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WOK releases MiniStepper free MIDI step sequencer plugin

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WOK has released MiniStepper, a free, easy to use MIDI step sequencer plug-in for Windows.

WOK Ministepper

8 steps, each with velocity, gate length and mute.

Several play directions, start- and end-step selectable on the fly. Sequence can be transposed by incoming MIDI notes. Also plays chords !

Host sync with dotted and triplet speed selection, swing, run on key press, MIDI-channels selectable for combined use, clear layout, free !

The plug-in is available to download from WOK.

More information: WOK / MiniStepper

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Sound Magic releases Fazioli Rose piano instrument

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Sound Magic Fazioli Rose

Sound Magic has announced the release of the Fazioli Rose, a virtual Fazioli “Brunei” concert grand piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

Fazioli “Brunei” is the most expensive concert grand piano. Fazioli, base in Italy, is considered to produce the best sounding grand pianos nowadays. Based on its famous Fazioli F308, the 10 foot concert grand model, Fazioli “Brunei” is decorated with flowers in mother of pearls, features semi-precious stones in various types. Not only the appearance changes a lot, but also Fazioli “Brunei” was specially tuned by factory engineers to achieve a unique sound, it has a deeper bass and mellower in sound compared to F308. By using the best Microphones and AD/DA converter nowadays, we successfully captured Fazioli “Brunei” unique sound. And after almost 1 years’ modeling processing, we finally get an vivid instrument with a rather small size compared with other sampled instruments.

Neo Piano features a custom built Hybrid DFD/RAM system. It is a very flexible system which can be optimized for different playing applications. If you are using an old system with low RAM, DFD will work well. If you are using a top performance 64-bit system with plenty of RAM, you can choose to play Neo Piano totally from RAM. A balance of DFD and RAM samples can be utilized to optimize general performance. In All cases Sound Quality remains at the highest level. For live stage performances, the entire piano sample set can be loaded into RAM, removing any worries about OS interference with Hard Disc access. For Studio and Composition use, DFD is ideal with modern computers.

A major breakthrough in Neo Piano Engine is the resonance engine. Every Grand Piano has a very large soundboard which reflects sound which resonates together with the piano’s wood body. This is a continuous process and makes every note sound unique. In order to simulate this behavior, Sound Magic first captures multi angle IRs from the soundboard, then applies new technology to convert those IRs into Resonance Engine Algorithms. The result is a concert hall sound reproduction full of life.

Style Designer is a special function which allows you to quickly and easily set the piano’s musical style, such as pop, jazz, rock, classical or soft. When you move the style level dial, it will change several internal parametric.

Fazioli Rose for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 129 EUR/$169 USD/£105 GBP.

More information: Sound Magic / Fazioli Rose

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Acrobatics updates Mate synth plugin to v1.1.5

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Acrobatics Software has released version 1.1.5 of Mate, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Acrobatics Mate

A hands-on, simple desktop musicians friend, inspired by synthesizers of the seventies and eighties: produces original synth tones and reproduces strings pianos, basses, organs and bells patches with ease, but it can also explore wild and spacey atmos using its flexible modulation options and smart programming.

Changes in Mate v1.1.5

  • Added mouse control selection with accurate or fast options on the back of unit.
  • Changed graphic style for selections on the back of unit, now matches usual Acrobatics style.
  • Added alternative SKIN: acid green anonymous style, accessible right-clicking on the logo, saves with preset.
  • Added Default Bank .FXB file (the collection of 48 default patches) in folder.
  • Added Empty bank .FXB file (48 empty patches) in folder to start synthesizing from.
  • Fixed some informations and layout in documentation included.

Mate for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

More information: Acrobatics / Mate

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IK Multimedia releases SampleTank 3 Free

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of SampleTank 3 Free, a free version of the sound and groove workstation instrument for Windows and Mac.

IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 Free

Now you can experience the full creative power of SampleTank 3 for free via a selection of high-quality instruments that illustrate its completely redesigned user interface, 64-bit compatibility, 55 high-quality effects, new loop and groove management tools, enhanced sample engine and broad-reaching sonic versatility.

SampleTank 3 Free is essentially a fully functioning version of SampleTank 3: The only difference is that SampleTank 3 Free features a small portion of the high-quality sounds featured in the full version. This library is expandable; IK will add instruments to SampleTank 3 Free until a total of 22 instruments are available.

The first instrument included is Grand Piano 1 SE, a beautifully rendered representation of a Hamburg-made concert grand piano that’s been meticulously sampled down to the finest detail. It provides you with an extremely musical, dynamic and naturally versatile instrument that fits perfectly in any style of music from classical to rock and from jazz to soul. Its state-of-the-art programming and included high-end effects — like its virtual piano lid and true-to-life string and soundboard harmonic resonance — make for a fantastic playing experience that will make you believe you’re in the room with one of the richest and most beautiful concert grand pianos of all time. And you’ll also have infinite sound sculpting possibilities thanks to SampleTank 3′s immense studio FX collection: Now you’re covered for literally all the acoustic piano sounds your productions could ever call for.

