Quantum Loops releases free Label Sampler + 30% off packs

Loopmasters has announced the release of the Quantum Loops Label Sampler, a free mini pack created by carefully handpicking loops and one-shots from 5 previous releases.

Quantum Loops Sale

Get a taste of what we’re all about, with plenty of bass loops, drum loops, lead loops, drum fills, Chords, and FX, all in .wav and .rx2 formats, handpicked from the following full releases: QL007 Transitions FX, QL013 Jackin Deep House, QL015 Tech Prog, and QL001 Drum Construction, QL011 Bounce House, and QL010 EDM Drum Loops.

Selected by Quantum Loops owner Dom Kane, this pack contains 60 loops and 30 drum one-shots, carefully designed and created using everything from Juno, Moog, Roland, E-MU, Korg, Dave Smith, 909s, 808s, and then processed using Neve and SSL to name a few, for authentic analogue sounds. Spread across 2 main keys (A, and B), each section of the pack has been designed to be interchangeable. So whether you’re looking to write an experimental loop-chop based track, or a head-nodding bass, blissful chords, or just plain hard-hitting FX, this pack has it all.

Loopmasters is also offering a 30% discount on all Quantum Loops sample packs until September 3rd, 2014.

More information: Quantum Loops / Label Sampler (download)

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Prime Loops releases #Twerktrap sample pack

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Prime Loops #Twerktrap

Prime Loops has introduced #Twerktrap, a 208MB+ collection of turnt up twerk music samples.

Twerk music has become a staple sound of the clubbing scene, exploding out of sound systems and keeping dance floors moving across the globe. This hot sub genre of bass heavy Trap has an irresistible energy which is guaranteed to get any crowd shaking! So we’ve been making it clap in the Prime Loops lab, twerking hard to bring you the ultimate collection of supercharged Twerk music samples.

With 308MB of turnt up treats, #Twerktrap comes with everything you need to fire up your productions. Featuring a huge selection of 100Bpm drum loops, Synth Loops, SFX, Trap Vocals, one shots, booty shaking 808s, plus much more, we dare you to listen and resist the uncontrollable urge to get low! And in crystal clear 24-bit audio quality, these sounds will shine through your mix for ultimate clarity in the club.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £15.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / #Twerktrap

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FabFilter releases Pro-Q 2 equalizer plugin

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FabFilter has released Pro-Q 2, an updated version of its equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

FabFilter Pro-Q 2
New features — such as Full Screen mode, unique Natural Phase processing, Auto Gain, Spectrum Grab, Gain-Q interaction, and slope support for all filter types — make Pro-Q 2 a cut above its predecessor in every way, while staying true to the original vision of combining high sound quality with unsurpassed interface workflow.

Completely redesigned EQ engine

For Pro-Q 2, FabFilter has completely redesigned the internal filter engine from the ground up — not only improving the existing Zero Latency and Linear Phase processing modes, but also introducing a unique Natural Phase mode. Besides perfectly matching the magnitude response of analog EQ’ing, Natural Phase also closely matches the analog phase response, without introducing noticeable pre-ring or a long latency. Last but not least, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is more than twice as CPU-efficient as its predecessor.

Universal filter slope support

Very steep filter slopes of up to 96 dB/octave are now available, and, uniquely, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 lets users change the slope of any filter type — not just the usual Low/High Cut filters. This makes it possible to create super-narrow bell filters, very steep or gently sloping shelves, and more. In addition to the existing Bell, Low/High Shelf, Low/High Cut, and Notch filters, Pro-Q 2 also features new Band-Pass and Tilt Shelf filter types.

More interface innovations

Furthermore, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is boosted by an abundance of user interface innovations. Spectrum Grab enables users to directly adjust peaks in the real-time spectrum analyzer display. Pro-Q 2 offers flexible interface resizing, in addition to a Full Screen mode that makes it easier than ever to do ultra-precise adjustments. EQ Match lets users match the spectrum of another track in just a few seconds. All this power is neatly integrated into a gorgeous, uncluttered interface that lets users focus freely on music and workflow.

Original and trailblazing

Of course, Pro-Q 2 features everything that was great about the original Pro-Q — up to 24 EQ bands, innovative interface with unsurpassed workflow and multi-band selection, per-channel EQ’ing in L/R or M/S mode, real-time spectrum analyzer, intelligent solo mode, double-click text entry, stereo/mono plug-ins, Pro Tools hardware surface support — as well as all the trailblazing FabFilter bells and whistles that users have come to expect and love — perfectly fine-tuned knobs and controllers, GPU-powered graphics acceleration, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample-accurate automation, advanced optimization, and more.

New in Pro-Q 2

  • Different interface sizes and additional Full Screen mode.
  • Operates in zero latency mode, linear phase mode with adjustable latency or the unique Natural Phase mode.
  • Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer right away!.
  • Filter shapes: Bell, Notch, High/Low Shelf, High/Low Cut, Band Pass, Tilt Shelf.
  • Universal filter slope support for all filter types, up to 96 dB/oct.
  • EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another track via the side-chain input.
  • Phase Invert option to change polarity.
  • Highly improved CPU optimization: Pro-Q 2 uses less memory and is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor!.
  • Optional Gain-Q interaction.
  • Auto Gain and Gain Scale.
  • Built-in spectrum analyzer with Pre-EQ, Post-EQ and SC modes, adjustable range, speed, resolution, tilt and freeze.
  • Optional piano roll display to quantize EQ frequencies to musical notes.
  • Large output level meter with peak level readout.

