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BOSS announces GP-10, GT-001, VE-2 & GT-100 version 2.0 update

BOSS has announced the GP-10 and GT-001 guitar processors, the VE-2 vocal harmonist, and a version 2.0 update of the GT-100 amp effects processor.

BOSS GP-10

GP-10: Guitar Processor

The new GP-10 puts a universe of amazing tones and tunings at your command, all in one compact processor that’s affordable and easy to use. With a Roland GK-compatible pickup on your guitar, the GP-10 lets you transform your sound into numerous classic electric and acoustic guitar types, basses, and even analog-modeled synths, including the legendary Roland GR-300. Not stopping there, you have access to instant altered tunings, including popular open tunings, 12-string tones, and “down” tunings that are essential for today’s ultra-heavy rock styles.

The versatile GP-10 also functions as a full-featured multi-effects processor for both GK and normal pickups, giving you a huge selection of COSM® amps and effects for live playing and studio recording. In addition, USB connectivity lets you capture GP-10 tones directly into your DAW, and you can even play computer-based soft synths from your axe with the GP-10’s guitar-to-MIDI convertor!

GT-001: Guitar Effects Processor

The GT-001 packs the acclaimed amps and effects of the flagship GT-100 Version 2.0 in a stylish desktop processor for your home studio or mobile rig. Its small size fits easily into any workspace, while the intuitive interface makes it simple to dial up world-class tones for recording and practice.

BOSS GT-001

In addition to the guitar input, an XLR mic input is included for capturing vocals or acoustic instruments, and the built-in USB audio/MIDI interface provides a direct connection for creating music with your favorite DAW.

Like the GT-100, the GT-001 offers powerful sound creation possibilities with dual amps and effects chains and flexible routing options. On top of that, a newly developed guitar-to-MIDI function lets you have fun with Guitar Friend Jam and other computer programs from a normal guitar input—no special pickup required! Available as a free download, the BOSS TONE STUDIO software provides a cool graphical interface for tweaking tones from your computer, plus access to BOSS TONE CENTRAL for free studio-ready patches and much more.

BOSS VE-2

VE-2: Vocal Harmonist

Combining sophisticated sound with simple operation, the VE-2 Vocal Harmonist delivers a complete effects solution for all singers, particularly those that perform with guitar. This portable, battery-powered stompbox has everything you need to create polished, studio-quality sounds everywhere you sing, from concert stages and street performances to practicing and having fun at home.

The VE-2 magically creates beautiful harmonized vocals that follow your singing, with pitch that automatically tracks the chords played on a connected guitar, a preset key, or a combination of the two. Using one of these three operation modes, it’s easy to create perfect real-time harmonies in any key, even if you have no experience with gear or music theory.

In addition to harmony, the VE-2 provides essential effects to enhance your voice, such as high-quality reverb/delay and an enhancer with real-time pitch correction. Also included is a USB audio function that allows you to connect to your computer and easily capture impressive VE-2 vocal sounds for music recordings, social media videos, and more.

GT-100: Amp Effects Processor

With the new GT-100 Version 2.0 update, BOSS’ flagship multi-effects processor is now even more powerful than before, adding a host of great new features to its already formidable arsenal.

BOSS GT-100

Two new amp types are included, along with cutting-edge MDP effects, an acoustic guitar simulator, and an improved rotary effect. A convenient Guitar-to-MIDI function is on board as well, letting you have fun with Guitar Friend Jam and other computer software using your normal guitar.

The GT-100’s USB audio capabilities have been expanded too, providing greater flexibility for re-amping applications. And with the BOSS TONE STUDIO software, you can now edit GT-100 patches from a friendly graphical interface on your computer.

More information: BOSS

Roland intros new Roland & BOSS products for 2014

Roland has launched Roland Connect 2014, introducing new Roland and BOSS products for 2014.

