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Arturia BeatStep sequencer/controller now shipping

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Arturia has announced the availability of its BeatStep portable pad controller.

Arturia BeatStep

Chameleon-like in its many control options, BeatStep is designed to work with DAWs, loop triggering software, VST instruments or effects, MIDI hardware, or even CV/Gate-equipped analogue instruments like Arturia’s own award-winning MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer or other manufacturers’ models — vintage classics or more modern contemporaries alike.

Try triggering audio clips within powerful, flexible software environments such as Ableton Live or playing drum parts in conjunction with the likes of FXpansion BFD or Toontrack EZdrummer… it’s as easy as exercising your trigger fingers!

BeatStep features

  • MIDI controller Mode – RED LED MODE.
  • Step Sequencer mode – BLUE LED MODE.
  • 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads.
  • 16 encoders.
  • 16 MIDI Controller presets.
  • 16 Sequence presets.
  • Works with MIDI Control Center Editor.
  • Internal and External clocking.
  • CV outputs.
  • USB I/O.
  • MIDI output.
  • iPAD compatibility (using camera connection kit).
  • Transports can send MIDI CC or MMC.
  • Kensington Lock.
  • Standalone MIDI or CV operation when powered via standard USB power adaptor.
  • USB Class compliant (no drivers).

BeatStep is available to purchase for 99 EUR/$129 USD (MSRP).

More information: Arturia / BeatStep

Tunecraft launches Ethereal Chords Progressions Vol.1

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Tunecraft has released Ethereal Chords Progressions Vol.1, a sound pack featuring 20 stunning chords progressions and heart-wrenching phrases in both WAV and MIDI formats.

Ethereal Chords Progressions Vol.1

From Chillout to Dubstep, Trance or Deep House, this inspirational pack gives you as much flexibility as possible to fit any kind of production.

You can expect to find 540MB of original material containing 40 MIDI files and 160 stunning WAV loops featuring 4 to 12 bars phrases with variations of textures sorted in 8 groups: All loops featured in the demo are included in the pack as well.

Finally you’ll find 5 different presets for NI Massive as a bonus to fire up in your project and start producing!

The soundset is available from ADSR Sounds for $15 USD.

More information: ADSR / Ethereal Chords Progressions Vol.1

Blue Cat updates PatchWork to v1.2 & MB-7 Mixer to v2.2

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.2 of PatchWork and version 2.2 of MB-7 Mixer, a new version of its audio plug-ins that can host third party VST plug-ins.

Blue Cat's PatchWork

With Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.2, Blue Cat Audio has added flexible MIDI routing capabilities to its “universal plug-ins patchbay”: it is now possible to connect hosted plug-ins together or with the host application to send and receive MIDI messages.

For both plug-ins, this new version also brings the ability to rename plug-ins instances, as well as several performance and compatibility improvements (full list below).

Changes in PatchWork v1.2

  • MIDI Routing: custom MIDI routes can be created to connect plug-ins together and with the host application, to send and receive MIDI messages.
  • Mono to stereo processing: the plug-in can now be used as a mono to stereo plug-in and process mono tracks with stereo effects in hosts that support it.
  • The “Parameters Map” menu item is now checked when a parameter is mapped.

Changes in PatchWork v1.2 & MB-7 Mixer v2.2

  • Plug-in instance Renaming: it is now possible to give a name to each instance of a plug-in.
  • Improved performance of undo tracking when loading presets for plug-ins with many parameters.
  • Improved performance when changing the size of the plug-in user interface.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in many host applications when sub plug-ins editors are opened (except 32-bit applications on Mac).
  • Fixed compatibility issue with Pro Tools 9 on Mac (random crashes).
  • Fixing crashes with some plug-ins requesting information while being opened.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork: 59 EUR/$79 USD, MB-7 Mixer is 99 EUR/$129 USD. The update is free for existing customers.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

Spektro Audio releases DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator

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Spektro Audio has released DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator, a Max for Live device capable of generating clocks and rhythms that can be used with analog synthesizers and drum machines via control voltage.

Spektro Audio DRG

By using a combination of two clock generators and an optional boolean logic operator, DRG can generate anything from simple clock divisions to complex rhythms.
DRG is great for clocking analog sequencers, triggering envelopes, sequencing drum modules and etc.

DRG can be used in different situations. The workflow was thought out to work great both in the studio and in live concerts. Everything on the front panel, from the simple layout to the LEDs colors, was design to give you instant feedback of whats going on. Features such as the MIDI Controlled Presets let’s you add variation to your track and change the settings using either MIDI clips or any MIDI controller.

