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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bleep Labs launches The Bleep Drum

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Bleep Labs has announced The Bleep Drum, a drum machine with sequencer and pitch-adjustable samples.

The Bleep Drum is an Arduino based lo-fi rad-fi drum machine designed by Dr. Bleep.

Bleep Labs The Bleep Drum
The Bleep Drum is the same hardware as the Dam Drum 2.0, but it has different sounds as well as HYPERNOISE 30XX mode.

The Bleep Drum features

  • Four sounds, two with pitch control.
  • Four selectable sequences.
  • Record patterns just by playing them.
  • Tap tempo.
  • Reverse mode.
  • Hyper Noise 30XX mode.
  • Stereo 1/8″ output.

The Bleep Drum is available to purchase as a kit for $60 USD. It is also available to preorder as a fully ully built device for $80 USD (shipping in April, 2013).

More information: Bleep Labs / The Bleep Drum

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Rob Papen updates RP-Distort Rack Extension to v1.0.1

Rob Papen RP-Distort RE

Rob Papen has updated the RP-Distort Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason to version 1.0.1.

RP-Distort is not just a distortion unit, but much more. The distortion unit inside RP-Distort can be combined with an analog modeled filter, compressor and widener unit.

On top of that, the controls can be modulated using midi sources or by one of the 4 build in LFOs that can sync to your host tempo..

The distortion unit offers 22 distortion types included ring modulator and lo-fi. RP-Distort is a wicked FX unit that will distort or alter your tracks in an inspirational way.

Changes in RP-Distort RE v1.0.1

  • Fixed Problem with ‘ghost lanes’ during automation.
  • Bypass moved in Combinator to a more standard position.
  • Fixed LFO Speed readout.
  • Improved LFO precision.
  • Widen at zero amount should have no effect.
  • Other small fixes.

The RP-Distort RE is available to purchase for 29 EUR / $35 USD.

More information: Rob Papen / RP-Distort RE

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