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FXpansion releases City of Drums and Beats for Geist and GURU

FXpansion City of Drums and Beats

FXpansion has announced the release of City of Drums and Beats, an expander for Geist and GURU featuring an exclusive suite of sounds from Mike Acosta, a.k.a. DJ Michael Trance.

With a slew of hard-edged sounds perfect for high-intensity urban beats, City of Drums and Beats features inspirational kits and loops ideal for hip-hop, grime, house and dubstep. Mike’s prolific career as a DJ and producer includes a host of releases for labels such as SHR Recordings, Aqua Boogie, Miswax and Priority Records, remixes for numerous best-selling artists and a string of residencies at top west-coast clubs.

The samples include solid, slab-like bass drums, cutting hats and snares full of energy and crunch, mashed and twisted through a through a variety of processors for more thick grime and lo-fi flavour. Other highlights include a chromatic 808 bass kit and an inspiring set of loops, the perfect fuel for your creative ideas. On top of this, there’s a selection of ready-made patterns full of groove and feel.

City of Drums and Beats is available to purchase for $29 USD / 25 EUR / £22 GBP inc VAT.

More information: FXpansion / City of Drums and Beats

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FXpansion Holiday Sale: 40% off Geist + 50% off Geist Expanders

FXpansion has announced that its award-winning beat production software Geist is on sale for $149 USD until 31st December.

FXpansion Geist Sale

Geist is FXpansion’s next-generation sampling drum machine, designed to create evolved, custom beats and grooves, freeing you from the limits of pre-packaged loops and over-complicated DAWs.

Its filters and built-in FX feature the same DSP technology found in DCAM: Synth Squad so your beats and samples can sound just as good as your synth parts.

Geist is available from participating dealers or the FXpansion web shop for $149 USD (40% off regular $249 USD) until December 31st, 2011.

Geist Expanders are now 50% off, also until the end of December.

Enhance your Geist experience with the growing range of Geist Expanders! These sound-packs feature premium samples complete with Geist-format presets for quick injection into your productions.

Geist Expanders

  • Goldbaby Synthetic lovingly crafted from an extensive collection of analogue and digital hardware.
  • Classic Hip Hop featuring authentic old-skool 80s and 90s hip hop sounds.
  • Analogue Mayhem featuring edgy, organic electronic sounds generated almost exclusively with a large analogue synthesizer.
  • Ski Rize Dubstep designed specifically for making hard-hitting, heavy urban beats.
  • Best of GURU brings together the highlights of the GURU factory content library.
  • BFD Remix combines pristine acoustic sounds with fat-sounding FX treatments.

More information: FXpansion

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ToneBuilder releases Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back sample library

ToneBuilder has released Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back, a drum and percussion sample library.

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

“What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines… With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns…”

“What if Don Buchla created a drum machine…”

“What if that time-capsule also contained a drum machine from the future…”

These are the questions I had in mind, a game I played, during the creation of Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back. But the real questions are what would you do today with these sounds, what genres could you invent, who’s mind could you blow?

A few people enjoyed Driven Machine Drum and wrote in asking me to continue working on sound design, so I decided to sell a large portion of my kit and double down on some of the best analog and digital synthesis technology available today… if not the best.

DMD Strikes Back features

  • 2072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF.
  • Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV, featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe Edition: Logic EXS-24 programs (also compatible with Digidesign’s Structure).
  • Deluxe Edition: Native Intruments Kontakt programs.

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back is available to purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD (Standard Edition) $77 USD (Deluxe Edition) until October 31, 2011.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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Plughugger releases TR-SONIQ sample library

Plughugger TR-SONIQ

Plughugger has released TR-SONIQ, a new sample library for Geist, Guru, Maschine, Akai MPC and WAV formats.

While the mad scientists at Ensoniq are long gone, their legacy remains in the hands of producers who still can’t part from the sound of their aging samplers.

