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EastWest announces Rocktober Special

EastWest Rocktober Special

EastWest has announced the Rocktober Special, a chance to save 53% off the individual retail price of any 3 EastWest/Quantum Leap virtual instruments in October.

The standard edition of the ROCKTOBER PACK features MINISTRY OF ROCK, GOLIATH, and FAB FOUR. If purchasers have one or more of the standard selection, they can change any or all of the 3 virtual instruments and still get more than 53% off the retail price. The product selection may increase the overall price.

Sound on Sound Magazine called MINISTRY OF ROCK “a screeching, howling, booming, clanging, clattering, bashing noise-fest that will fool your neighbors into thinking you have a tame death-metal band lurking in your studio”. MOR is a huge modern day rock toolkit that covers a myriad of styles that’s perfect for songwriters and composers.

GOLIATH is a massive virtual instrument that includes over 180 instruments and over 600 patches. It features Drums, percussion, guitars, keyboards, pianos, orchestra, choir/vocals and more. GOLIATH is a Swiss army knife of songwriting/composing that you will reach for time and time again.

Inspired by the signature sounds of the Beatles, the MIPA Award-Winning FAB FOUR includes authentic and rare acoustic and electric guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, stringed and other misc instruments, all played through and recorded on the same kind of vintage equipment used at Abbey Road Studios by Beatle’s engineer KEN SCOTT and EASTWEST multiple-award winning producer DOUG ROGERS.

The ROCKTOBER PACK can be customized to suit a customer’s individual needs. Eligible products include Quantum Leap Ministry Of Rock, EW/QL Goliath, EW Fab Four, EW/QL Pianos, Quantum Leap Gypsy, Quantum Leap Ra, Quantum Leap Silk, EW/QL Symphonic Choirs, EW/QL Symphonic Choirs Bundle, EW/QL Symphonic Orchestra, Quantum Leap Stormdrum 2, Quantum Leap Stormdrum PRO Bundle, and Quantum Leap Voices of Passion. Any combination can be built at over 53% off the retail price.

The Rocktober Pack is available until October 31, 2010 for $595 USD / 429 EUR. Custom packs are hand assembled and shipped in one package, usually ship within 2 business days.

More information: SoundsOnline / SoundsOnline Europe

Native Instruments Abbey Road 80s Drums, Kontakt-based drum instrument

Native Instruments Abbey Road 80s Drums

Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road 80s Drums, the third instrument developed together with the iconic British recording studios.

ABBEY ROAD 80s DRUMS contains two characteristic instruments that significantly contributed to the sound of the respective musical decade – a vintage Yamaha 9000, one of the most groundbreaking and mostrecorded kits in music history, and a Slingerland Magnum Chrome with single-headed concert toms and a full set of Octobans, the melodically tuned tubular toms that were popular among drummers of that time.
Both drum kits were set up and sampled with painstaking precision in Abbey Road’s Studio Two and Studio Three, taking full advantage of the acoustic properties of these famous recording rooms.

ABBEY ROAD 80s DRUMS features an especially sophisticated implementation of the typical “gated reverb” technique that enabled the distinctive huge-but-tight drum sound of the 80s. Different sets of ambient microphones were used at Abbey Road to capture additional, strongly compressed versions of the room sound, including a mono overhead signal recorded through a STC 4021 “Ball and Biscuit” microphone and a specially built replica of the SSL E-Series talkback compressor, utilizing a further popular recording trick of that time.

Selected Neve preamps, an analog 2-inch tape machine and other exclusive outboard gear further contribute to the genuine, powerful sound character of ABBEY ROAD 80s DRUMS. Up to 27 velocity layers per instrument, each with up to six additional variation samples, guarantee maximum authenticity both for rhythm programming and for real-time MIDI-controlled playing. The highly functional user interface offers convenient control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions, with envelopes and volume of the gated ambience individually adjustable per instrument group. Advanced randomization can even add subtle nuances to the tone and timing to make it virtually indistinguishable from a studio-recorded drum performance.

