Toontrack releases EZkeys Mellotoon and Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI

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Toontrack has announced the release of EZkeyz Mellotoon, a virtual Mellotron instrument for Windows and Mac.

Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon

EZkeys Mellotoon is based on the classic Mellotron keyboard introduced in the early 1960s. This unique instrument was the first of its kind to include samples of real instruments, but as opposed to the modern-day digital sampler, the Mellotron pulled them off a magnetic tape loop that ran inside the keyboard. It came with various sounds for piano, strings, flutes, brass and is likely best described as the first-ever “band in a box”. Naturally, it was a revelation from the get-go. Early adopters included the Beatles, the Moody Blues and King Crimson, who all immortalized the unmistakable tone of the Mellotron in numerous hits. Today, this piece of instrument history is enjoying a massive resurgence in a wide range of genres.

EZkeys Mellotoon captures the essence of this one-of-a-kind keyboard and comes with 15 individual instruments, carefully sampled directly from a model M400 Mellotron using a blend of direct and amped signals. On top of that, it includes a generous selection of custom effect and sound chain presets, giving you a completely new, creative outset to an already seemingly bottomless pool of awe-inspiring sounds.

EZkeys Mellotoon is available for purchase for 159 EUR.

Toonttrack Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack has also released the new Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI pack.

Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI was created with the Mellotron, its rich palette of sounds and music history in mind. However, it works just as well in with any EZkeys sound library!

This is the perfect well of inspiration for anything from ambient pop to classic rock.

Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI features

  • Material influenced by popular music of the late 1960s through today.
  • Separate keys and strings sections in each song.
  • Played by professional session pianist.

The MIDI pack is available for 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack

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Ben Higgins – Shredding for Complete Beginners + Win a free 3-month subscription

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Youtube guitarist Ben Higgins, featured in Guitar World and whose videos “30 Shredders In One Solo” and “30 Misplaced Shredders” have more than 3 million views, has just published a complete beginners guitar course at Guitar Master Class.

Ben Higgins Beginner Course

Ben has decided to give it all away and shares the unique process he went through when learning to play guitar. This makes the course personal, and particularly suitable for complete beginners dreaming of being able to shred one day – just like Ben did.

This course covers everything from tuning, learning all the notes on the fretboard, how to hold the pick – to more advanced topics like writing a guitar riff and soloing. While learning the lessons, students can easily reach Ben Higgins via lessons interface or forum for additional guidance and help.

The course is now available to Guitar Master Class members.

In celebration of this new course, Guitar Master Class is offering the first 5 rekkerd.org readers who leave a comment below a free 3-month membership subscription!

More information: Guitar Master Class / Ben’s Beginner Course

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Mitchell debuts Element Series acoustic guitars

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Mitchell Guitars has introduced its new Element Series, combining select high-quality tonewoods, premium oil-rubbed satin finishes, and exquisite workmanship to create instruments with unequalled playability and remarkable sonic character.

Mitchell Guitars Element Series

Element Series guitars feature solid spruce or red cedar tops with sapele or Indian rosewood bodies, providing a wide range of tonal possibilities. Mitchell’s shifted, scalloped bracing enables each instrument’s top to breathe and resonate more freely, delivering enhanced tone and projection. High-ratio die-cast tuners keep tuning stable, while ebony keys and gorgeous flame maple binding give each Element Series model the look and feel of a far more expensive instrument.

Element Series acoustic-electric models are outfitted with Fishman’s new INK preamps and electronics, giving each instrument the ultimate in tonal control, along with a built-in chromatic tuner for added convenience.

The new Element Series is available in two combinations of premium woods: the ME1, ME1CE and ME1ACE feature striped sapele bodies with a solid spruce top for a traditional, punchy mid-range tone. The ME2CEC model is built with Indian rosewood back and sides and a solid red cedar top for enhanced low end, warm and rich midrange, and crystalline highs. Element Series guitars are available in dreadnaught and auditorium styles, with some models featuring modified Venetian style cutaways. Like all Mitchell guitars, they are covered by a lifetime warranty.

“The new Element Series guitars are without a doubt the most high-quality, well-appointed instruments Mitchell has ever created,” observes Rick Gagliano, Mitchell product manager. “For the player who demands great tone, superior build, and a well-balanced, performance-focused instrument, these new Element Series guitars are a perfect fit.”

