers a set of specialized tools essential to the style of drum production in demand, but Agents can also be combined, giving Groove Agent 4 its unique multi-Agent architecture.

The Acoustic Agent consists of three drum kits: Studio Kit, Rock Kit and Vintage Kit. Each kit includes dedicated controls that adjust the mix of room and overhead microphones, bleeding signals as well as further kit tuning. Armed with a dedicated channel strip sporting EQ, compressor, tape saturation and envelope shaper, the acoustic drum mixer comes with up to 20 microphone channels, six group channels and four aux buses. The Style Player provides over 50 contemporary styles to choose from. Once selected, Groove Agent 4 offers a groove with intros, fills and endings and up to 16 variations of the main part that can seamlessly be blended by complexity and intensity.

The Beat Agent gets down to intricate beat production, boasting over 100 kits quickly accessible via the MediaBay and the Sample Browser as well as a broad scope of editing capabilities available through the Sample Editor. The Drum Classifier detects the different kit components in a loop and allows users to extract, replace and rearrange them. The Vintage and Turntable modes add the sound perceived in early 12-bit drum machines.

The Percussion Agent includes percussion instruments the likes of bongos, shakers, tambourine and congas. Its Style Player combines up to 8 substyles and adjusts the complexity and intensity of each instrument. With more than 20 styles the Percussion Agents covers grooves ranging from disco, funk, pop and R&B to classic percussive standards, such as bolero and bossa nova.

The entire library encompasses over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves. All drum kits have been recorded in 24-bit resolution while the Acoustic and Percussion Agents also offer 16-bit versions on top.

Additional features highlighted in Groove Agent 4 are the Pattern Editor for easy editing of grooves and the Jam mode that creates backing tracks on the fly. The overall kit mixer provides 29 quality effects and 16 stereo outputs that can be fed directly to any host mixer. In conjunction with Cubase, Groove Agent 4 takes integration to a new level, allowing users to drag and drop samples and MIDI patterns from Cubase onto Groove Agent 4 or drag patterns from Groove Agent 4 back into Cubase. Drum maps from Groove Agent kits are automatically created and pad names are copied to Cubase.

“The fourth iteration of Groove Agent gives us reason to cheer: we’ve been working hard on delivering a multi-role virtual drummer that is matchless,” said Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “We are confident that Groove Agent will equally become a rich source of inspiration and creativity for musicians all over the globe.”

Groove Agent 4 features

  • Complete virtual drum workstation including three specialist Agents for drums, beats and percussion — combinable in four slots.
  • Huge library including over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves and patterns for any contemporary music style.
  • Acoustic Agent virtual drummer with stunningly detailed drum kits for unmatched realism.
  • Beat Agent drum sampler for electronic music production including advanced slice editing and automatic drum hit recognition.
  • Percussion Agent with more than 20 instruments to complete your virtual rhythm section.
  • Full pattern editor for groove editing on the fly.
  • Style Player plays in the desired complexity and intensity, generates auto fills and much more.
  • Jam mode creates immediate backing tracks, including intro, fills and ending.
  • Integrated mixing board with high-end audio effects for flexible control over all aspects of your drum sound.
  • Advanced Cubase integration with drag and drop, full automation and automatic drum map exchange.

Groove Agent 4 will be available for purchase from resellers from August 20th, 2014 for a suggested retail price of 179 EUR including German VAT. The Groove Agent 4 update from version 3 is now available as a download through the Steinberg Online Shop for 99.99 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Groove Agent 4

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SampleTekk releases TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand

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SampleTekk has announced the release of TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand, a virtual piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

SampleTekk TVBO - Yamaha C7 Studio Grand

The Grand Piano used for the TVBO is a Yamaha C7. One of the most popular studio grands. Well known for its detailed, rich, full sound.

The recordings took place at OAL studios in Stockholm, Sweden and we used two types of microphones, Neumann SM2, a stereo microphone and a pair of Neumann U89.

TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand features

  • 31 velocity levels.
  • More than 7399 samples.
  • TimeVel Release Technology.
  • Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Real Pedalling.
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
  • Two different mixable microphone perspectives.
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance.
  • 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until July 31st, 2014 (regular $249 USD). Requires Kontakt 4 full version or higher.

