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Keith McMillen Instruments announces QuNeo integration for FL Studio, Reason, VirtualDJ & Spark

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo

Keith McMillen Instruments has announced that its QuNeo 3D multi-touch pad controller is now supported by over 30 popular music applications, including new integration for FL Studio, Reason, VirtualDJ and Spark.

QuNeo, the most expressive pad controller on the market, is now the most widely supported. QuNeo works out of the box with over 30 music applications, yet allows for easy tweaking to suit every player’s needs.

New QuNeo integration

  • FL Studio 11 — FL Studio is one of the most widely used music production software applications. The recent release FL Studio 11 by Image-Line Software includes native support for QuNeo and a new Performance mode for clip-launching. “Image-Line is happy to include QuNeo as a supported MIDI controller in FL Studio,” said Image-Line Communications Manager, Scott Fisher. “FL Studio 11′s new Performance mode allows QuNeo users to do live triggering of their playlist clips.”
  • Reason 7 — Reason is a popular and powerful music production studio from Propellerhead Software. Released in April, Reason 7 includes built in control surface support for QuNeo. “Controlling Reason with QuNeo gives you a different way to approach your music making, and the unique controller offers some really exciting features for interacting with your Reason rack,” said Propellerhead Product Specialist, Mattias Häggström Gerdt. It’s now easier than ever to use QuNeo’s X-Y location and pressure sensitive pads to bring expressive levels of performance control to Reason. Each of QuNeo’s pads can act as both a keyboard key and a 3-D effects joystick. QuNeo’s additional sliders, rotaries and buttons provide even more ways to interact with Reason.
  • VirtualDJ — VirtualDJ is a popular DJ software application with a large, world-wide user base. In partnership with KMI, Atomix Productions has developed a QuNeo preset and control surface mapping for VirtualDJ which provides a wide range of performance options. “It was a real pleasure working with QuNeo and the KMI staff to bring such a versatile product to VirtualDJ users, and we look forward to working with other products from Keith McMillen,” said Atomix Hardware Development Engineer, Chris Stoll. Users can scratch, crossfade between decks, alter the tempo of tracks, control loops, filters, effects and key changes, access cue points, and trigger samples. When scratching with QuNeo’s rotaries, looping or hot cue triggering, users can leverage Virtual DJ’s “Slip Mode” which automatically returns the track to the point where it would be if none of these actions had occurred.
  • Arturia Spark — Arturia’s innovative software instruments are a natural fit with QuNeo. In partnership with Arturia, KMI has developed QuNeo control surface mappings and a custom QuNeo preset for Spark, Spark Vintage Drum Machines, Spark DubStep and Spark EDM. Using QuNeo factory presets, users can play individual pads or drum patterns, perform drum loop manipulation, and control effects. The custom Spark QuNeo preset provides more advanced features like additional effects control, the use of QuNeo’s rotaries, and the ability to activate transport controls from QuNeo.

The QuNeo is available to purchase for $249.95 USD.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNeo

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Korg releases Mono/Poly Rack Extension for Reason

Korg has launched the Mono/Poly Rack Extension, a virtual synthesizer for Reason.

Korg Mono/Poly for Reason
Propellerhead’s Reason gets the classic Mono/Poly synthesizer by Korg.

Mono/Poly for Reason uses Korg’s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology) to precisely model the electronic circuitry of the original analog instrument, capturing the exact sound and parameter response of the original. Originally introduced as part of Korg’ s Legacy Collection, Mono/Poly can now be integrated into Reason as a Rack Extension.

In addition to accurately reproducing the sounds from the original, Mono/Poly for Reason also provides a vast range of new functionality for contemporary sound creation, such as 128-voice polyphony (maximum), up to 16-voice unison settings with spread, virtual patching, and freely assignable external modulation settings. The updated functionality makes the Mono/Poly a powerful tool for modern music production.

The Mono/Poly – 4VCO monophonic / polyphonic analog synthesizer was originally introduced in 1981. It launched simultaneously with the Korg Polysix, and due to their superb functionality, powerful feature sets and affordable prices; they were immediately successful – and extremely unique – entries into the synth world.

The Mono/Poly for Reason interface provides reorganized knobs and switches that resurrect the original Mono/Poly in a contemporary “rack-mounted” format for intuitive integration into the Reason environment.

The Mono/Poly Rack Extension is available to purchase for 39 EUR / $49 USD.

More information: Korg / Mono/Poly Rack Extension

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Propellerhead Software releases Thor synthesizer app for iPad

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Propellerhead Software has launched Thor for iPad, a synthesizer app based on the flagship synthesizer in Reason.

Designed for mobile music making, it features a responsive interface optimized for hands on control, an innovative keyboard and the same massive synthesis engine as its desktop cousin. It’s the same semi-modular synth with the same set of selectable oscillator and filter types and the same advanced routing of audio and modulation.

Aside from a regular piano style keyboard, Thor features a keyboard that can be locked to specific keys and scales, making it impossible to hit a wrong note. This is particularly useful on a mobile device when playing directly on the screen. More than just helping the player to stay in key, this musically aware keyboard is a source of endless inspiration and experimentation.

