SKYLIFE intros SampleRobot Volca-X for Volca Sample

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SKYLIFE has announced SampleRobot Volca-X, a new SampleRobot version which fully supports Korg’s new volca sample digital sample sequencer.

Korg volca sample

SampleRobot Volca-X is Volca Sample’s best friend. It offers all features that you need to manage, convert and dump all your custom samples. It is a budget-friendly companion (39 £ / 49 € / 59 $) and it offers all the sophisticated sampling features of SampleRobot Single-X.

Ever wanted to turn your vintage drum machine or even your plugins into a Volca Sample bank? SampleRobot Volca-X can do the job for you – ultra fast! Record or import samples, slice “all-in-one” files, rearrange sample slots. SampleRobot Volca-X offers a lot of creative freedom when working with Volca Sample.

SampleRobot Volca-X features

  • Dump up to 100 samples at once to Volca Sample.
  • Support for multiple bit and sampling resolutions.
  • Automatic high quality resampling for Volca Sample.
  • Save all your sample banks as Projects.
  • Sample bank function: Erase.
  • Sample bank function: Restore factory samples.
  • Import multiple wave files at once.
  • Slice “all-in-one” files.
  • Sample size calculation and progress display.
  • Flexible stereo-mono rendering.
  • Different loop export modes.
  • Sophisticated auto-sampling features.
  • WaveRobot editor available as option.
  • Compatible with Windows and OS X.

SampleRobot Volca-X will be available in March, 2015.

More information: SampleRobot

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Liveschool releases Free Synth Pack #2: Korg MS-20 multi-sample pack

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Liveschool has released Free Synth Pack #2, a multi-sampled Korg MS-20 instrument for Ableton Live.

Korg MS-20 synthesizer

Taking inspiration from our free drum sample series, Liveschool trainers Francis Xavier (Motorik) and Yama Indra (Gloves) have been getting busy in Motorik’s studio again – sound designing and recording thousands of samples from Francis’ incredible synthesizer collection and turning them into Ableton Live ready multi-sampled instruments, which Liveschool and our friends at Stoney Roads are giving away as a series of multi-sampled free synth packs.

First up was the infamous bleep-and-bass machine, the Roland SH-101 – this time they’ve taken on another stone-cold-classic, the Korg MS-20.

Free Synth Pack #2 features

  • 11 ready to play instruments, powered by note-for-note samples from the Korg MS-20 – this is true analog synth power ready to use in Ableton Live (any version).
  • 8 sound designed presets, plus raw cycling waveforms for you to use in designing your own sounds.
  • 100% royalty free.

The pack is a free download from Liveschool.

More information: Liveschool / Korg MS-20 multi-sample pack

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Korg intros MS-20M Kit + SQ-1, KAOSS DJ, kaossilator 2S & new Kronos at NAMM

Korg has introduced a number of new products at the Winter NAMM 2015.

SQ-1 step sequencer

Korg SQ-1

The SQ-1 is a compact step sequencer with 2 x 8 steps.

It’s wealth of connection jacks allows it to be connected to the MS-20 and a variety of other synthesizers. Vintage analog synths or the latest compact synths can be controlled from this single unit. You can also switch between a variety of synthesizer modes and use the step buttons to create performances overflowing with spontaneity, just as when using a volca unit.

Liberate yourself from the numerically-bound parameter editing that’s typical on a DAW; you’ll enjoy truly musical inspiration as you train your ears and concentrate on what your fingertips are doing. Don’t miss the experience of music that’s driven by your instinct.

MS-20M Kit + SQ-1 Monophonic synthesizer module kit

Korg MS-20M Kit + SQ-1

The MS-20M Kit is based on the MS-20 with additional improvements.

It’s an analog synthesizer module where you can choose your preferences and assemble yourself. In addition to greatly enhanced synthesis possibilities provided by oscillator sync, FM, two filters (pre and post), and PWM, there are jacks such as a CV IN that supports both Hz/V and V/Oct, making it play nicely with other equipment.

You’ll be able to immerse yourself in synthesis, and with the inclusion of the SQ-1 step sequencer you can also create and play sequences.

KAOSS DJ

Korg KAOSS DJ

The KAOSS DJ is a new DJ controller.

The KAOSS DJ is a USB and standalone DJ controller that features a built-in KAOSS PAD, KORG’s famous and inimitable touch pad effects unit. Using these effects, along with the generous assortment of control features provided, will take your DJ performances to a whole new level.

Use sweeping filters to accentuate or create your own drop; use time-based delays to manipulate the beat; employ isolators to accentuate frequencies for mashups; put a huge reverb on that snare hit… the possibilities are endless!

kaossilator 2S

The kaossilator 2S is a dynamic phrase synthesizer.

