Mokafix Audio has released version 1.05 of Blue Reeds and Glue Reeds, two electric piano instruments for PC and Mac.
Blue Reeds & Glue Reeds are faithful emulations of Wurli and Pianet electric pianos. Cpu usage has been reduced and decay time has been rewritten for each key.
Changes in Blue Reeds / Glue Reeds v1.05
- Cpu consumption has been reduced.
- All decay times have been rewritten: shorter on low register, longer on high register.
- Less clicks on note on/note off.
- Polyphony now limited to 20 (previously 30).
- Five highest notes are now always in sustain mode.
- Stompbox FXs are now correctly set to their default value when changed (Blue Reeds only).
- Delay FX now mute and is emptied when turned off (Blue Reeds only).
- Midi learn added to global on/off, global volume and velocity curve (Blue Reeds only).
Blue Reeds is available to purchase for 49 EUR. Glue Reeds can be downloaded as freeware.
More information: Mokafix Audio / Blue Reeds / Glue Reeds
Puremagnetik has released two new Micropaks: Model-C and AmpPak.
Model-C is an advanced multi-sampled Hohner Clavinet instrument.
- 250MB of sampled Clavinet content from the original C model.
- Optimized for Ableton Live, Kontakt, Logic and GarageBand.
- Intricately programmed with easy edit controls and integrated effects.
- Self contained instrument complete with multi-pickup selection and mechanical noise controls.
- Also included are 50 high quality loops recorded by professional New York studio keyboardists.
AmpPak is a collection of sophisticated amplifier and speaker effects for Ableton Live.
AmpPak features 17 amplifier and speaker effects that can be used on anything from drums, to guitars, to vocals and synthesizers. Each rack contains a specially programmed selection of effects from overdriven metal to crunchy glitch percussion processors.
Visit Puremagnetik for more information and audio demos.
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on Mar 24, 2008
Goldbaby Productions has released another sample library featuring some sampled drum machines: Analog AutoRhythms Vol 1.
After the familiar sounds of the The Tape808, 909 and freebie 606 (all Roland TR machines), Goldbaby dug up 8 somewhat more obscure vintage drum machines to sample.
Analog AutoRhythms Vol 1 comes with a nice PDF with detailed information on each drum machine.
- Conn Rhapsody Rhythm Unit — This is a (rare) rhythm unit from a Conn Rhapsody organ. It has 22 presets and 10 sounds.
- Korg Rhythm 55B — This Roland CR competitor has some warm analog sounds. It has a stunning 96 patterns, and 10 sounds (looks like this is the version 2 model without the disco rhythms).
- Electro Harmonix DRM 15 / 16 / 32 — Features the lovely space-drum and the snap sounds. The analogue sounds from these boxes are great for electro music.
- Eko Ritmo 12 — The little brother of the Ritmo 20, this rhythm box has 12 preset rhythms.
- Univox Micro Rhythmer — A small little analog box with 8 preset rhythms and 5 individual sounds. I thought the Rhythmer only had a kick sound with layered hihat, but this machine does have the individual base drum sound (and snare, hi hat, open hi hat and rim shot).
- Roland Rhythm 330 — The Rhythm 330 (or TR-330) has a warm analog sound. It’s another organ rhythm box without the actual organ. Comes with some lovely cheesy patterns.
- Hohner Rhythm 80K — This German rhythm unit features 80 patterns and 8 sounds. It’s sounds rather tame with a subby kick and modest snare sounds.
- Olson X-100 — An American rhythm unit that nobody seems to know much about. The 8 individual sounds can be triggered. It sounds quite noisy and rough to me.
The nice thing about these analog drum machines is that you’ll virtually never hear the exact same sound twice. Goldbaby has recorded multiple samples of each drum sound to give you the same kind of analog feel.
Besides the samples you also get tons of the presets in REX format so you can play the rhythms as if you have the real thing.
So what do I think?
I realize these type of samples are not everyone’s cup of tea (Zak, do not buy this!), but if you’re into vintage analog drum machine sounds, you’re going to like this one.
Since it’s a Goldbaby library you can also be sure the quality is top notch and the price is right: $24 USD for Guru, $19 USD for the Wav & Rex Pack.
More information: Goldbaby Productions / Analog AutoRhythms Vol 1
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on Mar 17, 2008
Goldbaby Productions has released Analog AutoRhythms Vol 1, a sample pack featuring 8 vintage drum machines.
From the product page:
The first electronic drum machines were analog preset machines. They were designed to be electronic drummers… They almost never sounded realistic but this has made them very appealling to electronicmusicians! Analog AutoRhythyms Vol 1 is a collection of 8 of these vintage drum machines. An ecletic mix of rare,bizarreand famous instruments…
Analog AutoRhythms Vol 1 features
- 8 drum machines used:
- Korg – KR 55B
- Roland – TR 330
- Conn – Rhapsody Rhythm Unit
- Electro Harmonix – DRM 15 / 16 / 32
- Eko – Ritmo 12
- Univox – Micro Rhythmer
- Hohner – Rhythm 80K
- Olson – X100
- Multiple samples of each drum sound give this product the ability to sound more “analog” than just one sample per drum (This can be achieved by using round robin layering).
- Includes a selection of the original beats in Rex format.
Analog AutoRhythms Vol 1 is available a download for Guru ($24 USD) and as a Wav & Rex Pack ($19 USD).
Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information and audio demos.
Syntheway has released ElectriKeys, an electric piano VSTi plugin.
- Sound is generated via a hybrid method that combines synthesis and sampling techniques, to create the most realistic sounds of these vintage electric pianos.
- EP Selector. One instrument offering the sound of four legendary e-pianos: Fender Rhodes™ Electric Piano (Stage Piano Mark I), Hohner Clavinet D6™, Wurlitzer™ Electric Piano, Yamaha™ CP-70 Electric Grand Piano (Brilliance: Mellow, Normal and Bright)
- Tremolo Section: Recreates the classic effect (which was called vibrato on the real Rhodes™ front panel). Contains a LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) with modulation depth, frequency and offset. The panning slider controls the output effect distribution between left and right speaker and to help create a broad spectrum of stereo tremolo effects.
- 5-Band Parametric Equalizer: EQ composed of five parametric filters with Frequency, Bandwidth and Gain knobs. Equalization allows you to lower or raise the volume of specific frequency ranges for bass and treble manipulation. Also contains global gain wheel to adjust the overall volume (Turn the wheel to right to boost a band, or to left to decrease its level).
- Decay & Release Time: Decay sets the note decay while the key is pressed. Release sets the release (fade out) time after the key is released, offering unique tone to each player.
- 32 presets for Tremolo effects and Parametric EQ ready to play. Creating new sounds is as simple as combining these presets in different ways and tweaking any associated parameters from there as desired.
- Signal’s Harmonic Spectrum (Freq. analyzer)
- FULL MIDI Automation: Every parameter can be controlled via MIDI or host automation.
ElectriKeys costs $35 USD, and a fully functional demo is available for download. (generates a short beep in all output channels every 10 seconds)
Visit Syntheway for more information.