Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the upcoming release of the Abstractions sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.
Abstractions is the second sound bank title by Richard Devine in AAS’ Sound Bank Series following the Microsound Textures title for the Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer. This collection of 127 signature sounds covers standard analog categories but revisited with Richard Devine’s unique aesthetics. These finely crafted sounds range from super precise percussion hits to rich and intricate ambient textures and are sure to provide many hours of exploration in evocative soundscapes.
“We worked with Richard on Ultra Analog VA-2’s factory sounds at the time of the release last Fall; We enjoyed the sounds so much that we asked him for more in the form of a signature sound bank,” says Marc-Pierre Verge, CEO of Applied Acoustics Systems, “The result is a collection of exclusive sounds that once again showcase beautifully Richard’s style and mastery of sound design.”
The Abstractions sound bank will be available in the first quarter of 2014 for $39 USD. The instant download delivery package will include both an Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file as well as the free AAS Player plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX).
Nord has also introduced a new bank for the Nord Lead 4 by Richard Devine.
Richard Devine is an artist and sound designer based in Atlanta GA. He’s a man of many skills and his portfolio includes releasing music on the cult label WARP, remixing Ryuichi Sakamoto, sound design for Microsoft Windows 7 and doing sound libraries for many innovative companies like Ableton, Native Instruments, Propellerheads, Izotope and many more!
Richard also did some brilliant patches the Nord Modular G2 back in the day, so he can proudly call himself real Clavian!
The free bank includes 50 performances, 50 single programs, and 25 bonus drum sound programs.
Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the release of Ultra Analog VA-2, an update to the analog synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Ultra Analog VA-2 ships with a new streamlined interface, a new equalizer and compressor module, a new multi-effect processor, brings native 64-bit operation on Mac OS X, and more. The factory library has been redesigned with more than 600 presets including a sound bank by renowned sound designer Richard Devine.
“Ultra Analog VA-2 is a simple and straightforward synthesizer. Yet, its clever design makes it surprisingly powerful and versatile,” says Marc-Pierre Verge, CEO of Applied Acoustics Systems, “We wanted a synthesizer that could cover the whole analog spectrum, from vintage to modern. With its new interface, complete effect section, and expanded library, it is more than ever a complete solution for analog sounds.”
Ultra Analog VA-2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) is available to purchase for MSRP $199 USD. It has an introductory price of $149 USD until Novermber 3rd, 2013.
Ultra Analog VA-2 Upgrades are available to Ultra Analog VA-1 and Session users starting at $39 USD.
Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the release of the Microsound Textures sound bank for the Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.
Microsound Textures joins Cardinals and KitNetix as the third title in Chromaphone’s Sound Bank Series expansion line.
Microsound Textures is all about precision, details, subtlety, and complexity. Richard Devine’s idea was to use grain particles and tiny pulses to create rich and dense textures. In addition, the collection includes a wide variety of surprising and mysterious instruments ranging from light and delicate to dark and atonal. The 128 sounds are divided into five categories: Percussion, Sound Effects, Keys and Synths, Pads and Strings, and Textures and Ambience.
The Microsound Textures bank is available to purchase for $39 USD. The instant download delivery package includes both a Chromaphone preset file and the free AAS Player plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS).
Richard Devine — Sound designer and producer extraordinaire — was kind enough to whip up a Sound Pack filled with 128 experimental, haunting and outright bizarre Analog Four Sounds.
In his own words: “I wanted to create a collection of abstract sounds that took advantage of the Analog Four’s extensive modulation capabilities. I hope these sounds inspire new ideas and offer some interesting starting points for a song”
Twisted Tools has announced the release of S-LAYER, a sound creation tool for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.
S-LAYER is a sound creation tool that allows you to create, edit and play new sound combinations by taking samples and layering them together using an eight part sampler and an intuitive cell layout. By combining sounds from the included sample map or your existing sample library, S-LAYER facilitates the discovery of new oneshots, sound effects and loops using pre-existing sample content. Whether you’re looking for a new way to create thick drum samples for hip-hop or a massive impact sound effect for game, S-LAYER delivers.
With S-LAYER, up to eight parts are played back and manipulated simultaneously using an advanced layered sampler engine, where each layer remains independent and can be surgically edited. Time-tested sound design techniques such as reversing, pitching, modulating and mixing sounds together can be quickly achieved by randomizing and fine-tuning with sliders and knobs. In addition to the on-board granular, filter and time-based effects, you can also connect your own effects using the insert/send system or by using the direct outputs. Once you’ve found a sound combination that you like, you can store it on-the-fly in one of eight ‘Scenes’ which can be dynamically played backed and controlled using MIDI.
In addition to the included sample library featuring sounds from many renowned sound designers, S-LAYER comes bundled with an iPad Lemur MIDI template by Antonio Blanca and a MIDI template for Native Instruments’ Maschine.
Advanced layered sampler engine.
Intuitive and fast parameter cell interface.
Layered playback and editing of up to eight samples simultaneously.
Independent sampler, filter, grain and fx send controls per layer.
Extensive randomization options.
4 assignable Modulation Sequencers with independent speed and length controls.
4 assignable Wrapper knobs to offset cell slider positions and modulate live.
8 Scenes per preset that store and recall parameter settings and modulation.
Insert/FX Send system to connect and modulate your own effects.
Transpose Mode to play layered sound combinations chromatically.
Direct Outs per voice for Multi-Out Instrument support using DAWs or hardware effects.
BPM Sync mode for loops and tempo synced oneshots. .
iPad Lemur MIDI template by Antonio Blanca.
NI Maschine MIDI template by Twisted Tools.
128 samples included in the default sample map.
Over 2500 preset sound variations.
Sample content and sound design by: Antonio Blanca, Richard Devine, Delect (Chris De Luca/Leonard De Leonard), EVAC, Glitchmachines, Jedsound, Miguel Isaza, Mike Huckaby, pNORTNAOMI, Surachai and Tonebuilder.
S-LAYER for Reaktor 5 is availble to purchase for $69 USD.
Eventide has announced Blackhole and H3000 Factory Ultra-Harmonizer, two new native effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.
The H3000 Factory Ultra-Harmonizer native plug-in is a powerful harmony plug-in that gives you the sound of Eventide’s Mod Factory 1 and 2, as well as their Patch Factory algorithms from the venerable H3000 D/SE. It includes all original presets, plus many new ones, including presets by Richard Devine.
H3000 Factory Ultra-Harmonizer features
The sound of the H3000D/SE rack processor in a native plug-in format.
Eventide’s Mod Factory 1, Mod Factory 2, and Patch Factory algorithms built in.
Includes all original presets, plus new presets from Richard Devine.
The Blackhole plug-in is based on Eventide’s Space Blackhole effects pedal. It offers a wide range of musical delay effects that you can use on a variety of sources.
Delay and spacial effects plug-in based on the Space Blackhole guitar effects pedal.
Offers a variety of creative delay and modulation effects.
Three different footswitch style toggles let you bypass, kill, and freeze the effect.
The H3000 and Blackhole plug-ins for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) are scheduled for release in March, and will be available to purchase at an introductory price of $149 USD and $99 USD respectively (50% off regular).