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Groove Monkee releases Hard Rock 1 Midi Loops Library

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Groove Monkee Hard Rock 1 Midi Loops

Groove Monkee has announced Hard Rock 1 Midi Loops, a collection of over 3000 MIDI drum loops for hard rock, rock, alternative, etc.

It includes a wide variety of heavy-hitting grooves and fills in seven crucial feels: 16th feel, 8th feel, quarter feel, half-time, displaced feel, busy feel and tom grooves!

The grooves were played by professional drummer Rory Faciane, a veteran on the Nashville recording scene.

Each 8 measure loop is available with and without fills at the end for quick and easy track creation! We’ve also included 800 extra fills arranged by feel (16th, 8th, etc.) or tempo and type (build, flam, crashes and rolls). Right hand variations include ride, closed and open hats.

Hard Rock 1 Midi Loops features

  • 3000 Royalty Free MIDI Drum Loops by a professional studio drummer.
  • Tempo: 80 to 160 bpm.
  • Time Signature: 4/4.
  • 8 measure loops with fills at the end.
  • Variations: closed hat, open hat, ride.
  • 800 drum fills arranged by feel or tempo and type (build, flam, crashes and rolls).
  • Formats: Addictive Drums, Battery, BFD, BFD2, EZdrummer, Ocean Way/iMap, Superior 2, Session Drummer, Steven Slate, Ableton Live, Reason and many more.
  • Mac and PC installers include: Addictive Drums, BFD, Eco and EZdrummer/Superior. Other formats are in the “supplemental” download.
  • Grooves are not quantized.

The library is available to purchase for $19.95 USD.

Groove Monkee is currently offering a 10% discount on its products in a Fall Special promotion. Use coupon code GM10 to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Groove Monkee / Hard Rock 1 Midi Loops

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Drums On Demand introduces new line of Drum Sample Kits

Drums On Demand has announced the release of seven new drum sample kits formatted for Logic, Reason, Kontakt, Pro Tools and GarageBand.

Drums On Demand Drum Sample Kits

Spanning genres from jazz to heavy metal, musicians will have access to drum kits created in the same sessions as the company’s best-selling audio loop volumes.

From jazz to country to heavy metal, seven new sample drum kits offer even greater variety to users searching for smooth, usable and high quality sounds.

Each kit features multi-velocity layers on each drum element and as many as nine different snares. The 24-bit/44.1 kHz hits were recorded in the same sessions and on the same drums as the company’s best-selling audio loop volumes.

Drums were laid out very close to the General MIDI map for ease of auditioning and use. Some liberties were taken for the left-right snare hits on all kits (for round-robin), and for some value-added hats, sustains and rolls in the lower and upper registers on many kits.

“We are excited that users can now have our Drums On Demand sounds with the flexibility of MIDI,” says company President Quint Randle. “This exponentially expands the DOD experience.”

Not designed or priced to compete with the overly technical virtual drum programs, the kits were designed with price and flexibility in mind. As little as $9.95 each, the download includes all five formats for those who work across several software platforms.

One noteworthy example is the jazz-latin kit, which uses a vintage ’60s Gretsch kit with 10 velocities left and right snare hits on a limited-edition, 75th anniversary Noble & Cooley snare (only 100 made). The virtual instrument includes a stick kit, closed snare kit and a brush kit. The pack is rounded out with bongo, conga, djembe hits and rolls, cymbal sus’, as well as snare buzzes and rolls.

Other kits in the new line — each with their own unique features — include: funk/soul, solid rock, crossover brushes, metal, country and a basic Drums On Demand® workhorse kit.

If a musician doesn’t program/play drums on the keyboard, Drums On Demand® has also partnered with Groove Monkee to offer 11 volumes of premium MIDI drum loops: rock, jazz, metal, funk and more. These volumes include General MIDI mapped loops for use with the DOD kits, plus mappings for other popular software like Addictive Drums, BFD, EZdrummer, Live Session Drums, Session Drummer, Steven Slate & more. These have been discounted to $19.95 each during the launch of the new drum kits.

