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Sounds To Sample releases Bigroom Elektro – Z3ta+ 2 Presets

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Sounds To Sample Bigroom Elektro for Z3ta+ 2

Sounds To Sample has launched Bigroom Elektro, a collection of presets for the Z3ta+ 2 software synthesizer by Cakewalk.

Packed with presets fattened to obesity epidemic proportions and similar sonic signatures to a failing clutch in an 18-wheeler, Sounds to Sample’s debut Z3ta+ 2 preset pack, Bigroom Elektro, is the only preset pack you’ll need to create this years WMC electro house heater!

Recently released for the first time on OSX, Cakewalk’s Z3ta+ 2 is ready to stake its claim in a production world otherwise dominated by two “other” soft-synths.

The soundset is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Sounds To Sample / Bigroom Elektro


fisound releases Universal 120 V2 Bonus Pack for Rapture

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fisound Universal 120 Bonus Pack

fisound has announced the release of the Universal 120 V2 Bonus Pack for Cakewalk’s Rapture synthesizer.

The U120V2 Bonus Pack includes 225 new Rapture programs that expand on the U120V2 sample and wavetable library.

Highlights include new sequences that take advantage of Rapture’s re-trigger envelope mode, stunning orchestral pads, and textures.

Universal 120 v2.0 is available to purchase for $39 USD. Universal 120 v2.0 and the Bonus Pack are also available at the Cakewalk webstore. The Bonus Pack is available as a free download for Universal 120 V2 customers.

More information: fisound / Universal 120


Cakewalk announces CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier plugin + NAMM Sale

Cakewalk has announced the CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier, with support for VST, Audio Units, and SONAR X2 Producer’s ProChannel.

This legendary vintage electro-optical tube compressor has been meticulously modeled and crafted by Cakewalk’s developers to deliver the classic, highly desirable sound heard on countless platinum recordings.

Cakewalk CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier
Cakewalk’s CA-2A emulation of the Teletronix LA-2A compressor.

Since the 1960s, professional engineers have relied on the unique characteristics of this tube-based compressor to work its magic on an array of different types of tracks. Cakewalk developers modeled this unit and originally made it available as a ProChannel module in their flagship DAW, SONAR, and then in late 2012 released the RE-2A version as a Propellerhead Rack Extension. Now with the announcement of the CA-2A, musicians, producers, and engineers can use this highly regarded DSP technology in any VST or AU compatible DAW – at a fraction of the cost and with all the modern technological conveniences.

The CA-2A is suitable for just about any audio material, but it particularly excels on vocal tracks, producing transparent musical results, while preserving the dynamic performance. It also sounds great on electric and acoustic guitars including bass instruments, as well as piano, wind instruments and other tracks needing a smooth rich texture.

Cakewalk developers have put a great deal of effort into the research and development of the CA-2A, and the plugin gets its legendary sound from a variety of different factors. Depending on the incoming program material, the modeled T4 circuit uses an electroluminescent panel to determine the exact attack time (around 10 milliseconds,) and an optical photo cell to determine the release time; all while carefully modeling the amplifier’s tubes and electro-optical device – just like the original hardware unit. The CA-2A also includes a Fast Resetting Photocell Memory feature that will allow the processor to respond with more agility than the original hardware unit when needed on material such as drums and slap bass.

In addition, the compressor serves as a “soft-knee” type slope with a fixed attack time of 10 milliseconds and a two-stage program-dependent release structure which results in warm analogue character. Unlike typical dynamics processors that have a fixed compression ratio across all frequencies, the CA-2A gain reduction varies at different frequencies. It also features an R37 control, true to the original hardware, where the compressors responsiveness to high frequencies can be adjusted. The R37 control has been a secret trick for many world-class engineers who use it as a natural de-esser- on vocals.

“With the CA-2A, we are excited to bring this critically acclaimed DSP technology to a broader range of musicians,” says Cakewalk Product Manager, Brian Desmond. “The response from the SONAR and Reason user base has been overwhelmingly positive, so it made perfect sense to make the CA-2A available to all VST or AU compatible DAWs.”

Cakewalk engineers have also implemented a side-chain function in the CA-2A, allowing the compressor to react to program material from one track, and apply it to another. This is an improvement that many mixing engineers will find useful for a wide variety of use cases, such as ducking or pumping of synth sounds in EDM.

CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier features

  • Meticulously modeled.
  • With only a few simple controls, it’s easy to use and provides instant gratification.
  • Warm, smooth and natural sounding compression characteristics.
  • Frequency-dependent gain reduction.
  • Compressor and Limiter modes.
  • Up to 40 dB of smooth gain reduction.
  • Sidechain input for ducking, de-essing and pumping.
  • Gain reduction CV output to modulate other effects.
  • Zero latency for real-time tracking and mixing.
  • Fully modeled “R37″ HF Pre-emphasis control.
  • VST, Audio Units & ProChannel compatible.

The CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier will be available in late January for $99 USD / £79 GBP / 99 EUR. Customers who previously purchased the PC2A (ProChannel Module) format can upgrade for $19.99 USD / £15.99 GBP / 19.99 EUR.

Cakewalk has also announced a NAMM special, offering a 20% discount on orders of $149 USD or more.

In honor of NAMM 2013, Cakewalk is offering all customers 20% savings on orders of $149 more. There’s never been a better time to upgrade your studio with critically-acclaimed products including SONAR X2 Producer upgrades, Z3TA+ 2 upgrades, expansion Packs, videos, and of course the new CA-2A Leveling Amplifier. Offer ends January 31st.

More information: Cakewalk / CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier


Roland announces DUO-CAPTURE mk2

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Roland DUO-CAPTURE mk2

Roland has introduced the DUO-CAPTURE mk2 USB audio interface, an updated version of the popular DUO-CAPTURE.

Offering the same great features as its predecessor, the DUO-CAPTURE mk2 can now be used as an audio interface for the Apple iPad in addition to Windows and Mac computers.

Compact and portable, the DUO-CAPTURE mk2 is a bus-powered USB audio interface designed for musicians and engineers that record on the go with a laptop computer or iPad. It features a 1/4-inch Mic/Guitar input with an impedance selector, plus an 1/8-inch input for connecting stereo devices.

DUO-CAPTURE mk2 features

  • Small, convenient audio interface for mobile musicians.
  • Compatible with Mac and PC; iPad compatibility via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.
  • 1/4-inch MIC/GUITAR input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly.
  • 1/8-inch stereo input; 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch dual headphone outputs.
  • Dedicated controls for input and output volume.
  • Low-latency ASIO (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers; input monitor function.
  • USB bus powered.
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE for Windows included.

More information: Roland / DUO-CAPTURE mk2


Loopmasters presents House Synths Z3ta Presets

Loopmasters has announced House Synths Z3ta Presets, new Patchworx soundset featuring bass, synths, leads and FX by Dom Kane.

Patchworx House Synth Z3ta Presets

If you use the Z3TA synth from Cakewalk and make any style of House or Dance music – then you will find this collection priceless as it contains some of the most useful House sounds, Leads, Basses and FX alongside supporting Midi files to ensure your creative juices are flowing instantly!

The name Dom Kane appears in studios and DJ sets all around the world. As producer, his tracks have appeared in the playlists of DJ’s such as Pete Tong, David Guetta, James Zabiela, Andi Durrant, Deadmau5, and many more. As a DJ, he’s been a resident at some of the worlds most legendary clubs including Space Ibiza and Ministry Of Sound in London. As a sound-designer and engineer, the name Dom Kane appears in most electronic recording studios across the globe, having delivered work for Loopmasters, FXpansion (D-CAM & Geist), Deadmau5 and Steve Duda (Nerve/Xfer), Ohm Force (Ohmicide), and even factory content for the legendary analogue synth company Moog.In detail producers should expect to find here a great selection of patches which are designed to complement Tech Funk productions, but will of course work well for other styles also.

The 64 Z3TA+ Patches included in this pack are comprised of 25 Bass Presets, 1 FX Presets, 38 Lead Synths, 64 MIDI Files, plus 64 Bonus Wav Loops.

The soundset is available to purchase for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / House Synths Z3ta Presets


Cakewalk releases RE-2A Leveling Amplifier for Reason

Cakewalk has released RE-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier, a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Software’s Reason music production platform.

Cakewalk RE-2A Leveling Amplifier
RE-2A Leveling Amplifier is Cakewalk’s take on the LA-2A by Universal Audio.

RE-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier is meticulously modeled after a legendary vintage electrooptical tube compressor.

This compressor, known for its automatic gain control characteristics, delivers vintage sound with incredibly warm and rich compression. It is revered by audio engineers worldwide for its trademark sound, and has been used on countless hit records since the late 1960s. It is one of the true classics in the audio recording industry.

