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Sonic Reality releases Nick Mason Drums for BFD

Sonic Reality Nick Mason Drums

Sonic Reality has announced the release of Nick Mason Drums, a drum kit sample library for FXpansion’s BFD2.

The BFD version of “Nick Mason Drums” is a digital recreation of the legendary Pink Floyd drummer’s “Custom Ludwig Black Kit” and was recorded by engineer/producer Alan Parsons who originally recorded the album “Dark Side of the Moon”. The same classic miking techniques and EMI mixing console model was used as they did in 1973 so that “Nick Mason Drums” could offer an authentic recreation of a vintage drum sound heard by millions on one of the best selling albums of all time.

Nick Mason Drums for BFD is an expansion sound library for FXpansion’s BFD2 and BFD3 software which allows discrete multi-channel drum kits to be played from any MIDI keyboard or e-drum. Individual mic channels can be mixed by the user to create a variety of drum sounds from dry to ambient. The drums are mapped in both standard BFD formats and Sonic Reality’s advanced “iMap” layout for high performance in MIDI drum programming and live playing. Coming in at close to 5 gigabytes in size this high quality drum kit from Mason and Parsons offers top “album quality” sound.

In addition to the digital recreation of Nick’s drum kit, live drum grooves were also performed by Nick Mason and recorded by Alan Parsons for upcoming loop libraries and more from Sonic Reality.

The sample library is available to purchase from eSoundz for $69 USD (MSRP $99 USD). Other formats such as Reason, SampleTank, Kontakt, Rex, Apple Loops, Acidized Wave and Stylus RMX are coming soon.

More information: Sonic Reality / Nick Mason Drums


IK Multimedia Krazy Deal: SampleMoog 85% off

IK Multimedia SampleMoog

IK Multimedia has launched a “Krazy Deal” for its SampleMoog virtual instrument featuring 16 rare, collectible Moog synths.

IK’s Krazy Deal is back, just in time for the Fourth of July Celebration! From July 3rd to July 8th save 85% on SampleMoog. Use coupon code: MOOG4 on the IK online store to get 16 rare, collectible Moog synths in one virtual instrument for only $29.99/€24.99.

SampleMoog™ includes the sounds of all the most sought-after vintage and modern Moog™ synthesizers spanning the entire Moog history, in an easy to use, sample-based virtual instrument “powered by SampleTank” available as a plug-in for the most popular DAWs and a standalone application for Mac and PC.

IK Multimedia SampleMoog
IK Multimedia’s SampleMoog bundles 16 Moog synths in one virtual instrument.

SampleMoog features

  • One of the most complete collections of Moog sounds ever released in one product, done in cooperation with Moog Music® and Sonic Reality.
  • Over 1,900 sounds from 16 rare, collectable Moog synths, spanning the entire Moog history, accurately sampled and fully produced with 32 built-in effects.
  • 16 part multitimbral sound module with layerable parts.
  • 3 synth engines: STRETCH™ and Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch (PS/TS) plus traditional Resampling.
  • Powerful Multi-Effects section that includes 5 insert effects per Part.
  • 32 built-in DSP effects.
  • Part and Master Loop Sync.
  • Independent Part and Master Volume/Pan controls.
  • Works as a standalone application as well as a host sequencer plug-in in Mac OS (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista).
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU.
  • Sounds can be read by SampleTank 2.5 and can be used to expand its world of sounds.

SampleMoog is available to purchase for $29.99 USD/24.99 EUR until July 8th, 2012.

More information: IK Multimedia / SampleMoog


Sonic Reality releases Neil Peart Drums Vol. 2: The Grooves (+ free sample pack)

Sonic Reality Neil Peart Drums Vol 2 The Grooves

Sonic Reality has announced the release of Neil Peart Drums Vol. 2: The Grooves, a sample library featuring drum grooves performed by Neil Peart.

Legendary drummer of Rush Neil Peart and Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz have teamed up with music software developer Sonic Reality to create the new “Neil Peart Drums Vol. 2 The Grooves” sound collection. Over 600 grooves performed by Peart are now available in a variety of loop formats such as Rex, Apple Loops, Acidized Wave, R.A.W., Stylus RMX and more to come. Musicians can use these drum grooves to write their own music, practice, jam or play Rush covers inside their computer recording software or iPads and mobile devices.

“When we did the Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1 Series we wanted to present a digital recreation of Neil’s amazing DW kit so it could be played from any midi controller such as a keyboard or an electronic drum kit” says Sonic Reality CEO Dave Kerzner “But for Vol. 2 we now also have the isolated drum tracks of Rush songs performed by Neil and cut up into 1-2 bar patterns that can be re-arranged and used in new music made by any musician or songwriter.”

Offering the first “virtual reality drum session” with one of the top rock drummers in the world, Neil Peart Drums Vol. 2 The Grooves gives musicians an opportunity that’s not only a dream come true for Rush fans but anyone looking for album quality rock drum loops for their music.

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $59 USD (Rex/Apple Loops/Wave) / $49 USD (RMX).

For a limited time Sonic Reality and are offering an additional free set of 72 loops taken from the Rush song “YYZ” in their R.A.W. series Rex, Apple Loops and Wave formats. These exclusive drum loops are currently not available in any Neil Peart Drums products or anywhere else.

More information: Sonic Reality / Neil Peart Drums Vol. 2: The Grooves


IK Multimedia launches 15th Anniversary Promotion

IK Multimedia 15th Anniversary Promotion

IK Multimedia has announced it is celebration its 15th Anniversary Promotion, with an unprecedented series of prizes and promotions.

