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IK Multimedia announces iRig BlueBoard

IK Multimedia has announced the iRig BlueBoard, the first Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Winner of the iLounge “Best in Show” at the recent CES, iRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad and Mac, which gives you: the guitarists, bassists and keyboard players hands-free control of mobile and Mac music apps.

IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard

iRig BlueBoard is a great addition to any mobile or studio rig for live performance and recording. You can use it to extend control of your preferred music apps by switching presets, changing sounds or modifying effects parameters – all hands-free. You don’t have to put down your instrument, and can remain focused on your performance.

Any music app or software that is MIDI compatible (the standard communication protocol for musical instruments) – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iGrand – or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be operated wirelessly with iRig BlueBoard.

This ultra-portable unit uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external pedals to the mobile device or Mac. Then using the included iRig BlueBoard app and software, the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that’s running on the device.

Because it’s wireless, iRig BlueBoard lets you setup onstage without being tethered to your mobile device. The unit’s range is 10 meters (over 32 feet), giving musicians a great deal of mobility to roam the stage that would be impossible with a wired unit. Because the footswitches are backlit, they’re easy to see in all lighting conditions, even on a dark stage. Additionally, the fact that iRig uses wireless Bluetooth leaves all the wired ports of the device free, so they can be used simultaneously by interfaces or controllers that feature the 30-pin or Lightning connector, like IK’s iRig HD, iRig MIDI or iRig Keyboard, and adapters or microphones that use the device mini-jack such as iRig or iRig MIC.

iRig BlueBoard features

  • Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range).
  • 4 backlit switches for sending program, bank and other MIDI messages.
  • 2 1/4″ inputs for optional expression pedals or switches that can used for sending continuous controller or on/off messages.
  • BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.
  • Runs on standard AAA batteries.
  • Small enough to fit in a laptop bag.

iRig BlueBoard is priced at $99.99 USD / 79.99 EUR MSRP (excl. tax), and will be available in the second quarter of 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig BlueBoard

Homegrown Sounds updates Starburst with Kosmos synth engine + Radiance for SampleTank released

Homegrown Sounds has announced Starburst K, an updated version of the sample library which now featuring the new Kosmos synth engine for Kontakt.

Homegrown Sounds Kosmos engine for Kontakt
The new Kosmos engine for Kontakt, now available with Starburst.

Kosmos is a scripted front end for Kontakt v3 and above designed to create an easy to use dual oscillator synthesizer.

Besides being a front end for the Homegrown Sample libraries, the main goal was to move away from the idea of fixed presets inside Kontakt and to provide a simple method of randomizing new instruments on the fly, whilst providing enough controls to tweak the sounds to taste. This leads to a much more unique preset than using pre-defined presets and is a creatively rewarding way to work as opposed to scrolling through presets.

In essence Kosmos is an attempt to import some of the best features of HGS synths into Kontakt. It also includes a Gate Sequencer.

Starburst has been updated to include the Kosmos Synth Front End. The update is available to download for registered users.

Homegrown Sounds Radiance

Homegrown Sounds has also announced the release of Radiance for SampleTank.

The Radiance collection ranges from angelic beautiful landscapes in the region of Eno, Budd through to darker harsher sounds, Trans Global Underground and Coil etc… The sounds can be used for any project requiring an interesting flavour, and will be a great addition to any studio.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $25 USD until the end of January, 2013 (regular $35 USD).

More information: Homegrown Sounds

Dream Audio Tools intros Dream Keys Complete

Dream Audio Tools has recently released Dream Keys Complete, a new piano package created as a toolbox for film composers, electronic and pop musicians, offering a selection of carefully “designed” sounds derived from two different piano sets.

Dream Audio Tools Dream Keys
Dream Keys sample library (Native Instruments Kontakt edition).

Our goal has been to provide composers with a plug-n-play solution to get that typical ambienced/cinematic piano sound heard on movies and TV, plus a variety of creatively crafted patches great for styles like soundtrack, electronica, hip hop and a lot more. The piano sets have been processed using a specific effects chain in order to obtain a great ambient/soundtrack sonic flavour.

Dream Keys Complete features

  • A Kontakt 4 library featuring two piano sets and 31 designed .nki patches.
  • An IK Multimedia Sampletank Format Library featuring 12 designed patches. Works with Sampletank Free Edition.
  • The Dream Keys Vsti Instrument for PC.

