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Boxed Ear releases “P12″ sound bank for Prophet 12

Boxed Ear has announced the release of P12, a sound bank featuring 99 brand new electronica sounds for the Prophet 12 keyboard and Prophet 12 module from Dave Smith Instruments.

Boxed Ear P12 for DSI Propher 12

The Prophet 12 is the current flagship of the Dave Smith Instruments range, and Dave has said himself that it is his finest ever synthesizer.

In this sound bank, you’ll find luscious pads, classic lead sounds, wavetable plucks, vintage stacks, evolving soundscapes and complex arpeggios. Every patch is programmed to sound warm and organic and inspire you not just to make great music, but to enjoy playing your synthesizer. Don’t take our word for it, check out the 36 minute audio demo on soundcloud.

P12 features

  • 99 brand new sounds delivered in MIDI sysex format and SoundTower Editor format.
  • Detailed instructions for installing are included in the download package.
  • Compatible with all Prophet 12 models including the Prophet 12 keyboard and Prophet 12 module.

P12 is available for purchase for $33 USD / 25 EUR / £21 GBP inc. VAT.

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Boxed Ear updates TQS: Magnetic Fields for DSI Evolver

Boxed Ear TQS Magnetic Fields

Boxed Ear has announced an update to the TQS: Magnetic Fields sound bank for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver series.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Boxed Ear are releasing an update, increasing the number of patches to 256 (previously 128). That’s two banks of great synth sounds for the same great price as before. Existing owners get the update free.

The Evolver is a modern classic. Digital wavetables mix with analog oscillators, filters, sequencers, LFOs and delays to create a powerful yet vintage sounding synthesizer that stand up there with the greats.

Included in the soundset are 128 fresh sounds, compatible with any Evolver. Every sound has been designed with one thing in mind, playability. Organics leads, vintage basses, luscious evolving pads and otherworldly atmospheres are all designed to be expressive and musical.

TQS: Magnetic Fields costs $33 USD / 25 EUR / £21 GBP inc. VAT.

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Boxed Ear releases TQS: Magnetic Fields for Evolver

Boxed Ear TQS Magnetic Fields

Boxed Ear has announced the release of TQS: Magnetic Fields, a soundset for Dave Smith Instruments Evolver series, featuring 128 brand new sounds for the Evolver synthesizer.

The Evolver is a modern classic. Digital wavetables mix with analog oscillators, filters, sequencers, LFOs and delays to create a powerful yet vintage sounding synthesizer that stand up there with the greats.

Included in the soundset are 128 fresh sounds, compatible with any Evolver. Every sound has been designed with one thing in mind, playability. Organics leads, vintage basses, luscious evolving pads and otherworldly atmospheres are all designed to be expressive and musical.

TQS Magnetic Fields features

  • 128 brand new sounds delivered in MIDI sysex format and SoundTower Editor format.
  • Detailed instructions for installing are included in the download package.
  • Compatible with all Evolver models including the Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver Desktop, Mono Evolver Keyboard and Poly Evolver Rack.

TQS: Magnetic Fields costs $33 USD/25 EUR/£21 GBP inc. VAT.

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Boxed Ear releases OSCar for Kontakt

Boxed Ear OSCar

Boxed Ear has announced the release of OSCar, a virtual synthesizer library for Kontakt 4 and 5 made
entirely with the OSC OSCar synthesizer.

Released in 1983 by the Oxford Synthesizer Company, the OSCar was a unique combination of analog and digital. The oscillators are a digital design with the capability of being able to build waveforms using additive synthesis. These feed into an analogue multi-mode filter design which was inspired by the Minimoog trick of looping the synths output back into the filter’s input to overdrive the filter circuits, resulting in a characteristically crunchy sound.

Included in the pack are 119 Kontakt instruments which cover a wide range of synth sounds, both monophonic and polyphonic: tough basses, gorgeous evolving pads, complex leads and a host of other synth sounds all stamped with the OSCar’s unique sound.

OSCar features

  • 1.1Gb soundset.
  • Over 2,300 samples at 24-bit, 44.1 kHz quality.
  • 119 Kontakt instruments (Raw mono, Raw poly, Processed mono, Processed poly, Waveforms).

OSCar for Kontakt costs $49 USD/€39 EUR/£30 GBP inc. VAT. Requires Kontakt 4 or 5 full version. OSCar does NOT work with the free Kontakt Player.

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Review: Boxed Ear Sys100 for Kontakt

Boxed Ear Sys100

Boxed Ear has recently released Sys100, a sound library featuring the System 100 analog synthesizer by Roland.

Sys100 is a Kontakt library made entirely with the incredible Roland System 100 semi-modular analog synthesizer and we were very excited to get our mitts on one earlier this year. After months of patching, sampling, looping, tuning and tweaking we can finally unleash the results – a unique and modern sounding sample pack which sounds as good as the System 100 looks.

