Vengeance Sound has announced the release of Phalanx, a drum & synth sampler plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Your search for a powerful sampler tool just ended here: Phalanx is the new sampler which will be the heart and center of your music production. Phalanx has game-changing features on board and main focus on a quick, comfortable and easy workflow, which will invite you to try out new ways and crazy things.
With a factory content of over 3000 sounds from Manuel Schleis, this is one sampler you just can’t afford to miss!
Vengeance Producer Suite: Phalanx
Factory content features over 3000 sounds by Manuel Schleis from Vengeance Sound.
Samples are saved in your projects.
Samples can be dragged into the sample pads; even from external sources (e.g. DAW or browser).
Conveniently large librarian.
Arrange and save your favourites (incl. ‘tag mode’).
32 stereo sample slots in 16 channels.
Each channel routable to up to 16 individual outputs.
128 voices (up to 16 times polyphon per pad).
12 types of filters (6 dB, 12 dB, 24 dB each).
Poly portamento and legato portamento modi.
Optional: Anti-alias free sample mode and ultra-high mode for powerful computers.
Undo / Redo function.
Graphical real-time display of waveforms.
Editable envelopes (amp, filter, pitch, ModEnv).
Envelopes syncable to BPM.
Insert FX with 17 effect types.
Drag and drop to arrange Insert FX.
Reverb by ArtsAcoustic.
Four band parametric EQ for each sample pad.
Mini preset browser with numerous presets for FX and envelopes.
Compatible with other Vengeance plugins (such as Metrum, Multiband Sidechain and Philta).
Complex modmatrix: Combine anything.
Two independent LFOs per sample slot (32 total).
Three GUI controllers.
All controllers and MOD matrix settings can be dragged into the custom area for easy access when needed.
Rename and color-code individual sample slots for full customization.
Retrigger: Samples can be accelerated to self-oscillation (tonally playable); see Swedish House Mafia “One”.
Scratch simulator: Use pitchbend or a MIDI controller like a turntable.
Crazy loop section: Back and forth in time, freezes in time, micro loops via modwheel, crossfade looping.
Switch between “drumkit mode” and “sample mode”.
Drumkit mode features “kill notes”: A closed hihat can stop a fading open hihat.
Slim and full mode: Slim mode displays all 16 pads simultaneously, full mode offers full editibility.
Single version of Phalanx included (a mini plugin with just one sample pad).
VST2, VST3, AU, RTAS, and AAX support; 32-bit and 64-bit.
iThirtySeven has introduced iPro.DJSampler, a DJ Sampler app for iPad.
iThirtySeven brings down the house with its new iPad DJ Sampler App iProDJSampler. With an intuitive real-word interface, iPro.DJSampler offers the perfect balance of a professional and creative music sampler with simplicity and speed that DJs and musicians need right at their fingertips.
Designed and developed by a team of industry professional DJs, EDM producers and musicians, iPro.DJSampler transforms DJ sets and live performances into serious hyped up, hands-in-the-air experiences.
XY pad with ability to control & hold effects settings as well as dry/wet slider to set effect amount.
16 ultra fast response Trigger Pads that trigger audio samples, with sample names displayed underneath & they illuminate while each sample plays.
8 Effects Buttons: Select desired effects, or swipe left to view additional 8 effects.
Sample pack load area for fast selection and loading of sample packs.
Free Sample Pack with 16 samples, including loops, vocals & sound effects.
Inbuilt iPro.DJSampler Store to purchase additional features, effects and sample packs from some of the world’s biggest labels such as Skrillex’s OWSLA Label & Dimmak, and DJs and artists including Steve Aoki, Sidney Samson, Nick Thayer, M4sonic, Prima Volta, Filthzilla and more!
iPro.DJSampler Store also contains 8 iPro Sample Packs – including Dubstep, Complex Electro, Drumstep, Dutch House and Vocal Packs.
Effects Assign Button: Allow DJs to assign which trigger pads are effected or not.
Pad Editor Button with 5 different playback styles: Play, Touch, Start/Stop, Loop + Touch, Loop + Start/Stop.
Fast access, full featured, multi-page help area.
Tempo keypad to set BPM.
Master volume control.
Edit Button: rename and/or delete sample packs.
In-App battery display.
Audio background playback.
The iPro.DJSampler is available for free from the App Store. Additional features and effects are available to purchase in the in-app iPro.DJSampler Store.
Noisebud has released version 2.5 of CatchDad, a free VST instrument plug-in for live performances.
With CatchDad you can catch 4 different sounds with just the click of a button and instantly start to program rhythms with the built in step sequencers. The plugin is capable of building advanced rhythmic patterns with the different sequencer speed settings.
It’s basic functionality is pretty straightforward, you’ll be droppin’ beats within 20 minutes. Just send any sound, live or prerecorded through the plugin, press Record and you’re on your way!
Changes in CatchDad v2.5
Adjustable sequencer length (you can now create true isorhythmic patterns).
Added a ‘Free’ tempo mode.
Pitch return to default pitch when you double click the Pitch knob.
You can now adjust the length of the autorec function.
Added a ‘remove old versions’ function in the installer.
CatchDad for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.
Forthcoming is the new release of the SampleRobot Sampling Suite for Mac OS X. For the first time all Mac users can benefit from the professional sample converter Awave Studio in combination with SampleRobot and Alchemy Player. Create, convert, play and edit complex multi-samples and instruments with ease.
