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FXpansion introduces December Half Price Sale + BFD v2.2 released

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FXpansion has announced the December Half Price Sale, a limited time offer for its expansion packs.

For the entire month of December all FXpansion download-only expansion packs are 50% off for registered owners of BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM: Synth Squad, GURU & Geist!

December Half Price Sale expansions:

  • BFD2 & BFD Eco:
    • Jazz Maple
    • Heavy
    • Cocktail
    • JEX
    • Decatom
    • Oak Custom
    • Maple Custom Absolute
    • 8 Bit Kit
    • Japanese Taiko Percussion & Grooves (BFD2 only)
    • Signature Snares Vol.1 & Vol.2
    • Sleishman Drums & Sleishman Snares
  • DCAM: Synth Squad:
    • Himalaya: Antiquity
    • Myagi: Ferocity (New!)
  • GURU & Geist:
    • City of Drums & Beats

To take advantage of these offers, log in to your fxpansion.com user account and visit the online shop.

FXpansion has also released version 2.2 of BFD, a virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

It includes new features like choke groups, random kit generation and many workflow enhancements and bug-fixes. Please note that, on Mac, the update requires Mac OSX 10.5 (or higher) and at least an Intel CoreDuo processor. A new set of presets is also available for download.

More information: FXpansion

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Camel Audio releases Electronic Bass, Alchemy Sound Library

Camel Audio Electronic Bass

Camel Audio has announced the release of Electronic Bass, a new Alchemy Sound Library.

Electronic Bass is a voyage in to the depths, offering cutting precision and rock-solid foundations. From rich and powerful to clean and deep, thin and wiry to the thickest layers imaginable, this collection covers everything from hard techno bass that can slice through a mix to smooth, throbbing sub-basses, phat synthesised tones, filthy electro, deep dubstep wobble basses, short attacking stabs, speaker-shredding filter sweeps, deep hypnotic arpeggios and bouncing, sequenced bass loops.

Suitable for a wide range of genres from dubstep to techno, Electronic Bass also introduces over fifty new sampled bass sounds, and has been carefully sorted in to folder categories so you can quickly find the most suitable candidate for your project. Electronic Bass was created by our talented team of sound designers from around the globe.

Electronic Bass features

  • 150 bass sounds (1200 variations).
  • 40 Classic, 23 Distorted, 17 Layered, 17 Sweep, 16 Short, 14 Wobble, 8 Sub), 8 Arps, 7 Loops.
  • Suitable for Electronica, Techno, Hard Dance, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, and Breakbeat genres.
  • Sound Designers: Andre Ettema, Nick Moritz, Himalaya, Ian Boddy, Bryan Lee, biomechanoid, patchen preston, Yuroun.

Electronic Bass is available to purchase for Windows and Mac (standalone instrument when used with the included Alchemy Player) for $59 USD / 49 EUR / 39 GBP.

More information: Camel Audio / Electronic Bass

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Electric Himalaya Dreamstate, sound bank for String Studio VS-1

Electric Himalaya / AAS String Studio VS-1

Electric Himalaya has announced the release of Dreamstate, a sound bank for String Studio VS-1 by Applied Acoustics Systems.

Enter the imaginary world of hybrid plucks, textured pads, rustic bowed leads, fluid guitars, ethno drones. 64 finely crafted presets for String Studio VS-1 acoustic modelling synth (includes 64 preset-specific Midi Maps).

A sound bank for musicians who like to play not hindered by music genres, and yet one that will add something special to any genre. For those who like their sounds to exhibit a certain ‘other’ dimension which sometimes may be resonating, gritty, otherworldly, reminiscent of lost lands, but always inspiring. Playable but moody. Synthesised but real sounding.

An antidote to all things ‘unison’ and ‘electro’. Enter the Dreamstate.

Dreamstate is available to purchase for the introductory price of 6 EUR until 12 October 2010 (regular price 12 EUR).

More information: Electric Himalaya / Dreamstate

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Camel Audio releases Himalaya: Pads and Viral Outbreak Sound Libraries

Camel Audio has announced the release of Himalaya: Pads and Viral Outbreak, two sound libraries for Alchemy and Alchemy Player.

