Homegrown Sound has launched Kosmology Elementary, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.
Whilst the trend nowadays is towards Analog Emulation, Elementary takes the opposite route and brings 467 ‘cheap’ digital instruments into Kosmology. After initial tests it was found that these sounds bring a fantastic clarity, and for Wave Sequencing an excellent range of Timbres which work together extremely well! This is the largest Kosmology release yet with more than twice the instruments included in previous releases, and to get this number and keep the memory consumption down, they are limited to two multi-samples per instrument.
All 467 instruments are multi-sampled, using 2 samples per instrument at 24-bit. Whilst most sounds are chromatically useful, there are also some FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.
The library is available for purchase at an introductory price of $35 USD (regular $75 USD).
More information: Homegrown Sounds / Kosmology Elementary
Monocasual has released version 0.9 of its Giada Loop Machine for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Giada v0.9 includes a deep GUI redesign with full-screen support.
Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. How does it work? Just pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host. Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows for production use and live sets.
Changes in Giada v0.9
- New full-screen GUI.
- Multi-column support.
- Advanced logging system.
- Upgrade to RtAudio 4.1.1 and RtMidi 2.1.0.
- Removed embedded RtAudio (thanks to Arty).
- Fix wrong processing of VST MIDI events on 64 bit version.
- Fix stretched buttons when resizing sample editor window.
- ‘Clear all samples’ destroys channels (fixed).
- ‘Free channel’ messes up loop / mute buttons (fixed).
- Fix potential recordings with odd frames.
Giada is available to download at no charge (binaries and source code).
More information: Monocasual Giada
Zenhiser has launched Xtreme Dubstep Variations, a new collection of dubstep loops and sounds.
Xtreme Dubstep Variations delivers something fresh and exciting for all you Dubstep freaks. Comprised of power driven hooks and supercharged one shot samples this Dubstep pack concentrates on particular sounds and creates multiple options by stripping down elements to the bare bones. It’s a wealth of dirty basses, punchy beats and screaming synths.
Xtreme Dubstep Variations brings you an ultra rare sound collection of epic proportions, these must have 348 Dubstep sounds are designed for aspiring producers and seasoned professionals alike. With the elements delivered by separation you can use them as you wish, in total, or twist, warp, chop and mix till your heart is content. Xtreme Dubstep Variations really is a hands on pack, it’s an exciting sound palette designed to inspire Dubstep producers and lift their musical game.
The pack is available for purchase for $35 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / Xtreme Dubstep Variations
Sample Tools by Cr2 has announced the release of Deep House, a new sample pack production toolkit.
We are constantly looking to develop our products and you as producers, that’s why with Deep House we have added Logic and Ableton project templates alongside our usual top quality audio, MIDI, plugin presets, Prod-Cast video tutorials and production booklet. In addition we have teamed up with psychology of music production guru Mike Monday whose bundled tutorial video touches on neuroscience and psychology to introduce his 5 step process to vastly increasing your musical output!
The deep house genre is currently taking over dancefloors throughout the globe with deep uplifting grooves and melodies and warm pulsating bass lines complementing sultry vocals and chord progressions. The pack contains a whopping 1.46GB of content with essential bass loops and one-shots, fat and groovy drum loops and individual hits, killer FX and fills, uplifting piano and synth loops, deep and twisted vocal loops alongside our trademark songstarter construction kits. Each melodic part is also available as a MIDI file and every kick drum is key labelled to make getting track ideas together a breeze.
Deep House features
- 1.46 GB total content, 675 MB audio, MIDI content.
- Includes 35 bass one-shots, 37 bass loops, 120 drum hits, 20 drum loops (with stem variants), 47 fx sounds and fills, 20 piano loops, 20 synth loops, 17 vocal loops.
- 8 Songstarter construction kits.
- 96 MIDI files.
- 19 Massive presets, 7 Sylenth presets.
- 3 Pro-Cast video tutorials.
- 1 bonus “Mike Monday” development video.
The pack is available for purchase for £14.99 GBP.
More information: Sample Tools by Cr2 / Deep House
Klevgränd Production has released version 1.1 of the SquashIt multiband distortion app for iOS.
This audio effect filter provides an unique distortion algorithm and should be essential in every music producers toolset. SquashIt doesn’t sound vintage, it just sounds good. SquashIt is developed by musicians for musicians.
Version 1.1 adds support for AudioBus 2 including state saving! It is also universal and works on iPhone 4S and later.
- SquashIt! is Inter app audio (IAA) compatible. This means you can use it with Garageband or other IAA compatible sequencers.
- AudioBus 2 compatible (including state saving).
- Load / Save presets.
- Remembers IAA hosts (will automatically load last used settings when a host connects).
- Low cpu usage.
- Simple but yet powerful user interface.
The app is available for purchase for $2.99 USD. SquashIt is also available for Mac (AU) as freeware.
More information: Klevgränd Production / SquashIt
Raw Cutz has launched Mad Stylez, a collection of samples by Fungus & Weed.
Mad Stylez from Fungus & Weed, a darker Hip Hop sample collection which features atmospheric pianos, rich strings, cool chords, flute fx, distant horns, vibraphone moments, dangerous fx, sax hits, glassy tones, cold chords, and many obscure acoustic ingredients.
For dark, acoustic and atmospheric hip hop feel this pack has the right ingredients for your productions.
Mad Stylez features
- 149 samples in total, 90MB content.
- 10 hip hop breaks.
- 64 raw sounds.
- 38 kick drums.
- 13 snare drums.
- 7 hi hat and percussion samples.
- 10 REX loops.
The pack is available from Loopmasters for £9.95 GBP.
More information: Raw Cutz / Mad Stylez
Musical Entropy has revealed an easter egg in Guitar Gadgets, a free effect plug-in for Windows and Mac featuring a compilation of “false” analog guitar pedal simulations, made to be used mainly with electric guitars and guitar amp simulations, but which may be sound interesting in any situation.
I’m going to talk about the easter egg in Guitar Gadgets. If you still don’t know how to make it appear, here is the trick : in the “about” tab (one click on the title), click 2 times on “-musicalentropy” (not a double click !), 2 times on “KVR”, 2 times again on “-musicalentropy”, and finally 2 times on “KVR”. This way, you are going to make a little game appear :
The game is called 2048. The original is a hit on smartphones nowadays, and has been created by a teenager called Gabriele Cirulli in one week end ! The game objective is to get a score as high as possible by moving all the pieces at once in one direction. When two pieces with the same number are pushed one on the other, they fuse with a doubled number, which is added to the current score. If you can make a piece with the number 2048 appear, you may consider that you have won the game, but you can still improve your high score.
Guitar Gadgets for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is a free download.
More information: Musical Entropy / Guitar Gadgets