Abbey Road 80s Drums is available for purchase in the NI Online Shop on DVD and as a download for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 80s Drums

Native Instruments Komplete 7 Elements, “Player” edition of software bundle

Native Instruments Komplete 7 Elements

Native Instruments has announced Komplete 7 Elements, a new software bundle that provides musicians and producers with an especially affordable arsenal of professional instruments and effects.

Based on the acclaimed technology of KONTAKT, KORE, REAKTOR and GUITAR RIG, the bundle includes over 2,000 production-ready sounds and 12 GByte of studio-grade sample material, covering a wide range of sound aesthetics and musical styles.

Together with the introduction of KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS, the popular free KONTAKT 4 PLAYER and KORE 2 PLAYER are now complemented with player versions of GUITAR RIG 4 and REAKTOR 5. KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS combines the vast synthesis, sampling and effects processing capabilities of these four player versions with a wealth of inspirational sound material that is derived from the full product versions contained in the professional KOMPLETE bundle.

On the basis of KONTAKT 4 PLAYER, the KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS collection offers a full assortment of premium-quality acoustic sounds, including VSL orchestral material, Abbey Road drums, and a large variety of other classical, ethnic and band instruments. This material is complemented by a practical selection of carefully sampled classic analog synthesizers and other vintage keyboards.

For distinctively modern sound aesthetics, KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS offers nine full-featured REAKTOR ensembles with over 1,200 preset sounds, including unique instruments like Photone, Steampipe and Metaphysical Function. This arsenal is complemented with a large assortment of atmospheric ABSYNTH pads and soundscapes as well as energetic leads and bass sounds from the MASSIVE synthesizer, all enabled through the synthesis engines integrated in KORE 2 PLAYER.

Together with the included GUITAR RIG 4 PLAYER, users of KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS will also get access to eight authentic amp emulations and 27 modelled effects units from the full-featured GUITAR RIG software, providing a versatile basis both for guitar and bass recording and for general creative sound processing in the studio.

Every copy of KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS also includes an NI Online Shop voucher worth $60 / 50 EUR, valid towards any product from the KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects range.

Komplete 7 Elements will be available in September 2010 for a suggested retail price of $119 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete 7 Elements

Native Instruments Komplete 7, bundle gets 17 additional instruments and effects

Native Instruments Komplete 7

Native Instruments has introduced Komplete 7, a significantly expanded version of its studio-standard software bundle.

The next generation of KOMPLETE now combines 24 instruments and effects – including five entirely new products – with over 10,000 sounds and 90 GByte of samples, resulting in a comprehensive suite with unparalleled versatility for music production and performance.

KOMPLETE 7 includes the latest versions of Native Instruments’ acclaimed full-featured instruments and effects, ranging from ABSYNTH 5, BATTERY 3.1, FM8, GUITAR RIG 4.1, KONTAKT 4.1 and MASSIVE to the upcoming REAKTOR 5.5. As the next generation of the legendary modular synthesis studio, the new REAKTOR version adds powerful modal and additive synthesis, a revised user interface, the unique “Lazerbass” synthesizer and many enhancements for both instrument builders and musicians.

KOMPLETE 7 also integrates a wealth of instruments and effects based on KONTAKT, KORE, REAKTOR and GUITAR RIG. Products added to the bundle include the acclaimed ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMS vintage drum library, the radical performance effect THE FINGER by Tim Exile, the sampled electric bass SCARBEE MM-BASS and all four electric pianos from the SCARBEE VINTAGE KEYS series by sampling mastermind Thomas Scarbee, all four acoustic pianos of the CLASSIC PIANO COLLECTION, the cinematic ACOUSTIC REFRACTIONS instrument and the distinctive REAKTOR SPARK synthesizer.

KOMPLETE 7 also incorporates five completely new products that further expand the creative potential of the bundle: The powerful studio reverb REFLEKTOR with its advanced zero-latency convolution engine; the highly expressive REAKTOR PRISM modal synthesizer designed by NI founder Stephan Schmitt; the performance effects suite TRAKTOR’S 12, derived from Native Instruments’ leading DJ software; the new VINTAGE ORGANS instrument with its comprehensive arsenal of painstakingly sampled electromagnetic organs; and the new RAMMFIRE amp emulation that was developed in close collaboration with one of Rammstein’s guitarists, Richard Z. Kruspe.

