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Sonic Reality announces EpiK DrumS – A Ken Scott Collection

Sonic Reality EpiK DrumS - A Ken Scott Collection

Sonic Reality has announced EpiK DrumS – A Ken Scott Collection, a massive virtual instrument/plug-in for drum kits and grooves with the authentic sound and feel of classic rock records.

It features five of the world’s best drummers recorded by legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott.

In EpiK DrumS, Ken recreated the drum sounds of multitrack studio sessions he recorded with David Bowie, Supertramp, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs, Missing Persons, Elton John, and The Beatles.

Authentic classic drum sounds were achieved from using the same rare recording equipment; the same instruments; expert technical assistance from Ross Garfield “The Drum Doctor”; advanced sound development by Sonic Reality; and collaboration with the original drummers Bill Cobham, Terry Bozzio, Woody Woodmansey, Bob Siebenberg, and Rod Morgenstein.

All together this makes up one of the most EPIK productions ever for a software drum instrument.

EpiK DrumS – A Ken Scott Collection features

  • Virtual Drum & Groove Instrument/Plug-in for authentic classic drums.
  • Multi-track drum kits and audio grooves recorded by legendary engineer/producer Ken Scott.
  • Unique Kits and Grooves of top drummers: Bill Cobham, Bob Siebenberg, Terry Bozzio, Woody Woodmansey and Rod Morgenstein.
  • Over 80 Gigabytes of high quality 24 bit drum samples.
  • Over 2,000 audio grooves ranging from classic rock and pop time signatures to fusion and unique style complex grooves rarely found in sample libraries.
  • Seven Advanced Expressive Drum Kits in the style of artists such as David Bowie, Supertramp, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs, Missing Persons, Elton John and The Beatles.
  • Flexible mix and match kit pieces for unlimited custom drum kits as well as percussion.
  • “Out of the box” album mixes by Ken Scott as well as discrete mixing control for both instant gratification and flexibility.
  • Midi Drum Kits mapped in GM, iMap™, V-Drum™, Performance and Custom modes with midi learn for the ability to play from a keyboard or any electronic drum kit.
  • Includes Sonic Reality’s proprietary Multi-track Rex™ Grooves which are real live-played drum loops mapped to the keyboard. Snap to the tempo of your host while providing full discrete mic mixing capability between directs, overheads, room and more.
  • Comes with the Infinite Player powered by Kontakt for compatibility as a plug-in for every major DAW as well as stand alone for the Mac and PC.
  • Mix and match custom kits compatible with other Drum Masters series titles.
  • The combination of authentic grooves and playable drum kits allows you to create the most realistic drum tracks for your music..

EpiK DrumS is now available for pre-order from all Sonic Reality dealers for $599 USD (shipping Q4, 2009).

More information: Sonic Reality / EpiK DrumS

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Sonic Reality releases free Ocean Way Drum Kit 10 Medium ReFill

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Sonic Reality have releases Ocean Way Drum Kit 10 Medium Ambience Mix, a free ReFill for Reason 4.

The original pre-packed size of this amazing drum kit is over 700 MB! This FREE kit includes alternating hits mapped in both General MIDI and “iMap” (Sonic Reality’s proprietary drum mapping system for achieving greater performance realism and expression).

Ocean Way® Drums features larger-than-life sound, having been recorded in the legendary Studio B at Ocean Way® Recording in Hollywood, California where artists like Radiohead, Beck, Green Day, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and countless other artists record. It was recorded and mixed by Grammy®-winning engineers Allen Sides and Steven Miller to offer users “album ready” drum mixes right out of the box.

Ocean Way® Drum kits have a natural acoustic sound that has presence, punch, and depth rarely found in drum sample libraries, winning accolades such as Keyboard Magazine’s Key Buy and Electronic Musician Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award. Now all Reason 4 users can have a FREE taste of this amazing drum sample collection to use right inside their Reason 4′s NNXT, ReDrum, and Combinator!

The free “Ocean Way® Drum Kit 10 Medium” Refill can be downloaded exclusively from Sonic Reality’s download site – DownloadableSoundz.

All Reason 4 users may click on this link and enter the following promo code: PROMO-OWDPROP

Or simply go directly here after first setting up a free download account with DownloadableSoundz.com

More information: Sonic Reality / DownloadableSoundz

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Toontrack Music updates Superior Drummer to v2.2

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Toontrack Superior Drummer 2

Toontrack Music has released version 2.2 of Superior Drummer, a virtual drum sampler instrument for PC and Mac.

Version 2.2 includes features that radically take users workflow to the next level.

The refined controls over the instruments response and creative possibilities provided by the new MIDI nodes feature, as well as the much requested integrated Groove Player to supplement EZplayer pro’s unique features, are sure to make an impression.

Best of all, this is once again a free update available to all Superior Drummer® 2 users.

