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Boss launches Loop Station World Championship 2

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Boss has announced the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2, the second annual search to find the world’s top looping artist.

Guitarists, bassists, beatboxers, vocalists, violinists, drummers, keyboard players, and looping musicians of all sorts are invited to start by submitting a video performance using any BOSS RC-series looping product. The result could be a trip to the U.S. finals in Hollywood, California, where the top looper will earn $3,000 in BOSS gear and a spot in the international championship at Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Boss Loop Station World Championship 2

Open Competition — June 1, 2011 — August 31, 2011

  • Upload a live performance video using any BOSS RC-series Loop Station product to Youtube.com (video must be five minutes or less).
  • Visit www.BossUS.com/LoopStation and fill out the entry form.
  • Entries will be judged and selected by BOSS, who will evaluate the creativity, musicianship, stage presence, and technical skill of the looping performances.

U.S. Finals — October 22, 2011

  • The top six entries from the Open Competition will be flown in to compete at the BOSS U.S. Loop Station Finals 2 at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
  • Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders.
  • Prizes include:
    • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear; trip to the international championship
    • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
    • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear

International Championship — Musikmesse Frankfurt, March 2012

  • The winner of the U.S. Finals will represent the United States in the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2 in Frankfurt, Germany, challenging the winners of other Loop Station competitions held around the globe.
  • Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders.
  • Prizes include:
    • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear
    • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
    • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear

More information: Boss

Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals now shipping

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Boss has announced it is now shipping the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders.

Boss RC-30

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to BOSS’ top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and BOSS’ portable, affordable, and simple-to-use Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by BOSS’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet available for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio.

The RC-30 is housed in BOSS’ popular Twin Pedal chassis, just like the RC-20XL it replaces. New features include true stereo inputs and outputs, plus up to three hours of onboard stereo recording and loop storage, a marked upgrade to its predecessor’s mono I/O and 16 minutes of mono recording. Additionally, the RC-30 has a new dual phrase loop feature that lets users create and play two completely independent stereo loop phrases in perfect sync.

Included in the RC-30 is the LOOP FX feature that lets users process their loop recordings in real time, plus 99 memories for onboard loop storage and an LED memory indicator. In addition, a USB 2.0 port lets users swap and manage WAV audio loops with a computer. Holdover features from the RC-20XL include a mic input with phantom power, an AUX IN jack for connecting a portable music player, and a key selection of onboard rhythms, which now include real audio drum loops.

The RC-3 is the RC-30’s kid brother, housed in a rugged BOSS compact pedal chassis. The RC-3 offers all the essential features of the RC-30 in smaller package, including stereo I/O, up to three hours of stereo recording and loop storage, 99 onboard memories, USB 2.0, and built-in rhythms. Users can connect an optional BOSS FS-5U Foot Switch for additional foot control if desired.

Both of the new Loop Station pedals are available now. MSRP is $418.40 USD for the RC-30 and $318.50 USD for the RC-3.

More information: Roland / RC-30 and RC-3

Nomad Factory releases Echoes, Analog Echo Box effect plugin

Nomad Factory has announced the release of Echoes, an analog echo box effect plug-in designed to give you the warmth and richness of classic vintage delay effects.

Nomad Factory Echoes

ECHOES faithfully models the greatest delay effects of all time, PLX-1 Based on Echoplex® 1, PLX-3 Based on Echoplex 3, OILCAN Based on Tel-Ray® Oilcan Delay, EHX-DM Based on Electro Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man, and ADM-2 Based on Boss® DM-2 Analog Delay.

Following the philosophy behind Nomad Factory’s hit Magnetic plug-in, ECHOES not only sounds amazing, but it is designed to be very easy to use. Unlike many other delay plug-ins that have dozens of unnecessary knobs and confusing parameters, ECHOES has captured the essence of the original effects by keeping it simple. With the turn of a few knobs, the plug-in delivers musical results and instant analog delay satisfaction!

