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Roland intros HS-5 Session Mixer

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Roland has announced the HS-5 Session Mixer, a digital mixer and recording interface designed for rehearsing bands, vocal groups, and other ensembles.

Roland HS-5 Session Mixer

Portable and simple to operate, the HS-5 allows up to five musicians to play together and monitor the sound with headphones, with each player having hands-on control of their own mix.

The HS-5 also includes built-in amp modeling and effects, and gives groups the ability to easily capture their performances to a USB flash drive or DAW software on a computer.

HS-5 Session Mixer features

  • Performer-friendly digital mixer with high-quality sound and USB.
  • Up to five musicians can rehearse or jam while monitoring with headphones.
  • Independent control of the monitor mix for each performer.
  • COSM amp modeling plus vocal effects and built-in reverb.
  • Record stereo mixes to a USB thumb drive.
  • Connect to a computer via USB for multitrack recording in a DAW.

More information: Roland / HS-5 Session Mixer

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Loopmasters releases Synth Explorer – Jupiter-6

Loopmasters has launched Synth Explorer – Jupiter-6, the first title in a new series of royalty free loops and one shot samples that pay tribute to legendary synthesizers and drum machines.

Loopmasters Synth Explorer Jupiter-6

First up for the Synth Explorer collection is the classic Roland Jupiter 6. First introduced to the world in 1983 the Jupiter 6 was one of the first analogue synthesisers to adopt MIDI and is considered to be a solid 12 oscillator analogue workhorse with a distinctive but fully capable palette of sounds ranging from Ambient Drones, Smooth Pads, Analog Leads to Techy Blips and Noises.

Synth Explorer – Jupiter 6 has been produced using a mint condition Roland Jupiter 6 owned by one careful, well known producer, recorded live through a TL Audio C-1 dual valve compressor and a Neve 8801 channel strip to capture the pure sonic delight of this vintage synth beauty.

This edition of Vintage Explorer sees a wealth of Loop and one shot samples aimed towards the soulful spectrums of electronic music production with a slight angle towards Italo Disco, Funk, Nu Disco and Deep House as well as more experimental down tempo genres.

Synth Explorer Jupiter-6 features

  • 356 MB content, 24-bit quality.
  • Includes 41 arp loops, 24 music loops, 25 bass loops, 16 bass multi samples, 37 sfx hits, 41 chord hits, 34 synth stabs.
  • 90 REX2 files.
  • 114 soft sampler patches for Kontakt, HALion, EXS24, NN-XT and sfz formats.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Synth Explorer – Jupiter-6

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Manx releases SJ-2 synthesizer plugin

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Manx has announced the release of SJ-2, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Manx SJ-2

Of all the different kinds of vintage hardware synthesizers, our favourite has to be the wave of programmable polysynths which appeared during the eighties, such as the Jupiter 8 and the MJS-80 rack-mount. It wasn’t just the breakthroughs of polyphony & patch recall that made these instruments popular – they also have a distinctive sound which was quite magical. We’re very proud to present the SJ-2 as our own tribute to these awesome, IC based beasts!

It’s no accident that the SJ-2 sounds the way it does – it features several layers of audio processing ‘algorithms’ designed to reproduce subtle audio nuances that you’ll find in analog synthesisers. This ‘no stone left unturned’ approach is, of course, computationally expensive and depending on patch settings, your CPU may take a hammering. Rest assured that we have tried to minimize CPU use as much as possible, spending many hours on optimisation.

SJ-2 features

  • 6 note polyphonic, with double and unison modes..
  • Filter and envelope technologies exclusive to Manx.
  • Midi Learn for all parameters.
  • Patch memory system with full library.
  • Independent PWM lfos, velocity sensitivity, generous modulation routings and much more…

SJ-2 for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD.

More information: Manx / SJ-2

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The Boom Boutique launches with free Transistor Kicks pack

The Boom Boutique has announced the launch of its website, offering a collection of royalty-free 808 drum samples.