The Mitchell Element Series guitars are available in stores now, with street prices ranging from $299 USD to $399 USD.

More information: Mitchell Guitars

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Singomakers releases Carnival House sample pack

Singomakers has launched Carnival House, a collection of house samples with a carnival vibe.

Singomakers Carnival House

The whole world is still buzzing after Brazil’s Carnival 2014 and lot of DJs and musicians from all over the world are already preparing hot new summer tunes for Carnival season 2015! That’s why we are so happy to present you this diamond – brand new and 100% original collection of Carnival House Samples!

In detail expect to find 809 mb of wav 24 bit samples at 125 BPM including 30 Brazil Carnival Inspired Melodies, 110 HQ Drum Shots, 40 Carnival Percussion Loops, 40 Groovy Bass Loops, 70 Drum Loops, 30 Sound FX, 20 Brazil Inspired Horn Themes and 200 REX2 Files!

All recorded and processed only with Hi End equipment like Avalon VT 747 sp, Manley Passive EQ and UAD-2 Powered plugins.

The pack is available for purchase for £29.95 GBP. Loops and one-shots are also sold as separate packs for £19.95 and £14.95 GBP respectively.

More information: Singomakers / Carnival House

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Loopmasters releases Third Planet by SP12Hundred

Loopmasters has launched Third Planet, a new Raw Cutz series sample pack by SP12Hundred.

Raw Cutz SP12Hundred Thrid Planet

Third Planet from SP12Hundred is a hard hitting collection of short samples designed for maximum impact and inspiration and includes a glowing collection of raw sounds, moody saxes, flute stabs, rhodes, dub echoes, guitar fx and smooth jazz samples.

Engineered for maximum panache – Third Planet brings you sounds from the floppy beat collection.

Rawcutz is the label which draws inspiration from the past to inspire productions of the future. Using Real instruments, groove and swing we blend our sounds with care and passion to inspire future generations of retro-samplists and musical pioneers.

Third Planet features

  • 264 MB content, 24-bit.
  • 373 samples in total.
  • Includes 10 hip hop breaks, 294 raw sounds, 27 kick drums, 19 snare drums, 13 hi hat samples, 10 REX loops.

The pack is available from Loopmasters for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Raw Cutz / Third Planet

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Native Instruments intros KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards

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Native Instruments has announced the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards.

Komplete Kontrol S-Series

The keyboards represent a hallmark in the history of Native Instruments, providing advanced innovations in hardware/software integration and uniting the KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio under one purpose-built keyboard controller and software interface. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available in a choice of 25, 49 or 61 keys and come equipped with premium Fatar keybeds for a luxurious playing experience. They will be available online and at retailers worldwide October 1, 2014.

Daniel Haver, CEO of Native Instruments, comments: “In the last two decades our software instruments have shaped and defined diverse musical styles and genres. The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards finally bring our original vision to life, and elevate the experience of sounds to a whole new level. Only now the diversity of all KOMPLETE instruments and sounds becomes truly accessible in a single instrument, in ways that no controller or keyboard ever did before.”

The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards signal a new era of control for the KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio. The all-new KOMPLETE Browser™ unifies the powerful instruments in KOMPLETE, delivering tag-based access to all KOMPLETE Instrument presets from one plug-in interface. Instead of browsing by instrument, users can now search by sound, opening the breadth of the KOMPLETE Instrument range faster and easier than ever before.

Native Map™ technology automatically maps all key parameters for each KOMPLETE Instrument to the touch-sensitive controller knobs – all clearly visible on the keyboards’ Clear View™ display. Each instrument was carefully mapped by NI sound designers to arrange the most relevant parameters on pages laid out on the keyboard’s display. The need for complicated mapping is eliminated, bringing producers closer to the act of creating music and allowing them to stay in the creative flow.

A first-of-its-kind Light Guide™ shows key switches, zones, and more on multi-color LEDs positioned just above the keys. For example, key switches for KONTAKT Instruments such as ACTION STRIKES are illuminated in one color, while keys used for performance are lit with another. This puts the instrument’s layout on the keyboard at a glance without having to look at the software. The lights also provide performance feedback – scales, chords, and arpeggios light up across the keyboard as they are played.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards also deliver Smart Play™ features to accelerate workflow and stimulate new ideas. Chord mode lets producers play complex chords with single keys. Chord Set mode provides ready-to-play progressions that can inspire and augment original compositions or add new flavor to remixes. The integrated scale mapping features deliver fast access to new melodic possibilities – notes of the currently selected scale light up on the Light Guide. Many widely-used musical scales can also be mapped to the white keys. ‘Wrong’ notes can be automatically re-mapped so melodies are always in tune. The arpeggiator works seamlessly with every KOMPLETE Instrument. And the eight controller knobs manage parameters such as direction, rate, rhythm, patterns, and variations.