Echoes features

  • 5 classic analog delay effects all in one plug-in:
    • PLX-1: Based on Maestro® Echoplex 1 – The original Tube-based tape delay effect.
    • PLX-3: Based on Maestro® Echoplex 3 – Transistor-based tape echo.
    • Oilcan: Based on Tel Ray® Echo – Tapeless Oilcan delay/echo.
    • EHX-DM: Based on Electro Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man – The most in-demand analog delay pedal ever built.
    • ADM-2: Based on Boss® DM-2 – Analog delay pedal from the early 80′s.
  • ECHO TIME : Controls the time from 20 to 2000ms of analog delay.
  • PANNING : Center position for stereo pan, left or right causes ping pong effect.
  • ECHO MODE : Choose from 5 classic analog delay effects.
  • REPEATS : Controls the feedback amount of the delay effect.
  • MIX : Controls the balance of the wet /dry signal.
  • EXTRA KNOBS : 3 additional preset knobs that change according to the currently selected mode
    • PLX-1 : Wow & Flutter, Drive and Echo Level
    • PLX-3 : Bass, Treble and Echo Level
    • EHX-DM : Mod Speed, Mod Depth and Echo Level
    • OILCAN : Tone, Variation and Echo Level
    • ADM-2 : Bass, Treble and Echo Level
  • SYNC SWITCH : Sync your delays to your song’s master tempo.
  • VINTAGE SWITCH : Give your delays that vintage analog sound by filtering the repeats.
  • STEREO WIDENER : Increases the width of the delay. Lowest setting is true mono.
  • INPUT : Sets the input level of Echoes.
  • OUTPUT : Sets the output level of Echoes.
  • POWER bypasses the entire unit.

Echoes is available to purchase from DontCrac[k] for the introductory price of $49 USD until May 15, 2011 (regular price $129 USD). It is also included in the Magnetics Bundle (with Magnetics plug-in) at a limited time price of $99 USD, also available until May 15, 2011.

More information: Nomad Factory / Echoes

WaveShaper releases Plasticid Dr-110 & TubeSt8tion kit free sample packs

WaveShaper has released Plasticid Dr-110 and TubeSt8tion kit, two new electronic drum machine sample packs.

WaveShaper Plasticid Dr-110

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 kick is punchier than the 606, but the hats and cymbals will provide you that instant acid factor and the snare is also very snappy. The clap is similar to the 808′s one, so you’re right by thinking that the DR-110 will give you that classic, sought-after sound but with some slight difference and much character.

If you are into electro/house/acid/retro/techno music, you will like this one for sure !

WaveShaper TubeSt8tion kit

The Plasticid Dr-110 sample pack is available in two versions:

  • Free: mono, 16bit/44.1khz audio samples.
  • Pay-what-you-want: stereo, 24bit/48khz audio samples.

The TubeSt8tion kit is a free samplepack (24bit/48khz, stereo Wav files) made using a Novation DrumStation processed through tube preamp and tube compressor gear.
The well-known and beloved sound of the famous tr-808 now has even more warmth, dirt and punch.

More information: WaveShaper

BOSS announces RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals

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Boss RC-30

BOSS has announced the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders.

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to BOSS’ top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and BOSS’ portable, affordable, and simple-to-use Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by BOSS’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet available for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio.

RC-30 features

  • Twin Pedal multitrack looper with true stereo I/O.
  • Two synchronized stereo tracks with dedicated volume faders and track-select buttons.
  • Massive internal memory with up to three hours of stereo recording time.
  • 99 onboard memory phrases for storing loops.
  • Built-in effects for processing loops.
  • Multiple inputs: 1/4″ A and B input jacks, stereo 1/8″ mini AUX input jack, XLR input jack with phantom power.
  • USB 2.0 port allows you to connect to a PC and import/export WAV audio.
  • Rhythm guide with real drums.
  • Runs on batteries or optional AC power supply.

RC-3 features

  • Compact and powerful stereo stompbox looper.
  • Massive internal memory with up to three hours of stereo recording time.
  • 99 onboard memories for storing loops.
  • USB 2.0 port allows you to connect to a PC and import/export WAV audio.
  • Rhythm guide with real drums.
  • Runs on a single 9-volt battery or optional AC power supply.

