Wavesfactory releases Retro Keys I for Kontakt

Wavesfactory releases Retro Keys I, a Kontakt library featuring 3 keyboards from the 70s.

Wavesfactory Retro Key I

Retro Keys I is a collection of 3 libraries based on famous keyboards from the 70s. Perfectly replicated with all the original features and more.

  • The Compac is an electric piano made by Crumar in 1972 that features 3 piano sounds (piano, honky tonk and clavichord). Noise, envelope and cabinets also available.
  • The Orchestrator was also made by Crumar in 1975, is an electric piano and a “string machine” with a brass simulator. Bass, brass, piano, clavichord, violin, cello; with vibrato, cabinets, noise, envelope and presets.
  • The Organ X55 is a clonewheel made by Elka also in the 70s. Features 2 keyboards with 1 drawbar each, 3 piano sounds with optional sustain, percussion, 2 vibrato types, brilliance, cabinets, rotator, tube drive and a set of presets (including random values).

All keyboards have an option called “vintage”. When it’s active some effects are applied to give a very nice vintage vibe to the sound (tape distortion, compression, wow, flutter and speed variations). We love it and we’re sure you’ll love it too.

The library is available for the introductory price of 9.95 EUR until November 1st, 2014 (regular 19.95 EUR).

More information: Wavesfactory / Retro Keys I

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Bitwig launches Producer Packs with Arturia keyboard controllers

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Bitwig has announced The Producer Packs, a new collaboration between Bitwig and Arturia.

Bitwig The Producer Packs

The Producer Packs combine Bitwig Studio’s unprecedented workflow possibilities with Arturia’s premium hybrid keyboard conrtollers: the KeyLab 25, 49, and 61. Also included are the legendary Arturia Mini V and Analog Lab virtual synths. The Producer Packs are a complete solution offering maximum control for sound design and production.

Together, Arturia and Bitwig have combined their strengths to raise the bar in keyboard design quality alongside the deep integration of hands-on control and rich virtual content with the workflow of Bitwig Studio. Take control and allow your creative impulses to go along for the ride.

The Producer Packs are available from Arturia while supplies last.

  • Producer Pack 25: 349 EUR / $349 USD.
  • Producer Pack 49: 399 EUR / $399 USD.
  • Producer Pack 61: 499 EUR / $499 USD.

EUR prices include 19% VAT.

In celebration of the collaboration, Bitwig is offering a chance to win 1 of 3 Producer Packs.

More information: Bitwig / The Producer Packs

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M-Audio releases new Oxygen MIDI keyboard controllers

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M-Audio announced the availability of its newly updated Oxygen Series MIDI keyboard controller line.

M-Audio Oxygen 25
The Oxygen series expand on playability and include a wide array of sounds with two virtual instruments for players, songwriters, and producers.

Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key models, the Oxygen series build upon a legacy of innovative workflow and playability with its expansive MIDI control surface for the modern studio setup. Each model comes equipped with a number of faders, buttons, knobs, pitch & mod wheels, transport controls, and velocity-sensitive trigger pads. With Directlink, these controls will automatically map to popular DAW’s such as Ableton Live, Apple GarageBand, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, and Steinberg Cubase.

The Oxygen series include a comprehensive software package with a sonic palette to suit a variety of music styles. Ableton Live Lite provides a DAW platform to work out of the box along with its own host of sample content. Also included is Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer by SONiVOX. Xpand!2 by AIR Music Technology, is a multitimbral all-in-one workstation that lets you create a multitude of combinations of 4 active layers for a unique sound set.

“These new keyboards are now a complete solution for creating music,” commented J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “Adding trigger pads and the included software package, users now have everything they need to get their music creation started, out-of-the-box.”

Oxygen series features

  • 25, 49, or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching, and more.
  • 8 assignable knobs for manipulating virtual instruments and plugins.
  • 9 assignable faders (Oxygen 49, Oxygen 61) lets you mix your productions with ease.
  • Transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse.
  • Directlink automatically maps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more.
  • LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback.
  • USB-powered, plug-and-play support, and USB-MIDI connectivity.
  • Sustain pedal input for further creative control.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for immediate music creation.
  • Includes SONiVOX Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer.
  • Includes AIR Music Technology Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one workstation.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for use with iOS devices.

The Oxygen series keyboard controllers are available for a street price of $119 USD (Oxygen 25)/$169 USD (Oxygen 49)/$229 USD (Oxygen 61).

More information: M-Audio / Oxygen Series

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Boscomac releases Viola Organista free Reaktor ensemble

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Boscomac has announced the release of Viola Organista, a free instrument ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Boscomac Viola Organista

There are those who remember from Leonard de Vinci numerous weapons designs, its war machines, other pictorial works, sculptures, his mathematical approach and some philosophical reflections, etc.

Then there are those who will remember his musical instrument. Yes, I did say “musical instrument” and among all his inventions, the “Viola Organista” is one of the most sensitive.

This is a keyboard instrument that offers a sound like a viol. The idea is ingenious: a system of wheels with horsehair is fixed for rub the taut strings. Under the action of a key, the sound begins to vibrate, result of friction. The expression of this instrument is impressive because the player can play Crescendo on a keyboard!

Leonard did never have built his idea and the first traces of such an instrument back to the early 17th century. Today there is a single copy dating from 1625 kept in MIM (Musee des instruments de musique / Brussels). And even today, there is a single virtual copy, available here in MIB (Musee des instruments de Boscomac / Web), for you, friends of the Baroque.

The ensemble is a free download at Boscomac. Donations are appreciated.

More information: Boscomac / Viola Organista

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Nektar announces Panorama workflow integration with BitWig Studio

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Nektar Panorama integration with Bitwig Studio

Nektar has announced the deep integration with the Bitwig Studio DAW and the Nektar Panorama range of controllers featuring the unique and musician friendly direct DAW integration Nektar P series Keyboards are famous for.

From day one, Bitwig Studio will benefit from the extensive and transparent Panorama workflow integration that allows for controlling the Bitwig Studio mixer, instruments, effects, transport plus clip and scene launching right from Panorama P1, P4 or P6.

Building on Panorama’s workflow concept developed first for Reason and Cubase, additional functionality has been added to take full advantage of the Bitwig Studio controller API. This includes the ability to browse the instrument and effects device libraries of patches by category or creator, right from Panorama.

A step sequencer has also been included using the 8 LED buttons to program any of the up to 32 steps in a sequence. Panorama creates the events directly in Bitwig Studio so they are instantly part of a song and ready for further manipulation.
Taking advantage of the pads on the Panorama P4 and P6, it’s possible to trigger, create and record clips and scenes in absolute real-time. The Panorama display provides constant updates to show which clips are currently active, including the name of the clips available on the current track.

All things considered and also taking into account the compatibility of BitWig Studio with VST plug-ins, full navigation of all devices and their parameters, complete mixer control including motorized fader – the Panorama/Bitwig Studio combination may well be the most advanced hardware/software combination to date.

Registered owners of Panorama will be able to download the Panorama Bitwig Studio installer on March 26th, 2014.

More information: Nektar

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