DRG requires an audio interface with DC-Coupled outputs or an Expert Sleepers ES-3 / ES-4 / ES-40 module.

DRG is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Spektro Audio / DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator

Quantum Loops launches Twerk It Out sample pack

Quantum Loops has announced the release of Twerk It Out, a sample pack jammed full of complex beats, rhythms, bass and leads, with MIDI and RX2 files to boot.

Quantum Loops Twerk It Out

Twerk music comes from a mixture of EDM, Hip Hop and Nu Orleans bounce music, and with over 650MB of bass loops, drum loops, drum addons, Leads, and Drum Fills, all in .wav, .rx2, and MIDI, inspired by the likes of TWRK, Diplo, Caked Up, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Riff Raff and many more, you can get the lot right here.

Produced by Quantum Loops owner Dom Kane along with Quantum Loops regular Owen Sheppard (Castro), this pack contains 100s of loops carefully designed and created using everything from 808, Moog, Roland, E-MU, Juno, and processed using Neve and SSL to name a few. Spread across 4 main keys (A, C, Eb, and F), each section of the pack has been designed to be interchangeable. So whether you’re looking to write an experimental fill based track, or a head-nodding bass heavy Twerk monster, this pack has it all.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Quantum Loops / Twerk It Out

eXtream updates Audio Evolution Mobile for Android to v3.0

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eXtream Software Development has released version 3.0 of its multitrack app Audio Evolution Mobile for Android, now featuring MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments and support for USB MIDI interfaces.

eXtream Audio Evolution Mobile

In combination with the app’s support for around 250 USB audio interfaces, this app can turn your Android tablet or phone into a powerful recording studio.

With the latest release, standard MIDI files can be imported or new MIDI tracks can be created using a piano roll editor, or recorded using a USB MIDI interface/keyboard. When used in combination with a USB audio interface for low latency, even virtual instruments can be played live.

The instruments are based on SoundFonts, with a free downloadable GS/GM SoundFont as standard. Commercial royalty-free SoundFonts will be available in the near future.

Audio Evolution Mobile for Android is available to purchase for 5.49 EUR. All MIDI functionality is available through an in-app purchase, priced at 4.49 EUR.

More information: eXtream Software Development

Monoplugs updates B-Step Sequencer to v1.2

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Monoplugs has released version 1.2 of B-Step Sequencer, a melodic, chord based step sequencer, now also available as a standalone app for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Monoplugs B-Step Sequencer
The standalone version of B-Step you can sync via MIDI Clock to your DAW or MIDI hardware. Also you can run the sequencer as MIDI Clock master and sync your devices to B-Step.

In B-Step Sequencer 1.2 Monoplugs have improved the chord editor, added some new features to the sequencer and cleaned up a lot of things to make it much more usable than before.

Now you can import/export your projects, MIDI controller maps, chord sets and presets from/to file and share them between the standalone and VST version or with your friends.

Changes in B-Step Sequencer v1.2

  • Fixes:
    • Stop playing notes if playback stops.
    • Add Error messages if a MIDI port is not able to open (have a look in our forum to fix issues on Windows).
    • MIDI learn map will not loaded correctly.
    • MIDI Thru bug.
    • Restore MIDI ports on reopen B-Step.
  • Sequencer Settings:
    • Add clock thru option in standalone.
  • Presets:
    • Add export/import project files.
    • Add export/import chord presets.
    • Add export/import MIDI maps.
    • Add some project presets & chord presets.
  • Sequencer Features:
    • Add mute-chain | you can now play empty bars or mute a bar in the chain.
    • Add master track octave offset rotaries.
    • Add what’s the next bar in the chain marker.
    • Add panic button.
  • MIDI learn (new design):
    • Add Feedback.
    • Change the editor layout and MIDI learn handling.
  • User Interface:
    • Clean up settings editor.
    • Clean up main interface.
    • Add tree different colour setups.
    • Remove step was enabled marker.
  • Launchpad:
    • Add bar copy support (hold down one bar button (source) and click a other bar button (target)).
    • Change default MIDI channel to 1.

B-Step Sequencer is available for purchase for 19.99 EUR.

More information: Monoplugs

audiowerkstatt releases midi-restarter

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audiowerkstatt has announced the release of midi-restarter, a device for controlling your MIDI-slave gear.

audiowerkstatt midi-restarter

The midi-restarter helps you to start or stop your MIDI-slave independent of your MIDI-master, but always in perfect synchronisation.

You push the buttom and the audiowerkstatt midi-restarter sends a MIDI-start/stop-message at the beginning of the next bar to ensure that all following MIDI-devices run in the correct timing.

The midi-restarter is available for purchase for 139 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: audiowerkstatt