Every copy of KOMPLETE 7 also includes an NI Online Shop voucher worth $60 / 50 EUR, valid towards any product from the KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects range that is not included in the bundle.

Komplete 7 will be available in September 2010 for a suggested retail price of $559 USD / 499 EUR. An update for owners of Komplete 2/3/4/5/6 will be available for $229 USD / 199 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete 7

Abbey Road Plug-ins RS124 Compressor updated to v1.0.1

Abbey Road Studios RS124 Compressor Plug-in

Abbey Road Plug-ins has released version 1.0.1 of RS124 Compressor, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This compressor plug-in provides incredibly accurate emulations of three original RS124 units from Abbey Road’s unique outboard collection, bringing the sound; look and functionality of these rare pieces of hardware to all major DAWs.

Changes in RS124 Compressor v1.0.1

  • Fix for excessive LF build-up below 8Hz (all formats).
  • Fix for DSP loading issues (Windows TDM only).
  • Default setting of Input Control changed to 5 to reduce thumps/spikes upon insertion (all formats).

The RS124 Compressor Plug-in is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/TDM), priced at $560 USD (TDM) and $335 USD (Native). A free 10-day trial version can also be downloaded (requires iLok).

More information: Abbey Road Studios / RS124 Compressor

Native Instruments updates Maschine to v1.5

Native Instruments Maschine

Native Instruments has announced the release of Maschine 1.5, a major free update that significantly increases the functionality and creative potential of the acclaimed computer-based music production system.

With more classic drum machine features, improved host integration, new sampling functions, an extended sound library, and even more efficient workflow, the 1.5 software expands on the concept of MASCHINE as the most integrated and intuitive groove production studio for producers, live musicians and DJs.

Changes in Maschine v1.5

  • Classic Drum Machine features
    • Program import from Akai MPC* 500/ 1000 /2000(XL)/ 2500/ 3000/ 4000
    • 2 vintage sampling modes emulating the sound of MPC60* / SP-1200* (with 5 filter settings)
    • Individual swing for each group
    • 16 Velocity Levels. Map one sound to the 16 pads for dynamic grooves
    • Improved polyphony with choke and legato options on Sound level
    • MIDI pitch bend and CC (i.e. mod wheel) support
  • Sampling, Slicing and Audio Editing features
    • More than 10 new destructive audio editing tools such as normalize, truncate, reverse, fade in & out, silence, cut, copy and paste
    • Revised slicing: preview slices, new “Split” mode for adjusting slices
    • REX 2 file support
    • Direct monitoring
    • Improved waveform zooming, scrolling from hardware
    • Sampling page: Ability to remember settings with project
  • Improved Workflow and Studio Integration
    • Save project with samples: Easily share projects
    • New selection features: Select events from hardware
    • Quiet sound selection: Select a sound without causing it to play – important when performing live
    • Extensive MIDI I/O: sequence your external MIDI gear with MASCHINE and vice versa
    • Improved GUI navigation from hardware
    • over 10 new hardware shortcuts for mouse-free editing
    • Load kits without patterns: Hot swap through drum kits without changing the pattern
    • New step mode: Adjust note pitch, velocity and position
    • Custom defaults: inc. pattern length and input quantise
    • Increased performance: Reduced CPU load of many FX
  • Improved Host Integration
    • Export MIDI files or drag and drop of MIDI files directly into DAW. Layout a beat in MASCHINE in standalone mode then finalize the song in any host using MASCHINE as a plug-in sampler
    • Drag and drop of audio. Export pattern as an audio file by dragging and dropping directly to DAW
    • DAW recording of MASCHINE events. Bypass MASCHINE’s internal sequencer and directly record into your host
    • Group Macro Controls: Assign any parameter of the dedicated group (filter, pitch, any effect parameter) to the 8 knobs on the hardware. Macro Controls can be assigned to MIDI channels and controlled from external MIDI-controllers or a DAW
  • Extended Sample Library and New Effect
    • Over 1 GB of all-new drum kits and multi-sampled instruments — now over 6 GB of content with more than 18,000 samples in total!
    • MASCHINE versions of ABBEY ROAD | 60s & 70s Drums
    • MASCHINE versions of SCARBEE basses & e-pianos
    • MASCHINE version of upcoming new KONTAKT Instrument “SESSION STRINGS”
    • Vintage MPC60 kits sampled by Goldbaby
    • Vintage synth samples (SE-1™, Moog Voyager™, Korg MS 20™, Juno 60™) from URBAN ARSENAL 2
    • New Grain Stretch effect – stretch out the break, until you’re ready to dramatically drop the beat