More information: Roland / RC-30 and RC-3

Universal Audio releases QUAD Omni (V5.7) DSP Accelerator Package to UAD-2 Platform

Universal Audio QUAD Omni DSP Accelerator Package

Universal Audio has announced the release of the new UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package.

The UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) is Universal Audio’s most powerful and flexible processing hardware — packaged with UA’s most complete plug-in bundle for professional power users.

Specifically, the UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) gives producers and engineers 50 award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC — saving thousands of dollars versus buying the plug-ins individually. The PCIe card features four Analog Devices SHARC chips to “power” the world’s finest analog emulation plug-ins, including classics from Manley, Neve, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.

UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package features

  • Flagship quad-processor DSP Accelerator Card for UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC.
  • Access the world’s finest emulations of analog classics: Manley, Neve, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.
  • Includes 50 plug-ins from UAD software releases up to and including v5.7, plus a $100 Plug-In Voucher redeemable from UA’s Online Store.
  • Save $4000+ versus buying the plug-ins individually.
  • Run large, professional mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more — without taxing host computer CPU.
  • Available for purchase from authorized UA Dealers worldwide.

Universal Audio / UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package

Roland U.S. launches Guitar Synth Challenge

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Roland U.S. Guitar Synth Challenge

Roland U.S. has announced the Guitar Synth Challenge online video contest, where forward-thinking musicians who stretch the boundaries of guitar performance will be able to show their creativity with Roland’s industry-leading guitar synthesizer technology.

Start by submitting a video performance with any Roland GR, GI or GM series guitar synthesizer, and the result could be $3,000 in any BOSS and Roland gear of your choice.

How To Enter:

  • Create an original music performance video that is five minutes or less, relying primarily on a Roland guitar synthesizer product (any GR, GM, or GI series model).
  • Upload video to YouTube™, and make sure the title begins with “Roland Guitar Synth Challenge.”
  • Fill out the contest registration form at RolandUS.com/GuitarSynthChallenge.
  • Entries will be judged and selected by Roland, who will be looking at the creativity, musicianship, and technical skill of the performance.

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $3,000 retail value of Roland and BOSS gear
  • 2nd Place: $2,000 retail value of Roland and BOSS gear
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 retail value of Roland and BOSS gear

The Guitar Synth Challenge is open now through December 31, 2010. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

More information: Roland U.S.

Review: Sidsonic Libraries Circus Circuit Bending Library, massive collection of circuit bent sounds

Circuit bending has gathered quite a lot of attention in recent years. Sure it’s not for everyone, but blogs like Create Digital Music, GetLoFi, Make, etc. show there is plenty of interest in the art of modifying electronic devices by short circuiting them. If you are not really sure what I’m talking about, check Wikipedia here.

Sidsonic’s Circus Circuit Bending Library isn’t the first sample library that is all about circuit bending. It is however one of the most extensive ones I have seen so far, and the first Kontakt Player based one to my knowledge.

Sidsonic CCBL Box

Perhaps not essential but well worth mentioning is the physical design & packaging of this sample library. Where many developers choose to provide downloads only, or simple DVD boxes with half a page worth of info, Sidsonic is doing the opposite entirely.

The box CCBL is shipping in is a proper piece of art (click the image to enlarge). RCA sockets keep the lid in place and a lovely little red dip switch is located on the top right. Useless, you say? Sure there is no need for such a fancy box, but for me it certainly adds value to the product. Even before you get to hear the sounds of CCBL the packaging already shows that these guys are passionate about their work.

The sample library comes with a 36-page booklet that has extensive information on circuit bending, the Kontakt interface pages & controls available, and the instruments/devices used for CCBL and what was done to them to get these circuit bent sounds.

From the booklet:

Already from the first personal experiences of sound bending that emerged from the circuit board of a small electronic guitar and a connecting finger we noticed the potential that Circuit Bending harboured.