Camel Audio Himalaya: Pads & Viral Outbreak

Both will work as standalone instruments when used with the included Alchemy Player and cost just 59USD / 49EUR / 39GBP. Alchemy Sound Libraries offer all the benefits of sample libraries plus you can tweak sounds to fit your music using the perform controls and remix pad.

Himalaya: Pads is awash with warmth, richness, and complex internal movement, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Enjoy a host of vintage analogue sounds from smooth and seriously lush strings, via a host of classic filter sweeps, to spiky digital textures, all featuring extensive modulation options plus aftertouch effects. With extensive sonic changes between the remix pad variations, this bank is a real-time delight for the performer, with its dancing harmonics, dramatic pitchbend swoops, rhythmic motifs, evolving jet flanges, and stereo ebbs and flows. This library incorporates 150MB of new samples including human and synthesised choirs, vintage strings, analogue pads and digital noise, all combined with a menagerie of multi-effects.

Viral Outbreak features dancing arpeggios, pop blips, unison leads, ambient drones and washes, shimmering pads, bizarre formant effects and sci-fi soundscapes, suitable for dance, IDM and electronica. This sound library draws on samples of the classic Virus synthesizer, featuring raw saw and pulse waveforms, massive supersaws, phase distortion, FM and classic wavetable sounds. This library draws on 1.7GB of Virus samples, 700MB of which are exclusive to this bank. From phat analogue to wiry digital twangs, warm and powerful to delicate and downright weird, this library has it all.

More information: Camel Audio

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FXpansion announces DCAM: Synth Squad – Name That Tune Competition

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FXpansion DCAM: Synth Squad - Name That Tune Competition

FXpansion has announced the DCAM: Synth Squad – Name That Tune Competition, a chance to win various FXpansion prizes.

To celebrate the release of DCAM: Synth Squad v1.03 and the Himalaya: Antiquity preset pack, we’re running a competition with some fantastic prizes on offer!

To enter, first you need to watch the Synth Squad Recreations video, which contains rather cheeky versions of some classic synth-based songs produced entirely with DCAM: Synth Squad and Himalaya: Antiquity preset pack. All you have to do is name all 8 songs in the video!

Name That Tune Competition prizes

  • 2 x First Prize: DCAM: Synth Squad, Himalaya: Antiquity, BFD Eco and GURU
  • 3 x Runners Up: DCAM: Synth Squad and Himalaya: Antiquity

The competition ends on July 1, 2010. Winners will be drawn at random from all correct entries.

More information: FXpansion / DCAM: Synth Squad – Name That Tune Competition

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FXpansion releases Electric Himalaya: Antiquity

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FXpansion Electric Himalaya: Antiquity

FXpansion has released Electric Himalaya: Antiquity, an extensive pack of vintage analogue/keyboard style presets for Cypher and Fusor, two of the instruments in DCAM: Synth Squad.

The scope of Antiquity’s chunky, vintage sounds is breathtaking, and its musical character will keep you playing for hours.

Highlights include fat, lush OB-style brass sounds and classic analogue leads and basses of all kinds, full of weight, vibe and inspiration. Deep, evolving pads, shimmering bells, funky arps, powerful keyboard and polysynth sounds and too much more to list. As well as evoking the heavy physics and playability of old-school analogue subtractive and FM sounds, Antiquity brings new dimensions to these classic tones with Synth Squad’s modern luxuries like precise tuning, tempo-synced LFOs and envelopes, and advanced modulation.

A special highlight is the startlingly realistic selection of electric piano and keyboard sounds, which utilize precise osc manipulation with Cypher’s advanced FM and WM modelling. These, like all presets in the Antiquity collection, are each instruments in their own right – raw and full of rich musical presence, ready to sculpt into infinite shapes with FX, amp modellers and outboard.

Antiquity comes supplied with 265 raw Cypher presets and Fusor versions containing FX treatments and additional modulation.

Electric Himalaya: Antiquity is available to purchase for all registered DCAM: Synth Squad, priced at £25 GBP / €29 EUR / $39 USD.

More information: FXpansion / Electric Himalaya: Antiquity

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Review: Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio has recently released Alchemy Player, a virtual instrument for playing and tweaking ready-to-play sounds from Camel Audio’s soundbank collection. Alchemy Player features the same advanced sample manipulation engine as its bigger brother, but you only get access to a limited amount of parameters for modifying sounds.

