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AfroDJMac releases VHS Rack & Double P Keys for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has launched VHS Rack and Double P Keys, two new titles in the series of free Ableton Live packs.

This Ableton audio effect rack will give you control over the pitch inconsistencies, chorusing, saturation, and compression that are characteristic of VCR tapes. You can dial in the effect to be subtle, or go all out and make your music sound like it’s practically broken. It can be used on a track by track basis or on the master channel.

Double P Keys is a multi-layered synthesizer rack.

AfroDJMac Double P Keys

This instrument rack contains five chains of synthesizers stacked on top of each other. 3 of the sounds are designed to add ambience and texture to the sound, while 2 of them produce the musical, harmonic material that allow you to play notes and write melodies. You can mix in the level of “Double P Noise” and each synth. The instrument also has control over the filters of each of the two musical synths.

The first musical synth can be morphed from a pluck type sound to a more rounded pad sound. The second synth makes use of the filter envelop to give movement and character to the sound. All 5 layers of this sound are created from the same sample, just different sections of it. I won’t say exactly what it is, but I’m sure if you give it a listen, it will be a familiar sound.

Both libraries are available to download from AfroDJMac at no charge.

More information: AfroDJMac

Elektron releases Nintari Flashback Sound pack for the Octatrack

Elektron Nintari

Elektron has announced the release of the Nintari Flashback sound pack for the Octatrack dynamic performance sampler.

The Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Entertainment System are the consoles that helped form a generation. They are remembered not only for their amazing selection of games, but also for that special video game sound they were capable of generating. The great Puremagnetik team has sampled both consoles in detail and we are proud to present the fruit of their labor: the Nintari Flashback Sound pack. The mixture of seriously raw waveforms, lo-fi squeaks and 8-bit drum sounds will beam the Octatrack straight back to the future. Press start to continue!

The sound pack is specifically made for the Octatrack. Included is an Octatrack set featuring 1 project, 16 patterns and 4 parts. Also included are 16 scenes per part, providing a great starting point for experimenting with the demo patterns.

The Nintari Flashback pack costs 30 EUR.

More information: Elektron / Nintari Flashback

Inear Display releases Bucephal, Danaides and SicknDstroy for Linux

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Inear Display

Inear Display has announced that its Bucephal, Danaides and SicknDstroy effect plugins are now available in native 32 and 64-bit VST format for Linux.

Inear Display plugins

  • Bucephal is a sound mangling plugin based on two delay lines designed to be mutated by four modulators freely assignable to the time and feedback.
  • Danaides is a sequenced sound mangler with a powerful modulation section.
  • SicknDstroy is a multimode lo-fi effect plugin.

Bucephal and Danaides are 20 EUR each, SicknDstroy is freeware. The plugins are now available for Windows, Mac & Linux (VST/AU).

More information: Inear Display

Uppercussion announces Bitkits free 8-bt drum kits for Maschine, Live 9, Geist, Battery & more

Uppercussion Bitkits

Uppercussion has announced the release of Bitkits, a free collection of ten 8-bit drum kits in collaboration with Icebreaker Audio.

The samples in Bitkits come from a time when 8-bit sounds were the standard for video games and digital synthesizers. The kits give you 8-bit versions of kick, snare and hihat sounds, as well as a large collection of beeps, buzzes, noises, arpeggiations and other sound effects typical of the 8-bit era.

All of the samples in Bitkits were created using the BitRate digital drum machine for Reaktor, created by Icebreaker Audio. BitRate features realistic emulations of digital sound engines from the late 80s and early 90s in an intuitive interface.

Bitkits features

  • 10 Bitkits kits.
  • 160 samples, 16 samples per kit.
  • Samples are 24-bit, 44.1 kHz.
  • Formats include Maschine, Live 9, Geist, Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Reason NN-XT, and single WAV samples.
  • Sample folders are easily accessible and sorted by sound type.
  • Total size is 25 MB.

The Bitkits are a free download at Uppercussion. Note: Ableton Live kits require Live 9.

