Sounds To Sample has introduced Supreme Techno, a sample pack by Waveform Recordings.
Dark, Analog, groove-heavy late-night techno from the imperious Waveform Recordings, featuring 700+MB with everything from rumbling basslines, tough beats, dark synths, tweakin vocals, jackin tops & much more.
Supreme Techno is a forward-thinking modern fusion of cutting-edge techno & tech house, with hints of old-skool techno.
Musikmesse 2013 sees ALEX4 Distribution proudly introducing several new brands to its European retail network, with notable new analogue synthesisers and innovative musical hardware products being showcased by big names like Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments and Haken Audio from the USA alongside emerging European manufacturers and already in place partners alike.
Doepfer is proudly previewing the MAQ 16/3 Dark Edition of its long-running, rack-mount MIDI Analog Sequencer with CV/Gate connections.
This limited-edition version celebrates the 20th anniversary of its development in close collaboration with techno pop pioneers Kraftwerk.
Now that aptly-named Dark Edition features a black front panel and bigger knobs to match the recently redesigned desktop Dark Energy II Analog Synthesizer and accompanying desktop Dark Time Analog Sequencer in both look and feel.
Several significant additions coming to Doepfer’s diverse A-100 Modular System are also on show, including the A-127 Triple Voltage Controlled Resonance Filter; A-130 Linear Voltage Controlled Amplifier; A-131 Exponential Voltage Controlled Amplifier; A-135-1 Quad Linear VCA/Voltage Controlled Mixer; A-157 Trigger Sequencer Subsystem (based on the same 8×16 matrix central to the discontinued ‘full-size’ 8U rack-mount SCHALTWERK MIDI Trigger Sequencer); A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor/Generator; A-180-2 Small Multiple; A-190-5 Polyphonic USB/MIDI to CV/Gate Interface; A-190-8 USB/MIDI to Sync Interface; and A-192-2 CV/Gate to MIDI/USB Interface — not forgetting the newly-designed, pocket-friendly A-100 Low Cost Base Frame to house all those modules… and many more besides.
ALEX4 also spearheads new additions to the ever-expanding Eurorack modular system format by boutique European manufacturers Endorphin.es from Austria — following up its Furthrrrr Generator dual oscillator module with a prototype of the Terminator analogue delay/low pass gate/reverb — and Frankfurt’s very own Broken Silicon, making its Eurorack debut at Musikmesse 2013 with Gainsburg, a dual VCA module with severe signal-boosting for some seriously nice-sounding distortion… interstellar overdrive, anyone?
Having given its RES-4 Quad VCA a cream-coloured facelift to match the recently relaunched MMF-2 Stereo Multi Mode Filter, high-standing Swedish synthesiser developer and manufacturer CWEJMAN is back with the DP-2.
With this brand-new complex modular compression tool CWEJMAN continues to play its part in ensuring that the Eurorack modular system format remains even more buoyant and musically vibrant than ever!
Reaching beyond Eurorack — and, indeed, Europe itself, ALEX4 is delighted to introduce Dr Lippold Haken and Edmund Eagan of Haken Audio fresh from the USA. Duly demonstrating the captivating Continuum Fingerboard realtime performance controller — running the latest firmware in its full-size glory (with greater pitch range than a traditional 88-note MIDI keyboard), they are also introducing the inbuilt EaganMatrix digital modular synthesiser, designed to take advantage of the controller’s delicate and dramatic musical performance possibilities!
EaganMatrix section of the Continuum Editor program.
Alongside that rolling workshop, ALEX4 proudly presents the wonderful world of Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments to the wider European musical community. A new incarnation of founding father Don Buchla’s classic Californian design from 1973, its Buchla Music Easel is a portable, performance-orientated instrument, comprising the 281e Touch Keyboard Controller (29-key chromatic touch keyboard with pitch, pressure, and pulse outputs) and 208a Stored Program Sound Source (primary sound generator with five-position sequencer, ADS-type envelope generator, pulser circuit, modulation oscillator, complex oscillator, dual lowpass gates, envelope detector/inverter/preamp, and output section) housed in a rugged carrying case.
The Music Easel remake, as introduced at the Winter NAMM 2013.
Seeing is believing, but you’d better believe it: standing in front of an actual Buchla electronic musical instrument is truly a sight (and sound) to behold!
