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Xhun Audio updates IronAxe to v1.6.1

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Xhun Audio IronAxe

Xhun Audio has released version 1.6.1 of its IronAxe virtual electric guitar instrument for Windows and Mac, introducing an important fix for the String Router Engine, and featuring an updated KeyStrummer engine, improving the Power/Bar Chords strum authenticity.

Changes in IronAxe v1.6.1

  • String Router Engine 2.0: previous version (1.6) had a notes-allocation issue with multi instances of IronAxe. This has been fixed, it now works properly in single and multi instances environments.
  • KeyStrummer Mode: ‘Power/Bar Chords’ and ‘Power/Bar Chords Muted’ engine has been updated, now it features the performing of 2-strings Power Chords (Blue Keys, lower octave) and 3-strings Power Chords (Blue Keys, upper octave), for a more authentic and natural strumming experience.
  • Partial low level code replacement on the DSP side.

IronAxe for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 99 EUR.

More information: Xhun Audio / IronAxe

Audio Assault announces GrindMachine guitar amp effect plugin

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Audio Assault GrindMachine

Audio Assault has introduced GrindMachine, an upcoming guitar amp effect plugin.

GrindMachine, The most agressive guitar amplifier to date!

GrindMachine includes 10 ultra realistic, ultra high gain amplifiers and 20 Dynamically modeled speaker cabinets. 11 amps with the included clean amp!

No pedals or other boosters needed, no post processing just plug GrindMachine into your FX Slot and enjoy pure high gain tones that easily fit into any mix.

GrindMachine can also load your favourite speaker cabinet impulses but trust us, you’ll find keep going back to the dynamic cabs.

GrindMachine will be available soon. 64-bit VST, RTAS, and AU are in development.

Grindmachine Free for Windows (32-bit VST) is available to download now. This free download includes 1 German amp model and 3 cabinets.

More information: Audio Assault

The Loop Loft releases Doug Wamble Acoustic Loops sample pack

Doug Wamble Acoustic Loops

The Loop Loft has released Doug Wamble Acoustic Loops, a sample library featuring a collection of acoustic guitar loops.

The acoustic guitar has been an essential element in almost every genre of modern music. From fingerpicking folk, to indie rock strumming, to mellow country chords, the acoustic guitar is the backbone of countless songs, yet something that has been overlooked in loop libraries…. until now.

With The Doug Wamble (Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Cassandra Wilson) Acoustic Guitar Collection we’ve captured performances in all of these styles in pristine, 24 bit 48 kHz detail and converted them into REX2, AIFF, WAV and Stylus RMX formats, so you can easily infuse your own tracks with acoustic goodness in any DAW.

The sample library is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: The Loop Loft / Doug Wamble Acoustic Loops

Xhun Audio updates IronAxe virtual guitar to v1.6

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Xhun Audio IronAxe

Xhun Audio has released version 1.6 of the IronAxe virtual electric guitar instrument for Windows.

Version 1.6 features the String Router Engine 2.0, an intelligent system for dynamically switching between the 6 simulated strings: according to the current played notes on the master keyboard, this improved engine emulates the behaviour a real guitar performer.

This feature has also a cascade effect that affects the whole simulation, reducing up to 60% of the CPU and Memory hit compared to the previous versions of the software, while maintaining the same sound/audio accuracy.

Changes in IronAxe version v1.6

  • Introducing the String Router Engine 2.0, an intelligent system for routing/switching between the 6 simulated strings according to the current played notes on the master keyboard.
  • Saves CPU and Memory hit up to 60% per instrument instance, compared to the previous versions, maintaining the same audio accuracy.
  • Brings a large number of fixes on the DSP side, specially for logics in ‘MIDI Keyboard’ Controller Mode and more.
  • Partial low level code replacement, bringing greater cross-platform compatibility.
  • Minor fixes on the GUI side (Keyboard GUI in ‘MIDI Keyboard’ and ‘KeyStrummer’ Controller Mode).
  • Demo version limitation has changed, the string ‘Low E’ has been disabled.

The IronAxe plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 99 EUR.

More information: Xhun Audio / IronAxe

Dream Audio Tools releases Indie Fingers Volume Four: Acoustic

Dream Audio Tools has announced Indie Fingers Volume Four: Acoustic, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Indie Finger Vol 4: Acoustic

Indie Fingers Volume Four: Acoustic is the new library featuring an extensive Acoustic Guitar toolset ideal for creating realistic sounding intervals, arpeggios and sequences

Indie Fingers Volume Four: Acoustic blends together all the tools previously found in the serie like Played intervals, Patterns, Single notes, Bass repetitions, Combined patches, Noises, Percussions, Harmonics in order to provide a nice amount of flexibility both rhythmically and hamonically.

