Wave Alchemy releases Revolution-606 for Kontakt

Wave Alchemy has launched Revolution-606, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Wave Alchemy Revolution-606

The iconic TR-606, recorded 10 times, through 10 unique, characterful signal chains… 5381 unique samples, seamlessly integrated within an intuitive, highly-programmable virtual drum machine.

Introducing Revolution-606 for Kontakt 5 – The most authentic TR-606 software re-creation ever created!

Imagine a studio equipped with high-end outboard gear, vintage analogue tape machines, classic 12-bit samplers and filthy lo-fi sound shaping boxes. Now imagine taking a TR-606 and being able to process and shape each drum sound individually through unique, highly versatile signal chains – The tone shaping possibilities would be almost limitless…

Revolution-606 features

  • 5,381 samples integrated as a unique virtual drum machine with intuitive graphical interface.
  • Recreate every nuance of the TR-606 drum machine or define your own unique sound using the worlds most advanced sampling engine, Kontakt 5.
  • Extensive ‘style’ types, allowing real-time selection of unique, high-end analogue processing chains, per drum sound.
  • Mix and match characterful analogue processing chains in real-time.
  • TR-style 16 track step-sequencer with accent control, host sync, swing/shuffle and extensive parameter settings.
  • Easy synchronization with any host or DAW.
  • Dedicated 7-track mixer with individual processing (EQ, compression, transient designer), volume control and pan for each drum sound.
  • Dual delay and reverb units loaded with custom built Impulse Responses.
  • Master processing including multi-track Tape machine, compression and master EQ modules.
  • Design and browse hundreds of presets, all instantly switchable from a single click.
  • Modular preset browser allows for instant recall of Drum Patterns, Mixer Channels and Tape Machine / Master Bus Settings in thousands of different configurations.
  • Browse 700 included patterns in various styles and easily create and share your own using a fast and intuitive external pattern/preset browser.
  • 800MB in size after unpacked.

The library is available for purchase for £34.95 GBP. Requires a full version of Kontakt 5.2.1 (or higher). Custom built, feature rich Ableton Live Drum Racks (Live 9) and NI Maschine pack included for those who may not own Kontakt 5.

More information: Wave Alchemy / Revolution-606

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MoMinstruments releases Elastic Drums app for iOS

MoMinstruments has launched Elastic Drums, a drum synthesizer app for iOS in collaboration with CDM.

MoMinstruments Elastic Drums

Elastic Drums is a music app with 6 channels of synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 fx channels, all tweakable in an elastic way.

The sound range is from analog “oldschool” beatbox to the weirdest effect drone soundscapes.

Elastic Drums features

  • 6 synth channels with 10 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hit, clap, tom, … fm, grain).
  • 12 parameters for each synth engine.
  • Automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity.
  • 4 send effect channels with 2×11 mono effects and 2 x 9 stereo effects.
  • Automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad.
  • Master effects (stutter, delay, compressor …)
  • 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it’s own tempo multiplier & length.
  • Record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare.
  • Email audio recordings and presets.
  • iOS 8 supported.

The app is available for purchase for the introductory price of $3.99 USD (regular $7.99 USD).

More information: MoMinstruments / Elastic Drums

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Squaredheads updates Nora to v2.0

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Squaredheads has released version 2.0 of Nora, a pattern based arpeggiator / phrase sequencer that is designed to allows the creation of solo melodies, rhythmic basslines, or stabs.

Squaredheads Nora 2.0

Nora employs the workflow of a DAW for a creative, simple and quick edition with a complete integration among the modules. Nora can be sequenced by either a linear manner or by patterns triggered by MIDI.

Thanks to its polyphonic pianoroll technology and its real-time effects, Nora gives the user complete control over the arpeggiator pattern (note-length, overlapping notes/chords, velocities, spaces between notes, etc.)

The engine has been re-designed from scratch to offer more precision at the sample-level. This way, Nora produces an output that is loyal to the input, without perceptible latency. Moreover, it supports two operation modes: “Free”, a mode in which output notes are always in line with input chords, and “Static”, in which input chords are adapted to the notes of Nora, resulting in smoother changes. Nora now supports up to eight simultaneous tracks, each of them with an arpeggiator engine and individual settings, like MIDI routing.

Nora v2.0 features

  • Sample accurate engine.
  • Complete real-time edition.
  • Edit up to 5 octaves and 5 notes per octave.
  • 8 tracks with 8 independent arpeggiators.
  • Playlist module: It allows each track being sequenced in two ways: As a classic DAW, or as a Pattern Chainer.
  • Pattern editor with 24 pattern per track.
  • 2 pattern-changing modes, controllable via MIDI: ‘In queue’, a mode in which each pattern waits for its turn to start playing and, ‘instant’ in which the change is played immediately, maintaining the synchrony with the DAW.
  • Real-time quantizer with user-defined patterns.
  • Randomizer engine that includes 2 random phrase generators and 2 mutators.
  • Real-time velocity randomization.
  • Two clock modes: It can work in synchrony with DAW or as a classic arpeggiator.
  • More than 1200 presets.
  • Play speed settings.
  • MIDI rhythm import.
  • Realtime MIDI output recording.
  • Automatic mouse helpers to ease edition with small notes.
  • Fully resizable interface.
  • Several modes to navigate through the windows.
  • Project management.
  • Unlimited and independent undo / redo for each pattern.
  • Very low CPU usage.
  • Highly customizable interface with over 400 parameters.
  • Includes the NoraHarm plugin for free, an Harmonizer / MIDI Key Mapper.

