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Voltage Disciple Volt 80, drumrack pack for Ableton Live

Voltage Disciple Volt 80

Voltage Disciple has announced the release of VOLT 80, its third drumrack pack for Ableton Live.

We have built these racks from four unique synths. The Roland CMU-800 and SH-101. Sequential Circuits PRO ONE and The NORD MODULAR.

Each sample in the kit is 24bit and has been meticulously edited, layered and shaped in Wave Editor for a precision sound. Each drum sound has its own macro controls to further vary and shape the sound to taste. The kits also contain macro controls for subtle reverb,drive and heavy NewYork style compression. Some drum sounds use CORPUS to enhance the depth of the sound. The sounds are crisp, clean and solid and will punch through the mix. The pack also contains 40 midi clips to help you get started with these great sounds.

Volt 80 for Live/Suite 8.2.1 or higher is available to purchase as an instant download for $10 AUD.

More information: Voltage Disciple / Volt 80


Short links for January 15th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Father of Drum Machines and the Father of MIDI Talk About Design and the Tempest

Dave Smith and Roger Linn (image by CDM)

Peter Kirn talks to the people responsible for one of the most exciting things over at the Winter NAMM show, the Tempest drum machine – Roger Linn and Dave Smith.

In songwriting, there was Rodgers and Hart, Gilbert and Sullivan. In music gear design, it’s hard not to assign a similar degree of expectation to the pairing of Dave Smith and Roger Linn.

Between them, these two designers have been a major part of what music technology is today. Dave Smith pioneered MIDI (even giving it its acronym), the first microprocessor-based instrument (the Prophet-5), the first programmable polyphonic synth, and other innovations at Sequential Circuits. Add to that landmarks in physical modeling research (at Yamaha) and the first PC soft synth. Roger Linn built the first programmable sampled-sound drum machine and with the LM-1, LinnDrum, Linn 9000, and his work on the MPC60 and MPC3000, introduced workflows and ideas in drum machines we now take for granted. It’s not easy to overstate the contributions of either designer.

Ambientaria Records Remember Chernobyl

# Chernobyl 25th Anniversary Project « Ambientaria Records

For the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident, Ambientaria Records has gathered many Dark Ambient artists, including famous ones like Northaunt or Atomtrakt, for a Compilation project.

The album will be released on April 1st, 2011. It will be sold at a low price.

All the benefits shall be reversed to a Chernobyl Children International, is a non-profit organisation with United Nations NGO status, in order to help people suffering from Radiation Poisoning.

Check this Facebook page for details.

# Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations

This is Compilation Video V2.2 (updated January 2011) of sound sculptures and installations by Swiss artist Zimoun. I can watch this for hours.

Zimoun's sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic».

He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.

More on Zimoun here.

# Emu Planet Phatt Hits

Cyberworm has another free sample pack out, featuring 61 Emu Plantet Phatt hit&stab sounds (wav+kontakt format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 7 mb).


Arturia announces V Collection and Analog Laboratory Bundle

Arturia V Collection and Analog Laboratory Bundle

Arturia has announced the V-Collection + Analog Laboratory Bundle, a limited time special offer.

The V Collection combined to Analog Laboratory offer a complete production suite that will enhance musicians’ creativity by making sound production extremely fast, with no compromise on sound quality.

While the V Collection offers all the emulations of the most legendary and sought after synthesizers: the Moog Modular, the Minimoog, the CS-80, the Prophet 5, the Prophet VS, the ARP 2600 and the Jupiter-8; Analog Laboratory allows to control all of them from a simple and straightforward interface. It is now possible to browse unique library of sounds made from the Arturia classic synths, open any of those seven legendary machines, tweak the sounds in-depth and save those sounds in The Laboratory preset list. The combination makes perfect sense.

Analog Laboratory also includes 200 scenes organized by genres, with drum loops, layering, multi and advanced arpeggiated melodies adding a Live and playful dimension to this unique bundle.

