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Boscomac releases The Chiller synthesizer for Reaktor

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Boscomac has introduced The Chiller, a free synthesizer ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Boscomac The Chiller
The Chiller Omni-Synthesizer for Reaktor by Boscomac.

THE CHILLER is an omni-synthesizer which includes a bass section, synth section and a string section. Inspired by the ARP Omni, it is very easy to use and offers a synthetic orchestra on hand.

The instrument delivers a sound cold, reminiscent of the eighties and the new wave. The bass section is monophonic (active from C0 to C4) and other sections cover the entire keyboard. All sections can be played together.

In the autumn, let’s play with the chiller.

The Chiller is a free download. Donations are appreciated.

More information: Boscomac / The Chiller

Sample Magic releases Mainroom Riffs & Arps 2 MIDI pack

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Sample Magic Mainroom Riffs & Arps 2

Sample Magic has announced MIDI Elements: Mainroom Riffs & Arps 2, a collection of anthemic MIDI melodics built for the mainroom.

101 essential MIDI motifs designed for peak time dancefloor action. Primed to inject energy into the biggest EDM anthems, the collection merges the best of electro and progressive for the ultimate finger-on-the-pulse inspiration.

Packed with turbo-charged riffs, searing hooks and euphoric arps, this long-awaited second volume delivers 101 all-new track-starting tools to rival the biggest tracks of 2013.

And because each one is a MIDI file you have the ultimate freedom to choose your own sounds, change the key of the loop, edit the tempo, notation, velocity, length and more. But most importantly, it offers you the opportunity to personalise each progression and melody to make them completely unique.

The MIDI pack is available to purchase for £9.90 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / Mainroom Riffs & Arps 2

P5Audio releases Twerk Arps sample pack

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P5Audio Twerk Arps

P5Audio has launched Twerk Arps, a collection of synthesizer arp loops.

Featuring 114 organically crafted synth arpeggio loops, designed to inspire club Twerking Hip Hop beats. All loops have been layered, processed and formatted for your favorite DAW.

Twerk Arps features

  • 114 individual synth arpeggio style loops.
  • Provided in 16 bit 44.1 kHz ACID WAV, Apple Loop and REX2 formats.
  • Designed using class A processing equipment, these custom crafted and layered synth sounds providing one-of-a-kind unique timbres and effects.
  • Loop ideas range from 2 to 8 bar phrases.
  • Tempos include: 75, 76, 80, 100, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145 and 150 BPM.
  • All of these loops are 100% royalty free.
  • All tempos and key signatures are provided.

The Twerk Arps is on sale for $17.49 USD.

More information: P5Audio / Twerk Arps

Tek’it Audio updates Arp-EG classic MIDI arpeggiator plug-in to v1.2

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Tek’it Audio has released version 1.2 of its Arp-EG classic MIDI arpeggiator for Windows.

Arp-EG classic 1.2 comes with a fast gate mode improving the gate control precision, three bugs fixed, five new presets and an improved user interface. Using Arp-EG classic you can play arpeggio on all your VST instrument and your hardware synth (using your DAW MIDI out).

Tek'it Audio Arp-EG classic
Use the six playback mode and the four octave range to create complex arpeggio, speed up or slow down your arp sync on the beat of your DAW.

Changes in Arp-EG Classic v1.2

  • BUG Fixed selected MIDI channel don’t work in some cases.
  • BUG Fixed undo value sent to transpose on plug-in initialization.
  • BUG Fixed wrong transpose value on some presets.
  • Added Fast note gate mode.
  • Added 5 new presets.
  • GUI Modified screen color to gray.
  • GUI Improved random and Undo icons.
  • GUI improved Transpose knob graduation.
  • DEMO the plug-in now work without limitations for 10 minutes.
  • User Manual updated.

Arp-EG classic for is available to purchase for 16 EUR / $20 USD (Windows VST).

More information: Tek’it Audio / Arp-EG classic

Review: Arto Vaarala Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin

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I don’t normally use arpeggiators much. It’s not that I dislike them, I just don’t really need them for producing my music.

That said, I do enjoy happy accidents and I like drawing inspiration from things I would normally not think of doing myself — randomize FTW — so why not give Kirnu Cream a try.

Aarto Vaarala says this plug-in is not like your traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer, rather it is a very powerful MIDI performer, intended to be used in both live and offline DAW usage.

With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Arto Vaarala Kirnu Cream
Kirnu Cream is a full featured MIDI performer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Setting up Cream is quite straightforward. Just load the plugin on a MIDI track, set the output to the instrument you want to control, and feed Cream some MIDI notes. MIDI routing is not the same for all host applications, so if you’re not sure how to do this you can check Arto Vaarala’s YouTube channel for instructions on setting it up with Ableton and Logic.

