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CWI Technology updates TX16Wx sampler to v2.3.0

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CWI TX16Wx

CWI Technology has released version 2.3.0 of the TX16Wx and TX16Wx Professional software sampler instruments for Windows and Mac.

TX16Wx Software Sampler is a plug-in for the creative musician, inspired and modeled after the best hardware samplers with all the ease and new exiting features modern software brings.

A multitimbral instrument that actually samples, and with a documented file format so you never will be locked in to a single instrument.

This version contains many new features and fixes, such as group cross fading, SoundFont patch loading and improved FX.

Changes in TX16Wx v2.3.0

  • Fixed MIDI note names not being refreshed in some hosts.
  • Fixed load failure with certain banks created with older versions.
  • Fixed send:pre-fader not loaded from bank.
  • Fixed delay feedback issue.
  • Fixed bug loading performance with tempo delay.
  • Fixed dry/wet mix issue in Chorus/Flanger.
  • Fixed some sound fonts imported with bad play mode.
  • Fixed mouse wheel scrolling for large windows.
  • Fixed crash in Sonar X2 when loosing window focus.
  • Fixed turning automated knobs not sending automation data to host.
  • Modified LFO and Seq modulators parameter UI disposition to be more powerful.
  • Added Mono and Ping-pong mode to delay.
  • Added lo/hi frequency cut for reverb.
  • Added 3-band equalizer effect.
  • Chorus/Flanger/Phaser inserts now converts mono to stereo for nicer sound.
  • Added note priority selector for playing Mono/Legato modes.
  • Added override root key functionality to splits.
  • SFZ and SF2 import now uses overriding root keys.
  • Added name-based auto keyboard mapping tool.
  • Added Soundfont sample and patch loading. SF2 files can now be browsed and partially loaded.
  • Soundfont import now uses much less memory.
  • Added BPM/R modulation source (host/wave relative tempo).
  • Program files now store wave metadata overrides such as root key, loops etc to allow more local modifications of waves without needing to save them.
  • Added setting to save reapeaks files in separate folder.
  • Added group crossfade regions (pro version).
  • Introduced crossfade between sample sources when playing in ono/legato mode to reduce clicking.
  • Voice stealing now produces smoother sound.
  • Intersecting groups can now be selected by Ctrl-rightclick on mapper keyboard.
  • Playing notes on the key mapper keyboard can now vary velocity with Ctrl, Shift and Ctrl+Shift.

TX16Wx for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available as freeware. The Professional edition costs 89 EUR (commercial) / 29 EUR (non-commercial).

More information: CWI Technology

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New Sonic Arts launches Christmas Sale – 45% off

New Sonic Arts Sale

New Sonic Arts has announced its Christmas Sale, offering a 45% discount on its products for a limited time.

Granite’s unique sound engine melds a state-of-the-art granular processor, an innovative modulation system and a range of grain-level FX, resulting in a degree of musicality not achieved before with granular synthesis.

Nuance proudly stands out against the crowd of complex and cumbersome samplers. In contrast, Nuance’s streamlined and intuitive approach will boost your productivity, while the vast modulation and FX possibilities will inspire you to create new sounds – fast.

Granite and Nuance for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) are 39 EUR / $49 USD each, until December 31st, 2013.

More information: New Sonic Arts

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SamplerRobot 4 Pro 25% off at Plugin Boutique

SamplerRobot 4 Pro Sale

Plugin Boutique has announced a 25% discount on the SamplerRobot Pro sampler instrument, as part of its Partner Focus on Skylife.

SampleRobot 4 Pro is appropriate for music producers and sound designers who are using professional sample instruments for their productions.

With SampleRobot Pro you can easily do automatic sampling of acoustic and electronic instruments. It does not matter what you would like to sample: orchestral instruments, choir, organs, electric guitars, ethnic percussion, adlips, sound scapes, noises, MIDI gear, virtual instruments, alpenhorns or whatever, SampleRobot makes your sampling as fast and as satisfying as possible. SampleRobot samples all sound nuances automatically and creates high-end sampled instruments in various formats.

Seamless integrated WaveRobot software finds perfect loop points even for whole multi-samples with different velocity layers during recording. It was never easier to build professional-sounding software instruments.

SamplerRobot 4 Pro is available to purchase at a 25% discount until December 11th, 2013.

