Feelyoursound updates Sundog Scale Studio to v1.2.0

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Feelyoursound has released version 1.2.0 of Sundog Scale Studio, which features better chord progression support for the MIDI composition software for Windows and Mac.

Feelyoursound Sundog Scale Studio (chords page)

Get rid of writer’s block once and for all. Experiment with new scales, harmonies, and melodies easily.

Use Sundog to play around with chords and basenotes like a breeze. Go from calm, smooth, chill out styles to energetic upbeat tunes in a matter of seconds. Promised.

Changes in Sundog Scale Studio v1.2.0

  • Completely new Chords View.
  • Create chord progressions with triads, four note chords, and powerchords.
  • Better detection of roman numerals.
  • Chord progression export as MIDI file – also via drag and drop.
  • Trigger triads and four note chords with a MIDI keyboard or computer keyboard.
  • New shortcuts for common tasks in the “Tools” menu:
    • “Follow the chords on this channel”: The current instrument will play back the new chord instantly as soon as a chord change happens.
    • “Follow the chord notes on this channel”: The current instrument will follow the chord progression by applying the current step sequencer pattern to the active chord notes (this is the same as setting the mode to “Chord Notes”, setting the pattern to “Off”, and recording the base note without any additional movements for one full take).
    • “Fill channel with basic sequence”: This is the same as recording the base note without any additional movements for one full take. The current mode will be used.
  • New instrument mode “Full Chords+”: The same as “Full Chords”, but with an additional note one octave below the chord root note.
  • Working update checker.

Sundog Scale Studio for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $39 USD / 29 EUR.

More information: Feelyoursound / Sundog Scale Studio

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Freaky Loops releases Ultimate Drum Fills 2

Freaky Loops has launched Ultimate Drum Fills 2, combining groovy electronic fills, stunning live drums, complex drum fills and glitched electronics for use across the electronic spectrum.

Freaky Loops Ultimate Drum Fills 2

All the fills are in 128 BPM and worked out to the smallest details to allow you the ability to directly insert them into your tracks. Every sound has been sculpted with a combination of high-end outboard pre-amps, EQ, compression and a selection of top rated plug-ins to create the most usable results. Perfect for an epic breakdown, to fill empty space, to get experimental or just to add the last missing ingredient to the mix.

In detail “Ultimate Drum Fills Vol 2” includes 115 Drum Fills are foldered as 57 Electronic Fills, 41 Acoustic Fills and 17 Fx Processed Fills. Each and every fill has been mixed and processed with maximum power and depth.

The pack is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Freaky Loops / Ultimate Drum Fills 2

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Review: ModeAudio Hover drones & textures

ModeAudio Hover

With the Hover sample library, ModeAudio takes on the world of drones and textures.

Packed full of strange, floating tones, waves of noise, rasping, metallic textures, deep bass and circuit-bent synths, this release brings you 100 carefully prepared atmospheres to pour seamlessly over your mixes.

All the sounds move to their own internal rhythm, dancing and metamorphosing into exciting, unusual sonic forms.

The samples are categorized in 6 folders:

  • Ambiances (30)
  • Bass Drones (20)
  • Guitar Drones (10)
  • Metallic Drones & Textures (10)
  • Noise Drones & Textures (15)
  • Synth Drones (15)

The ambiance themes come with 3 samples each that can be layered. So you have something like a main bass or synth drone sound that you can layer with a texture, soundscape, some noise fx, etc. Other folders simply have a collection of individual 20 to 58 second recordings.

All files have descriptive titles including an indication of the type of sound, where applicable (noise, texture, bass, scape, etc).

The audio clip below demonstrates some of the sounds included in this pack.

So what do I think?

Product: Hover by ModeAudio
Format: Wav (44.1kHz/24 bit)
Price: £12 GBP
Like: Nice variety of sounds, well designed
Don’t like: some samples could be longer
Verdict: 8/10

Dark brooding bass, evocative melodic guitar scapes, sputtering noises, otherworldly synths, rhythmic crackles, reverb drenched goodness…

ModeAudio has recorded a nice variety of sounds using a diverse collection of sound sources. These drones and textures are on the more creative end of the genre, with lots of movement and dynamics. I personally like this a lot, but for some of the samples I really wish they were longer to allow a more elaborate development of the sound.

In short, the Hover pack includes a lovely bunch of well designed, quality samples that are great for cinematic/underscore works, game soundtracks, ambient music, and more.

