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Patchpool launches Spring Special Deals for soundsets and sample libraries

Patchpool Spring Special Deals

Patchpool has announced its Spring Special Deals, offering discounts on its products for a limited time.

Patchpool Spring Special Deals

  • Camel Audio Alchemy – Alchemistry Mega-Bundle (4 Banks + unlimited subscription) for 115 EUR.
  • Native Instruments Absynth – Best of absynthsounds.com Vol. 1 for 12.80 EUR.
  • Native Instruments Reaktor – Bundle with 3 soundsets for 37 EUR
  • Native Instruments Kontakt – 10 Kontakt items Bundle for 22 EUR.
  • u-he Bundle with all 3 soundsets for 20 EUR.
  • Applied Acoustic Systems Chromaphone – ChromaZone soundset for15 EUR.
  • Tone2 ElectraX – TripleX soundset for 22 EUR.
  • iZotope Stutter Edit – Glitchmania soundset for 12.80 EUR.
  • SoundPacks & Loops – Select 2 SoundPacks and get the least expensive one for free.
  • Groove Bundles – Tremendous Beatz soundset for Tremor + various Preset Banks and LoopPacks starting at 30 EUR.

The discounted prices are available until March 31, 2012.

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Patchpool releases Tremendous Beatz for Tremor

Patchpool has released Tremendous Beatz, a soundset for the Tremor drum synthesizer by FXpansion, containing 50 presets with at least 8 patterns and pattern variations per preset.

Patchpool Tremendous Beatz

All instruments created in the synth engines are available individually in instrument folders so that the user can import them into other presets, kits and projects.

Tremor’s most versatile modulation capabilities like Graphs, Envelopes, LFOs and Macros are used in all presets creating vivid and interesting rhythms, deep grooves, ambient beats, futuristic music and otherworldly textures usable for a wide variety of musical styles.

Besides 27 presets with even metered grooves in the TB Even Beatz-folder there are 16 presets with odd grooves which have odd time signatures like 5/8 – 6/8 – 7/8 – 9/8 – 12/8 – 13/8 – 3/4 – 5/4 – 6/4, as rhythms and grooves in 4/4 only represent one aspect of today’s music production. Triplet based 4/4 Beats are also to be found in the TB Odd Beatz-folder. In the TB Scapes-folder you will find 7 intriguing soundscapes evolving over time with lots of randomization going on, something one would not associate with a “Drum Machine”.

Also there are 50 Kits available which were created for the individual presets, some of them have one or two empty slots. You can view/download the PDF for Warped Strings with more details, the licence agreement and the patch list including playing tips and description for each patch here.

Tremendous Beatz features

  • 50 presets in 3 subfolders: TB Even Beatz, TB Odd Beatz, TB Scapes.
  • 50 Kits in 4 subfolders: TB Mixed Kits, TB Percussion Kits, TB Scape Kits, TB Synth Kits.
  • 8 Instrument Folders containing 240 instruments including some variations: TB Cymbals (7), TB FX (32), TB Hihat (30), TB Kix (46), TB Percussion (30), TB Snare (28), TB Synth (36), TB Tom (31).

Tremendous Beatz is available to purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Tremendous Beatz

Patchpool releases Warped Strings for Alchemy

Patchpool has released Warped Strings, a sound library for Camel Audio’s Alchemy.

The soundset Warped Strings for Alchemy is the second in a series focussing on specific materials and single instruments. For this soundset an acoustic Western Guitar was multisampled, treating it with all sorts of tools to create unique sounding real and unreal instruments, otherworldly textures, groovy sequences, beautiful and dark soundscapes and cinematic pad sounds. Multiple velocity layers and Round Robin variations were produced for the creation of expressive and organic sounding instruments.
All samples were recorded with 3 Neumann microphones and processed with native and outboard gear, to make the best out of the recorded audio material. A wide variety of electronic textures derived form the recorded guitar sounds were produced and often combined with the original samples and sounds resynthed inside Alchemy.

As in all my soundsets for Alchemy I make extensive use of Alchemy’s complex modulation possibilities and Filters, often intermodulatin LFOs/MSEGs/Sequencers with each other and assigning numerous parameters to a single Controller. This enables the user to deeply interact with the sounds and shape it according to his needs and preferences. Also the patches can serve as a starting point for the user’s own creations when loading new samples into them and then using the pre-assigned Controllers and Snapshots in the Remix Pad.

