Smart Loops releases Medium Hard Rock 3 & SL MIDI Drum Loops Volume 7

Smart Loops MultiTracks Library

Smart Loops has announced the release of Medium Hard Rock 3, a new MultiTracks library, and SL MIDI Drum Loops Volume 7, a collection of 130 MIDI drum loops.

SL MultiTracks are for those who need total control of their drum tracks. YOU mix the drum tracks while still having all the benefits of standard stereo drum loops.

Drummer’s Quote:”Nothing fancy here, just heavy straight-ahead rock with some tasty double-kick and tom grooves.”

Medium Hard Rock 3 features

  • Includes 59 stereo mixes, 134 individual track loops.
  • Total of 259 loops (238 MB).
  • Original tempo of 98 BPM (Recommended Tempo 84-123 BPM).
  • 4/4 time signature.
  • Formats: ACID WAV, Apple Loops (44.1kHz, 24-bit, Stereo and Mono).

The library costs $14.99 USD.

SL MIDI Drum Loops Vol 7

MIDI Drum Loops Volume 7 features various MIDI drum beats, patterns and fills compatible with virtually ANY program, sample player, or drum software that supports the Standard MIDI Percussion/Drum Spec, which is most of all of them.

This collection of 130 MIDI drum loops are perfect for more aggressive styles of rock. Each performed by session drummer and Pearl Drums’ Artist Frank Basile, these loops will kick your grooves into overdrive! Use them with any drum player/sampler that supports General Midi. (Note: These are the same MIDI loops/Patterns that come with the SL Aggressive Kit Expansion Pack)

SL MIDI Drum Loops Volume 7 features

  • 130 unique loops, 1 to 4 measures each, of MIDI drum beats, patterns and fills.
  • Recommended tempo range: Medium to fast, but can be used at any tempo.
  • 4/4 time signature.
  • Note mappings: General MIDI Drums, General MIDI Enhanced for use with SL Sample Sets.
  • Format: Standard MIDI Files (.MID) type 1.

The MIDI library costs $19 USD.

More information: Smart Loops

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Exploded Views Media releases HyperTunes music sequencer for iOS

Exploded Views Media has announced HyperTunes, a new iOS music sequencer app that frees composers from the multitrack timeline.

HyperTunes

HyperTunes lets composers/songwriters express music directly in terms of musical structure, such as verse-chorus-bridge song forms. It also lets them collect and organize any number of musical patterns, song fragments, and songs within the app, all ready to “plug and play” in a new song with just a few touches.

Unlike other music studio software, in which songs are recorded and edited on a linear, multitrack timeline, HyperTunes represents song sections and instrument parts as discrete elements that can be readily navigated and reorganized even on a small screen, even one-handed. This structured approach helps users focus on the big picture as they compose – like trying out different variations of a song form – rather than getting bogged down in note-by-note tweaking on the timeline. Ready access to virtually all of one’s musical ideas and assets means new songs get off the ground quickly through the use of stock parts, and allows ideas not used in one project to be easily recycled in later projects, rather than getting lost and forgotten.

“I’ve owned lots of Digital Audio Workstations and hardware sequencers, and recently several mobile music studios too. They’re all fantastic for recording and mixing, but none of them let me try different song ideas as quickly and easily as I wanted,” explained Exploded Views Media founder James Mahoney. “I wanted to explore song variations with the same fluidity that I can explore melodies or chord progressions on a musical instrument.”

HyperTunes is designed to be as accessible to non-musicians and beginning composers as it is powerful for seasoned pros.

HyperTunes features

  • Flexible creative process – Start from a song form and plug in instrument parts later, the way a painter might sketch out a piece before filling in the details. Or, work in a more exploratory manner, adding one new section at a time. Rearrange the entire song in one step, just by selecting a different song form from the extensive built-in menu, or by typing in your own custom form.
  • Intelligent sequencing – Assign an instrument part to a section and HyperTunes automatically transposes it to fit; reorder sections and it automatically merges pickup notes to make the transitions seamless.
  • Powerful analysis tool – Rapidly break up existing songs into their component sections, so that you can freely rearrange them, repurpose their parts in new songs, mash them up with other songs, or simply as way of learning from great songs.
  • General MIDI format – Import original content and third party pattern libraries in General MIDI format. Export arrangements as General MIDI for performance, or for further production using other tools. More music formats are planned for future versions.

