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Detunized releases Newsreel Noises & Prophetess

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Detunized has announced the release of Newsreel Noises and Prophetess, two new sound libraries.

„Newsreel Noises“ – Noises, Rumble, Hum & Hiss derived from vintage newsreels

Detunized Newsreel Noises

Newsreel Noises presents a collection of unwanted Noises, Rumbles, Hums & Crackles that were collected when digging through copies of newsreels from the 40ies and 50ies of the last century. Whenever such a newsreel starts or ends a lot of sidenoises occur and each one plays another pattern of mysterious sounds.

“Newsreel Noises“ contains more than 150 samples that are arranged in 10 categories.
Cadenced, Crackle, Hum, Impulse, Noise, Pulsed, Rattle, Rhythmical, Shuttle, Tonal

Newsreel Noises features

  • Ableton Live Pack, compatible with Live 8/9.
  • Universal Formats (WAV files with loop points).
  • 150 MB Sample content (586 samples).

Newsreel Noises is available to purchase for 9 EUR in Ableton Live and Universal formats.

“Prophetess“ – Early VA-synth sounds

Detunized Prophetess

Prophetess library features a colorful palette of sounds programmed on a Korg Prophecy Synthesizer, an early Virtual-Analog synthesizer.

Introduced in 1995, the Prophecy´s DSP based sound engine offers a variety of modelling techniques like classic Substractive, FM, and some simple physical modeling algorithms. Each of these algorithms has been explored extensively which led to a set of more than 500 samples that are organised in 32 Instrument Racks / Multi-format pesets.

Prophetess features

  • Ableton Live Pack, compatible with Live 8/9.
  • Universal Formats (SFZ, NKI, SXT, EXS, FXP).
  • 480 MB Sample content (586 samples).

Prophetess is available to purchase for 9 EUR in Ableton Live and Universal formats.

More information: Detunized

Soundcells updates bitBUMPER deluxe to v3

Soundcells bitBUMPER deluxe v3

Soundcells has announced the release of bitBUMPER deluxe v3, the ultimate 4 and 8 bit Pandora Box filled
with hundreds of low bit surprises.

This ReFill is your best friend when you´re looking for inspiring new sounds with a character and a bite. To catch this character some amazing sources were sampled: RozzBox One v2, QuadraSID, the old grey Gameboy from 1989 with “Nanoloop 1″ and “Littlesounddj”, the Gameboy Advance SP from 2003 with “Nanoloop 2″ and the Nintendo DS Lite from 2006 with “DS Electroplankton” and “Korg DS-10″.

Version 3 adds new rex loops, 20 new combinator & 25 NNXT patches, as also lots of new samples …

bitBUMPER deluxe v3 features

  • 382 combinator patches.
  • 185 NNXT patches, 138 rex loops, 650 unique samples.
  • 12 demo tracks in Reason format included.

bitBUMPER deluxe v3 is available for the introductory price of 27.90 EUR until September 15th, 2013 (regular 39.90 EUR).

More information: Soundcells / bitBUMPER

Karma-Lab updates KARMA software for Korg Kronos, M3, M50 & Oasys

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Karma-Lab, the developer of the KARMA interactive music technology featured in Korg Workstations, has released a major update to its KARMA Kronos, M3, M50 and Oasys software.

Karma-Lab KARMA software updates

Version 2.2.9 of each program is available for both Mac and Windows. The update is free to registered users and available for purchase directly from Karma-Lab (US $169 to $199).

The new Mac versions are now Universal applications, and will run on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, including 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, PPC or Intel. They’ve also been tested on the Developer Preview of 10.9 Mavericks without any major issues. Furthermore, some enhancements such as the ability to import and export .KGE files between all four applications have been incorporated, along with a lengthy list of reliability enhancements and bug fixes.

The new Windows versions include all of the same enhancements and bug fixes as the Mac versions, and runs on XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit).

KARMA Kronos, KARMA Oasys and KARMA M3 software allow the in-depth editing of the many hidden KARMA parameters of the keyboard, and allow for the creation and editing of user GEs which can then be uploaded to the keyboard. KARMA M50 software provides all of the KARMA features, grooves and sounds of the Korg M3 to users of the Korg M50.

More information: Karma-Lab

Forgotten Keys releases Korg Mini-Pops 3 for Kontakt

Forgotten Keys has launched FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3 (AKA Univox SR-55), a virtual drum machine instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Forgotten Keys Korg Mini-Pops 3
Forgotten Keys Korg Mini-Pops 3 (aka Univox SR-55 & Aria Diamond) for Kontakt.

The MP-3 or SR-55, depending or where it was purchased, is an all analogue drum machine from the 1970s. Although it has less sounds that the MP-7/SR-95 it has more rhythm patterns due to the 36 variations of the swing/foxtrot rhythm.

The nine sounds are similar to the equivalents of the MP-7/SR-95 though the bass and cymbals are a little different. If you already have my FK1 Kontakt instrument there will not be a lot new here but I thought it was worth doing for a “no-brainer” price as I believe the current expression goes.

FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3 features

  • 9 multi-sampled sounds.
  • 20 combinable re-created rhythms with 36 variations of the foxtrot/swing rhythm.
  • Volume, pan, tune and mute for each sound.
  • Note input and audio output routing.

The sample library costs £3 GBP.

More information: Forgotten Keys / FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3

Waveshaper releases Synsonix, KPR77 & Space Bleep Transmissions sample packs

Waveshaper has announced the release of three new sample libraries.

Waveshaper Synsonix

The Synsonix sample pack features sounds from the Synsonics drum machine by Mattel.

