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Propellerhead releases Reason 7.1 update & Free Synchronous Rack Extension

Propellerhead has released an update to its award-winning Reason software and Synchronous, a modulation Rack Extension plug-in for Reason.

Propellerhead Reason 7.1
Reason 7.1 offers an enhanced workflow, performance improvements and new SDK2 technology for Propellerhead’s Rack Extension plug-in platform.

Since its release in 2012, Propellerhead’s Rack Extension platform has emerged as a powerful audio plug-in format currently with over 600 companies developing and over 200 instrument and effects devices available via Propellerhead’s online store.

Rack Extensions blend seamlessly in the Reason rack offering great sound, smooth workflow, rock-solid stability, intuitive routing, automation, deep-editing and flexibility Reason users expect.

Synchronous—Timed Effect Modulator

Highlighting new interactive graphic capabilities of the SDK2 technology, Synchronous is a Rack Extension plug-in for Reason that offers rhythmically synced effects that bring your music to life.

Propellerhead Synchronous

With a dynamic and intuitive graphic user interface and the ability to instantly recall over 100 patches, Synchronous is incredibly flexible.

With the built-in waveform tools, users can easily draw and dial in Distortion, Filter, Reverb, Delay and level for anything from side-chain pumping and tremolos to beat-repeating and tweaked out wobbles.

Reason 7.1 is a free downloadable update for all Reason 7 owners. Existing Reason upgrade pricing remain the same at $129 USD / 129 EUR. Synchronous is available for free for all Reason 7.1 customers up until June 30th, 2014.

More information: Propellerhead

J74 releases StepLocker sequencing & modulation for Max for Live

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J74 has announced StepLocker, a new Max for Live sequencing and modulation device.

J74 StepLocker
StepLocker is based on the concept of parameter locking, whereby parameter settings can be associated (locked) to sequencer steps.

Besides the concept of it, one of the things I really tried to get right on this is the workflow. So in StepLocker parameter locking is very simple: Choose one or more steps in the sequencer, select a parameter in Ableton Live, set its value and lock it. You can do this for any parameter, in any device, in any track of Live.

On top of this I equipped StepLocker with classic step sequencer features, such as playback manipulation (step numbers, random step order, step lenght), value interpolation, value randomization and (post-locking) editing (such as copy, paste, erase).

StepLocker features

  • Up to 64 steps modulator with parameter locks for any parameter, in any device, in any track of Ableton Live.
  • Intuitive user interface based on simple actions: just click, set, lock and sequence. No routing or long menu’s involved.
  • Different modulation styles (Impulse/Hold, Gliding).
  • Real time sequencing controls: free step number count, step duration, random playback order.
  • Post-locking editing features: free editing of every recorded lock, randomization, shift values up/down, mute values, copy and paste sections.
  • Possibility of recording the modulation as Session clip automation or Arrangement automation.
  • Device state saved with the Ableton Live project.

The StepLocker device is available for $12 USD. Requires Live 9 or higher and Max 6.1 or higher.

More information: J74 / StepLocker

Arturia launches MiniBrute SE analog synthesizer

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Arturia has announced the MiniBrute SE, a ‘special edition’ of its analogue mono synthesizer.

Arturia MiniBrute SE

Arturia’s red-hot MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer set the electronic musical instrument world alight immediately upon its introduction in 2012. Indeed, it rapidly reset the price/performance ratio benchmark when successfully soaring through the subtractive synthesis sound barrier while singlehandedly setting a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be.

Hot on its heels comes a ‘special edition’ that is very special indeed. MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but builds upon this amazingly compact and bijou analogue monosynth in both looks and features.

Although a sturdy and stylish brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides surely make MiniBrute SE stand out from the analogue crowd, skin-deep good looks are not the be and end all here, however, as added functionality runs deeper still.

An all-new step SEQUENCER elegantly expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE — six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps each to create multiple musical phrases, to be precise. Yet it is capable of so much more than simply replaying pre- programmed Pattern sequences ad infinitum. Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in realtime from the clearly labelled front panel — perfect for inspiring new musical ideas and creating exciting live performances on the fly.