Furthermore, two touch-sensitive Touch Kontrols™ tap into a new paradigm in software instrument control. They can mimic the behavior of pitch and mod wheels, and physical objects like springs and bouncing balls for interesting modulation curves – far beyond the capabilities of conventional mod wheels. Keyboard functionality such as key splits and Touch Kontrol behavior also function when using the keyboards as a standard MIDI controller, opening these control innovations to instruments outside the KOMPLETE universe.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards were designed to integrate seamlessly with the 10th generation of NI’s acclaimed instruments and effects suites, released October 1st, 2014. Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available online and in retailers October 1, 2014. Preorder is also available. KOMPLETE KONTROL S25 is available for $499 USD/499 EUR. KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 is available for $599 USD/599 EUR. KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 is available for $699 USD/699 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series

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Native Instruments announces Komplete 10 & Komplete 10 Ultimate

Native Instruments has announced Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate, the next generation of their industry-standard production suites, which comes with six brand-new instruments.

Native Instruments Komplete 10

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE come with six brand-new instruments – ROUNDS, KONTOUR, POLYPLEX, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION. KOMPLETE 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects.

KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE includes all 75 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of content. Notably, the prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of purchasing the instruments and effects separately.

Native Instruments Rounds

ROUNDS combines powerful sound design capabilities with advanced sequencing techniques, allowing users to play melodies, chords, and arpeggios while sequencing and morphing sounds in real time.

Native Instruments Kontour

KONTOUR is the latest synthesizer from NI founder Stephan Schmitt – an extremely responsive synth capable of organic textures from mallets to plucked and bowed strings to distorted, aggressive and noisy sounds.

Native Instruments Polyplex

POLYPLEX delivers an intuitive, fun way to design drum kits. Up to four samples per sound slot are randomized on the global, sound or sample level. A host of effects including dynamics, reverb, glitch, and more are also on board for additional sound shaping.

Also included in both KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE is THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION – three new high-definition pianos offering unprecedented detail, and a varied and nuanced sonic range. THE GENTLEMAN is a sampled instrument based on an upright piano from 1908.

Definitive Piano Collection

Sampled with all the original parts, the instrument’s delicate and expressive sound gives producers distinctive, turn-of-the-century character with a supreme level of control for their recordings. THE GRANDEUR is a detailed sampled instrument of a beloved concert grand piano. Its bright, silky top end and booming, full bass are equally suited to a variety of styles including mainstream pop, jazz, and classical productions. THE MAVERICK is a recreation of a sonically singular instrument – a 1905 concert grand made for the Prince of Prussia. THE MAVERICK delivers a wide range of color and an unconventional sound where each note is full of character. These three pianos are also available for purchase separately or as a specially-priced bundle.

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE also ship with the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. This allows users to browse all KOMPLETE Instrument sounds from one interface, accelerating workflow and providing a clear overview of all related sounds tag-based simplicity. KOMPLETE KONTROL also allows producers to access key functionality directly from the new KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

Along with these brand-new instruments, each bundle comes with several new additions released since KOMPLETE 9. KOMPLETE 10 now features 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, and over 130 GB of instruments and effects, including DRUM LAB, SESSION HORNS, and SUPERCHARGER. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE delivers 75 products, over 17,000 sounds, and over 440 GB of instruments and effects, such as ACTION STRIKES, MOLEKULAR, and RISE & HIT – all stored on a USB hard drive for convenient installation. Both bundles also feature best-selling KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects such as the award-winning KONTAKT 5, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO, and NI’s flagship modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5. MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 cover the complete spectrum of synthesis for any production task.

Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate will be available October 1st, 2014, priced at $499 USD/499 EUR for Komplete 10 and $999 USD/999 EUR for Komplete 10 Ultimate. Various upgrades, updates and crossgrades will also be available.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete

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