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ADSR Sounds releases Spektrumsynth for Reaktor

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ADSR Sounds Spektrumsynth

ADSR Sounds has launched Spektrumsynth, a powerful Reaktor synth with a wide variety of capabilities.

It features multiple synthesis technologies combined into one instrument: Wavetable, FM, subtractive, granular and noise shaping. Performance is enhanced with 4 “Interaktor” modules, which are a combination of arpeggiator and step sequencer.

With huge modulation routing capability, over 65 target parameters can be controlled simultaneously with recordable movement paths performed on the Animator Pad. Individual synthesizer sections can be controlled from a split keyboard, or stacked for complex and wonderful combinations.

Modulation ranges can be controlled by other modulators, similar to the “Sidechain” functions of Massive. Multiple filter types include FM-capable Pro52 filters. Signal paths are very flexible to access the filters.

Spektrumsynth is available to purchase for $49.99 USD. Requires full version of Native Instruments Reaktor.

More information: ADSR Sounds / Spektrumsynth

Zynewave updates Podium Free to v3.2.1

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 3.2.1 of Podium Free, a free music production software for Windows.

Podium is a modern digital audio workstation (DAW) for Windows. It supports recording and editing of audio and MIDI, and hosts VST instrument and effect plugins.

Podium Free is a freeware edition of Podium. It is fully functional with only a few feature limitations. Download and installation does not require registration.

Changes in Podium Free v3.2.1

  • Podium Free is available as both 64-bit (x64) and 32-bit (x86) builds.
  • Support for Unicode file names and text input.
  • New “Control Surfaces” page in the Audio/MIDI setup dialog. Up to eight Mackie Control compatible devices can be configured.
  • Support for jBridge x86/x64 VST plugin wrapper.
  • The installer allows specifying separate installation paths for Podium Free and the bundled Zynewave plugins.
  • The installer includes an updated Podium Guide html document. Selecting context help in Podium will open this document instead of opening the online guide on the Zynewave website.
  • Included a new Podium Release History html document that can be opened from the Podium Help menu.
  • Reorganized the edit menu. Inactive menu commands that were previously hidden are now shown as grayed out, to make the appearance of the edit menu more consistent.
  • Added several new edit menu commands to the note, curve and arrangement editors. Some of the commands open dialogs for adjusting velocities, transposition, curve points and sound events.
  • Added several new mouse edit shortcuts to the velocity region. The shortcuts are listed in the popup help for the note velocity mode buttons.
  • Support for mice with 4-way scroll wheel.
  • Various bug fixes and minor improvements.

Podium Free is available to download for Windows.

More information: Zynewave / Podium Free

Arturia launches MiniBrute SE analog synthesizer

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Arturia has announced the MiniBrute SE, a ‘special edition’ of its analogue mono synthesizer.

Arturia MiniBrute SE

Arturia’s red-hot MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer set the electronic musical instrument world alight immediately upon its introduction in 2012. Indeed, it rapidly reset the price/performance ratio benchmark when successfully soaring through the subtractive synthesis sound barrier while singlehandedly setting a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be.

Hot on its heels comes a ‘special edition’ that is very special indeed. MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but builds upon this amazingly compact and bijou analogue monosynth in both looks and features.

Although a sturdy and stylish brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides surely make MiniBrute SE stand out from the analogue crowd, skin-deep good looks are not the be and end all here, however, as added functionality runs deeper still.

An all-new step SEQUENCER elegantly expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE — six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps each to create multiple musical phrases, to be precise. Yet it is capable of so much more than simply replaying pre- programmed Pattern sequences ad infinitum. Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in realtime from the clearly labelled front panel — perfect for inspiring new musical ideas and creating exciting live performances on the fly.

MiniBrute SE is proof positive that the original MiniBrute was no fly-by-night success story. A pure analogue signal path and attractive features like a multi-wave OSCILLATOR and Sub Osc combined with a huge-sounding Steiner-Parker multimode FILTER (fittingly revised by Nyle Steiner himself) and wide-ranging modulation capabilities confirm that MiniBrute SE continues to innovate while breathing new life into recordings and stage performances.

Add fantastic features like Ultrasaw (generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms), Metalizer (adding extreme triangle waveform-induced harmonics), LFO (with sample and hold), and full USB/MIDI/CV connectivity into the musical mix, and what have you got? A killer-sounding, step sequencing-capable synth with looks to die for, that’s what!

MiniBrute SE will be available to purchase at the end of May, 2014, priced at 549 EUR / $599 USD.

More information: Arturia

Akai Pro intros Rhythm Wolf analog drum machine & bass synth

Akai Professional has announced Rhythm Wolf, an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer module with built-in sequencing.

