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IK Multimedia announces SampleTank 3 + Pre-Order

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IK Multimedia has announced that its SampleTank 3 virtual instrument is coming in July.

IK Multimedia SampleTank 3

Over 10 years in the making, SampleTank 3 is finally coming out this July. With 33 GB of sounds, over 4,000 instruments, over 2,000 MIDI files and 2,500 loops, SampleTank 3 sets the new standard for software sound workstations.

It’s been rebuilt from the ground up: it has a completely new sound set, fully redesigned easy-to-use interface, new sounds with true-to-life “round robin” and multiple articulations, a new patterns player with MIDI patterns, new effects derived from AmpliTube and T-RackS, a new loop management feature, new filters, a new Live mode and much more.

Powerful, functional and effortless, SampleTank 3 is your essential tool for studio composition and live performance.

SampleTank 3 will be available for download in July. Until its release it can be purchased at a special pre-order price:

  • Upgrade $99.99 USD/79.99 EUR — For all SampleTank 2 XL and Miroslav Philharmonik full users (including Total Studio and Total Workstation users).
  • Crossgrade $149.99 USD/119.99 EUR — For all IK users of paid software, apps and hardware.
  • Regular version $249.99 USD/199.99 EUR.

On release SampleTank 3 will be available for a 2-month introductory price:

  • Upgrade $149.99 USD/119.99 EUR (regular $199.99 USD/159.99 EUR).
  • Crossgrade $199.99 USD/159.99 EUR (regular $249.99 USD/199.99 EUR).
  • Regular $299.99 USD/239.99 EUR (regular $349.99 USD/279.99 EUR).

A boxed version will also be available after release. Prices are excluding taxes. JamPoints or coupons cannot be applied on pre-orders.

More information: IK Multimedia / SampleTank 3

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Future Audio Workshop announces Circle²

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Future Audio Workshop has announced Circle², an updated version of the powerful, easy-to-use software synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

Future Audio Workshop Circle²

Our team has been working hard to design and implement several new features, modules and effects to extend the spectrum of sounds that Circle can produce. We’ve also redesigned Circle’s interface – all while retaining our familiar, minimalist look.

We’ll be revealing more details about the project over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and subscribe to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for more info.

Get ready to say hello to Circle².

All existing Circle users will receive the upgrade to Circle² for free, and Circle will continue to be available for the discounted price of 49 EUR/$79 USD until the release.

More information: Future Audio Workshop

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Toontrack updates Superior Drummer to v2.4.0 & EZdrummer to v2.01

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Toontrack has released updated for its Superior Drummer 2 and EZdrummer 2 virtual drum instruments for Windows and Mac.

Superior Drummer 2

Superior Drummer is the undisputed industry standard, award-winning and complete drum production studio that gives you, the user, full creative control to hone, mold and shape the drum sound of your wildest dreams.

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2

Changes in Superior Drummer v2.4.0

  • New:
    • Support for EZdrummer 2 core sound libraries and future EZXs.
    • Support for EZdrummer 2 percussion (available as X-drum from the ‘Producer preset Sounds’ submenu).
    • Support for EZdrummer 2 EZX presets.
    • New mapping tab highlighting of the articulation currently playing.
    • New Velocity Ctrl feature indicating incoming and outgoing velocity.
    • New Help menu header that describes version, build, bits and format of the plug-in.
  • Improved:
    • Busses can now have the same name as existing mic channels (names must still be unique within the same class).
    • During bounce each phase is described by the bounced files name rather than the corresponding mic name.
    • Special handling of right channel output names for Sonar X series and Ableton Live.
    • The X-drum mic assignment window can now be scrolled if required.
    • Improved X-mics assignment from and to the special ‘Kit’ mics found in The Classic EZX.
    • Additional auto-allocation of X-mics rules to minimize manual assignments.
    • Change in the built-in configs for Pop/Rock in line with newly released EZX.
    • Updated Yamaha E-drum preset in line with EZdrummer 2.
  • Fixed:
    • AAX version now ignores the Mono All setting (not relevant to ProTools).
    • AAX version on Windows should no longer crash if a new instance is created after you have loaded 2GB of sounds already.
    • Fix for faulty sends occuring after copying from a mono to stereo channel or after a send has been removed then reinstated.
    • Fix for issues when bouncing mute tails and swirls.
    • Progress bar during bounce should no longer disappears when the plug-in window is closed and reopened.
    • Help Menu link ‘Content Providers’ changed to ‘Expand Superior Drummer’ and points to Superior Line Products page.

