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Le Lotus Bleu updates Magic Wand

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Le Lotus Bleu Magic Wand

Le Lotus Bleu has released an update to Magic Wand, a soundbank for Camel Audio’s Alchemy.

The Oculus is a free add-on for the Magic Wand soundbank. It contains 26 new Meta Instruments, 8 Z presets, and a couple of XV presets. The Oculus instruments will be merged into the Magic Wand existing folders in a transparent way after the installation process is completed. A list of all the new patches is available, making it easy to preview them.

Magic Wand now offers 127 Meta Instruments, for a total of more than 340 distinct new presets.

Magic Wand features

  • 194 instruments: 127 Primary Meta Instruments, around 60 Z presets, and some XV presets. More than 340 distinct instruments, with the use of the Remix Pads.
  • Basses (18), Keys (54), Pads & Atmos (37), Leads (24), ARPs and Chord Sequences (28), Semi-real instruments and misc (33).
  • Highly expressive instruments, with many real time expression features.
  • Fully compliant with any Camel Audio future Content Management and Database developments.
  • A PDF manual including preset list, with an individual comment for each instrument, installation procedure, tips and tricks for Alchemy.

Magic Wand is available to purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Le Lotus Bleu / Magic Wand

Mini-review: Le Lotus Bleu Magic Wand

Le Lotus Bleu Magic Wand

Le Lotus Bleu recently released Magic Wand, its first soundset for Camel Audio’s Alchemy, a sample manipulation synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Magic Wand is suitable for all kinds of musical genres, and offers a mix of pure synthesis, rompler like, and hybrid instruments. It proposes an hopefully pleasant mix between Bread and Butter and unique and never heard instruments.

All the instruments have been carefully designed to take advantage of the 8 variations Remix Pads of Alchemy, as well as its awesome real time control possibilities.

Magic Wand includes bass, keys, pads, leads, arps, chord sequences, some semi-real instruments and more. The soundset features a total of 158 instruments: 101 meta instruments, about 50 “Z presets” and a few “XV presets”.

Magic Wand features

  • More than 300 distinct instruments, with the use of the Remix Pads.
  • Highly expressive instruments, with many real time expression features.
  • Integrated use of Macro Knobs : For example all FX automation will always be found on Macro Knobs 5/6.
  • Fully compliant with any Camel Audio future Content Management and Database developments.
  • A Pdf manual including preset list, with an individual comment for each instrument, installation procedure, tips and tricks for Alchemy.
Magic Wand Z presets

Since Alchemy’s remix pads can contain different sounds for one and the same preset, Magic Wand includes “Z presets”.

These are basically duplicates of existing meta instruments, saved on alternate remix pads – which have a different type of sound than the initial sound (useful when browsing for a specific type of sound). A number of “XV presets” are included for the same reason. These are derivatives of meta instruments, with various modified parameters. You could say they are actually “new” instruments but Le Lotus Bleu chose to include them as bonus presets. They can be seen as tutorials on how to create these sounds from the initial presets so you can learn some sound design as well.

You can find a number of excellent audio demos on the Le Lotus Bleu site; a proper showcase by Magic Wand sound designer Laurent.

Note: Magic Wand is offered as part of the Fair Play Sales Program, a system which rewards early adopters with more than 50% free additional instruments in future updates. Currently it is available to purchase for 17 EUR until 21 January, 2010.

So what do I think?

Product: Magic Wand by Le Lotus Bleu
Format: Presets (native Alchemy format)
Price: 17 EUR until 21 January, 2010 (regular 25 EUR)

Magic Wand aims to provide a mix of bread & butter sounds and unique sounds, and it delivers. The presets are very inspiring and musical. The remix pads do really provide many sounds that differ from the initial preset sound, so you get a lot more than 158 instruments.

In short, a great soundset with plenty of variety in sounds for a nice price.

More information: Le Lotus Bleu / Magic Wand

Le Lotus Bleu releases Magic Wand

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Le Lotus Bleu Magic Wand

Le Lotus Bleu has announced the release of Magic Wand, an expansion bank for Camel Audio Alchemy.

Magic Wand is suitable for all kinds of musical genres, and offers a mix of pure synthesis, rompler like, and hybrid instruments. It proposes an hopefully pleasant mix between Bread and Butter and unique and never heard instruments.

