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Roland intros SBX-1 Sync Box – multi-format sync for computers & electronic instruments

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Roland has announced the SBX-1 Sync Box, a universal synchronization hub for electronic musical instruments and computers.

Roland SBX-1 Sync Box

Equipped with USB-MIDI, standard MIDI, and DIN sync ports, the compact SBX‑1 provides a convenient way for music creators to use modern production tools and legacy analog devices together at one time. Going far beyond simple synchronization, the SBX-1 also provides hands-on control of timing and groove, and includes CV/Gate outputs for triggering old-school instruments such as the SH-101, TB-303, and TR-808.

With support for a vast array of past and present devices, the SBX-1 lets computers and electronic instruments from different eras seamlessly communicate and synchronize with each other. Users can easily add analog and modular synthesizers to a computer-based production environment, or design totally new and innovative live-performance setups combining Roland AIRA gear like the TR-8, TB-3, and SYSTEM-1 with vintage rhythm boxes and synths.

SBX‑1 features

  • Simultaneous conversion between MIDI, DIN SYNC, and USB/MIDI.
  • Control external devices with SBX-1 as the master sync source.
  • Shuffle adds swing to patterns generated on devices without swing, such as TR-808 and TB-303.
  • CV/GATE jacks introduce enormous creative possibilities.
  • SYNC button corrects timing errors with a single press.
  • Output up to three channels of triggers or LFOs with different characteristics.
  • DIN SYNC supports both Sync24 and Sync48 compatible with a variety of rhythm machines.
  • Works great with the TR-8 through optimized AUX jack.
  • Runs on USB bus power or with AC adapter.

More information: Roland / SBX-1 Sync Box

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AIR releases The Riser instrument plugin

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AIR Music Technology has announced the release of The Riser, a synthesizer instrument for designing musical transitions of epic proportions.

AIR The Riser

At the heart of The Riser are three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – letting the user manipulate the movement, timber, and tonality of the transition. Three low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) provide modulation duties to each patch, including beat-synced movements and the “Pumper” effect – a modern pulsating effect used to modify dynamics. Reverb, delay, and mixer controls let the user shape transition volume, effect saturation, and stereo imaging. Users may draw transitions from scratch or edit 300 presets spanning rises, falls, swells, fades, and more.

The Riser features

  • Transition designer optimized for electronic music production, scoring, and remix work.
  • 3 editable oscillators; sweep, noise, and chord.
  • 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper.
  • 23 filter types including multi-pole and phase shift.
  • 300 professionally designed, editable presets.
  • Randomizer generates patches at the click of a button.
  • Invert mode creates complementary patches by instantly changing transition direction.
  • Easy MIDI-Learn Mode; just click and twist to assign parameters to your favorite MIDI controller hardware.
  • Pumper effect creates pulsating movement.
  • Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing; 4 reverb types.
  • Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control.

The Riser for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for $79.99 USD.

More information: AIR / The Riser

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Sample Magic releases Ultimate FX 3 & Future Garage 2

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Sample Magic has launched two new sound packs.

Ultimate FX 3 is a new collection of essential FX for electronic music and soundtrack production.

Sample Magic Ultimate FX 3

The Ultimate FX series returns from a two-year hiatus with 1.8GB of immaculately crafted FX tools: hundreds of adrenaline-inducing risers, epic builds, tension-busting drops, sonic slams, bass booms, drum fills, classic dub FX, synth lasers and cinematic cymbals primed for electronic and soundtrack producers.

Ultimate FX 3 is available for purchase for £34.90 GBP. Various Click+Mix packs are also available, starting from £2 GBP.

The new Future Garage 2 White Label series sample pack features a collection of loops and samples for futuristic bass-driven garage.

Sample Magic Future Garage 2

400MB of futuristic tools: killer 2-step grooves, cone-crushing basslines, dark synths, track-starting music loops, soulful vocals and detailed FX at the apex of garage, bass and house.

This pack costs £16.90 GBP, with individual parts sold separately as Click+Mix packs.

More information: Sample Magic

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Loops de la Crème releases LA TOTALE + free Delacrème One-Shots pack

Loops de la Crème has released LA TOTALE, a bundle of 32 sample libraries.

Loops de la Crème LA TOTALE

LA TOTALE is a bundle containing the complete catalog of products from Loops de la Crème 2011-2014, as well as tons of exclusive bonus samples and instruments. Save big and get exclusive content now!

LA TOTALE features

  • All 32 sample libraries created between august 2011-july 2014.
  • 6.76GB, over 13,000 samples.
  • Over 600 NI Kontakt instruments (full Kontakt5 required).
  • 1.3GB of bonus content, with exclusive instruments, multis, and unreleased samples.

The bundle is available for purchase for the introductory price of 189 EUR through September, 2014 (regular 249 EUR).

Delacrème One-Shots

Loops de la Crème has also launched Delacrème One-Shots, a free collection of drum one-shot samples taken from its previously released libraries.