More information: Drums On Demand

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Groove Monkee Rock Essentials 2, MIDI drum loops

Groove Monkee Rock Essentials 2

Groove Monkee has announced the release of Rock Essentials 2, a collection of over 2700 MIDI drum loops for Rock and Pop/Rock.

This pack was designed for song writers looking for an easy-to-use collection of “straightforward” rock and pop/rock grooves.

7 essential feels are included: Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Ballad – Straight (3/4, 6/8 and 12/8), Ballad – Shuffle (3/4 and 12/8), Straight 8ths, Straight and Shuffle 16ths and Driving Rock (3/4 and 6/8).

Sick of complicated, super-busy loops? If so, check this out!

Rock Essentials 2 features

  • 2700 Royalty Free MIDI Drum Loops played by a professional studio drummer.
  • Tempo: 60 to 200 bpm.
  • Time Signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 and 12/8.
  • Rock and Pop midi drum loops with 7 essential feels: Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Ballad – Straight (3/4, 6/8 and 12/8), Ballad – Shuffle (3/4 and 12/8), Straight 8ths, Straight and Shuffle 16ths and Driving Rock (3/4 and 6/8).
  • Designed for those seeking rock and pop grooves that are “less busy” and more “straight forward”. Extra midi drum fills arranged by tempo and type (build, flam, toms, pushes and rolls).
  • If you need basic, straightforward Rock and Pop/Rock grooves, check these out.
  • Formats: Addictive Drums, Battery, BFD, BFD2, EZdrummer, Superior 2, Session Drummer, Steven Slate, Ableton Live, Reason and many more! Click here for all available mappings and formats.
  • Grooves are NOT quantized.

Rock Essentials 2 is available to purchase for $29.95 USD.

More information: Groove Monkee / Rock Essentials 2

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Sonic Reality announces Ultimate Studio Drums Bundle II: The Sequel Group Buy

eSoundz Ultimate Studio Drums Bundle II: The Sequel

Sonic Reality has announced a new group buy, the Ultimate Studio Drums Bundle II: The Sequel.

We are pleased to announce the sequel to last year’s BIG HIT group buy “Ultimate Studio Drums Bundle II: The Sequel”. More Drum Kits from Legendary Drummers, More Convolution Impulse Responses from Famous Studios. More Midi Grooves from companies like Groove Monkee and Sonic Reality… and more surprise bonus extras all for a price as low as $99!

Ultimate Studio Drums Bundle II: The Seque

Everything in the “Ultimate Studio Drums Bundle II: The Sequel Group Buy” is downloadable (an alternate DVD version will be available in March). This is a limited-time bundle that includes the following kits that are playable from Sonic Reality’s latest Infinite Player plug-in powered by Kontakt Player 4:

  • 25 Drum Masters 2 Signature Drum Kits featuring drum kits of legendary drummers such as John Blackwell (Prince, Diddy), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheny Group), Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), Nick D Virgilio (Genesis, Tears for Fears), Ed Greene (Steely Dan) and drum kits in the style of Classic Rock, Jazz and Soul!
  • More Ambient Impulse Responses from some of the best studios in the world to use with Infinite Player/Kontakt’s convolution reverb including some recorded by legendary engineer/producer Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Elton John…)
  • Over 1,000 iMap and GM format Midi Grooves from Groove Monkee and Sonic Reality.

You can join the Group Buy until Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

More information: eSoundz

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Groove Monkee releases Twisted Beats

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Groove Monkee Twisted Beats

Groove Monkee has released Twisted Beats, a collection of MIDI loops.

Twisted Beats is a unique collection of over 800 four measure MIDI loops for contemporary music with Rock, RnB World and Fusion influences. A wide range of old and new school influences are represented here: Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Meters, Paul Simon, Prince, etc.