More information: Plugin Boutique / SamplerRobot 4 Pro

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Review: The Raw Cutz Super Pack – 5,000 Breaks, Cuts & Samples

Raw Cutz is a new label by Erik Svahn of E-Lab and Equipped Music, and Loopmasters sample boutique owner Matt Pelling.

Together Erik and Matt have formed Raw Cutz, and hope this site will inspire musicians old and new to make exciting Hip Hop, House, Drum and Bass and other experimental forms using some of the inspirational sounds, swung beats, processed kits and found sounds that Raw Cutz and its Producers will be releasing regularly on this imprint.

Raw Cutz Super Pack

The Raw Cutz Super Pack takes the 30 launch releases from the new imprint, and bundles them in a giant pack with no less than 5,645 individual samples, good for 3.3 GB content.

Whether you are looking for Punchy Kicks, Crisp Snares, Mellow Rhodes, Ethereal Vocals, Dubbed Out Basses, Glitched Jazz Guitars, Drifting Flutes, Funky Horns, Ambient Sounds, and Dusty Breaks – these smoking beats are guaranteed to add the flavour, punch and inspiration to your productions that you have been looking for.

Raw Cutz Super Pack features

  • 300 81-99BPM Raw Break Loops
  • 3,510 Raw Cut Music Samples
  • 778 Raw Kick Samples
  • 468 Raw Snare Samples
  • 331 Raw Hi Hat Samples
  • 302 Rex2 Files

The pack comes with everything listed above in respective folders. You do get file listings of each of the 30 individual packs that make up this super pack, but if you want to find the sounds that are from the same pack you’ll have to use the file name tags to locate them.

A collection of 300 break loops (10 loops per pack) is good for 110 individual breaks, and 190 no kick/no hihat type variations. They have a nice vintage vibe, though when you audition the bunch some of the themes start to sounds a bit the same-ish. Of course nothing keeps you from chopping the breaks up, and since you also get over 1,500 one-shot drum samples so can easily make your own breaks anyway.

For me, the next bit – the “Raw Cut Inspirational Music Samples” – is what this pack is all about.

One of the first sample libraries I bought was E-Lab’s Xclusive Wav Xtension (10-disc pack including the X-Static Goldmine series). I remember it cost an arm and a leg (back then anyway), and it seemed that a lot of the content was simply lifted of existing recordings – nicely processed, but not very original nonetheless. Some samples were blatantly ripped from commercial tunes, but I always loved the vibe of these samples. Especially the melodic one-shot stabs/hits are fantastic, and this is the kind of sampling that in my opinion has its merit.

The music samples on the Raw Cutz Super Pack are much the same. Bass, guitar, electric piano, flute, saxophone, organ, atmospheric sounds, etc.
Short 1 or 2 second sounds, all with that fantastic vintage funky, soulful vibe. While the sounds mostly have a Hip Hop feel, you can easily use them in other genres as well. Many samples have that lovely delay and reverb processing that you would hear on early drum & bass records.

The Loopmasters website says:

These exclusive samples have been crafted carefully by our top producers using technology including MPC and SP1200 samplers, Technics 1210 mk2 decks, Analogue Tape Machines and vintage mics and instruments including Fender Jazz Guitars, Double Basses, Horns, Rhodes Pianos and much more besides.

I have read that text a few times, and I guess it doesn’t actually exclude crate digging. To be honest even if these samples weren’t created from scratch I don’t really care. Sampling has always been part of Hip Hop music production, and I would feel totally comfortable using these samples in my work.

Check the sound examples below to get an idea on what kind of sounds you can expect.

So what do I think?

Product: Raw Cutz Super Pack by Loopmasters
Format: 24-bit Wav samples
Price: £149.95 GBP
Like: beautiful one-shot hits/stabs, well processed for that vintage vibe
Don’t like: breaks could have bit more variation
Verdict: 8/10

This pack is perfect for beat makers. The Raw Cutz Super Pack will save you tons of time, no need to go crate digging!

The 3,500+ sounds are just what you need to create the perfect vibe for your Hip Hop tracks.
Yes, the breaks are nice, the single drum sounds are very useful, but for me, this pack is all about the brilliant stabs, chords, hits, bass & guitar licks, atmospheric fx, etc.

The samples are processed with care to get a great vibe, totally inspiring and full of character.

Get your samplers ready, serious head bobbin’ is inevitable.

