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on Mar 11, 2014
Akai Professional has announced the MPX16, an advanced sample player with onboard sound recording.
The portable MPX16 plays and records .WAV samples using SD cards for powerful, reliable performance in live and studio situations. Like the popular MPX8, samples are triggered internally from the highly responsive MPC-style pads or an external MIDI device via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs. Also a feature-packed MIDI pad controller, the MPX16 is equally capable of launching clips or adding trigger pads to a producer’s studio.
Samples are captured at CD-quality via dual 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs or the on-board stereo microphone and saved to an SD card. The user may assign audio clips to the pads and apply tuning, filters, envelopes and “choke” grouping for creative, dynamic performances. An LCD screen and illuminated trigger pads provide visual feedback during use, and the MPX16 may be powered from a USB port or the included power supply. Naturally, users may load existing sound files onto an SD card or use the MPX16 as an SD card reader for drag-and-drop convenience on a Mac or PC. A software tool for even easier sample management is included via download.
- Record and play back stereo .WAV samples using any SD card.
- 16 ultra-responsive, velocity sensitive backlit trigger pads.
- Sample via 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs or internal mic.
- MIDI In/Out easily integrates into your performance or studio setup.
- Filter, tune, envelope and choke grouping on each pad.
- CD quality sampling and playback.
- Includes computer software editor for efficient loading and editing of samples.
- Acts as an SD card reader for loading sounds over USB.
- Powered by USB or the included power supply; SD card included.
The MPX16 will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with a $199.99 USD street price.
Akai Professional will unveil the MPX16 at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.
More information: Akai Pro
Puremagnetik has announced the release of Hotel Prepared Piano and Amplified Cactus, two free Ableton Live Packs inspired by the experimental, avant-garde composer John Cage.
Amplified Cactus a la John Cage
Puremagnetik’s free Amplified Cactus Pack includes a drum rack of “plucked”, percussive articulations and a multisampled rack of “scraped” sounds. Rocks, grass, paper and feathers are among the exciters used to create these sound varieties.
Amplified Cactus was recorded using a barrel cactus mic’d with TranceAudio surface pickups and a custom built low-noise preamplifier.
Hotel Room Prepared Piano
Whilst abroad in Israel, Puremagnetik sound developer Micah Frank found his hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, Micah jammed paperclips, seashells, twigs and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.
Puremagnetik’s Prepared Piano is available as a free Ableton Live Pack that includes a multisampled Rack of the two-octave piano and a selection of effects captured during the recording process.
The packs are available to download at no charge.
More information: Puremagnetik
Tracktion Software Corporation has released version 5.2.2 of Tracktion, the music production software for Windows and Mac.
Changes in Tracktion v5.2.2
- Added sequencer channel note shifting.
- Added means of swiftly toggling sequencer notes in a consistent pattern.
- Added groove template support to sequencer channels.
- Added an option to restore audio settings to defaults.
- Added a way to create a new plugin by right-clicking on an existing plugin item.
- Fix for file render paths not updating when changed.
- Fix for cleaning up some temp files.
- Fix for wrapping plugins in racks.
- Fix for some VST3 plugins.
- Fix for per-clip filter automation when drag-copying clips.
- Fix for restoring the default wave output.
- Fix for restoring the default wave output.
- Fix for edit clip renders having to be regenerated.
Tracktion is available to purchase for $59.99 USD.
More information: Tracktion
Composer, sound designer and performer Diego Stocco has introduced the Rhythmic Processing, the first title in the new “Feedforward Sounds” series of educational videos, based on advanced and experimental sound design techniques.
With these videos, I’m sharing with you guys the experience I gained out of years of work and countless hours spent in trying to figure out unique ways to create original sounds and music.
Rhythmic Processing is a technique that allows the creation of multiple rhythmic elements, in real-time, from a single instrumental part.
The dynamic accents of the instrumental part (in this case an acoustic guitar) are routed into several plugin chains, each one creating a separate rhythmic element.
Rhythmic Processing features
- 10 minute video (H264/720p, 87.2 MB), including:
- concept behind the technique
- recording of initial instrumental part
- setup of the Live session
- detailed function of each individual plugin chain
- final performance
- final notes.
The video is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.