MiniBrute SE is proof positive that the original MiniBrute was no fly-by-night success story. A pure analogue signal path and attractive features like a multi-wave OSCILLATOR and Sub Osc combined with a huge-sounding Steiner-Parker multimode FILTER (fittingly revised by Nyle Steiner himself) and wide-ranging modulation capabilities confirm that MiniBrute SE continues to innovate while breathing new life into recordings and stage performances.

Add fantastic features like Ultrasaw (generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms), Metalizer (adding extreme triangle waveform-induced harmonics), LFO (with sample and hold), and full USB/MIDI/CV connectivity into the musical mix, and what have you got? A killer-sounding, step sequencing-capable synth with looks to die for, that’s what!

MiniBrute SE will be available to purchase at the end of May, 2014, priced at 549 EUR / $599 USD.

More information: Arturia

Psychic Modulation releases Dubtron2 bass synth plugin

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Psychic Modulation has announced the release of Dubtron2, a bass synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Psychic Modulation Dubtron 2
Dubtron2 takes Dubtron’s modulation-based concept into new territory, exploring quirky analogue basses, modern rhythmic soundscapes, chilly dub techno and experimental ambient textures.

Dubtron2 uses beat-driven modulation and sub-rhythms along with randomization to bring about interesting rhythmic sounds and atmospheres.

This along with it’s serial filter system, a feedback-looping dub delay and a “Phonec-style” Melt feature makes Dubtron2 a extremely versatile instrument with a unique approach to sonic exploration.

Dubtron2 features

  • Dual oscillators with Unison and Pulse Width.
  • Sub oscillator with FM capabilities.
  • Dual Filter system with serial routing.
  • Soft clipping / Distortion.
  • A unique Melt feature that adds instant character to any patch.
  • 3 Polyphonic LFOs with BPM ‘speed dials’ and randomization.
  • Sub LFOs for creating parallel rhythm offsets.
  • 3 assignable Modulation Envelopes.
  • Dub Delay Unit with feedback looping.
  • Multiple targets for modwheel and pitchbender.
  • Universal Value Display.
  • Double Click Parameter Reset.
  • 128 presets.

Dubtron2 for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Psychic Modulation / Dubtron2

Cableguys updates FilterShaper effect plugin to v3.1

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Cableguys has released version 3.1 of FilterShaper 3, a flexible filter effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Cableguys FilterShaper 3
FilterShaper 3 – Filter, volume and pan modulation plug-in.

FilterShaper 3 takes a giant leap into unconventional sound design with two powerful filters, freely editable modulation curves, and an immensely flexible modulation framework.

The new Sallen-Key type filters deliver a rich, warm, intricate sound. Create complex, shifting, interweaving effects. Apply subtle nuances or giant wobbles. From filtersweeps and stereo tremolo to surgically-precise filter control and multiband sidechain effects.

Changes in FilterShaper v3.1

  • Improvements:
    • Improved waveform editing.
    • The “Drive” parameter is ramped now.
    • Improved sound of the new Sallen-Key type filters for high resonance values.
    • Improved tuning for the 24db versions of the Sallen-Key type filters.
  • Bug fixes:
    • The Envelope Followers did not work properly under Mac OS X.
    • Triggering LFOs via MIDI could lead to clicks.

FilterShaper 3 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 69 EUR/$89 USD incl. VAT.

More information: Cableguys / FilterShaper

Rob Papen releases RP-Amod dual modulation plugin

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Rob Papen has released RP-Amod, a dual modulation effect that is available free of charge to all Rob Papen customers.

Rob Papen RP-Amod

As you will probably know, a modulator is a term that is used in synthesizers. They are various types of settings that can change and alter a sound. With RP-AMOD you can use it’s modulators to alter your audio in different ways.

