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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BOSS intros RC-1 Loop Station

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BOSS has announced the RC-1 Loop Station, a new entry-level model in the company’s acclaimed lineup of dedicated loop recording devices.

BOSS RC-1 Loop Station

Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions.

For well over a decade, BOSS has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other BOSS products as well. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple.

Built to record loops and nothing else, the RC-1 is all about instant musical satisfaction and creative enjoyment. Housed in the famous, ultra-durable BOSS compact pedal case, the stripped-down RC-1 lets players experience the fun of spontaneous loop creation with no complicated controls or features to get in the way.

RC-1 features

  • Straightforward and easy to operate.
  • Newly designed loop indicator displays the current loop mode (Rec/Overdub/Play).
  • Runs on a single 9-volt alkaline battery (approximately 4.5 hours of battery life).
  • Can be used with an optional AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately).
  • 12 minutes of stereo recording time.
  • Stereo inputs and outputs.
  • Flexible external footswitch options.
  • Recorded phrase is retained in memory even after the RC-1 is turned off.

More information: BOSS / RC-1 Loop Station

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Producers Choice launches Labor Day Sale – 40% off

The Producers Choice has announced a Labor Day sale, offering 40% off its sample packs and bundles.

Producers Choice Labor Day Sale

Our Labor day sale is now on – and you can get 40% off your entire order for today only.

Fill up your cart, then use the following code to get 40% off your entire order:

LABOR14

The sale ends September 2nd, 2014.

More information: Producers Choice

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.7 + Flip & DVS Expansion Packs released

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Serato has announced the release of version 1.7 of its Serato DJ software.

Serato DJ 1.7 includes Serato Flip and Serato DVS Expansion Packs, new hardware and Official Serato Accessory support, library optimization, the introduction of some of the classic Scratch Live features including; MIDI Panel, Chronological Cue Points, AM Mode, Rearrange Cues, and changes such as smaller Quantize values and more.

All of this is alongside a large dose of maintenance and a huge number of bug fixes for continued stability and performance.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.7

  • Serato Flip Expansion Pack
    • A new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows you to create custom edits, extend and reimagine your music. This is possible by recording your cue point and censor actions / automation, which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start an instant.
    • Use Serato Flip to create and save up to 6 Flips per track, ready for playback in the studio or the club.
    • Serato Flip can be purchased/activated in-app within the Serato DJ ‘My Serato’ window or from the Serato Online Store for USD29.
  • Serato DVS Expansion Pack
    • A new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows users with compatible/supported hardware to expand their setup and connect Turntable or CDJs to their controller setup. Supported hardware includes; Denon DJ MC6000MK2, Numark N4 and Pioneer DDJ-SX2. With more to come.
    • Serato DVS Expansion Pack can be purchased and activated in-app within the Serato DJ ‘My Serato’ window or from the Serato Online Store for USD99.
  • New Hardware and Official Serato Accessory Support — Support for the Pioneer DDJ-SX2, Numark NV, Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3, Akai Pro AFX and Reloop Neon.
  • Library Optimization — Serato DJ now handles significantly larger music libraries. With Serato DJ 1.7 you can load up to 5x the size of your Scratch Live library. A huge improvement for DJs with very large music collections.
  • MIDI Panel — A new MIDI Panel inside Serato DJ that allows you to MIDI map additional software features such as Library Scroll, Loop Rolls, Instant Doubles, Loop Shift, a dedicated combo HP / LP filter for each channel + much more.
  • Other New Features
    • AM Mode – Hide the artist and track information displayed in the Virtual Deck area.
    • Chronological Cue Points – A highly popular Scratch Live feature, now available in Serato DJ.
    • Rearrange Cues.
    • Smaller Quantize Values.
    • And much more.
  • Maintenance and Bug Fixes — Serato DJ 1.7 also includes a large amount of maintenance and huge number of bug fixes.

Serato DJ for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $129 USD. The Flip Expansion Pack and DVS Expansion Pack are available as an in-app purchases for $29 USD and $99 USD respectively.

More information: Serato

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Samplephonics releases Post Rock Guitars by Mountain Range

Samplephonics has launched Post Rock Guitars, a collection of 190 ambient chord progressions, bowed FX passages, emotive Rhodes accompaniments and soaring tremolo guitar leads.

Samplephonics Post Rock Guitars

Produced by Samplephonics favourite, Mountain Range, this uniquely beautiful sample library has the power to lift any production, irrelevant of style or direction. Having smashed his previous ambient electronica pack we just had to invite him back to create another instant classic.. and what a job he did!

Recorded through a stunning vintage recording chain with the upmost of precision, the finest details of post-rock are on show, paying homage to the dynamic bands of the last 15 years. Expect to hear dense ambiences, delayed & processed leads, delicately washed out chord movements, expansive FX driven leads and anything else you could possibly need to add an element of emotion and texture to your next composition.

The pack is available for purchase for £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics

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ModeAudio releases Burst SFX for Thor

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ModeAudio has launched Burst SFX, a new collection of Thor and Combinator presets for Propellerhead Reason.

ModeAudio Burst SFX

Tearing jets of noxious, vaporising chemicals; spewing fragments of gigantic, red-hot molten rock; chaotic, complex atmospheres forming and disintegrating within seconds; these are the sounds you will find in our latest interplanetary release, Burst SFX – Thor & Combinator Presets!

This collection of precision-designed sound patches for Reason brings you 40 Thor presets and 15 Combinator patches, taking both instruments to their limits and offering a wealth of otherworldly sound design inspiration. Included in the library are huge explosions, splintering impacts, endless falls, meteoric risers, deep sub drops, shivering reverses and alarming bleeps – to put it simply, devastating and intricate sound effects of all shapes and sizes!

Every one of the available macro knobs and buttons have been thoughtfully assigned within Thor and Combinator, giving you access to numerous musically useful parameters to fit each sound perfectly into your productions. Velocity-sensitive envelopes and every type of modulation possible within Reason have been pressed into service to launch your music deep into outer space.

The pack is available for purchase for £12 GBP.

More information: ModeAudio

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Cinematique Instruments 5th Anniversary – 30% off + Win your favorite library in giveaway

Cinematique Instruments is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with a site wide sale, offering a 30% discount on all its sample libraries and bundles for a limited time.

Cinematique Instruments 5th Anniversary

We’d like to say thank you for your massive support over the last 5 years. In order to celebrate this adequately we are giving a 30% discount on all our instruments and bundles throughout September.

With every purchase you will also get a free version of the new Anniversary Drummer.

The sale ends September 30th, 2014.

Exclusive giveaway

Cinematique Instruments is kindly offering rekkerd.org readers a chance to win one of its libraries. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell us which library you would like to have for a chance to win (bundles are excluded).

The giveaway ends September 14th, 2014, 11.59pm CET. Three winners will be picked randomly from all entries.

So go have a good look at all the wonderful instruments on offer at Cinematique Instruments and let us know your pick. Good luck!

More information: Cinematic Instruments

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