Indie Fingers Volume Four: Acoustic features

  • Tempo synced.
  • All samples 24 bit 48 Khz.
  • A comprehensive choice of Played Intervals, Fully playable patterns, Single notes, Harmonics, Bass repetitions and effect.
  • All patches can be combined for unlimited combinations and arrangements.
  • 34 .nki patches.
  • One Gigabytes of recorded sequences and tones.
  • Fully playable patterns are provided both in full and half tempo.
  • Low memory usage, Laptop ready.
  • Designed effect variations activable (Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Reverb).
  • Modulation wheel controlled slicer for more rhythmic combinations.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of 26.90 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or above.

More information: Dream Audio Tools

Prime Loops releases Neo Disco Guitars sample pack

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Prime Loops Neo Disco Guitars

Prime Loops has announced Neo Disco Guitars, a sample library featuring 450MB+ of rich funk guitar samples.

Strutting in with over 450MB of diamante studded samples, Neo Disco Guitars drops a shimmering mirrorball-clear selection of funky rhythms divided into 4 stacked folders of Amped, Clean, Extra Funk and Lead. The ‘Amped’ folder features a dirty overdriven collection of picked and strummed loops whilst the ‘Clean’ folder houses a crystal clear selection of super-catchy unadulterated chord sequences and riffs. Within ‘Extra Funk’ you’ll find highly charged set of loops with a powerfully punchy town and the ‘Lead’ folder throws out a hot assortment of funky licks and riffs recorded through a balmy warm valve amplifier.

Neo Disco Guitars totals at 184 stimulating samples straight into your DAW via direct download, delivered at an pure 24-bit sample rate. Each of these files can be dragged straight out of your download folder and dropped into any major piece of software. Key and tempo information is displayed clearly in every filename but you can shift the speed of any of these samples by simply stretching out the stem in your mix for a slower tempo squeezing it down for a faster tempo!

The sample pack is available to purchase for £17.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Neo Disco Guitars

Aria launches with Cellist, Classical Guitarist & Solo French Horn for Kontakt

Aria has launched with the release of Cellist, Classical Guitarist & Solo French Horn, three virtual instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Aria Cellist


Aria’s “Cellist”is a wonderfully sampled solo cello, designed for Kontakt 5 and above, and the first to come of our VST strings. It comes complete with three true dynamic levels, each with up to four round robins, giving a staggering twelve true variations pernote!

On top of this, we have programmed an up-bow, down-bow alternation for as natural a sound to the instrument as possible.

Aria Classical Guitarist

Classical Guitarist

Aria’s “Classical Guitarist”, is a beautifully sampled and hugely diverse classical guitar.

When programming this vst, we decided to work out some sort of system that would let the instrument keep the full natural attack on every sample/note, whilst still allowing the instrument to be played to a tempo comfortably, and without feelings of latency.

The solution was quite a simple one, but it lead to and absolutely brilliant sound.

Aria Solo French Horn

Solo French Horn

Aria’s “Solo French Horn”, is our take on this magnificent orchestral instrument. Most notes with three dynamic layers, each with three round robin recordings for a total of up to nine variations per note for a natural human sound.

You can blend between dynamic layers with the mod wheel to capture the full breadth and dimension of the sound in a single note.

The sample libraries are available to purchase for the introductory price of £15 GBP each (RRP £30 GBP each). A bundle of all three costs £37.50 GBP during the opening sale (RRP £75 GBP).

More information: Aria Sounds

Adamastor releases Alfama fado virtual instrument for Kontakt

Adamastor Alfama

Adamastor has launched Alfama, a virtual instrument library for fado music production.

Alfama is the first ever sample library featuring a Portuguese Guitar. It is also packed with a Nylon Guitar, ideal for accompaniment and making quick arrangements of songs.

With its harmonically rich and melancholic timbre, it will fit your sound pallette beautifully, adding texture and diversity to your creations.

Alfama features

  • Portuguese Guitar
    • Chromatically sampled.
    • 8x round-robin per note.
    • Major and Minor Chords.
    • 24 bit, 41.1 KHz sample resolution.
    • 460MB (180MB with NCW lossless format).
  • Nylon Guitar
    • Major and Minor Chord loops in three different time signatures.
    • Chromatically sampled.
    • 5x round-robin per note.
    • Hold function for easy playing of chord arrangements.
    • 24 bit, 41.1 KHz sample resolution.
    • 330MB (100MB with NCW lossless format).

The instrument library for Kontakt is available to purchase for 29.90 EUR. Requires Kontakt v5.3 (or later) full version.

More information: Adamastor / Alfama