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Niche Audio launches Prima Tech House

Loopmasters has released Prima Tech House, a new sample pack by Niche Audio, featuring a collection of 15 Tech House kits inspired by the current scene, as well as giving a nod to the classic Tech House sound.

Niche Audio Prima Tech House

Each Kit has been created from scratch for both Maschine and Ableton Live formats which maximises the use of the host software’s onboard effects and compression.

Our Niche Audio genre packs are highly editable super presets allowing producers to get right to the DNA of the patterns and sounds, editing MIDI, samples, and mix. The kits are mixed just like a record with EQ, Compression, Delay and Reverb keeping the producer focused on the music and allowing instant sample changes in the mix.

Producers can use any of the kits or projects as a starting point to get their ideas down fast. Easily edit some midi notes, perhaps swap some samples and within minutes a completely new kit and pattern has emerged indistinguishable from the original.

The sample pack available for Maschine and Ableton Live, priced at £24.95 GBP. A Wav One Shots pack is £17.95 GBP.

More information: Niche Audio / Prima Tech House

Freemasons Tutorial – NI Maschine & Akai MPC swings in Logic Pro & Ableton Live

James of Freemasons wrote in to share a tutorial on how to get NI Maschine and Akai MPC swings natively inside Logic Pro and Ableton Live.

Ever since the release of NI’s Maschine and more recently, the return of the Akai’s MPC range, beat production has taken a huge leap forward sonically and rhythmically. However, both of these machines use their own proprietary systems and protocols for swing quantise.

One of the biggest problems when using these inside DAW’s with your other VST’s and audio is that each has its own quantise system that is not (always) mirrored by the software, so quantising parts running alongside your chosen drum machine to the same swing has often been a case of guess work and time-consuming experimentation.

We always ran into this problem so decided to solve it, and after a few days of quite painstaking work, we have converted the swings from NI’s Maschine and Akai’s MPC into groove templates for Logic 9 / Logic X and Ableton live 8/9 (Maschine only, MPC grooves were already present).

We also created an instructional video showing how you can import these grooves into the applications and into your own Logic startup pages. We hope you enjoy using them as we do.

The groove templates are available to download here.

More information: Freemasons (Facebook)

Uppercussion releases Vocalisms sample pack

Uppercussion Vocalisms

Uppercussion has announced the release of Vocalisms, a collection of 58 drum kits made exclusively from sounds produced by the human voice and mouth.

The VOCALISMS drum kits feature all kinds of vocal percussion: beatbox, shouts, buzzes, chirps, hard consonants, exaggerated vowels, phonetic exploration and a lot of experimentation. Each kit includes the standard drums such as kicks, snares, hihats, cymbals and toms, but also melodic elements such as bass lip buzzes, tonal hits and other sung one shots.

The sounds in Vocalisms are 100% “orally originated”, meaning that no other non-vocal sounds were used and the human voice is the only sound source…even if it doesn’t always sound like it. The samples were processed in a plethora of different ways to give an even broader palette of drum kit sound possibilities.

Vocalisms features

  • 58 drum kits in 4 categories (Advocal, Evocal, Havocal, and Provocal).
  • 928 samples, 16 samples per kit (24-bit, 44.1 kHz).
  • Formats include Ableton Live Pack, Maschine, Geist, Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Reason NN-XT, and single WAV samples.
  • Sample folders are easily accessible and sorted by sound type.
  • Total size is 120 MB.
  • Additional Ableton Live Pack content:
    • 58 Live Clips.
    • 58 MIDI patterns (one in each Live Clip).
    • 8 Macro assignments per kit.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $49 USD. The Ableton Live Pack is only sold through Ableton.com, priced at $49 USD / 39 EUR.

More information: Uppercussion / Vocalisms

Puremagnetik releases new bundles for Ableton Live, Kontakt & Logic

Puremagnetik Bundles

Puremagnetik has introduced three new bundles in Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic formats.

Studioband

An essential studio instruments collection allows you to put a quick band together with Puremagnetik’s most popular Packs. It includes:

  • TrapKit – A vintage 1960′s Ludwig drum set recorded in a large reflective room with a vast array of microphones.
  • PM Grand – A multi-sampled Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano that includes a library of advanced instruments and looped clips in various styles.
  • Guitar Racks 1 & 2 – Contains an assortment of expertly captured acoustic guitar chord menus, articulations and looped phrases.
  • Upright – A beautifully recorded double bass instrument that comes packed with a multi-sample palette of articulations including plucked and traditional bow.
  • Big Bertha – A custom built 6-string electric bass that has a classic, deep and funky tone.

