Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Psychodrumma, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Psychodrumma is a “machine for blinking lights and making noise”.
Psychodrumma is nonsensical drum machine for NI Kontakt 4, focused on creating random and randomly evolving rhythmic patterns. It is experimental sound device and although it could be used as a regular drum machine, it would be probably impractical.
It is build of nine modules, called pads, each can playback a sound from one of two banks of 100 samples each, each has separate sound control rack and its own simple sequencer. All sequencers are synchronized with host tempo, but can run at different relative speeds and their start points can be de-synchronized, so to say.
The fun feature of Psychodrumma is, that it can play by itself, all of pad’s settings can be randomized on user input, gradually or periodically. You can just tune settings, let it play and observe evolving waves of randomness.
The virtual instrument library for Kontakt includes 200 wav files (24bit/44kHz), and is available to download at no charge.
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Psychodrumma
Hello Samples has launched JMX09, the second release in the Raw Series of sample packs.
After the warm reception of our first installment in the analog percussion world (the acclaimed RAW Series Vol.1) we decided to make a library built on the same honorable principles -realism, dynamics and usability- but with a more aggressive and punchy sound that complemented the organic, creamy and percussive nature of the previous collection. Of all the drum machines in our arsenal we felt that the 09 was the box that best represented this idea, and thus our next victim was chosen!
The 09 is a 909 inspired drum machine with a twist. The great thing about it it’s that, although you can use it to emulate a convincing 909, it can also go WAY beyond it’s limits. The bass drum and snare circuits have much wider range and the sound is a bit more modern and over-the-top. It’s like a 909 on steroids! This is specially nice since you can end up with something that sounds “familiar” yet not dated like the overused original 909. A clever way of sounding different.
- 2,300+ painstakingly handcut samples (about 200 different sounds x 7 round robin hits + more than 300 single one-shots), organized by type and descriptively labelled.
- A minimum of 4 Round Robin samples of each sound for added realism, most hits have 7 or more Round Robin samples.
- 40 ready to use Machine kits.
- 20 ready to use MPC kits (1000/2500).
- 298 ready to use Ableton Live kits including:
- 23 Drum Rack Kits.
- 18 Impulse Kits.
- 250 individual Sampler patches (Round Robin).
- 7 groups Sampler patches.
- 6 Kontakt patches including automatic Round Robin management.
The sample library is available to purchase for 10 EUR. A free demo pack can be downloaded from the product page.
More information: Hello Samples / Raw Series Vol 2 JMX09
AudioSpillage has announced a limited time sale, offering 25% off its Elecktroid instrument plug-in for Mac.
AudioSpillage is running a 25% discount 48-hour flash sale for their Elecktroid drum machine and drum synthesis plugin. The deal runs until 31st January 2014.
AudioSpillage will also be closing their 25% discountDrumSpillage 2 pre-order deal at the end of January 2014.
More information: AudioSpillage
Zenhiser has launched TR-808 The Drum Machine, a sample pack featuring a collection of 1,437 sound and beats from the TR-808 drum machine by Roland.
Authentic Roland TR-808’s in perfect condition have become harder and harder to find year on year so here at Zenhiser we decided it was time to sample the hell out of a perfect condition TR 808, then run it through some awesome analogue gear and deliver a pinnacle pack of TR-808 drum sounds plus a superbly programmed array of drum loops that have spanned the 808 decades. We really went to town with the drum sampling of this 808 drum machine, developing new techniques of takes with altering decay and tone times to give you the music producer as much control as if you actually owned this awesome drum machine. Every preset has been sampled to perfection and quickly folder’d for ease of use so all you need to do is assign the drum samples to your DAW or sampler and voila, you have an authentic Roland TR-808 right there in your studio, ready to use and abuse!
To make the package even sweeter we spent hours creating similar versions of authentic drum beats from the decades ranging in bpm from 88 to 170, over 560 drum loops in total, now that’s a huge library of drum loops any producer in EDM or retro freak can not refuse. Just have a look at the specs below to see how comprehensive this drum machine pack really is, and as far as we know there is no other 808 sample pack this dedicated, detailed and comprehensive anywhere in the world.
The sample pack costs $35 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / TR-808 The Drum Machine
Diego Callegari Sounds Images (DCSI) has released V-Koder, a free sample based instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt and VST.
