Steinberg releases Jazz Essentials VST Sound Instrument Set

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Steinberg Jazz Essentials

Steinberg has announced the release of Jazz Essentials, a new expansion set for Groove Agent 4.

Jazz Essentials provides a selection of authentic Styles that add to the wide array of presets available in the Acoustic Agent, one of three Agents that comprise the Groove Agent 4 drum software instrument and its sibling Groove Agent SE 4 included in the Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 digital audio workstations.

The Acoustic Agent in Groove Agent 4 includes the Style Player, allowing users to choose from more than 50 presets or Styles, each including intros, main parts, fills and endings. Jazz Essentials complements the existing presets with ten Styles created especially for jazz music, conveying the vibrant energy of jazz drums with a slew of tempos, time signatures and other rhythmic intricacies.

“A lot of effort was put into Jazz Essentials to deliver the authenticity and sophistication expected from discerning musicians of this genre,” said Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Jazz Essentials features

  • 10 jazz Styles for the Acoustic Agent drum kits in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4.
  • Each preset includes a Style and a mixer preset.
  • The grooves cover different tempos and time signatures and range from basic jazz phrasings to complex syncopations.
  • Each Style includes main parts, intros, endings and fills.
  • An inexhaustible resource for creating backing tracks, inspiring new jazz compositions and improvisation sessions.

The expansion set is available for purchase for 24.99 EUR incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Jazz Essentials

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Loopmasters releases Polish Jazz sample pack

Loopmasters has released Polish Jazz, a Raw Cutz series sample pack featuring jazzy sounds.

Raw Cutz Polish Jazz

Polish Jazz moves east to experiment with the crackling sound and funk flavours from the vaults, in a tasty collection of sounds which include dusty organs, pushed grooves, vibing notes, swung guitars, blues tones, murky wurlis and vinyl vocals.

Polish Jazz has a huge selection of jazzy sounds fresh from the eastern vaults – so sample some polish funk.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Raw Cutz / Polish Jazz

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Toontrack launches Basic Jazz MIDI pack

Toontrack has announced the release of Basic Jazz MIDI, a collection of basic, traditional jazz and swing drum MIDI variations.

Toontrack Basic Jazz MIDI

Basic Jazz MIDI comes with eight and 16 bar variations of fundamental swing comping patterns in 3/4 and 4/4 time, all categorized by increasing intensity and complexity. It was performed by Norman Garschke, a traditionally trained drummer with a masters degree in jazz performance from the Conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam.

”To me, jazz drums is about composing in real-time, about staying in the moment and letting yourself go. I think the best term to describe it is ’instant composition’. The idea behind this collection was to capture just that – variations of rhythmical comping ideas and melodies a jazz drummer would play to accompany a band”, he says.

With tempos varying from 90 to 200 BPM, you’ll have all the drums you need for anything from medium walking ballads, slow medium standards to medium uptempo arrangements. Start assembling your song of controlled, sophisticated drum improvisation with that inimitable nuance, touch and feel of a session player.

Basic Jazz MIDI features

  • Approx. 500 individually played drum comping variations.
  • Performed by Norman Garschke.
  • 3/4 and 4/4 swing patterns in 8 & 16 bar sections.
  • Ride cymbal variations, snare drum/bass drum comping ideas and tom variations.
  • 4/4 walking-time and ”playing in two”.

The MIDI pack is available for purchase for 25 EUR. The pack works with EZdrummer, EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 2 toms, 2 floor toms, 2 crash cymbals, 1 china, 1 ride cymbal).

More information: Toontrack / Basic Jazz MIDI

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Toontrack launches Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack

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Toontrack Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack

Toontrack has released the Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack, a collection of six individual titles from the widely popular line of MIDI in the EZkeys Line.

The Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack provides you with professionally played piano parts, all performed in full song structure blocks and in a variety of intensities.

It covers anything from traditional country to the dwindling harmonic landscapes of jazz ballads, the distinctive tonalities of R&B and the everyday pop and rock.

This coupled with the powerful framework of EZkeys gives you not only instant song ideas, it lends you a creative canvas, ready for you add your own expression to.

EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack features

  • Ballads EZkeys MIDI
  • Ballads 2 EZkeys MIDI
  • Country EZkeys MIDI
  • Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI
  • Pop/Rock EZkeys MIDI
  • R&B EZkeys MIDI

The bundle is available for purchase for

More information: Toontrack / Songwriting EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack

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Samplephonics releases Javier Barrios: Latin Jazz Guitar

Samplephonics has launched Javier Barrios: Latin Jazz Guitar, a collection of South American and African jazz guitar grooves by Javier Barrios.

Javier Barrios: Latin Jazz Guitar

Inside you will find 240 of the smoothest and most refined latin jazz guitar loops, ready to infuse your tracks refined melody ideas and the silkiest of solos.

Divided between electric, acoustic and nylon stringed guitars and covering smooth Jazz, Bossanova, Samba and freestyle Jazz, this divine sample pack has to go down as one of our personal favourites.

With every beautiful nuance expertly captured in Javier’s boutique analogue studio, the passion, skill and emotion on offer here is clear for all to hear.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Latin Jazz Guitar

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