More information: Uppercussion / Bitkits

Psychic Modulation updates Phonec to v1.3

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Psychic Modulation Phonec

Psychic Modulation has released version 1.3 of the Phonec synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

Phonec is best described as an ‘analog flux synthesizer’. Inspired by the mystique of video logo synth scores from worn out VHS tapes, Phonec was primarily designed with character in mind. However Phonec is capable of producing a wide range of sounds such as vintage analogue tones, lo-fi synthscapes, ethereal pads, minimal techno sequences, and synthwave leads and basses.

Changes in Phonec v1.3

  • GUI update: aesthetic improvements as well as various fixes.
  • Improved sliders, now easier to control.
  • Fixed sequencer random mode not working.
  • Fixed volume changes when switching Melt modes.
  • Fixed problem with panning envelope.
  • Fixed various legato/portamento related arp issues.
  • Noise level can now go higher.
  • HFO velocity was inverted, now fixed.
  • Added two new switches to seq; for adding an octave to pitch seq, and inverting filter/amp seq.
  • Changed LFO3 target list, ‘Melt’ and ‘Echo Tune’ were not compatible with a polyphonic LFO, caused cpu spikes; added ‘Sub Pitch’.
  • Improved presets.
  • Includes a separate ‘effect’ version so Cubase users can utilize audio input routing.

Phonec for Windows (VST) costs $39 USD.

More information: Psychic Modulation / Phonec

Inear Display updates SicknDstroy effect plugin to v1.2

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Inear Display has released version 1.2 of SicknDstroy, a free multimode lo-fi effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Inear Display SicknDstroy
Inear Display’s SicknDstroy plug-in gets a new graphic user interface.

Changes in SicknDstroy v1.2

  • New user interface.
  • Randomizer.
  • LFO.
  • New preset format (presets made with previous versions are not compatible).

The plug-in is available as a free download for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

More information: Inear Display / SicknDstroy

Pluggotic releases ToyBoy for Kontakt

Sampleism has launched ToyBoy by Pluggotic, a rompler based on four sampled toy-keyboards with distinct sonics and soundsets.

Pluggotic ToyBoy
64 PCM instruments can be played, and edited through two twin layers with multimode filtering, envelopes, retriggered lfos and fxs.

ToyBoy features several pianos, brasses, strings and keyboards, tuned and detuned synths, percussives like celesta, kalimba, vibes, bells, music boxes, xilophones as well as choir, hawaiian guitar, telephone tones, distorted guitar and pizzicato strings.

All instruments can be played raw, edited, filtered, detuned, enhanced with five effects, layered to build different sounds.

ToyBoy features

  • Rompler/s+s synth for Kontakt 4.2.3 or newer versions.
  • 64 raw lo-fi instruments, 30 looped. 584 16bit44100 waves, 152Mb.
  • Varied sampling range for each keyboard, all sounds uniformed to 5 octaves.
  • 5 effects, from cabinet and modulations to 9 ir stereo reverbs.
  • Arpeggiator and quick tweaks section.
  • Host-automated controls & midi-learn.
  • Presets, 64 naked/original and 64 categorized presets (arp/key/pad).
  • Includes ToyBeat: All drums, percussions and soundeffects from the four toy-keyboards in one instrument.

ToyBoy for Kontakt costs £7 GBP. It is also available bundled with Artifunkt in the Pluggotic Synth Bundle, priced at £9 GBP.

More information: Sampleism

Icebreaker Audio releases BitRate for Reaktor

Icebreaker Audio has introduced Bitrate, a semi-modular, digital drum machine for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Offering a variety of sound generation styles, all based on digital synthesis from the late 80s and early 90s, BitRate is a gritty device with a retro heart of silicone.

Icebreaker Audio Bitrate
BitRate offers the most accurate chip-style synthesis available for Reaktor.

Bitrate features

  • 5 drum slots into which you can load any one of 13 different sound modules.
  • 4 main sound engine types, each based on a different style of lo-fi digital sound generation.
  • A built-in sequencer with 2 modulation sequences per drum.
  • Automatic tempo-synchronization when used in a host.
  • EQ, Compressor, and Speaker Simulator master effects.

BitRate is available for the introductory price of £15 GBP until March 31st, 2013 (regular £25 GBP). Requires Reaktor 5.8 or higher.

More information: Icebreaker Audio / Bitrate