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Beatmatch releases 909 Grooves – Ableton Live Project

Beatmatch 909 Grooves has launched 909 Grooves, a free Ableton Live project created using the sounds of Roland’s classic TR-909 drum machine.

Included project files consist of 8 techno drum groove presets, separated into 5 individual channels with 40 sequences in total. Designed with midi controllers in mind, 909 grooves project files work great with Akai Apc 40, Novation Launchpad & others.

Project: 909 Grooves is available for free instant download (valid email address required).

More information: Beatmatch / 909 Grooves


Mystery Islands releases Roland JP-80×0 Quarantine Soundset vol. 1 & 2

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Mystery Islands has launched Roland JP-80×0 Quarantine Soundset vol. 1 & 2, a collection of 128 EDM presets by Gokosoul for Roland the JP-8000 and JP-8080 synthesizers.

Roland JP-80×0 Quaratine Soundset vol. 1 & 2

Gokosoul is here again with Roland JP-80×0 “Quarantine” soundset! This package contains both, volume 1 and 2. This bank will overwrite both user patch banks (U:A11-88 & U:B11-88). You can use this bank with any kind of electronic dance music productions.

Gokosoul says: “Imagine, that you can create any kind of music with one bank and that bank is now here. I have included some drums to the package, so you can play around with those as well.” Have a listen on the great demo and be amazed! This is a must have for everyone who own’s the JP!

The soundset is available for purchase for 30 EUR.

More information: Mystery Islands / Quarantine Soundset vol. 1 & 2


Roland announces RP-401R & F-130R Digital Pianos

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Roland has announced the RP-401R and F-130R, two compact and affordable digital pianos designed for modern lifestyles.

The RP-401R offers a traditional look that’s ideal for a young family, while the streamlined F-130R is a perfect fit for a single person or couple living in an apartment or condo. Featuring top-level piano performance, intelligent rhythms, and compatibility with free Roland piano apps for the iPhone and iPad, the RP-401R and F-130R provide solid foundations for years of learning and musical enjoyment.

Roland RP-401R / F-130R

With Roland’s highly respected touch, tone, and technology features on board, the stylish RP-401R and F-130R bring a high-grade piano experience to any home. The RP-401R combines space-saving efficiency with traditional appointments such as an integrated music rack and a retractable keyboard cover. The F-130R’s understated-yet-elegant look blends nicely into urban living spaces, with a unique lid design that provides a low-profile appearance when the piano is not in use.

As musical instruments, the RP-401R and F-130R offer performance that easily surpasses others in their price class. Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL® Piano technology provides a truly authentic piano experience, inspiring young students and advanced players alike with the rich, expressive tone of an acoustic grand. The newly developed PHA-4 Standard Keyboard inherits the functions, appearance, and Ivory Feel texture of keyboards in Roland’s flagship instruments, and includes the latest sensing technology to take advantage of SuperNATURAL Piano’s vast tonal range.

With the intelligent rhythm function in the RP-401R and F-130R, users can enjoy playing and practicing along with a complete backing ensemble that automatically follows chords played on the keyboard. 72 different rhythm styles cover a variety of musical genres, from rock, country, and jazz to Latin, reggae, and modern electronic styles. Playing with rhythms also offers a fun way to explore the diverse selection of additional sounds in the RP-401R and F-130R, which include electric pianos, organs, guitars, brass, synths, and many others.

Thanks to the innovative Headphones 3D Ambience effect, users can enjoy the spacious sound field of an acoustic piano while playing with headphones during private practice sessions. Other useful features for daily playing include a large onboard song library and a built-in recorder for self-evaluation and sharing performances via USB memory. Both pianos also include a Volume Limit function, which allows parents to preset a maximum volume so their kids don’t play loud sounds unexpectedly.

