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Sound Dust releases Modular Chaos Engine libraries Found & Evolved

Sound Dust has announced the release of Modular Chaos Engine #1 – Found and Modular Chaos Engine #2 – Evolved, two instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sound Dust Modular Chaos Engine #1 - Found

For the past 10 years or so I’ve always carried some kind of portable recording device and a pair of OKM in ear microphones around with me and kept a kind of aural diary of great sounding things and great sounding places. I’ve made literally gazillions of recordings in places all over this side of the world, and like most diaries these recordings have mainly been sitting in dark cupboards waiting for someone to rediscover them…

The Modular Chaos Engine is the perfect repository for 785 of them. I’ve selected the most usefully percussive, clangy, bangy, thumpy, boomy, itchy, scratchy, thwacky and whacky, added a really powerful sequencing engine and made a “found sound” drum machine.

Modular Chaos Engine #1 – Found features

  • 785 individual samples ( including up to 20 variations of each sound) mapped to 12 sample engines from C1 upwards.
  • 160mb download.
  • 12 complex 12 track sequencers triggered from keys C0 and above (adjustable).
  • The Chaos button for instant randomisation.
  • The Order button for an instant return to normality.
  • Comprehensive editing with quick edit system for control of all sounds together, or indivual editing of tune, time, low pass filter, high pass filter, attack, decay and volume.
  • Individual per engine articulation controls.
  • Separate sequence tracks for sound selection, accent, decay, pan and tuning per note.
  • Chaotic “looper” control with 32 looping algorithms.
  • All controls midi learnable.
  • Inbuilt instruction manual.

“Modular Chaos Engine #2 – Evolved” features a fully electronic instrument.

Sound Dust Modular Chaos Engine #2 - Evolved

Its probably no secret that this time i’ve exploited the strange and rather wonderful qualities of Dave Smiths’ criminally underated analog/digital masterpiece the Evolver. I LOVE this underdog synth because it has so much wonky personality and a wonderful architecture that can produce some really great sounds….usually of a slightly boisterous nature.

So, for this Chaos Engine there are up to 127 different sounds/articulations per key which are very loosely mapped across the keys from from low kick drum type sounds through snappy snare type sounds up to more clicky, rattly hats and then the mildly melodic sounds up near the top end of the key range.

Modular Chaos Engine #2 – Evolved features

  • 1106 individual samples ( including up to 20 variations of each sound) mapped to 12 sample engines from C1 upwards.
  • 283mb download.
  • 12 complex 12 track sequencers triggered from keys C0 and above (adjustable).
  • The Chaos button for instant randomisation.
  • The Order button for an instant return to normality.
  • Comprehensive editing with quick edit system for control of all sounds together, or indivual editing of tune, time, low pass filter, high pass filter, attack, decay and volume.
  • Individual per engine articulation controls.
  • Separate sequence tracks for sound selection, accent, decay, pan and tuning per note.
  • Chaotic “looper” control with 32 looping algorithms.
  • All controls midi learnable.
  • Inbuilt instruction manual.

The sample libraries are available for purchase for £20 GBP each, or bundled for £35 GBP.

More information: Sound Dust

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Ableton updates Live 9 to v9.1.3

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Ableton Live 9

Ableton has released version 9.1.3 of the Live 9 music production software for Windows and Mac.

Create, produce and perform. Create ideas, make changes without stopping, and capture everything as you work.