The Synsonics is a black analogue drum machine with 4 big pads to hit. The sound is very electronic, and there is a “tone” knob to shape the sounds. It can somewhat remind the Simmons drum synths from that era, in a more primitive form. It is a lovely piece of gear which doesn’t sound at all like the others (think “Barbie meets PanSonic” to get a better idea).

This drumsample pack features 90 one shot samples recorded with care, and should find a nice place in your music production, whatever genre it is, as long as you enjoy deep and pure electronic sounds.

The Synsonix pack is available to purchase for $2.90 USD.

Waveshaper KPR77

The KPR77 library features the sounds of the Korg KPR-77, a very electronic sounding analog drum machine from the early 80s with a true signature sound.

The hats are the most acid ones we have heard, the clap is unique, the overall sound is gritty and corrosive, perfect for acid, electro pop, house or adding some original flavor and spice in any of your production. However, programming the original hardware device is a total nightmare, so you might be pleased to enjoy the sampled sounds without having to deal with the pain to program it.

But that’s not all: In this Waveshaper drumsamples pack, you will find “dry” kits, as well as more processed samples (with stronger kick sounds, good use of solid state mixer, vintage eq, analogue distortion and tube compressors), so you get both the pure, raw sound of the drum machine, and also some processed samples, always true to the original, but ready to use in your productions.

The KPR77 pack includes 200+ one-shot samples (12 kits), and is available to purchase for $3.90 USD.

Waveshaper Space Bleep Transmissions

Waveshaper’s Space Bleep Transmissions includes 540+ samples from the Coron DS-7, a tiny device used by disco drummers in the 70s to add some electronic sounds to their kits.

While it excels at creating those well-known disco toms and lazer sounds, it is far more capable than that and can produce deep sub-basses, weird space FX, pure electronic tones and futuristic electro blips.

This big drumsample pack should be perfect for space disco songs, retronica, electropop, idm, analogue SFX or any production where you want to add some retrosonic flavour or unheard sounds.
It features more than 540 one-shot samples, all true to the DS-7′s own sound, but recorded in various ways: As well as a comprehensive “dry” kit (catching the pure, raw sound of the unit), you will find processed samples using a sought-after analogue chorus, an old distortion stompbox, octaver pedal, solid state mixer and a tube compressor. So you get the best of both world : the “true sound” of the device and production-ready samples.

The Space Bleep Transmissions pack costs $4.90 USD.

All three sample packs also have 16bit/44.1kHz mono collections available as a free download.

More information: Waveshaper

Tronsonic releases Kork M500 Micro Preset for Kontakt

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Tronsonic Kork M500 Micro Preset

Tronsonic has launched Kork M500 Micro Preset, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

I tried to get it as close (both visually and audibly) as I could to the original late 70s preset synth (as used by OMD on many records), and also added a few extra features like polyphony and a tape compression and damage effect.

In order to maintain the purity of the waveforms, I chose not to sample to tape (hence the ‘tape fx’ section), but used valves and a chain of nearly 100 year old interstage transformers to capture the audio.

All of the presets are selectable via the interface (as with the real synth), as well as the effects/edit section under the red button.

As you can see, the tape input gain and warmth settings are also controllable via dedicated attack and decay envelopes, enabling a very accurate emulation of ‘hitting’ the tape, and its compression effects. The random gain, warmth and tone are also synced to the tape speed frequency knob, which controls the wow and flutter.

The Kork M500 Micro Preset library is available at the introductory price of £11.99 GBP until June 29th, 2013 (20% off regular).

More information: Tronsonic / Kork M500 Micro Preset

Korg releases Mono/Poly Rack Extension for Reason

Korg has launched the Mono/Poly Rack Extension, a virtual synthesizer for Reason.

Korg Mono/Poly for Reason
Propellerhead’s Reason gets the classic Mono/Poly synthesizer by Korg.

Mono/Poly for Reason uses Korg’s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology) to precisely model the electronic circuitry of the original analog instrument, capturing the exact sound and parameter response of the original. Originally introduced as part of Korg’ s Legacy Collection, Mono/Poly can now be integrated into Reason as a Rack Extension.

In addition to accurately reproducing the sounds from the original, Mono/Poly for Reason also provides a vast range of new functionality for contemporary sound creation, such as 128-voice polyphony (maximum), up to 16-voice unison settings with spread, virtual patching, and freely assignable external modulation settings. The updated functionality makes the Mono/Poly a powerful tool for modern music production.

The Mono/Poly – 4VCO monophonic / polyphonic analog synthesizer was originally introduced in 1981. It launched simultaneously with the Korg Polysix, and due to their superb functionality, powerful feature sets and affordable prices; they were immediately successful – and extremely unique – entries into the synth world.

The Mono/Poly for Reason interface provides reorganized knobs and switches that resurrect the original Mono/Poly in a contemporary “rack-mounted” format for intuitive integration into the Reason environment.

The Mono/Poly Rack Extension is available to purchase for 39 EUR / $49 USD.

More information: Korg / Mono/Poly Rack Extension

UVI releases free presets for Digital Synsations

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UVI Digital Synsations

UVI has announced the release of 4 free presets from their latest library Digital Synsations.

Digital Synsations includes over 500 presets expertly programmed on a fully restored Yamaha SY77, Korg M1, Roland D50 and Ensoniq VFX‚ used by many of the greats including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis, Brian Eno, Toto, 808 State, Jean Michael Jarre and more.

If you’re looking for a new take on the 90′s sound or just some new classic synth inspiration then look no further.

The demo pack is a free download. The presets can be auditioned without the use of iLok.

More information: UVI / Digital Synsations