Plugin Boutique Partner Focus: 30% off Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin

Plugin Boutique has launched a limited time sale on Kirnu Cream, a MIDI arpeggiator/performer plug-in for Windows and Mac by Aarto Vaarala.

Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin

With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff. The only obstacle is your imagination :)

Cream isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been made easy to learn and operate. You can easily create cool performances by tweaking only couple of controls. If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you can control Cream that you never feel bored with it.

Kirnu Cream (VST/AU) is available for purchase from Plugin Boutique at a 30% discount until March 18th, 2015.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Kirnu Cream

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MonoPlugs updates B-Step Sequencer to 2.1

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MonoPlugs has released version 2.1 of B-Step Sequencer, a MIDI step sequencer for creating melodic loops, chord progressions, arpeggios, drum grooves and basslines.

MonoPlugs B-Step Sequencer

B-Step VST & AU is more precise and solid than ever before. VST support is significantly improved for hosts like Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, FLStudio, EnergyXT2, Studio One and Bitwig. Also, for Logic there is a MIDI FX Audio Unit.

Create your own individual B-Step colour theme with the B-ColourStyler or choose one of the preset styles. Be able to switch through your favourite ones quickly and easily. Styling your own personal look has never been as easy as this. Find a colour scheme that works for you, on your monitor settings.

Expect simple project and file management with the new B-DataManager. It comes with a couple of bonus features like free downloadable presets and import and export of your projects via text or email. Add preview audio samples and comments to your projects and chords, or share your own work at the B-ProjectRepository.

If you’re having difficulty in using one of the many features that B-Step provides, no problem! We give you the option to embed the user manual inside the program itself, which makes it very easy to get to the right information at the right time, for any feature. It’s as simple as dragging the ‘Question Mark’ to the component you want to learn about.

B-Step Sequencer 2 is available for purchase for 39.99 EUR (VST/AU/Standalone). iOS and Android versions are also available.

More information: MonoPlugs / B-Step Sequencer

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Cakewalk launches Music Creator 7

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Cakewalk has introduced Music Creator 7, a new version of the recording software for your home studio.

Cakewalk Music Creator 7

Music Creator 7 is a fun, easy, and fast way to create original music or remix your favorite songs. Transform any Windows 7 or 8 computer into your own personal music studio with all the tools, loops, instruments, and effects you need to create, edit, and mix great music.

Version 7 of this best-selling software makes it even easier to produce exceptional tracks thanks to the integrated MixStrip, one-knob “Style Dial FX” for shaping your sound, touch screen compatibility, and VST3 plug-in standard support—so you can use cutting-edge instruments and effects from Cakewalk and dozens of other manufacturers. Then when you’re ready to share your music with the world post your music on Facebook and Twitter with SoundCloud.

Music Creator 7 features

  • Seamlessly create, record, edit, and mix your music using the Award-winning Skylight user interface.
  • NEW! Access all your most important controls using the Hi-Def Control Bar with more harmonious spacing, labeling, and dynamic resizing.
  • NEW! Create your own MIDI parts with the new virtual onscreen MIDI controller with touch support, or your QWERTY keyboard—great for mobile music making.
  • Get creative with 32 audio tracks and 8 instrument tracks, and 128 MIDI tracks.
  • NEW! Support for 8 inputs and 8 outputs simultaneously.
  • NEW! Support for the latest VST3 instruments and effects.
  • A complete backing band with 6 virtual instruments (including the entire Studio Instruments Suite).
  • NEW! Mix like a pro with the integrated MixStrip, which includes Curve EQ and new Style Dial FX for one knob access to commonly used effects.
  • Mix with all the must-have effects including reverb, EQ, and more.
  • Plug in your guitar and rock out with Overloud’s TH2 Creator guitar amp simulator.
  • NEW! Enhanced MIDI editing includes a new Piano Roll View and time-saving Pattern tool for painting MIDI parts.
  • NEW! Create the perfect performance from multiple takes using the new comp tool.
  • Create beats and drum tracks with the integrated Step Sequencer.
  • Trigger audio and MIDI loops for real-time performance and remixing with the Matrix View.
  • NEW! Custom modern loops designed by Loopmasters.
  • Easily drag and drop loops, instruments, effects, and project templates from the built-in Browser.
  • Plus! Use any Windows 8 touch-enabled device to control the software with your fingers.

Music Creator 7 for Windows is available for purchase for $49.99 USD. New Music Creator bundles and add-ons are also available.

More information: Cakewalk / Music Creator 7

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Ableton releases Live 9.2 public beta

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Ableton Live has announced the release of a public beta of version 9.2 of its Live music production software for Windows and Mac.

Ableton Live 9.2

Live 9.2 is coming soon. This free update brings a number of significant improvements and additions to both Live and Push and is available for download as a public beta version.

Changes in Live 9.2

  • Improved warping — Live 9.2 introduces several refinements to Live’s audio warping engine. The Complex and Complex Pro modes now feature punchier transients, even at extreme settings. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection has been improved to better recognize when audio has a fixed tempo (as is often the case with electronic music) and warp it accurately.
  • Latency compensation — Live 9.2 also introduces a number of latency-related improvements. Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency. And automation is now fully latency compensated.
  • Tuner included — Along with further under-the-hood improvements, Live 9.2 also comes with a new Tuner device – sure to come in handy for guitarists or anyone else who uses hardware instruments.
  • 64 pads for Push users — For users of Push, the Live 9.2 update introduces the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing.
  • Further Push refinements — The Live 9.2 update also brings improved aftertouch implementation to Push’s pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live’s core library sounds. In addition, Push’s touchstrip can now be used for modulation wheel control as well for pitch bend.

The Live 9.2 public beta for Windows and Mac is now available for download. More details are available in the release notes.

More information: Ableton / Live 9 Beta

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Image-Line releases Groove Machine Mobile

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Image-Line has announced the release of the Groove Machine Mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows (aka FL Studio Groove).

Image-Line Groove Machine Mobile

Groove Machine Mobile is a touch-based music production & performance application. With a 10 pad sample-based drum machine and 5 polyphonic synth channels you get all you need need to compose, arrange, edit, mix and perform professional quality music.

Groove Machine Mobile features

  • Windows 8 Touch | Music Production Application.
  • Sequence Drums.
  • Powerful piano roll for melodic work.
  • Flexible mixer with production & performance effects.
  • Two-tire piano keyboard optimized for touch.
  • 10 drumpads with dual-sample layering.
  • FX: Glitch, Flanger/Phaser, Delay, Filters, EQ, Bit-crusher & more.
  • Five 2-oscillator synthesizer channels.
  • Create basses, leads, pads or experimental sounds.
  • Record automation of almost any parameter.

The app is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Image-Line / Groove Machine Mobile

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