Dream Keys Complete is available to purchase for 59 EUR.

More information: Dream Audio Tools

P5Audio Drop the Bass dubstep construction kits sound library released

P5Audio Drop the Bass

P5Audio has announced the release of Drop the Bass, a collection of dubstep construction kits.

Drop the Bass Dubstep Kits is a huge product containing 5 gigantic song sets, featuring 16 construction loop sets, 30 custom built synths & basses for Native Instruments Kontakt, nearly 40 custom designed Native Instruments Massive® patches, MIDI files and over 50 individual dubstep drum sounds pre-formatted for NI Kontakt, Exs-24, Reason NN-XT, HALion, NI Battery and Sampletank.

Inspired by the hardest hitting Dubstep producers on the charts including Skrillex, Knife Party and more!

Drop the Bass features

  • 5 royalty free song sets, arranged into 16 multitrack loop sets, featuring intros, drops, loops, variations and more.
  • 187 individual loops total, featuring wobbles, vox drops, dirty basses, synth leads, impact hits, risers, sweeps, multi-track drums and more.
  • 57 individual Dubstep WAV drum sounds pre-formatted for NI Kontakt, Exs-24, Reason NN-XT, HALion, NI Battery and Sampletank.
  • 30 custom crafted synths for NI Kontakt, including basses, womps, wobbles, leads and hits.
  • Nearly 40 custom crafted NI Massive® synth patches.
  • Inspired by Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Porter Robinson and Skrillex.
  • All parts are separated including break beats & drum loops, bass cannons, growls, scream leads, synth leads, vocal fx, wobbles, womps and bass.
  • All tempos and key signatures are provided.
  • Over 2GB of total content provided in Acidized 24 bit WAV, 24 bit Apple Loop and Rex2 formats.
  • 100% Royalty FREE for all music production and commercial use.

The sound library is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: P5Audio / Drop the Bass

30% off Dream Audio Tools sound libraries in September Sale

Dream Audio Tools has announced its September Sale, offering a limited time 30% discount on all its products.

Dream Audio Tools September Sale
Save on sample libraries for Kontakt, SampleTank and the Dream Keys VST instrument.

Dream Audio Tools products

  • Indie Fingers—multisampled fingered arpeggios and guitar sequences, to offer a modern yet sophisticated edgy pop/rock guitar tone toolset, played on a Strat, bridge position.
  • Dark Dreams—featuring cinematic designed raw percussions, hits and sound effects. Think dark. Think raw. Think playable. Metallic hits, Klangs, Slams, Bottoms, Ambience hits, Big hits, unprocessed bits and a large variety of designed patches for Kontakt 4 and above.
  • Dream Keys—new piano sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt designed as a toolbox for film composers, electronic and pop musicians. It offers a selection of carefully crafted sounds derived from two different piano sets.
  • Dream Rythms—modular library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring more than one hundred combinable rhythms and sequences, including warped keys, guitars, synths, basses, kicks and percussive elements.

The sale ends September 20th, 2012.

More information: Dream Audio Tools

IK Multimedia iRig KEYS mini keyboard controller announced

IK Multimedia has announced iRig KEYS, the first ultra-slim and highly portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC.

iRig KEYS connects directly to the iOS device 30 pin dock connector or the USB port on Mac/PC. It features 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys — 3 full octave range plus one note, that takes up minimal space when used on a desktop, and can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on bag.

IK Multimedia iRig KEYS
IK Multimedia’s upcoming iRig KEYS, pictured with the iPad.

iRig KEYS features

  • iRig KEYS is Core MIDI and USB class compliant for a true plug-and-play experience both with iOS devices or Mac/PC, with no additional app, software or drivers to be installed to have it go and running. For total mobility, iRig KEYS is also an ultra-low power consumption unit.
  • iRig KEYS can be used for live performance, songwriting and composition with the included apps and software or with a multitude of other MIDI compatible instruments and recorders on any iOS, MacOS or Windows system.
  • iRig KEYS comes complete with two free professional quality virtual instrument apps and software that can be immediately downloaded and played, for a true plug-and-play experience right out of the box.
  • For iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, iRig Keys comes with: SampleTank for iPhone or iPad FREE, the virtual sound module including a complete selection of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments and patterns, unlocking 48 bonus instruments in addition of the 20 included with the free version (to be download from the App Store).
  • On Mac/PC iRig Keys come with a downloadable version of: SampleTank 2 L the Mac/PC sample workstation, available both as a stand-alone and as a plug-in for most popular DAW (including GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Sonar and more) with 2 GB of samples in every instruments category (to be downloaded from the IK Multimedia online User Area).

