Plugin Boutique 12 Days of Christmas – 40% off BigKick plugin

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Plugin Boutique has launched a 24-hour sale on its BigKick instrument plugin as part of its 12 Days of Christmas promotion.

40% off Plugin Boutique BigKick

How many hours have you wasted searching through samples for the right kick? Or have you layered kick drums together and still not got the result you were after?

Do you want complete flexibility over the low end and attack of your kick?

The drums are the rhythm and groove of any track. And, the kick drum is the heartbeat of that groove. So you know how important it is to get the kick drum right in the mix. Big Kick was created with the sole intention of allowing you to achieve the results you have always wanted.

BigKick is available at a 40% discount on December 20th, 2014.

More information: Plugin Boutique / BigKick

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u-he launches Hive synth plugin preview + pre-order

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u-he has launched a preview version of its Hive synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

u-he Hive

We are taking the wraps off a new synth – Hive. What is Hive? Think sleek, low CPU use, “super” sounding synth with a streamlined workflow. We wanted to make a synth that was fast, fluid, light on CPU but still had a heavyweight sound.

There are lots of features packed into the single page interface to make your sound design quick and intuitive – drag and drop modulation, solo buttons, parameter linking and much more.

Hive is now available for download as a public beta. We are putting the finishing touches on Hive and this is your chance to give some feedback and help us get ready for release.

The public beta is available to download for Windows and Mac from the u-he forum at KVR Audio.

Hive is available for purchase now for $99 USD ex VAT while it is in public beta (regular $149 USD ex VAT). The serial number works with both the beta version and the final released version.

More information: u-he / Hive

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Softube releases Mutronics Mutator effect plugin

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Softube has introduced the Mutronics Mutator, a stereo analog filter and an envelope follower which can be used to create mind boggling filter effects on any sound source.

Softube Mutronics Mutator

Mutronics Mutator was an instant success when it came out in the early 1990’s, and had an enormous impact of the sound from that decade. The Mutator can clearly be heard on records by artists such as Radiohead, Beck, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack and many more.

But the Mutator was short lived. Production ceased abruptly when a vital component was discontinued by the component manufacturer. The original has since then only been available at auction sites, often at prices much higher than the original purchase price. Softube has worked closely with Mutronics to ensure that the plug-in captures every delicate detail of the original hardware.

Mutronics Mutator features

  • Mind boggling filter effects.
  • Control filter sweeps by the sound source’s amplitude, from the LFOs or from an external sound source.
  • Used on many seminal records from the 1990s.
  • Based on technology developed for analog synthesis from the 1960s.
  • Each and every component carefully modeled.
  • Extremely analog behavior of frequencies, phase, distortion, etc.

Mutator for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for $219 USD.

More information: Softube / Mutronics Mutator

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Rob Papen releases RAW synthesizer plugin

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Rob Papen has launched RAW, a new synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Rob Papen RAW

At the Dutch Dancefair 2014, DJ Promo (aka producer Sebastian Hoff) and DJ Free-K (aka producer Freek Vergoossen) approached Rob Papen with the idea of a synthesiser that focused more on ‘distorted’ sounds with an easy to use layout.

Renowned for delivering fresh, cutting edge and musical plugins for producers, Rob Papen invited the DJs to his studio for a brainstorming session resulting in a list of ‘must have’ features and tools for a brand new synth. Armed with this list and several more brainstorming sessions later, Rob Papen and his development team created a powerful new virtual synth RAW.
RAW has two oscillators each with an X/Y field, (as included in Blade and BLUEII) to distort the waveform using Phase Distortion. But that’s not all, you can also draw two of your own ‘waveforms’ and use them as LFO waveforms enabling the creation of unique ‘wobble’ movements that are perfect for for DubStep and other electronic music styles.

RAW has all the great Rob Papen filters to shape your sound further, but in a refreshing twist, ‘EQ’, ‘Waveshaper’, ‘Distortion’ and ‘LoFi’ have also been added on a voice synthesis level. Other FX such as Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Stereo delay and the amazing HQ Reverb of Rob Papen can all be added to your sound and of course, the cool Arpeggiator/Sequencer, Easypage and preset bank manager have all been included as standard.

In true Rob Papen style, RAW comes with many great presets with mainly contributions from several well known DJs and Producers for instant user inspiration!
Promo, Ophidian, Mad dog, Deathmachine, D-Passion, Rob Fabrie, DJ Thera, N-Vitral, Tha Playah, DJ Hidden, The Viper, Warface and many more…

RAW for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for the introductory price of 119 EUR/$143 USD until December 31st, 2014 (regular 149 EUR/$179 USD).

RAW is now also included in the eXplorer-III bundle, bringing the total of included plug-ins to 13. The bundle is available for 585 EUR/$699 USD (~50% savings on individual plugins).

More information: Rob Papen / RAW

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zplane updates Vielklang Instant Harmony to v2.2.0

zplane.development has released version 2.2.0 of Vielklang, adding AAX support to the versatile vocal editing tool and harmony generator for Windows and Mac.

zplane vielklang Instant Harmony

vielklang Instant Harmony generates harmonies with 2-4 voices. It is packed with musical intelligence and music theory: it detects the best fitting harmonies for each individual input melody, and automatically synthesizes up to four voices with the voices not merely running in parallel but with their voicings selected to sound most natural (voice leading).

Changes in Vielklang v2.2.0

  • Added: AAX support.
  • Fixed: occasional crash when two files were superposed in the arranger.
  • Fixed: second digit of the bar counter was overwritten by the cursor on playback.
  • Fixed: sometimes drop-outs when exporting audio.
  • Fixed: the warn sound of the operating system was triggered, when hitting the space-bar and vielklang had the focus.
  • Fixed: multiple warnings upon reload of a project with mismatching sample rates. Now you will be informed only once.
  • Fixed: multiple file relocation dialogs when a file in a project was deleted or moved. Now you will only be asked once.
  • Fixed: potential crash upon relocating to a different file.
  • Fixed: potential mismatch between intelligent harmonizer ‘accordion’ display and actual harmonizer settings.
  • Fixed: potential crash when deleting a note in the HybridView.

Vielklang for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $149 USD/100 EUR ex VAT. The upgrade is free of charge for all registered users.

More information: zplane / vielklang

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