FXpansion has announced the release of Zildjian Digital Vault, a comprehensive collection of Zildjian cymbal recordings ready to slot into your BFD2 or BFD Eco installation.
Zildjian Digital Vault features 34 classic crashes, splashes, rides, chinas and hihats hand-selected by Zildjian’s master cymbal tester Paul Francis. Recorded in intricate detail by sampling guru John Emrich, the sounds are captured with crisp direct mics and lush stereo overhead and room mic sets. Each cymbal is recorded at multiple velocities while being struck by sticks, brushes and mallets. The included cymbals feature articulations for bow, edge and bell positions while hihats feature tip and edge hits at 5 positions between open and closed.
Included are 14 A-series, 9 K-series and 11 FX cymbals from the Zildjian range as well as a series of authentic drumkit grooves.
Note: This product combines 3 previous Gen16-branded products (Z-Pack1, S-Pack1 and S-Pack2).
Zildjian Digital Vault costs $149 USD / €109 EUR / £95 GBP inc VAT. Until Jan 31st 2013, this product is currently available at a 50% discount in FXpansion’s expansion sale.
FXpansion has announced the release of JM Essentials Vol.2, a new groove pack expansion for the BFD drum workstation.
JM Essentials Vol.2 is a BFD Groove pack that provides a realistic set of reggae, funk, disco, swing, rockabilly, nu-metal and punk patterns for FXpansion’s BFD2 and BFD Eco acoustic drum software instruments.
Produced by experienced composer Jacques Mathias, JM Essentials Vol.2 contains expressive patterns that offer a realistic foundation on which to build your productions. The included Grooves are ready to be used as-is or edited to your requirements and feature the convincing feel of a real drummer.
Each supplied palette features up to 50 Groove and Fill variations, with the pack containing over 1300 patterns in total. Palettes are supplied in BFD2 and BFD Eco versions.
The JM Essentials Vol.2 pack costs $39 USD / 29 EUR / £25 GBP inc VAT. It is currently 50% off as part of the January sale on expansions.
There’s never been a better time to expand your library of sounds! To celebrate the new year, selected FXpansion downloadable expansion packs are available at half-price for registered owners of BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM: Synth Squad and Geist.
The sale includes over 40 products and is valid until 31st January 2013 at our web shop
Fingerpushers has released Butch Techno Percussion, a collection of synthetic percussion sounds for Fxpansion Geist.
Butch Techno Percussion is a collection of five kits for Fxpansion Geist, containing 80 highly processed percussion sounds. Butch Techno Percussion also contains almost 400 percussive samples in WAV-format.
The original material for this collection came from TR-909 drum machine. The drum samples were loaded into a E-mu E4XT Ultra hardware sampler for some serious time stretching processing. The samples were stretched back and forward until they sounded like a nasty hard drive crash from the future.
A big portion of the sounds were processed and shaped with Fxpansion Geist and re-composed into percussive sounds. Another portion of the sounds were mangled in the Ohmforce Symptohm granular sampler.
Lastly, the most interesting sounds were selected to be compiled and processed one last time in Fxpansion Geist.
Butch Techno Percussion features
394 percussion samples.
All samples are in 44.1 kHz, 16 bit WAV format (with short file names so they work with Akai MPC).
There are five kits for Fxpansion Geist with 80 additional sounds.
The sound library is available to purchase for 9.90 EUR.
FXpansion has announced the release of its DCAM ChanComp Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason, a circuit-modelled channel compressor based on a legendary FET-based limiting amplifier design.
DCAM ChanComp is based on a classic limiting amplifier design commonly used as a channel or track compressor.
DCAM ChanComp features a very fast attack response and is usually intended to be applied to individual elements of many kinds, especially drums, bass and vocals.
DCAM ChanComp provides the same simple, effective controls and compression ratios as the revered original studio classic, including the infamous ‘all-buttons’ mode. It also allows you to dial between multiple models of different hardware revisions with the continuous Bias control for a variety of compression flavours.
Other additions include a wet/dry mix control for instant parallel compression and a CV output so you can use DCAM ChanComp’s gain reduction circuit as an envelope follower to modulate other devices within your Reason project.
DCAM ChanComp is available as a download-only product from the Propellerhead Online Shop, priced at $29 USD / €25 EUR inc. VAT where applicable.
FXpansion has teamed up with artist and sound designer 7 Skies to bring you a competition for showcasing your production skills!
Create a track at least 60 seconds in length using 3 or more of the 7 stems provided by 7 Skies in order to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes including Geist, Tremor, DCAM: Synth Squad, Maul, DCAM Dynamics and 7 Skies’ brilliant Strobe preset pack! The 1st prize also includes a shiny new Focusrite Forte audio interface.
If you already own any of the FXpansion prizes, shop credit of equivalent value can be provided instead if you win.
The submission phase of the contest ends December 7th, followed by a one week voting phase. The winners will be announced December 17th, 2012.