The version 1.5 update is available as a free download for all owners of Maschine.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine

Abbey Road Studios releases RS124 Compressor

Abbey Road Studios RS124 Compressor Plug-in

Abbey Road Studios has announced the release of the RS124 Compressor, an authentic emulation of one of Abbey Road Studio’s most sought after pieces of vintage gear.

This compressor plug-in provides incredibly accurate emulations of three original RS124 units from Abbey Road’s unique outboard collection, bringing the sound; look and functionality of these rare pieces of hardware to all major DAWs.

The RS124 plug-in was modeled using the original hardware and circuit diagrams with extensive listening tests taking place at Abbey Road under the guidance of Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin. The RS124 is also one the worlds first dedicated Dynamics LCR plug-in, allowing users to ‘stack’ all three units on top of one another – as if you were in the studio! (TDM and RTAS only).

In addition to the functionality found on the original units, users can enjoy a new surprise feature. This extra function is wonderfully brutal and guaranteed to make your drums jump out of the speakers!

RS124 Compressor Plug-in features

  • Three authentic compressor models based on vintage Abbey Road units.
  • Each model recreates the sound and behaviour of the hardware unit.
  • Authentic replication visually and sonically of the original hardware.
  • Tested and approved by Abbey Road Studios’ Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin.
  • Added SuperFuse mode for more aggressive compression effect.
  • Dedicated LCR version allowing Pro Tools HD users to ‘stack’ all three units on top of one another.

The RS124 Compressor Plug-in is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/TDM), priced at $560 USD (TDM) and $335 USD (Native). A free 10-day trial version can also be downloaded. An iLok USB key is required.

More information: Abbey Road Studios / RS124 Compressor

Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 70s Drums

Native Instruments Abbey Road 70s Drums

Native Instruments has announced the release of Abbey Road 70s Drums, the second of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.

This KONTAKT Instrument contains no emulations or modeling of any kind – ABBEY ROAD | 70s DRUMS is built entirely of high-quality samples of two distinctive vintage drum kits from the 1970s, made accessible via an easy-to-use interface newly created in conjunction with the Abbey Road experts. Made up of thousands of painstakingly sampled hits, every sound in this KONTAKT Instrument was recorded in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two using classic vintage equipment from that period.

Abbey Road 70s Drums features

  • 2 complete drum kits:
    • The Open Kit is a Ludwig™ Vistalite Tequila Sunrise from 1972 with a 26″ kick drum, 14″ rack tom and 16″ and 18″ floor toms. Recorded in the legendary Studio Two of Abbey Road, this kit provides the big roomy sound immortalized on countless classic rock recordings.
    • The Tight Kit is a vintage 1970s Premier model with 22″ kick drum, 13″ rack tom, 14″ and 16″ floor toms. The samples from this kit were also recorded in Studio Two of Abbey Road, but dedicated acoustic panels were put around the kit to achieve the tight, punchy and dry sound that was very popular throughout the 70s.
  • Over 32,000 samples
  • 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples
  • 6.4 GB library size, using the new KONTAKT 4 sample compression (15.6 GB uncompressed!)
  • Up to 34 velocity layers for a single articulation
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism
  • Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead and room mics
  • Two snare options for each kit
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums
  • Includes a wide range of mapping templates for instant use with E-DRUMS and other Drum Modules / software: General MIDI, V-Drums™, DrumIt Five™, EZplayer®, BFD™*, iMap™, Addictive Drums™

Abbey Road 70s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR / $199 USD.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 70s Drums