Heavyocity has partnered with Icebreaker Audio to release BitRate II, a major update to the BitRate semi-modular 8-bit drum machine for Reaktor.
BitRate II uses multiple methods of retro digital synthesis and sampling to produce charismatic and nostalgic drum sounds. The included sound engines cover chipsounds, FM synthesis, lofi sampling, and glitchy circuit bending.
On top of these unique sound engines, BitRate II also offers a 5-track mixer and a master fx section that includes an analogue modelled EQ, bus compressor, and speaker simulator for added lo-fi effect.
The drums can be triggered via MIDI or from the internal sequencer. The sequencer provides two modulation sequences per drum, which can be routed to virtually any combination of sound parameters in any amount.
BitRate II also comes bundled with the MonoBoy instrument, a melodic counterpart for BitRate II. MonoBoy uses similar sound engines, but in an interface more suited to melodic playing.
The BitRate II Bundle ships with a total of 140 preset snapshots including a variety of sounds from kits and beats to synths and samples.
BitRate II features
- 5 drum slots into which you can load any one of 4 sound engines.
- 4 lo-fi digital sound engines: Chip, FM, Sampler, Glitch.
- The ability to sample from the audio input into a custom-built sample engine.
- A built-in sequencer with 2 modulation sequences per drum.
- Per-track sequence length, allowing for complex poly-rhythms.
- EQ, Compressor, and Speaker Simulator master effects.
- 3 sound generator modes, including a unique DM sampler.
- Easy-to-use arpeggiator and Voice Controls
- 2 Modulation sequences.
- A master FX section that includes the one-of-a-kind Bit Delay effect.
The BitRate II & MonoBoy bundle is available for purchase for an introductory price of $29 USD for the first two weeks (regular $49 USD). During this period, original BitRate owners can buy BitRate II for $19 USD.
More information: Heavyocity / BitRate II
Musicrow has announced the release of Radio FM, an authentic radio effect for Native Instruments Reaktor.
FM Radio is a Reaktor Ensemble that is designed to make audio tracks and music sound as if they are played on the radio, including the typical reception disturbances, noises and sounds of switching between stations.
FM Radio produces lo-fi effects, and can be used as a lo-fi filter, swapping between clean and distorted radio sound.
Radio FM features
- An authentic radio effect.
- Unique tool for sound designing.
- Transition between 13 ‘stations’, each with its own special tone.
- Determine the radio noise level and the radio FM effect separately.
Radio FM is available to download at no charge.
Musicrow is also offering a 40% discount on its Golden Ensembles 3, a collection of 45 cutting-edge Reaktor ensembles. This Holiday Sale ends December 31st, 2014.
More information: Musicrow / Radio FM
Boscomac has announced Twinkle, a free Reaktor instrument.
TWINKLE is an instrument with metal blades, which is similar to the Glockenspiel. The sound is metallic, resonant, glittering. It expresses something naive and often accompanies the world of childhood.
TWINKLE is based on physical modeling. Its range covers 2 octaves. You can add body, set the sustain and extend it in a reverse delay effect. Also, you can choose the mallets and bow: in the first case, you can adjust the precision and in the second case the attack.
The ensemble is a free download, donations are appreciated.
More information: Boscomac / Twinkle
Musicrow has launched a Black Friday Sale, offering 40% off its products for a limited time.
With a new site, a new look and a great sound, Musicrow Black Friday Sale starts NOW.
Reaktor Ensembles, Soundsets & Sounds: For two days only, everything on our site is 40% OFF!
* Golden Ensembles (for Reaktor) & Analog Sound Collection (for Arturia) are included!
The sale ends November 28th, 2014.
More information: Musicrow
Multiples Pro has announced the release of Filter Squad, a Native Instruments Reaktor ensemble featuring 3 unique filtering effects.
Filter Squad features
- F2P – 2 Pole filter with modulation and overdrive.
- FMFX – 5 filter types including two modulation sources and several effects.
- F2P – Band Pass filter with modulation and several distortions and effects.
Filter Squad is available for purchase for £5 GBP. Filter units are also available separately for £2 GBP each.
More information: Multiples Pro
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