Changes in Superior Drummer v2.2

  • Integrated Groove player — Superior Drummer® now includes an integrated MIDI player, complete with drag and drop capabilities. Combine kit pieces patterns from different grooves to create totally new material that are nonetheless completely consistent with how a drummer would approach it.
  • Full control over the instruments response — Use the comprehensive (and greatly expanded) Velocity Controls to access the sound libraries most intimate technical and musical aspects. Change the response curve of any instrument, or change the response for one of the available articulation only.
  • MIDI nodes — Associate any combination of instruments – from multiple snare drums to more creative combos to be triggered simultaneously from your MIDI drum track – assembling your dream instrument in entities called MIDI nodes that can be triggered effortlessly from your sequencer.
  • New Pedal correction presets — Thanks to the improved velocity controls available in Superior Drummer® 2.2, e-drummers will be please to find additional pedal correction profiles designed to correct all the most common foot controller hardware shortcomings.
  • CC7 control of master volume — Users are now able to automate the Superior Drummer® master volume via MIDI Continuous Controller messages (CC7).
  • iMap* note mapping preset — Superior Drummer 2.2 includes a new note mapping preset derived from the very popular iMap format.
  • Library Version info — The Sound library version can now be clearly identified from within the Help menu, making it easier for users to know if they are up-to-date.

Superior Drummer v2.2 is now available for download for registered users. Note: This update includes many bugfixes, visit the Toontrack Support Forum for further details.

More information: Toontrack Music / Superior Drummer

* iMap is a drum map protocol created by Dave Kerzner & Sonic Reality

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Sonic Reality announces Summer Sound Off promotion

Sonic Reality Summer Sound Off

Sonic Reality has announed the Summer Sound Off promotion, offering over 50% discount on Refills, RMX Paks & R.A.W. Loops.

BIG SUMMER NEWS! Sonic Reality has started a Summer promotion called “Summer Sound Off” that saves over 50% off on deluxe sound collections for Reason, Stylus RMX and more!

Summer Sound Off promotion offers

  • ReMiX Gold DL Edition – The Ultimate RMX Loop Collection
    The new ReMiX Gold DL Edition contains 15 Sonic Reality RMX Style Paks for download and instant use with Stylus RMX. In this power bundle you get over 8,000 grooves and 100,000 playable one shot slices. Loops include acoustic and electronic drums, percussion, bass, guitars, strings, voices, keys, hip hop sounds, electronic synths, world instruments, full construction kits and more. A complete toolkit of sounds for any style of music to add to your Stylus RMX.
    Now $199.99 (regular MSRP $399.99)
  • Sonic Refills Gold DL Edition – 20 Workstation Refills for Reason 4
    The Sonic Refill 4 Gold DL Edition bundle features 20 refills updated with the addition of new Combinator patches, Thor modular synth patches and more on top of thousands of NNXT multi-sampled instruments, ReDrum kits, Dr. Rex loops, Subtractor, Malstrom and other native sounds for Reason 4 users.
    Now $149.99 (regular MSRP $299.99)
  • Miroslav Refills Gold Edition – Premium Orchestra and Choir Collection for Reason
    Miroslav Refills bring you the top quality orchestral strings, brass, winds, piano, percussion, choir and other symphonic sounds from the legendary Miroslav Vitous archives and Philharmonik plug-in. Never before has such a complete collection of high quality orchestral sounds been available for Reason 3 and 4.
    Now $149.99 (regular MSRP $299.99)
  • Sonic Refills Ultra Loaded – 38 Workstation Refills for Reason 4
    If you combine the 20 libraries of Sonic Refills Gold with the 18 refills of the Ultra Series (taken from Ultra Hip Hop, Ultra Electronic and Ultra Symphonic) you get one ULTRA LOADED package with the ultimate sonic workstation of instruments, synths and grooves for every module inside Reason 4.
    Now $249.99 (regular MSRP $499.99)
  • R.A.W. Gold DL Edition – The Ultimate Rex, Apple Loop and Wave Loop Collection
    R.A.W. Gold DL Edition now allows users to download a massive collection of loops in their choice of Rex, Apple Loops and/or Wave format for instant compatibility with every popular DAW and Sampler. It includes the Universal Groove Kit plus 15 Style Paks, over 38 gigabytes of sounds and over 40,000 loops.
    Now $249.99 (regular MSRP $499.99)

The Summer Sound Off promotion will end August 31, 2009.

More information: Sonic Reality

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eSoundz announces Super Sonic SampleTank Group Buy

eSoundz Super Sonic SampleTank Group Buy

eSoundz has announced the Super Sonic SampleTank Group Buy.

Yes, it is time again for another crazy eSoundz Group Buy! This time we’re pulling out 35 different SampleTank libraries in ONE group buy deal!

You can pick 3 downloadable Sonic Reality SampleTank libraries out of 35 choices in addition to TWO IK SampleTank-based plug-ins ALL for as low as just $199! That’s over $600 value for an unbeatable price available for a VERY limited time. The group buy starts NOW and ends on June 30th.

Because the plug-ins from the Super Sonic Promo must be registered by no later than July 6th, 2009 we will charge cards as soon as the lowest price is reached of $199 and it only takes 100 people to do that this time!