Roland Connect 2014

KEYS

Roland FA-08/FA-06 & RD-800

GUITAR

BOSS OD-1X, DS-1X & ME-80
  • OD-1X – Overdrive
    Special Edition BOSS Pedal with Premium Tone.
  • DS-1X – Distortion
    Special Edition BOSS Pedal with Premium Tone.
  • ME-80 – Guitar Multiple Effects
    Hands-On Access to a World of Great Tones.

PERCUSSION

Roland TM-2, KT-10 & NE-10/NE-1
  • KT-10 – Kick Trigger Pedal
    Rock-Solid Playability in an Integrated Low-Noise Design.
  • NE-10/NE-1 – Noise Eater
    Acoustic Sound Isolation for V-Drums.

PIANOS

Roland HP508/HP506/HP504, DP90Se/DP90e, HPi-50e & LX-15e
  • HP508/HP506/HP504 – Digital Piano
    Experience New Levels of Inspiration for Creativity and Learning.
  • DP90Se/DP90e – Digital Piano
    Premium Piano Features in an Elegant Modern Design.
  • HPi-50e – Digital Piano
    Enhanced Piano Features and the Magic of DigiScore Bring Musical Enjoyment to Your Entire Family.
  • LX-15e – Digital Piano
    Top Performance and Advanced Technologies in a Luxury Upright for Your Home.

More information: Roland Connect 2014

Desert Sound Studios releases DR-550 Sample Kit

Desert Sound Studios DR-550 Sample Kit

Desert Sound Studios has released DR-550 Sample Kit, a free electronic drum sample pack.

Includes all of the original samples of the Boss DR-550, a late 80′s digital drum machine.

The kit includes 83 drum samples in 24-bit WAV format.

Each sample was carefully recorded through a Focusrite ISA preamp and RME analog to digital converters.

The pack is a free download at Desert Sound Studios.

More information: Desert Sound Studios

Desert Sound Studios releases Mk-iii Drum Machine for Max for Live

Desert Sound Studios Mk-iii

Desert Sound Studios has announced the release of Mk-iii, a drum machine instrument for Max for Live, comprising a step-sequencer and drum sample playback module.

The MK-iii drum machine from Desert Sound Studios takes a new approach to traditional drum machine design. By splitting the drum machine into two, each Max for Live device can be used separately or combined into a single drum machine. This flexibility opens up new possibilities inside Live.

Highly influenced by the digital drum machines of the late 80′s, the MK-iii includes a full electronic drum sample kit from that era. Quickly load these sounds or your own and shape them with the on-board filter, bit crusher and delays. And for those with Lemur, a touch template covering nearly every parameter can be downloaded for free at desertsoundstudios.com.

The MK-iii combines the familiarity of a drum machine with the advantages of modern technology. For owners of Live 9 Suite, this combination makes a great gateway into the powerful world of Max for Live.

Mk-iii features

  • Sequencer
    • Four independent 16-step sequencer tracks.
    • Assignable note and accent velocity.
    • Selectable midi note output and note duration.
    • Independent pattern start and pattern length adjustments.
    • Two trigger modes:Song Sync (Ableton) and MIDI Input (note trigger).
    • Swing function and Step Divider.
  • Drum module
    • Four independent dual-sample sound engines.
    • Optimized audio playback engine and voice allocation system.
    • Independent coarse tune, fine tune and volume per sample.
    • Pan and Decay setting per sound.
    • Multi-effects per sound (Filter, Bit Crush, and Delay+Filter).
  • Unique modular design; connect the sequencer or the sample playback module Max for Live devices through track-based MIDI and audio routing.
  • Includes full drum sample kit based on the Dr-550 drum machine.
  • Optional Lemur template provides touch control over nearly every parameter of the Mk-iii.

The Mk-iii drum machine costs $23.99 USD. Requires Ableton Live 9 Suite or Ableton Live 8/9 with Max for Live Add-on.

More information: Desert Sound Studios / Mk-iii

BOSS launches Big BOSS Giveaway – Win autographed pedals

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Big BOSS Giveaway

BOSS has announced the return of the Big BOSS Giveaway, a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by Steve Vai, John 5, and more.

