Boom Library has announced the release of Prairies, a sample library by Gordon Hempton.
With our next nature recording library we’re breaking whole new ground: Gordon Hempton ventured out into the wide fields of the American prairie to successfully return with this superb and fascinating sound material. The “PRAIRIES” library is a unique and stunning collection of sound recordings under different weather conditions, seasons and time of day.
Prairies are among the most efficient bio-acoustic systems in the world for converting the sun’s energy into sound. Because the day is often windy (which interferes with clear sound propagation), species had to evolve a song structure for increased recognition under windy conditions which you’ll only find under these circumstances. The “PRAIRIES” collection contains for instance various indigenous animal sounds such as a wide spectrum of songful birds (including lek performances), buzzing insects, howling coyotes or chirping prairie-dogs. As a matter of course, it also comes with a generous range of multifaceted wind recordings: gusting, blustering, softly blowing, breezing, roaring,… through the typical vegetation of this area. As special features, “PRAIRIES” holds weather phenomenon recordings of distant thunder rolling in and grass fire caused by high solar irradiation.
With “PRAIRIES”, Sound Tracker® Gordon Hempton created a condensed and rich portrayal of the Great Plains, offering you detailed vastness in unaltered high-quality recordings. The library contains more than 5 hrs and more than 4.8 GB subsuming 105 files of unique and high-quality source recordings.
To guarantee you an effective and easy workflow, all these high-end SFX come with well-grounded Soundminer Metadata.
The library is available for the introductory price of 119.20 EUR until September 6th, 2014 (20% off regular).
More information: Boom Library / Prairies
Roland has announced the Mobile UA, an ultra-compact USB audio interface that incorporates newly developed S1LKi sound technology.
Featuring up to four channels of DSD and PCM audio playback in a small, bus-powered device, the Mobile UA delivers exceptional audio quality and low-latency operation for on-the-go music production, live performance, and general listening enjoyment.
Not much bigger than a deck of cards, the Mobile UA is the world’s smallest USB audio interface that supports both DSD and ASIO. It offers native playback of DSD audio sampled at 2.8 MHz, and Roland’s proprietary S1LKi audio engine also reproduces traditional PCM audio at rates of 44.1 kHz and above with extreme precision. Using the same type of 1-bit D/A converter used in DSD, the resulting conversion produces ultra-smooth, unclouded sound when compared to standard D/A conversion in PCM-based devices.
Mobile UA features
- World’s smallest USB audio interface that supports both ASIO and DSD.
- High-quality audio playback from Roland’s newly-developed S1LKi audio engine.
- Native playback of 2.8 MHz DSD audio.
- Ultra-compact four-channel audio output.
- High-powered 158 MW + 158 MW (at 40 ohm load) headphone amp.
- Supports ASIO and Core Audio; designed for low-latency operation.
More information: Roland / Mobile UA
SampleOddity has launched Effexor, a collection of patches for Massive that focuses on sound design and science fiction sound effects.
Have you ever faced that uncomfortable moment when you need science-fictional sound effects, but you have none available, so you resort to vocalizing ‘pew pew’ noises in an attempt to mimic lasers? Unless you’re telling a bedtime story to your child, that’s just not going to cut it. You need Effexor!
Dial up your own sound design elements using these flexible, tweakble Massive presets. Blasters, mechanical motors, scanners, robot beeps, and more are at your fingertips and ready for adventure!
- 51 Morphable sound design elements.
- Motors – mechanical lifts, drills, and engines.
- Weapons – rockets, blasters, and detonator pulses.
- Robots – beeps, bleeps, and transformations.
- Transitions – power-ups, power-downs, and sweeps.
- Each instrument includes eight MIDI assignable macros for sound shaping control.
The soundset is available for purchase for $17 USD.
More information: SampleOddity / Effexor
Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Keys, an upcoming instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Cinematic Keys is a complete collection of 850+ traditional and mutilated Instruments & Multis derived entirely from recordings of keyboard instruments.
Weighing in at over 8GB, Cinematic Keys not only includes ready-to-play, psycho-acoustic sampled melodic and percussive instruments, but uses these instruments to enter into the morphed world of score-ready hybrid sound design. Cinematic Keys is powered by Kontakt Player.
The library is available for pre-order for $275 USD. It will be available on September 8th, 2014 (regular price $349.99 USD).
More information: Sample Logic / Cinematic Keys
LiquidSonics has released Mobile Convolution, a true-stereo reverb processor for use with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio hosts.
It allows the IR to be stretched, cropped and envelopes applied to shape the sound of the reverb in a very natural and musical way.
A collection of impulse responses is provided, and external impulse responses can be added via Open-In… support in apps like Mail, Safari and Dropbox, or downloaded directly from within the app.
The app is available from the iTunes App Store for $9.99 USD.
More information: Liquidsonics / Mobile Convolution
Quantum Loops has launched Deep Chords & Bass, a new Expansion Pack featuring analogue bass and chords in WAV, MIDI, and RX2 formats.
With 200 bass loops, and 200 chord loops, inspired by the likes of MK, Shadow Child, Chris Malinchak, Route 94, and many more, this is the ultimate expansion pack to get those creative juices flowing.
Produced by Quantum Loops owner Dom Kane along with Quantum Loops regular Owen Sheppard (Castro), this pack contains 100s of loops carefully designed and created using everything from Moog, Roland, E-MU, Juno, and Dave Smith Instruments, while processed using Neve and SSL to name a few. Spread across 4 main keys (Bb, C, E, and G), each section of the pack has been designed to be interchangeable.
The pack is available from Loopmasters for £9.95 GBP.
More information: Quantum Loops / Deep Chords & Bass
Zenhiser has launched Huge Zebra 2 Presets, a collection of 100 presets for the Zebra 2 synthesizer instrument by u-he.
Huge Zebra 2 Presets is our first sound bank for U-he’s Zebra 2 synth, it’s designed for the current EDM scene but caters for nearly all genres of dance music. Delivering punchy, clearly detailed sounds with extreme presence these presets will transform your Zebra 2 synth into a sonic fuelled monster. The bank contains a multitude of styles including Leads, Plucks, Chords, Pads, Poly, Bass & Sequences. Every preset was designed from the ground up and balances both drive and clarity to create an incredible sound palette.
We are very proud of this preset collection, it’s true to the sound of Zebra 2 but gives a new sonic platform and extra life into a powerful synth. These 100 presets are perfect for all styles including House, EDM, Progressive House, Trance, Techno, Electro House, Dubstep and more.
The soundset is available for purchase for $30 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / Huge Zebra 2 Presets