More information: SampleTekk / TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand

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99Sounds launches Cinematic Sound Effects free sample pack

99Sounds has announced the release of Cinematic Sound Effects, a free collection of futuristic sound effects for film score composers and electronic dance musicians designed by Joshua Crispin aka Generdyn.

99Sounds Cinematic Sound Effects

The library contains a set of free sound effects, including impacts, risers, atmospheres and musical loops.

Packing 50 production ready futuristic sound effects in 24-bit WAV format, this free sample library is a neat audio SFX toolbox for movie scoring, trailers, video projects and electronic music production.

Cinematic Sound Effects features

  • 50 audio samples, 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV format.
  • Includes 11 atmosphere sounds, 7 drone sounds, 2 interface sounds, 14 impact sound effects, 10 background loops, 6 risers.
  • 151 MB size on disk, 74 MB download size (RAR archive).

The pack is a free download at 99Sounds.

More information: 99Sounds / Cinematic Sound Effects

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The Drum Broker intros Illmind Special Edition BLAP KIT: Rump Shaker

The Drum Broker has introduced Rump Shaker, a new Special Edition BLAP KIT from !llmind.

!llmind Rump Shaker Special Edition Blap Kit

Throughout the last 14 years as a music producer, one instrument I’ve always been obsessed with was the synth bass. The bass is what gives a beat its true meaning. It evokes emotion, acts as a marching band leader during chord progressions, and knows how to act as team player with drums and percussion.

Here, I’ve partnered up with ‘Truth Falls Audio’ to develop a truly beefy & analog ‘straight to the point’ synth bass instrument, in Kontakt Player. With over 40 synth bass patches to choose from, this is the ultimate bass instrument to fulfill any and all of your bass and low-end needs. From beefy low-mid bass patches, to wobbly 50hz subs, to one-shot teardrop subs, we worked hard to cover all ‘basses’.

Every bass instrument was carefully sound designed by me, manipulating various sine wavs, square wavs & everything in-between. Don’t leave home without the ‘Rump Shaker’!”

The library is available for Kontakt, Reason, Wav & Ableton, priced at $39.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / Rump Shaker

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UplandToys released Midular for Max for Live

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UplandToys has launched Midular, a collection of modular MIDI processing modules for Max for Live.

UplandToys Midular

Midular is my latest venture into MIDI processing software, built in the Max for Live environment.

The modules can be chained together in a modular fashion to form any number of effect chains. Used in isolation, they can act as problem solvers, such as quantizing notes in real-time, repeating incoming notes, or sequencing incoming notes.

By chaining several modules together, one can create a vast array of different MIDI processing chains that can be used to support various forms of algorithmically aided composition.

Midular is a free download (GPL license).

More information: UplandToys / Midular

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Bolder Sounds releases Guitarron for Kontakt

Bolder Sounds has released Guitarron, a Guitarron instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bolder Sounds Guitarron

The Guitarron is a 6 stringed fretless bass instrument that is commonly played in octaves in traditional Mariachi music. It has also been employed on recordings by rock-pop artists as Jackson Browne (Linda Paloma), Linda Ronstadt (Canciones de mi Padre) and the Eagles (Hotel California). It is the instrument that inspired Ernie Ball to create the Acoustic Bass guitar in 1972.

Guitarron features

  • Samples recorded with a microphone and a contact pickup, each sound source type has 3 x Round Robin and 3 velocity layers. Harmonic samples are also recorded for both mic. and contact pickup.
  • Extensive KSP scripting featuring, amongst others :
  • Independent EQ and Volume control of each sample source.
  • An Octave Button with Timing and Randomization control for easy Mariachi style Octave voicing.
  • A sophisticated Auto-Slide page giving the user extensive control of KSP generated slides.
  • A Key Switch Page where you can freely assign which key will trigger the various Key Switches.
  • 7 different effects – each with its own Preset menus, so you can save and recall all the various parameters.
  • 20 example Kontakt instruments (.nki) that demonstrate sound sculpting flexibilty and much more.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $44.95 USD until September 1st, 2014 (regular $59.95 USD).

More information: Bolder Sounds / Guitarron

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