Monoplugs updates B-Step Sequencer to v1.2

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Monoplugs has released version 1.2 of B-Step Sequencer, a melodic, chord based step sequencer, now also available as a standalone app for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Monoplugs B-Step Sequencer
The standalone version of B-Step you can sync via MIDI Clock to your DAW or MIDI hardware. Also you can run the sequencer as MIDI Clock master and sync your devices to B-Step.

In B-Step Sequencer 1.2 Monoplugs have improved the chord editor, added some new features to the sequencer and cleaned up a lot of things to make it much more usable than before.

Now you can import/export your projects, MIDI controller maps, chord sets and presets from/to file and share them between the standalone and VST version or with your friends.

Changes in B-Step Sequencer v1.2

  • Fixes:
    • Stop playing notes if playback stops.
    • Add Error messages if a MIDI port is not able to open (have a look in our forum to fix issues on Windows).
    • MIDI learn map will not loaded correctly.
    • MIDI Thru bug.
    • Restore MIDI ports on reopen B-Step.
  • Sequencer Settings:
    • Add clock thru option in standalone.
  • Presets:
    • Add export/import project files.
    • Add export/import chord presets.
    • Add export/import MIDI maps.
    • Add some project presets & chord presets.
  • Sequencer Features:
    • Add mute-chain | you can now play empty bars or mute a bar in the chain.
    • Add master track octave offset rotaries.
    • Add what’s the next bar in the chain marker.
    • Add panic button.
  • MIDI learn (new design):
    • Add Feedback.
    • Change the editor layout and MIDI learn handling.
  • User Interface:
    • Clean up settings editor.
    • Clean up main interface.
    • Add tree different colour setups.
    • Remove step was enabled marker.
  • Launchpad:
    • Add bar copy support (hold down one bar button (source) and click a other bar button (target)).
    • Change default MIDI channel to 1.

B-Step Sequencer is available for purchase for 19.99 EUR.

More information: Monoplugs

Samplephonics releases free Leeds Town Hall Organ sample library

Samplephonics has announced the release of the Leeds Town Hall Organ, a free virtual instrument sample library in collaboration with organist Dr Simon Lindley.

Samplephonics Leeds Town Hall Organ

Simon crafted 6 versatile presets for us and we began the painstaking process of sampling this incredible feat of engineering. Over the next few months we spent many evenings in the town hall recording every single note with multiple round robins and over 10 second note recordings to capture the true sonic character of the organ. The repetitive nature of the task actually became quite hypnotic and a strange bond began to form between us, the organ, the building and the very spirit of the city of Leeds.

Everyone involved in the project worked long hours and for free, so we felt that it was only right to give away the fruits of our labour and hope that the spirit of this incredible instrument could spread throughout the world and help people to craft wonderful music that moves people to do good things.

Leeds Town Hall Organ features

  • 3.2GB compressed content.
  • Contains stereo wav organ note recordings and sampler instruments for Kontakt 5, Kontakt 4, Ableton Sampler, EXS24 and Reason NN-XT.

The library is a free download at Samplephonics.

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Time+Space launches pre-order for EZdrummer 2 upgrade

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Time+Space has announced that EZdrummer users can now pre-order their upgrade to the upcoming EZdrummer 2 virtual drum instrument by Toontrack.

EXdrummer 2 upgrade pre-order

From today you can get a step closer to adding EZdrummer 2 to your set-up as Toontrack launch pre-orders on the EZdrummer 2 Upgrade.

Buy the Upgrade now and you’ll receive your serial number straight away. Register it at toontrack.com and on May 6th, EZDrummer 2 will be in your account and ready for you download!

Plus, buy your Upgrade from Time+Space and they’ll send you Ask Video’s forthcoming EZdrummer 2 Explored tutorial video for free when it’s released in May!

The upgrade to EZdrummer 2 is available for pre-order at Time+Space, priced at SRP £57 GBP / 69 EUR.

More information: Time+Space / EZdrummer 2 Upgrade

Drum Broker intros MSXII Sound Design All Kit Bundle

The Drum Broker has launched the All Kit Bundle, a collection of all sample packs by MSXII Sound Design.

MSXII Sound Design All Kit Bundle

Everything from the fine folks at MSXII Sound Design!

Kit Features:

  • Every kit from MSXII…all rolled in one.
  • Bonus, unreleased sounds.
  • Over 25% savings on bundle vs. buying each kit individually.
  • Royalty-free original compositions.
  • Content includes The Unkempt Breaks, Rhodes and Vibes, Bars, Keys, & Anomalies, The Synth Immaculate 1 & 2, The Joe Deertay, and The Sammich Kit, and The Mutha-Plucka.

