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Icebreaker Audio releases PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth

Icebreaker Audio PortaSynth

Icebreaker Audio has announced the release of PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth, two new sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

PortaSynth is a sample based emulation of a custom circuit bent Yamaha PortaSound PSS-130, which also comes with PortaDrums – a fully featured drum machine.

PortaSynth features

  • All instrument sounds sampled chromatically at 24bit, 48kHz quality.
  • Bent sound counterparts for each of the sampled sounds.
  • Advanced speaker options with 16 speaker impulse responses.
  • Built-in distortion, filter and spring reverb effects.
  • Key-Click and Background Noise controls.
  • Also includes the PortaDrums drum machine
    • Extended sound options per drum.
    • An on board sequencer.
    • EQ, Compressor, and Amp master effects.
    • Reverb and Delay Send effects.

The Calc-U-Synth is an emulation of the programmable synth engine of the classic Casio VL-Tone synthesizer.

Icebreaker Audio Calc-U-Synth
Calc-U-Synth features the sounds of the VL-Tone monophonic synthesizer/calculator.

Calc-U-Synth features

  • All waveforms sampled chromatically at 24bit, 48kHz quality.
  • Full emulation of the Casio VL-Tone’s programmable synth engine.
  • Advanced speaker options with 16 speaker impulse responses.
  • Built-in distortion, filter and echo effects.
  • Key-Click noise control.

The PortaSynth is available to purchase for £7.50 GBP; Calc-U-Synth is £4.50 GBP. Both libraries are also available as part of the new ToyBreaker Bundle (incl. HandySynth), priced at £12.50 GBP.

More information: Icebreaker Audio

Casio announces XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer & XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer

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Casio has announced the XW-G1, a groove synthesizer that combines the functions of the various digital equipment used by club DJs in a single unit, and the XW-P1, a true performance synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds for live performances and playing expressively.

Featuring a slim body and weighing only 5.4 kilograms, both models are equipped with nine sliders and four independent assignable knobs, making it intuitive and easy for users to control a wide array of sounds.

XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer

Casio XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer

The XW-G1 is a synthesizer that lets users enjoy many of the features club DJs use on their digital equipment. The functions of various DJ gear are included in this all-in-one unit, including its Step Sequencer for selecting an array of rhythm patterns, Phrase Sequencer offering preset phrases that spice up DJ performances, and Sample Looper for digitally sampling rhythm patterns, keyboard performances, or externally input sound ,allowing overdubbing. Using the built-in 61-key keyboard, users can not only play the keyboard live while using rhythm patterns as backing tracks, but can also use the keyboard to call up features quickly while DJ-ing, giving them real-time control of the instrument’s cool club sounds.

XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer

Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer

The XW-P1 is a synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds and playing expressively in live performances. This model features 620 preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer presets that reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds, Hex Layer ensemble sounds that comprise as many as six tones, and Drawbar Organ presets that can be controlled using nine sliders functioning as drawbars. A wide array of sounds can be created using the preset tones and a wide range of internal waves. Moreover, the XW-P1 is loaded with various functions to give discerning performers more power of expression, including the Performance function that allows performance setups to be independently assigned for up to four designated keyboard zones.

Both synthesizers are scheduled for release in spring 2012.

More information: Casio

Ableton releases Puremagnetik Retro Synths 1980s Partner Instrument

Puremagnetik Retro Synths 1980s

Ableton has released Retro Synths 1980s, a new Partner Instrument by Puremagnetik.

In the 1980s, analog synthesis entered a new stage, with the debut of classics like the polyphonic Roland Jupiter series and the revolutionary frequency modulating Yamaha DX7. Puremagnetik has meticulously multisampled these synths to create a brand new Partner Instrument: Retro Synths 1980s. Packed with 39 Instrument Racks made up of nearly 2,000 samples, this is an essential collection.

Retro Synths 1980s features

  • Juniper — a rich collection of expertly crafted instruments based on Roland’s legendary Jupiter series of analog synthesizers.
  • SixVoice — classic pure analog patches from the Korg PolySix synthesizer.
  • Vespine — finely tailored instruments that fully capture the charm of the EDP Wasp synthesizer.
  • DeeEx — instant 80s FM synthesis based on the famous Yamaha DX7.
  • Phazeform Vol. 2 — the captivating sounds of the Casio CZ-1 and its unique phase distortion synthesis.

Retro Synths 1980s for Ableton is available to purchase for 29 EUR until January 15, 2012 (25% off regular price of 39 EUR).

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Ableton releases Kasio-M4L virtual phase distortion synth by Oli Larkin

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Ableton has released Kasio-M4L, a free Max for Live instrument by Oli Larkin.

Like its namesake CZ-series synths, Kasio-M4L uses Phase Distortion synthesis – in which the phase of a sine wave is modified in various ways to produce new waveforms. Kasio-M4L builds on its digital legacy, producing plastic basses, sharp bell-like timbres and shimmering resonant pads. Utilizing two CZ-style oscillators, ring modulation, three Envelope Generators and an LFO, a wide variety of timbres are possible. Kasio-M4L serves to bring the classic sounds of Phase Distortion to all Max for Live users.

Kasio-M4L comes with 32 presets inspired by the original CZ-synths. All controls are laid out on one easy-to-use panel for instant tweaking. Select from eight CZ waveforms for each oscillator in the “Wave” section. Different waveforms can be set for each alternating cycle; the second oscillator can also be detuned and mixed as a ring modulator signal. The ADSR Envelope Generator sections control amplitude, pitch and the all-important DCW (digitally controlled wave-shaping) which varies the amount of phase distortion. Vibrato is controlled via the LFO section.

