, Desert Sound Studios
, drum machine
, Max for Live
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Sep 10, 2013
Desert Sound Studios has announced the release of Mk-iii, a drum machine instrument for Max for Live, comprising a step-sequencer and drum sample playback module.
The MK-iii drum machine from Desert Sound Studios takes a new approach to traditional drum machine design. By splitting the drum machine into two, each Max for Live device can be used separately or combined into a single drum machine. This flexibility opens up new possibilities inside Live.
Highly influenced by the digital drum machines of the late 80′s, the MK-iii includes a full electronic drum sample kit from that era. Quickly load these sounds or your own and shape them with the on-board filter, bit crusher and delays. And for those with Lemur, a touch template covering nearly every parameter can be downloaded for free at desertsoundstudios.com.
The MK-iii combines the familiarity of a drum machine with the advantages of modern technology. For owners of Live 9 Suite, this combination makes a great gateway into the powerful world of Max for Live.
- Four independent 16-step sequencer tracks.
- Assignable note and accent velocity.
- Selectable midi note output and note duration.
- Independent pattern start and pattern length adjustments.
- Two trigger modes:Song Sync (Ableton) and MIDI Input (note trigger).
- Swing function and Step Divider.
- Drum module
- Four independent dual-sample sound engines.
- Optimized audio playback engine and voice allocation system.
- Independent coarse tune, fine tune and volume per sample.
- Pan and Decay setting per sound.
- Multi-effects per sound (Filter, Bit Crush, and Delay+Filter).
- Unique modular design; connect the sequencer or the sample playback module Max for Live devices through track-based MIDI and audio routing.
- Includes full drum sample kit based on the Dr-550 drum machine.
- Optional Lemur template provides touch control over nearly every parameter of the Mk-iii.
The Mk-iii drum machine costs $23.99 USD. Requires Ableton Live 9 Suite or Ableton Live 8/9 with Max for Live Add-on.
More information: Desert Sound Studios / Mk-iii
, samples and sound libraries
, VST Buzz
Posted in news
on Aug 21, 2013
VST Buzz has launched a sale on the Modular Piano sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt by Audiority.
The Modular Piano is a synthesized acoustic piano that is capable of creating a cinematic piano sound as well as intimate and unusual soundscapes. Its an incredibly flexible instrument that is small in size (877MB) and provides a very unique piano sound, perfect for a wide range of styles.
The Modular Piano comes with 27 Kontakt Instruments and 4 Kontakt Multis (requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher).This is a great piano to add to your creative arsenal and at $20 its a complete no-brainer. Listen to the demos to hear just how versatile this instrument really is!
Modular Piano is available to purchase for $20 USD until August 27th, 2013 (regular $33 USD).
More information: VST Buzz
macProVideo.com has launched a video course for u-he ACE “Any Cable Everywhere”, the virtual semi-modular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
If an analog modular had sex with a synth plugin, u-he ACE would be the offspring. Learn how to virtually patch this cool plugin with our ever-cool trainer and synth expert, Rishabh Rajan.
Every once in a while, a synth plugin comes along that we feel compelled to bring to your attention – even if it’s a bit obscure: That’s u-he ACE! This unique synth – whose acronym ACE stands for Any Cable Everywhere – is the sonic tweaker’s dream come true.
In this course (which assumes a bit of synth knowledge), you explore every inch of this plugin. You learn all about patching and the multitude of possibilities that this kind of open-ended synth architecture provides for the creative sound designer.
With a patch cable-based synth you ARE the circuit designer AND the sound designer rolled into one. So get ready to learn and dig into u-he ACE with the amazing Rishabh Rajan. Soon, you’ll be making sonic landscapes that every synth and synthesist only hear in their electronic dreams!
The course is now available to macProVideo subscribers. A HD Download costs $19.50 USD.
More information: macProVideo / u-he ACE course
Binary Music has announced the release of Electrophonics, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, Ableton Live and Apple Logic Pro.
The main panel in Kontakt has controls for volume envelope and modulation, pitch mod and filter controls (only a couple of patches use the Kontakt filter, but it is here as a convenient method of quickly changing timbre).
