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rekkerd.org exclusive: Freon Surfer FZ free drum kit by Carl Löfgren

Carl Löfgren of Fingerpushers and Plughugger has released Freon Surfer FZ, a free instrument based on the Freon Surfer preset of the Sonic Charge MicroTonic software drum machine.

Freon Surfer FZ
Freon Surfer FZ with custom Native Instruments Kontakt interface.

All eight drum sounds have been sampled by the mighty Casio FZ-20m sampler at 36 kilohertz, at crunchy 9 kilohertz and at 9 kilohertz too loud to capture the natural distortion of the analog converters.

Lastly, we did the old-school drum and bass trick of timestretching the samples back and forth a number of times, to give the samples a glitchy digital feel to them. For this we used our E-mu E4XT sampler.

Below are two short demo clips showcasing the various sound banks.

Freon Surfer FZ features

  • 8 sounds recorded at 36kHz, 9kHz, 9kHz overdriven, and 9kHz stretched.
  • 32 unique samples in total, 16-bit/44kHz mono Wav.
  • Instrument patches for Kontakt 4, Maschine, and Geist.
  • Custom Kontakt GUI with knob to select sound bank.

The Freon Surfer FZ sample pack is available as a free download.

Freon Surfer FZSize:6.76 MB

For more free samples check here, and make sure to visit Fingerpushers for some quality sample libraries.

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Sonic Charge Bitspeek RE now available for Reason

Sonic Charge has announced that its Bitspeek real-time pitch-excited linear prediction codec effect is now available for Reason.

Rack Extensions for Reason was released today and we are proud to be able to offer Bitspeek in their store from day 1. The Rack Extension format has been in the making for a long time and has taken many sharp turns. From the very conception of Record, it has always been the intention to add plug-in support and as a consultant I’ve been involved in at least three entirely different solutions (and yes, one of them was to simply add VST and AU support). It has taken its time, but the final technology is amazingly well-designed and I have high hopes for the future of this format.

Sonic Charge Bitspeek RE
Resynthesize audio in Propllerhead’s Reason with the Bitspeek Rack Extension.

Compared to the AU/VST version, Bitspeek RE adds the following features:

  • Stereo analysis and resynthesis. The stereo image (pan and width) of the incoming audio is analyzed and resynthesized.
  • Improved volume tracking algorithm with much better transient response and consistency across source material and sample-rates.
  • External audio input allows you to use the formant filter on any material.
  • Lots of CV ins and outs for integrating into your rack and scoring high on geekness factor.
  • Comes with a selection of Combinators that demonstrates the possibilities with the extra inputs and outputs.

Bitspeek RE is available to purchase from the Rack Extension store for $49 USD / 39 EUR (incl. VAT).

More information: Sonic Charge / Bitspeek RE

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Beta test Sonic Charge’s latest: Permut8 + Bitspeek RE coming this June

Sonic Charge has announced it is now beta testing Permut8, a new effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

In an attempt to make life a bit more exciting we are currently beta testing two new releases simultaneously. One is a VST/AU called Permut8. You can see and hear it on our home page if you manage to solve the puzzle first. We don’t give anything for free here at Sonic Charge, not even screenshots or demo tracks :P.

Sonic Charge Permut8
Couldn’t help myself ruining the screenshot puzzle, sorry! But what exactly is Permut8? Solve the puzzle at Sonic Charge’s website and have a listen at the sound demo for more clues.

Permut8 is expected to be released this summer. A beta version is available now (requires signup and impressive CV).

Sonic Charge is also working on Bitspeek RE, an adaptation of Bitspeek for Propellerheads new Rack Extension technology.

It adds some minor features compared to the VST/AU. For example it will analyse the stereo image of the source material and then reproduce it with the built-in synthesizer. What excites us the most about this port though, is the routing possibilities you get with Reason. Here is a video of an early prototype that shows a little bit of what you can do

Bitspeek RE will be ready when Reason 6.5 is launched this month.

More information: Sonic Charge

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Third Party Developers on Reason’s Rack Extensions

Propellerhead Software has posted a video featuring various third party developers who are working on bringing their products to the Reason platform with Rack Extensions.