More information: Loopmasters / Raw Cutz Super Pack

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Glitchmachines releases Polygon sound design oriented sampler plugin

Glitchmachines Polygon

Glitchmachines has announced the release of Polygon, a new sampler plugin designed to facilitate the creation of stunning composite sound effects.

Co-developed by Ivo Ivanov and Thomas Hennebert, Polygon was conceived from the ground up with unconventional attributes and a fast, forward-thinking workflow.

Layering samples is only the beginning. Polygon’s unique granular mode will bend your samples into fresh material while its clean and logical interface, extensive modulation options and distinctive sonic fingerprint make it an invaluable tool for creative sound design.

At the heart of Polygon, you will find 4 Sampler modules featuring a granular mode and various play and loop modes with focus and loop range sliders. The modules are supported by 8 LFOs, 4 modulation envelopes with variable slopes, two multi-mode filters, three effects processors, a sub oscillator and various global parameters. All of Polygon’s components work in conjunction with its modulation matrix to allow you to achieve extremely dynamic results with relative ease.

Polygon’s sound set was compiled to facilitate the broadest possible range of sonic flexibility. Its core is driven by a 1.2 GB sample library comprised of brand new material and previously unreleased alternate edits from our entire range of sound ware products. To get you started, we included factory presets from Ivo Ivanov, Thomas Hennebert, Nicholas Yochum and Daed. Load any of your existing samples and listen as Polygon takes things in exciting new directions.

Polygon features

  • 1.2 GB 24bit/96khz .wav sample library.
  • 4 monophonic Sampler Modules with Granular Mode.
  • Play & Loop modes with Range Sliders.
  • 4 Mod Envelopes with Cycle Mode and variable slopes.
  • 8 LFOs with Retrig, Sync and built-in Multipliers.
  • 3 FX Processors: Metalizer, Stutter and FM Ring Mod.
  • Sub Oscillator with Sine & Square wave with PWM.
  • Comprehensive Modulation Matrix and Global RND Isolate Suite.
  • Cross-platform compatibility (PC/Mac – VST/AU 32bit & 64bit).

Polygon is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Glitchmachines / Polygon

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discoDSP updates HighLife to v1.2 + 40% off

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discoDSP HighLife

discoDSP has announced version 1.2 of HighLife, a sampler instrument plugin for Windows, Mac and Linux.

HighLife is a performance sampler and sample editor with 5 built-in effect, flexible modulation, parameter morphing, and the highest offline resampling quality using 512 points SINC algorithm.

Changes in HighLife v1.2

  • Mac / Windows / Linux 1.2.1 builds.
  • Windows / Linux VST 64-bit support.
  • Fixed Options menu behavior.
  • VSTi sampling has been temporarily disabled due code rewrite.

HighLife 1.2 costs 49 EUR. An introductory 40% discount is available until November 15th, 2013.

More information: discoDSP / HighLife

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DigiTech ships JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper

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DigiTech JamMan Express XT

DigiTech has announced that the JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper/phrase sampler is now shipping.

The size of a standard stompbox, JamMan Express XT offers a host of capabilities including up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time and DigiTech’s exclusive JamSync feature for synchronizing multiple JamMan pedals.

The JamMan Express XT is ideal for use with guitar, bass, keyboards and other instruments. It provides up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time. Its control layout is simple yet incredibly versatile – a single pedal switch, three Record, Dub and Play LEDs and a Loop Level knob provide access to a multitude of looping functions.

“We designed the JamMan Express XT to offer players great value as the most user-friendly and compact looping pedal available,” said Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech. “Whether you want to record loops and rhythm tracks for playing along with, create sonic backgrounds for solo or band performances or sample loops and phrases to drop into your recordings the JamMan Express XT is designed to do it all.”

All loop recording, playback and loop overdubbing can be controlled simply by clicking on the pedal switch. The three LEDs indicate looping and phrase sampling status – red for record, green for playback and yellow for overdubbing. This simple but effective looping scheme has been standard on single-button JamMan loopers for years to create lush, richly textured loops or multiple instrumental parts for a one-person-band backing track.

The pedal’s JamSync feature enables the JamMan Express XT to be synchronized with other JamSync-enabled pedals to create multi-track loops or play loops with other musicians. Simply connect the pedals via their 1/8-inch mini jacks. Multiple JamMan pedals can be cascaded together with one JamMan acting as a master for all synched slaves.

The JamMan Express XT is available to purchase for MSRP $149.95 USD.

More information: DigiTech / JamMan Express XT

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