Kasio-M4L is a free download from Ableton. Requires Ableton Live 8.2.6 or higher and Max for Live.

More information: Ableton / Kasio-M4L

WaveShaper releases Stix305 and Algo Operator sample packs

WaveShaper has introduced two new packs featuring the very rare Stix305 analogue drum machine, and some digital FM drum sounds with Algo~Operator.

New WaveShaper sample packs

  • WaveShaper Stix305

    Stix305 – The SoundMaster Stix 305 is a very rare analogue drum machine from the early eighties. This WaveShaper sample pack is a quite unique occasion to meet this very little known and lovely beat box. Your tracks will get a great retro sound, whether you are an electronic funk producer, and acid freak or a true analogue sound lover. The Stix305 was recorded using some tube preamp and compressor and a vintage eq on top of it to keep the analogue vibe on the full recording chain.

  • WaveShaper Algo Operator

    Algo Operator – Algorithms, operators and opaque sub-menus programing : FM synthesis is not very friendly, but also a very rewarding world for creating new sounds, and a still rather unexplored territory when it comes to drum synthesis. With this new WaveShaper kit, don’t worry about spending hours programming, this sample pack is ready to use and generously gathers 250 percussive one shot samples created with FM synths. This kit was created by using mainly a Yamaha TX81-Z rackmount synth from 1987, with 12bit converters and a quite gritty sound. Don’t expect much to find the usual analogue-like drums samples, it’s all about designing abstract micro sounds, pure tones, sharp transients or percussion simulacra with a twist. Some well-known fm sounds from the 80s are also included to make this kit more than complete.

The Stix305 pack (54 one shot samples + 13 loops, all 24bit/48khz, stereo Wav files) is available to purchase for $2.90 USD; the Algo Operator (250 categorized one-shot samples, 48khz-24bit stereo Wav files) is $5.90 USD. Free packs can be download from the WaveShaper website.

More information: WaveShaper

Puremagnetik Food For Live – Synth Arsenal, bundle of Live Packs

Puremagnetik Food For Live - Synth Arsenal

Loopmasters has released Food For Live – Synth Arsenal, a bundle of sample packs for Ableton Live by Puremagnetik.

A variety of detailed Buchla, Casio and Moog synthesizer programs.

Synth Arsenal features

  • B- System – A richly programmed library of Buchla leads & basses from the synth arsenal of Richard Lainhart.
  • Opus – A collection of multichannel programs exploring the lush analog string, brass and organ sounds of the Moog Opus 3.
  • Phaseform Volume 1 & 2 – A captivating library based on Casio’s Phase Distortion technology of the CZ-1, SK-1 and VL-Tone classics.

Food For Live – Synth Arsenal is available to purchase for £17.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Food For Live – Synth Arsenal

audioMIDI.com No-Brainer Deal: Puremagnetik Retro Synths for Ableton

audioMIDI.com has announced a new No-Brainer-Deal, offering the Puremagnetik Retro Synths sound library for Ableton at a reduced price of $15 USD.

Retro Synths represents the “cream of the crop” from Puremagnetik’s extensive catalog of classic analog and digital sound libraries. Consolidated into this pack of more than 4000 samples of some of the greatest classic synths.

Puremagnetik Retro Synths for Ableton

Retro Synths features

  • Analog Bass Volume 1, an impressive selection of over 50 multi-sampled programs direct from classics such as the Minimoog, Roland TB-303, ARP 2600 and the Doepfer Modular.
  • Analog Bass Volume 2, a complete bass soundset focusing entirely on the classic Korg MS20 synthesizer.
  • P-50 Linear, an elaborate collection of racks inspired by the legendary Roland D50.
  • Phazeform Volume 1, a captivating library based on Casio’s Phase Distortion technology of the CZ-1.
  • String Machines, with more than 250 MB of lush sounds recorded directly from the string synths of the 1970s.
  • TeeBee, based on the Roland TB-303, includes heavy acid bass lines, squelchy resonant leads and thick analog sounds.
  • Vector, which instantly turns Ableton Live into a full-blown production workstation that includes a huge library of wave sequences, attack transients and vector morphing.
  • Vintage 80s Classics, a stunning collection of lush 1980s synth sounds captured directly from an Oberheim Matrix 6.
  • Newly added: Waveframe, based on the Ensoniq Fizmo, provides complex, evolving sounds from this classic wavetable synthesizer.
  • 2.8 GB total content: 378 Instrument Racks, 82 Live Clips.

Retro Synths for Ableton Live Intro or Live 8.1.3 or higher is available to purchase from audioMIDI.com for $15 USD.

More information: audioMIDI.com

Detunized DTS024 – Phase Facets, sound library for Ableton Live

Detunized Phase Facets

Detunized has released DTS024 – Phase Facets, a comprehensive Live Pack featuring the German Hohner HS2/E synthesizer from 1988.

The Hohner HS2/E and it´s Japanese original, the Casio VZ10m, are the last hardware synths working with „interactive Phase Distortion“ synthesis. The iPD was meant as an effort to deliver sounds comparable to those of FM synthesis while its results are easier to predict. IPD is capable of producing wonderful „non-filter“ and „non-substractive“ tones with sharp attacks and digital precision.

The 650 MB Live Pack „Phase Facets“ contains a diversified collection of such iPD sounds that must be categorized far beyond the standard Bass and Lead libraries. With their rich harmonic content and agile brightness the 30 included Live Instruments enrich each Live Library with some 80s retro charme.

DTS024 – Phase Facets Live Pack (30 instruments/650 MB/842 samples) is available to purchase as an instant download for 6.98 EUR. Subscribers can purchase DTS024 + DTS023 – Curetronic Modular Vol. 2 for 4.98 EUR only.

More information: Detunized