3rd party devs on Rack Extensions: Rob Papen, Magnus Lindström (Sonic Charge), Dave Spiers (GForce), Kurt Kurasaki & Makoto Kobayasgi (Korg), Angus Hewlett (FXpansion), Rico Baade & Robert Fehse (Sugar Bytes), Niklas Odelholm (Softube), Urs Heckmann (u-he).

Meet some of the developers bringing Rack Extension devices to Reason’s rack! Rack Extensions allow 3rd party developers to bring their expertise, sounds, and inspiring workflow into Reason by merging some of the best elements of typical plugin expandability with the best elements of Reason’s ongoing commitment to stability, efficiency, and musicality.

In this video you’ll get a look at some of the first Rack Extensions to arrive in Reason’s rack, hear direct from the developers themselves and, most importantly, see just how massive this expansion will be for your music.

More information: Propellerhead / Rack Extensions

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Soundcells updates Greenhouse ReFill to v2

Soundcells Greenhouse ReFill

Soundcells has updated its Greenhouse ReFill for Reason to version 2.

“Greenhouse v2″ is an awesome ReFill based on samples coming from the popular Synplant software synthesizer; without doubt, one of the most innovative plugins of recent years.

Greenhouse contains 155+ combinator patches that provide an insight into the highly characterful sound capabilities Synplant has to offer. In addition, some One-Shot-FX kits are included to let you produce some glitchy electro beats. Greenhouse also includes 35+ drum samples (as well as 11 Rex files highly processed with additional EQing, compressing…) from the MicroTonic plugin.

Version 2 is adding 30 combinator patches based on 370+ new Synplant samples…

Greenhouse v2 features

  • 159 combinator patches full of the typical and widely acclaimed Synplant character.
  • 135 NNXT patches containing the basic sounds which were used for the combinators, 7 Redrum kits.
  • 850 Synplant samples, 830 MB uncompressed.
  • 37 drum samples and 11 Rex loops coming from the MicroTonic plugin.
  • 5 demo tracks are included.

Greenhouse v2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of 19.90 EUR until April 10th, 2012 (regular 27.90 EUR).

More information: Soundcells / Greenhouse v2

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Praxworld releases Salad Spynner

Praxworld Salad Spynner

Praxworld has announced the release of Salad Spynner, a sound library for Ableton Live.

Add some greenery to your tracks with a helping of fresh delicious drum and percussion samples harvested from the SonicCharge Synplant synthesizer.

Contains 213 single hits in .wav format, and seven fiber-rich Ableton drum racks.

The Salad Spynner library is available to purchase for $3.86 USD.

More information: Praxworld / Salad Spynner

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Loopmasters launches Plugin Boutique webstore dedicated to selling music plugins

Loopmasters has launched the Plugin Boutique, a brand new venture dedicated to selling Instruments, Effects and Studio Tools from leading music software companies worldwide.

PluginBoutique

The website was designed from the ground up to provide a custom solution to sell downloadable products such as Soft Synths, Music Plugins, Studio Effects and Synth Presets – and launches with some great names already involved including Fxpansion, Ohm Force, Flux, PSP, D16, Sinevibes, Waves, Sonic Charge and G-Sonique alongside many others.

The website features product ratings, instant download and authorisation, a service to ensure all your plugins are up to date, one login to see all your plugins from different manufacturers, free plugins, trial versions, and a virtual cash scheme which rewards you with each purchase.

Matt Pelling, Director comments “With such a fantastic amount of Digital Music Software currently available, we felt we could use our experience and knowledge in this sector to create a great looking website where all the best products could be easily compared, so producers can research, purchase and download the best audio plugins for their projects, and start using them immediately”.

As an introductory offer all first time purchasers will get a free Loopmasters Sample CD. Until the end of March every additional £100 GBP you spend entitles you to another free Sample CD.

To claim your free samples simply leave a comment on the Pluginboutique facebook page with your order number and the type of music you produce – your mystery sample CD/s will arrive in the post.

More information: Plugin Boutique

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