Berlin-based Manikin Electronic is introducing Harry’s Collection for its Memotron, an acclaimed digital remake of the legendary Mellotron, much beloved by the likes of popular music landscape-changing Beatles — think ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ — and Moody Blues, classic prog-rock era Genesis and Pink Floyd, as well as electronic music pioneers Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream during their so-called ‘Berlin School’ days.
Complimenting already available Memotron sound library collections, this includes 12 sounds originally created by none other than Harry Chamberlin, famed for inventing his namesake electro-mechanical Mellotron forerunner, the 1950s-vintage Chamberlin. Available as a 35-note keyboard — now in charcoal grey or beautiful black lacquered finishes in addition to traditional white — or conveniently compact 1U rack-mountable module, Memotron sound library collections continue to heighten its status as a must-have ‘digital Mellotron’ for the modern-day discerning musician!
Also joining ALEX4 at the Musikmesse 2013 launchpad is fellow Berliner MFB, presenting a keyboard version of its Dominion X programmable analogue synth with onboard sequencer, alongside an all-new, mature MIDI-compatible drum machine: Tanzbär bristles with innovative functions from contemporary sequencers and workstations, together with high-quality sounds and six full-size output jacks. MSRP will be €840.00 EURO (including 19% VAT).
Having had to discontinue some earlier established products due to plastic casings no longer being available, MFB is rereleasing ‘MkII’ models of its Kraftzwerg and Microzwerg desktop analogue synths alongside the Urzwerg Pro step sequencer — all rehoused in more upmarket metal casings combined with eye-catching wooden end cheeks, while its popular TR-808 classic-cloning 552 Drumcomputer remains in production.
SubtleNoiseMaker from Vienna is introducing its not-so-subtle-sounding Cacophonator Noir, a handmade electronic music synthesiser, effects pedal, and noise box. This extreme noise and drone machine is inspired by circuit-bending, but better suited to those who prefer music-making stability! MSRP: €369.00 EURO (including 19% VAT).
Thanks to ALEX4, Scottish ‘synthmeister’ Ken Macbeth’s namesake Macbeth Studiosystems is making its seriously-sought-after boutique synths available throughout Europe, starting with the upcoming Micromac-D, a full-scale integrated analogue desktop — small… but perfectly formed!
Also new to the ALEX4 fold — and Musikmesse 2013 — is the midiclock from Berlin-based Erfindungsbüro Rest & Maier.
This simple but brilliant little tool can synchronise several software and/or hardware sequencers with the greatest of jitter-free ease and full BPM control via a dedicated knob. MSRP will be €195.00 EURO (including 19% VAT).
Last, but by no means least, Trautoniks from Germany is introducing its new Trautonium Manual with separate CV and Gate manuals in 70cm and 90cm lengths.
Based on the Volkstrautonium, a pioneering monophonic electronic musical instrument mass-manufactured by Telefunken throughout 1933/34, those manuals are made of a resistor wire over a metal plate — playable just like an original, only when pressed produce a sound on any connected CV/Gate-equipped analogue synth with perfect velocity curves. Come see for yourselves… on Stand C54 in Hall 5.1!
ALEX4 Distribution GmbH is showcasing its unique product portfolio of analogue synthesisers and innovative musical hardware from smaller specialist manufacturers at Musikmesse 2013 on Stand C51 in Hall 5.1.
Sounds To Sample has introduced Deep Techno, a new sample library from Waveform Recordings.
Deep, dark, & downreaching underground techno from the Waveform Recordings gurus, featuring rumbling sub basslines, dark thick synths, twisted vocal cuts, heavy grooves, & jackin’ percussion.
Deep Techno packs in nearly 640MB of deep and dark music/synth loops, big subsynth basslines, driving teched-up beats, kick-free tops and percussive loops, drum fills, processed vox plus FX and drum hits.
IK Multimedia has announced the iRig BlueBoard, the first Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Winner of the iLounge “Best in Show” at the recent CES, iRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac, which gives you: the guitarists, bassists and keyboard players hands-free control of mobile and Mac music apps.
iRig BlueBoard is a great addition to any mobile or studio rig for live performance and recording. You can use it to extend control of your preferred music apps by switching presets, changing sounds or modifying effects parameters – all hands-free. You don’t have to put down your instrument, and can remain focused on your performance.
Any music app or software that is MIDI compatible (the standard communication protocol for musical instruments) – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iGrand – or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be operated wirelessly with iRig BlueBoard.
This ultra-portable unit uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external pedals to the mobile device or Mac. Then using the included iRig BlueBoard app and software, the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that’s running on the device.
