IK Multimedia updates AmpliTube Custom Shop to v3.14 (incl. Morley Contour Wah)

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Morley Contour Wah

IK Multimedia has released version 3.14 of its AmpliTube Custom Shop, which adds the Morley Contour Wah pedal model and offers general reliability improvements.

Morley has been making products for musicians since the 1960s. The Lubow Brothers “Tel-Ray” company made the first effect pedal that simulated the effect of the “Leslie” rotating speaker cabinet, providing “more-lee” (which became Morley) for players. They were also pioneers in using electro optical components in their pedals to prevent premature mechanical failure issues – a philosophy used to this day at Morley.

The Contour Wah was developed in joint cooperation with Morley. Thanks to its array of controls it can be tweaked to suite many styles and sounds; the Contour and Level controls allow to fine-tune the high-end response and personality of the pedal from mellow to bright and cutting, while the Auto-off feature adds flexibility to the pedal’s functionality. It works with Bass guitar too.

The AmpliTube Custom Shop update is available to download now. New models are available for purchase with Custom Shop Gear Credits. Contour Wah pedal costs 20 credits.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube Custom Shop

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Function Loops releases Vocals Only Vol 3

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Function Loops Vocals Only 3

Function Loops has released Vocals Only Vol 3, a sample pack featuring a collection of vocal samples from previous Function Loops packs.

“Vocals Only 3″ a follow up to the popular, special Vocals bundle series from Function Loops. Delivering 1.2GB of Only Vocal parts from various best-selling vocal packs released in 2014. Featuring couple of different vocalists and covering wide range of genres, this discounted bundle is one not to be missed.

A massive collection of 343 files in total, including Acapellas, Vocal Loops and One-Shots only, plus the MIDI files , so you can use them to get the exact notes and re-create the melodies or build your own ideas. All Keys and BPMs are listed and each Vocal Loop and Acapella comes in dry and wet versions for maximum freedom while producing.

The sample pack is available for purchase for $29.90 USD.

More information: Function Loops / Vocals Only Vol 3

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Wobblophones launches Summer Sale – Up to 50% off

Wobblophones Summer Sale

Wobblophones has announced its Summer Sale, offering up to 50% discount on its sample libraries for Kontakt and Live.

The summer heat is on and it’s melting our prices! A good moment to refresh your sample collection and still have money left for summer cocktails!

Can’t choose between Kontakt or Live? We have the new ‘better together’ deal. Get the Kontakt and Live versions of our products together for an exceptionally low price.
After adding a Live or Kontakt version to your order, you will be shown the ‘Better Together’ option in you shopping cart.

Wobblophones Summer Sale

  • Tunelle 30% off: $62.30 / €52.50 / £45.50.
    (Regular: $89.00 / €75.00 / £65.00)
  • PriZm 40% off: $27.00 / €23.40 / £18.00
    (Regular: $45.00 / €39.00 / £30.00)
  • Blue Triangle 50% off: $7.50 / €6.25 / £5.00
    (Regular: $15.00 / €12.50 / £10.00)
  • PriZm + Blue Triangle bundle 40% off: $30.00 / €27.00 / £21.00
    (Regular: $50.00 / €45.00 / £35.00)

The sale ends July 31st, 2014.

More information: Wobblophones

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Homegrown Sounds releases Starburst IR for IRIS

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Homegrown Sounds Starburst IR

Homegrown Sounds has released Starburst IR, a collection of 110 pads for Izotope IRIS using the Starburst Sample Collection as building blocks.

Instruments are constructed using 1-3 Samples and take full advantage of the Spectral Features of IRIS and most have Aftertouch assigned to the Filter Cutoff. The intention was to provide musically useful Pads full of texture and movement.

All 110 WAVs that form the Starburst Sample collection are also available to explore when creating your own instruments. The Starburst Samples were designed using an Access Virus TI Synthesizer.

The sound library is available for the introductory price of $18 USD until August 4th, 2014 (regular $25 USD).

More information: Homegrown Sounds / Starburst IR

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Hephaestus releases Steinway Grand 2 free library

Hephaestus has released Steinway Grand 2, a free compact piano library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hephaestus Sounds Steinway Grand 2

This is the 2nd version of our Steinway piano. It uses the same samples of the 1st version, but we’ve fixed a lot of sound issues and increased the sound quality. If you want to try it…please, it’s FREE!

Steinway Grand 2 features

  • 44.1KHz 16-bit Stereo sample resolution.
  • Looped samples.
  • 3-band EQ to adjust the sound.
  • IR Reverb knob (new).
  • Key-off switch to enable/disable the key-off noise.
  • Fixed the bad flanger effect when pressing the sustain pedal (new).
  • Totally redesigned the script that controls the sustain pedal behaviour (new).
  • Harmonics / Resonance effects with IR (new).
  • Some notes have been retuned and adjusted EQ dynamics (new).
  • 48 MB size.
  • Kontakt 5.2 or newer required (Kontakt Player not supported).