Rig Keys will be shipping in Fall 2012 for $99.99 USD / 74.99 EUR (ex. taxes). IK is offering a 10% discount for pre-orders, which are already available on the IK Online Store. Use coupon code MOBILITY when checking out to receive 10% off.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRig KEYS

Eric Beam releases ARP Oscillator, Evil Toy & Axxe 101 sample libraries

Eric Beam has recently released three sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt and IK Multimedia SampleTank.

Eric Beam Samples
Eric Beam has sampled a vintage ARP Axxe monophonic analog synthesizer.

Eric Beam Samples

  • ARP Oscillator
    • Vintage ARP oscillator sample patch for Native Instruments Kontakt.
    • RAW unaltered capture without filtering or modulation. Intended to be paired with any Filter/ADSR of your choosing (Examples – Virtual instruments with external audio filtering, FabFilter Volcano, Plogue bidule, Reaktor, etc). Perfect for creating analog sourced hybrid synthesis.
    • Saw, Square, & Noise waveforms.
    • Multi-Sampled @ 24/96.
  • Evil Toy
    • Children’s Toy Piano for Native Instruments Kontakt & IK Multimedia SampleTank.
    • 30 key, multi-velocity stereo samples @ 24/96.
  • Axxe 101
    • Vintage “Axxe” mono synth patch for Native Instruments Kontakt & IK Multimedia SampleTank.
    • 60 notes sampled @ 24/96.

The sampler patches are available to purchase ranging in price from $2 to $13 USD.

More information: Signaltonoize

Homegrown Sounds releases Ballistic Drum Kits + Mesh updated to v1.2

Homegrown Sounds Ballistic

Homegrown Sounds has introduced Ballistic Drum Kits, a large collection of mostly Bread and Butter Drum Kits all of which can be easily interchanged for quickly transforming a playing drum pattern.

They are quite heavy kits which are especially well suited to Hip Hop, Trip Hop & R n B, all the collection is diverse enough to be useful to any Sampletank user. There aren’t that many Electronic Drum Kits available for Sampletank, and so this Tank attempts to bridge the gap, at least another 2 complimentary collections will be released which will provide more drum kits, instrument kits designed for layering, and percussion kits.

Each Kit is made up of 24 samples and as well as the standard tuning, has a -5 Semitone version and a +1 Octave version within the same instrument. The layout also follows the General MIDI Layout for the 1st Octave, although the second octave can vary with the intention of swapping kits and getting a few nice surprises such as a chord or a bass note, which can suddenly transform a standard drum loop into an interesting Hip Hop Beat.

Ballistic Drum Kits features

  • 160+ Drum Kits for Sampletank.
  • Each Kit has 4 child presets: tight, Upfront, Delay and Verby.
  • Installed size: 350 MB.
  • Download Size(RAR): 180 MB.

The sound library is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

Homegrown Sounds has also updated its Mesh monophonic synthesizer instrument for Windows to version 1.2.

Changes in Mesh v1.2

  • New – Added a randomize to the LFO top bar for randomizing just the 1st 2 LFOs.
  • New – Global Randomizer which randomizes Oscillators, Filter ENV, ENV3, Filter and LFOs 1 & 2.
  • New – Individual Oscillator pitches + quantized versions, Main Quantized Pitch and Feedback added to ENV3 Destinations.
  • New – Added a Randomize button to the Envelope Header which randomizes just the Filter Envelope and Envelope 3.
  • New – 32 new Presets in the Presets folder (Mesh-Various.fxb).
  • Changes – Default preset improved and init fxb bank updated.
  • Fix – LFO Pitch could cause a crash with extreme LFO activity especially when randomising.
  • Fix – Non Quantized Pitch LFO destination has half resolution.
  • Fix – Pop-up Menu for patches now updates the display correctly when a bank is loaded via the internal Patch info display.

More information: Homegrown Sounds / Ballistic Drum Kits