Kirnu Cream has 4 tracks that can drive individual MIDI instruments with up to 12 patterns each. The patterns feature gate, swing, octave, transpose and rate controls for each of the patterns. These controls can be locked to prevent presets from changing the values.
Each track has the following pattern data screens:

  • Order sets which note is played (none, previous, last, first, high, low & random).
  • Chordmem selects which chord is used (16 chord memory slots available, up to 8 notes per chord).
  • Length multiplies the note lengths of a step.
  • Gate sets the note length for individual steps.
  • Accent adjusts note velocity.
  • Transp for transposing notes in semitones (or chosen scale).
  • Div allows notes to be divided into multiple (shorter) notes.
  • Shift lets you shift notes left and right.
  • Seq specifies which of all notes of a held chord in a step are actually played.

You also get 8 MIDI CC slots in which you can control additional parameters after assigning them with MIDI learn.

Each pattern data screen has up to 32 steps and various play orders, and they can be looped individually with the loop control. Looping is left to right, right to left, or back and forth between start & end, and reverse. The pattern data can simply be drawn in with your mouse, and there are handy copy/paste, randomize and clear buttons. Unfortunately there is no undo/redo.

A pattern sequencer is also included. It has 16 slots in which you can assign the pattern, length and amount of repeats. Cream uses a number of MIDI keys to control pattern data toggles and pattern changes, which follows the global pattern change sync. Cream comes with some 40 scales to restrict the notes used by the arp.

Check this nice demonstration video on how to use Kirnu Cream’s loop points, patterns and the pattern sequencer to create a nice chord progression.

So what do I think?

Product: Kirnu Cream by Arto Vaarala
Format: VST/AU instrument plugin
Price: 35 EUR
Like: inspirational & flexible MIDI performer, control zones, randomize
Don’t like: not so intuitive
Verdict: 8/10

Well, I’m still a bit divided on Cream. While I am well impressed with what it can do, I prefer to simply program my sequences manually. That is, when I know exactly what I am looking for.

I think Cream (and arp tools in general) might be more useful to producers of certain types of electronic music. Arps are a staple of the trance diet, and I can see Cream will definitely be something that can improve/speed up one’s workflow a lot. However, I don’t produce trance.

What does totally click with me though, is using Cream as an inspirational tool. Enter some data in the pattern screens, clicks a randomize button, set some loop points, and voila! It allows me to create sequences that I would never not think of myself. With the right settings you can even use it on drum/percussion instruments to create interesting rhythmic sequences. Being able to control patterns with MIDI is great for live performances, as well as the creative process in the studio.

I would like to point out that I didn’t find Cream totally intuitive. This could be due to my lack of experience with arp tools. The manual explains the basics pretty well and it is worth a read for the shortkeys, but for more hands-on instructions you should watch Arto Vaarala’s YouTube videos.

In short, Kirnu Cream is powerful and inspirational MIDI tool. It goes well beyond the traditional arpeggiator, offering lots of flexibility in programming and performance.

More information: Kirnu Cream

Tone2 releases Arpeggiator for Saurus

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Tone2 Arpeggiator for Saurus

Tone2 Audiosoftware released Arpeggiator, an expansion soundset featuring an extensive collection of arpeggios, grooves and rhythmic soundscapes for the Saurus virtual analog synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

The Arpeggiator expansion library is filled to the rim with inspirational sounds, running in perfect sync to the tempo of your track and ready to breathe life into any club track.
Featuring Trance arps, pulsating basses, evolving sequences, phat rhythms and groove laden textures, Arpeggiator takes it all to the next level.

The Arpeggiator expansion also contains an inspiring collection of arp patterns, no less then 100 new arp patterns were added to create your own sounds or refresh presets.

Arpeggiator features

  • 200 superb new presets by professionals
  • 100 new arpeggiator patterns
  • 2 additional skins (White & Black)

The Arpeggiator expansion costs 39 EUR.

More information: Tone2 / Arpeggiator

Audiostry releases Arpærus arpeggiator for Reaktor

Audiostry has introduced Arpærus, an arp ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Audiostry Arpærus

Classic arpeggiator with classic 16 modulation step sequencer to control MIDI devices in Reaktor (contains no audio engine).

Arpærus features

  • Arpeggiator:
    • 6 patterns: >, < , <>, < <>>, random, trigger
    • Up to 4 octaves transpositions
  • Modulation Sequencer modulates:
    • 4 running modes: >, < , <>, < <>>.
    • Pitch (4 octaves – 2 up and 2 down). Musical Notation GUI.
    • Note length. Musical Notation GUI.
    • Velocity.
    • Gate.
    • Three assignable MIDI CC# lines.
  • Variable number of steps up to 16.

Arpærus costs $5 USD. Requires Reaktor 5 or higher full version. A demo version with stripped down features is available to download at no cost.

More information: Audiostry / Arpærus

Black & Orange releases AutoArp Rack Extension

Black & Orange AutoArp

Black & Orange has released AutoArp, a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

AutoArp is a music assistant that will help you make music, regardless of your experience level. Easy to start using, yet offering deep customization, it is a powerful toolkit to assist musicians of every type.

AutoArp provides Scale mapping, a Chord Generator and an advanced Arpeggiator with a Step Sequencer.

AutoArp: Make Music!

AutoArp is available for the introductory price of $25 USD / 19 EUR until February 15th, 2013 (regular price $35 USD / 29 EUR).

More information: Black & Orange