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Fingerpusher releases Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty sample pack

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Fingerpushers  Analog Stabs Bright & Dirty

Fingerpushers has announced Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty, a sample library featuring stab sounds.

Analog Stabs Bright & Dirty is a library built on 100 stab sounds – 30 slow and 70 snappy – with a twist.

Apart from the clean unprocessed stabs, we also used two of our favorite hardware samplers to give the stabs the authentic feel of yesteryear. The samplers we used was the Akai S1100 and the original Ensoniq EPS. The sounds also passed through a quality analog mixing desk for an additional layer of analog goodness.

All in all, Analog Stabs Bright & Dirty contains 300 dry audio files. 100 samples from the Akai, sampled at 44.1 kHz, and 100 samples from the Ensoniq with a lofi sampling rate.

The Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty pack is available to purchase for 9.90 EUR.

More information: Fingerpushers / Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty

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MPC-Samples releases SP Neptune multisampled analogue synth sounds

Canedrive presents SP Neptune

MPC-Samples has announced SP Neptune, a collection of multi-sampled synth sounds programmed, recorded and edited by UK producer and musician Canedrive.

MPC-Samples.com is very proud to announce the release of ‘SP Neptune’, a stunning collection of multisampled sounds generated primarily from the Spectral Audio Neptune 2 analogue synth, with an accompanying library of sounds resampled and recorded through the Emu SP-12 and the Akai 4000DS vintage tape machine for some of the richest sounding synth samples you’re ever likely to hear.

SP-Neptune is a sublime combination of fat, powerful analogue synth sounds and the grit, warmth and crunch of classic vintage gear.

SP Neptune features

  • Bass – two powerful synth bass sounds covering 3 octaves per program (6 notes per octave)
  • Strings – a lush string multisample program, sampled over 7 octaves using 4 notes per octave.
  • Lead sounds – Five rich lead sounds with each program covering 5 octaves with 4 notes per octave (5 further variants with different LFO & filter settings are included for the MPC4000/5000/Ren/Studio).
  • Drum Kit – a fat, ballsy and unashamedly grimy kit featuring 32 electronic, acoustic and layered drum sounds (kicks, snares, claps, hats and percussion) all thoroughly seeped in 12 bit goodness.
  • Sound Library – 115 original tones, wacky modulations, filter sweeps and other various short synth sounds, created using a Juno analogue synth, Akai MFC42 filter, Alesis Andromeda and resampled through the Emu SP12.
  • All 345 sounds are provided in 24 bit /48kHz and 16bit /44.1kHz WAV format.
  • Includes native MPC programs compatible with MPC Renaissance/Studio/1000/2500/5000/4000/500 and JJOS which map the multisampled instruments chromatically across your MPC pads.

The sample pack costs £17.99 GBP.

More information: MPC-Samples / SP Neptune

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Akai Pro intros MPC Element

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Akai Professional has announced MPC Element, a new MPC unit which combines with the all-new MPC Essentials software at a groundbreaking price to make the iconic MPC music-making experience available to everyone.

Akai MPC Element

Adding to their industry-leading MPC line, which includes the flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers, Akai Professional has now introduced MPC Element along with its new software platform, MPC Essentials. With dimensions similar to popular tablet computers, MPC Element is Akai Professional’s most portable MPC yet, and it’s also the most affordable with a price of just $149.99 USD.

“This is professional music-making capability for everyone,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai Professional (@Akai_Pro).

An MPC for Everyone

MPC Element includes classic MPC Note Repeat, Swing, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo technologies and, like MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, MPC Element’s pads are multicolor as well as pressure- and velocity-sensitive. “It’s versatile. We’ve designed MPC Element to be as powerful as you need it to be. You can easily load your own samples, quickly make beats, or dive deep into the included sound library and get down into the details,” said Gill.

The MPC Element will be available to purchase in October 2013, priced at $149.99 USD.

More information: Akai Professional / MPC Element

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MPC-Samples releases MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare

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MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare

MPC-Samples has announced the release of MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare, the first in a series of tutorial books from MPC-Tutor created for the new generation of Akai MPCs – the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

Written for the latest MPC Software 1.4, ‘Sampling Laid Bare’ focuses entirely on teaching practical and creative sound design, sample editing and program construction within the MPC, providing 270 pages of in-depth, hands-on tutorials on a range of sample-based MPC workflow topics including:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all chopping features, with a speed chopping workflow guide.
  • Practical uses of all program parameters with including the all new envelopes in MPC Software 1.4.
  • Sample recording and resampling.
  • Creative sample editing and sound design techniques.
  • Advanced drum layering examples.
  • Looping breaks and instrument samples.
  • Building velocity sensitive finger drumming kits from drum multisamples .
  • Creating realistic instrument emulations using both DRUM and Keygroup programs.
  • Using insert effects as sound design tools.

Plus many tips, tricks, tweaks and essential shortcuts to help streamline your day-to-day workflow. Each tutorial takes a hands-on, step-by-step approach with clear screenshots (from both the LCD and the computer environment) and all the MPC project files you need to recreate every tutorial within your MPC as you read along.

