Squaredheads has released version 1.4 of Nora, a phrase arpeggiator and MIDI key mapper plugin for Windows.
Nora is a MIDI toolset that employs advanced editing tools to create MIDI phrases with ease.
Its full contextual interface allows to create solo melodies, rhythmic basslines or stabs instantly. It may be used in both live and offline environment.
Nora has been recently updated to version 1.4 with a new tool: A MIDI Key Mapper, which can be used as a harmonizer, to create chord progressions, to transpose keys, etc.
Changes in Nora v1.4
- MIDI Key Mapper tool.
- Nudge actions: use keyboard cursors to move notes or nodes.
- Added new presets for Phrase Arpeggiator and for the MIDI Key Mapper.
- Phrase arpeggiator is now optional.
- Moved phrase arpeggiator controls from the main toolbar to its editor window.
- Improved feedback time from interface elements (everything looks smoother now).
- Hidden “Save” from menu, to avoid confusion. It will be restored in a future update.
Nora for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 49 EUR.
More information: Squaredheads
Zenhiser has launched Melodic Trance Midi, a sound pack featuring a blend of trance audio & MIDI.
‘Melodic Trance Midi’ is the ultimate blend of melodic trance and euphoric sounds creating a plethora of truly stylish hooks. This detailed and diverse trance sound pack delivers multiple options and ideas to both develop and hone your trance skills. Consisting of multiple parts ‘Melodic Trance Midi’ gives you full trance hooks, then separates them into their individual parts. Not only have we supplied the lead loops with alternate versions for fx trails but everything within this sample pack also includes midi parts, this is a huge leap forward for programming variations, now you can delve into the parts, change notes, amend arrangements and turn every part of ‘Melodic Trance Midi’ into your own clubbing anthem.
Inside the pack you’ll find Trance basslines, leads, synth loops and of course the full loops. This truly is an essential trance sound and midi pack, we recommend it for all levels of trance producers, and as with all Zenhiser sample packs the level of programming, mixing and mastering is second to none.
The pack is available for purchase for $40 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / Melodic Trance Midi
UplandToys has launched Midular, a collection of modular MIDI processing modules for Max for Live.
Midular is my latest venture into MIDI processing software, built in the Max for Live environment.
The modules can be chained together in a modular fashion to form any number of effect chains. Used in isolation, they can act as problem solvers, such as quantizing notes in real-time, repeating incoming notes, or sequencing incoming notes.
By chaining several modules together, one can create a vast array of different MIDI processing chains that can be used to support various forms of algorithmically aided composition.
Midular is a free download (GPL license).
More information: UplandToys / Midular
Audiovapor has announced its Summer Sale, offering a 25% discount on its products for a limited time.
Audiovapor announces the Summer Sale 2014!
25% off all Sylenth1 and Granite banks, MIDI loops, and Reason ReFills!
Sale ends on Sunday August 3rd (one week only).
More information: Audiovapor / Summer Sale
The Loop Loft has announced the release of Long Loops Vol 3, a new MIDI pack featuring grooves designed to make your drum patterns sound as human as possible.
Are you tired of working with short, 1 to 2 bar loops? Do you find yourself altering loop patterns or manually programming fills for song transitions? Then Long Loops is the MIDI release you’ve been waiting for.
Recorded live by a top studio drummer, Long Loops features grooves ranging in length from 4 to 16 bars, with each loop containing slight “human” variations throughout the beat and appropriate fills in the last measure of each phrase. The result? You can now quickly build up entire verses, chorus, hooks and breakdowns by simply dragging and dropping a single loop into your arrangement.
The pack is available for purchase for $29 USD.
More information: The Loop Loft / Long Loops Vol 3
Prime Loops has launched Chill Synths, a new sample pack featuring loops and MIDI files.
Chill Synths is a lush 270MB+ collection of sun-soaked synth loops and MIDI files for Chillwave, Trip Hop, Ambient, Electronica & more!
This hand-picked Collection features 48 super-harmonic synth progressions, dreamy arpeggios, washed-out pads, side-chained synth patterns and much more!
The pack is available for purchase for £12.95 GBP.
More information: Prime Loops / Chill Synths
Roland has announced that the entire AIRA family has been updated to version 1.1, introducing exciting and useful new features requested by users from around the globe.
Easy to install and free for all users, this AIRA update includes enhancements for the whole line, such as backup and restore facilities, and better overall MIDI management. It also provides a wealth of product-specific enhancements, such as external MIDI pitch control for VT-3, tuning control for TB-3, and instrument gain control for TR-8.
With roots in the very origins of electronic music, the AIRA line is designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sound and modern performance features to a new generation. The first four products introduced in the AIRA series include the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer.
At the heart of AIRA is the newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) that faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of Roland’s most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products. It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit using Roland’s collection of pristinely archived drum machines and synthesizers.
The updates are now available to download from Roland.
More information: Roland / AIRA