Squaredheads updates Nora to v2.0

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Squaredheads has released version 2.0 of Nora, a pattern based arpeggiator / phrase sequencer that is designed to allows the creation of solo melodies, rhythmic basslines, or stabs.

Squaredheads Nora 2.0

Nora employs the workflow of a DAW for a creative, simple and quick edition with a complete integration among the modules. Nora can be sequenced by either a linear manner or by patterns triggered by MIDI.

Thanks to its polyphonic pianoroll technology and its real-time effects, Nora gives the user complete control over the arpeggiator pattern (note-length, overlapping notes/chords, velocities, spaces between notes, etc.)

The engine has been re-designed from scratch to offer more precision at the sample-level. This way, Nora produces an output that is loyal to the input, without perceptible latency. Moreover, it supports two operation modes: “Free”, a mode in which output notes are always in line with input chords, and “Static”, in which input chords are adapted to the notes of Nora, resulting in smoother changes. Nora now supports up to eight simultaneous tracks, each of them with an arpeggiator engine and individual settings, like MIDI routing.

Nora v2.0 features

  • Sample accurate engine.
  • Complete real-time edition.
  • Edit up to 5 octaves and 5 notes per octave.
  • 8 tracks with 8 independent arpeggiators.
  • Playlist module: It allows each track being sequenced in two ways: As a classic DAW, or as a Pattern Chainer.
  • Pattern editor with 24 pattern per track.
  • 2 pattern-changing modes, controllable via MIDI: ‘In queue’, a mode in which each pattern waits for its turn to start playing and, ‘instant’ in which the change is played immediately, maintaining the synchrony with the DAW.
  • Real-time quantizer with user-defined patterns.
  • Randomizer engine that includes 2 random phrase generators and 2 mutators.
  • Real-time velocity randomization.
  • Two clock modes: It can work in synchrony with DAW or as a classic arpeggiator.
  • More than 1200 presets.
  • Play speed settings.
  • MIDI rhythm import.
  • Realtime MIDI output recording.
  • Automatic mouse helpers to ease edition with small notes.
  • Fully resizable interface.
  • Several modes to navigate through the windows.
  • Project management.
  • Unlimited and independent undo / redo for each pattern.
  • Very low CPU usage.
  • Highly customizable interface with over 400 parameters.
  • Includes the NoraHarm plugin for free, an Harmonizer / MIDI Key Mapper.

Nora for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available at an introductory discount of 15% until December 30th, 2014. Regular price 49 EUR.

More information: Squaredheads

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FXpansion sneaks DCAM Synth Squad 2

FXpansion has posted a sneak preview of Strobe 2, one of the synthesizer instruments in the upcoming DCAM Synth Squad 2.

FXpansion Strobe 2

I’d like to offer everyone a chance to take an early look at, and, more importantly, listen to, Strobe v2.0. We’ve been working on this for quite some time, and there’s still a little way to go, but we think it’s ready enough that it’s time to get some feedback from a wider audience.

The other synths are being updated to the new engine as well, of course – all three will share the most of the above, with Amber in particular getting some improvements to its audio engine – improved CPU efficiency means we’re able to model some elements that got left out in the original (particularly glad we’ve been able to get Logan-style “diode VCA”s in there – they’re absolute junk in fidelity terms but sound amazing). More on that later.

Changes in DCAM Synth Squad 2

  • Glitch-free, 100% vector scalable UI, available in (at least) two flavours.
  • Integrated effects, including some brand new algorithms as well as some thing that owners of Etch, Bloom and Maul may recognise, with full TransMod capability on (almost) everything.
  • 16 Transmod slots.
  • Instant patch switching between 8 active sounds.
  • Huge CPU optimizations.
  • Rebuilt arpeggiator, stepsequencer and modulation processor.
  • Ability to unlink the Sub from the Stack/Detune/Sync parameters.
  • Phase reset on the main oscillator.
  • Frequency-linked tone controls on each oscillator section.
  • Gain compensation and leakage control on the filter.
  • Adjusted envelope and fader ranges, much better consistency in the internal smoothing algorithms, choice of detuning modes, dozens of other little refinements.

Check the announcement at the KVR Audio forum for more details.

More information: FXpansion

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rv_samplepacks releases Thomas Penton Main Room Arps & Sequences

rv_samplepacks has launched Main Room Arps & Sequences, a new sample library featuring arpeggios and synth sequences by Thomas Penton.

Thomas Penton Main Room Arps & Sequences

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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Squaredheads updates Nora to v1.4

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Squaredheads has released version 1.4 of Nora, a phrase arpeggiator and MIDI key mapper plugin for Windows.

Squaredheads Nora

Nora is a MIDI toolset that employs advanced editing tools to create MIDI phrases with ease.
Its full contextual interface allows to create solo melodies, rhythmic basslines or stabs instantly. It may be used in both live and offline environment.

Nora has been recently updated to version 1.4 with a new tool: A MIDI Key Mapper, which can be used as a harmonizer, to create chord progressions, to transpose keys, etc.

Changes in Nora v1.4

  • MIDI Key Mapper tool.
  • Nudge actions: use keyboard cursors to move notes or nodes.
  • Added new presets for Phrase Arpeggiator and for the MIDI Key Mapper.
  • Phrase arpeggiator is now optional.
  • Moved phrase arpeggiator controls from the main toolbar to its editor window.
  • Improved feedback time from interface elements (everything looks smoother now).
  • Hidden “Save” from menu, to avoid confusion. It will be restored in a future update.

Nora for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Squaredheads

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Diginoiz releases Crazy Arps 2 & Massive Big Room Sounds

Diginoiz Crazy Arps 2

Diginoiz has released Crazy Arps 2 and Massive Big Room Sounds, two new sound packs.

Diginoiz is proud to present the second part of the probably best arpegiator pack ever! Crazy Arps 2! Great vibe, incredible hardware sound, extremely melodic, prepared with attention to details!

You will find there 52 synthesizer arp sounds in Trap / South style ready to be an inspiration for Your music! Over 300 Mb multiformat material, definitely a must have in music production!

Massive Big Room Sounds

One of the best VST synthesizer ever, plus one of the most popular genre in the last few months! All of this in one Diginoiz product! Massive Big Room Sounds!

Incredible, great sounding, made with passion and what’s most important, taking all the current trends into account, by a professional sound designer with over 10 years of experience.

You will find here 64 perfect, Big Room, Massive Sounds ready to be imported to Your favorite NI vst Massive instrument. Basses, Chords, Leads, plucks and Drum Sounds just waiting for Your creativity!

The packs are available for purchase for 20 EUR each.

More information: Diginoiz

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