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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

Novation intros Launchpad S Control Pack

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Novation has announced the Launchpad S Control Pack, a combination of everything you need to make and perform electronic music with Ableton Live.

Novation Launchpad S Control Pack

Get Launchpad S, Launch Control, Ableton Live Lite 9, 1GB of loops and sounds, and two custom designed cases in a single pack. Launch loops and sounds and play drums and melodies with the Launchpad S, plus control mixer, instrument, and effects with Launch Control. As you move from studio to stage, the custom designed cases keep Launchpad S and Launch Control safe and secure.

Launchpad S Control Pack is a combination of everything you need to make and perform electronic music with Ableton Live, containing Launchpad S, Launch Control, two custom made protective sleeves, Ableton Live Lite 9, and a large pack of inspiring Loopmasters samples.

Pricing and release date TBA. Sign up here to find out directly from Novation when the Launchpad S Control Pack hits the shops.

More information: Novation / Launchpad S Control Pack

Mabelton Audio releases Ableton Push/Camel Audio Alchemy Integration Pack

Mabelton Audio has announced its Ableton Push/Camel Audio Alchemy Integration Pack, which allows you to browse, load and control Camel Audio’s Alchemy instantly from Ableton Push.

Push/Alchemy Integration Pack

We’ve just added the Alchemy Pack – with all 750+ factory presets (plus a Taste of Camel). We’ve also thrown in a bonus pack – DanceTrance – for anyone who owns those presets.

Push/Alchemy Integration Pack features

  • Factory presets + a Taste of Camel (792 racks).
  • Bonus DanceTrance pack (over 150 racks, in a separate folder).
  • Requires Ableton Live, Push and Alchemy 1.5.

The pack is available to purchase for £4.99 GBP.

More information: Mabelton Audio

Puremagnetik releases free Ableton Live Packs inspired by John Cage

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Hotel Prepared Piano and Amplified Cactus, two free Ableton Live Packs inspired by the experimental, avant-garde composer John Cage.

Amplified Cactus

Amplified Cactus a la John Cage

Puremagnetik’s free Amplified Cactus Pack includes a drum rack of “plucked”, percussive articulations and a multisampled rack of “scraped” sounds. Rocks, grass, paper and feathers are among the exciters used to create these sound varieties.

Amplified Cactus was recorded using a barrel cactus mic’d with TranceAudio surface pickups and a custom built low-noise preamplifier.

Hotel Prepared Piano

Hotel Room Prepared Piano

Whilst abroad in Israel, Puremagnetik sound developer Micah Frank found his hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, Micah jammed paperclips, seashells, twigs and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.

Puremagnetik’s Prepared Piano is available as a free Ableton Live Pack that includes a multisampled Rack of the two-octave piano and a selection of effects captured during the recording process.

The packs are available to download at no charge.

More information: Puremagnetik