Korg has announced the KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler module and Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder at NAMM 2013.
The KP3+ provides even more creative power for live and in-studio use while retaining the intuitive and user-friendly Kaoss touchpad interface.
It offers the original KP3 effects, sounds and features, plus 22 all-new, diverse effect programs for everything from various EDM genres to rock and beyond. All are complemented by an enhanced, intuitive pad illumination system.
Use the touchpad to control effects in real time.
A total of 150 effects ideal for DJ mixing and sound design; 42 new types including:
Vinyl Break simulates a turntable.
Ducking Compressor emphasizes the backbeats.
Newly-designed looper lets you freely manipulate loops.
Effects you can use for breaks in your DJ play.
High-spec sampling functionality.
Numerous functions to make your performance even more expressive
FX Release function controls the reverberation to produce a more natural decay.
Mute function cuts the input signal and outputs only the effect sound.
Pad Motion function records and reproduces your effect usage.
Practical functions that are easy to use during live performance or production
Eight program memories let you switch effects instantly.
Hold function sustains the effect sound.
Set the tempo with auto BPM, tap tempo, or the BPM knob.
Pad LEDs ensure high visibility even in the dark.
Highly expandable for even greater potential
USB MIDI allows for use as a powerful MIDI controller.
Store sample data on an SD/SDHC card.
Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.
The Korg KP3+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $349.99 USD.
The Kaossilator Pro+ is a dynamic phrase synthesizer/loop recorder that lets you perform and create multi-layered music in any style – with just the touch of a finger.
The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with 250 programs, including more of the cutting-edge synth sounds that Korg is known for. Like all Kaoss-based products, this versatile new instrument offers creative musical possibilities and intuitive control over multiple parameters simply by moving a finger across the X-Y touchpad.
Kaossilator Pro+ features
Freely playable synthesizer; simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real time.
A total of 250 sound programs (including drum program) cover a wide range of styles, including 62 new programs.
Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, and 4 infinitely stackable loop banks are available.
Numerous functions for unlimited performance possibilities
Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes.
Note Range function lets you specify the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad.
Gate Arpeggiator function allows you to easily control phrases with the slider.
Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark.
USB MIDI allows use as a powerful MIDI controller.
Store recorded loop data and even externally –made .WAV files on an SD/SDHC card.
Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.
The Korg Kaossilator Pro+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $399.99 USD.
Numark has announced the NS7 II, a dramatically enhanced and updated version of the industry’s most advanced and best-selling motorized DJ controller, NS7.
For more than 20 years, Numark has set the pace in the world of digital DJing, empowering DJs with cutting-edge technology that has continually advanced the art form. In 2007, Numark and Serato® released NS7, a controller that blends different eras of DJing so completely it makes them virtually indistinguishable from each other. Since then, the powerful experience offered by NS7 has defined the top tier of DJ performance, setting the standard by which all other controllers are judged.
Now, with NS7 II, Numark is pushing the modern DJ’s performance capability even further, incorporating iconic technology from Akai Professional, the world leader in music production technology and creator of the legendary MPC. NS7 II’s 16 MPC pads can be instantly assigned to control five dynamic performance features in Serato DJ: Cues, Loop, Roll, Sampler, and Slicer. In addition, each pad features RGB illumination, allowing for a virtually endless amount of color variations assignable via MIDI. Vinyl platter control has never felt more familiar with its high- and low-torque motorized platters with real slip mats and real vinyl sitting on 3,600 ticks of resolution. NS7 II’s four-channel mixer works with or without a computer and includes a full array of external device inputs. Capacitive touch-activated filter, gain, EQ, and effects knobs are other features incorporated from Akai Professional, which turn the knobs themselves into control surfaces. DJs can use them for instant-on parameter control, blending effects, and instant frequency kills. “NS7 II is an interactive playground,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “It’s built to squeeze every ounce of capability out of Serato DJ and push your creative limits. It’s born to perform and to empower DJs with maximum live-performance creative capability.”
NS7 II features
7” motorized turntables with 3600 ticks of resolution.
4-channel mixer and 24-bit audio interface built in.
16 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC pads from Akai Professional.
Capacitive touch-sensitive filter, gain, EQ, and effects knobs.
High- and low-torque turntable settings, 33rpm or 45rpm.
Comprehensive Loop, Sample, Slicer, and Hot Cue controls.
