Francesco Silvestri releases Muz3um for Z3TA+ 2

Muz3um for Z3TA+ 2

Francesco Silvestri has released Muz3um for Z3TA+ 2, an updated version of the soundset for Cakewalk’s Z3TA+ software synthesizer.

Muz3um, a free bank released in 2004 for z3ta+ featuring waveforms from analog synthesizers, has been updated after the plugin has been updated to version 2 in order to use its new features, such as waveshaping modulation and the new filter types.

This pack contains 540 new patches organized in categories (Arps, Bass, Keyboards, Leads, Pads, Sequences) and integrated with Z3TA+ 2 browser. The pack contains also the original presets.

Muz3um is a free download from Patch Arena.

More information: Muz3um for Z3TA+ 2

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Cakewalk announces Z3TA+ 2, second generation waveshaping synthesizer

Cakewalk has announced Z3TA+ 2, the Second Generation Waveshaping synthesizer featuring improved sound design, real-time expression, and sound quality.

Z3TA+ is highly revered as a classic synthesizer with unique character and tonality. Its unmistakable signature sound has been used in countless electronic, trance, and dance productions around the globe for nearly a decade. The key to Z3TA+’s success has been its formidable sound synthesis generation engine, featuring unique per-oscillator waveshaping capability, vast filters, multi-stage envelope generators, morphing and advanced modulation matrix with powerful effects routing.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2

Z3TA+ 2 builds upon the solid foundation of this classic waveshaping synthesizer with improved controls via a complete user interface overhaul for extensive, hands-on control of parameters including envelopes, effects routing, waveshaping, and performance functions. Real-time performance and expression controls are centralized into the Performance Module featuring the new Adaptive Pitch Bend. All this provides new inspiration for sound design, real-time expression, and is all bounded by impeccable sound quality.

Z3TA+ 2 loads all original Z3TA+ patches and sports a new browser providing easy access and organization of patches. Z3TA+ 2 also includes hundreds of new presets from renowned sound designers Nico Herz of Big Tone Studios (who crafted many of the original Z3TA+ patches), Francesco Silvestri/FI Sound, Frank Genus/Pro Sounds, and Chad Beckwith/ FI Sound / Patch Arena.

Z3TA+ 2 features

  • Waveshaper is now an integral part of the Oscillator section with 4 new Waveshaping modes. All Waveshapers are now accessible via the modulation matrix opening up an enormous amount of new sound shaping possibilities.
  • 4 new Filter modes bringing the total to 14 filter modes with separation control for tweaking resonance peaks on stacked filters. Both filters are readily accessible and visible simultaneously.
  • New Graphically controlled Envelopes providing visual representation of all envelopes, mouse controlled ADSR, and improved naming and interface arrangement.
  • New Graphical LFOs clearly show the resulting LFO shapes when morphing between two waves and the new AMOUNT fader quickly scales an LFO’s intensity.
  • New Graphical Arp provides visual display of Arp patterns, including 100 new patterns from Dance MIDI Samples. 50 new ‘Gate’ patterns, also from Dance MIDI Samples, instantly apply trance gates to synth pads and leads while Humanize and Swing controls increase total Arp flexibility and expression.
  • Effects enhancements include: Simple drag and drop routing of all effects, new Hypertube distortion algorithm, and highly flexible distortion module routing (apply to filter busses and master section or both simultaneously).
  • Real-time Expression is enhanced with Adaptive Pitch Bend which allows for the bending of notes within the key and mode performed; automatically learns key based on performance.
  • All Waveshapers can be mapped to the modulation matrix opening up a whole new world of expression when mapped to velocity and bend controls.
  • XY Pad speed control allows users to adjust the morphing speed of XY coordinates.
  • Z3TA+’s legendary sound engine has been improved with a new ‘HIGHEST’ SRC algorithm providing smoother, more accurate interpolation of wavetables.
  • Layout is rearranged with numerous usability improvements.
  • Menu items now show graphical previews (oscillator shapes, velocity curves, etc).
  • New extended ribbon controller with latch (Shift-click).
  • Menus are revamped with clearer organization and descriptions.

Z3TA+ 2 for Windows (VST) will be available August 4, 2011, with an estimated street price of $99 USD/€99 EUR/£89 GBP (VAT inclusive). Customers who purchase Z3TA+ 1.5 starting July 18, 2011 will get a free upgrade to Z3TA+ 2 when it becomes available. Registered Z3TA+ customers can upgrade for $49 USD/€39 EUR/£35 GBP (VAT inclusive).

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fisound releases Universal 120 v2.0 for Cakewalk Rapture

fisound has announced the release of Universal 120 v2.0, a soundset for the Rapture virtual synthesizer instrument by Cakewalk.

fisound Universal 120 v2.0

Universal 120 v2.0 includes 340 new Rapture programs (584 total), and 500MB of new sample/oscillator content in .wav and .sfz format.

Sound designer Francesco Silvestri’s, (aka fr4ncesco) programming and samples are the featured highlight for this pack (Muz3uM for z3ta+, z3ta+ Virus Mod, Muz3uM for Rapture). These new Rapture programs are highly expressive, playable, and balanced.

Included Sound Categories: Basses, Keys, Leads, Pads, Percussions, Sequences, Short-decay, Textures & Atmospheres.

Universal 120 v2.0 is available to purchase from fisound for $39 USD.

More information: fisound / Universal 120 v2.0

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