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Smash Up The Studio MIDI Lab: Jazzy Soul pack released

Smash Up The Studio MIDI Lab Jazzy Soul

Equinox Sounds has introduced MIDI Lab: Jazzy Soul, a sound library featuring jazz and soulful MIDI construction kits by Smash Up The Studio.

‘MIDI Lab: Jazzy Soul’ contains three stunning MIDI Construction Kits containing all the loops featured in the demos. Each kit has been broken out into separate loops so the user can arrange the parts to their own requirements.

Keyboard parts include gorgeous funky Clavinet grooves and jazzy electric piano hooks, as well as stunning MIDI loops for electric bass guitar, played in the style of both fretless bass and standard.

MIDI Lab: Jazzy Soul features

  • 3 MIDI Construction Kits, 118 loops in total.
  • Includes MIDI arrangements for bass, horns, strings, vibraphone, lead synthesiser.
  • Recorded with “live keyboard takes” and some with a live drummer for maximum real feel.
  • Tempo info, key signatures and chord progression info included.
  • All MIDI content in the pack is royalty-free and can be used for commercial purposes.

The MIDI Lab: Jazzy Soul pack is available to purchase for $19.95 USD.

More information: Equinox Sounds / MIDI Lab Jazzy Soul

Future Loops Jazzy Drums sample pack released

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Future Loops Jazzy Drums

Future Loops has just released Jazzy Drums, a collection of Jazz drum loops in WAV & REX format.

Jazzy Drums features 3 different setups for increased variety and sound texture and includes classic jazz drum loops, rim clicks , swinging hat throttles, brush beats and fills, all in the 124 to 240 BPM range.

With over 600 different loops, Jazzy Drums was forged for Jazz productions but also Chill-Out, Ambient, Electronica, Hip Hop, Breaks, Drum & Bass & World.

The sample library is available to purchase for 59.95 EUR.

More information: Future Loops / Jazzy Drums

Loopmasters Essential Jazz taster sample pack released

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Loopmasters Essential Jazz

Loopmasters has announced Essential Jazz, a collection of jazz loops and samples from the Loopmasters catalogue.

Jazz is a music style that’s most open to experimentation and new musical harmonies. That’s why when it comes to sampling, Jazz is a style that lends itself useful to many genres, including all variations of EDM. Upright bass progressions, swinging beats and jazzy chords are the organic ingredients of many modern electronic productions. Add studio-quality musicianship to your Drum & Bass, House or Chillout tracks as you drop music loops played by the professionals. As you build or relieve tension in your music compositions, naturally played instruments give credibility to the overall sound and expand the sonic possibilities you have at hand.

This Essentials pack gives you a taster of our fine jazz-inspired samplepacks and is an excellent starting point if you are looking to add authentic instruments to your music. You get 100 loops and 100 one shot samples: 41 bass loops, 29 drum loops, 30 music loops, 29 bass hits, 22 music hits, 45 drum hits and 4 vocal samples.

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

More information: Loopmasters / Essential Jazz

Plugin Alliance intros bx_rockrack PRO v1.1 incl. 2 new Jazz amps

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Plugin Alliance has announced version 1.1 of bx_rockrack PRO, the guitar amp plug-in for Windows and Mac.

BX give you just a few (perfectly) modeled tube-amps, and the way they have captured COMPLETE recording chains in some of the best equipped studios with the help of very experienced engineers is simply revolutionary. Select your favorite speaker / recording chain, choose your amp, tweak the gain and EQ settings, and there you go.

World-class guitar sounds, recallable and reliable. If you have ever tried to record the same identical amp in the same studio twice and ended up frustrated because the results just were NOT the same in the end you know what we are talking about.

brainworx bx_rockrack
bx_rockrack PRO by brainworx now offers 7 channels, modeled to sound like classic amps.