Akai Rhythm Wolf

The Rhythm Wolf is an authentic analog instrument that combines the coveted sounds of early electronic and hip-hop music with genuine Akai Professional workflow. Inspired by the classic analog beat machines and synthesizers of the past, Rhythm Wolf enables today’s musicians to harness iconic analog sounds for music production and performance. The drum machine consists of five highly-tweakable drum sounds and includes a kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion. Onboard controls allow users to customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice separately for precise real-time adjustment. The bass synthesizer features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter design, a filter envelope with variable decay, and is capable of creating powerful bass sounds and squelchy leads.

Outfitted with six genuine MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, the Rhythm Wolf provides an ultra-responsive interface with a classic drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned using the Swing function, Pattern Select, and Tempo Control knob. A custom distortion signal path, activated by the “Howl” knob, adds grit and character for additional tone shaping. Rhythm Wolf features USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger, and integrates seamlessly with modern and vintage equipment. Two audio outputs enable producers and performers to mix percussion sounds and bass independently.

Rhythm Wolf features

  • 5-voice analog drum machine and synth—authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers.
  • Legendary analog drum sounds—kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion.
  • Synth-bass module—selectable square or sawtooth wave with classic filter design for warm, deep basses and squelchy leads..
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer—classic drum machine workflow for quickly laying down grooves and melodies.
  • Six genuine MPC pads—responsive controls for sequencing and finger drumming.
  • Howl knob—custom distortion circuit for additional sound design.
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out—flexible MIDI connectivity for easy integration into modern studios.
  • Gate Trigger—triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources.
  • Independent audio outputs—dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass module for precise mixing.

The Rhythm Wolf will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with a $199.99 USD street price.

Akai Professional will unveil the Rhythm Wolf at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: Akai Pro

Loopr multiple phrase loopstation app for iOS updated to v1.2

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The Loopr live loop composer for iOS has been updated to v1.2, which now features a realtime editable step sequencer to seamlessly compose songs (cmpsr mode).

Still 64 audio tracks, organized in phrases and groups, all usable through dedicated MIDI pedalboard controls or the enhanced touchscreen UI.

You can switch between ‘loopr’ and ‘cmpsr’ modes at any time and therefore liveloop seamlessly for yourself or your audience.

Changes in Loopr v1.2

  • Realtime editable step sequencer (cmpsr mode – on 4” devices).
  • Audio clone to new phrase function (+tgp functions).
  • Addition of new MIDI program controls.
  • Improved ergonomics.
  • Minor tweaks, bug resolutions and enhancements.

Loopr for iOS is available to purchase for $0.99 USD.

More information: Loopr

WaveDNA updates Liquid Rhythm beat generator to v1.3.2

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WaveDNA has released version 1.3.2 of its Liquid Rhythm and Liquid Rhythm Intro beat making software.

WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm
Liquid Rhythm now allows drag and drop of MIDI to your DAW or desktop.

The latest update includes a number of bug fixes and improvements, and the new ability to drag and drop MIDI arrangements out of Liquid Rhythm and either into any MIDI-capable DAW or onto the desktop. WaveDNA is also improving MIDI scripting support for the Ableton Push controller within the Liquid Rhythm MaxForLive bridge. The release features a beta version of that implementation.

Note: To use the MaxForLive Clips plugin in Ableton Live 9, update you Max to version 6.1.6 before installing Liquid Rhythm (Max must be installed first).