HyperTunes for iOS is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: HyperTunes

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Slam Tracks releases Hard Rock Drum Fills MIDI Pack 1

Slam Tracks

Slam Tracks has announced Hard Rock Drum Fills MIDI Pack 1, a collection of MIDI drum fills.

Time to bring your virtual drum tracks to life with an aggressive and live collection of Hard Rock MIDI drum fills, all in one powerful downloadable collection: Slam Tracks Hard Rock MIDI Drum Fills Pack 1. Included are 867 MIDI files divided among 9 different Hard Rock and Rock drum styles in different tempos and feels, all recorded live by seasoned, professional drummer.

All fills are presented with multiple variations, allowing users of all popular virtual drum instruments like BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ to create quickly and easily enhance existing hard rock and rock drumtracks with a powerful “go-to” toolbox of drum fills. This library is the perfect complement to our dedicated collection of Hard Rock MIDI drum grooves – Slam Tracks Hard Rock MIDI Drum Grooves Pack 1.

Hard Rock MIDI Drum Fills Pack 1 features

  • 867 Royalty Hard Rock and Classic Rock fill, from one to eight bars in length.
  • 9 styles of Hard Rock, Classic Rock, and Alternative Rock
  • Played in 4/4 with straight, triplet & swing feels in tempos ranging from 70 to 180 BPM. Intro fills, transition fills, fill stops and breaks are included in each drum fill folder.
  • Formatted for BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ & *General MIDI Standard MIDI Files
  • Outstanding feel and realism. All files are live performances – our MIDI drum grooves and fills are not quantized.

Hard Rock MIDI Drum Fills Pack 1 is available as an instant download for $19.95 USD.

More information: Slam Tracks / Hard Rock MIDI Drum Fills Pack 1

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Analogue Drums releases Buckshot sample library

Analogue Drums Buckshot

Analogue Drums has released Buckshot, a drumkit sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and EXS24.

The Buck stops here. A modern take on a vintage kit with plenty of punch to cut through and enough tone to sit right in a rock track.

The kit is a vintage 1970s Gretsch Stop-Sign Maple with Zildjian and Sabian cymbals. The kit was tracked in a big old wooden theatre and dialing in the room sound can go from tight to espansive. As usual we’ve used nothing but the finest gear to capture the kit including classic Neumann mics, vintage Neve 1064 preamps. The tracks were then processed through vintage DBX 160 “VU” compressors for added grit and girth.

Buckshot features

  • Multi-sampling: each key contains 24 velocity layers for expressive detail. Hihats are extensively sampled for convincing realism with 6 articulations (tight, closed, loose, semi-open, open, pedaled).
  • Mic layers: 3x separately controllable layers for close mics, overheads and room mics.
  • Layouts: General MIDI (GM) and Extended Mapping (EX) layouts provided.
  • Kontakt instrument interface*: with volume and pan controls for individual drums and room mics. Instant snare-swapping button.
  • Sensitivity control*: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for rock and heavier tracks.
  • Presets*: for quickly changing sounds.

Buckshot is available to purchase for $24.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums / Buckshot

* features only available when using Kontakt.

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Cymbal Masters release Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample & Groove Libraries

Virtually Erskine

Cymbal Master has announced the release of Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample Library, an expansion for BFD2 and BFD Eco featuring two of Peter’s personal drum kits.

The Virtually Erskine Sound Library features Peter playing two of his kits recorded and produced in high definition by John Emrich.

This collection features Peter Erskine playing every articulation. All recordings were done in Peter’s private studio and represent the same pristine sound featured on many of his most recent releases.

Virtually Erskine Drum Sample Library features

  • Played by Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall, Jaco Pastorius).
  • Formatted for FXpansion BFD2 and BFD Eco.
  • Includes 2 of Peter Erskine’s complete drum kits: a DW Jazz Series kit and DW Collectors VLT kit (for fusion, rock & pop) recorded in his own personal studio to capture his signature “sound”.
  • The Jazz kit is played with both sticks and brushes.
  • Every drum hit, sample & articulation played by Peter Erskine himself.

Cymbal Masters has also released the Virtually Erskine MIDI Grooves Library, featuring over 400 MIDI grooves of Peter playing 12 unique styles in 3/4 and 4/4, including Jazz, Swing, Rock, Funk and Afro-Cuban styles. The files are formatted for BFD2, BFD Eco as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware.

The Peter Erskine Sample Library for BFD is available to purchase from Platinum Samples for $80 USD. The MIDI Grooves Library is $40 USD.

More information: Virtually Erskine

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