BOSS has gone berserk again with another round of The Big BOSS Giveaway.

The biweekly contest gives tone freaks everywhere a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by top guitar heroes and $1,000 in BOSS gear.

Every two weeks between August 5, 2013, and September 30, 2013, a different signed BOSS pedal from a famous guitar hero will be given away, as well as $1,000 in BOSS gear. Contestants can enter once every two-week period, giving them up to five chances to win. Contestants should enter at the BOSS U.S. Facebook Giveaway tab.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only.

More information: BOSS / Big BOSS Giveaway

Sample Katra launches with 5 virtual instruments for Kontakt

Sample Katra Percussion Boss

Sample Katra has launched with the release of 5 new virtual instruments for Kontakt.

Sample Katra is a new company specializing in vintage analog synth instruments for Native Instruments’ Kontakt.

The main aim is to combine the character of vintage analog instruments, with an up to date feature-set for any style of music or sound-design.

“We genuinely hope to offer something a little different and bring to you the ‘katra’ or living spirit of some of our favorite analog synths, drum machines and vintage toys.”

Sample Katra features

  • 24Bit samples.
  • Round robin sampling.
  • Uncompromising sound quality.
  • No additional processing or sweetening.
  • Scripting for Kontakt by Mario Krušelj.
  • Currently available:

All Sample Katra instruments are also available in a limited time bundle offer, priced at $59 USD.

More information: Sample Katra

Sunsine Audio intros Waveshaper Plasticid MkII for iOS

Sunsine Audio Plasticid MkII

Sunsine Audio has announced it has converted Waveshaper’s Plasticid MkII sample library for use with iOS.

The Boss DR-110 is a cute little drum machine from the early 80s, the last analogue one made by Roland. 
The overall sound is very reminiscent to the much praised TR-808 and TR-606. The DR-110 will give you that classic, sought-after sound but with some slight difference and much character. 

Plasticid MkII takes this sample pack one step further, with 120 new samples gathered in 18 kits. This new version aims at coloration and expands the sonic palette of the DR-110, processing it using vintage hardware to shape it up nicely. The cymbals are spitting, the bassdrum is kicking, and the snare and claps tones ranging from dark to bright make each kit acting like a rebirth for the mighty DR-110! Great care has been taken about recording a semi open hat sample for even more expression.

Converted and exclusively available for iOS use (Nanostudio and Beatmaker 2) from Sunsine Audio.

Plasticid MkII for iOS features

  • 120 One Hit Samples.
  • 18 Kits.
  • 18 .bmkz files for Beatmaker 2.
  • 18 .trg files for Nanostudio.
  • Easy Installation Instructions.

Plasticid MkII for iOS is available to purchase for $3.40 USD. The original Wav edition is available from Waveshaper.

More information: Sunsine Audio / Plasticid MkII

Millertone intros SYNDR Volume 1 & CLAP! Live Pack Bundle

Millertone has announced the availability of the SYNDR Volume 1 & CLAP! sound library bundle for Ableton Live.

We’re pleased to offer the SYNDR v1 and CLAP! multi-sample Ableton Live Packs together as a heavily discounted bundle for only $59 USD (download) until April 30.

That’s a $24 (29%) savings. And yes, you can also get the bundle on disc for only $69 USD.

Millertone SYNDR Vol 1 + CLAP! bundle

SYNDR volume 1 features

  • Over 8600 Samples of the Legendary Synare PS-3.
  • Dozens of Drum and Percussion Kits and Menus.
  • Chromatic Instruments (basses, keys, leads and more).
  • 164 Live Clips (drum loops) organized into 26 Sets.
  • 10 Live Sets & 2 Demo Songs.

CLAP! features

  • 2904 Samples of the Boss HC-2 Hand Clapper.
  • 8 Drum Racks.
  • Over 60 Instrument Racks.
  • 363 Simpler Instrument Hits .
  • 129 Live Clips.
  • Two fully arrange Live Sets.

The bundle is available for Ableton Live 8.3 and up (including Live 9).

More information: Millertone