Changes in Live v9.3.1 features

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Added control surface support for AKAI MPK225, MPK249, MPK261.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed an issue which caused CPU spikes when moving a MIDI note in a track containing certain Ableton devices with automated parameters while the transport is not playing.
    • Fixed CPU overloads and audio artifacts which might occur when moving MIDI notes in the MIDI editor, if the track contained certain third-party VST plug-ins.
    • Fixed a bug that caused the active Control Scripts to be loaded again when activating an additional Control Surface.
    • Enabling multiple tracks for recording and then triggering the Session Record button from the APC40 MKII would only record into the currently selected track instead of all armed tracks.
    • Fixed a bug which prevented Max for Live devices from grabbing the APC40 Clip Matrix.
    • Manual mappings for the APC40′s Device Bank buttons would not work any more after pressing the device’s Shift button.
    • Fixed an issue on the Mackie Control Pro where the display would not show the parameter’s values correctly, after previously enabling the level meters.
    • Fixed a graphical glitch which could occur when changing an Arrangement track’s vertical zoom level via the Mackie Control or a Max for Live device. Under certain conditions, this could also lead to a crash.
    • Importing a Session View clip containing automation for a Max for Live device into another Live Set would create automation breakpoints in the Arrangement View.
    • When loop is activated in the Arrangement View, MIDI sustain messages and other CC# messages would not be recorded reliably after the first loop iteration.
    • Live would allocate an unusually high amount of RAM when rendering video with the 64-bit version on OS X.
    • When configuring plug-in parameters, some sliders in Live’s plug-in panel would not match the position of the respective parameter in the plug-in GUI.
    • After installing a newly purchased Pack, Live would show an error message and the Pack couldn’t be used until Live was authorized manually again.
    • Text in deactivated clips was not readable with certain skins.
    • Fixed a crash that occurred when closing the plug-in window of a UAD Audio Unit by pressing the [ESC] key.
    • Fixed a crash which might occur when renaming a Drum Rack pad while triggering another pad.
    • Live could crash under certain conditions when running as a ReWire slave and creating a new Live Set without saving the previous Set.
    • Under certain circumstances, Live would delete send automation or modulation envelopes from clips when exporting clips or tracks to the browser. Additionally, Live could crash when using the undo feature after such an export operation.
  • Changes for Push:
    • Certain Max for Live devices which accessed the Push Touch Strip would not work properly.

The update is now available to download.

More information: Ableton

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Steinberg updates Cubasis for iOS to v1.8.1

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Steinberg Cubasis for iOS

Steinberg has announced version 1.8.1 of Cubasis for iOS, the streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad.

The 1.8.1 update not only solves several issues but also provides some small yet nice user-requested features. A noise gate plug-in, bluetooth audio support as well as a handful of usability improvements make Cubasis even more fun to use.

Changes in Cubasis v1.8.1

  • New Features:
    • Bluetooth, AirPlay and HDMI audio out support.
    • New noise gate effect.
    • Extended transport controls in the audio editor.
  • Improvements:
    • Setup redesign.
    • Selecting a channel in the mixer automatically scrolls its corresponding track into the visible area above the mixer.
    • After splitting an event only the newer part becomes selected.
    • Selecting a track is now also possible by touching its adjacent area in the arrange window.
    • When recording with the on-board keyboard the corresponding MIDI track gets autoscrolled into the visible area above the keyboard.
    • Double-tap resets the values of the transpose popup.
    • Mixer view gets updated if a track has been selected and its corresponding channel in the mixer is invisible.
    • Behaviour of MIDI and automation editor tools has been improved.
    • Tempo popup button behaviour has been improved.
  • Fixes:
    • Pasting MIDI events in the MIDI editor is no longer limited to one-time use.
    • Volume and pan values of a frozen track that contain automation data will now be reset.
    • Fixes a problem where the recording of chord pads was limited to single notes (instead of chords).
    • Triggering MIDI notes in cycle mode via external keyboard no longer leads to a note off command at the end of the cycle.
    • Fixes an issue where autoscroll was unnecessarily triggered if an audio event handle was moved.
    • Snap and quantization grid settings are now saved with the project.
    • Freezing a track during playback at high CPU load no longer renders Cubasis unreliable.
    • Setup view will now be properly closed when switching to another view.
    • Audio editor playback now stops exactly at the right locator.
    • Fixes a rare problem where certain MIDI files (Format 1) were imported as single tracks.
    • MIDI Inputs assignment with external apps now works as expected.
    • Punch in recording now works as expected.

Steinberg also released the new 1.6 version of the Cubasis Project Importer extension for Cubase.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis for iOS

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Sugar Bytes releases Egoist groove instrument plugin

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Sugar Bytes has announced the release of Egoist, a groove instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Sugar Bytes Egoist

Egoist is a groove instrument. Load any audio file and squeeze the groove out of it! Try your mp3 library and use it a a sound source! The additional onboard bass, beat and fx units make Egoist the perfect track sketch tool in the studio and on the road.