Strip Search™ virtual needle-drop technology.
Curve-adjustable CP-Pro crossfader.
Dedicated iZotope® effects controls.
Rugged all-metal construction.
Integrated laptop stand.
Serato DJ software included.
NS7 II will be unveiled at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show on January 24th.
Toontrack has updated its Beatstation virtual instrument to version 1.0.3.
This update is recommended for all users but particularly for those running the latest operating systems released by Microsoft and Apple.
At its core, Beatstation marks the next step in Toontracks evolution of creating virtual instruments that are both simple and effective to use but also very powerful sound design & music production tools.
Changes in Beatstation v1.0.3
64-bit hosts support on Mac.
Support for EZX/SDX preset instruments as specified by the library configuration files.
A new Toggle Metronome option has been added to the Settings menu (standalone).
Fixed in version 1.0.3:
The crash on Japanese systems in Sonar should no longer occur.
A bug in the sample recorder causing crashes on Mac has been fixed.
A number of memory leaks have been fixed.
Fix for drag and drop to the plug-in in Pro Tools 10.0 or higher on Mac.
MIDI and REX grooves start from the beginning when not syncing to the host timeline and are played for the first time.
You now always get the same MIDI loop when dragging as the one that is played – no new random flam.
The default layout has been changed to 6×4 in the full version (as in the demo).
The instruments in the Sounds tab are now alphabetically sorted (except Bass and Lead, which are always at the top).
Clicking below or above the scroll handle should no longer shift the contents of the browser more than a page at a time.
Key 120 on the lead pad, a key with no function, is now hidden.
The mouse wheel now works on a secondary screen to the left of the primary screen (Windows).
Horizontal mouse wheel scroll support on Windows – shift+vertical wheel can also be used.
The standalone window position is now properly saved even if the window is minimized on Windows.
The standalone host now constrains the window position to the current screen size at startup.
The ‘Set Plug-In Path’ menu entry can now be found in the Settings menu in standalone mode.
The default instrument has been improved for MIDI playback of our various drum MIDI.
Misc non operational changes (pad labels, etc.).
Beatstation for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $129 USD / 89 EUR.
Native Instruments has announced version 5.1 of its Kontakt software sampler instrument for Windows and Mac.
Once again, NATIVE INSTRUMENTS raises the bar with KONTAKT 5 — the latest version of the industry-leading sampler. KONTAKT 5 takes a bold leap forward with 37 new filters, four new on-board studio effects, updated time-stretching, a new instrument bus system and more. As you will see from the newSTUDIO DRUMMER, for example, it’s a deep-rooted update to the KONTAKT platform, allowing us — and you — to create even better instruments and more powerful, expressive sounds.
Changes in Kontakt v5.1
Added support for Avid Audio eXtension (AAX Native 32-bit)
New ‘Jump’ Amplifier effect from GUITAR RIG added to the range of KONTAKT effects
Plug-in migration for Mac OS X Audio Units – KONTAKT automatically updates to newest version on projects created with older versions of the software
Mac OS X 10.8 RTAS: Fixed crash on startup
The update is now available to download from the NI Service Center.
Akai Professional has announced the iMPC music production app for iPad.
Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad.
Developed in partnership with Retronyms, iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.
More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences.
Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library.
Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface.
Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.
In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder.
Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer.
16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning.
Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play.
Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples.
Create new sequences, record and overdub beats.
Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback.
Simple drag and drop program creation.
Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter.
Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing.
Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch.
Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg.
AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps.
AudioPaste samples from compatible apps.
Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for for iMPC owners.
Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices.
Fluffy Audio has introduced AudioTrap, a plugin which is able to capture a small chunk of audio from your favourite DAW and play with it in a number of different ways.
It can recreate stutter effects, enables loop remixing in a number of different ways. It allows to catch a single note of a live instrument and to play with it like you would do with a classical sampler.It is a very useful instrument for live musicians, DJ and people who loves to experiment with sound.
Low CPU utilization.
Sampler mode for playing melodies from a single captured sample.
Slicer mode for constructing time cuts, breaks and stutters or to create variations of a rythmic pattern.
Intuitive UI for effective usability.
ADSR Filter for amplitude envelope control.
Engine Optimized with support to SSE2 instructions.
32 and 64 Bit Support.
AudioTrap is available for Windows (VST), priced at 39 EUR / $49 USD. A free AudioTrap Lite version is also available.