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/AudioSuite) is available for purchase for 149 EUR/$199 USD/£124 GBP. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available. Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to Pro-Q 2 with a discount from their online user accounts.

More information: FabFilter / Pro-Q 2

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WeatherM releases World Elements for Harmor

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WeatherM World Elements

WeatherM has released World Elements, a collection of 93 patches for the Harmor synthesizer instrument by Image-Line.

‘World Elements’ is the most beautiful sound Harmor can play ever. ‘World Elements’ was designed for Ambient tracks, basically. So, more than half presets consist of pad sounds in ‘World Elements’.. but it works for many other genre, too. (Cinematic, House, and so on…)

World Elements features

  • 2 Arpeggios
  • 4 Bells
  • 8 Chill Leads
  • 5 Percussive sounds (2 huge acoustic percussion and 3 kicks)
  • 4 FXs
  • 9 Keys
  • 7 Plucks and…
  • 54 Carefully programed unique Atmospheric synth pads!

The soundset is available for purchase $19.99 USD. Requires Harmor v1.3 or higher.

More information: WeatherM / World Elements

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Exponential Audio updates PhoenixVerb Surround & R2 Surround to v1.1.0

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Exponential Audio has released version 1.1.0 of PhoenixVerb Surround and R2 Surround, two reverb effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Exponential Audio R2 Surround Reverb

Along with numerous improvements, this release also includes Exponential Audio’s unique new 3DLink technology.

Changes in v1.1.0

  • 3DLink supports new mixing formats with height channels such as Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D, and creates a natural, efficient reverb with channel counts up to 14.1. No special drivers are required, and all you need is a workstation that supports low and high busses.
  • More DAWs supported: Steinberg Nuendo, Cockos Reaper.
  • New surround formats for workstations that support them.
  • Performance and workflow improvements.
  • New presets.

PhoenixVerb Surround is available for purchase for 279 EUR/$359 USD; R2 Surround is 359 EUR/$459 USD. A bundle of both is 509 EUR/$659 USD. Version 1.1.0 is free to all licensed users.

More information: Exponential Audio

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Prime Loops releases Heavy Impacts Vol. 2

Prime Loops Heavy Impacts Vol. 2

Prime Loops has launched Heavy Impacts Vol. 2, a sample pack featuring a collection of 176 cinematic SFX samples.

Ideal for Music production, cinematic scores and sound designers alike, these heavyweight sounds pack a serious punch, so if your project needs a dramatic quality, Heavy Impacts Vol. 2 can provide it on an Epic scale! Weighing in at a mammoth 421MB, this powerhouse of sound comes packed full 176 individual Impacts and FX.

From futuristic glitch and synth Impacts, to climactic sweeps and swooshes, dramatic drones to the terrifying ‘Horns of the Apocalypse’ and post-apocalyptic ‘Hits of The Abyss’, these mammoth sounds will cause a sonic boom, bursting eardrums and blowing speakers wherever they are played, and all in exquisite 24-bit audio quality!

The pack is available for purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Heavy Impacts Vol. 2

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Drumdrop intros Ludwig Super Classic Kit

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Drumdrops has announced the Ludwig Super Classic Kit, a new drum sample library.

Drumdrops Ludwig Super Classic Kit

Most people will know of the reputation of Ludwig drums, famously used by Ringo Starr from a little known 60s Liverpudlian band, and later by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. They sound fantastic, warm and responsive with a lovely dark tone from the thin 3 ply mahogany, poplar and mahogany shells with maple reinforcing hoops. Made before music became really amplified and loud, these drums were designed to sound good rather than generate loads of volume and as such they are wonderfully full and tonal, especially when recorded and miked up. Although obviously a 1960s kit, drummers continued to use this model though the 70s, and do so to this very day in fact… They just record so well.

The particular kit we used is one from session drummer Tim Weller’s collection and is a blue oyster pearl finish. The drums are shallower than many modern drums which helps focus their sound and control their decay.

For this kit we went for a dry controlled sound and used Miloco’s The Square in London. The kit was close mic’d. The Kit was recorded by Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning, ex Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey.

The Ludwig Super Classic Kit is available in 5 different formats. The Multi-Velocity Pack, Single Hits Pack, Drum Replacement Pack and All Samples Pack are out now. The Kontakt 5 pack with the Drumdrops Kontakt instrument will be released on the 28th of August 2014 between 4 pm and 4.30 pm GMT.

The first 20 customers will get the Kontakt pack free. The next 50 can purchase it for £15 GBP, the next 50 for £25 GBP, the next 50 for £30 GBP and then it will return to £40 GBP.

More information: Drumdrops / Ludwig Super Classic Kit

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