We have added ‘Phaser’, ‘Flanger’, ‘Chorus’, ‘Ensemble’ and ‘Tremelo’, which are classic audio modulation FX. What differs with RP-AMOD from these classic versions, is that you can also ‘tempo sync’ them to your music, and you can use two FX at the same time in various routing configurations. These routing options are not only in serial and parallel, but you can also ‘filter split’ the audio signal ahead of going to both of the FX!

RP-AMOD can spice up your vocal track, liven an instrument and even beef up your drums or drum-loops.

RP-Amod features

  • Presets in various style banks. Preset / Bank menu with Quick Browser, Favorites & Recent etc functions.
  • Main section with: Bypass, Mix, Volume, Send, Readout display and ECS (External Midi Controller Setup)
  • Send button is ‘global’ and should be used in FX send mixer setup.
  • Routing controls how the 2 modulation units are connected: Parallel, Serial, Filter Split (Using either 6, 12 or 24 db low pass / high pass filters. The filters frequency is set by the split frequency dial).
  • Audio Modulation 1 & 2 with Sync, Volume Mix control.
  • Audio Pan and Pan Modulation inside each Audio Modulation module.
  • FX Types: Chorus, Tape Chorus, Ensemble, Flanger, Tape Flanger, Phaser, Analogue Phaser, Tremelo.

RP-Amod is a free download for registered Rob Papen users.

More information: Rob Papen / RP-Amod

Alesis introduces VI & V Series Keyboard/Pad Controllers

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Alesis has announced the new V Series and VI Series of full-size keyboard/pad controllers.

The performance-oriented V Series offers expressive hands-on control for the software musician. The step-up VI Series provides increased control for the keyboard performer. Both series include a Software Preset/Parameter utility that makes setup a snap.

The new Alesis V Series (V61, V49, V25) combine velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads, allowing virtual instruments to be played with dynamic expression.

Alesis V25

Cool blue LEDs illuminate the pads—as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons—for positive visibility. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.

Alesis V Series features

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61).
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels.
  • 8 Pads with blue LED illumination.
  • 4 Assignable knobs and buttons.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • USB MIDI.

The VI Series (VI61, VI49, VI25) add semi-weighted keys and aftertouch.

Alesis VI49

The pad count has been increased to 16, with multi-color illumination. This layout provides intensive command over the clip trigger workflow of top DAW and compositional software.

The internal clock offers drum roll, tempo, and sync capabilities. An optional power supply and a standard MIDI output allow for stand-alone use.

Alesis VI Series features

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61).
  • Semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch.
  • Pitch Bend & Modulation Wheels.
  • 16 Pads with Multi-color LED illumination.
  • VI25: 8 knobs, 24 buttons.
  • VI49: 12 knobs, 36 buttons.
  • VI61: 16 knobs, 48 buttons.
  • Transport and Present up/down buttons.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • USD MIDI, MIDI Out.
  • Internal Clock for sync, tempo, rolls, etc.

The V and VI Series will have the following respective estimated street prices, V25 ($79.99 USD), V49 ($99.99 USD), V61 ($149.99 USD), VI25 ($169.99 USD), VI49 ($199.99 USD), and VI61 ($249.99 USD).

Alesis will unveil the V and VI Series at the 2014 NAMM Show in Hall A, Booth 6700, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

Cableguys releases FilterShaper 3 effect plugin

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Cableguys FilterShaper 3

Cableguys has announced the release of FilterShaper 3, an advanced filter effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

FilterShaper 3 takes a giant leap into unconventional sound design with two powerful filters, freely editable modulation curves, and an immensely flexible modulation framework.

The new Sallen-Key type filters deliver a rich, warm, intricate sound. Create complex, shifting, interweaving effects. Apply subtle nuances or giant wobbles. From filtersweeps and stereo tremolo to surgically-precise filter control and multiband sidechain effects.

FilterShaper 3 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 49 EUR / $69 USD until January 21st, 2014 (regular 69 EUR / $89 USD). The update is 20 EUR / $20 USD for FilterShaper 2 users.

More information: Cableguys / FilterShaper 3