Nora for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available at an introductory discount of 15% until December 30th, 2014. Regular price 49 EUR.

More information: Squaredheads

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ArtVera releases ART Pyrite synth plugin

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ArtVera has announced the release of ART Pyrite, a powerful atmospheric software synthesizer for Windows.

ArtVera ART Pyrite

It creates unique variable Atmospheres, Soundscapes, Pads, Textures, Ambient, Sound Effects & Rhythmic and Melodic Sequences.

Running ART Pyrite 32 bit plugin in a 64 bit host might require a bridge-adapter/wrapper like JBridge.
This is not necessary if you use a 64 bit OS (Vista or Windows 7/8) and a 32 bit host.

This software synthesizer offers a wide spectrum of miscellaneous sounds, suitable for all music styles including NewAge and Movie Music.

You can easily create your own presets with basic sounds or by using sounds from external SF2 files. You also can create dynamic sequences by using wide possibilities of the modulation section and/or by using an included step sequencer for one oscillator, couple of oscillators or all oscillators. There is also available the Random button which can be used to change most of the parameters including changes of waveforms to create really unique sounds.

ART Pyrite features

  • Two analog-style oscillators featuring 22 waveforms.
  • Two digital-PCM oscillators powered by 256 different waveforms in two internal source banks.
  • Two filters – 24db Lowpass and 12db Low/Highpass selectable.
  • Two amplitude ADSR-style envelope generators.
  • Two filter ADSR-style envelope generators.
  • One 16-step polyphonic sequencer with Random button of Volume level (BPM syncable or manually).
  • Two LFO with three amounts routed to nine different destinations (BPM syncable or manually).
  • One Sample & Hold with three amounts routed to nine different destinations (BPM syncable or manually).
  • One vLFO for very low frequency modulations (BPM syncable or manually).
  • One specially modulated droning chorus for the digital-PCM oscillators (9 modes).
  • One synced Cross-Stereo-Delay with feedback modulated by vLFO, LFO1, S&H or manually.
  • One Reverb unit.
  • One Random button to randomize different sets of waveforms and most parameters.
  • The possibility to load external SF2 files into digital-PCM oscillators.
  • MIDI Learn/CC Edit for most control elements.
  • Inbuilt MIDI CC/Value displays and Bank/Preset Manager.
  • 12 voices polyphony.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • Straightforward and readable UI – all control elements are on a single screen. Suitable for monitors with higher resolutions.
  • Three full preset banks sorted to sound categories: Atmosphere-Pad, Atmosphere-Ambient-FX, Atmosphere-Melody-Rhythm.
  • Most of presets have the setting to synchronisation of host tempo. These were made at default tempo 120 BPM.
  • Additional presets made by Daniel Kemp.
  • The separated SF2 file for the possibility to use it also in another software applications with SF2 support.
  • Size of “RAR” archive is 147 MB – 218 MB uncompressed.

ART Pyrite for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for $60 USD. A free version with some limited features is available to download.

More information: ArtVera / ART Pyrite

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Acoustica releases Mixcraft 7 & Mixcraft Pro Studio 7

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Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7, major upgrades to the Mixcraft music production and multi-track recording workstation software.

Acoustica Mixcraft 7

The updated version offers new features, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions, a new interface, live loop and sample triggering, audio warping and quantizing, enhanced control surface support, plug-in management, hundreds of new loops and samples, new virtual instruments and effects, and dozens of other improvements.

The new Performance Panel is designed for composing and performing music both live and in the studio, allowing real-time triggering and automatic synchronization of audio loops, MIDI clips, and samples. The Performance Panel can be manipulated using Novation’s Launchpad controller, a MIDI controller, mouse, or computer keyboard. Mixcraft 7 features support for Mackie-compatible control surfaces, as well as Frontier Design Group’s Tranzport control surface, and can be configured to work with any MIDI controller. Mixcraft 7 can also be controlled using the free Mixcraft Remote app for iOS and Android devices. Mixcraft 7 also includes the Copula time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology.

Mixcraft 7 ($89.95) is designed for home and project studios. It is a complete recording studio, featuring unlimited MIDI and audio tracks, dozens of virtual instruments and effects, video editing, mixing and mastering, a streamlined interface, and over 7000 loops, sound effects, and drum samples. Version 7 includes two new samplers, the Alpha Sampler and Omni Sampler, and two new virtual instruments, G-Sonique’s Renegade Analog Monster and AAS’s new Journeys instrument. Also included are new film score loops from Dj Puzzle, as well as a library of acoustic and synthetic drum samples by Los Angeles artist and producer Shok.

Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 ($164.95) is aimed at advanced home and professional project studios. It includes over $1100 worth of plug-ins. Highlights include BeatRig’s Sidekick 6 sidechain compressor, Studio Devil’s Virtual Bass Amp, QuikQuak’s Glass Viper, and ME80 V2, plus a large suite of new mastering effects from G-Sonique. Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 retains all the virtual instruments and effects found in Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, including Memorymoon and ME80 vintage analog synthesizers, Pianissimo grand piano, and dozens of high-end effects including mastering tools from iZotope, G-Sonique, and ToneBoosters.

Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 are now available for purchase for Windows.

More information: Acoustica / Mixcraft

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