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Roger Linn Design releases AdrenaLinn Sync

Roger Linn Design has released AdrenaLinn Sync, a new software plug-in that provides the same unique beat-synced filter modulation and sequencing effects of the AdrenaLinn III guitar pedal.

Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync
Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync

AdrenaLinn Sync features

  • More Control — More parameters to fine-tune your filter modulation and filter sequencing effects.
  • More Randomness — Random sequence generation, random LFO amplitude, plus variable probability of randomly-generated notes or envelope firing.
  • More Swing — In additional to half or full swing timing for sequenced notes, you also get on randomly-generated notes.
  • Noise source for Self-Generated Noise Beats — Use noise with the sequencer to create synthesized drumbeats, or to excite resonant filters into self-oscillation.
  • 2 Simultaneous Modulation Paths — Separately route LFO & Sequencer, or Sequencer Level & Sequencer Envelope, to individual levels of filter frequency, volume and pan modualtion.
  • Full Stereo Signal Path — Maintain full stereo from input to output.
  • Self-generating sequences — Increase resonance to full for self-oscillating filter or flanger, then use the Sequencer for random or looped self-generating note sequences.
  • Musical Scale Constraints — Snap the LFO or Sequencer modulation signals chromatic, major, minor, pentatonic, blues, whole tone, diminished or seven other musical scales.
  • Tube-Modeled Distortion — A very warm and smooth distortion with pre-hipass and post-lowpass filters.
  • Stereo phaser — A rich, 4-stage stereo phaser.
  • 10 Second Stereo Delay with Ping Pong — Makes your beat-synced delays and delay loops more useful. Delay loops as long as 8 bars in length (up to 10 seconds).
  • Clean & Simple User Interface — Clearly shows signal flow and modulation routing.
  • 128 Great Presets — Includes all of AdrenaLinn III sequenced, random and modulation presets, plus some new self-generating pitched sequences and noise drumbeats.

AdrenaLinn Sync comes in a single format that works for VST, AU and RTAS formats. It is currently available only for Mac OSX, with a Windows version coming soon. It is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Roger Linn Design / AdrenaLinn Sync

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Review: Goldbaby’s The Tape 808, MPC60 Vol.1 (TR), MPC60 Vol.2 (Vinyl), and Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks

Goldbaby Productions is a relatively new name, but since their first sample library — released in June 2007, the Goldbaby product catalog has grown to 5 titles, and it has built quite a following already.

One does not have to look far to get some decent drum samples for free, so what’s so special about Goldbaby’s products?

The formula seems simple: quality content for a reasonable price.

The Tape 808

Goldbaby Productions The Tape 808

Let’s take a look at The Tape 808, a library of — you guessed it, samples from the ever popular Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer drum machine.

This library features 407 samples from two 808 machines, recorded into an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine. Can you spell vintage?

And vintage does not mean these samples are bad quality either… The wav files are all in 24-bit format.

I made a little drum loop with the Tape 808 samples, and compared them to some random 808 samples I found on my computer. Can you guess which one is which?

Goldbaby 01 | Goldbaby 02

The beauty of The Tape 808 is that the samples sound very clean, unlike many of the samples you’ll find online (which may have all sorts of processing done to them already). The tape compression and saturation samples also sound absolutely lovely.

Starting at just $19 USD for the .wav version of The Tape 808, this package is a must have if you’re looking for 808 sounds (unless you can get your hands on a real machine maybe). Refill, Guru, iDrum, and Battery versions are available for $24 USD.

MPC60 Vol.1 (TR) and MPC60 Vol.2 (Vinyl)

Goldbaby Productions MPC60 libraries

Akai’s MPC60 (released in 1988) is a drum machine developed in collaboration with Roger Linn. Like Linn’s earlier drum machines, the MPC60 combines MIDI sequencing and audio sampling. It became huge in the Hip hop and RnB scene, and still continues to be a popular vintage sampler today.

Although the MPC60 is a 16 bit machine, it stores samples in 12-bit format. Its sound is described as warm and punchy.

