FXpansion intros Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 & BFD Imperial Drums

FXpansion Zildjian Digital Vault Vol 2

FXpansion has announced Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 and BFD Imperial Drums, two new expansion packs for the BFD virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

FXpansion Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 is an exciting collection of orchestral and field cymbal sounds for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2. It features a wide variety of Zildjian cymbal recordings as well as a selection of percussive instruments recorded in the same session.

Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 includes Classic, K Symphonic and K Constantinople crash and percussion cymbals alongside effect cymbals, gongs, finger-cymbals, crotales, tam tams, temple blocks and more. Playing styles vary from regular sticks and mallets to marching band articulations and clashed, bowed, scraped and water-dipped techniques that provide a huge range of creative sounds.

Chocolate Audio BFD Imperial Drums

BFD Imperial Drums is an expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2 featuring a wide range of drums and cymbals, recorded and produced by Chocolate Audio.

BFD Imperial Drums is designed to offer a variety of sounds and mixing control within BFD3 and BFD2. The medium-sized recording room allows naturally warm ambience as well as direct mic signals with superb isolation for maximum flexibility. Many included instruments provide alternative ambient and direct mic sets for an expanded tonal palette. Finally, 13 stick and beater types including hot-rods, webs, rutes and jazz brushes were used to play the instruments.

Zildjian Digital Vault Vol.2 costs $149 USD/109 EUR/£95 GBP, BFD Imperial Drums is $125 USD/95 EUR/£85 GBP. Prices inc. VAT where applicable.

Both libraries are 50% off until January 31st, 2014, as part of FXpansion’s January Expansion Sale.

More information: FXpansion


Cakewalk intros Chocolate Cake Drums for Session Drummer 3

Chocolate Cake Drums Funktight Kit

Cakewalk has announced the release of Chocolate Cake Drums, a sound library for the Session Drummer 3 virtual drum instrument.

In honor of Drum Month, Cakewalk has teamed up with ChocolateAudio to bring you 7 delicious new kits designed exclusively for Session Drummer 3.

If you have a sweet tooth for high-quality drum sounds then Chocolate Cake Drums for Session Drummer 3 are sure to satisfy.

These kits were meticulously sampled by the artisans at ChocolateAudio to create some of the most authentic virtual drums available. Download kits in your favorite styles and lay down some tasty drum tracks today.

A collection of 7 kits is available to purchase at the introductory price of $29.99 USD each through December 31st, 2013 (regular $49.99 USD).

More information: Cakewalk / Chocolate Cake Drums


ChocolateAudio releases OldFunk Drum Kit

ChocolateAudio OldFunk Drum Kit

ChocolateAudio has released OldFunk Drum Kit, a sample library aiming to provide you with today’s sound of funk drummers from the ’60s and ’70s.

A lighter version of the Old Funk drum kit was released for VI Magazine readers at the beginning of 2008. The full version of the OldFunk drum kit with 3 more Kicks, 6 more snare sounds, 1 set of damped toms and a set of damped cymbals and ride is now available.

OldFunk Drum Kit features

  • 773 MB — 5 Kick sounds, 10 Snare sounds coming from 3 different Snares, 2 Tom set sounds and a full set of cymbals.
  • Format: stereo 24 bit / 44.1 KHz – Recorded multimic at 88.2 / 24.
  • Preamps: Avalon 737, GML, Midas, Focusrite.
  • Mics: AKG D112, Neumann KM184, Groove Tubes GT61, Neumann M149, AKG C414, Shure SM57, Shure SM58, Beyerdynamic M201TG.
  • Supported Samplers: Apple EXS24MkII; NI Battery 3; NI Kontakt 3; NI Kontakt 2 (via direct import of NI Battery 3 format); Ableton Sampler and Drum Rack.

OldFunk Drum Kit is available for download for 44 EUR. VI Mag version owners can upgrade for 14 EUR.

Visit ChocolateAudio for more information and audio demos.


Ableton announces Live 7 LE

Ableton Live 7 LE

Ableton has announced the upcoming release of Live 7 LE, an easy-to-use, professional-grade music-making solution.

Live 7 LE is built on the same fundamental concepts as Ableton Live, the music production and performance solution that has won numerous awards for its innovative workflow and refreshing simplicity. Offering most of Ableton Live 7’s new features, the LE version makes music-making fast, easy and fun.

Ableton Live 7 LE features

  • Studio-quality recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz*.
  • Sixty-four audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks per project.
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing for software instruments.
  • More than twenty built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs*.
  • Two software instruments—Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, and Impulse for dynamic, sampled drums*.
  • VST and AU effects and instruments support; automatic plug-in delay compensation*.
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files for DJing and instant remixing.
  • Real-time tweaking of Live’s controls with any MIDI controller—just MIDI-map it or choose from a list of popular supported controllers for instant mapping.
  • Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation.
  • Multicore and multiprocessor support.

The boxed version of Live 7 LE comes with the Essential Instrument Collection 2 LE Edition (by SONiVOX and ChocolateAudio) and Loops and construction kits by Puremagnetik.

Sounds pretty good eh? But note the little asteriks in the feature list…

* Live LE is limited to two simultaneous stereo audio inputs and outputs, twelve built-in audio effects, eight built-in instruments, two AU/VST effects and two AU/VST instruments per project.

So I guess it’s going to be great if you don’t plan on using too many 3rd party plug-ins (too many being more than 2…).

Live 7 LE will be available as a download from the Ableton webshop for 129 EUR / $149 USD. The boxed version will be available in stores and the Ableton webshop for 169 EUR / $199 USD.