All the instruments have been carefully designed to take advantage of the 8 variations Remix Pads of Alchemy, as well as its awesome real time control possibilities.

Magic Wand features

  • 158 instruments: 101 Primary Meta Instruments, around 50 Z presets, and some XV presets. More than 300 distinct instruments, with the use of the Remix Pads.
  • Basses (15), Keys (43), Pads & Atmos (29), Leads (22), ARPs and Chord Sequences (24), Semi-real instruments and misc (25).
  • Highly expressive instruments, with many real time expression features.
  • Integrated use of Macro Knobs : For example all FX automation will always be found on Macro Knobs 5/6.
  • Fully compliant with any Camel Audio future Content Management and Database developments.
  • A Pdf manual including preset list, with an indivudual comment for each instrument, installation procedure, tips and tricks for Alchemy.

Magic Wand is available for the introductory price of 17 EUR until 21 January, 2010, after which it will get an additional 25 MetaInstruments as part of the Fair Play program, increasing its price to 25 EUR.

More information: Le Lotus Bleu / Magic Wand

KV331 Audio releases SynthMaster v2.0

KV331 SynthMaster

KV331 Audio has announced the release of version 2.0 of SynthMaster, its flagship semi-modular software synthesizer for Windows.

The new version introduces layers, “analog”-modelled filters, massive modulation capabilities, additive/wavetable/wavescanning synthesis, rich wavetable content, 580 ready to use factory presets, a comprehensive preset browser and a skin/interface editor that allows the customization of SynthMaster’s user interface.

Changes in SynthMaster v2.0

  • Layers: In SynthMaster 2.0, every voice consists of 2 layers. Each layer has its own Arpeggiator/Sequencer, 2 Oscillators, 2 Multimode filters, 4 Modulators, 4 ADSR Envelopes, 2 Multistage Envelopes, 2 LFOs, 4 KeyScalers and Distortion/LoFi/4 Band EQ effects.
  • “Analog” filters: SynthMaster now sounds warmer with the addition of “analog” LP/HP/BP/BS filters modelled after the famous “Ladder” filter. Aside from those, 1/2/3/4 stage allpass and comb filters are new additions as well.
  • “Wavetable/Wavescanning” oscillators: With the addition of Wavetable/wavescanning synthesis in SynthMaster 2,0, now it is possible to create very complex and evolving sounds using up to 16 wavetables and smoothly sequencing between them.
  • Massive Modulation Capabilities: It is possible to modulate almost every continuous parameter in SynthMaster 2.0 using LFOs, Envelopes, KeyScalers, MIDI Velocity, MIDI Aftertouch or MIDI Controllers, which makes it possible to create very complex sounds with SynthMaster 2.0.
  • Rich Wavetable Content: Aside from the 128 factory wavetables licensed from Galbanum, 330 user wavetables selected with permission from the publicly available Muz3um for Rapture patch set also comes with SynthMaster 2.0. For users that want more, they are free to import their own single cycle waveforms in WAV format as well.
  • Rich Preset Content: To show the power of SynthMaster 2.0, a talented team of professional sound designers formed by Scot Solida, LeLotusBleu Sound Design, Xenos Soundworks, CFA-Audio, KV331 Audio’s own Teoman Pasinlioğlu, as well as fellow beta testers Ingonator and FragileX have created 580 ready to use presets in a wide range of genres/styles such as Ambient, Chillout, Dance, Disco, DnB, Electronica, HipHop, Pop, Rave and Trance.
  • Preset Browser: With the addition of a preset browser users can now easily find the sound they’re looking for in SynthMaster 2.0 by filtering through instrument type, attributes, music style or author name.
  • Skin Editor: SynthMaster 2.0 comes with its WYSIWYG skin editor which allows the users to easily customize the look of SynthMaster, or to create new skins with different layouts.
  • Serial Number Copy Protection Only: Unlike the first version, SynthMaster 2.0 uses only serial number copy protection.

SynthMaster 2.0 is available at the introductory price of $59 USD until December 31, 2009 (regular price $99 USD). A demo version of SynthMaster 2.0 is available to download from the KV331 Audio website.