Analog Heroes

The legendary analog synths of the 70s and 80s for Live, Kontakt and Logic. Analog Heroes contains 7 packs and 3 GB of sounds from the following products:

  • Juniper 1 & 2 – A collection of expertly crafted instruments based on Roland’s legendary Jupiter series analog synthesizers.
  • TeeBee – The ultimate sampled Roland TB-303 – perfect for heavy acid bass lines, squelchy resonant leads and other thick analog sounds.
  • Phonik – The celebrated Roland Paraphonic-505 right to your desktop. It includes the famous Orchestral and Synth sections of this legendary machine.
  • Synth 700 – A complete Korg 700, expertly recorded and programmed with all of the details and nuances of the original.
  • String Machines – Classic 1970′s string programs from the Roland VP-330, Roland RS-09, ARP Solina String Ensemble and Crumar Orchestrator.
  • SixVoice- Includes over 30 multisample patches from the legendary Korg PolySix synthesizer.

Century Bundle

Puremagnetik’s Century Bundle includes everything currently in the Puremagnetik catalog (a $1200 value) and everything Puremagnetik releases for the next 100 years, straight to your inbox.

Studioband is available for $49 USD, Analog Heroes costs $79 USD, and the Century Bundle is $299 USD.

More information: Puremagnetik / Bundles

M-Audio introduces updated Keystation keyboard series

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M-Audio has introduced the updated Keystation keyboard series.

Designed to be simple, powerful solutions for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments, the new Keystation series boasts even more functionality, a virtual piano instrument, music production software and a sleek new colorway.

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32
The new Keystation Mini 32.

The four new Keystation models suit a wide range of musicians needing a pure, velocity-sensitive keyboard controller. The Keystation Mini 32 features synth-action mini-keys, octave shift, and sustain and modulation buttons for the travelling musician or producer.

The Keystation 49, 61 and 88 offer an extended physical octave range and full-size keys–ideal for use with a digital audio workstation or in a live performance setup. Lightweight and durable, they travel with ease and compliment nearly any musician’s studio.

New for the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 are transport and directional controls for simple DAW operation without a mouse or trackpad. A 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain input jack is included on each for expressive performance capabilities.

M-Audio Keystation 49
The updated Keystation 49 controller keyboard.

Also included with the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 is a powerful software suite for creating music. The Eighty-Eight Ensemble from SONiVOX lets you play one of the most sought after pianos in the world from the comfort of your Keystation keyboard. This powerful virtual instrument is an authentic capture of a 9-foot CD327 Steinway—meticulously recorded and expertly sampled. Ableton Live Lite, flexible music creation software, is included so you can create with professional flair right out of the box.

Keystation Mini 32 features

  • 32 velocity-sensitive, synth-action mini keys.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Pitch bend, sustain, and modulation buttons add expression to your performances.
  • Octave-shift controls let you access the entire range of playable notes.
  • Includes Ignite music creation software by AIR Music Tech.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for use with iOS devices.

Keystation 49, 61 and 88 features

  • 49, 61 or 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys.
  • Transport and directional controls let you operate your DAW from the keyboard.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano instrument.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite digital audio workstation.
  • 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain pedal input.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for use with iOS devices.

The new M-Audio Keystation Mini 32, Keystation 49, Keystation 61 and Keystation 88 will be available in Summer 2014 with a $49.99, $99.99, $169.99 and $219.99 street price, respectively.

M-Audio will showcase the Keystation series at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: M-Audio

Diego Stocco releases FFS 02 Convolution Processing

FFS 02 Convolution Processing

Diego Stocco has launched FFS 02 Convolution Processing, the second title in the Feedforward Sounds series of videos based on advanced and experimental sound design techniques created by Diego.

Convolution processors are used for a variety of applications these days, emulation of real acoustic spaces, sonic behavior of hardware devices and more. When used properly they can add an aura or realism to the initial sound source.

But the concept of “reality” in sound is exactly what a sound designer intends to transform, so rather than using a convolution processor as a static tool to approximate reality I decided to use it in a different way, to perform with sound design as it would be possible to perform with a instrument.

Convolution Processing is a technique that allows the real-time creation of musically related ambiences, accents and transition elements from an instrumental or vocal part. In this video you’ll see/hear how this technique can enrich a simple percussive part and a synth part into a full sounding track.

The 15 minute video is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Diego Stocco / FFS 02 Convolution Processing

Loopmasters releases Beat Machines TR909

Niche Audio Beat Machines TR909

Loopmasters has released Beat Machines TR909, a sample pack by Niche Audio.

