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Korg intros Beat Boy

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Korg Beat Boy

Korg has announced the Beat Boy, a new unit featuring a drum machine, recorder, and tuner.

Beat Boy is packed with features that allow guitarists or bassists to improve their abilities easily and reliably while having fun playing their instrument.

The functionality of four products is packed into this single unit; in addition to a tuner, there’s a rhythm machine covering 100 diverse styles, an effect section for adding sonic variation to your guitar tone, and a recorder that allows 16-bit/44.1 kHz recording of your performances.

So compact, it fits easily into the pocket of your gig bag, it’s the ideal partner for any guitarist or bassist.

Beat Boy features

  • Perform backed by 100 full-fledged rhythm patterns.
  • Use the tap tempo feature to adjust the tempo intuitively, or use the tempo adjustment buttons to make fine adjustments.
  • Adjust the volume of the drum machine to fine tune the mix balance with your guitar sound.
  • Tuner function ensures that your pitch is accurate.
  • Overdrive/distortion effect for electric guitar.
  • Recorder allows 16-bit/44.1 kHz PCM recording and playback.
  • Approximately 20 minutes of recording, with a maximum of 100 tracks.
  • USB port allows your recorded phrases to be easily backed-up to your computer.
  • Internal mic supports acoustic instruments.
  • Built-in speaker lets you immediately listen back to recorded sounds.

Beat Boy is scheduled for release in Fall 2013, priced at $89.99 USD.

More information: Korg / Beat Boy

Korg intros KR mini rhythm machine

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Korg has announced the KR mini, an easy, simple and compact rhythm machine with a built-in speaker and optional battery power for play-anywhere convenience.

Korg KR mini

Many musicians wish that they could enjoy casually performing while being backed up by real rhythm patterns rather than just a metronome. Korg has responded to these wishes with the KR Mini rhythm machine.

It features a simple design that eliminates all complex functions, looks that overflow with nostalgia and analog-like controls. Playing a rhythm pattern is easy as making selection and pressing play. A total of 60 diverse rhythm patterns and 120 fills are ready to accompany you. Easy, simple and compact, the KR mini can play its role anywhere.

KR mini features

  • Easy-to-use design; just select a rhythm pattern and press the play button.
  • Chain function lets you arrange your favorite rhythm patterns and fill-ins to create complete songs.
  • Optional foot switches gives you hands-free control over fill-in/start/stop.
  • Tap the 16 pads for finger drumming or recording your own rhythms.
  • Built-in speaker with 2W output for jamming anywhere without the need for an additional monitor.
  • Headphone/speaker jack for quiet practice or connection to a mixer or monitoring system.
  • Two-way power; use the optional AC adaptor or batteries (AA alkaline batteries x 3).

The KR mini is scheduled for release in November 2013, priced at $79.99 USD.

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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