Yemski has set free two soundsets for the Albino 3 synthesizer instrument by Rob Papen.
As a present to all Albino users, I’ve decided to make some of my old commercial releases for Albino freeware.
The patches are from two old sets I had called Yemski Arps & Grooves and another called Yemski Sound Scapes. There are 258 patches in all. Both feature extensive use of the layering capabilities of Albino 3 to produce gigantic sounds with complex polyrhythms and lush textures.
The Arps and Sequence are my take on the sort of thing you’d get from old school workstations like the Yamaha CS6R or EX5 and the complex grooves you’d often find on them. The Soundscapes were my attempt to imitate Absynth with long evolving sounds with a slightly “out there” ethereal quality.
The soundset is a free download at Yemski’s SoundCloud page.
More information: Yemski Albino patches
GForce Software has announced Oddity2, a synthesizer instrument modelled on the legendary ARP Odyssey, manufactured between 1972 and 1981.
Sporting a new livery based on the final revision Odyssey, Oddity2 takes the character and operational architecture of the original and, via a wave of enhancements, transports the spirit of the original into a new dimension.
While the duophonic and monophonic modes have been retained, Oddity2 now also offers a monophonic legato mode which wasn’t evident on the Odyssey, plus a Polyphonic Mode. Now finally it’s possible to stop wondering what the Odyssey’s classic tones would sound like within the context of chord based structures, and put it into practice. Everything from spiky and resonant textures to lush and warm pads sounds can either be programmed from Oddity2’s intuitive controls or simply dialled up via the accompanying presets.
Furthermore, via three filter modes and an additional oscillator, Oddity2 can sound as versatile and punchy as its main rival back in the day.
Oddity2 doesn’t stop there either, in order to overcome the original instrument’s limitation of a single LFO, they’ve also added the ability to apply an additional LFO and ADSR to almost any of the main Oddity2 sliders, which gives the instrument almost unrivalled versatility and depth when it comes to sound design options.
Additional improvements over its predecessor include an on-board delay, spread or random pan modes, patch morphing via beats or seconds, program change recognition and implementation of the two octave transpose switch for dynamic real-time performances.
Oddity2 will be released on December 1st, 2014. Until that date, a pre-order is available for £99 GBP. Registered Oddity users can upgrade for £49 GBP. Prices incl. VAT.
More information: GForce / Oddity2
Soundsdivine has announced the release of The 2600, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring sounds from the ARP 2600 semi-modular analog synthesizer.
The 2600 features
- 3 Oscillators.
- 28 Waveforms.
- 2 Filters.
- 6 LFOs.
- 1 Programmable Arpeggiator.
- 46 Custom Impulse Responses.
- 5 FX inc. Transient Shaper / Flanger / Delays & Reverb.
- 5GB (compressed) samples from an ARP 2600 (Tonus).
- 130+ Presets.
The 2600 is available for purchase for the introductory price of 49 EUR until October 20th, 2014 (regular 59 EUR). MM+ owners pay 39 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 5.2.1 or higher.
More information: Soundsdivine / The 2600
Synth Magic has announced Exploration 1, an instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Kontakt synth based on the 1970’s ARP Explorer 1 synthesiser: 2.5GB of samples(compressed to 1.5GB using NI’s lossless compression) taken from a real ARP Explorer1.
Synth Magic Exploration 1 comprises the raw oscillators and a collection of presets made on a real ARP Explorer 1 using the original ARP patch overlays and owners’ manual patch sheets, which we then sampled. There are also a number of custom samples take from custom presets, once again made on the real machine and sampled. All easily accessible from a drop down menu for fast and easy access to the sounds.
The library is available to pre-order for £20 GBP until October 1st, 2014 (regular price £35 GBP).
More information: Synth Magic / Exploration 1
rv_samplepacks has launched Main Room Arps & Sequences, a new sample library featuring arpeggios and synth sequences by Thomas Penton.
Thomas Penton returns with an incredible collection of 100 inspirational arpeggio loops using a mixture of soft synths and hardware legends. Each loop comes in three distinct flavours, firstly the Dry Loop version for producers who want to add their own effects, then the Wet loop version which use Thomas’s superb engineering skills to sculpt and produce the sounds with high quality plugins including EQ, Reverbs and Delays and finally for the MIDI loop version which allow producers to completely customise the sequences and use their favourite synths.
Designed for the Main Room recorded at 128BPM in 24Bit 44.1 KHz expect to find 1.6 GB of Wav Loops and MIDI with 100 Dry Loops, 100 Wet Loops and 100 MIDI files each of the wet loops also contain tails on the end of the loops so the effects added fade out completely.
The sample pack is available for purchase from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.
More information: rv_samplepacks / Main Room Arps & Sequences
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