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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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Audiomodern releases DeciBell free Kontakt instrument

Audiomodern DeciBell

Audiomodern has released DeciBell, a free instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

DeciBell for NI KONTAKT is a Bell-tone synth patch from a modded Roland analog synthesizer routed to a “distant” TC Electronics Reverb 4000 patch.

Simple user interface with a filtter cutoff knob.

The pack is available to download at no charge (valid email address required). Requires Kontakt 5.2.16 or higher, full version.

More information: Audiomodern / DeciBell

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Mystery Islands updates JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian plug-in for Mac to v2.0.0 rc1

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Mystery Islands has released version 2.0.0 rc1 of the JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian plug-in for Mac OS X.

 JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian plug-in

Version 2.0.0 rc1 is early release candidate demo to hunt down any bugs you may encounter while using it. Please note revised user manual which is included with the installer and check it thru to learn more about the plug-in :) You can also download the manual from our product page.

This update is already included with the new orders. We are looking forward to your comments about the update and we will email our loyal customers with the rc1 installer later.

Changes in JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian v2.0 rc1

    Request current patch from selected slot to librarian.

  • Request all patches from selected bank to librarian.
  • Store currently selected patch from librarian to hardware.
  • Store current patch bank from librarian to hardware.
  • Request temp performance data to librarian.
  • Request current performance from selected slot to librarian.
  • Request all performance data from selected bank to librarian.
  • Store currently selected performance data from librarian to hardware.
  • Store current performance bank from librarian to hardware.
  • Load any MIDI / sysex patch or performance bank to librarian.
  • Browse performance & patch banks within plugin librarian.
  • Load currently selected performance data to plugin memory.
  • Load currently selected performance bank to plugin memory.
  • Load selected single patch to selected performance slot (upper / lower).
  • Organize performance data in librarian and save a new performance bank to hard drive.
  • Organize patch data in librarian and save a new patch bank to hard drive.
  • Option to scroll thru hardware programs without sending performance / patch data to hardware.
  • View & edit upper / lower part patch name.
  • View & edit upper / lower part velocity sensitivity levels.
  • View & edit upper / lower part control assign sensitivity levels.
  • More knobs & buttons now reacts to hardware knob / button movements.
  • Select performance MIDI channel.
  • Select remote kbd MIDI channel.
  • Old preset format replaced with Standard MIDI file format.

JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 50 EUR.

More information: Mystery Islands / JP-80×0 Editor & Librarian

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Native Instruments releases Circuit Halo for Maschine

Native Instruments has announced the release of Circuit Halo, a new Maschine expansion library that combines intricately-sampled vintage synths and drum machines with contemporary patterns.

Native Instruments Circuit Halo
CIRCUIT HALO’s sound set combines multi-sampled synths, classic drum machines, custom glitch modulation effects, and new presets for the included MASSIVE and REAKTOR PRISM synths.

CIRCUIT HALO features a premium collection of samples from vintage synthesizers such as the Roland Juno 60, Casio VL-Tone, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Pro One and Six-Trak, and a Korg MS-20. Each instrument was meticulously multi-sampled to capture the characteristic warm low end and idiosyncrasies such as pitch drift that analog equipment adds to productions. The combination of vintage sound with the latest in glitch modulation effects and arrangement styles gives producers a new way to blend classic sounds with production techniques.

The drum sounds in CIRCUIT HALO come from a mix of vintage and modern drum machines – many customized for a unique sound. Boutique outboard gear such as a classic 80s British talkback compressor and 1/2″ analog tape were used for detailed tone shaping and a good dose of warmth and character. Lush reverb reminiscent of the 80s sound was also used to add depth and vintage flavor to the expansion.

CIRCUIT HALO’s four Special Kits contain a wealth of glitched-out, grainy sounds, noises and sweeps, sound effects, and percussion and stabs. All-new PRISM presets provide organic leads, pads, mallets, and flutes while MASSIVE presets deliver textured, morphing leads, basses, and stabs.

A condensed version of CIRCUIT HALO is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion for creating beats on-the-go. The iMASCHINE Expansion features two projects, four drum kits, and two multi-sampled instruments. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

CIRCUIT HALO was created in cooperation with Danish sound design expert Joël Krozer of 6 Bit Deep.

Circuit Halo is available for purchase for $49 USD / 49 EUR / £44 GBP. Requires Maschine 2. The iMASCHINE expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for $0.99 USD / 0.89 EUR / £0.69 GBP.

More information: Native Instruments / Circuit Halo

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Beatmatch releases free 808 Grooves pack for Live

Beatmatch 808 Grooves

Beatmatch has announced 808 Grooves, a free Ableton Live project created using the sounds of Roland’s most iconic drum machine – the TR-808.

Mix, edit and build your own minimal techno grooves using 40 pre-recorded drum sequences or play around with 8 complete grooves with synth loops & basslines included in the download. Project files require Ableton Live version 8 or newer.

808 Grooves features

  • 2 Ableton Live Project Files.
  • 8 Groove Presets.
  • 40 Audio Loops.
  • WAV Format.
  • Size 57 MB.

The pack is a free download at Beatmatch.info.

More information: Beatmatch / 808 Grooves

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Roland announces CUBE-10GX Guitar Amplifier

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Roland CUBE-10GX

Roland has introduced CUBE-10GX, a compact guitar amp with customizable tones via a free App for iOS and Android.

Compact, affordable, and equipped with built-in effects, the CUBE-10GX is perfect for beginning players or any guitarist looking for a small amp for practice, jamming, and recording.

The CUBE-10GX also offers a unique sound customization feature, allowing users to swap out different COSM amp types with the free CUBE KIT app running on their smart phone or tablet.

The CUBE-10GX is equipped with 10 watts of power and a custom-designed 8-inch speaker. Roland’s superior CUBE construction standard provides sound quality and durability that far exceeds other amps in its class, with rigid cabinetry, heavy-duty corner protectors, and more.

CUBE-10GX features

  • Compact 10-watt guitar amp with custom-designed 8-inch speaker.
  • Three preset COSM amp types: Clean, Crunch, and Lead.
  • Replace preset amps with custom COSM amps via the free CUBE KIT app for iOS and Android devices.
  • Three onboard effects: chorus, delay, and reverb (including plate and spring reverb types).
  • Bass, Middle, and Treble tone controls.
  • Rec Out/Phones jack provides high-quality direct tones for quiet practice and recording.
  • Aux In jack for jamming with an external music player.

More information: Roland / CUBE-10GX

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