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Loopmasters releases Bubbles And Chops, sample library by Dubdrops

Loopmasters Bubbles And Chops

Loopmasters has released Bubbles And Chops, a new sample pack by Dubdrops.

Dubdrops are proud to present a brand new collection of the most authentically played and recorded collection of Reggae Bubbles and Chops, for Producers worldwide looking to ignite their tracks with the soul of Roots Reggae.

For the first time ever, a massive collection of Rub a Dub, Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska Hammond Organ Bubbles, plus Piano and Guitar chops which have been recorded by the best heads in the business for your sampling delight!

Organised by BPM and Key signature, drag and drop loops and get busy with some serious Bubblin pressure , Keyboards played by Ruff Cut legend Bubblers and featuring Prince Fatty’s guitarist Chopper Gilkezn, engineered by Prince Fatty himself in the heart of Harlseden, the Jamaican quarter of London.

Bubbles And Chops features

  • Over 200 Hundred Dub and Reggae Organ, Guitar and Piano Bubbles and Chops, in 24bit quality.
  • 70 Guitar Chops, 70 Organ Bubbles, 67 Piano Loops.
  • Tempo between 64 – 132 bpm.

Bubbles And Chops is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Bubbles And Chops

Review: Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Goldbaby Productions

The third volume in Goldbaby’s Tape Drum Machines series of sample libraries features the sounds of another dozen drum machines.

For those new to the concept, the Tape Drum Machines series combines vintage and modern drum machines with tape machines and analog tape effects.

This third volume in the series features nearly 3,500 samples (24bit) from a total of 12 drum machines, recorded with Otari and Rola reel-to-reel tape decks and a Hitachi cassette deck. Add a touch of tape simulation from Kush Audio’s UBK-Fatso and you get Tape Drum Machines Volume 3.

Goldbaby Tape Drum Machines Vol 3
Gear used for Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 drum machines

  • Casio RZ-1 (238 samples), one of the first drum machines which featured sampling (0.8 sec at 20 kHz).
  • Kawai R-100 (132 samples), 24 12-bit sounds in 3 kits.
  • Kawai XD-5 (905 samples), features 256 waveforms, with up to 4 waveforms per drum sound. Has advanced options like envelopes, filters, delay, ringmod and more.
  • Korg DDM-110 Super Drums (83 samples), a total of nine (9!) 8-bit 15.6kHz samples in this lo-fi machine.
  • Korg DDM-220 Super Percussion (71 samples), lo-fi crunchy sounds like the DDM-110, but this time with Latin American percussion sounds.
  • MFB-522 (453 samples), analog drum sounds from Germany. Features step sequencer and lots of controls for editing the sounds.
  • M.P.C. Electronics DSM-1 (515 samples), single channel analog drum synth intended to be used with drum pads.
  • Roland Rhythm 55/TR-55 (276 samples), analog rhythm box with 10 sounds generated by tuned resonance type circuits and white noise.
  • Roland Rhythm Plus PB-300 (314 samples), analog rhythm machine with 8 sounds (apparently a bit of a mix of TR and CR machines).
  • Sakata DPM-48 (122 samples), digital drum machine with old school sounds (also manufactured under Jugg Box and Hammond brand names).
  • Yamaha ED10 (284 samples), electronic drum pad with an analog synthesizer which can produce a wide range of sounds (includes filter+mod, subsonic, click, noise, etc).
  • Yamaha RX21L (80 samples), features 16 latin drum/percussion samples, in full 12-bit glory.

The sample pack also comes with some patches for Battery and Guru, which is great if you use these instruments. However, samples are categorized in separate drum machine folders so it’s easy to browse the sounds.

The samples themselves have descriptive names indicating the type of sample and what gear was used. For example, RZ1_BDvinyl_7_x_Tape2.wav is vinyl basedrum sound #7 from the RZ1, recorded on the Otari MX5050 1/4 inch 2 track machine with the gain set for more saturation. The “x” denotes additional processing like the use of a filter or equalizer.

The analog machines – DSM-1, ED10, MFB-522, PB-300, and TR-55, have many sounds that were sampled multiple times for use of round robin (also indicated in the filenames). These variations will help you get more realistic results.

Alright, so what do these drum machine samples actually sound like? I made a few demo loops so you can get an idea. The first track is a combination of the loops, the individual ones follow (drum machines indicated in the track title).

All drum/percussion sounds in these loops were done with TDM Vol 3 only. I didn’t use much processing, just some compression and a tiny bit of reverb on some of the samples. For melodic content I used u-he ACE, Sonic Charge Synplant, and Daichi’s Synth1.