Thor is a synth enthusiasts best friend, with six oscillator types and four filter types to choose from and virtually endless ways of routing and manipulating audio and modulation, this is a very powerful synth to bring on the road. It’s an ultra portable instrument for playing or a synth workshop for just having fun. Aside from the built-in keyboard, Thor can also be played via MIDI from an external keyboard or sequencer. With support for Audiobus, Thor’s audio can mixed in other music making apps on the same iPad.

A Thor patch created on the iPad can be transferred to a computer for use in Reason. Instead of starting from scratch, a user can quickly load a patch from the built-in sound bank. Thor comes with more than 1000 expertly crafted patches from artists and sound designers such as Richard Devine, Vengeance, Kill the Noise and many more.

Propellerhead Thor for iPad
On the iPad, Thor comes with a specially designed interface that’s optimized for touch control and the iPad screen.

Thor for iPad features

  • Play Reason’s Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on the iPad.
  • Load any of the 1000+ expertly crafted synth patches, or create your own from scratch.
  • Create your sounds using a palette of multiple oscillator and filter types.
  • Play Thor using an expressive touch interface keyboard with aftertouch and strumming.
  • Collapse the keyboard to a key and scale of your choice, just like in Figure.
  • Move your favourite patches from the iPad to your computer and use them with Thor in Reason.

Thor for iPad is now available to purchase for $14.99 USD / 13.99 EUR.

More information: Propellerhead / Thor for iPad

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Zvork Audio releases Noxious synthesizer Rack Extension

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Zvork Audio has released Noxious, a polyphonic additive synthesizer Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

Zvork Audio Noxious
Noxious additive wave synthesizer for Reason.

Additive synthesis consists of adding tens, hundreds or thousands of individual sinusoidal oscillators to create complex waveforms or sounds. In theory, additive synthesis is able to recreate any sound imaginable but is usually a challenge to manipulate.

Noxious takes an intermediate route to additive synthesis by offering a limited mean of manipulating these sinusoidal oscillators, called partials, through “modifiers” and classical filters.

The Noxious Rack Extension costs 79 EUR / $99 USD.

More information: Zvork Audio / Noxious

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Quadelectra releases 3Plex filter delay for Reason

Quadelectra has launched 3Plex, a 3-line filter delay Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

3Plex is not just a filter delay! It’s 3 True Stereo Filter Delay Lines packed in one device! Each Delay Line’s Filtering, Panning and Output Level can be targeted for modulation from one of the 3 built-in LFO units.

Quadelectra 3Plex
2 Delay Lines are better than one and 3 Filter Delay Lines are better than two!

3Plex features

  • 3 Independent True Stereo Filter Delay Lines.
  • 3 Built-In LFO units.
  • Pre-Post Filter to Delay setting.
  • Per Filter dedicated AHD Envelope.
  • Filter, Pan & Level LFO modulation target.
  • 3 mode Global Bus Setup that changes the topology of the delay lines.
  • Global modifiers on per line modulation targets.

The 3Plex Rack Extension is available to purchase for 35 EUR.

More information: Quadelectra / 3Plex

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Josh Levy releases BOOM 808 Percussion Synth for Reason

Josh Levy has released the BOOM 808 Percussion Synth, a Rack Extension instrument for Propellerhead Reason.

Josh Levy BOOM
Create the classic 808 sounds you love and completely new sounds that are limited only by your imagination.

BOOM’s 16 instruments are built using virtual analog synthesis, modeled on the circuitry from the original TR-808. Circuits like the trigger, swing VCA, bridged T-network, and multi-oscillator cymbal wave source are faithfully modeled. But BOOM isn’t a museum piece, it’s a completely updated modern instrument, with added capabilities such as new controls with expanded ranges, and inputs and outputs that go far beyond the original TR-808.

BOOM gives you the bassline too, with a fully playable bass synthesizer using the classic 808 kick. Why waste time searching through samples? With boom, you can instantly get the sounds you want just by tweaking a few knobs.

BOOM features

  • Virtual analog modeled percussion and bass synthesizer inspired by the Roland TR-808.
  • 16 instruments, and a full bass synthesizer.
  • Individual stereo outputs for each instrument.
  • CV gate, pan and level control for each instrument.
  • Pan and level knobs for each instrument.
  • Full automation of all controls.
  • Analogify control adds analog flavor.
  • Poly or mono per each instrument up to 128 voices.

The BOOM Rack Extension is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Josh Levy

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Propellerhead intros Video Tutorial on the Audiomatic Retro Transformer Rack Extension

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Propellerhead has released a new Micro Tutorial on Audiomatic, the effect device that was designed mainly with focus on spicing up dull mixes.

The Propellerhead Rack Extension comes free with the Reason 7 update: Audiomatic Retro Transformer is a psycho-acoustic future retro effect, inspired by the photo apps in your phone.

Add Audiomatic to any instrument, channel or group — or the whole mix — and select one of the 16 snapshots: VHS, vinyl, gadget or even mp3, to instantly sprinkle audio magic over your tracks.

Audiomatic is included free in Reason version 7 but is available to owners of Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials too, as a separate purchase.

More information: Propellerhead / Audiomatic

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