More information: KV331 Audio

Le Lotus Bleu releases Nec Plus Ultra

Le Lotus Bleu Nec Plus Ultra

Le Lotus Bleu has released Nec Plus Ultra, a collection of presets for Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog.

Peter Schelfhout and LotuZia have united their forces to propose you different and complementary sound Design approaches and cover a major part of all the instruments you’ll ever need when using Ultra Analog.

Nec Plus Ultra includes Keys, Basses, Leads, Pads, Atmos, ARPs, Percussions, plucks as well as the usual subcategories like Brass, Strings, EPs and Organs, Clavinet, Stabs etc.

It is suitable for any genre of music, so from Film Scoring to the most up to date Dance styles, from the most delicate leads to the huge power ones, be assured that you’ll find some unique and inspiring instruments.

A large number of patches have a dedicated Midi Link, with 1 to 4 Midi controller assigned to one or several UA1 parameters : Expressive presets, joy of playing ! Experience a new way to use your Ultra Analog synthesizer.

Nec Plus Ultra features

  • More than 260 new patches
  • More than 130 Midi Links
  • PDF document including Midi Links Tutorial
  • Free Update with more instruments -already under construction-

Nec Plus Ultra is available for the introductory price of 10.20 EUR (~$11.80 USD) until 21 December, 2009 (regular price 17.50 EUR).

More information: Le Lotus Bleu / Nec Plus Ultra

Le Lotus Bleu releases Legacy for Vanguard

Le Lotus Bleu Legacy for Vanguard

Le Lotus Bleu has released Legacy, a 128 instruments Soundset for reFX Vanguard.

Peter Schelfhout classic Sound Design brings the concept of bread and butter instruments one step beyond : Each of his 128 instruments evokes a precise era or one famous instrument, from analog dinosaurs to last decade modernn units.

The whole library proposes a charming journey across the Synthesizer history, with 100% usefull and precise instruments.

The focus of this soundbank is mainly Electronic Music, including SynthPop, Elektro, Dance, Trance, Electronica.

Legacy for Vanguard is available for the introductory price of €7.48 EUR / $8.70 USD unitl September 28, 2009 (50% off the regular price of €14.90 EUR). Note: Non European Customers need to be logged on their account to display the right price, without VAT. Switching currencies is not sufficient.

More information: Le Lotus Bleu / Legacy for Vanguard

Le Lotus Bleu updates Wave Grooves to v1.2

Le Lotus Bleu Wave Grooves

Le Lotus Bleu has released version 1.2 of Wave Grooves, a soundset for Native Instrument’s Massive software synthesizer.

All the instruments have been carefully designed to take advantage of Massive unique WaveTable synthesis and its awesome real time expression abilities.

The collection focus on the following (non exclusive) musical styles : Electronica, Lounge, Glitch, Chill-out, Funk-Soul-JaZz, Rock-Pop, songwriting and Cinematic. Everything that grooves, from slow to medium-fast tempos

Changes in Wave Grooves v1.2

  • 35 new instruments added with full modulation features and macros assigned.
  • Updated PDF, including patch list with an individual comment for each preset, tips and tricks.
  • 2 new audio demos (7mn) added.

Wave Grooves v1.2 now offers 159 fresh new instruments for NI Massive. It is available for purchase for 19 EUR / $22 USD.

More information: Le Lotus Bleu / Wave Grooves

Le Lotus Bleu releases Electroshock

Le Lotus Bleu Electroshock

Le Lotus Bleu has announced the release of Electroshock, a soundbank for Linplug’s Cronox 3 and Sophistry virtual instruments.

Peter Schelfhout sampled some venerable old units, like Minimoogs, and used the different Cronox 3 and Sophistry sound engines to build and offer us these vintage sounds.

If you’re interested in that warm, fat and deep sound of the lost decades (70′s and early 80′s) you’ll be charmed by Electroshock.

Electroshock features

  • 90 Classic and Vintage instruments.
  • Instruments have been organised in 5 categories for easy content management : Arps, Basses, Pads, FX, Synths.
  • All instuments make use of modulation wheel for an enhanced expressiveness.
  • Quick install guide + preset list included in the archive.

Electroshock is available for download as a freeware soundbank.

More information: Le Lotus Bleu