So what do I think?

Product: Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 3
Format: 24bit wav, Battery+MIDI & Guru kits and bundles
Price: $29 USD

The third volume in the Tape Drum Machines series includes a huge variety of digital and analog drum machine samples. Not all of them are equally interesting to me though. I am not a fan of digital latin percussion drum machines so the DDM-220, and the particularly nasty sounding RX21L I could do without. Goldbaby’s tape treatment does add value but they’re just not the type of sounds I’m usually looking for. Luckily those only account for 150 out of 3,500 samples.

In general TDM Vol. 3 is a well balanced pack of electronic drum sounds; from the raw digital 12-bit orchestral hits of the R-100 to the warm synthetic analog sounds of the ED10 and MFB-522. My favorites are the RZ-1 – great for lo-fi hip hop beats, and the XD5 which has a surprising large amount of diverse sounds. I love the rough, saturated “tape2″ samples of this one.

TDM Vol. 3 meets the high quality I have come to expect from Goldbaby. If you are into drum machine sounds this one is a no-brainer if you ask me.

More information: Goldbaby / Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Nine Volt Audio releases Organ Explosion: 9V-B3 Edition sample library

Nine Volt Audio Organ Explosion

Nine Volt Audio has announced the release of Organ Explosion: 9V-B3 Edition, a multi-format sample library.

Featuring the sounds of the Hammond® B-3, Organ Explosion presents 20 tightly organized song suites covering funk, blues, jazz, rock and more. With rhythmic bursts, bubbling riffs and fat back grooves, the 700+ loop collection is a go-to source for raw, infectious and emotive playing.

The Organ Explosion library takes a new an inventive approach by placing left and right hand performances into separate loops. While the left hand lays down solid basslines and the right pumps rhythm and melodies, composers have the freedom to combine loops for complete performances and the flexibility to separate them, opening up additional creative and compositional options.

And as part of the BPM Flex Series™, every REX-based loop (used in Stylus RMX and Kontakt) can be used at a huge range of tempos with no artificial stretching. Need to slow some fiery 140 BPM grooves to a 90 BPM swinging blues? No problem!

Sounding spontaneous, simple and sophisticated, Organ Explosion goes from Saturday night’s jam to Sunday morning’s gospel sermon with style, syncopation and soul.

Organ Explosion: 9V-B3 Edition features

  • Organ Explosion features 706 loops in the REX2, Stylus RMX, Kontakt, ACIDized Wav and Apple Loop formats.
  • The collection is organized into 20 song suites. Each suite has clearly labeled song parts (i.e. riffs, progressions, transitions, grooves, etc.), clearly labeled key/chord progressions in the file name and an “L” or “R” to indicate the hand that is playing the loop.
  • Any of the REX-based loops (used in Stylus RMX, Reason, Kontakt and most major sequencers like Cubase, Live, Sonar, Digital Performer, ProTools, Logic) can be used at tempos as slow as 75 BPM with no artificial stretching.
  • Using Organ Explosion within Stylus RMX requires the user to drag-and-drop one folder into RMX’s included S.A.G.E. Converter.
  • Twenty patches for Kontakt are supplied. Extensive user interface controls and ease-of-use features are available on every patch. Organ Explosion is compatible with full retail versions of Kontakt 3.5 and up. The free Kontakt Player will only allow for 30 minutes of unrestricted use.
  • Download size for ACIDized Wav and Apple Loop formats is 1040 MB. Download for REX2/Stylus RMX/Kontakt is 715 MB.
  • All loops are in 44.1kHz/24bit resolution.

Organ Explosion is available on DVD or as a download for $99.99 USD.

More information: Nine Volt Audio / Organ Explosion: 9V-B3 Edition

Native Instruments Komplete 7 Bundles now available + Reaktor 5.5, Vintage Organs, Rammfire, Traktor’s 12, Reflektor & Reaktor Prism

Native Instruments Komplete 7 / Komplete 7 Elements

Native Instruments has announced the release of three new Komplete 7 bundles.

Welcome to the new world of KOMPLETE, offering a vast range of exceptional products. Maximize your sonic arsenal with the professional KOMPLETE 7 bundle or the perfect introductory bundle KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS.

If you are looking for an individual synth, sampler, or any specific orchestral, piano, guitar or drum sound simply choose from the many specialized KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects. The new world of KOMPLETE offers total expandability and everything a modern producer needs.