Analog Laboratory + V Collection 2 features

  • 3500 synthesizer sounds selected from the Arturia Classic Synths: Minimoog-V, Moog modular V, CS-80V, Prophet-V, ARP2600 V and Jupiter-8V.
  • One unique and simple interface to access and tweak all sounds. Only the most important sound parameters are accessible.
  • Organize Presets view by Name, Instrument, Type, CPU usage, Favorites, or User Preset.
  • Fast filter the presets to meet requirements: by Instrument, Type and Characteristics.
  • Full screen preset editing: Analog Laboratory allows opening any Arturia Classic Synth plugin for in depth patch editing in a separate window. It is also possible to assign any of the 4 key parameters of the Laboratory to one knob of choice inside the favorite software synthesizer.
  • TAE® technology: Arturia’s proprietary technology for emulating analog circuits, the best analog sound you can get in digital format.
  • Scene mode:
    • Combine 2 synthesizer sounds over a MIDI keyboard in either split, layer or multi configuration.
    • Assign melodic phrases based on advanced arpeggiation thanks to the library of 200 melodies organized by genres.
    • Trigger Drum loops from the pads thanks to a library of 350 Rex files.
  • Set to Control with your external MIDI keyboard in just a few clicks.
  • Full compatibility with major formats and hosts on Mac OS X and Windows XP or Vista (VST, AU, RTAS).

V Collection and Analog Laboratory are available for MSRP $549 USD / 499 EUR until 31 January, 2011.

More information: Arturia / V-Collection + Analog Laboratory


Arturia announces Analog Laboratory, software synthesizer workstation

Arturia Analog Laboratory

Arturia has announced the Analog Laboratory, an extremely powerful software synthesizer solution.

First of all, Analog Laboratory offers 3500 legendary classic synthesizer sounds from Arturia’s vintage analog recreations: Minimoog, Prophet V, CS-80, Jupiter-8, ARP, Prophet VS and Moog Modular.

But Analog Laboratory goes further by offering a unique interface to tweak them all as well as the ability to edit each of them in depth, in the original synthesizer.

With the addition of 200 scenes organized by genres, including drum loops, advanced arpeggiation melodies and ways to allocate sounds to different parts of your keyboard, Analog Laboratory is likely to become your favorite synth workstation, constantly feeding your creativity with inspiring ideas.

Analog Laboratory features

  • Includes 3500 synth sounds carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths: Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V.
  • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument (Minimoog, CS-80, ARP 2500,…), by Type (Bass, Pads, leads…) and by Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…).
  • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Minimoog V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Laboratory.
  • 200 Scenes organized by musical genres offering complete live sets, including assigning sounds to pads, splitting sounds over the keyboard and an advanced arpeggiator.
  • Straight forward editing with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds.
  • Easy midi learn assignation to any MIDI keyboard controller.
  • Works as a standalone or a plugin within your main sequencer.

Analog Laboratory will be available to purchase for the introductory price of $249 USD / 229 EUR on November 25 (first 1000 units only, MSRP $299 USD / 269 EUR).

More information: Arturia / Analog Laboratory


Arturia Origin Keyboard, synthesizer now shipping

Arturia Origin Keyboard

Arturia has announced it is now shipping the Origin Keyboard, its new flagship hardware synthesizer.

The Origin project started in 2004 and was aimed at creating a new kind of synthesizer. Ambitious from a features stand-point, innovative in design and sounding like no other digital synthesizer on the market- the Origin concept was bold.

As a matter of fact, the project proved tough. But a first step was completed when, in 2008, Arturia debuted Origin Desktop. With the delivery of Origin Keyboard, the cycle is coming to an end.

“Origin Keyboard is based on a vision. The vision of an instrument that would proudly stand among the greatest synths of all time” says Frédéric Brun, President of Arturia. “Difficulties have been numerous, but we are extremely proud to start shipping Origin Keyboard. This is an instrument breaking new boundaries by mixing the latest technologies and the grand tradition of quality and innovation in sound synthesis.”