Don’t miss out on this incredible Super Sonic SampleTank deal! Customize your ultimate workstation for the lowest price! It’s all conveniently downloadable and flexible to your musical needs. This includes exclusive products you can’t get anywhere else! Remember this offer is only available for two weeks so join up today!

Visit eSoundz for more information.

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Cakewalk releases Guitar Tracks Pro 4 and Guitar Tracks Pro USB

Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 4

Cakewalk has updated Guitar Tracks Pro, the multitrack recording software for Windows PC.

Designed for guitarists and singer-songwriters, Guitar Tracks Pro 4 is the recording solution that takes your music from riff to hit! You get an amazing virtual guitar amp, a backing band of virtual instruments, precise editing tools, mixing console, over 2GB of sounds and effects, and more —for less than a few hours in the studio.

New features in Guitar Tracks Pro 4

  • A simplified multi-track recorder interface makes it easy to record, edit and mix your music.
  • Create, edit and print your own notation and tablature; an included fret-board view makes it easy to match notes to the guitar neck.
  • A suite of pro effects including Cakewalk’s Boost 11 Peak Limiter and Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig 3 LE to give you an arena sized sound right in your own studio.
  • Over 2GB of audio loops and samples spanning rock, blues, country, and bluegrass from Smart Loops™, Digital Sound Factory™, and Groove Monkee™.
  • Perfect your chops with a collection of Guitar World instructional videos featuring: Steve Morse, Dave Mustaine, Jimmy Herring, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and others..
  • Play along with loops recorded by world class drummers including: John Blackwell (Justin Timberlake, Prince), Jerry Marotta (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel), Nick D’Virgilio (Genesis, Tears for Fears), Ed Greene (Steely Dan, Barry White) and Danny Gottlieb (Sting, Pat Metheny Group) courtesy of Sonic Reality™.
  • Burn CDs and upload your finished projects directly to the web with Cakewalk Publisher; share your music with friends and family on websites, blogs or social networking sites.

Guitar Tracks Pro 4 is available at a retail price of $99 USD.

Guitar Tracks Pro USB (retail $149 USD) includes a portable, high quality audio interface, the UA-1G. Optimized for guitarists, the UA-1G features a special 1/4” jack with Hi-Z option for recording and 24-bit/96-kHZ Stereo I/O for playback.

Visit Cakewalk for more information.

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IK Multimedia now shipping StealthPedal

IK Multimedia StealthPedal

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the StealthPedal, the world’s first compact audio interface and MIDI controller housed in a wah-style pedal.

StealthPedal was designed specifically for guitar and bass players who are looking for an affordable, “high sound quality” way to connect their instrument to their computer, and control parameters of their software from the floor. Players can plug into the StealthPedal and immediately control the included “Powered by AmpliTube” software without additional setup. Plus, they can control ANY MIDI controllable software with the StealthPedal using the included StealthPedal MIDI setup application for Mac/PC.

Also, the StealthPedal will incorporate into an existing pedalboard setup utilizing only one pedal space, and adds the convenience and flexibility of computer based rigs to live performances.

StealthPedal features

  • USB powered audio interface:
    • 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion.
    • 44.1/48 kHz operation.
    • 2 balanced / unbalanced audio inputs (hi-Z or line level).
    • High-quality, low-noise input stage (109dBA /104dB RMS S/N ratio).
    • 2 balanced audio outputs.
    • Headphones output.
  • MIDI Controller:
    • Built-in assignable expression pedal and MIDI foot-switch.
    • External double switch and expression pedal inputs.
    • Assignable Volume control.
    • StealthPedal MIDI control software application included.
  • Multiple LEDs can operate as Tuner or Level indicators with AmpliTube.
  • Classic, rugged metal Wah-style construction.
  • Ships with a complete suite of guitar, bass & recording packages (including AmpliTube 2, Ampeg® SVX, AmpliTube X-GEAR, RiffWorks™ T4 Recording software, plus a collection of Sonic Reality Jam loops).
  • Controls all “Powered by AmpliTube” software/plug-ins.
  • Controls any MIDI controllable software/plug-ins.
  • Compatible with all the most popular DAW software supporting ASIO and Core Audio drivers on both PC and Mac.

StealthPedal is now available from dealers and distributors, and in the IK Multimedia online web store in two versions:

  1. StealthPedal — MSRP: $269.99 USD / €199.99 EUR (price excludes taxes)
    Includes StealthPedal, AmpliTube Live, Ampeg SVX Uno, AmpliTube X-GEAR, RiffWorks T4 and Sonic Reality Jam Loops.
  2. StealthPedal Deluxe — MSRP: $449.99 USD / €349.99 EUR (price exclude taxes)
    Includes StealthPedal, AmpliTube 2 Full Version, Ampeg SVX Full Version, AmpliTube X-GEAR, RiffWorks T4 and Sonic Reality Jam Loops.

Visit IK Multimedia for more information.

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