At Niche Audio we believe the TR909 when processed and abused through the right gear takes its vibe to another level! We felt such aTR909 sample collection was missing – a TR909 sample pack lovingly created and saturated with vibe and character, along with user flexibility!

That is what we intended… and we believe this collection succeeds in capturing the soul of one of the most legendary analog drum machines ever made, and processed by some of the best boutique hardware around.

Every single drum hit has been processed by an assortment of boutique (and low end) gear for maximum authentic vibe. The hardware used includes a SSL 900 AW mixing console, and original UAD 1170, Distressors compression, DBX 165, along with Focusrite EQ. Of course, we’ve also included a non processed kit recorded via very high end convertors.

Vibe, not just quality is what this pack is all about. One of the kits even uses the exact same budget Mackie mixer used by thousands of dance record producers in the 90s. Authenticity, if its worth doing, its worth doing it right!

Beat Machines TR909 features

  • 15 Kits, 48 Patterns.
  • 241 One shot Samples.
  • Maschine 1.8, Maschine 2.0+ or Ableton Live 9 formats..
  • Also available as One Shots Pack (contains all the single Wav samples in 44.1 & 96kHz plus 15 soft sampler patches).

The sample pack is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP. The One Shots Pack is £17.95 GBP.

More information: Niche Audio / Beat Machines TR909

Akai Pro announces APC40 mkII, APC Key 25 & APC mini

Akai Professional has announced the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini, three new Ableton Live controllers.

Akai Pro APC series 2014

In 2009, Akai Professional partnered with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller. With the debut of the APC40, Akai Pro raised the standards for controller design and revolutionized Ableton Live software and hardware integration. Akai Pro now unveils the reimagined APC40 mkII along with two compact Ableton Live controllers—APC Key 25 and APC mini.

APC40 mkII

Akai Pro’s flagship Ableton Live controller, the new APC40 mkII, incorporates five years of user feedback into its design for extended functionality, countless musical capabilities, and improved workflow. The APC40 mkII features a 5×8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B crossfader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses.

Akai Pro APC40 mkII

Included with the APC40 mkII is a suite of software, samples, and loops for out-of-thebox electronic music production: Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, and SONiVOX Twist give users endless music production possibilities with hand-selected samples & loops and high-definition virtual synthesizers. The APC40 mkII is USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.

APC40 mkII features

  • 5×8 RGB LED clip matrix—launches clips with visual feedback.
  • 8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls—map to Ableton Live directly.
  • Intuitive layout—revised knob layout with in-line controls for smarter workflow.
  • A/B crossfader—can be assigned on the fly for dynamic mixing.
  • Send button—press and hold Send and use the Track Selects to choose one of 8 sends.
  • Music production content—Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology & SONiVOX Twist.

APC Key 25

APC Key 25 is the first controller designed for Ableton Live that is equipped with a highperformance keyboard. Uniting the power of a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface, the APC Key 25 couples real-time control of Ableton Live with traditional composition tools.

Akai Pro APC Key 25

The controller includes 25 synth-action mini keys, a 5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color visual feedback, 8 control knobs, USB power, and plug-and-play connectivity. The APC Key 25 comes mapped to Ableton, but can also be used as an all-purpose MIDI controller.

APC Key 25 features

  • Ableton Live controller with keyboard—25 synth-action mini keys.
  • Tri-color clip matrix—launches clips and multicolor lighting displays clip status.
  • 8 assignable control knobs—hands-on-control of any Ableton Live parameter.
  • Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain—expands keyboard range and expression.
  • Music production content—Toolroom artist launch packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech & SONiVOX Twist.

APC mini

APC mini is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller solution with Akai Pro build quality. Engineered for the mobile musician or producer, APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII into a space-saving design.

Akai Pro APC mini

An expanded 8×8 multicolor clip-launching grid, 8 channel faders, and a compact chassis provide unprecedented hands-on control over Ableton Live with a small footprint. The APC mini is also USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.

APC mini features

  • Tri-color clip matrix—8×8 grid launches clips and multicolor lighting displays clip status.
  • 8 channel faders & 1 master fader—provide hands-on-control of Ableton.
  • Compact construction—portable design for mobile performers and producers.
  • Music production content—Toolroom artist launch packs & Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech.

The APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with the following street prices: APC40 mkII ($399.99 USD), APC Key 25 ($129.99 USD), and APC mini ($99.99 USD).

Akai Professional will unveil the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC Mini at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: Akai Pro