With its intuitive structure and jargon-free approach, this book is ideal for complete newcomers to the MPC world; and if you’re a legacy MPC owner looking to make the transition to the computer/controller environment, it contains all the information you need to quickly and effortlessly adapt your existing workflow.

‘MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare’ is available to purchase as an electronic book in PDF format, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: MPC-Samples / Sampling Laid Bare

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AIR updates Ignite to v1.2

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AIR Ignite

AIR Music Technology has released version 1.2 of its Ignite music creation software.

Offering an entirely unique approach to making music with computers, Ignite v1.2 adds over a dozen features and enhancements, while delivering seamless integration with a growing list of top-name controller hardware from Alesis, AKAI professional, and M-Audio.

Ignite provides an original and musician-centric way to craft music. Free of the constraints of traditional DAW software, Ignite allows musical ideas to be quickly captured, combined, and arranged—with professional results. With Ignite v1.2, improvements have been made to the intuitive graphic interface. The Arranger screen now makes it simple to duplicate ideas (called Clips), encouraging experimentation. The timeline graphics have been updated, and other workflow enhancements have been added to advance the user experience.

“The response so far has been tremendous, with over 25,000 users having already downloaded Ignite. We’ve been getting a steady flow of feedback, some of which we have already used to drive the improvements in Version 1.1 and 1.2. Customers have started to post and share music they have created using Ignite,” said Samara Winterfeld, Principal Product Manager for AIR Music Technology. “We are thrilled with the response Ignite has received from our M-Audio customers and are equally excited to bring the same level of integration to Akai and Alesis customers.”

From day one, Ignite has offered seamless integration with M-Audio keyboard controllers, eliminating any time-consuming mapping and set-up chores. Ignite v1.2 now supports twelve popular Alesis and AKAI Professional keyboard controllers with this same plug-and-play integration, meaning that the vast majority of people using keyboard controllers now have full access to Ignite—for free.

Ignite v1.2 is available via download to owners and purchasers of supported products. In addition to keyboard controllers, Ignite will also be included with a select group of audio interfaces including the new M-Audio M-Track Series and the popular M-Audio Vocal Studio.

More information: AIR Music Technology / Ignite

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AIR Ignite gets iZotope Radius time-stretching & pitch-shifting

AIR Ignite

iZotope has announced it has licensed Radius to AIR Music Technology for inclusion in the Ignite.

Ignite, a desktop recording and creative software solution, is for musicians looking to capture ideas quickly and easily with M-Audio, Akai Pro and Alesis MIDI keyboard controllers. Radius, a time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithm, will provide Ignite users with even more control over their creative workflow.

“When we were looking for a time-stretching algorithm for Ignite, iZotope was the first company we thought of because of the pedigree of their technology. Even at extreme tempo changes, the quality of Radius is very high,” says Principal Product Manager Samara Winterfeld of AIR Music Technology. “iZotope worked closely with our development team on ways to optimize the integration, which is also something that is very important to us.”

Ignite features Smart MIDI technology to help jump-start ideas and enhance music-making skills. In addition to hundreds of onboard instruments and extensive MIDI control, Ignite supports two tracks of simultaneous audio recording.

“iZotope is very excited to have our high-quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology as part of Ignite. It’s a pleasure to support a product that helps musicians quickly create and publish musical ideas so quickly,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope.

AIR Music Technology will be exhibiting at Hall 5.1, Booth B45 during the 2013 Musikmesse, April 10-13, in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: AIR Music Technology

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The Drum Broker intros !llmind 808s & String Breaks

!llmind 808s & String Breaks

The Drum Broker has announced 808s & String Breaks, a sample pack by !llmind.

“For the longest time, I’ve had the idea to develop a complete sound kit consisting of nothing but string sections. Classical music has played a huge part in my life, and throughout the years, I’ve learned to appreciate the various textures that string instruments deliver, regardless of genre, from cellos, to violins, to epic 30 piece string orchestras.

“808s & String Breaks” is a culmination of 2 of my favorite textures: heavy TR-808 kick drums, and royalty-free string compositions. I’ve partnered up exclusively with www.hiphopdrumsamples.com to bring to you this unique and exciting special edition BLAP KIT. I hope it inspires you to create amazing musical pieces of your own!” -!llmind

!llmind 808s & String Breaks features

  • Over 120 audio files (over 1.6GB worth) of authentic !llmind 808 kick drums & original string riffs, in 16-bit/44 WAV format.
  • All string riffs were completely composed by !llmind, including violin solos + groups, cello solos & complete multi-piece string orchestras. String Riffs vary, from aggressive 87 BPM minor chord “street sounding” riffs, to 120 BPM Pop compositions & everything in-between!
  • All 808 kick drums were sampled from an actual TR-808, into an Ensoniq ASR-10 AND Akai S-20 at 33khz/12-bit for maximum warmth + punch!

The sample pack is available from the Drum Broker for $24.99 USD.

More information: The Drum Broker / 808s & String Breaks

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