IK Multimedia updates iGrand Piano & iLectric Piano for iOS to v1.2

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IK Multimedia has released version 1.2 of its iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano apps for iOS.

IK Multimedia iGrand Piano & iLectric Piano

Announcing updated versions of our acclaimed piano apps iGrand Piano for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and iLectric Piano for iPad.

The apps now sport a variety of powerful new features: full compatibility with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio in iOS 8, new instrument expansion libraries, an improved user preset management system and more.

In addition, iGrand Piano now includes the same semi-parametric equalizer included in iLectric Piano.

Changes in iGrand & iLectric Piano v1.2

  • Piano Expansion 2 with 22 all new instruments for in-app purchase.
  • 3-band equalizer with sweepable mid frequency (iGrand Piano).
  • Variations system that lets users store up to 4 Variations per instrument.
  • Dynamic Tooltips.
  • Compatibility with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio in iOS 8.
  • Demo player added to the in-app Store.

The apps are available for purchase for 19.99 EUR each.

More information: IK Multimedia

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Toontrack releases Boogie EZkeys MIDI & Roots Music EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack

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Toontrack Roots Music EZkeys MIDI Bundle

Toontrack has announced the release of two new titles for its line of MIDI for EZkeys; Boogie EZkeys MIDI and the Roots Music EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack.

Boogie EZkeys MIDI takes a deep dive into the rich legacy of boogie piano music. It has all the timeless eight and twelve bar progressions, the walking bass lines, the breaks and other unmistakable traits. Simply put, a century of boogie heritage boiled down to a collection of ten tracks organized in easy-to-use song structure building blocks for you to drag, drop, dissect and shape into your own.

The bundle provides provides you with professionally played piano parts, all performed in full song structure blocks and in a variety of intensities. It includes six (6) individual EZkeys titles covering fundamental jazz, blues, boogie, latin, funk and gospel inspired music, ready for the user to drag, drop and create their own songs from. This coupled with the powerful framework of EZkeys gives you not only instant song ideas, it lends you a creative canvas, ready for you to add your own expression to.

The Boogie EZkeys MIDI pack is now available for purchase for 25 EUR; the Roots Music EZkeys MIDI bundle costs 79 EUR. The bundle includes the Boogie EZkeys MIDI release.

More information: Toontrack

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Steinberg launches Valentine’s Day Sale

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Steinberg has announced its Valentine’s Day Sale, offering up to 44% off on its state-of-the-heart instruments.

Steinberg Valentine's Day Sale

During this weekend you can save up to 44% on HALion 5, Groove Agent 4 and The Grand 3 — the finest instruments bound to steal some hearts.

This weekend only! Offer ends on February 15, 2015.

To take advantage of this special Valentine’s Day offer, please visit any participating authorized Steinberg dealer or select your favourite product below and enter the following coupon code in the shopping cart:

VALENTINESDAY2015

More information: Steinberg / Valentine’s Day Sale

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Wavesfactory releases The Tack piano library for Kontakt

Wavesfactory has released The Tack, a recreation of the “Mrs Mills”, a tack piano from Abbey Road Studios with which The Beatles, Elliot Smith and many others recorded some of their tracks.

Wavesfactory The Tack

A tack piano (sometimes referred to as jangle piano, junk piano, honky-tonk piano or harpsipiano) is a permanently altered version of an ordinary piano, in which tacks or nails are placed on the felt-padded hammers of the instrument at the point where the hammers hit the strings, giving the instrument a tinny, more percussive sound.

What’s nice about the library is that it relies on an ordinary upright piano and you can add the amount of “tack” sound you want.

Recorded with 3 velocity layers, 3 round robin, time-based multi-release samples, pedal noise, sustain resonance, velocity remapping, EQ, reverb, chorus and compressor effects, all controllable from the brand new interface. State of the art scripting for perfect response of the instrument.

The Tack is available for purchase for the introductory price of 9.95 EUR until March 1st, 2015 (regular 19.95 EUR). This library is free for current W-Honky users. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 and above.

More information: Wavesfactory / The Tack

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Capsun Pro Audio releases Soulful Piano & Keys – MIDI & Loops

Capsun Pro Audio has launched Soulful Piano & Keys – MIDI & Loops, a collection of piano loops and MIDI files.

Capsun Pro Audio Soulful Piano & Keys - MIDI & Loops

Soulful Piano & Keys is the first in our new Foundations series that shines the spotlight on single instruments and styles, bringing them to you in compact, affordable sets with a strong emphasis on creativity and inspiration. This debut collection focuses on the keyboard, covering styles from soulful RnB, jazz progressions, neo-soul and perfect pop hooks to emotive piano themes, warm inspirational chord sequences and improvised melodies.

All loops were captured during a full recording session at CAPSUN HQ with professional pianist, tour musician and musical director Tom Phelan. Known for his soulful keys and impressive live work, we asked him to improvise as he would for a bestselling artist or top-level producer and he delivered a powerful, passionate performance! We chose our favourite sections and formatted them into a straightforward but deep collection.

All 100 loops are included as MIDI and 24bit WAV audio from 70bpm to 130bpm, split into 4 bar and 8 bar performances for ease of use. The instruments featured include Grand Piano, Classic Rhodes, Vintage E-Piano, DX style keys and synthetic experimental keys. Import them, pitch and chop, effect and twist and inspire something new each time.

The pack is available for purchase from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Capsun Pro Audio / Soulful Piano & Keys

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