Patchpool Warped Strings

Warped Strings features

  • 1.59 GB of original samples – source material:
    • Plucked Guitar using various objects like coins, screwdrivers
    • Tremolo Guitar
    • Beaten Guitar using drumsticks and mallets
    • Scraped Guitar using various metal objects for scraping the strings
    • Prepared guitar
    • Bowed Guitar – bowing the strings with a violin bow
    • Chimed Guitar – playing on the strings with the metal beam of some small windchimes
    • Flagolet Guitar
    • Trash Guitar
    • Slapped Guitar
    • Guitar loops
  • All samples recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R using RME Preamps in 48 Khz/24 Bit wav, U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R.
  • Library size in total: 1.61 Gigabyte (Download size 1.04 GB).
  • NOTE: This Sound Bank requires the full version of Alchemy. Alchemy player version not supported.

Warped Strings is available to purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Warped Strings

Patchpool intros Tremendous Beatz for Tremor

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Patchpool Tremendous Beatz

Patchpool has announced Tremendous Beatz, a soundset for the Tremor drum synthesizer by FXpansion.

Tremendous Beatz for Tremor will contain about 50 presets with a minimum of 8 pattern variations per preset. All instruments created in the synth engines will be available individually in instrument folders so that the user can import them into other presets and projects.

Tremor’s most versatile modulation capabilities will be used in each preset creating vivid and interesting rhythms usable for a wide variety of musical styles. There will also be some grooves included with odd time signatures (7/8 – 9/8 – 5/4) as rhythm and grooves in 4/4 only represent one aspect of today’s music production.

Tremendous Beatz is now available to pre-order for 17.60 EUR (20% off regular price of 22 EUR). The soundset is expected to be released by the end of February.

More information: Patchpool / Tremendous Beatz

Patchpool announces Warped Strings for Alchemy

Patchpool has announced Warped Strings, a soundset for Alchemy by Camel Audio.

Patchpool Warped Strings

For this Alchemy soundset an acoustic Western Guitar will be multisampled, treating it with all sorts of tools to create unique sounding real and unreal instruments, otherworldly textures, groovy sequences, beautiful soundscapes and cinematic pad sounds.

The guitar will get hurt during the process but it will be well worth it. All samples are recorded with 3 Neumann microphones and processed with native and outboard gear, to make t the best out of the recorded audio material.

Warped Strings features

  • About 1,5 GB of original stereo samples recorded in 48 Khz/24 Bit.
  • Multisampled acoustic guitar played and treated with various tools, multiple Round Robin variations and velocity layers will be sampled for many patches
    • Fingered and slapped Guitar
    • Plucked Guitar using various objects like coins, screwdrivers
    • Tremolo Guitar
    • Beaten Guitar using drumsticks, mallets and hammers
    • Scraped Guitar using various metal objects for scraping the strings and the corpus
    • Prepared guitar
    • Flagolet Guitar
    • Guitar loops
    • A wide variety of electronic textures derived form the recorded guitar sounds will be included
  • Recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R – 48 Khz/24 Bit.
  • U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R.
  • This soundset will contain about 50 patches with 8 variations each.

Warped Strings is available to pre-order for 20 EUR (20% off regular price of 25 EUR). The soundset is scheduled for release in the 2nd half of February.

More information: Patchpool / Warped Strings

Review: Patchpool TripleX for ElectraX

Patchpool TripleX

Simon Stockhausen of Patchpool is a rather prolific sound designer, releasing sound libraries faster than I can check them.

After previously briefly browsing some of the sounds of TripleX – and already ending up using it in one of my tunes, I finally had a chance to take a closer look at this soundset for Tone2′s ElectraX software synthesizer.

TripleX comes with 102 patches and 30 variations in 6 categories:

  • Arps/Sequences: 20 + 8 variations
  • Instruments: 9 + 2 variations
  • Pads/Synths: 23 + 7 variations
  • Percussion: 9 + 6 variations
  • Sci-Fi: 17
  • Soundscapes: 24 + 7 variations

ElectraX includes custom sample and waveform import, a feature used extensively in the TripleX set.