Sounds were suddenly able to develop playfully, the likes of which could otherwise have only been possible using complex technology. The first pieces of equipment gathered quickly and it was obvious, that Circuit Bending can be used for far more than for creating just a few typical textbook sounds. The Circus Circuit Bending Library is our way to further extend the art of Circuit Bending and take the distinctive sound of it out into the world. We aim to make it possible by using a simple way to explore the depths of sound bending without having to deal with individual pieces of gear, modification or emerging problems. To this end, a vast array of toys, drum computers and keyboards have been rebuilt, recorded and remodelled so that the emphasis is focused on establishing the largest sound collection possible. The result is a simple, honest remodelling.

Drums and synths

Sidsonic sampled over 18,000 sounds for CCBL, using a total of 14 circuit bent instruments as sound sources. From these samples they constructed nearly 180 synth and drum kits in Kontakt.

Circus Circuit Bending Library instruments

  • Casio SK-1, SK-2 & SK-200, sampling keyboards from the eighties.
  • Alesis HR-16, 16-bit drum computer featuring 49 digital PCM samples.
  • Boss DR-550, drum computer with 48 16-bit PCM samples.
  • Korg DDD-1 & DDD-5, dynamic digital drums with respectively 18 and 14 sounds, features some typical eighties drum sounds.
  • Roland TR-505 & TR-626, the 505 has 16 drum sounds, while the 626 comes with 30 (12-bit samples).
  • Yamaha PSS-140 & PSS-270, two 2 operator FM keyboards that come with 100 preset sounds.
  • Yamaha VSS-200, 8-bit sampling keyboard, FM synthesizer with 100 presets.
  • Texas Instruments Speak & Spell; V-Tech, the well known educational toys featuring a speech synthesizer.

Each of these instruments was circuit bent by soldering sound chips, connecting patch bays, adding switches to the devices, etc., resulting in those typical sounds– noisy, raw, dirty, lo-fi, harsh… you know, messed up.

The Kontakt instruments created from the massive amount of sounds (I can only imagine how much work it was to turn over 18,000 samples into 179 instruments!) are categorized in synths and drums. Inside each section the various instruments are listed with a number of Kontakt patches.

Sidsonic Libraries Circus Circuit Bending Library
Circus Circuit Bending Library Kontakt interface

These instruments are not simply a bunch of samples mapped across the keyboard either. Five custom Kontakt pages are available in each instrument to modify the sounds to your liking. There are many useful controls for envelopes, LFO’s, and various effects (send/insert/master). The drum instruments have five groups (basedrum, snare, toms, cymbal, and percussion) so you can assign filters and effects per group, very handy. Another cool feature is the use of circuit bent sounds in the convolution reverb found on the Send FX page. CCBL comes with 23 long & 21 short “impulse response” files that will turn sounds around in quite unexpected ways.

Check the illustration below for a detailed overview of the signal flow of CCBL’s instruments.

Circus Circuit Bending Library - Signal Flow
Signal flow of Kontakt instruments, CCBL is not just about the samples

So what does CCBL sound like? I made a few quick demo loops which you can check below.

The Sidsonic Libraries website has some more audio clips.

So what do I think?

Product: Circus Circuit Bending Library by Sidsonic Libraries
Format: Kontakt Player 3.5 (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone)
Price: 189 EUR MSRP

If I could only have one circuit bending sample library, Circus Circuit Bending Library would be it. This thing is massive. It is amazing how many Kontakt instruments Sidsonic was able to build from just 14 sound sources. The instruments are really well done, ready to play straight from the box and easily tweaked with the custom Kontakt pages. There’s a lot of noise, glitch and whatnot in the sounds, yet they remain very playable. Especially in the synth section Sidsonic has worked hard to provide sounds which can be played across the keyboard.

This library truly feels like a labour of love, with much attention to detail and an overall high quality in every aspect of the product.

If you are only remotely interested in circuit bent sounds you should probably just pick up some of the free sample packs available on the internet. However, if you are serious about using circuit bent sounds (and you don’t want to do all the hard work yourself) you should definitely check out CCBL. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Sidsonic has a free demo (includes a drum and a synth instrument) for your Kontakt Player available to download on the CCBL product page. Try and see how you like it.

More information: Sidsonic Libraries / Circus Circuit Bending Library