Saltline updates Drzewo Brzoza synth plugin to v1.0.2

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Saltline has released version 1.0.2 of Drzewo Brzoza, a free FM synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Saltline Drzewo Brzoza

Brzoza is a two operator mono FM synthesizer. Each operator has three, fixed route, modulators. modulation amount is controlled by the modulator’s ADSR envelopes. A wide range of sounds and textures can be created from tight, soaring leads and deep basses to “bell” like sounds and evolving textures.

Changes in Drzewo Brzoza v1.0.2

  • New user interface.
  • Larger preset bank.
  • Preset manager.
  • Presets from DFL.
  • Extra state variable filter.
  • Filter routing mixer.

The plug-in is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows.

More information: Saltline / Drzewo Brzoza

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MPC-Samples intros Pulse synth collection by Canedrive & Pad Pimps

MPC-Samples Pulse

MPC-Samples has announced the release of Pulse, the latest multisampled synth collection from Canedrive & Pad Pimps.

It features an exquisite collection of fat analogue keygroup instruments lovingly programmed and sampled from the WaldorfPulse 2 analogue synthesiser and fully optimised for the advanced features of the MPC Software, MPC5000, MPC4000 and NI Maschine.

Each keygroup instrument in Pulse has been masterfully created and selected by Canedrive to ensure maximum playability and total sonic integrity throughout. Everything is covered from huge bass and searing leads, to creamy pads and modulated mayhem, making this ideal for Hip Hop and EDM producers.

All instruments are provided in 24 bit/48kHz format and come with a whopping 50 ready-configured keygroup programs & groups that spread each synth instrument across your pads – simply load up and play. As an extra bonus, an optimised version for MPC1000/2500/500 & JJOS is included with 16 bit versions of all the sounds along with pre-configured PGM files for the 10 primary Pulse instrument sounds.

Use the instruments as they are, or edit and tweak them even further using the built in LFO, effects, filters and envelopes of your MPC – there’s literally infinite sonic possibilities!

Pulse is available for purchase from MPC-Samples for 22.90 EUR.

More information: MPC-Samples / Pulse

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Waves releases Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox

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Waves Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox

Waves has introduced the Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox, a collection of selected effect plug-ins.

Dave Clarke (Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, John Foxx, I am Kloot, Louisahhh!!! & Maelstrom) has been among the leading techno DJ/producers of the past two decades, commanding the respect of listeners everywhere, from massive outdoor festivals such as Tommorowland to the grittiest clubs of the underground scene.

The Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox contains seven supreme sound–crafting processors – the ones he uses regularly in his mixing and mastering sessions. With this collection of plugins, electronic music producers of any style will find what they need to give their mixes a professional lift. And if techno or electro is your trade, you will find even more.

Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox features

  • API 560 Graphic EQ.
  • Scheps 73 EQ/Preamp.
  • Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter.
  • LoAir Subharmonic Generator.
  • MetaFlanger.
  • Kramer Master Tape.
  • Dorrough Meters (Stereo).

The Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox is available for purchase for the introductory price of $599 USD (regular $800 USD).

More information: Waves / Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox

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Universal Piper bagpipe instrument updated to v3.0

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The Universal Piper virtual bagpipe instrument for Windows and Mac was updated to version 3.0.

Universal Piper V3

Universal Piper is a new instrument that aims at faithfully reproducing the sound and the playing sensation of bagpipes of any types.

The idea of this new instrument emerged facing the limitations encountered with a real bagpipe while composing, rehearsing or playing on stage, especially with other tempered instruments (guitar, piano).

Changes in Universal Piper v3.0

  • New interface with panels, more clearly readable.
    • Cross platform interface.
    • New tweaking knob (macro/mini modification).
  • Universal Piper now includes more effects: Flanger, Delay, always part of a preset.
  • Add a second voice, with 10 presets.
  • Improved midi control. Almost every parameter assignable including effects and second voice.
  • New bagpipe library: The Scottish smallpipe in A.