As with our Mighty M5 pack, we’ve put all our efforts into coaxing the most interesting patches and sounds from the System 100 so you get a wonderful library of expressive and playable Kontakt instruments.

The library includes no less than 4,619 wav files (24bit/44.1kHz) and 80 Kontakt instruments with up to 16 velocity layers and round robin samples. The instruments are grouped in Raw mono, Raw poly, Processed mono, Processed poly, Drums and FX, and Waveforms categories.

Boxed Ear Sys100 in Kontakt
Boxed Ear Sys100 in Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

There is a good amount of variety bass, leads, pads, strings, plucks, glitchy sequences, drum/percussion hits, sound fx and more. Check the audio demos below to get an idea of what’s included.

So what do I think?

Product: Sys100 by Boxed Ear
Format: Kontakt 4/5 (Kontakt Player NOT supported)
Price: $49 USD/39 EUR/£30 GBP
Like: Beautifully sampled, superb patches
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Boxed Ear continues in the same high standard set by its first sample library, the Mighty M5.

The samples sound authentic, vintage, full of life. Clean when it needs to be, at times noisy, raw and pure, but always chock full of character. I can’t get over how fat the bass sounds are, and I love how some of those are looped. Reminds me of the sounds of 90′s jungle/drum’n’bass, especially with a patch like “Big Sync Lead”. Hold a note and start sliding for instant reese. Boh!

While the palette of sounds suits any type of electronic music, it took me only a good half hour before I found myself knee deep into a Board of Canada vibe. The warble/drift in patches like “Twisted Beauty” and “Canadian Sine” are just so musical, they can easily carry a tune.

In short, Boxed Ear delivers another set of beautifully crafted instruments, with heaps of unique and exciting sounds. This library is a true gem!

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Boxed Ear intros Sys100 for Kontakt

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Boxed Ear Sys100

Boxed Ear has announced the release of Sys100, a new library for Kontakt 4 and 5 made entirely with the Roland System 100 semi-modular analog synthesizer.

The Roland System 100 is an iconic and classic semi-modular synthesizer released in 1975.

The pack contains basses, leads, pads, electric pianos, drums and a lot of wild effects.

Sys100 features

  • 1.5Gb soundset.
  • Over 4600 samples at 24-bit, 44.1 kHz quality.
  • 80 Kontakt instruments in 6 categories: Raw mono, Raw poly, Processed mono, Processed poly, Drums and FX, Waveforms.
  • Full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 is required. Sys100 does NOT work with the free Kontakt Player.

Sys100 for Kontakt is available to purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR / £30 GBP inc.VAT.

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Review: Boxed Ear Mighty M5 for Kontakt

Professional musician and sound designer Rory Dow recently launched his new company Boxed Ear with the release of Mighty M5, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Boxed Ear Mighty M5

Mighty M5 was made with samples from the Macbeth M5, a monophonic semi-modular analog synthesizer by Ken Macbeth.

The M5′s sound is characterised by its full, rich bass, crystal high end and distinctly analog tone. Even the raw waveforms sound gorgeous with no filtering or modulation.

Huge basses and leads, luscious pads, electric pianos, drums, one-shot effects, and crazy modular bleep and bloops are all included in this pack.

The library includes no less than 4,346 samples in 24-bit/44.1kHz audio quality, good for 1.5 GB content.

Well over 100 multi-sampled Kontakt instruments were made with these samples, nicely categorized in Raw (34 mono and 20 poly), Processed (13 mono and 19 poly), Drums (1) and FX (2), and Waveforms (18) categories.

Boxed Ear Mighty M5
Processed, polyphonic “Club Chords” patch, with a good amount of velocity levels.

The instruments are deep sampled, with many having well over 100 samples. With up to 16 velocity layers there’s a lot of detail in the sounds.

You can listen to some of the sounds in this library in the demo clips below.

Better yet, check out Rory’s recent “Nostalgia for Infinity”, in which the Mighty M5 takes center stage, providing the main melody for the performance.

So what do I think?

Product: Mighty M5 by Boxed Ear
Format: Kontakt 4/5 library (24-bit/44kHz .wav)
Price: $49 USD/39 EUR/£30 GBP
Like: vintage sound, fantastic percussion sounds
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

“Full, rich bass, crystal high end and distinctly analog tone.” What more can I add?

Though I am not so familiar with the original M5, this sample library looks like a proper tribute to Macbeth’s synthesizer. I am well impressed with the quality of the samples and instruments, and it does not come as a surprise to me that Ken himself endorses this pack.

The collection is full of well-crafted instruments bursting with that vintage character, yet it has some sort of a modern/up-to-date feel about it as well. For many of the patches pressing a single note is all it takes for my inspiration to run wild. While I think every section of the library is exceptional, I would like to highlight the drum/percussion/fx hits in particular. So unique and versatile. Lovely!

With Mighty M5, Rory sets the bar pretty high for Boxed Ear. The library shows his passion for sound and music and I reckon it’s a true labor of love. Two thumbs up!

More information: Boxed Ear / Mighty M5

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