Many sounds are sample based utilizing samples especially produced for this Bank, also making use of a split-stereo workaround so that there are true stereo samples involved. You’ll find sampled Saxophones, Flutes, Kalimba, electronic and vocal textures and lots more, often modulating VA Oscillators with those samples via FM, a unique ElectraX feature yielding very interesting results. Quite a few resynthed waveforms are incorporated as well expanding the sonic palette even more.

The sample content used in this soundset is close to 200 MB, making many of the patches truly unique. The patches generally use a good amount of effects and modulation, creating patches that sound like complete musical pieces. The overall feel of TripleX is rather cinematic.

And as if the sounds aren’t expressive enough, the patches have the Modwheel assigned to things like filter, ringmod, FM, LFO, etc., and many also use Aftertouch for even more dynamic playing.

Simon has created a bunch of demo tracks for TripleX that showcase the patches in this set rather well. Check out these amazing sounds, done with TripleX/ElectraX only!

So what do I think?

Product: TripleX by Patchpool
Format: ElectraX patches + samples
Price: 28 EUR
Like: Unique sounds, very musical
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

TripleX is a beautiful combination of unique sample material, advanced synthesis and good use of effects. Pretty much every patch sets a mood, inspires, and invites you to play and get lost in it.

I started noting down some of my favorite sounds but I ended up putting nearly every patch on the list. The set is a proper treasure for musicians/composers looking for cinematic sounds.

With TripleX, Simon Stockhausen once again brings decades of experience to the table – as a musician, composer, arranger and sound designer, crafting a wonderfully musical collection of sounds for ElectraX.

More information: Patchpool / TripleX

Patchpool releases ChromaZone for Chromaphone

Patchpool has released ChromaZone, a soundset for the Chromaphone virtual synthesizer by Applied Acoustics Systems.

Patchpool ChromaZone

This soundset contains 100 original patches and 22 variations for Chromaphone by AAS. I focussed on emulations of known and und unknown instruments like mallets, bells, chimes, plucked strings, keyboards, hybrid strangers and percussive sounds as well as experimental patches, lush pads, dark drones, beautiful textures, funky synths and funny noises.

As soon as AAS updates Chromaphone to add Pitchbend, Microtuning, Aftertouch and whatever else I will add these controls to the patches and all customers will receive a free update of ChromaZone.

Combining materials like metal, skin and wood with elements like air and articulations like beating, plucking and bowing can create physically modelled instruments that are hard to describe with words. Although they might sound familiar due totheir “organic” nature, words sometimes fail to describe what they “really are” and how they actually sound. Quite a few of these hybrid strangers are included in ChromaZone.

Chromaphone is advertised as a percussion synthesizer which in my opinion only covers a smaller aspect of it’s virtues. Physical modeling has been rivaling with conventional sampling for years in terms of emulating “realism”. The creation of sonic “surrealism” based on organic sounding materials is a far more powerful aspect of this technology and Chromaphone in particular.

ChromaZone is available to purchase for 18 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / ChromaZone

Patchpool launches Christmas Special – discounts & freebies

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Patchpool has announced the launch of its Christmas Special, a limited time promotion featuring discounts and free download.

Until Decembre 31 several patchpool soundsets are discounted.

There will be occasional freebies of the days like Soundscapes and loops (wavs) of course…

Patchpool Christmas Special

  • Alchemy
    • Alchemistry Beyond – 40 EUR (regular 49.95)
    • Alchemistry – 25 EUR (regular 33.95)
    • Alchemistry Bundle (2 sets) + unlimited subscription – 60 EUR (regular 70)
  • Reaktor: Reaktor Bundle (3 sets) – 36 EUR (regular 44)
  • ElectraX: TripleX for ElectraX – 25 EUR (regular 28)
  • u-he: u-he bundle (all 3 sets for u-he Plug-Ins) – 20 EUR (regular 24.95)
  • Absynth: Sound Bank Best of absynthsounds.com Vol. 1 – 12 EUR (regular 15.95)
  • Kontakt: 10 Patch Bundle – Choose 10 items from the various categories – 20 EUR (regular 27.95)
  • SoundPacks: Get 4 SoundPacks/Loop Packs for 21 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Christmas Special