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.
Ableton has updated its Live music production software for Windows and Mac to version 8.3.1.
Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers.
Changes in Live 8.3.1
Improvements and feature changes:
Added support for Mac OS 10.8 “Mountain Lion”.
Improved performance when recording many MIDI CC data into MIDI clips.
The default takeover mode for control surfaces has been changed to “none” (this will only affect new installations).
Minor changes for usage data reporting.
Fixed a bug which could lead to degraded resolution of automation data when recording automation for VST plugins running in Novation’s Automap shell.
Fixed a bug which prevented samples from being opened in an external sample editor.
Fixed a crash which could occur when importing two identical audio files into Live.
Fixed a bug which could lead to two undo steps when freezing a track.
Fixed a bug which could cause the save dialogue to disappear in OS X Lion.
Under certain conditions, Live’s splash screen wouldn’t appear on OS X Lion.
Opening an alias file of a Live set wouldn’t work on OS X Lion.
Fixed login problems in the SoundCloud uploader on Windows.
Fixed a rare crash which could occur with automatic updates on certain Windows computers.
The update is available to download for registered Live 8 users.
Bill and Will Marshall have released Glitch Factory, an Ableton Live performance template for use with the Akai’s APC40 controller.
Glitch Factory: Peek into a complete performance setup, above the mappings for the APC.
A collaboration between Australian producers Mr Bill and Will Marshall, this is a stems-based template for the Akai APC40, designed to help producers get started performing their own material live on stage. We’ve built some awesome performance FX, as well as writing a custom script for the APC40 to streamline your live sets.
Included in the template are four tracks worth of stems, to help get you started.
A walkthrough of the APC40 Performance Template, including custom MIDI Remote Script.
The Glitch Factory pack is available to purchase for $20 USD.