EZdrummer 2

EZdrummer 2 takes drum production to a whole new level. It was designed to erase any technical barrier between you and your creativity and introduces several groundbreaking features for quick and easy songwriting.

Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Changes in EZdrummer v2.01

  • Improved:
    • The leading instrument is analyzed with higher penalty for instruments with lower priority.
    • MIDI learn menus open in better places over sliders.
    • When using the amount control with the Latin Percussion EZX results should be more predictable.
    • Kicks from the Number 1 Hits EZX can now be loaded in the regular kick drum position.
    • Selecting with the lasso at the edges of the Song Track no longer leads to unwanted scrolling.
    • After tapping only 1 bar, only 1 bar is displayed in the tap2find area.
    • Suggestions can be aborted before the process has completed.
    • Edit Play Style changes are now applied upon quantizing.
    • After quantizing in Edit Play Style pads are no longer deselected.
    • New menu arrow button on the song part labels.
  • Fixed:
    • Crash fix for multi-out routing change when a sample rate other than 44.1K was used.
    • EZXs with no sounds in mics declared as Close no longer causes the engine to crash.
    • Source files with a block type that cannot be determined should no longer cause a crash.
    • Potential crash fix when trying to open database that doesnt exist.
    • Occassional crash when switching Sound Library.
    • Removing an instrument assigned as Powerhand no longer causes issues.
    • On certain systems preview for the percussion pieces was silent.
    • Velocity values 1 did not count as hits when using the amount control.
    • The engine didn’t apply amount correctly if multiple instruments were selected.
    • Intensity in searches was not drawn correctly.
    • ‘Show in Browser’ now works with user mount points even if a User Libraries header is present.
    • Slashes in file names should be treated more adequately.
    • Metronome preview in standalone mode didn’t work.
    • Stand alone no longer asks for path every time if PlugPath exist but is invalid.
    • When creating a Toontrack account the dialog no longer states that the user should check their mail and verify the account as that is no longer needed.
    • The ‘connection failed’ message now properly appears if failing to login to web shop MIDI.
    • Other Online midi fixes.
    • Some Copy from browser bug fixes.
    • Some User MIDI folder fixes.
    • Memory leaks should no longer occur.

The updates are now available for registered Superior Drummer and EZdrummer customers.

More information: Toontrack

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Eventide releases UltraChannel Native Channel Strip (free for limited time)

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Eventide has announced the release of UltraChannel, a native channel strip effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Eventide UltraChannel

UltraChannel™ is Eventide’s new 64-bit native channel strip plug-in for AU, VST, and AAX64 for Mac and PC featuring micro pitch functionality from our flagship H8000, stereo delays with variable feedback paths, plus two stages of compression, gating, and five bands of parametric EQ. UltraChannel is available as a free download through midnight July 8, 2014, after which it will cost $249.

UltraChannel features a pair of dynamics processors: the O-Pressor™, capable of extreme compression (this is the compressor section of the Omnipressor®) and a conventional compressor with de-essing and side-chain capability.

UltraChannel™ also offers Soft-Saturation, and Transformer emulation which recreates transformer core saturation. This feature adds harmonics to low frequency material while remaining relatively transparent to the rest of signal. While relatively subtle, in aggregate, Transformer can bring life to otherwise dull mixes and help glue disparate sound sources together.

FlexiPath™ routing allows drag and drop for reordering the signal path of the top level components (O-Pressor, compressor/de-esser, EQ, Gate).

UltraChannel includes a variety of factory presets tailored to signal sources such as guitar, bass, kick drum, snare, piano, strings, synths and vocals. A number of the presets were created by Eventide artists.

UltraChannel is free to download until July 8th, 2014 (regular $249 USD). Use coupon 0F736710 at checkout. Note: iLok License Manager and an ilok.com account are required (iLok dongle *not* required).

More information: Eventide / UltraChannel

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Sonimus updates Britson to v1.1

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Sonimus has announced version 1.1 of Britson, adding support for Channel and Bus Grouping to the console effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Sonimus Britson

Instances can now be “grouped,” creating the possibility of affecting all instances by making changes to just one.
Groups can be named. For example, you may choose to group all drum channels and buses into a group named “Drums.” This group can then be controlled from Master instance.