Because it’s wireless, iRig BlueBoard lets you setup onstage without being tethered to your mobile device. The unit’s range is 10 meters (over 32 feet), giving musicians a great deal of mobility to roam the stage that would be impossible with a wired unit. Because the footswitches are backlit, they’re easy to see in all lighting conditions, even on a dark stage. Additionally, the fact that iRig uses wireless Bluetooth leaves all the wired ports of the device free, so they can be used simultaneously by interfaces or controllers that feature the 30-pin or Lightning connector, like IK’s iRig HD, iRig MIDI or iRig Keyboard, and adapters or microphones that use the device mini-jack such as iRig or iRig MIC.
iRig BlueBoard features
Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range).
4 backlit switches for sending program, bank and other MIDI messages.
2 1/4″ inputs for optional expression pedals or switches that can used for sending continuous controller or on/off messages.
BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.
Runs on standard AAA batteries.
Small enough to fit in a laptop bag.
iRig BlueBoard is priced at $99.99 USD / 79.99 EUR MSRP (excl. tax), and will be available in the second quarter of 2013.
Win UVI’s Emulation I & II, String Machines and Darklight IIX sound libraries.
2012 has proved to be a busy year for UVI with eight new instruments under their belt and the promise of more to come.
Many of these new releases, including the most recent instrument, aptly named ‘The Beast’, have been inspired by analog and digital samplers, synths and machines of the 1970s and 1980s. The distinctive sounds of these instruments were made famous by many artists of this era from Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Depeche Mode, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys.
UVI’s exclusive UK distributor Time+Space are celebrating these old skool classics in their September competition with a prize bundle of UVI products worth over £440.
The bundle includes:
Emulation I – Over 200 sounds recorded from a famous fully restored 1982 sampler.
Emulation II – Infinite options and tones to recreate the sound of the eighties.
String Machines – Grand collection of analog gems from some of the most esteemed synth pioneers.
Darklight IIX – Inspired by the most mythical computer music instrument of the 80s.
You can enter via Time+Space’s Facebook page or via the website. The competition ends 30th September 2012 and is open to entrants worldwide.
UVI has announced the release of Darklight IIx, a sound library that is inspired by the Fairlight.
Costing upwards of $100,000, the dream machine of the 80’s was unattainable by most. Used by countless prominent artists including: Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby and many more, it remains a highly regarded and sought after instrument.
Nearly thirty years later, no one has accurately captured the essence of this digital monster. Today, UVI is proud to say all of that is about to change…
We took our obsession to the next level, creating a complete set of instruments, sounds and sonic tools deeply inspired by the original digital monster.
A unique, hybrid process of exhaustive multi-sampling, analysis, and advanced audio processing allowed us to not only capture the original character of this machine but to enhance its ability with a host of today’s most powerful analog modeled filters, LFOs, envelopes and effects–packaged beautifully in a old-school interface.
Darklight IIx features
Page P > ‘Organic’ Digital Sounds
Immediate access to hundreds of sounds and instruments including: Bass, Brass, Bells, Strings, Guitar, Orchestral Hits, Synth, Drums, Percussion, FX, Keys, Piano, Organs, Winds, Reeds and Voices.
Efficient and versatile control set allows for everything from quick tweaks to deep sonic exploration.
Accurate reproduction of aliasing characteristics.
More than 250 ready-to-play presets.
A multitude of effects, including the new UVI SparkVerb™, allow you to create sounds like the original machine and process them to sound like your favorite cult records from the 80′s or something totally new!
Page B > Digital Drum Machine
80’s-style beatbox with step sequencer.
8 parts / 16 steps by part.
Hundreds of authentic vintage drums and percussion sounds including: Bass Drums, Snare Drums, Rim Shots, Claps, Cymbals, Crash, Ride, Hi-Hats closed and open, Toms and tons of percussions like Shalers, Congas, Guiros, Maracas, Cowbells and many more.
Dozens of kits and patterns ready to be tweaked.
UVI Filter, Tune, Volume, Pan and Mute for each part.
Page U > Creative Multi-Phraser
UVI exclusive ultra creative multi-phraser.
3 parts with 3 layers and 3 smart step sequencers.
Dozens of authentic vintage digital sounds including: Bass, Bells, Brass, Guitars, Keyboards, Mallets, Orchestral, Organs, Strings, Piano, Voices.
Create very fast multi-track arrangements or moving drones.
Dozens of presets ready to be tweaked.
The sound library for UVI Workstation 2 (free) or MachFive 3 is available to purchase for $199 USD. Requires iLok.