Check the Ableton Live 7 LE announcement for more information about pricing and upgrades.


Ableton announces Ableton Live 7, new instruments and Ableton Suite

Ableton has announced some new products, scheduled to be released before the end of 2007: Ableton 7, some new add-on instruments, and Ableton Suite.

Ableton Live 7

Ableton Live 7 renews the core of Live, with enhancements to the audio engine including 64-bit mix summing, new and improved devices with side-chaining capability, better MIDI timing and hardware integration.

Ableton Live 7

New in Ableton Live 7

  • Enhanced Audio Engine – Live 7’s enhanced audio engine improves fidelity with precision 64-bit summing at all mix points throughout the program, POW-r dithering, optimized sample-rate conversion and other advances
  • New Compressor – The new compressor device integrates the compression models of Compressor I and II, and offers a new model based on a feedback design commonly found in the most praised vintage compressors
  • Sidechaining – Fully integrated side-chaining capability is available for the new Compressor as well as Gate and Auto Filter
  • Device High-Quality Modes – Operator, Dynamic Tube and Saturator now feature optional High-Quality modes for anti-aliased processing, reducing typical “digital” artifacts
  • EQ Eight—New and Improved – EQ Eight sports an improved user interface and a new 64-bit mode for increased accuracy and fidelity
  • Introducing Spectrum – The new Spectrum device is an analyzer that provides real-time visual feedback for any audio signals within Live (and it looks really cool!)
  • Improved MIDI Timing – The MIDI engine has been reworked and we were able to significantly reduce timing error (jitter) of recorded MIDI
  • Easy Hardware Integration – Hardware integration has been streamlined with the addition of two new devices—External Instrument and External Audio Effect—allowing hardware synthesizers and effects to be inserted into device chains just like software plug-ins
  • Other – Enhanced Memory Management, Audio Engine Fact Sheet, MIDI Engine Fact Sheet

Live 7 also brings some of the most requested features like Time Signature Changes, Video Export, Easier Automation, Tempo Nudge, and REX Support.

A new Drum Rack streamlines beat production via an easy drag-and-drop interface and offers native sliced audio and REX file support.

Ableton Live 7 is currently in beta stage. If you are a registered Live 6 user you can check to see if there are any beta serial numbers available to you here.

The download version of Ableton 7 will cost EUR 419/USD 499, and a boxed version (includes the Essential Instrument Collection 2) will be EUR 499/USD 599.

Note: All users who unlock their Live 6 or Live 6 Upgrade between October 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008 will get a free download upgrade to Ableton Live 7, plus attractive instrument bundle offers at release date.

New Ableton Instruments

The new add-on instruments are the result of Ableton’s collaboration with leading industry partners (AAS, SONiVOX and Chocolate Audio).

The palette covers physically modeled electric pianos, analog synthesizers and string instruments as well as multi-mic/multi-layer sampled acoustic drums, drum machines, orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. The instruments integrate tightly with Live, both in terms of workflow and resource management.

New software instruments

Ableton Analog
Ableton Analog – one of the new software instruments
  1. Tension is a physical modeling string synthesizer that allows you to create incredibly accurate reproductions of real instruments or design otherworldly hybrids.
  2. Electric offers the sounds of classic electric pianos through physical modeling synthesis, allowing you to dive inside and play with the guts of the instrument.
  3. Analog emulates the unique circuitry and irresistible tweakability of vintage analog synthesizers. Able to produce everything from silky pad sweeps to earth-shaking bass.

Each of these software instruments will cost EUR 129/USD 159.

New sampled instruments

Ableton instruments

  • Session Drums, a meticulously multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session and puts you in the engineer’s seat (price: EUR 149/USD 179)
  • Drum Machines, a choice selection of classic drum machines, meticulously sampled to faithfully reproduce the original sounds (price: EUR 69/USD 79)
  • Essential Instrument Collection 2, a choice selection of acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, bass, drums, orchestral instruments and more. Version 2 adds acoustic and electronic drums as well as presets optimized for better sound quality and faster loading (price: EUR 99/USD 119)
  • Orchestral Strings, a comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Features solo and ensemble violin, viola, cello and double bass, all recorded in their natural positions within the orchestra, complete with a number of articulations (price: EUR 209/USD 249)
  • Orchestral Brass, a thorough set of vivid and colorful brass instruments. Features solo and ensemble French horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba, with a unique set of articulations in multiple section sizes (price: EUR 209/USD 249)
  • Orchestral Woodwinds, a variety of clear and vibrant wind instruments. Features solo and ensemble flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and English horn with a broad selection of articulations (price: EUR 209/USD 249)
  • Orchestral Percussion, captures the true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Features vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, crotales, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cymbals and timpani with a variety of articulations (price: EUR 169/USD 199)

A bundle containing Orchestral Strings, Orchestral Brass, Orchestral Woodwinds and Orchestral Percussion will be available for EUR 669/USD 799

Ableton Suite

Ableton Suite combines Ableton Live 7 with Ableton instruments in a comprehensive bundle at a great discount.

Ableton Suite

There will be 2 versions of Ableton Suite:

  1. Download version (price: EUR 649/USD 799) including: Ableton Live 7, Sampler, Operator, Tension, Electric, Analog, and Drum Machines
  2. Boxed version (price: EUR 799/USD 999), same as the download version, additionally including:
    • Session Drums
    • Essential Instrument Collection 2

Several upgrade offers are available as well.

Visit Ableton for more detailed information on all these new products.


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