Since every Alchemy soundbank now comes with a copy of Alchemy Player you don’t actually need the full product anymore to enjoy these sounds.

I had a go with Cinematic, one of Camel Audio’s latest Alchemy soundbanks.

Cinematic will provide loads of inspiration for film, TV and ambient composers. With dramatic soundscapes, mysterious textures and evocative atmospheres, it covers a lot of emotional ground, with moods ranging from gentle and thoughtful, romantic and moving, through upbeat all the way to bleak and disturbing.

Ideal for many genres such as action and adventure, suspense, sci-fi and horror, and packed with slowly evolving details and innovative instrumental layers, Cinematic also includes over 100 MB of new samples ranging from a collection of thunderous hits and stabs to tinkling chimes, suspense-filled drones, bowed horror ambiences, treated guitar washes, and a selection of analogue and digital synths and keyboard sounds.

The Cinematic soundbank includes 150 presets, with 8 variations each for a total of 1,200 sounds that can be dialed in from the remix pad. Here’s the breakdown in types of sound: 53 soundscapes, 27 pads, 19 sound effects, 13 loops, 11 vocals, 5 arps, 5 mallets, 4 basses, 4 strings, 4 synths, 3 organs, 2 keys.

The sounds were programmed by a host of sound designers: Martin Walker, Artvera, Luftrum, Denis Goekdag, Junkie XL, Christian Kjeldsen, Niklas Silen, Cyforce, Ugo, Antonio Blanca, and Himalaya.

The Alchemy Player itself has a straightforward interface with a preset browser section and a bunch of performance controls.

Camel Audio Alchemy Player
Camel Audio Alchemy Player

For manipulation of the sounds every preset has specific parameters linked to the performance controls. The full Alchemy sound engine is available in the player version but you will only be able to manipulate those parameters that the sound designer chose for each particular preset.

Note: You can actually turn the player into a time-limited full version of Alchemy (3 week demo) but let me warn you that this is a cunning plan devised to get you addicted to Alchemy. There is a considerable chance you’ll end up wanting to upgrade… yes, it’s that great!

Not all of the programmed sound variations sound terribly different from one another but you certainly get a lot more than the 150 initial sounds, and you can morph the remix pad variations and use the performance knobs to create new variations of your own.

You can listen to a few preset by preset demonstrations below. The remix pad is used to morph between variations.

So what do I think?

Product: Cinematic (for Alchemy) by Camel Audio
Format: Alchemy soundbank, includes Alchemy Player (VST/AU)
Price: $59 USD/£39 GBP/49 EUR

I found Cinematic to be a well balanced collection of sounds with plenty of variation within the various categories. The overall quality of presets is outstanding; I especially enjoyed the soundscapes section.

Each of the sound designers brings his/her own personal flavor yet the whole thing still feels like a pretty coherent set of sounds. Highlights for me are Luftrum’s stunning pads and pretty much everything by Martin Walker, who consistently delivers amazing, highly cinematic sounds.

Much like Native Instruments with its Kore and Kore Player platform, Camel Audio is now offering its soundbanks to a new audience with Alchemy Player. For those who are looking to just get some great sounds without investing in an expensive and possibly superfluous instrument, this player format is perfect.

Still, I would recommend activating the 3 week Alchemy demo just to experience the full potential of this fantastic instrument.

More information: Camel Audio / Cinematic

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Electric Himalaya releases Alchemy PADS VOL1

Camel Audio Alchemy

Electric Himalaya has released Alchemy PADS VOL1, a collection of pad sounds for Camel Audio’s Alchemy synthesizer plug-in.

Camel Audio’s Alchemy is primed with features that make the smoothest and lushest pads. And so, this collection is designed to provide smooth, playable and practical sounds.

Alchemy PADS VOL1 features

  • 71 Alchemy ‘Pad’ presets.
  • The collection consists of factory samples, custom samples (about 12MB), additive, granular and VA sources.
  • All presets have musical and carefully designed Remix Pads assignments which when swept in a clockwise direction will produce interesting timbre and dynamic changes.

Alchemy PADS VOL1 is available to purchase for the introductory price of 12 EUR until December 1, 2009 (regular price 25 EUR).

More information: Electric Himalaya / Alchemy PADS VOL1

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