From the Master Instance, Saturation and FAT mode may be toggled on/off and TRIM may be controlled for input. Trim control may be applied to channels, buses, or both.

Changes in Britson v1.1

  • Several minor bug fixes.
  • Fixed VU Meter Related issue with some DAWs.
  • Added grouping.

Briston for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available for purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Sonimus / Britson

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DontCrac[k] updates Plug & Mix VIP Bundle to v3.1.0

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DontCrac[k] has announced version 3.1.0 of the Plug & Mix VIP Bundle, which now comprises 45 creative audio tools for Windows and Mac.

Plug & Mix VIP Bundle

We at DontCrack and Plug & Mix have closely monitored our users suggestions and feedback and we are happy to announce the availability of version 3.1.0 of our P&M V.I.P. Bundle that includes 5 FREE new plug-ins:

  • Lo-Fi: This plug-in takes Lo-Fi to the next level by combining Bit Depth, Decimator and Noise to produce hardcore redux distortion tones.
  • Moogy Filter: This great sounding filter can be driven with it’s built in saturation for crunchy tones and it also has an envelope follower to give that extra bite.
  • Multi-Tap Delay: Set your general rate with the big speed knob and then prepare yourself for Multi-tap madness as you can adjust the precise position and pan of all 5 delay taps.
  • Tone Stack: Tone-Stack delivers the guitar amp tone you’ve been yearning for ever since you sold your amp on craigslist.
  • Vowel Comb: This unconventional effect allows you to add vowel overtones to any source material causing your rhythms to come alive, your guitars to speak and your bass to growl like a beast.

What else is new in version 3.1.0 ?

  • VU mode to Gain Reduction for RetroCompressor, RetroLimiter, ElectroOptical & UltraMaxIt.
  • Central VU meters now shows accurate values.
  • General bug fixes.

The Plug & Mix VIP Bundle is available for purchase for $499 USD. Individual plug-ins are currently on sale for $49 USD each.

More information: Plug & Mix

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Arturia releases VOX Continental V organ instrument

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Arturia has announced the release of VOX Continental V, a vintage keyboard recreation, bringing back the classic sound of the famous VOX Continental 300.

Arturia Vox Continental 300

As a high-end software recreation of the Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 transistor-based combo organ, VOX Continental-V is the latest addition to Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Classics lineup where it sits alongside an authentic recreation of another archetypal Sixties staple, Wurlitzer-V (based on the classic ‘Wurly’ electric piano). Introduced in 1962, the VOX Continental — or ‘Connie’ as affectionately it became known — was originally designed to address the needs of touring musicians, but became musically much-loved in its own right. As such, it prominently featured on many hit records of the time, including The Animals’ classic ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ in 1964 and, a little later, ‘Light My Fire’ by The Doors. Onstage, The Beatles performed a memorably frenzied version of ‘Help!’ B-side ‘I’m Down’ during their August 1965 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium with John Lennon playing a VOX Continental using his elbows at times!

Despite being phased out of production in the early-Seventies, the VOX Continental has stood the test of time, too, playing a pivotal part in generating many of the distinctive keyboard sounds supporting later musical genres, including almost everything ever recorded by British Ska revivalists Madness, as well as New Wavers like Elvis Costello and The Attractions and American counterparts Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. However, VOX organs have become increasingly difficult to acquire due to the high prices that they can command, compounded by the limited supply of working units. Today, VOX Continental-V gives contemporary, computer-based musicians instant access to those same hit-making sounds of yesteryear, and much more besides — and all without breaking the bank!

VOX Continental V features

  • Physical Modeling of the VOX Continental 300.
  • Added models of the ultra rare Jennings J70.
  • Extended mode allows for more controls and more sound possibilities.
  • Includes classic stompbox-type modeled effects.
  • Modeled Guitar Tube Amp and Rotary Speaker outputs for vintage live sound.
  • Extensive MIDI mapping of pedals, effects and sound engine parameters.
  • Modeled amplifiers: Fender Deluxe Reverb Blackface, Fender Twin Reverb Blackface, Fender Bassman, Marshall Plexi, Leslie Speaker.
  • Modeled microphones: Shure SM57, Sennheiser MD 421, Neumann U 87.
  • Convolution reverb with custom classic spring reverbs.

The Vox Continental V is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/Standalone) for $99 USD/99 EUR (download) / $129 USD/119 EUR (boxed).

More information: Arturia / VOX Continental V

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