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Time+Space intros EPIC: Cinematic Drums & Sound Design by Big Fish Audio

Big Fish Audio EPIC

Time+Space has announced the release of EPIC: Cinematic Drums & Sound Design, a virtual instrument by Big Fish Audio.

Looking for a quick and easy solution for creating your next cinematic soundtrack? Created for use with Kontakt 5, EPIC is colossal in scope yet simple to use so you can get that tremendous cinematic sound in just a few clicks.

EPIC features hundreds of killer performance loops, organised into 24 different Kontakt construction kits making it fast and easy to compose Action, Suspense, or Horror cues when you’re on a tight deadline. What’s more, EPIC also includes multi-sampled versions of all of the drums used in the performance loops, so you can easily create your own fills, rhythms, and sounds, or mix and match pre-generated loops with your own custom material.

A huge variety of ethnic drums and percussion were recorded for this library including Chinese drums, taikos, African drums, frame drums, small and large gongs, cymbals, quints, a complete set of five Roto-Toms, and a massive, studio-shaking 39″ nagada drum from India. You’ll also find hundreds of high-quality cinematic sound design elements, such as thundering Hits, Impacts, Metals, Risers and Whooshes.

EPIC is available to purchase for RRP £125 GBP / 159 EUR.

More information: Time+Space / EPIC

UVI releases Sparkverb reverb effect plugin

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UVI Sparkverb

UVI has announced Sparkverb, a reverb effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

With a cutting-edge algorithmic design, Sparkverb breaks the boundaries of contemporary reverbs giving users modern and innovative controls that dramatically enhance usability, speed and creative freedom while delivering breathtaking sound quality and remarkable CPU efficiency.

Whether you’re working with small ensembles, massive orchestras, sound design or anything in-between, Sparkverb offers a unique experience and innovative feature set that helps you work faster, smarter and more creatively than ever before.

The Sparkverb license can be freely stored on a computer (no iLok USB smart key required) or on a portable and convenient iLok USB smart key. Users can conveniently switch between these two license protection modes at any time.

Sparkverb for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/MAS) costs $199 USD.

More information: UVI / Sparkverb

Patchpool introduces Scattered Entity Vol. 1 for MachFive 3

Patchpool Scattery Entity Vol 1

Simon Stockhausen of Patchpool has announced Scattered Entity Vol. 1, the first in a series of libraries for MOTU’s MachFive 3.

Over time a universe of sounds for this extremely versatile electronic instrument will be created, combining the beauty and natural expression of acoustic instruments with the miracles of electronic sound design.

Scattered Entity Vol. 1 features

  • ~3 GB of original samples (wav/stereo/48 Khz/24 Bit).
  • 100+ patches/instruments combining all synthesis methods available in MachFive
    • Multisampled instruments, pure and twisted.
    • Orchestral sounds derived from orchestral recordings of my own music.
    • Evolving pads.
    • Vocal texures.
    • Experimental textures.
    • Cinematic and ominous soundscapes.
    • Complex sequencers.
    • Processed field recordings.
    • Sampled Instruments:
      • Celtic harp with 27 strings – multisampled with several velocity layers and round robin, harp glissandi, prepared harp samples.
      • Bowed strings.
      • Woodwinds.
      • Chromatic and achromatic percussion (Thai gongs, Tamtam, bowed vibraphone, Djembe and more).
      • Timpani.
  • All patches will have the 8 Macros assigned in the info tab, quite a few patches will also have custom scripting for extended sound manipulation features and a nice front end.

The sound library is scheduled for release in early November, 2013. It is available to pre-order for 52 EUR (20% off regular 65 EUR).

More information: Patchpool / Scattered Entity Vol. 1

Sample Logic releases FUSION Multi Pack for ASSAULT

Sample Logic Fusion for Assault

Sample Logic has announced the release of the FUSION Multi Pack for its ASSAULT hybrid transitions and sound design library for Kontakt.

FUSION Multi Pack is a set of over 50 lethal multis that expand ASSAULT to the next level.

The FUSION Multi Pack has been developed and engineered to push the envelop of music and sound design and loaded with the key sounds of ASSAULT. From wobbled out arpeggiated rhythms to bone-crushing big hits and atmospheres.

The FUSION Multi pack is a great addition for film, TV, game composers, and sound designers who want an industrial strength cutting edge to their sound.

Fusion Multi Pack features

  • 50 new Multis featuring ASSAULT instruments recorded and processed at 48k/24-bit, delivered at 44.1k/24-bit.
  • Requires ASSAULT & Kontakt 5 Player 5.2 or higher (free download) or full version of Kontakt 5.2 or higher (sold separately).

The FUSION Multi Pack costs $24.99 USD. A bundle of ASSAULT and FUSION Multi Pack is MSRP $329.99 USD. Purchase on September 16th, 2013, at $249.99 USD.

More information: Sample Logic / Assault

ADSR Sounds intros Sound Design with Zebra 2

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ADSR Sounds Sound Design with Zebra 2

ADSR Sounds has announced Sound Design with Zebra 2, an 8 hour sound design tutorial by SoundMagus.

This comprehensive, 8-hour synthesis programme will give you the expert skills, know-how, tricks and tips you need to become a sound alchemist.

