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
MaxSynths has announced the release of Sturiophonia, a free stereo image widener and sound placement tool born from an idea of Turi Curello.
The aim of the plugin is to increase the stereo image of mono tracks and help to place the sound in the right place by the use of dedicated internal filters and pan controls. The idea behind it is very simple yet effective and adds to the sound a pleasent stereo effect.
The best way to use this plugin is with mono tracks, by the way it’s possible to switch the main input from mono to stereo (for example if you want to use it on the main mix).
The plug-in is available to download for Windows (VST).
More information: MaxSynths / Sturiophonia
Bluezone Corporation has launched Bomb Blast, a 250+MB sample pack featuring a new collection of explosions and debris sound elements.
This brand-new sound FX library contains not only a great number of dynamic explosion sound effects, but also different debris sound ensembles like breaking glass, or sounds of falling metal and stone debris.
Your cinematic, animation or video game project includes violent bomb or howitzer explosions, smashed or crushed glass, collapsing metal structures and broken down walls? Then you will be sure to find what you need among the 107 sounds presented in this pack, ready and easy to use and to adapt.
All the sounds in this pack are meticulously elaborated from a great variety of high quality recordings and are available in WAV and AIFF format. “Bomb Blast – Explosions and Debris Sound Elements” is licensed to you for use in all your projects without any additional costs.
The pack is available for purchase for 14.45 EUR.
More information: Bluezone / Bomb Blast
Roland has announced the SBX-1 Sync Box, a universal synchronization hub for electronic musical instruments and computers.
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.
- 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