To celebrate this milestone, IK Multimedia is bringing you some amazing deals and giveaways from June 15 to September 15, 2011 as we celebrate this history of hard work and success with an unprecedented series of prizes and promotions.

15th Anniversary Promotion

  • Once in a lifetime MEGA Group Buy – Buy any IK product* and get another one FREE of equal or lesser value. Get 2 FREE products when 5,000 users participate.
  • 15 % Discount on the entire IK Range (use promo code 15YEARS at checkout).
  • 15 FREE JamPoints to all registered IK users.
  • 15 IK users get $15,000 worth of prizes (Avid®, Fender™, Yamaha®, Steinberg®, Audyssey™, Seymour Duncan®, Jet City Amplification®, Sonoma Wire Works™, T-Rex®, and Sonic Reality™).
  • Weekly 15th Anniversary Surprise Deals.

More information: IK Multimedia / 15th Anniversary Promotion


Cakewalk announces SONAR Session Drummer 3 Kits from Andy Johns and Neil Peart

Cakewalk has announced the availability of Andy Johns Kit 1 by Platinum Samples and Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 by Sonic Reality, two new expansion libraries for SONAR Session Drummer 3.

Andy Johns Kit 1 for Session Drummer 3

The Andy Johns Kit 1 for Session Drummer 3 was recorded by legendary engineer Andy Johns who invented the modern rock drum sound.

Andy’s credits include Led Zeppelin II, III, IV & Physical Graffiti, The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers, Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton and more. The albums Andy has engineered and produced have sold over 150 million copies.

Andy Johns Kit 1 features

  • Recorded by legendary recording engineer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen).
  • High resolution Drum kit for Session Drummer 3 with up to 12 velocity levels and 6 round robin variations.
  • Includes 120 grooves from Platinum Samples’ Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and Bobby Jarzombek (Halford) MIDI Groove Libraries.
Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 for Session Drummer 3

Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 for Session Drummer 3 by Sonic Reality features samples of the authentic Drum Workshop® Signature “Snakes and Arrows” kit of drum legend Neil Peart from the band Rush.

Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) this powerful stereo kit offers the ultimate high fidelity rock sound with incredible realism. Coming from the acclaimed Drum Masters 2 and Studio ProFile series, Sonic Reality has crafted this legendary kit in Session Drummer 3 format so SONAR 8.5 and SONAR X1 users can enjoy one of the finest sampled kits in the world.

This custom DW kit was made to spec for Neil Peart, complete with a unique 23″ kick drum, wide array of toms, cymbals and a rocking snare recorded through vintage Neve® channels using vintage tube and ribbon microphones by engineer/producer Nick Raskulinecz. This powerfully expressive drum kit packs in the punch and delivers dynamic acoustic drums like nothing else.

The Andy Johns Kit 1 is available to purchase for $39.95 USD, Neil Peart Drums Vol 1 for Session Drummer 3 is $99.95 USD.

More information: Cakewalk / Session Drummer 3 Expansions


Sonic Reality releases Infinite Workstation Gold, Kontakt-based sample library

Sonic Reality Infinite Workstation Gold

Sonic Reality has announced the release of Infinite Workstation Gold, a powerful virtual instrument plug-in/Kontakt-based sample library bundle.

It features a massive selection of multi-sampled instruments ranging from pianos, vintage keyboards, guitars and bass to a complete orchestra, vocal pads and world instruments. With 3,000 sounds and over 12 gigabytes of sample content “Infinite Workstation Gold” is designed with the songwriter/composer or producer in mind. It’s a ‘one-stop shop’ for all sound needs in any style of music from Hip Hop to Rock to Classical and more.

Sonic Reality has taken its legacy “Sonik Capsule” series and over the years has expanded the original 5 titles to 15 “Kapsules” for Kontakt format. The Infinite Workstation Gold is a bundle of all 15 Kapsule titles plus additional content such as large-sized “OmniSoundz” GM set, 300 meg grand piano and bonus sounds from other “Kontakt/Infinite Player Family” sound collections by Sonic Reality.

Infinite Workstation Gold will immediately be available from Sonic Reality’s e-commerce outlet as well as from all Sonic Reality dealers and distributors world-wide in Q1, 2011, priced at $299 USD.

More information: Sonic Reality / Infinite Workstation Gold


Sonic Reality releases RAW Hip Hop Diamond, loop sample library bundle

Sonic Reality RAW Hip Hop Diamond

Sonic Reality has announced the release of RAW Hip Hop Diamond, a massive loop bundle of over 4,000 Hip Hop style grooves in Rex2, Apple Loops and Acidized Wave formats (12,000 loops total between all 3 included formats).

Featuring the latest R.A.W. series loops including many new titles that have not been available in a bundle before, this power pack saves over 60% off the regular price for all 9 Hip Hop and R&B style titles.

Complete with song construction kits, record scratches, vocal beatboxing, 808’s, 909’s, strings, dirty drum grooves, booming bass lines, keys, guitars, vocal licks and more the RAW Hip Hop Diamond collection is like a “Loop Workstation” compatible with any DAW or sampler on the market today. With over 12 gigabytes of fresh loops the R.A.W. Hip Hop Diamond bundle is a powerhouse for Hip Hop production.

RAW Hip Hop Diamond is available to purchase for $159 USD.

More information: Sonic Reality / RAW Hip Hop Diamond