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.

More information: Boxed Ear / P12

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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.

More information: Boxed Ear / TQS: Magnetic Fields

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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.

More information: Boxed Ear / TQS: Magnetic Fields

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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.

More information: Boxed Ear / OSCar

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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!

More information: Boxed Ear / Sys100

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