With the SampleRobot Sampling Suite Mac users can master all kinds of sampling challenges. It is a complete software package that should be part of every studio.
SampleRobot Sampling Suite features
Turn acoustic and electronic instruments, voices and noises into virtual instruments fast.
Fully automated sampling.
Intuitive project assistant.
Sophisticated auto-loop processing and editing.
Alchemy Export Bridge.
Sampling of virtual instruments.
Play your samples directly after export, edit effects, modulation and envelopes.
Convert about 290 audio and multi-sample formats.
Import formats like AKAI S1000, MPC, Kurzweil K2xxx, Roland S, Ensoniq and MIDI Sample Dump.
Extract samples from sampling CDs.
Audio batch processing, auto-loop for all, resampling, normalizing, gaining, fading.
Export samples directly to Steinberg HALion 4, Logic Pro EXS24, NI Kontakt 4, Reason NN-XT, Waldorf Blofeld, Soundfont2 and many others.
Import and export for Yamaha Tyros 2+3, Motif XS+XF.
Full MIDI remote control, incl. program and bank changes, multi-velocity layering.
Optimum loop handling incl. forward-backward loop with 2 independent crossfades and auto-gain functionality.
Sample and export whole synthesizer sound bank in one go (Instrument Copier).
Premium multi-samples from classic synthesizers included.
The SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite for Mac OS X is available to pre-order for $349 USD (regular $399 USD). The suite is scheduled for delivery in the last week of June, 2013.
CWI Technology has released version 2.2.0 of the TX16Wx sampler instrument plug-in.
Finally, after many months of work, TX16Wx 2.2.0 is now released, adding long-awaited support for MacOSX. This release took longer than anticipated, mainly because I upped my ambitions somewhat, thus this is not simply a port, but a full rewrite of the underlying framework supporting the plug-in.
TX16Wx is now running on a new cross-platform and plug-in format toolkit, with much of its insides now in shared libraries. This of course in anticipation of the new plug-ins that CWITEC will build and release during the rest of the year.
The MacOSX plug-in is available as a 32/64 bit AUi universal binary and a 64-bit VSTi. The user interface requires a Cocoa capable host.
Changes in TX16Wx v2.2.0
Added Apple OSX support.
Added Audio unit version.
Added polyphony limit.
Added matrix row/column distribute command.
Added skinning support.
Fixed issue with effects being shared between copied performances.
Fixed automation load/save issue.
Improved matrix editor snapping.
The TX16Wx sampler instrument is available as freeware. A Professional version costs 89 EUR (full) / 29 EUR (non-commercial).
Chokehold has launched Alexis D-Four, a free drum sampler instrument for Windows and Mac.
The Alesis D4 drum and percussion sound module sampled.
I didn’t just want to get the samples out of this machine, I wanted to capture and simulate the dynamic range of the device – which had an impressive -76dBfs noise floor.
Even though it was a one-shot machine, the idling noise was loud enough so that a close listener could really hear the samples fade into the noise floor differently at changing velocities.
Others have sampled D4s before, but they usually just capture one loud sample and scale its volume down for lower velocities. Which also lowers the volume of the noise floor being played back, and thereby distorting the dynamic behavior of the device. Might sound cleaner at lower volumes, but not authentic.
Younger ears used to ultra-sterile digital samples might find these sounds a little grungy and fuzzy, I find that as well. But it’s not a harsh or evil fuzz, it’s actually a very warm and pleasant hiss, and may just be what’s missing in oh so many modern productions.
Alexis D-Four features
A sampled 90s drum module with a huge 1.16GB sound library.
500 drum sounds, 3000 samples, 1 custom patch.
Plugin player for Win or Mac, VSTi or AUi, x86 or x64.
One Small Clue has updated its Poise percussion sampler instrument for Windows to version 1.50.50.
Poise features 16 drum pads, which can each use 8 samples. Sample layers have parameters for pitch, volume and balance, as well as amplitude and pitch envelopes. There are several sample switching types including random, velocity and round-robin.
A browser allows samples to be previewed and loaded via drag and drop. (Drag and drop works from several sources including windows explorer and some host applications.) Samples can also be copied/moved from pad to pad with drag and drop.
Changes in Poise v1.50.50
Bug Fixed: Sample points don’t update when they move via midi learn.
Bug Fixed: AIF files should now load correctly on 64-bit builds. Previously AIF files would only load on 32-bit builds.
Bug Fixed: Using hotkeys to change drum kits wouldn’t work correctly in Reaper. The drum kit loading dialog would pop up whenever a drum kit would change. The dialog would steal the keyboard focus from Poise. The focus wasn’t returned to Poise after the loading dialog closed. The problem has been fixed by making the loading dialog show inside the Poise GUI window.
Change: Audio Preview code has been updated to use the same sample loading code as the main audio engine. This should fix problems with some samples loading on the drum pads but not previewing.
[126.96.36.199] Change: Poise will now show a message when samples can’t be loaded.
[188.8.131.52] Some fixes to the new audio file loading code that was introduced in the last update.
Poise is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows, priced at $49 USD.
Elektron has announced a version 1.25 operating system update for the Octatrack, 8 track performance sampler.
Octatrack OS 1.25 is an essential download for all Octatrack owners. Three brand new effects have been implemented. A stereo image shaping Spatializer, a gritty and twangy Spring Reverb and a lush, smooth and wide Dark Reverb. With these expressive effects the power of the Octatrack just got even more immense!
The Octatrack manual has also been revised to cover the OS updates.