Delacrème One-Shots features

  • 252 one-shot samples.
  • 53 snares, 34 kicks, 25 percussions, 17 toms, 24 cymbals/bells, 13 stomps…
  • 24 bits, 48kHz, mono and stereo WAV.
  • Includes a license agreement.
  • Total size uncompressed: 122MB.

The pack is available at a “pay-what-you-want” price (including free).

More information: Loops de la Crème

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PreSonus intros StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI rack-mount digital mixers

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Based on the StudioLive AI-series engine and controlled with battle-ready UC Surface software for Mac, Windows, and iOS, the StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI 32x16x3 rack-mount Active Integration digital mixers are scalable, compact, and 100 percent recallable.

PreSonus StudioLive RM32AI

PreSonus’ new UC Surface control software was specifically designed to be an interface for live mixing but also serves well in a studio environment. The careful layout of the mixing features provides quick, intuitive access to everything you need in the heat of mixing.

This groundbreaking remote-control software runs on Mac and Windows computers, as well as iPad, so you only need to learn one piece of software regardless of platform. UC Surface supports iPad and Windows 8 touchscreens, taking full advantage of these intuitive multi-touch interface technologies.

The 3U rack-mount RM16AI provides 16 locking XLR inputs with recallable XMAX™ Class A preamps, 8 XLR line outs, and 3 main outs (left, right, and mono/center); 32 internal channels and 25 buses; a 52×34 FireWire 800 recording interface; 96 kHz operation; and extensive signal processing.

The 4U rack-mount RM32AI offers 32 inputs with recallable XMAX preamps and 16 line outputs but otherwise has the same features as the 16-input version. Both mixers offer individual +48V phantom power on all inputs; a +48V Meters button displays phantom-power assignment on the input meter grid.

Scalable and designed for live-sound mixing and studio recording, the RM-series mixers’ Active Integration™ technology includes direct Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking and tightly integrated Capture™ recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck mode and Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac and Windows.

StudioLive RM-series mixers are true Active Integration mixers, with Fat Channel signal processing on all input channels and all buses, including a 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more. However, unlike StudioLive AI mixers, the RM series’ recallable XMAX preamps mean that every parameter on the mixer can be saved and recalled.

With a remote stage-box form factor, these mixers are built to withstand rigorous road abuse. The front panel provides input signal-present and clip LEDs (16 for the RM16AI, 32 for the RM32AI) and provides stereo RCA tape inputs, a headphone output with volume knob and source-select buttons, a Mute All button that temporarily mutes all inputs and outputs, and a USB type-A jack that hosts the included Wi-Fi LAN adapter.

The rear panel contains an option slot that comes with two FireWire 800 ports, an Ethernet control port, and S/PDIF I/O. The slot also accepts the same option cards as the StudioLive AI-series digital mixers; with Dante, AVB, and Thunderbolt cards coming soon, StudioLive RM-series mixers can easily be updated to keep up with the latest networking technologies.

Also on the rear are a power jack and switch, MIDI I/O, and a mirror of the line outputs on a DB25 connector-perfect for connecting to wireless in-ear systems.

In addition to UC Surface, the tightly integrated software bundle includes PreSonus Capture™ live-recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck and easy-to-use Studio One Artist DAW. StudioLive RM-series mixers also work with PreSonus’ free QMix-AI aux-mix control software for iPhone/iPod touch, enabling musicians to control their own monitor mixes.

An extensive library of tutorials and downloads completes the package.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive RM-series

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VirSyn updates Tera and Cube to v3.5 with 64-bit support

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VirSyn has announced the release of version 3.5 of its Tera synthesis workstation and Cube spectral morphing resynthesis instrument for Windows and Mac, which now offer 64-bit support.

VirSyn Tera / Cube

The upgrade to the 64 bit versions is free of charge for users of the corresponding 32-bit versions.

Celebrating the 64 bit release you can also benefit from our special offer for most of our products.

VirSyn Sale

  • TERA – The Synthesis Workstation – for only € 99.-
  • CUBE – SPectral Morphing Resynthesis – for only € 99.-
  • POSEIDON – The Ocean of Sound – for only € 99.-
  • TERA / CUBE / POSEIDON – All together for only € 199.-

The sale ends September 30th, 2014.

More information: VirSyn

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Roland intros HS-5 Session Mixer

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Roland has announced the HS-5 Session Mixer, a digital mixer and recording interface designed for rehearsing bands, vocal groups, and other ensembles.

Roland HS-5 Session Mixer

Portable and simple to operate, the HS-5 allows up to five musicians to play together and monitor the sound with headphones, with each player having hands-on control of their own mix.

The HS-5 also includes built-in amp modeling and effects, and gives groups the ability to easily capture their performances to a USB flash drive or DAW software on a computer.

HS-5 Session Mixer features

  • Performer-friendly digital mixer with high-quality sound and USB.
  • Up to five musicians can rehearse or jam while monitoring with headphones.
  • Independent control of the monitor mix for each performer.
  • COSM amp modeling plus vocal effects and built-in reverb.
  • Record stereo mixes to a USB thumb drive.
  • Connect to a computer via USB for multitrack recording in a DAW.

More information: Roland / HS-5 Session Mixer

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