Goldbaby’s MPC libraries have been sampled with a MPC60II, which is similar to the MPC60 but adds a headphone output and replaces the metal chassis for a plastic one. The sound is identical.

MPC60 Vol.1 features 541 samples (24-bit) of Roland TR machines. The 808, 909, 606, 626, 33, 66, 77, 707, 727, and 505 are all there.

MPC60 Vol.2 takes samples from another sound source, much loved by Hip hop artists: Vinyl. MPC60 Vol.2 includes 466 samples of kicks, snares, hihats, cymbals, toms, percussion, and stabs & fx; all you need to create beats that sound just right.

The added value of the MPC60 libraries is obviously that the sounds were sampled on a MPC60 machine. If you think you already have all these TR sounds, and you don’t need any sampled vinyl hits, just have a listen on the MPC60 product page and see how you like the sound of Goldbaby’s samples.

Both MPC60 libraries are available as a .wav Sample Pack for $19 USD. For $24 USD each you can get the Refill, Guru, iDrum, and Battery versions, which include the same sample content, and additional drum kits and drum patterns in the software’s format.

Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks

Goldbaby Productions Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks

Goldbaby’s Hugo has collected home keyboard from places like eBay, second hand stores, and garage sales for years. His collection includes the Casio SK-1, Casio VL-Tone, Farfisa Matador, and many more.

With Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks, you can have the sounds of this big collection of home keyboards at your fingertips.

VHKB includes 366 samples of drum sounds of the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s home keyboards. Some of these keyboards were recorded through their own speakers to give them a true lo-fi sound.

Have you ever heard the Amen break played with these vintage sounds? Check the VHKB page for some great audio demos.

Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks is available as a .wav Sample Pack (including 54 Rex files) for $10 USD, while a Guru version costs $15 USD. The Guru version also includes the Rex files, and has an additional 10 bundles, 12 kits, and 73 patterns.

So what do I think?

Goldbaby’s samples are simply great. Do you need them? Perhaps not, you might already have a lot of these kind of sounds… But if you care about quality, you should definitely check these products. The samples are outstanding, and… the price is right!

More information: Goldbaby Productions

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Roger Linn releases AdrenaLinn III

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Roger Linn AdrenaLinn III

Roger Linn has released AdrenaLinn III, a beat-synced filter effects processor for guitar.

AdrenaLinn III’s Beat-Synched Filter Modulation effects give you the classic modulation effects you know and love like tremolo, flanging, filter sweeps, vibrato, rotary speaker and auto-pan, but moving in perfect synch to its drumbeats or MIDI clock.

New in AdrenaLinn III

  • 40 amp models, all enhanced for accuracy, presence and improved tube saturation
  • Stereo reverb
  • Compression
  • Tuner
  • User presets increased to 200 & filled with great new sounds
  • User drumbeats increased to 200 & filled with great new beats
  • Right foot switch is now named EFFECT and may be assigned per-preset to enable any specific effect or combination. Functions of both foot switches may be reassigned
  • Greatly enhanced MIDI pedalboard control: up to 10 MIDI footswitches and 2 MIDI expression pedals may be assigned to control nearly all internal settings and commands
  • A variable Amp Drive Boost has been added, actuated by panel or MIDI foot switches
  • Stereo width of modulation effects and delay are now adjustable
  • Envelope attack & decay times are now adjustable for random filter & random tremolo effects
  • Four new Modulation Effects are added: Auto Pan, Wah Pedal, Fixed Filter and Sci-Fi
  • Simple guitar amp distortion now exists for drumbeats, independent of guitar amp models
  • Internal drums may be triggered from MIDI
  • Variable- frequency lowpass filters have been added to output of amp models, delay & drumbeats
  • Improved drum sounds
  • Noise gate is improved to be virtually unnoticeable

AdrenaLinn III retails in US stores for US$499. You can buy it from the Roger Linn online store for US$375.

Visit the AdrenaLinn III product page for more information.

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