Changes in bx_rockrack PRO v1.1

  • A total of 7 amps incl. the 2 new Jazz amps.
  • Jazz amps based on the traditional American Jazz sound.
  • Bypass internal recording chains and use external speaker simulation.
  • Improved noise gate.
  • Many smaller bugfixes and optimized CPU-usage.

Brainworx has also announced that the standard version of bx_rockrack is now upgrade to PRO. All existing users get the PRO version free of charge.

bx_rockrack is available to purchase for $249 USD.

More information: Plugin Alliance / bx_rockrack

Straight Ahead Samples introduces Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums for Kontakt

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums

Straight Ahead Samples has announced the release of Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums, its flagship sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring the first sampling of authentic and playable classic jazz loops and samples.

Channeling the essence, sound, and the swing of great jazz drummers like Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Phillie Joe Jones, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb and other legends, SA!JD features the amazingly swingin’ skills of young jazz phenom Billy Williams Jr. Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums gives you the tool you’ve been waiting for to create genuinely swingin’ jazz tracks.

One of the main features of SA!JD is that we conceived of a way to separately sample ride/hi-hat loops and authentic snare comping patterns to create truly playable variations in swing grooves. We’ve also included fills and other specialty loops, like kick-feathering, for example, to allow the composer to create truly genuine jazz drums tracks to use in his/her compositions. As well as a fully sampled set of drum hits, that includes such elements as rolls, triplets, snares on/off, side sticks, etc.


Introduction to Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

Straight Ahead! Jazz Drums features

  • Authentic classic jazz drum sound.
  • Playable ride patterns.
  • Playable snare/tom/kick comping patterns.
  • Authentic swingin’ loops played by young jazz drummer phenom Billy Williams.
  • 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, and latin/straight eighths (in all tempos – synced to your DAW).
  • Fills.
  • Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Noveau Drums.
  • 12,500 Samples, 24 bit/48k.
  • Compatible with Full Kontakt 5.0.1 or higher.
  • As much as 6 velocity layers and 4 round robins.

The sample library is available to purchase for $179.99 USD. Requires Kontakt 5 full version.

More information: Straight Ahead Samples

The Loop Loft launches Jazz in July Sale – 30% off sound libraries

Jazz in July Sale at The Loop Loft

The Loop Loft has announced its Jazz in July Sale, offering discounts on its jazz titles for a limited time.

With summer heating up it’s time to cool things down with our annual Jazz in July sale. From today through the end of July, save 30% on our entire line of jazz loops, Multitrack Sessions, ReFills, Ableton Live Packs and MIDI tracks!

Now’s your chance to download loops from the finest jazz musicians in the world including Eric Harland (drums), Charlie Hunter (guitar/bass), Bob Reynolds (sax), Janek Gwizdala (bass), Doug Wamble (guitar) and more!

The sale ends August 1st, 2012, 12am EST.

More information: The Loop Loft / Jazz in July Sale

Drums On Demand introduces new line of Drum Sample Kits

Drums On Demand has announced the release of seven new drum sample kits formatted for Logic, Reason, Kontakt, Pro Tools and GarageBand.

Drums On Demand Drum Sample Kits

Spanning genres from jazz to heavy metal, musicians will have access to drum kits created in the same sessions as the company’s best-selling audio loop volumes.

From jazz to country to heavy metal, seven new sample drum kits offer even greater variety to users searching for smooth, usable and high quality sounds.

Each kit features multi-velocity layers on each drum element and as many as nine different snares. The 24-bit/44.1 kHz hits were recorded in the same sessions and on the same drums as the company’s best-selling audio loop volumes.

Drums were laid out very close to the General MIDI map for ease of auditioning and use. Some liberties were taken for the left-right snare hits on all kits (for round-robin), and for some value-added hats, sustains and rolls in the lower and upper registers on many kits.

“We are excited that users can now have our Drums On Demand sounds with the flexibility of MIDI,” says company President Quint Randle. “This exponentially expands the DOD experience.”

