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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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The Drum Broker launches Akai MPC2000XL Giveaway

The Drum Broker and Big Noise MPC have announced their Akai MPC2000XL Giveaway, a chance to win a custom MPC2000XL and a 16 GB MPC2000XL flash drive with all Drum Broker kits and breaks.

Drum Broker Akai MPC 2000XL Giveaway
Your chance to win this custom Akai MPC2000XL + all Drum Broker sample packs.

We are giving away a HUGE prize package to one lucky individual June 1st, 2013 which includes the following:

  1. Customized Akai MPC2000XL from Big Noise MPC featuring:
    • 2-Tone Bamboo Skin.
    • Grey Rubber Deck Embellishment.
    • MC-2000XL Flash Card Reader (new SATA to ATAPI version).
    • 32MB Internal Memory.
    • Thick Fat Black Pads, Pad Corx.
    • Custom Pad Damping System.
    • Upgraded Knobs & Slider.
    • Large Rubber Feet.
  2. 16GB Akai MPC 2000XL Flash Drive Packed with the ENTIRE Drum Library (All Kits & Breaks) from The Drum Broker.

To enter, either leave your email address at the contest page, follow the tweet to win procedure, or purchase any products on the Big Noise MPC & Drum Broker sites from February 15, 2013 until May 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on June 1st, 2013.

More information: The Drum Broker / Akai MPC2000XL Giveaway

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Akai Professional releases MPC Studio

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Akai Professional has announced the release of MPC Studio, a slimline MPC for portable music production.

Akai MPC Studio
Akai’s MPC Studio offers the most streamlined MPC experience yet.

Following on the heels of MPC Renaissance, which became available in stores in September and sold out immediately, MPC Studio is Akai Professional’s most streamlined MPC experience yet. At less than one inch thin with low-profile controls and a brushed aluminum body, MPC Studio is made to move, merging real MPC pads, iconic MPC workflow, and the same MPC Software used by MPC Renaissance to give producers a fully integrated portable music-making solution.

“Since MPC Renaissance hit stores, we’ve already updated, expanded, and enhanced the MPC Software three times—we’re committed to making it one of the most advanced and powerful DAWs available,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “The bonus of The Bank and other free MPC Expansions make MPC Studio and MPC Renaissance instantly powerful production instruments right out of the box.”

In addition to MPC Software, with purchase of MPC Studio, customers will get The Bank—a 7-gigabyte 300-instrument virtual workstation exploding with all the essential sounds of modern production, including basses, leads, effects, keyboards, and more—plus The 809, an MPC Expansion full of classic and punchy analog drums.

MPC Studio features

  • Now with MPC Software version 1.3.
  • Fuses MPC production capability with your Mac or PC.
  • 16 MPC pads, 4 touch-sensitive Q-Link knobs.
  • Brushed aluminum body less than 1” thin.
  • USB-powered with low-profile controls.
  • MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing.
  • Includes MPC Software, The Bank and 1 MPC Expansion.

MPC Studio is now available from music instrument retailers with an MSRP of $999 USD and an estimated street price of $599 USD. All three of Akai Professional’s new MPCs will be on display at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Professional / MPC Studio

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Akai Professional announces MAX25 keyboard & MPX8 sample launcher with MPC pads

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Akai Professional has announced the MAX25 USB/MIDI/CV keyboard controller and MPX8, a standalone SD sample launcher with MPC pads.

Akai MPX8

MPX8 is one of Akai Professional’s most innovative pad instruments yet. Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually any sample onto MPX8 and then assign it to any of the unit’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. MPX8 also comes with a large library of standard samples built in, which can be used for live performance in front of a crowd, on a radio show, or for in-studio production. Its bright blue backlit display and intuitive interface make for easy operation in any amount of light. A 1/8-inch headphone output, two balanced 1/4-inch outputs, and five-pin MIDI and USB MIDI inputs and outputs are onboard.

“With MPX8, we’re giving musicians a quick and convenient way to have one-touch access to a virtually unlimited number of sounds, shots, stabs, and drops,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. MPX8 comes with a drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac® and PC for easy sample conversion. Users can also save sample sets together as kits for easy recall and even tune and add reverb to samples.

MPX8 features

  • Add sound samples via standard SD card (sold separately).
  • 8 velocity-sensitive and pressure-sensitive pads.
  • Drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac and PC included.
  • Built-in library of popular sounds, samples, and bumps.
  • Tune, add reverb, save sample sets for easy recall.
  • USB MIDI plus standard MIDI inputs and outputs.
  • 1/8” headphone output and balanced 1/4” outputs.

Akai Professional will also exhibit MAX25, a compact version of the innovative MAX49 USB/MIDI/CV keyboard controller that was released in 2012.

Akai MAX25

MAX25 has all of the same cutting-edge features as MAX49, including CV/Gate output, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, a built-in step sequencer, expanded arpeggiator, and revolutionary LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes. The difference between MAX49 and MAX25 only lies in the number of onboard controls. Where MAX49 has 49 keys, 8 faders, and 12 pads, MAX25 has 25, 4, and 8, respectively. Like MAX49, MAX25 will come with AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software and Mackie Control® and HUI® modes for instant compatibility with many DAWs. “This is a controller that’s made to be in front of a crowd,” said Gill. “It’s everything people love about MAX49 but in a compact package that will fit perfectly in front of a laptop on stage.”

MAX25 features

  • 25 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 4 LED touch faders.
  • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VSTs.
  • 8 MPC pads, MPC Note Repeat, and MPC Swing.
  • 4 pad banks, 4 fader banks: 64 assignable pads, faders, and buttons.
  • Step sequencer and expanded arpeggiator.
  • CV & Gate outputs (1V/Oct), Mackie Control® and HUI® modes.

Akai Professional will unveil MPX8 and MAX25 at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Professional

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Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back 40% off

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has announced an End of the World sale, offering its Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back sample library at a 40% discount.

What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines…

With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns…”

DMD Strikes Back features

  • 2,072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV and AIF. Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV. Featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • Includes 22 NI Maschine Kits, 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe Edition includes Logic EXS-24 & Native Intruments Kontakt programs.

The DMD Strikes Back library is available to purchase for $45 USD (Standard) / $52 USD (Deluxe).

The sale ends December 22nd, 2012.

More information: Tonebuilder

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Rhythmic Robot releases Grit Kit for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Grit Kit

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Grit Kit, an analogue drum synthesiser sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

At its most basic, Grit Kit allows the user to create entirely original drum sounds using sampled analogue waveforms, transients and noise, multimode resonant filters, attack and decay envelopes, and other typical drum synth controls.

The difference that Grit Kit brings to this process is that every wave within the instrument has been recorded through the circuitry of three different vintage hardware samplers: the 8-bit Ensoniq Mirage, the 12-bit Akai S950, and the 13-bit Ensoniq EPS. These waves have been recorded over and over again using different settings of the source samplers, and pushing the input circuitry of those samplers harder and harder, allowing the user to dial in exactly as much hardware character as they want for their sound.

Grit Kit features

  • A uniquely inspiring source for analogue drum sounds with a hardware-sampler edge.
  • Choose from Ensoniq Mirage, Akai S950, or Ensoniq EPS samples.
  • Mix and match between samplers for absolute precision in creating your custom kit pieces.
  • Adjust the amount of grit and character from your hardware sampler by simply turning a dial.
  • Massive, pumping beats with an entirely individual sound: craft your very own signature drum tone.
  • Grit Kit ships with a pack of 16 preset kits covering everything from tight studio kits to total sonic mayhem.

The Grit Kit library is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Grit Kit

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