TR-SONIQ is a sound library of TR909 and 808 drum machines colliding sonically with a refurbished Ensoniq DP/4 effects unit. It’s big, dirty and noisy, and as with all Ensoniq products, it got a character rarely found among the polished sound processors of today.

The classic drum machines from Roland are constantly being processed by SSL consoles, Distressors or software compressors and distortion units such as Sonalksis TBK3 and Ohm Force Ohmicide – the sound of Ensoniq brings a new flavor to the classic sounds.

With TR-SONIQ we have given the old drum sounds full treatment, drenching them in Ensoniq goodness, building new processing chains from scratch, sampling the results and finally converting and dithering them into 16 bit samples that can be used with practically any hard- or software sampler.

The library consists of 318 separate samples all organized into categories. There are also ten pre-made drum kits for Fxpansion Geist and Guru, Native Instruments Maschine and Akai MPC.

TR-SONIQ is available to purchase for 5.90 EUR.

More information: Plughugger / TR-SONIQ

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FXpansion launches Summer Half Price Sale, expansions 50% off

FXpansion has announced the Summer Half Price Sale, a limited time offer for its expansion packs.

FXpansion Summer Half Price Sale

Until the end of June, all FXpansion download expansion packs are available at half price for registered owners of BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM: Synth Squad, GURU & Geist!

To take advantage of this offer head over to our online shop.

More information: FXpansion

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FXpansion Geist updated to v1.0.3.7, 64 bit support

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FXpansion Geist

FXpansion has released version 1.0.3.7 of Geist, the next-generation sampling drum machine for Windows and Mac.

Geist is a fast, intuitive software drum machine designed to create evolved beats and grooves, freeing you from the limits of pre-packaged loops and over-complicated DAWs. Geist fuses creative sample-sculpting tools with fast pattern step-sequencing and arrangement. Browse through sounds with lightning speed, slice and assign loops to pads with a single click; sample, resample and build beats in a slick unified environment. Geist makes fiddly tasks with multiple apps a thing of the past.

Changes in Geist v1.0.3.7

  • 64-bit support for MacOSX and Windows. When running a 64-bit host on a 64-bit operating system, Geist now appears as a native plugin so it is no longer necessary to use bit-bridges in such systems.
  • Guru import improved – envelopes and tuning settings should be a lot closer now.
  • Multiple spitters in a project should work correctly now.
  • Dragging patterns out as midi should now give accurate results in so far as the graphs to CC’s behaviour.
  • Reverse and looping/gated modes now functioning correctly – with or without timestretch.

Geist is available to purchase for £157 GBP / 189 EUR / $249 USD. A crossgrade offer is available for registered GURU customers: £79 GBP / 95 EUR / $125 USD. Prices excl. VAT where applicable.

More information: FXpansion / Geist

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Goldbaby Super Analog 808, available from Loopmasters

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Goldbaby Super Analog 808

Loopmasters has released Super Analog 808, a sample library featuring high quality TR-808 samples by Goldbaby.

Punchy, warm, analog drums with Round Robin Layering. Using high-end outboard and a compulsive attention to detail… this 808 sample set is pure analog drum heaven.

Why have you created another TR-808 sample set?

For a start the 808 is one of my favorite drum machines! Secondly I thought I could offer something a little different. This sample pack has been recorded at a higher sampler rate and has extensive Round Robin treatment to recreate the feel and movement of an analog drum machine. The Tape808 used tape to give it extra Mojo… this time I have used some new high end outboard. Tasty…

Is there anything else that is different?

Yes there certainly is. This pack has tuned chromatic BD and Conga patches. So you can play them on your keyboard!

Super Analog 808 features

  • 1168 x 24 bit / 96 kHz wav files.
  • Instrument patches for: Battery 3, EXS24, Kontakt 3.
  • Patches make use of extensive Round Robin mapping for a more analog feel.
  • Also includes tuned Chromatic BD and Conga patches (Kontakt, EXS24, Battery).
  • Note: the GURU pack includes the samples + Drum Mashine patches for Guru.

Super Analog 808 is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Super Analog 808

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