Not designed or priced to compete with the overly technical virtual drum programs, the kits were designed with price and flexibility in mind. As little as $9.95 each, the download includes all five formats for those who work across several software platforms.

One noteworthy example is the jazz-latin kit, which uses a vintage ’60s Gretsch kit with 10 velocities left and right snare hits on a limited-edition, 75th anniversary Noble & Cooley snare (only 100 made). The virtual instrument includes a stick kit, closed snare kit and a brush kit. The pack is rounded out with bongo, conga, djembe hits and rolls, cymbal sus’, as well as snare buzzes and rolls.

Other kits in the new line — each with their own unique features — include: funk/soul, solid rock, crossover brushes, metal, country and a basic Drums On Demand® workhorse kit.

If a musician doesn’t program/play drums on the keyboard, Drums On Demand® has also partnered with Groove Monkee to offer 11 volumes of premium MIDI drum loops: rock, jazz, metal, funk and more. These volumes include General MIDI mapped loops for use with the DOD kits, plus mappings for other popular software like Addictive Drums, BFD, EZdrummer, Live Session Drums, Session Drummer, Steven Slate & more. These have been discounted to $19.95 each during the launch of the new drum kits.

More information: Drums On Demand

Vienna Symphonic Library intros Vienna Jazz Drums, 17 New Single Instruments + Special Offer

Vienna Jazz Drums

Vienna Symphonic Library has released the Vienna Jazz Drums sample library.

With the release of Vienna Jazz Drums the Vienna Symphonic Library brings a decade of experience in sampling and software development to the art of jazz drumming.

The full sonic variety of an exclusive customized 60’s Rogers drum set with original 60’s Avedis Zildjian cymbals has been captured in all the subtle details.

Thanks to the intelligent performance detection features of our free Vienna Instruments player, the liveliness of your performance will be jaw-dropping – especially with the included MIDI drum loops. More good news for users of Vienna Instruments PRO: Start grooving instantly at the touch of a single finger with exclusive drum loops that live inside the internal APP sequencer!

Vienna Jazz Drums features

  • Exclusive customized 60’s Rogers drum set, Paiste 2002 signature snare drum prototype and original 60’s Avedis Zildjian cymbals.
  • Snare, bass drum, hi-hat, 2 toms, ride and crash cymbal, recorded with close and room microphones at Vienna’s famed Silent Stage.
  • Great variety of playing techniques: Single strokes, flams, rim shots, ruffs, rolls, press rolls, stick on stick, cross-stick (all styles include various repetition patterns).
  • Extensive brush set: Tip, tap, flat, flams, bouncing strokes, legato strokes and more.
  • Different kinds of swishes: Normal, circles, 6/8, samba swishes.
  • “Speed Control”: Your playing speed is used as a controller to achieve realistic repetitive performances (essential for the sonic behavior of brush swishes and cymbals).
  • GM drum set mapping included.
  • Customized Vienna Suite settings for the entire set.
  • Ready-made mixing environment in Vienna Ensemble and Vienna Ensemble PRO.
  • Includes MIDI drum loops for the internal APP sequencer of Vienna Instruments PRO.
  • 14 GB of sample data in 44.1kHz/24bit (uncompressed data size).

The Vienna Jazz Drums library is available to purchase for 95 EUR.

In addition to Vienna Jazz Drums, VSL has introduced 17 new Single Instruments from its Vienna Instruments DVD Collections.

The new Single Instruments are full-fledged instruments and ensembles taken from our big Vienna Instruments DVD Collections, offering an enormous wealth of samples and articulations at very favorable prices. They are instantly available for download.

And now, the prices of most of our Single Instruments Standard Libraries have just been lowered! So this is the perfect time to expand your orchestra according to your needs and budget – more choice, lower prices and a special offer!

Through July 2012, you can buy any 2 Single Instruments and get 1 Single Instrument for free.

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library