RE-2A Leveling Amplifier features

  • Meticulously modeled.
  • Zero latency for realitime tracking and mixing.
  • Up to 40dB of smooth, transparent gain reduction.
  • Frequency dependent compression.
  • Program dependent attack/release.
  • Fully modeled “R37″ HF Pre-emphasis control.
  • Dual photocell reset modes (Classic & Fast Reset).
  • Use side-chain compression for ducking, de-essing, pumping, and more.
  • Modulate other effects using the Gain Reduction CV Output.

The Rack Extension is available to purchase for 65 EUR.

More information: Cakewalk RE-2A Leveling Amplifier


Cakewalk SONAR X2 available now

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Sonar X2 Producer

Cakewalk has announced that its SONAR X2 music production software is available now.

SONAR X2 is undoubtedly the best version of SONAR to date. Not only does it introduce exciting new features, but much time and care went into refining almost every aspect of the program.

With an ear to our customers and a keen eye on what today’s musicians need, we improved performance, workflow, aesthetics, and stability. Our goal? To craft a program that excels at every stage of music production and enables musicians to sound their very best. With literally hundreds of enhancements and improvements, SONAR X2 delivers the best music production experience on the market today.

New in Sonar X2

  • A better experience
    • Skylight—The Skylight user interface was a huge innovation in SONAR X1 and it’s even better in SONAR X2. With Auto Zoom, Timeline Zoom, Smart Grid, and a revamped NOW time, Skylight looks better than ever and contains numerous improvements that make it faster and more fluid.
    • Better Views—Many of SONAR’s views have been updated to improve function and match the look and feel of the Skylight interface. New Take Lanes, enhanced Clips Pane, improved PRV, Loop Construction View and the revamped Matrix View are better integrated and dramatically improve user experience.
    • Improved Smart Tool—Introduced in SONAR X1, the Smart Tool drastically reduced the need to switch tools. In SONAR X2, the Smart Tool practically eliminates the need completely. And most common functions don’t even need a modifier key. Range select across tracks, paint MIDI notes, draw automation and more.
    • Plus
      • Over 100 other UI enhancements
      • Windows 64-bit support for all versions of SONAR X2
      • Audio engine optimizations
      • MIDI engine improvements
      • Easier installation and improved Online Help
      • Windows 8 and touch screen support (coming in free patch)
  • Enhanced workflow
    • Matrix View—The Matrix View brings a live performance feel to SONAR with clip triggering and realtime arranging capabilities. SONAR X2′s Matrix View is revamped with rock-solid playback of audio and MIDI, per-cell trigger resolution, flexible routing, and external MIDI hardware support.
    • Automation—SONAR X2 now includes Automation Lanes which make it easier to create professional, dynamic mixes. In addition to lanes, SONAR X2 includes new Latch, Touch, Overwrite, and Punch, modes as well as improved editing with the Smart Tool including freehand and line drawing.
    • SoundCloud and more—Online music and social media are a huge part of music today. With SONAR X2′s integrated SoundCloud support, you can distribute your own music and notify your fanbase instantly. In addition, you can export MIDI to your favorite notation software using MusicXML, burn CDs and more.
    • Plus
      • Smart Grid
      • Track Lanes
      • Replace a synth for one step instrument swap
      • Enhanced screensets for one touch workflow management
      • New per-clip MIDI editor
      • Improved track and data selection
  • New plug-ins and tools
    • Overloud TH2—SONAR X2 now features the critically acclaimed Overloud TH2 technology with special editions of TH2 SONAR (SONAR X2 Essential and Studio) and TH2 Producer (SONAR X2 Producer). Just plug-in and experience the most realistic guitar sounds ever available in any DAW.
    • R-MIX SONAR—Exclusively available in SONAR X2 Producer, R-MIX SONAR will change the way you mix forever. Now you can visualize your mix and use R-MIX SONAR to isolate different parts of your mix for the ultimate creativity. All powered by Roland’s powerful V-Remastering technology.
    • Console Emulator—Inject the sound of three legendary consoles right into SONAR X2 Producer’s ProChannel, bringing “in the box” mixing to a whole new level. Add it to any channel or bus and dial in the warm sound of these legendary analog hardware consoles – all with the flexibiity of software.
    • Plus
      • BREVERB SONAR VST & ProChannel (Producer exclusive)
      • Softube Saturation Knob for ProChannel (Producer Exclusive)
      • Modular ProChannel with updated EQ (Producer exclusive)
      • Updated LP-64 mastering plug-ins (Producer exclusive)
      • Critically-acclaimed Rapture synthesizer (Producer exclusive)
      • FX Chains with new presets for each version
      • ProChannel FX Chains (Producer exclusive)

SONAR X2 is now available to purchase in Essential, Studio, and Producer Editions. Various upgrades are available to Cakewalk customers as well.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X2