Komplete 7 bundles

  • KOMPLETE 7 – With 24 KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, 10,000 sounds and 90 GB of samples, KOMPLETE 7 overflows with creative inspiration to revolutionize your productions.
  • KOMPLETE 7 ELEMENTS – Packing a comprehensive selection of 2,000 production-ready sounds and 12 GB of samples, this is the perfect introduction to the world of KOMPLETE.
  • KOMPLETE 7 PLAYERS – Your free entry into the world of KOMPLETE with four powerful NI audio engines, a 1 GB sound library and 450 high-quality presets and effects ready to use in the studio or on stage.

Compared to KOMPLETE 6, KOMPLETE 7 includes 17 additional products, providing you 3,000 additional sounds with 30 GB additional samples.

Native Instruments Reaktor 5.5

The Reaktor 5.5 update includes a number of improvements and additions to the modular studio software, making it even more flexible and powerful.

Changes in Reaktor 5.5

  • Fully reworked, streamlined user interface.
  • Two new synthesis modules: Additive & Modal synthesis.
  • New ensemble content: Lazerbass, Electronic Instruments 1 & 2.
  • Revised structure editor and audio engine.
  • Reworked documentation.

The release of KOMPLETE 7 introduces a number of new products which are also available seperately.

Native Instruments Vintage Organs, Rammfire, Traktor's 12, Reflektor, Reaktor Prism

Part of the KOMPLETE instruments and effects family, VINTAGE ORGANS includes the sounds of the Hammond® B-3, C-3 and M-3 models, the Vox Continental™ II and the Farfisa® Compact, recorded in highest quality from the original instruments exclusively by Native Instruments. The Organ and Amp pages provide full control over sound through drawbars, percussion, chorus/vibrato, overdrive, rotary effect, envelopes, EQ and reverb.

Ideal for heavy room-filling riffs, super-fast attack and bone-crunching overdrive, RAMMFIRE is perfectly and directly modeled on the legendary Pre-500 Dual Rectifier Amp and recording setup of Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein). Designed and developed in close collaboration with the man himself, we’ve unlocked the secrets behind this iconic band’s trademark sound.

TRAKTOR’s 12 includes some of the most inspiring and contemporary sounds from TRAKTOR’s arsenal – effects that have been road tested by top DJs in the world’s biggest clubs. Incredible delays, reverbs, and filters join TRAKTOR’s unique and hugely popular Beatmasher, Transpose Stretch and Mulholland Drive, among others, to form a powerful studio tool with true club pedigree.

REFLEKTOR represents the pinnacle of digital signal processing – a definitive convolution reverb based on the groundbreaking Zero Latency Convolution technology developed by Native Instruments. This high-performance effect provides reverb ranging from super-realistic physical rooms to fully virtual acoustics, offering in-depth modeling parameters for creating unique spaces. It can perfectly emulate the sound of high-end, expensive digital reverb units and includes specially designed content for creative sound design. Combined with some highly usable and musical innovations such as the Sync and Reverse feature, this is the ultimate reverb for every production need, from classic to creative.

Based on REAKTOR 5.5′s new “Modal Bank” module, which utilizes the possibilities of physical modeling synthesis, REAKTOR PRISM produces a dynamic and pristine sound that can be dramatically modified via internal or external sources. The result is a wide-ranging synth, equally powerful for hard basses and digital leads as organic soundscapes, percussive keys, flutes and bells.

KOMPLETE 7 is now available to purchase for PC and Mac for 499 EUR / $559 USD. KOMLETE 7 ELEMENTS is 99 EUR / $119 USD, and the KOMPLETE 7 PLAYERS bundle is now available as a free download.

More information: Native Instruments

Detunized DTS018 – Hamm and Eggs, Ableton Live Pack

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Detunized DTS018 - Hamm and Eggs

Detunized has announced the release of DTS018 – Hamm and Eggs, a new Live Pack featuring the Hammond B2 Organ, Leslie 251, and Trek TP-2B on Eggs.

Hamm and Eggs introduces an advanced emulation of a Hammond B2 organ with retrofitted Trek II TP-2B percussion module.

For maximum flexibility the Live Pack offers two different adaptations: Type A focuses on instant access to more common groups of parameters while Type B has mapped the organs drawbars to distinct macro controls. All registers as well as the percussion module are based on discrete 2-channel sample sets. Channel 1 includes the sound of the organs´ line out while channel 2 provides the sound of a Leslie 251 cabinet. All components and all registers can be mixed on demand.