Changes in Liquid Rhythm v1.3.2

  • New features:
    • Drag & Drop MIDI from Liquid Rhythm (standalone or plugin-VST/AU/RTAS) into your favourite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) (Click and drag on the dotted square in the transport. Right-click on it to adjust preferences for the drag and drop).
    • Choose a BeatForm directly using dropdown menus for each beat under the dials in the BeatForm Tumbler.
  • Improvements and updates:
    • Liquid Rhythm’s MaxForLive Clips patch has been redone to show a button that opens up the main window.
    • Ability to audition the individual elements of a kit when right clicked on the kit within the library.
    • Standalone mode has a new option, that when moving the loop region, confines the playhead to it.
    • Consolidated installer for all plugin modes. (Note: In the installer for Mac, the MaxForLive Clips plugin indicates that it’s 0 bytes in size. This is normal.)
    • Silent instruments (instruments without samples) will now send MIDI notes in plugin and standalone mode. (Useful for connecting another MIDI device to Liquid Rhythm to use as a controller.)
    • Mute/Solo changes in an Ableton Live drum rack are now automatically updated in Liquid Rhythm.
    • Performance improvements when selecting regions in the arranger.
  • Fixes:
    • Walkthrough would sometimes crash when attempting to access a part of the Liquid Rhythm window that was not visible.
    • Changing the colour of multiple tracks and pressing undo wouldn’t revert the colour changes.
    • BeatForm Mute toggle on Medium and Weak wouldn’t toggle.
    • When selecting a clip in Live, the first instrument track in Liquid Rhythm wouldn’t be selected by default; instead it would have the ‘focused region’ indicator, with some other track selected.
    • Mouse Wheel now consistently scrolls horizontally across the molecule tools panel. If you need to scroll vertically in a sub-panel, hold down Alt or Option key with the mouse wheel.
    • On some setups, the audio engine would sometimes cause an error on startup (it would access memory when it wasn’t ready).
    • MIDI Export Wizard and Audio Export Wizard would sometimes appear behind the application, and appear like the system is hung. Now forcing it to appear in front.
    • Downloading a new kit with standalone or plugin would cause a crash when simultaneously using the library.
    • If the ‘welcome to Liquid Rhythm’ window was closed, the menu bars would remain disabled in MaxForLive Liquid Clips mode.
    • Moving the loop region very quickly in clip mode would cause the loop region to grow.
    • Bug in destructive record fixed, where recording in destructive mode and changing in the arranger with the mouse at the same time would cause a crash.
    • BeatWeaver would disable in note edit mode when selecting a note even though there is region focus.
    • Windows XP now installs Liquid Rhythm MaxForLive mode automatically.
    • Accent Modifier note highlights would sometimes get stuck on-screen if you press the escape key.
    • BarForm Family in-place dropdown menu in the arranger wasn’t working.
  • Beta features:
    • Continuing improvements to the Push.
    • Visual display of the active locations in the track.
    • Added support for the BeatForm Tumblers.
    • Users can now select the instruments to edit by switching to ‘Ableton control mode’ on the Push and tapping the appropriate instrument button on the drum pads (bottom left quadrant of Push buttons), and then switching back to ‘User mode’.
    • Ability to enter ‘Ableton control mode’ without having to deactivate ‘User mode’ first.
    • Command Dialer allows customizing the buttons on the Arrange page.
    • Various performance and stability improvements.

Liquid Rhythm for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $129 USD; Liquid Rhythm Intro is $49 USD.

More information: WaveDNA

Z3 Audiolabs releases Repeat-X, Dizztroy & Scratch it! plug-ins

Z3 Audiolabs has announced the release of Repeat-X, a multi-effect stutter effect, the Dizztroy distortion, and Scratch it!, a free scratch/tapestop plug-in.

Repeat-X

Z3 Audiolabs Repeat-X
Repeat-X is easy and intuitive, designed for live use.

Repeat-X is designed to manipulate audiosignals in realtime and modulate your effects synchronised to your host program.

With 9 effect algorithms and a very flexible modulation and gate section, it provides you nearly endless ways of audio manipulation.

Z3 Audiolabs Dizztroy

Dizztroy

Dizztroy is a bitcrush/overdrive/distortion plug-in, made for both soft and heavy audio distortion.

It is perfect to blow up your drumloops or leadsynths, making badass hardcore kicks, or completely destroy your signal, to sound like a broken fm radio.

It contains a bitcrusher, decimator, 7 overdrive algorithms, a draw waveshape distortion, 2 envelope followers for overdrive and distortion, a highpass filter and to round up the perfect dizztroying machine a filter with 4 filtertypes.

Scratch it!

Scratch it! is specially created for live scratching and tapestop effects.

Z3 Audiolabs Scratch it!

With the envelope you can define how the stop button works on the audiosignal, it allows you to define up to 16 points in a synchronized beat grid, like this the stop button can act as “scratch sequence”.

Repeat-X is available to purchase for 39.90 EUR, Dizztroy is 24.90 EUR, and Scratch it! is freeware. All plug-ins are available in VST format for Windows.

More information: Z3 Audiolabs

Tracktion Software Corporation updates Tracktion to v5.2.2

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Tracktion Software Corporation has released version 5.2.2 of Tracktion, the music production software for Windows and Mac.

Tracktion 5

Changes in Tracktion v5.2.2

  • Added sequencer channel note shifting.
  • Added means of swiftly toggling sequencer notes in a consistent pattern.
  • Added groove template support to sequencer channels.
  • Added an option to restore audio settings to defaults.
  • Added a way to create a new plugin by right-clicking on an existing plugin item.
  • Fix for file render paths not updating when changed.
  • Fix for cleaning up some temp files.
  • Fix for wrapping plugins in racks.
  • Fix for some VST3 plugins.
  • Fix for per-clip filter automation when drag-copying clips.
  • Fix for restoring the default wave output.
  • Fix for restoring the default wave output.
  • Fix for edit clip renders having to be regenerated.

Tracktion is available to purchase for $59.99 USD.

More information: Tracktion