Universal Piper for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/Standalone) is available for purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper

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Mabelton Audio releases Ultra Analog VA-2 / Ableton Push integration pack

Mabelton Push/VST Integration Pack

Mabelton Audio has announced the release of the Ultra Analog VA-2 / Ableton Push integration pack.

This is the instant way to use Appled Acoustics’ Ultra Analog VST Plug In properly from inside Push.
The Ultra Analog Integration Pack will allow you to:

  • Find Ultra Analog and all its factory presets inside your Push menu.
  • Browse through the 700+ factory presets from Push’s screen in their categories (Ambient, ARP, Bass, Effect, Keys, Lead, Orchestral, Organ, Pad, Percussive, Polysynth, Signature- Richard Devine, Voice).
  • Load up any of the presets from Push.
  • Control the knobs and sliders on Ultra Analog using Push’s knobs (and record your tweaks using Ableton’s automation function).
  • Unlock Push’s step sequencer, in key and exotic scales functions for all the Ultra Analog presets.

The pack is available for purchase for £6.99 GBP.

More information: Crafted Sound / Ultra Analog VA-2 integration pack

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Acoustic Amplification intros A20 acoustic instrument amplifier

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Acoustic Amplification has introduced its upcoming Model A20 Acoustic Instrument Amplifier.

Acoustic Amplification A20

More than just a guitar amp, the Acoustic A20 is a complete performance solution for today’s versatile acoustic-electric musician. Its full-range 8-inch studio-quality coaxial speaker, ported cabinet design, and 20 Watts of clean, pristine power effortlessly fill the room with rich, crystalline sound. Plug in a microphone and any acoustic instrument with a pickup and you’re ready to go.

Expressly designed to bring out the nuance and natural detail of acoustic instruments and vocals, the A20 delivers the advanced tone shaping control that has made Acoustic Amps “The Pro’s Tone” for almost half a century. Lightweight and portable, the A20 is packed with features, including two combo XLR-1/4″ inputs with independent level controls, 3-band EQ, digital reverb and chorus, effects loop, and Acoustic’s acclaimed Vari-Control feedback eliminator.

With its unique wedge-shaped design, the A20 makes a great, full-featured stage amp. With the power and performance of a small PA system, it’s the ideal rig for coffee houses and other acoustic performances, solo keyboard gigs, home recording, and small to mid-sized karaoke shows. The Acoustic A20′s 1/8-inch Aux input and headphone output also make it a great fit for players looking for a small, portable practice amp. A full-featured direct output with pre-post EQ switch and level control connects the A20 to any PA system for larger venues.

“Today’s musicians are more mobile, and more versatile than ever before,” remarked Rick Gagliano, Acoustic Product Manager. “The A20 addresses those needs, with a lightweight but powerful design that can easily adapt to a wide range of performance conditions. Whether it’s a PA for a mid-sized coffee house gig or a stage setup for a club gig, the A20 has the sound and the features today’s musicians are asking for.”

The A20 Acoustic Instrument Amp will be available in mid-September with a street price of $129.99 USD.

More information: Acoustic Amplification

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AfroDJMac releases Univox Bass Lucy free Ableton Live Pack

AfroDJMac has released Univox Bass Lucy, a free Live Pack featuring a sampled Univox bass from the 70′s.

AfroDJMac Univox Bass Lucy

I’ve had a lot of experience recording this bass, and I’m often torn on how to best record it. Running it through a bass amp is usually my first choice, but I also really like how it sounds coming out of my guitar amp. So what I did while sampling was run the bass through an SWR bass amp and my Fender Deluxe tube guitar amp. Also, I put up an AKG C414 mic in the room to capture both amps simultaneously. On the Ableton device, you can mix the three signals together to meet your taste.

When you pluck a string on a bass, it will always sound slightly different. So to emulate that, I recorded 3 different samples of each note that I recorded. I set the LFO in Sampler to play any of these three samples at random. That means that any melody you play will always sound slightly different. Even a MIDI clip will never loop in exactly the same way with the same samples. You will always get a bit of subtle variation, just as you would with a real bass player.

The Univox Bass Lucy pack is available as a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Univox Bass Lucy

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