The library is a free download.

More information: Hephaestus

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Review: Diva Ex Machina soundset by The Unfinished

Matt Bowdler is one of my favorite sound designers. As The Unfinished, Matt has established himself in the genre of film scoring with many top quality sounds for synths like Zebra, Omnisphere, Massive, Virus TI, and more.

I’m always excited to see a new title, and especially when it’s for one of my favorite plug-ins, like u-he’s Diva virtual analog synthesizer.

The Unfinished Diva Ex Machina

The Ex Machina soundset features a full bank of 128 sounds for Diva. The focus is on analogue type electronic sounds, suitable for film scoring and electronica.

Ex Machina is something of a special synth soundset as it includes all the patches I designed for the composer Nathan Furst to use in his score for Need For Speed. I have to thank Nathan and DreamWorks for very kindly giving me permission to share the sounds I designed for Nathan. Also in this soundset are a number of other sounds inspired by the work I was doing for Nathan.

The collection features a plethora of warm, punchy basses; ethereal, drifting pads; gentle, old skool sequences; deep, dynamic basslines; classic, spacey leads; and sinister, evocative soundscapes. All programmed with a little musical, kinetic energy in the modwheel, as you would expect.

As with many of Matt’s other soundsets, there’s a lovely walkthrough video showcasing the sounds in Diva Ex Machina. Check it out below to get an idea of what’s included in this set.

So what do I think?

Product: Diva Ex Machina
Format: .h2p for u-he Diva
Price: £19.99 GBP
Like: Superb sound design, flexible sounds
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Well, I can be fairly short here. Absolutely. Stunning. Sounds.

There is such a high level of quality in these sounds, and they are so full of character, I deeply enjoy playing each and every one of them.
That said, the leads and pads are definitely my favorites. Some of these mesmerizing sounds just keep me noodling. So inspirational.
Also, I should mention the soundscapes are amazing. Hold a note and sit back. I know we’ll be hearing some of these sounds on the screen.

Anyway, I said I was going to be short, so just get this pack, it’s simply brilliant.

There are some more audio demos on The Unfinished website and you can download a free demo pack with 15 presets for this set so you can check it out for yourself.

More information: The Unfinished / Ex Machina

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Loopmasters releases EDM Hooks and Drops sample pack

Loopmasters has launched EDM Hooks and Drops, a new sample pack from Dan Larsson.

Loopmasters EDM Hooks and Drops

EDM Hooks and Drops features 10 ready to arrange build up and drop kits loaded with inspiring hooks, powerful drums and huge layered synths and SFX for dance producers worldwide.

This huge 1Gb collection contains all the inspiring elements needed to create full EDM productions including catchy melodic riffs played by driven multi layered synths, powerful side chained drop synths, 10 build-up kits with loop stems of each element for maximum flexibility both in 4 and 8 bars versions. The drum loops also feature separate stem loops of kick, tops and percussion adding to the flexibility.

Producers should also expect to find multi sampled instruments for creating your own Big Room drops and hooks, crisp punchy drum shots and all the MIDI data for the Hooks and Drop Kits allowing you to fully customize the sound and melody.

The pack costs £29.95 GBP. It is currently available at a 25% discount as part of Loopmasters’ Summer Sale.

More information: Loopmasters / EDM Hooks and Drops

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Virharmonic releases Czech Boys Choir for UVI

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Virharmonic has launched Czech Boys Choir, a new choral library for UVI Workstation.

Virharmonic Czech Boys Choir

The extremely flexible, emotion packed and inspirational boys choir is here! Angelic Soloist, gentle Trebles and of course amazingly youthful and powerful Young Men all in one complete package.

Czech Boys Choir features

  • Over 18 GB in uncompressed samples, compressed size is just over 10GB.
  • Over 22 000 unique samples.
  • Dynamic range: Smooth crossfade from pp < ff for Groups Performance dynamic for Soloist.
  • True Round Robin for each Vowel and Consonant.
  • Three powerful parts: Soloist, Trebles and Young Men.
  • Performable articulations: Sustains, Staccatos, Marcatos, Legato.
  • Large Chromatically Sampled Ranges: Soloist: B3-F#5, Trebles: A3-A5, Young Men: F2-A4.
  • All Samples are 48Khz 24bit – Original recording sessions were captured at 192Khz 24bit.

The library is available for the introductory price of $249 USD (RRP $299 USD).

More information: Virharmonic / Czech Boys Choir

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