More information: Diego Stocco / FFS 01: Rhythmic Processing
Plugin Alliance has announced the release of Drumatom, a drum leakage suppression tool for Windows and Mac that reduces the crosstalk captured by microphones when recording drums.
Drumatom is NOT a plugin! It is a stand-alone MAC & PC program and is the world´s first microphone leakage suppression tool for multichannel drum recordings! It is based on the patent pending Advanced Audio Analysis – A3 technology by ACCUSONUS from Greece.
With this novel software tool every sound engineer can now use compressors, EQs and creative effects in new ways with no limitations. In the hands of sound engineers, drumatom will make genuine drum recordings shine in the mix!
Drumatom for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $399 USD.
More information: Plugin Alliance / Drumatom
Tracktion Software Corporation has announced the release of Tracktion Version 5 (T5).
This eagerly awaited update to the popular Tracktion recording application combines an intuitive workflow with a ground-breaking feature set at a remarkable price.
“Our intention from the start has been to enable rapid capture and manipulation of musical ideas,” explained Julian Storer, Tracktion creator and co-founder of TSC. “To that end, Tracktion 5 eliminates barriers to the creative flow as it solves a number of problems that have long plagued the multi-track recording process.”
For instance, the need to create sub-mixes in order to free-up resources for additional tracks is now eliminated by T5’s revolutionary ‘Edit Clip’ format (left). This allows users to embed multi-track material as if it were a single audio clip – while allowing the source material to be edited. This makes even complex song arrangement a breeze and greatly improves the use of system resources.
To make the best possible use of your computer’s capabilities and achieve professional results without dedicated, external DSP, T5 introduces a full blown System Resource Manager and unique ‘Freeze Point’ technology. This gives the user precise control over which session elements should be automatically pre-rendered, so that they can reduce CPU load while retaining mixing/editing flexibility. The result is surprisingly low latency playback regardless of session size.
While MIDI is not new to digital recording, T5 includes a greatly enhanced set of MIDI capabilities. Creating beats with any of your favorite plug-ins has never been easier with a new “In-line Step Sequencer” (right) that can be viewed and edited right in the timeline like any other clip. The piano-roll editor has also been overhauled to include a raft of new features such as “Per-note Automation” and rapid “MIDI Learn” for easy integration with hardware controllers. There is even support for next-generation instruments such as ROLI’s Seaboard with MDC (multi-dimensional control).
Tracktion 5 has hundreds of new features – including ARA integration for Celemony Software’s Melodyne, rapid audio comping, track presets and much more.
T5 for Windows, Mac and Linux is available to purchase for $59.99 USD; upgrades are $29.99 USD.
More information: Tracktion
Voxengo announced that its custom drum recording service will be retiring soon.
As we are planning to put our Voxengo recording studio room to a more profitable use and thus stop accepting drum recording orders, we decided to offer anyone the last chance to get a professional drum recording performed by Max Sivkov at a greatly reduced price – US$39.95 only.
This offer will be effective for 2 weeks starting today.
The service will become inactive in March, 2014.
More information: Voxengo / Custom drum recording
New Sound Lab has announced NSL012 Floppy Drives, a sound library featuring recordings of seven computer disk drives: two 3.5″ floppy drives, one 5.25″ floppy drive, three Zip drives, and one SuperDisk drive.
All drives were taken apart to access and manipulate the stepper/eject motors to create unique sounds. These range from electronic percussive bleeps and glitchy noises, to electromechanical motor movements.
An Arduino UNO microcontroller board was connected to one of the 3.5″ floppy drives, allowing precise control of the drive’s stepper motor via custom software code. A midi keyboard was interfaced to the system, giving the ability to control the back-and-forth movement of the read/write heads via notes on the keyboard. This esentially turned the drive into an instrument, producing a new set of sounds not existing in the drive’s normal functions.
Sounds were captured using a pair of induction coil pickups, Barcus Berry contact mics, and a Sanken CSS-5 shotgun microphone, into a Sound Devices 702 recorder.
Floppy Drives features
- 665 sounds in 155 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (135 mono / 20 stereo).
- Library size is 1.2 GB.
- All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software Metadata.
- PDF included.
The sound library is available to purchase for $45 USD.
More information: New Sound Lab / Floppy Drives