The bundle is available from the Drum Broker for $149.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / All Kit Bundle

Sonic Cat releases Pop Synth for Kontakt

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Sonic Cat has launched Pop Synth, an 80s retro pop sound synthesizer for Native Instruments, featuring the sounds of the Roland JX-3P.

Sonic Cat Pop Synth

JX-3P is polyphonic synthesizer produced in 1983. But Pop Synth is a reinterpretation, not a restoration. Sonic Cat recorded all key ranges at 24-bit, and captured sound originality by sample looping.

Pop Synth is also an instrument for playback of the original JX-3P’s preset sounds. Pop Synth can play moods just like dual layers of JX-10 because it can make new sounds using the twin-engine system.

Pop Synth features

  • 312 .NKI Kontakt instrument presets for Kontakt 5.3+.
  • 1,951 samples.
  • 24-bit / 44.1 kHz .NCW format samples.
  • About 2.7 GB installed.

The Pop Synth is available to purchase for the introductory price of $35 USD until April 23rd, 2014 (regular $59 USD).

More information: Sonic Cat / Pop Synth

ModeAudio releases Orbital SFX for Massive

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ModeAudio has announced Orbital SFX, a soundset featuring 50 hyperactive synth presets for the Massive virtual instrument by Native Instruments.

ModeAudio Orbital SFX

From intense risers and freewheeling falls to turbulent explosions and earthshaking sub drops, this pack makes full use of Massive’s every available feature to bring you a versatile set of fully customisable SFX sounds.

A panoply of sonic flavours from deep, quaking subbass, vibrant and brilliant highs, spiralling noise, dusty distortion, interstellar phase, ring and pan modulation and otherworldly effects processing is contained within Orbital SFX, ideal for music as diverse as EDM, Hip Hop, Pop, Electro, Downtempo and far beyond.

Assign your MIDI controllers or automate from within your DAW to take control of 8 key macro assignments, programmed for each and every preset. Blast, break, boost, beat and bombard your music to tipping point and over with this handcrafted pack of 50 energetic and shapeshifting presets – reach far above the clouds with Orbital SFX – Massive Presets!

The soundset is available for purchase for £12 GBP.

More information: ModeAudio / Orbital SFX

Echo Sound Works releases EDM Drops & Boom Drums

Echo Sound Works EDM Drops for Massive

Echo Sound Works has announced the release ofEDM Drops V.1, a soundset for Native Instruments Massive, and Boom Drums, an urban drums sample pack.

EDM Drops V.1 for NI Massive is a comprehensive soundset that covers nearly every genre of EDM from Electro, Progressive, Progressive House, Dubsteb and Complextro.

Getting your drop to have the right sound and energy is one of the most difficult parts about producing EDM. With EDM Drops V.1 your drops will be sounding bigger and fuller in no time.

Every sound was tested out in a production environment and if a particular preset that we made didn’t strike any creative ideas, we tossed it. We made nearly 200 presets and kept only the best, most usable ones. You end up with 125 presets with all 8 Macros active so you can quickly change and tweak the sounds.

We’ve also included a ton of bonus items like the drum samples from the demo, 5 Logic X sessions and 10 MIDI files.

The soundset is available for purchase for $20 USD.

Boom Drums is a sample pack featuring both vintage and modern sounding drums.

Echo Sound Works Boom Drums

We recorded brand new acoustic drums and layered those with old school, vintage sounding samples. That means you get drums that have both a vinyl old school vibe and the punch of modern hip hop samples. To top it all off, we ran everything through an Empirical Labs Compressor for that “Boom”.

The Boom Drums come with 345 24 Bit WAV samples and has everything you need to freshen up your beats. Kicks, Claps, Snares, Hats and Percussion. We’ve even included 4 drum kits and some loops to get you started.

Boom Drums features

  • 75 kicks.
  • 80 snares.
  • 70 claps.
  • 80 hi hats.
  • 40 percussion.
  • 7 drum kits formatted for Maschine.
  • 15 WAV drum loops (24-bit) from the audio demos.

The sample pack costs $20 USD.

More information: Echo Sound Works

Admiral Quality launches sale – 66% off Poly-Ana

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Admiral Quality Poly-Ana

Admiral Quality has announced a limited time sale, offering a 66.6% discount on its synthesizer instruments for Windows and Mac.

We hardly ever do this, but in celebration of the coming holiday and, frankly, because the Admiral is hungry and trying to keep a roof over his head and his internet on, we’re going to offer our biggest discount yet until the end of the month. Prices of Poly-Ana and L’il Poly-Ana are slashed to 1/3 normal! That’s right, until May 1, 2014, a positively evil 66.6% off!

We also have some new products and updates coming very soon, including support for x64 on OSX. So stay tuned, and please help spread the word about our sale. It will help us get those other projects completed over the coming days and weeks.

The sale ends May 1st, 2014.

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