The grooves were played by a professional studio drummer or expertly programmed in order to get exactly the right feel. We’ve selected only beats with an infectious “feel” or “groove”; this is NOT just a random collection of unusable beats.

Sick of the same old backbeats? If you’re looking for something different, THIS IS IT!

Twisted Beats features

  • 800+ MIDI Royalty-Free Drum Loops.
  • Twisted yet GROOVIN! Unique, exotic grooves with FEEL!
  • A wide range of old and new school influences…Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Meters, Paul Simon, Prince, etc.
  • Formats: Addictive Drums, BFD, BFD2, EZdrummer, Superior 2, Session Drummer, Steven Slate, Live Session Drums and more! Click Here to see a complete list of all available mappings and formats.

Twisted Beats is available to purchase for $29.95 USD.

More information: Groove Monkee / Twisted Beats

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Groove Monkee releases Rock 3: Contemporary

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Groove Monkee Rock 3: Contemporary

Groove Monkee has released Rock 3: Contemporary, a collection of four and eight measure MIDI loops for contemporary rock music.

Played by a professional studio drummer, the loops are mapped for most leading drum samplers such as Battery, BFD and EZdrummer. The grooves are arranged into song format with intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro loops.

Rock 3: Contemporary features

  • 400+ MIDI Royalty-Free Drum Loops.
  • Played by a professional studio drummer.
  • Arranged as song segments (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro).
  • Vibe: The Fray, The Killers, Daughtry, Matchbox 20, Train, Cold Play, The Strokes, Waking Ashland, etc.
  • Formats: Addictive Drums, BFD, BFD2, EZdrummer, Superior 2, Session Drummer 2 and more! Click Here to see a complete list of all available mappings and formats.
  • The grooves are not quantized.

Rock 3: Contemporary is available for purchase for $29.95 USD. Demo MIDI samples are available for download from the product page.

More information: Groove Monkee

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Cakewalk releases Guitar Tracks Pro 4 and Guitar Tracks Pro USB

Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 4

Cakewalk has updated Guitar Tracks Pro, the multitrack recording software for Windows PC.

Designed for guitarists and singer-songwriters, Guitar Tracks Pro 4 is the recording solution that takes your music from riff to hit! You get an amazing virtual guitar amp, a backing band of virtual instruments, precise editing tools, mixing console, over 2GB of sounds and effects, and more —for less than a few hours in the studio.

New features in Guitar Tracks Pro 4

  • A simplified multi-track recorder interface makes it easy to record, edit and mix your music.
  • Create, edit and print your own notation and tablature; an included fret-board view makes it easy to match notes to the guitar neck.
  • A suite of pro effects including Cakewalk’s Boost 11 Peak Limiter and Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig 3 LE to give you an arena sized sound right in your own studio.
  • Over 2GB of audio loops and samples spanning rock, blues, country, and bluegrass from Smart Loops™, Digital Sound Factory™, and Groove Monkee™.
  • Perfect your chops with a collection of Guitar World instructional videos featuring: Steve Morse, Dave Mustaine, Jimmy Herring, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and others..
  • Play along with loops recorded by world class drummers including: John Blackwell (Justin Timberlake, Prince), Jerry Marotta (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel), Nick D’Virgilio (Genesis, Tears for Fears), Ed Greene (Steely Dan, Barry White) and Danny Gottlieb (Sting, Pat Metheny Group) courtesy of Sonic Reality™.
  • Burn CDs and upload your finished projects directly to the web with Cakewalk Publisher; share your music with friends and family on websites, blogs or social networking sites.

Guitar Tracks Pro 4 is available at a retail price of $99 USD.

Guitar Tracks Pro USB (retail $149 USD) includes a portable, high quality audio interface, the UA-1G. Optimized for guitarists, the UA-1G features a special 1/4” jack with Hi-Z option for recording and 24-bit/96-kHZ Stereo I/O for playback.

Visit Cakewalk for more information.

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