More information: ModeAudio / Hover

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Prime Loops releases Zombiestep sample pack

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Prime Loops Zombiestep

Prime Loops has announced Zombiestep, a new sample pack featuring over 200 dubstep samples.

Dubstep’s back from the Dead! This demented, ever mutating genre has infected dance floors across the globe for a fair few years now, leaving a true trail of destruction and devastation in its path..

But now it’s time for something completely new! Welcome to the afterlife – with Prime Loops’ very latest OTT sample pack creation: Zombiestep!

Invading at over 375MB, there’s a monstrous amount of content for you to wrap your teeth around: Invade your mix with this tormented collection of bone-crunching dubstep samples, featuring brutal bass loops, freaky synth hooks, pounding drums, scary SFX, quirky guitar licks and zombie-style vocals!

This extroverted producer tool kit is the ideal side-kick for any bass producer looking to cause chaos on the scene: get this very latest strain of the deadly dubstep virus today and prepare to cause a world-wide pandemic!

The sample pack is available for purchase for £16.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Zombiestep

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Sonic Cat intros Calliope Kontakt Player instrument + Pre-order

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Sonic Cat has announced Calliope, a Universal Sound Module instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt & Kontakt Player.

Sonic Cat Calliope

Calliope is Universal Sound Module virtual instrument. It contains many instruments for all musical genre like as H/W sound module, rompler or music workstation.

There are over 1,000 preset sounds on these categories. Keyboard, Bass, Guitar, Lead, Brass, Wind, String, Pad, Synth, Percussion, Drum.

Calliope features

  • Universal Sound Module.
  • All genres; all round player.
  • Powered by the Kontakt Engine – Free Kontakt Player available.
  • Low sample size / High quality sounds by Natural Harmonic Crossfade Loop (NHCL) technology.
  • Hybrid Natural Sounds for mixing.
  • Over 1,000 preset sounds.
  • Two separate modules.
  • Synth module by Independent Quad Engine / Mixing system.
  • Drum module by 18 Pads / Instruments system.
  • Double combine main Kicks & Snares.
  • Can easily make unique user sounds.
  • Easy to use GUI.

The instrument library is available to pre-order for $64 USD until 31st August, 2014, after which it will be available for the introductory price of $79 USD for a limited time (regular $99 USD). Existing Sonic Cat customers can order Calliope for $49 USD until the introductory period ends.

More information: Sonic Cat / Calliope

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Cakewalk updates Z3TA+ synthesizer app for iOS to v1.3

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Cakewalk has released version 1.3 of Z3TA+ iOS, a synthesizer app for iPad.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ iOS

The legendary Z3TA+ synthesizer has been used on countless records, and it’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over. And now Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+2 on your iPad. Packed with hundreds of presets, modulatable waveshaping, dual mode filters, and flexible effects, Z3TA+ iOS is the perfect creative synth for making music anywhere, anytime.

Changes in Z3TA+ iOS v1.3

  • Import Z3TA+ presets from iOS, or Z3TA+ 2 Plug-in, available on Windows & OS X.
  • Import User Waves, MIDI Arps, Scala Tuning files, and presets via iTunes Sharing.
  • Export Z3TA+ iOS presets via AirDrop, or email.
  • Capability to search presets.
  • Capability to create preset “favorites”.
  • Scala tuning support.
  • Copy / Paste Functionality for individual Oscillators, Envelope Generators, Low Frequency Oscillators, and Delay Effects.
  • “Please Rate This App” Button in Options Menu.

Z3TA+ iOS is available for purchase for $19.99 USD. The update is free for current Z3TA+ iOS owners.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ iOS

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99Sounds releases Vinyl Noise SFX free sample pack

99Sounds has launched Vinyl Noise SFX, a free library of 37 vinyl noise and crackle sound effects by Matoto aka Chia.

99Sounds Vinyl Noise SFX

All vinyl crackle samples included in Vinyl Sample SFX were recorded on a Numark TTUSB turntable connected to Audacity. Records used were innumerous, ranging from 78s from the 1950s to 7″s from the ’70s-80s as well as a few modern 12″ dance records.

No samples have been EQed, limited, compressed, panned or post-processed in any way. All samples are available in 16-bit WAV format. All recording, editing/cropping, compiling and graphic design done by Chia.

Vinyl Noise SFX features

  • 37 vinyl samples, 16-bit/44.1 kHz WAV format.
  • Includes instrument patches in SFZ and NKI (Kontakt 5) formats.
  • 56 MB size on disk, 39 MB download size (RAR archive).

The pack is available as a free download from 99Sounds.

More information: 99Sounds / Vinyl Noise SFX

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