Starting with the basics of subtractive synthesis, we take you through eight main sections – primarily using Zebra 2 – covering everything from sound sources and oscillators to modulation and FX modules. The tuition moves from the beginner level to some pretty advanced stuff in Zebra 2: all delivered in the relaxed, straightforward tutorial style you’ve come to expect from SoundMagus Music Production Videos.

We’ve included all the patches and presets you’ll need for the course; and all videos are supplied in high resolution mp4 format. With the majority of the videos, we also supply a PDF file with notes consolidating all the main points.

The video course is available to purchase for $75 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / Sound Design with Zebra 2

Mainstage Sounds releases Impacts Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Mainstage Impacts Vol 1
Mainstage Impacts Vol 2

Mainstage Sounds has announced the relesae of Mainstage Impacts Volume 1 and Volume 2, two sound fx sample libraries featuring high-end premium cut impacts.

Mainstage Impacts Vol. 1 is one of the most comprehensive Impact tools on the market for high-end music production. Impacts Vol. 1 comes with 500 cinematic slams, paranormal collisions, epic explosions, apocalyptic blasts, sub bombs, colossal detonations, and expressive impacts. Each sound was created with great detail so you can freely sculpt your performance from the subtle to the vibrant.

Continuing the high-end Impact series is Impacts Vol. 2, a passionate impact library that comes with 500 thunderous shocks, massive explosions, colossal collisions, apocalyptic slams, sub-rattling blasts, mammoth clashes, and dramatic impacts. Each sound has been painstakingly designed for serious producers seeking the most pristine quality in impact sound design.

The sound packs are available to purchase for $25 USD each.

More information: Mainstage Sounds

Glitchmachines releases Vulcan sample pack by Ivo Ivanov

Glitchmachines Vulcan

Glitchmachines has launched Vulcan, the third installment in its Macropack series of sample packs.

Macropacks are affordable sample packs that feature high quality sound effects equally geared toward music production, multimedia and game audio projects. Vulcan features 300 sound effects by Ivo Ivanov, inspired by legends of hostile, uninhabitable worlds.

The epic spirit of this sample pack is suitable for projects in need of ominous, bold and aggressive material with a sinister technical twist. You will find earth shattering apocalyptic impacts, brutal metallic collisions, dissonant cataclysmic drones, colossal atmospheric contortions and foreboding complex composite effects.

Vulcan comes with 1.6 GB of audio content, which has been meticulously crafted to compliment modern productions in need of sophisticated, technical and forwardthinking sound effects. This Macropack includes Kontakt 5 kits for instant access & playability.

Whether you are an electronic musician working on your next big release, a sound designer working on a motion picture trailer or a game audio engineer developing assets for a blockbuster sci-fi game, Vulcan delivers uncompromising quality at the highest possible value.

Vulcan is available to purchase for $9 USD.

More information: Glitchmachines / Vulcan

Review: Goldbaby Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby’s latest sample pack Dirt and Layers features a collection of samples to enhance your drum and percussion sounds by adding some dirt, layers & more.

The dirt category comprises 140 sounds, including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. Add some vinyl noise to give the impression that your instrument was sampled off vinyl. Add some tape noise to make your recordings sound like they were done on tape before noise reduction was invented. Use the damaged cassette noise to fake your cassette sampling skills.

No less than 830 drum layering sounds are found in the layers category. These include kick drum subs, snare top sounds, sucking sounds, transients, and more.

The drum layering sounds are a fantastic tool kit for augmenting and beefing up drum sounds. Give your drums more depth and texture by experimenting with different layers. Boost the bottom end of kicks with tuned subs or add a transient layer to help it cut through a mix. Crispen snares with various top layers or add body and substance using the sauce and body layers.

For instant gratification you can drop one of the 50 loops (REX) in your track to get the authentic, characteristic sounds of vinyl, dirt patterns, etc.

While the pack is clearly designed to enhance your drum sounds and add character to (any) audio, many of the sounds are also great for using as is, or as the basis for further processing. If you like your odd percussion sounds like me, you will be in for a treat. Transient clicks and kick subs are probably best used layered with existing drum sounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them any other way. Hugo also included things like synth fx, random noises and vocoder sounds, so you really have a good variety of sounds.

Maschine and Geist users will be happy to hear that Dirt and Layers includes browser integration for these instruments, so everything is nicely ordered/tagged and good to go right off the bat.

Check this nice video demonstrating how you can use these tools to layer sounds in Maschine.

So what do I think?

Product: Dirt and Layers by Goldbaby
Format: 970 wav samples (24-bit) / 50 REX loops
Price: $29 USD
Like: Excellent tools, top notch sound design, browser integration, Goldbaby quality
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

I think this is one of Goldbaby’s best sample packs to date. Hugo has always delivered work of the highest quality, but to me Dirt and Layers is a bit special, something like a treasure trove.

Making sure you have good quality source material to work with is really important, but there usually is room for improvement. Dirt and Layers is like a toolbox filled to the brim with the best tools for the job.

Depending on the vibe you are trying to create you will want to add some of those character noises, fatten up your drum sounds, or add some excitement with sound fx type samples. This pack has it all.

And if you like a more experimental sound, you’re going to be using these samples for a lot more than layering or simply adding character. Get your creative juices flowing!

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers