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Sounds And Effects releases ODD Reason ReFill

Sounds And Effects has announced the release of the its ODD Reason ReFill library for Propellerhead Reason.

Sounds And Effects ODD Reason ReFill

The ODD Reason ReFill from Sounds And Effects samples a vintage ARP Odyssey, but then takes a decidedly non vintage turn, using these samples as the basis for entirely new sounds using Reason’s powerful synth engine for a more modern and decidedly non vintage sound. Pitch dives and rises, bass wobbles, zaps, warbles, bleeps, trills, sub basses and buzzy squelchy leads.

ODD makes extensive use of the Combinator to take the NNXT presets in an entirely different direction. Many of the Combinator presets combine two NNXT presets with Reason’s powerful BV512 vocoder so that parameters like the important Vocoder Shift Control are ready accessible by the user. Other presets stick more closely to the ARP.

There are also three different default Combinator / Vocoder presets pre wired so that the user can easily choose from any of the 200 NNXT Presets, and simply plug them any into the Vocoders’ carrier and modulator inputs – potentially and rapidly creating hundreds of exciting new sounds.

In addition there are 175 REX loops.

The ReFill is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49.95 USD (regular $59.95 USD).

More information: Sounds And Effects / ODD Reason ReFill

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Korg announces development of new ARP Odyssey synthesizer

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Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

More information: Korg

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GForce releases Virtual String Machine Expansion Pack

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GForce VSM Expansion Pack

GForce Software has announced the release of the Virtual String Machine (VSM) Expansion Pack for its VSM instrument for Windows and Mac.

Containing 18 new instruments, 60 sample sets, including the iconic GX-1, Polymoog Vox Humana & ARP Quadra and over 400 new patches, the VSM Expansion Pack offers fresh inspiration by extending the range of tones now available to registered VSM owners.

VSM Expansion Pack features

  • 18 classic and rare string machines.
  • 60 individual sample sets.
  • 400+ Patch library.
  • 49 notes, each individually sampled and looped.
  • Layer Expansion sounds with the original library.
  • Over 2.5GB of data.
  • Alternative GUI.

The Expansion Pack is available to purchase for the introductory price of £49.99 GBP inc VAT until January 31st, 2014.

More information: GForce / VSM Expansion Pack

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Loopmasters releases Classic Synthology sample pack

Loopmasters Classic Synthology

Loopmasters has announced the release of Classic Synthology, a 1GB collection of classic synthesizer sounds.

Classic Synthology from Loopmasters is a nostalgic trip back in time to the hot and sweaty cable strewn studios of yesteryear, when analogue synthesisers and rhythm machines resembling overgrown calculators carved out a whole new genre of music for the world to hear.

Recorded and produced by Harvey Summers at Broad Oak Studios, Classic Synthology takes its inspiration from many of the early electronic music pioneers including Vangelis, Kraftwork, Brian Eno, FSOL and Orbital to name but a few and is intended to be used by todays cutting edge soundsmiths looking for historical sounds from the analogue behemoths of the past.

This collection includes sounds of now legendary synths including Yamaha CS-80, Arp 2600, Minimoog, Moog Taurus Mk1, Korg MS20, Korg M1 combined with a select few modern analogue counterparts heavily processed through boutique vintage equipment including Neve and RCA pre amps, a classic, 70′s Raindirk series III console, Eventide H3000 D/SX and a AMS DMX 15-80S for a truly authentic vintage sound.

The sample library costs £29.95 GBP. Individual parts are also sold separately.

More information: Loopmasters / Classic Synthology

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Binary Music launches Holiday Sale – 50% off

Binary Music has announced a 50% discount on its products until the end of 2013.

Binary Music Sale

Until the end of the year, all Binary Music libraries and bundles for Kontakt, Ableton Live and Logic are on offer at 50% of the regular price.

Binary Music libraries

  • ARP Odyssey.
  • Crosswave (Ensoniq SQ80).
  • Electrophonics (modular synth system).
  • PD1000 (Casio CZ1000).
  • Solina String Ensemble.
  • Valve 4 Op (Yamaha TX81Z).

Prices start at $9.50 USD. The sale ends January 1st, 2014.

More information: Binary Music

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Luftrum updates Luftrum 9 soundset for u-he DIVA

Luftrum 9

Luftrum has announced an update to its Luftrum 9 soundset for the Diva virtual analog synthesizer by u-he.

All arpeggios in Luftrum 9 are now assigned to the integrated arpeggiator in DIVA and included are 10 extra variations of some chosen Arp presets, so Luftrum 9 now contains 74 presets in total.

The new update of Luftrum 9 is sent out to all customers.

Luftrum 9 features

  • 74 presets ranging from smooth ambients pads to gentle arpeggios, berlin school sequences and synth emulations inspired by Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Royksopp and Jean Michel Jarre.
    • 21 Ambient Pads.
    • 19 Arpeggios + 10 variations.
    • 15 Synths.
    • 4 Soundscapes.
    • 3 Sound Effects.
    • 2 Strings.
  • All arpeggios are assigned to the arpeggiator in DIVA v1.3.

The soundset costs $23 USD. Until December 31st, 2013, a 50% discount code can be found on the Luftrum website.

More information: Luftrum / Luftrum 9

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u-he updates Diva to v1.3 incl. Uhbie filter, Digital Osc & Arp

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u-he has announced the release of version 1.3 of its Diva virtual analog synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

u-he Diva
u-he DIVA – Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer.

This free update expands Diva’s sonic palette with the most requested modules since Diva’s introduction two years ago:

  • The Uhbie, a filter modeled after a famous analogue multimode VCF. Our take on this morphs from lowpass to highpass via your choice of notch or bandpass.
  • The Digital Osc, a dual oscillator with a flexible feature set reminiscent of the synthesizer that started the hardware VA revolution in the 90ies. Not only have we covered its typical waveforms such as the original Super Saw, Feedback and TriangleMod, we even gave both oscillators the full feature set! (we also sneaked in a high quality mode with less aliasing)
  • An Arpeggiator! – Not to be mistaken with the recent crop of sequencers that also arpeggiate, this one pays tribute to good old analogue style arpeggiators, including some of the lesser known modes such as the “Leap” mode found in rare monophonic synths.

Other changes in Diva v1.3

  • 60 new factory presets using the new modules.
  • AAX support for Pro Tools 10/11!
  • Vastly accelerated GUI opening.
  • Many little niggles fixed.

Diva for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $179 USD (excl. VAT).

More information: u-he / Diva

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