Like SampleTank 3, all of SampleTank 3 Free’s sounds have been sampled and painstakingly crafted by IK’s team of professional audio engineers, with new lifelike expressiveness thanks to SampleTank 3 multiple articulations and new “round-robin” features. Musicians will enjoy the depth and nuance of their favorite instruments like never before: SampleTank 3 Free’s selection of sounds shine brightly and stand out in any mix with little-to-no adjustment required. Powerful, functional and effortless, SampleTank 3 Free is your free entry into a whole new world of sounds.

SampleTank 3 Free for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/Standalone) is available to download at no charge.

More information: IK Multimedia / SampleTank 3 Free

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Manx releases SJ-2 synthesizer plugin

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Manx has announced the release of SJ-2, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Manx SJ-2

Of all the different kinds of vintage hardware synthesizers, our favourite has to be the wave of programmable polysynths which appeared during the eighties, such as the Jupiter 8 and the MJS-80 rack-mount. It wasn’t just the breakthroughs of polyphony & patch recall that made these instruments popular – they also have a distinctive sound which was quite magical. We’re very proud to present the SJ-2 as our own tribute to these awesome, IC based beasts!

It’s no accident that the SJ-2 sounds the way it does – it features several layers of audio processing ‘algorithms’ designed to reproduce subtle audio nuances that you’ll find in analog synthesisers. This ‘no stone left unturned’ approach is, of course, computationally expensive and depending on patch settings, your CPU may take a hammering. Rest assured that we have tried to minimize CPU use as much as possible, spending many hours on optimisation.

SJ-2 features

  • 6 note polyphonic, with double and unison modes..
  • Filter and envelope technologies exclusive to Manx.
  • Midi Learn for all parameters.
  • Patch memory system with full library.
  • Independent PWM lfos, velocity sensitivity, generous modulation routings and much more…

SJ-2 for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD.

More information: Manx / SJ-2

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Music Weapons releases Bangin Bass 2

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Music Weapons Bangin Bass 2

Music Weapons has announced Bangin Bass 2, a virtual instrument with bass sounds that suit hip-hop and urban style of music.

Instead of just using what is available and “making it work” every patch in bb2 is instantly usable. The all new library in Bangin Bass 2 is 3 TIMES LARGER than the original and has superior sound quality due to our double precision audio engine. In addition to the much larger library each patch actually has multiple velocities meaning you will get a different tone depending on how hard you play bb2.

We also have incorporated our TOUCHSCREEN COMPATIBILITY from Drum Weapons 3 giving you the ability to play the plugin like an instrument directly on your monitor or tablet. We also have added more on screen gui controls to further tailor each patch to your needs.

Hundreds upon hundreds of amazing bass patches ranging from dirty custom electric and acoustic basses, legendary analog basses dripping with character, chest pounding subs, insane crazy next generation synth basses, dubstep style bass, tons of 8oh8 patches. Each patch has been meticulously created and tailored to take your urban productions to another level. So what are you waiting for, add some bangin bass to your arsenal now!

Bangin Bass 2 features

  • All new library 3X the size of the original.
  • Extremely High Quality Audiophile grade sound quality from double precision audio engine.
  • Touchscreen Compatibility from Drum Weapons 3.
  • Multiple Velocities per patch, the tone changes depending on how hard you play.
  • Extensive onscreen gui editing options to tailor each patch to your needs.
  • Compatible with any program that runs VSTi or AU plugins on PC or MAC.

Bangin Bass 2 is available for purchase for $74.99 USD.

More information: Music Weapons / Bangin Bass 2

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AIR intros The Riser synth-based transition designer

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AIR Music Technology has introduced The Riser, a synthesizer instrument designed for creating powerful transitions with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind.

AIR The Riser

A powerful, synth-based instrument, The Riser features all of the tools you need to compose heart-stopping transitions in one intuitive user-interface. In seconds, you can construct rises, falls, swells, fades, and more, based on our coveted sound synthesis technology. For instant inspiration, The Riser includes 300 pro-grade presets that you can edit, deconstruct, copy, mangle, and implement into your tracks.

Transitions add suspense, hype, drama, and movement to your music. Cymbal swells and reversed instruments were go-to transitions for years, until the DAW pioneered fast and flexible audio editing, paving the way for complex sound effects. When combined with synths and other audio shaping tools, transitions completed their metamorphosis from science to art. Until now, this process has convoluted and time-intensive, taking attention away from the overall project itself. The composer spent more time trying to get plugins, virtual sample players, hardware effects, sound modules, and other gear to play nice with each other – and that was before hitting “record”.

The Riser features

  • Transition designer optimized for electronic music production, scoring, and remix work.
  • 3 editable oscillators; sweep, noise, and chord.
  • 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper.
  • 23 filter types including multi-pole and phase shift.
  • 300 professionally designed, editable presets.
  • Randomizer generates patches at the click of a button.
  • Invert mode creates complementary patches by instantly changing transition direction.
  • Easy MIDI-Learn Mode; just click and twist to assign parameters to your favorite MIDI controller hardware.
  • Pumper effect creates pulsating movement.
  • Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing; 4 reverb types.
  • Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control.
  • 64-bit AU; 32- and 64-bit VST/AAX; Mac or Windows.

The Riser will cost $79.99 USD. A full version 15-day demo is available for 48 hours only.

More information: AIR / The Riser

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