Ample Sound has announced the release of Ample Guitar II, an update to its AGT, AGM and AGL virtual acoustic guitar instruments for Windows and Mac.
Ample Sound has released Ample Guitar II, a completely recreated program with loads of new features>
Changes in Ample Guitar II
- New sample engine with significant performance improvement:
- Multiple instances can be loaded much faster and takes only a small amount of additional memory.
- Improved voice management significantly enhances performance.
- New Strummer with drag & drop support:
- Users can search, browse and audition chords and patterns now with drag & drop support.
- Slash chord support is implemented for Detect Mode.
- Chord slots have been increased to 24 for Select Mode.
- Arpeggio can now be played on all six strings for every chord now.
- Improved humanization options are present in 2.0.
- New strummed patterns.
- VST3 format is now supported for Mac & Windows.
- Added Slide Guitar articulation/group samples for all guitars.
- Improved and optimized GPX format support in the built-in tab player.
- Completely new standalone app which can load all Ample Sound plugins with virtual keyboard support.
- Other updates:
- Added capo option which enables transposing without the need of modifying MIDI. Added Auto Mod to enable automatic vibrato.
- Added Mod Range to adjust vibrato intensity.
- Added Poly Bender to enable multiple notes bend.
- Added the new Solo Mode, in addition to Keyboard Mode and Standard Mode.
The update supports sample library extensions, which are to be released in the future. All updates are free of charge for owners of corresponding Ample Guitar software. Users can get their updates through the MyAmpleSound page.
More information: Ample Sound
Manuel Rodríguez Guitars has announced the introduction of the acoustic-electric Flamenco Moderna Series.
The culmination of over 100 years of traditional Spanish guitar design and construction, these versatile flamenco guitars combine a sleek, low-profile neck and thinner body with premium Fishman® electronics. These refined features make Flamenco Moderna guitars an ideal choice for steel string and electric players seeking to expand their tonal range with the warmth and softness of nylon strings.
With two models distinguished by the careful selection of their unique wood combinations, Flamenco Moderna guitars feature a thin profile and single cutaway
to provide easy access to all 19 silver-plated frets on a fingerboard of Indian rosewood. The onboard Fishman Clásica III electronics package is optimized for nylon string tonality and features an easy-to-read chromatic tuner.
The FLMOD500 features walnut back and sides with solid Canadian red cedar top, producing a warm, round tone. For players who prefer more snap and brightness, FLMOD550 combines solid select spruce top with back and sides of flame maple. Both guitars feature a gloss finish and antique gold-plated machine heads on a Rosewood overlay headstock. The guitars are strung with premium D’Addario® ProArte EJ45 strings.
“Flamenco Moderna guitars carry a rich heritage of classic nylon string tone and playability, but with a thoroughly modern feel,” says Rick Gagliano, Product Merchandising Manager for Manuel Rodríguez Guitars. “These beautiful, unique instruments represent an exceptional value for guitarists looking to expand their tonal repertoire.”
The Flamenco Moderna Series models carry a street price of $499.99 USD, and are available at all Guitar Center stores, through Musician’s Friend, and online at guitarcenter.com.
More information: Manuel Rodríguez Guitars
Organic loops has introduced Acoustic Funk Drums, a collection of funky live acoustic drums performed by Trevor Smith alongside a programmed drum loops which kick back to classic House drum breaks.
Acoustic Funk Drums features over 700 individual loops recorded at tempos of between 72 and 160 BPM. The 707 Loops break down into 49 Live Acoustic Grooves as played by Trevor Smith whose 25 Year career has seen him play and record with great artist such as Mark King (Level 42), Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze), Edwin Collins and singer/songwriter Nick Heywood to name but a few.
The collection also features 25 Retro Classic House breaks programmed by Paul Joyner who switched from keyboard player to sound designer after a chance meeting with Paul White (Editor Sound on Sound Magazine) and since that time has recorded and produced for many broadcasting companies and independent labels. Paul also used his production skills to mix and master the numerous drum takes from Trevor’s session.
Each Groove here has been played or programmed over numerous bars and chopped into shorter 2 bar loops so they can be easy arranged and remixed to suit your production but we have also supplied the full loop for producers who prefer to do their own edits.
The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £19.95 GBP.
More information: Organic Loops / Acoustic Funk Drums
Native Instruments has announced the release of Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic, a new Kontakt instrument library featuring a collection of popular acoustic guitar strumming patterns, fully playable on convenient key switches. Additional features including double tracking, fret noise, and a set of tone shaping effects enable producers to create authentic rhythm guitar parts from one easy-to-use interface.
SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC provides the sound of a benchmark dreadnought acoustic, played by a professional session guitarist and recorded by an experienced engineer. The convenient Pattern Browser allows users to search an encyclopedia of authentic strumming patterns according to where accents fall on the beat. Once loaded, producers create their rhythm parts by playing strumming patterns and chord endings under the left hand and the notes of a chord with the right hand. Virtually any chord can be played, from simple triads to complex, esoteric chords.
SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC also features a Sound panel. The Doubling function adds a separately-recorded second guitar track for natural-sounding chorusing. Producers can also add in real string noise to taste. An effects section provides easy-to-use compression and EQ for added sonic depth and tone shaping. Furthermore, modulation and pitch wheels adjust where a chord is played on the neck and its accent strength in real time for dynamic performances.
SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC was created in cooperation with the award-winning sampled instrument creators at drumasonic.
Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic is available for purchase for $99 USD/99 EUR/£89 GBP. Requires KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 Player.
More information: Native Instruments / Strummed Acoustic
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Plugin Boutique has launched a limited time sale on BDF Eco, offering 70% off the drum instrument by FXpansion.
BFD Eco is a streamlined, fun and affordable software instrument for acoustic drums, based on the award-winning BFD2 engine. Supplied with a selection of the best BFD2 sounds, it can also be expanded with the wide range of FXpansion and 3rd-party add-ons.
The sale ends December 30th, 2014.
More information: Plugin Boutique / BDF Eco
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