The RP-401R and F-130R are compatible with Roland’s free piano apps for Apple iOS devices, providing a great way to motivate practice and enhance enjoyment. The Air Performer app lets users play along with favorite songs in the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wirelessly through the piano’s sound system via Roland Wireless Connect (optional). The Piano Partner app for iPad includes Flash Card, an interactive music program that’s fun for kids, plus a graphical interface for selecting tones, songs, and rhythms in the RP-401R and F-130R. Piano Partner also features DigiScore Lite, which displays the piano’s built-in songs as sheet music on the iPad.

The RP-401R is available in Contemporary Black or Simulated Rosewood finishes, while the F-130R is available in Contemporary Black or White.

More information: Roland


Beat releases free Corrosive Bazz pack for Zampler

Corrosive Bazz

Beat Magazine has announced the release of Corrosive Bazz, a free soundbank for Zampler, featuring sounds of the Roland Aira TB-3.

For this free Zampler pack we focussed on the irresistible charme of the bass synthesizer TB-3.

Corrosive Bazz combines 555 MB of acid loops and samples – 32 basses and 32 loops – to a unique pack, ready to go.

To grab it, visit the Beat fanpage and give us a like. If you’re already fan, just download the pack right away.

The pack is a free download from Beat’s Facebook page.

More information: Beat Magazine / Corrosive Bazz


Bedroom Producers Blog releases BPB Cassette 909 free sample pack

Bedroom producers blog has launched BPB Cassette 909, a free sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-909 drum machine recorded to a CrO2 cassette tape.

bedroom producers blog Cassette 909
The SABA CD 262 cassette deck used to record BPB’s Cassette 909 pack.

Expanding our collection of free tape processed drum machine samples, I am proud to announce the release of the Cassette 909 drum sample library.

Based on an extensive set of clean Roland TR-909 recordings created by Edgar Maguyon, this free sample pack adds a touch of that lo-fi audio cassette crunch to the iconic TR-909 drum sound.

BPB Cassette 909 features

  • 155 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format.
  • 71 clean Roland TR-909 one shot samples.
  • 84 tape processed Roland TR-606 one shot samples.
  • Demo track (320 kbps MP3).

The pack is a free download at bedroom producers blog.

More information: Bedroom producers blog / BPB Cassette 909


Drum Broker releases Ultimate 808 by Erik Jackson

Ultimate 808

The Drum Broker has introduced Erik Jackson Presents – The Essential 808, a drum sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Forget all other 808 Drum Kits! The Drum Broker teamed up with sound designer Erik Jackson to introduce an essential 808 Drum Kit designed and built from the ground up.

Erik meticulously sampled his Roland TR-808 through a Avalon 737sp, tweaking and recording every parameter on the classic Roland Drum Machine/Synthesizer. Paying careful attention not to alter the original sound and analog flavor of the TR-808, Erik ensured that he didn’t push the compressor too hard during the re-sampling process. Finally Erik created a kit that includes tuned hats, snares, and kicks. Each sample is labeled what note and key they are in.

The sample pack is available from the Drum Broker for $24.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / Essential 808


Sonic Cat releases Pop Synth for Kontakt

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Sonic Cat has launched Pop Synth, an 80s retro pop sound synthesizer for Native Instruments, featuring the sounds of the Roland JX-3P.

Sonic Cat Pop Synth

JX-3P is polyphonic synthesizer produced in 1983. But Pop Synth is a reinterpretation, not a restoration. Sonic Cat recorded all key ranges at 24-bit, and captured sound originality by sample looping.

Pop Synth is also an instrument for playback of the original JX-3P’s preset sounds. Pop Synth can play moods just like dual layers of JX-10 because it can make new sounds using the twin-engine system.

Pop Synth features

  • 312 .NKI Kontakt instrument presets for Kontakt 5.3+.
  • 1,951 samples.
  • 24-bit / 44.1 kHz .NCW format samples.
  • About 2.7 GB installed.

The Pop Synth is available to purchase for the introductory price of $35 USD until April 23rd, 2014 (regular $59 USD).

More information: Sonic Cat / Pop Synth