Egoist features

  • Slicer — The Slicer arranges up to 16 slices of the loaded sample. Apply different parameters like Reverse, Attack, Decay, Level and pitch with the sequencer. Using the 16 available patterns, up to 16 different samples can be used at any time.
  • Bass & Beat — Egoist includes a great sounding bassline synthesizer/sequencer. The bassline synth offers a mean and strong sound, with different lowpass filter flavors and overdrive. The versatile sequencer is capable of notes and pitch bends of any length.The internal beat box offers kick, snare and hihat, along with a simple sequencer. If you imagine, that you can change the drum sounds with each pattern, limitations start to get you inspired!
  • Effectrix inside — The Effect unit brings funky hickups to your tracks. Engage tapestop, looper, reverb or filter at any time to give your beats that otherworldly feel and create stunning breaks!
  • Song Sequencer — Chain your patterns! Or create stunning breakbeats by changing patterns quickly! The internal Part/Song sequencer lets you sketch your pattern progressions and line out your next track.
  • Always special — The very special Slice Keys turn Egoist into a slice keyboard! Play the sequencer steps on the keyboard, with all their settings and effects, you will not believe how cool that is!

Egoist for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is avaialble for purchase for 99 EUR / $99 USD.

More information: Sugar Bytes / Egoist

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Desert Sound Studios updates Mk-iii drum machine for Live to v1.2

Desert Sound Studios has released version 1.2 of Mk-iii, a fully-featured modular drum machine built for Ableton Live.

Desert Sound Studios Mk-iii v1.2

The Mk-iii combines the latest music technology with classic synthesizer design. The result is a musical instrument that’s meant to be played.

The core of the Mk-iii drum revolves around two completely independant Max for Live devices, a step sequencer and a sample playback module. Though each device can be used on its own, the Mk-iii drum machine is only realized when the two devices combine into a single musical instrument.

Changes in Mk-iii v1.2

  • Unused parameters no longer affect Lives undo history.
  • Drum Module decay settings now load properly on startup.
  • Sequencer settings now saved with Live Project (v1.1).
  • Adds clear and reset functions to Sequencer (v1.1).
  • Adds new MK-iii Effects device (v1.1).

Mk-iii is available for purchase for $23.99 USD. Requires Ableton Live 9 Suite / Ableton Live 8 or 9 with Max for Live Add-on.

More information: Desert Sound Studios / Mk-iii

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WaveDNA updates Liquid Rhythm to v1.4

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WaveDNA has released version 1.4 of its Liquid Rhythm and Liquid Rhythm Intro, with community-requested features, improvements, and extended Ableton Live Max for Live support.

It’s been a long time! This release took its sweet time coming, but it’s packed with features and improvements.

For example, Liquid Rhythm 1.4 takes the concept of working with note clusters (a.k.a. “BeatForms”) many step further. You can now draw, paint, edit, and swap them around, directly in the Arranger. Making beats with the BeatForm Sequencer is fun, but direct Arranger-level editing is another great way to experiment and create variations.

Liquid Rhythm’s Max for Live plugin works wonders by editing clips directly in Ableton Live’s Session View. Our community wanted the power to edit Live clips with Liquid Rhythm directly in Ableton’s Arranger View as well. This update provides that capability.

Among the other improvements are: A brand new Sample Browser to incorporate your personal library of sounds into your productions, a Custom Instrument Type feature for the Max for Live patch, and an upgraded Clip Selector feature for the Ableton Live 9 Max for Live patch. More details of all the updates in version 1.4 are listed in the release notes below. Enjoy these and other fun and exciting updates to Liquid Rhythm and Liquid Rhythm Intro.

(The majority of these updates were workflow enhancements requested by our community. Remember to email us or visit the forums to continue helping us shape Liquid Rhythm into a fun and powerful tool.)

Liquid Rhythm is available for $129 USD / $49 USD (Intro).

More information: WaveDNA

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Image-Line previews FL Studio 12′s Vectorial Mixer

Image-Line has posted a previe video of the new vectorial mixer that will be part of the upcoming FL Studio 12 music production software.

The FL Studio 12 Alpha preview version is available to download for FL Studio owners. Note that the new mixer is not included yet.

New Image-Line customers can purchase a license of FL Studio with 10% discount.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio 12 Alpha

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