V-Koder is another free sample based synth instrument, originally recorded, designed and edited by DCSI, bringing you 3 vocoded, nonsense, short voices.
All available in an incredible tiny size, less than 1 mb!
The use of the modwheel in your midi controller add a formant-talk effect. The instrument comes with velocity sensitivity and a bunch of effects (Delay, Reverb, Lofi) available on the interface, for an easy set up.
DCSI has also announced a VST plug-in version of the previously released Combat Loop Drum Machine instrument.
Both libraries (and plugins) are available to download at no charge.
More information: Diego Callegari Sounds Images
Arturia has introduced Spark 2, a new look, new feel version of the powerful software engine that drives its drum machine-redefining SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine hybrid hardware/software instruments.
Spark 2 comes with extended REX support.
With the timely introduction of SPARK 2, Arturia has given its beat creation software a new look, new feel, and a whole host of new features fit to make it the premier sound-sculpting and live performance drum machine on the market when perfectly paired with the SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers. It’s a match made in hybrid heaven that’s more flexible than ever before!
While SPARK has always been built on a fully-modular VA (Virtual Analogue) sound engine, originally only developers had access to this wonderful-sounding rhythmical power source. Not now. With the all-new SPARK 2, users are free to add and subtract modules (including oscillators, multimode filters and Karplus-Strong filter, ADR envelopes, LFOs, mixers, ring modulator, Bode Frequency Shifter, spring mass, and CV processor); create their own patch routings; and assign up to six macro controls for immediate control. Clearly, it’s this truly modular, fully-accessible sound engine that makes SPARK 2 truly shine as the ultimate drum synthesizer!
Spark 2 features
- All new graphics: Tabbed pages, Expanded Pattern edit screen, New mixer, Enhanced Library page for better data management.
- Extended REX support: REX file playback per pad, Manipulation of REX File slices.
- Modular Drum synth editor: Create your own patches, Edit existing patches.
- Create custom instrument macro controls modules including: Oscillators, Multimode filters and Karplus strong filter, ADR envelopes, LFOs, Mixers, RingModulator, Bode Frequency Shifter, Spring mass, CV processor.
- Song mode: NEW 16 song segments, Song segment triggering from hardware.
Spark 2 will be available to download for existing Spark and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine users in March, 2014.
Spark Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine can be purchased for $399 USD/399 EUR and $299 USD/249 EUR respectively.
More information: Arturia / Spark 2
Korg has announced Gadget for iPad, a mobile synthesizer collection for iPad.
Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions.
The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don’t play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function.
Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?
Gadget for iPad is available to purchase for the introductory price of $28.99 USD until February 23rd, 2014 (regular $38.99 USD).
More information: Korg / Gadget for iPad
Elektron has announced Analog Rytm, an 8 voice analog drum machine with sample support.
The eight drum voices take advantage of several dedicated analog circuit designs, each of them fine-tuned for generating specific classes of analog drum sounds. A diverse range of software parameter sets provide direct access to various parts of the circuitry, ingeniously enabling the unusually wide spectrum of drum sounds the Analog Rytm is capable of producing.
The full percussive potential is realized by the clever sample engine. It allows every voice to be spiced up with customizable and highly bendable samples, which can be layered with the analog drum sounds. The perfect unity of analog circuits, a flexible sample engine, and a lightning-fast digital control system simply goes beyond.
Plenty of tools are available for shaping the vibe of the beats. The parameters controlling the analog circuits and the sample engine can push rhythms to extremes.
The special warmth and rawness of the Analog Rytm are courtesy of the analog multimode filter and analog distortion circuit of each voice. The FX send section, comprised of a reverb and a delay, adds polish and shimmer to the beats-and before they hit the sound system, the analog compressor and analog distortion of the master channel will ensure their proper pump and grit.
Twelve backlit, multi-colored, pressure & velocity sensitive pads are used in tandem with the Elektron step sequencer for easy and immediate beat creation. When on stage, the performance mode and the scene functionality provides several ways of drastically manipulating beats live. The Analog Rytm is a one stop solution beat machine, suited for any rhythm-oriented context.
Analog Rytm will be available Q1 2014. Preliminary price is set to $1549 USD/1489 EUR.
More information: Elektron / Analog Rytm