Arturia has announced the release of Hollywood Essentials, an expansion sound library for the Spark Creative Drum Machine.
Spark Hollywood Essentials brings an amazing library of film score tools to the Spark Engine. Designed by three of Hollywoods top sound designers, Larry Hopkins, Alan Howarth, and Mark Mangini, these sounds, kits and patterns will open up many new potential avenues for any genre of music.
Featuring a library of 30 kits with 480 instruments and 960 patterns that range from field recordings, to incredible sound scapes and percussion ensembles worthy of a major motion picture Hollywood block buster.
Sparks organic realtime workflow allows you to take advantage of this suite of sounds perfect for scoring a film and allows you to easily apply them to any genre of music production.
Spark Hollywood Essentials is available to purchase for $29 USD / 29 EUR. Requires Spark version 1.5 or greater (not compatible with “Spark Vintage”, “Spark Dubstep” or any other version of Spark dedicated to a specific musical genre).
Rhythmic Robot has announced New Rhythm Box, a recreation of the vintage analogue drum machine of the same name, originally made by the Italian company EKO.
The New Rhythm Box was a transistor-based preset drum machine capable of producing ten preset rhythms, with no provision for anything beyond tempo and volume control. The Rhythmic Robot software version extends this usability considerably, breaking out the individual kit pieces so that the user can create their own rhythms, while still allowing the original presets to be played back, combined, and synced to host DAW tempo.
The tone of the New Rhythm Box is ideally suited to mellower musical styles which favour a more rounded, softer tone.
New Rhythm Box features
Ten combinable onboard rhythms.
Convolved Plate reverb for retro authenticity.
Velocity Retrofit for humanising your beats.
Multiple randomised round-robin samples to preserve a true analogue feel.
Fully analogue sounds, all the way from Italy!
The sample library costs £5.25 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later, full version.
Samplephonics has released 909, a multi-sampled drum hits sound library.
The Kontakt version of Samplephonics 909 comes with a custom sequencer.
Expect to find over 4000 24 Bit Wav samples, meticulously sampled through two inputs, one clean, and one through a Thermionic Culture ‘Culture Vulture’ to provide some real analogue tube warmth and extra beef!
This sample library is available to download with a deeply scripted sequencer for Kontakt 5 (please note the full version of Kontakt 5 is required to run this and the instrument only works in demo mode with the Kontakt Free Player.) Create, copy, paste and edit patterns and even play live. We’ve kept many features true to the original (and added a few more necessities) and we believe this to be the closest software equivelent to the real thing.
Take your music back to it’s roots and inject some truly authentic drum samples into your next production. The 909 is back!
Samplephonics 909 features
4054 24 Bit Wav samples, available in 96khz and 44.1khz sample rates.
Clean and real Analogue Tube input sources available.
Custom sequencer for Kontakt 5.
Sampler Instruments for Ableton, Reason, Logic/Garageband and Kontakt 4.2.
The sample library is available in 96kHz & 44.1kHz versions, priced at £49 GBP.
Classics never go out of style. The Roland TR-808 and TR-909 are legendary drum machines, cherished and praised for their sound and percussive abilities. Goldbaby has pulled out all the stops and carefully recorded these revered machines using an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine. The result is warm, round and beautifully saturated analog sounds – perfect sample material for the Octatrack.
The sound pack is specifically made for the Octatrack. Included is an Octatrack set featuring 1 project, 16 patterns and 4 parts. Also included are 16 scenes per part, providing a great starting point for experimenting with the demo patterns.
Boscomac has released Retro Beat Mk2, a free instrument ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.
As you know, RETRO BEAT met international success, even intergalactic! What, you did not know this? The shame …
In short, it was necessary to extend the story and it’s done because RETRO BEAT becomes RETRO BEAT MK2! The principle is the same except that instead of 7 machines vintage, there is … not 8, not 9.. but 27 drums. Yes ma’am, yes sir. And every sound was of course worked with analog processing. Yes ma’am, yes sir. And tape simulator was adjusted. Yes ma … okay.
The Retro Beat Mk2 for Native Instruments Reaktor.
RETRO BEAT MK2 features
27 vintage beatboxes and drums synths.
Includes sounds of Roland, Mxr, Vermona, Hohner, LinnDrum, Mattel, Simmons, Boss, Korg, Wersimatic, Hammond, Boehm, MFB, Polyvox, Casio, Electro Harmonix, etc.
Analog treatment with Cartec Audio preamp, Chandler Limiter EQ, Shadow Hills compressor.
The ensemble is a free download. Requires Reaktor 5 full version. Donation are appreciated.
Korg has introduced the volca Keys lead synthesizer, volca Bass synthesizer and volca Beats rhythm machine, three true-analog synthesizers with built-in sequencers to generate the ultimate analog leads, basses, and rhythms.
The volca series lets you create a diverse array of fat sounds that can only be obtained from an analog synthesizer.
Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the volca series. volca is a new lineup of EDM production tools comprised of three distinct models: the volca Keys lead synthesizer, the volca Bass synthesizer, and the volca Beats rhythm machine. These powerful and fun-to-use true-analog devices deliver a diverse array of fat sounds that can be obtained only from an analog synthesizer.
Each is also equipped with sequencing/recording capabilities for intuitively generating performances. Multiple volcas can be used in tandem via the vintage-style sync in/out, and with your favorite DAW software or MIDI keyboard via MIDI In. Battery operation and built-in speakers mean that you can conveniently play anywhere and anytime.
These are the next-generation analog synthesizers, bringing you the ultimate sounds and grooves with ease and depth. Whether used together or by themselves, the volca series is poised to inject true analog power into any performance or studio setup!