Arturia intros BeatStep Pro performance step sequencer

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Arturia has launched BeatStep Pro, an all-new world-class controller and dynamic performance step sequencer, at the NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California.

Arturia BeatStep Pro

Designed for hands-on hardware sequencing, the BeatStep Pro brings two fully independent melodic sequencers and one drum sequencer.

You can from the BeatStep Pro manage a full performance, controlling software instruments, analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines and drum kits, iPad apps.

The melodic sequencers offer up to 64 steps per sequence, 16 sequences per project and 16 projects, making them the most impressive step sequencers ever made.

The additional drum sequencer allows for 16 separate tracks of sequencing. Record in real-time via the pads or use the step buttons for a classic drum machine workflow.

BeatStep Pro features

  • 2 monophonic step sequencers
    • Up to 64 steps per sequence.
    • Note, velocity and gate time settings per step.
    • Note tie.
  • 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad)
    • MIDI controller mode.
    • Fully customizable for knobs, step buttons and velocity and pressure sensitive pads.
    • Send MIDI CC, note data, program changes.
  • 16 Projects, each with 16×2 sequences, 16 drum sequences and a controller map.
  • Performance controls.
  • Randomizer with Amount and Probability settings.
  • Real-time looper/roller touch strip.
  • Independent swing amount per sequence.
  • Touch sensitive knobs.
  • Tap Tempo.
  • Connectivity
    • CV/GATE outputs (1 volt per octave CV, 10 volt gates).
    • 8 drum gate outputs.
    • Clock sync with multiple standards.
    • MIDI In/Out with supplied MIDI adaptors.
    • USB class compliant.
  • Kensington lock.

BeatStep Pro will be available for purchase in April, 2015, priced at $299 USD/249 EUR.

More information: Arturia / BeatStep Pro

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Akai Professional intros Timbre Wolf & Tom Cat

Akai Professional has announced the Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat, two new all-analogue instruments.

The Timbre Wolf is an authentic analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer.

Akai Pro Timbre Wolf

Configurable as 4 mono synths, a 4-voice unison or a 4-voice polysynth, Timbre Wolf includes a professional quality 25-key custom Akai Pro keybed.

The user can easily customise the sound of each voice independently as they play, and there is a 32-step sequencer for each voice. An LED display and Octave +/- controls add further control and flexibility for the user.

Timbre Wolf adds a distinctive, convincing traditional voice to any musician’s repertoire of tools.

Tom Cat is an exciting true analog drum machine with five built-in percussion voices, including Kick, Snare, and Clap sounds with chromatically tunable Disco Toms.

Akai Pro Tom Cat

Onboard controls—all continuously variable—enable users to customise the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice separately for precise real-time adjustment.

Outfitted with six MPC-style pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, Tom Cat provides an ultra-responsive interface with a classic drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned using the Swing function, Pattern Select, and Tempo Control knob.

A custom signal path, activated by its unique “Maul” circuitry, lets the user ‘dirty up’ their drum beats for just the right effect.

Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat will be available in Q2 with MSRPs of £299.99 GBP and £149.99 GBP, respectively. Visit Akai Professional at NAMM, Booth number 6700 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, January 22-25.

More information: Akai Professional

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Bruns and Spork updates Grooove drum machine plugin to v1.2.1.11

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Bruns and Spork has released version 1.2.1.11 of Grooove, a drum machine instrument for Windows and Mac.

Bruns and Spork Grooove

Grooove is a unique virtual drum machine that enables the user to easily create vibrant and dynamic drum kits while making use of maximally two samples per drum sound.

Changes in Grooove v1.2.1.11

  • Added: 300% scale option.
  • Optimised: The GUI scaled to 200% is now as sharp as the original view.
  • Fixed: Sample Mix controls for Min and Max on the Sound Engine inspector are disabled under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed: Some changes on the MIDI Settings inspector are not saved correctly under certain circumstances.

Grooove for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/standalone) is available for purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Bruns and Spork

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D16 Group updates LuSH-101, Sigmund, Phocyon & Classic Boxes Collection plugins

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D16 Group updates

D16 Group has announced that it has finalized the maintenance updating process for its plug-ins.

We’d like to announce that with today’s release of LuSH-101 version 1.1.3, Sigmund version 1.1.2, Phoscyon version 1.9.5 and all Drum Machines plugins at version 1.6 we’ve completed the maintenance updating process we began recently.

Thus making all our software products ready and compatible for the most recent (at the day) OSes and host applications.

Changes in the updates

  • Providing compatibility with current (at the day) operating systems and host applications.
  • Changing locations of default settings file and License Key file. (Now these are kept on user level instead of system level).
  • Minor look and feel changes.
  • Several fixes for major and minor known bugs.
  • Changing minimal required OS version to Mac OS X 10.7 for Mac users and Windows 7 for PC users.
  • LuSH-101: Fixed Multiout issue under Sonar.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Native mode playback control with Midi keyboard added.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Quick step edition (accented step with Ctrl/Shift keys or right mouse button) added.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Fixed corrupted Drum map when was user defined and no file selected.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Fixed Trigger output number recall problem.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Fixed Default pattern bank recall problem.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Contrast has been changed for some visual controls to provide better readability in Drumazon.
  • Drum Machine plug-ins: Number of outputs increased from 12 to 16 in Nepheton.
  • Phoscyon: Fixed Start button double clicking issue.

The update is free of charge for registered users; you may download the update directly from your User Area account. Demo versions have been updated as well.

More information: D16 Group

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Robert Henke releases free MicroDrum for Max for Live

Robert Henke has released MicroDrum, a free drum machine instrument for Max for Live.

Robert Henke MicroDrum

MicroDrum is a rough emulation of an old school 8 bit drum sample cell with some ideas borrowed from Roger Linn.

Samples can be truncated at the beginning, facilitated by the zoom (Zoom) function which displays only 10ms of the drum sample, starting from the start point. Samples can be tuned up and down two octaves (Tune). Tuning can be quantized to semitones using the step function (S). There is a volume envelope for shortening the decay (Decay), and an anti aliasing filter (HiCut).

What makes the specific sound of 8 bit drum computers is the low sample rate, which can be emulated with the (Down) parameter, a value of 2 means at 44.1kHz that the sample rate of the non-detuned drum sample equals 22.05kHz. The higher the (Down) parameter, the lower the sample rate and the more gritty and low-fi the sound will become.

The other important factor is bit resolution. With 8 bit there are only 256 steps for the amplitude value at a given moment. With 16 bit there are 65536 steps!

The device is a free download at Robert’s website.

More information: Robert Henke / MicroDrum

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