Origin Keyboard features

  • Premium quality keyboard
    • High quality semi-weighted 61-keys keyboard, with velocity response and channel aftertouch.
    • New exclusive duophonic aftertouch.
  • Ergonomic design
    • Self adjustable front panel, from 0° to 135°, giving you total setup flexibility.
    • 5.2” TFT screen for clear visual feedback.
    • Easily transportable cabinet offering a complete mobile solution.
  • High level of control
    • Ultra sensitive 40cm ribbon controller.
    • Modulation and pitch-bend wheels, 3-mode Joystick, 21 potentiometers, 33 rotary encoders, 81 switches.
  • Complete connectivity
    • Analog Audio Connectivity: 2 audio ins,10 audio outs.
    • Digital Audio: SPDIF out, USB 2.0.
    • Built-in expression pedal and footswitch control inputs.
  • Superb audio quality
    • Analog Devices Tiger Shark ® processors.
    • TAE® engine.
    • Up to 32 voices of polyphony for a typical patch.
    • High quality effects: Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Parametric EQ, Rotary…
  • Powerfull analog sounds
    • More than 600 presets created by talented musicians and synthesizer specialists.
    • Create your own patch by connecting independent modules from: Minimoog, ARP 2600, CS-80, Jupiter-8, Moog Modular, Prophet VS.

The Origin Keyboard is now available to purchase for a MSRP of $3499 USD / 2990 EUR.

More information: Arturia / Origin Synthesizer


Roberson Audio launches new website

Roberson Audio has launched a new website.

The website offers three freeware virtual synthesizer plug-ins by Chris Roberson.

Roberson Audio synthesizers
Roberson Audio Synthesizers: RA Mowg, Oddy-Free, and Prophanity

Roberson Audio Synthesizers

  • RA Mowg, a Minimoog Model D clone. From the deep, full-bodied filters, to the mellow analog-style oscillators, to the distortive drive from feedback-looping the output, this instrument can give you the feeling of playing a Minimoog without spending a small fortune to do so.
  • Oddy-Free, an emulation of an Arp Odyssey MkII. Much attention to detail was given in the layout of the signal path to have it behave as accurately as possible. It does have just a touch more umph than most originals would – this particular emulation was based on the “illegal” filter versions based on Moog’s -24dB Low-Pass filter, so it sounds quite a bit smoother and richer but at the same it can produce the harsh metallic tones known from the Odyssey.
  • Prophanity, a Prophet 5 clone. There isn’t a terrible lot to say for the synth, other than one major bug with the unison section. You may notice it isn’t present, and that has been done on purpose. It is a goal for a future release to re-include a unison feature.

Roberson Audio’s synthesizers are available to download as freeware VST instrument plug-ins for Windows PC.

More information: Roberson Audio


Kid Nepro releases Korg M3 Volume #5 – Vintage Synths

Kid Nepro Korg M3 Volume #5 - Vintage Synths

Kid Nepro has released Korg M3 Volume #5 – Vintage Synths, a new collection of 32 sounds for the Korg M3 Workstations.

An amazing assortment of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis perfect for Producers and Keyboard Players looking for some great classic synth sounds to add to their M3.

Kid Nepro’s Vintage Synth collection for the Korg M3 is the closest thing that you can get to a real analog synthesizer. Programmer Steve Proto has now tapped into his collection of classic synthesizers and has sampled three of the best analog synthesizers ever made – The Moog Mini Moog, Roland Super Jupiter AKA: MKS80 and the Sequential Circuits Prophet VS. Also included in the collection are six new multi samples from Korg’s MOSS virtual analog expansion board that is so popular with owners of the Korg Triton and Karma workstations.

Korg M3 Volume #5 – Vintage Synths features

  • Sampled vintage synthesizers: Moog Mini Moog, Roland MKS80, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS.
  • 32 new programs, 16 new combis, 32 new classic synth multi samples (no memory expansion needed).
  • Additional M3′s effects, real time controls and KARMA functions to create a mix of super analog synths on steroids.
  • Many of the wave sequencing GE’s found in Korgs Wavestation when triggering KARMA are included.
  • KARMA’s Arpeggio GE’s used to give you those cool arpeggio rhythms found in many vintage synths from the 70′s and 80′s.

Korg M3 Volume #5 – Vintage Synths is available to purchase for $30 USD.

More information: Kid Nepro / Korg M3 Volume #5 – Vintage Synths