Korg kaossilator 2S

The palm-sized synthesizer, kaossilator 2, has now been intensified. Announcing the newly evolved kaossilator 2S (“S” stands for Sound on Sound), a great tool for serious music production.

Use the touchpad to perform intuitively, the loop recorder to keep overdubbing, then export your recorded phrases to Ableton Live and polish them into a song! With undo/redo functions and support for exporting as multi-track data or in Ableton Live format, the kaossilator 2S means that serendipitous phrases and sudden ideas can be seamlessly used in song production.

New Kronos

The new Kronos is the most powerful version of Korg’s flagship synthesizer.

Korg Kronos

“The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, the most powerful synthesizer on the planet just got more powerful” James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products.

“Our SGX piano engine, already revered for its German and Japanese grands, now also includes a 9GB Berlin grand with dedicated una corda (soft pedal) samples, plus sympathetic string resonance that works on all the SGX pianos” he continued. “It’s truly an amazing piano experience. There are new banks of sounds based on famous song titles for our cover players and those looking for ‘that’ sound for their recordings, plus a ‘best of’ bank from KaPro, who has created numerous libraries for the Kronos line.”

Other new features include system-wide Touch/Drag via the Kronos’ huge color TouchView™ screen; allowing the user to edit onscreen parameters faster and more naturally than ever.

An evolved Set List mode provides the capability to resize their custom text per set list entry, and enter text via either an onscreen QWERTY or external USB ASCII keyboard. Entries can also be color-coded for better organization and visibility, and users can even decide how many set list entries appear on the screen at time, allowing for more (and larger) onscreen text to remind you of lyrics, changes, or other notes.

An improved search function helps users to find the perfect sound faster than ever. Other improvements include onscreen metering in Combination and Sequencer modes, along with the ability to edit Programs within a Combination to hear the edits in context with other parts.

The improvements don’t end with the software, either; the new Kronos also boasts a new look, including natural wood side panels, easier-to-read silkscreened text, a sophisticated – and functional – vented back panel, and gold-plated audio I/O jacks.

More information: Korg

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Korg introduces ARP Odyssey synthesizer at NAMM

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Korg has introduced the ARP Odyssey, a return of the legendary analog synthesizer from Arp Instruments Inc.

Korg ARP Odyssey

The ARP Odyssey was an analog synthesizer originally produced in 1972 by the American manufacturer ARP Instruments, Inc. that quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. Well respected for its high value, ease to play and portability, the ARP Odyssey had undergone several improvements during its history and continued to be a long-seller until manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge. Loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic, its sound can be heard on numerous classic songs.

Now in 2015, KORG has brought back the ARP Odyssey for today. With the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, KORG has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. Together the engineers at KORG and Arp were able to nailthe sound and feel of the original. Every detail has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case.

The legendary ARP sound is loved to this day. Long stopped, the wheels of history have again begun to move.

Pricing and availability TBA.

More information: Korg / ARP Odyssey

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Cluster Sound releases DWave Ableton Live Pack

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Cluster Sound has announced the release of DWave, a multi-sample Live Pack based on the Korg DW-8000, an analog-digital hybrid synthesizer from the middle 80’s, perfect for techno/house basses and synths.

Cluster Sound DWave

The DW-8000 is a digitally controlled analog synth launched by Korg in the 1985. Its sound comes from 2 DWGS (Digital Waveform Generator System) implementing 16 sampled waveforms stored in four 256Kbit ROM chips: each octave uses its own sample and the remaining notes are recreated by additive harmonic synthesis. The DW-8000 sounds very solid and fat, especially on low-pitched notes. Thanks to the full resonant analog filter and the VCA, this ’80s tank can generate punchy basses, aggressive leads and powerful organ-line sounds.

DWave is based on 54 multi-sample recordings including the 16 oscillator waveforms and custom sounds coming from various VCF and envelopes settings. The package delivers 74 inspiring Live Racks ranging from rude basses to acid-organ sounds and filtered leads, a perfect snapshot of the DW-8000 character.

DWave features

  • 700 MB content, 24-bits/44.1 Khz.
  • 54 Multi-Sample recordings.
  • 74 Instrument Racks.
  • 74 Sampler Devices.
  • 54 Simpler Devices.
  • 25 Live Clips.
  • 2 Audio Effect Racks.
  • One sample per note (5 octaves).

The DWave Live Pack costs 14 EUR. A free pack with 4 multi-sample instruments is available to download.

More information: Cluster Sound / DWave

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