Furthermore this Live Pack contains four organ-like devices. Their samples are the result of several audio processing steps on tape noises, a passing helicopter and a group of trumpeters performing on Carls Bridge in Praha.

Hamm and Eggs features

  • Instruments: 8 (B2-A, B2-B plus according light versions, Egg 1 -4 ).
  • Key range: A0 to C6.
  • No. of Samples: 401, 24 Bit/44 kHz, looped.
  • Disk space: approx. 95 MB.

Hamm and Eggs is available to purchase for Ableton Live 7 or higher, priced at 4.98 EUR for subscribers or 6.78 EUR as an instant purchase.

More information: Detunized

Iliadis updates Euthymia Electronic Organ to v2

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Iliadis has released version 2 of Euthymia Electronic Organ, a freeware virtual organ instrument for Windows.

The new version of this favourite VST Organ is available. Better Percussion, Better Key Click (now available for the Lower Manual), new Vibrato & Chorus (now Delay adjustable), Overdrive, more Drawbars for the Pedals, GUI changes and more things that you can’t see.

Iliadis Euthymia Electronic Organ

Euthymia Electronic Organ features

  • 147 Notes Polyphony.
  • 9 Steps Drawbars.
  • 9 “Standard” Drawbars for the Upper Manual, 9 for the Lower and 4 for the Pedal (16′, 5 1/3′, 8′, 4′) with a clean Sine Sound.
  • 2 Percussion Oscs with the 9 “Standard” Harmonics. Adjustable Decay and Level. A Knob switches Off/On.
  • Key Click Imitation (for both Manuals). Adjustable Attack/Release, Carrier and Level. A Knob switches Off/On.
  • Vibrato/Chorus. Adjustable Mix, Speed, Depth and Delay. A Knob works as a Selector between Vibrato and Chorus. 2 Knobs are available for Off/On. One for the Upper and one for the Lower Manual..
  • Midi Channel Selectors for the 2 Manuals and the Pedal.
  • Adjustable Overdrive, High Frq, Tune and Level.
  • 32 Programms available.
  • A LCD Screen.
  • Vintage Look GUI.
  • Low CPU consumption.

Euthymia Electronic Organ is available to download as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC. Donations are appreciated.

More information: Ilidias

Soniccouture releases Novachord

Soniccouture Novachord

Soniccouture has released Novachord, a sample library featuring the sounds of the worlds first commercially available synthesizer, designed by the Hammond Organ Company in 1938 and put into full production from 1938 to 1942.

We sampled every one of the 72 notes on this beast – 50 times over. As well as full patches, we also separately sampled each Novachord ‘tone’ – the stops, or filter channels – so that we could model a ‘Virtual Novachord’ in Kontakt.

This comprehensive core sample library is used to maximum effect in creating two separate instrument concepts – The Dual layer NovaSynth and the 1939 / 2039 NovaSynth.

Soniccouture Novachord features

  • 3.5 Gb core library – 3600 samples.
  • 24bit 44.1khz sampling.
  • The most comprehensive Novachord library available.
  • Every key on original unit ( 72 keys ) sampled 50 times with different settings.
  • Over 200 presets and additional sound-design templates.

Novachord is available to purchase as a Kontakt Player compatible sample library (PC/Mac), priced at 89 EUR / $129 USD.

More information: Soniccouture / Novachord

Hollow Sun releases Novachord ReFill

Hollow Sun Novachord ReFill

Hollow Sun has announced the release of the Novachord ReFill, a soundset for Reason featuring the sounds of the legendary Hammond Novachord.

It comes courtesy of Reason maestro, Matt Black, who has done an astonishing job on this.

Hammond Novachord Refill for Reason & Record features

  • Classic Novachord — Here you will find the classic tones of the Refill, in Combinator format.
  • Esoteric Novachord — This folder contains Combinator patches with a modern twist, including layers, splits and FX.
  • FX Patches — Subfolders for all the FX modules used in the Combinators: Line 6 USB Pod Farm, Reverb, Scream, Thor Modulation Matrixes and Combinator FX.
  • NNXT Patches — All the tones saved in *.sxt format, plus additional subtle variants.
  • Novachord Amped [R+R] — Combinator patches with Line 6 amp tones for Pod Farm.
  • Format: Reason 4 ReFill, 24-bit/44khz samples.

The Novachord Refill is available to purchase for £50 GBP / 60 EUR / $80 USD. The Hammond Novachord library is also available in EXS-24 and Kontakt formats.

More information: Hollow Sun / Novachord