It is an eclectic collection of sounds, which have been created by or processed through a modular synthesizer system. This library is great for soundtrack work and for adding texture or organic elements to all types of electronic music.
There are 138 patches (plus an additional 32 Time Machine versions of patches with rhythmic content in the Kontakt version). These have been made from over 730 samples, recorded at 44.1 kHz with a 24 bit resolution. The patches are arranged into 8 categories: Coolicon, Drones, Filter Sweeps, Modular Tones, Odyssey FX, Percussion, Space Atmospheres and Zither. The Coolicon is a light shade famously used by Delia Derbyshire whilst recording at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
The Electrophonics library is available to purchase for £18 GBP / 21 EUR /$23 USD for Kontakt and £15 GBP / 17 EUR / $19 USD for Live and EXS24, including VAT in EU.
More information: Binary Music
Roland Kuit has announced Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space, a new e-Book on modular synthesis.
Concepts of space (re-)defined and shifted for modular synthesis
Reflections are positional essentials in creating space. How space can be thought of as an indispensable element of music, and with the kinds of approaches that emerge when space is dealt with from the start producing a sound work.
Interactive Html/PDF e-Book. The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.
The eBook costs 53 EUR.
More information: Roland Kuit / Modular strategies
Minimal System Instruments has announced the release of its Modular Synth Drums Volume 1 sample library.
Modular Synth Drums Volume 1 is a drum sample pack that was born from intensive and great fun recording sessions with the huge Minimal System modular synth setup over a number of years.
This sample pack consists of 85 recorded 24-bit analogue drum samples which have been designed from the ground up using modular system and treated through a selection of our favourite outboard signal processors. Modular Synth Drums Volume 1 is a flexible electronic drum sample library for modern music production.
The sample pack is available to purchase for the introductory price of £1.99 GBP.
More information: Minimal System / Modular Synth Drums Vol 1
Madrona Labs has released version 1.4 of its Aalto semi-modular, patchable synthesizer for Windows and Mac.
This new version offers compatibility improvements, as well as over 100 new presets, improved integration with the Soundplane, and several features requested by users like you.
Changes in Aalto v1.4
- Over 100 new presets.
- KEY module now recognizes MIDI sustain messages.
- Fixed LFO self loop problem.
- SEQ: quantize now snaps to current scale in KEY module.
- Touches over OSC / Soundplane are now quantized on release.
- Fixed problem scanning MIDI programs in MainStage.
- Fixed possible crash with preset menu in MainStage.
- Fixed unison mode for OSC / Soundplane.
- Fixed zipper noise in OSC / Soundplane input.
- Fixed possible OSC-related crash in Ableton Live.
- Fixed a problem with OSC / Soundplane input when UI was not open.
- Fixed a problem loading presets with default tuning.
- Fixed a problem where window could become stuck after maximizing.
Aalto for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs $99 USD. The update is free for all current Aalto owners.
More information: Madrona Labs / Aalto
KX77FREE has launched Kx-PolyM-CSE, a vintage modular polyphonic synthesizer instrument for Windows.
This one is a special work to implement a CS70M emulation and the x16 sequencer inside a modular VA. Even if the CS70 used for the tests is broken (some voices and keys are HS, no split, …), I could work nicely and really check this piece of synthesizer story. I really appreciated to go to the past… I added some “CS” offsets to the initial values of my usual setting, created the waveforms, modified the Lfo, etc, to match with the original synthesizer. Of course, you can use this plug-in like you want with or without the “CS” offsets.
I love the vintage japanese synthesizers because generally they have more creative parameters.
The particularity of this CS is its two channels (for each: 1 VCO, 1 VCF, 1 VCA) which provide nice stereo pads. And its Vcos are not Dcos (like those of 80′s synths), so the detune between the two Vcos and each voice creates rich chorus fx to build nice organs or string ensembles. But the great features of this vintage synthesizer are: the Lfo which generates a frequency modulation up to 500 hz controlled by the AD envelope and the Sine oscillators of the Vcas which create a solid base of the sounds using Bp or Hp filters.
The Kx-PolyM-CSE for Windows (VST) is a free download.
More information: FX77FREE / Kx-PolyM-CSE