808 Kicks - The Boom Boutique

With the The Boom Boutique there is finally a place for your to find all the great, commercial drum sample packs from the legendary TR-808. We offer the sample packs with the highest-quality drum sounds and kits, either sampled directly from the 808, refined using analog or digital effects or inspired sound emulations with even more bang for your buck.

These sounds of the 808 are iconic and easily distinguishable and with the still-impressive boomy kick drum it has been the essential drum sound for more than 30 years. You have heard it countless times and it is still rocking genres like Hip-Hop, House, Trap, Dirty-South, Electro and many more.

B808M Transistor Kicks

In celebration of the launch, the Boom Boutique is offering a free copy of Transistor Kicks, a sample pack with 50 massive kick drums from the exclusive B808M label.

“Transistor Kicks” is the first release from B808M and exclusively available here on The Boom Boutique.

This pack includes 50 amazing kick drum samples guaranteed to add punch to your productions.

These kicks were recorded from the 808 and then professionally EQed, optimized and mastered to give you maximum B808M!

Transistor Kicks features

  • 50 kick drum one-shot sounds.
  • Short, mid and long bass drums.
  • 24-bit WAV format.
  • 11 MB download size.

The pack is available to download for free for a limited time.

More information: 808 Kicks – The Boom Boutique

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Mystery Islands updates JP-80×0 Librarian plug-in to v2.0.3

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Mystery Islands has released version 2.0.3 of the JP-80×0 Librarian plug-in, a MIDI & SysEx AU/VSTi editor-librarian plug-in for Windows and Mac.

 JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian plug-in

You ever wanted to control, automate & work with your Roland JP-8000 / JP-8080 by the same way you use your VSTi and AudioUnit plug-ins? Now it’s possible with our Editor-Librarian plug-in that allows you to get your Hardware connected into your DAW. JP-80×0 will recall your patch settings when you open your project and the data will be sent to your JP-8000 / JP-8080 automatically once you open your project.

Changes in JP-80×0 Librarian plug-in v2.0.3

  • Saving patches in librarian now appears in pathces list.
  • Saving performances in librarian now appears in performances list.
  • When librarian edit mode is on, user is not able to flip between patch & performance files.
  • Librarian now supports SysEx files (*.syx). Users can now freely copy their SysEx files to patches folder and view them thru the librarian.
  • Demo installer now includes Mystery Islands Always Alive, Massive EDM, Alan Marcero Trance presets and Gokosouls Quarantine soundset demos.
  • Saving performances now works as expected.
  • After user saves or discards data from librarian, patch & performance lists will initialize to original state.

The plug-in is available for purchase for 65 EUR.

More information: Mystery Islands / JP-80×0 Librarian plug-in

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Elektron releases Straight 808 for Analog Rytm

Elektron has announced the release of Straight 808, the first sound pack for the Analog Rytm analog drum machine.

Elektron Straight 808

A classic reborn in a future classic. The hand picked selection of tape saturated 808 samples, all recorded by Goldbaby, and the magic circuits of the Analog Rytm are thick as thieves. Load ‘em in, tweak, mangle, and enjoy. The Analog Rytm is ready to retro-boom.

The sound pack is specifically made for the Analog Rytm. Included is an Analog Rytm project featuring 16 patterns and 16 kits. The kits also feature performances and scenes, great for live tweaking the patterns.

The pack is available for purchase for 15 EUR.

More information: Elektron / Straight 808

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Roland updates AIRA family to v1.1

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Roland AIRA

Roland has announced that the entire AIRA family has been updated to version 1.1, introducing exciting and useful new features requested by users from around the globe.

Easy to install and free for all users, this AIRA update includes enhancements for the whole line, such as backup and restore facilities, and better overall MIDI management. It also provides a wealth of product-specific enhancements, such as external MIDI pitch control for VT-3, tuning control for TB-3, and instrument gain control for TR-8.

With roots in the very origins of electronic music, the AIRA line is designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sound and modern performance features to a new generation. The first four products introduced in the AIRA series include the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer.

At the heart of AIRA is the newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) that faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of Roland’s most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products. It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit using Roland’s collection of pristinely archived drum machines and synthesizers.

The updates are now available to download from Roland.

More information: Roland / AIRA

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