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SoundMorph announces Solar Sky sound fx library

SoundMorph Solar Sky

SoundMorph has announced Solar Sky, a sound fx sample library featuring a diverse set of state-of-the-art spaceship sounds.

Designed for use in any modern sci-fi production, Solar Sky is an essential addition to add to your workflow.

SoundMorph has teamed up with French sound designer Frederic Devanlay to create this new sonic universe. Frederic not only has an impressive background in AAA games and film sound design, but he also runs a well equipped studio (pictured below) where he helped carefully craft these sounds.

Designing sound for spaceships can be quite time consuming, and Solar Sky gives you a great set of sounds to get started.

Solar Sky features

  • 2.2GB of 350 24bit/96kHz files.
  • Includes Ship ambiances and drones, 120+ Ship passbys, both large and small, Ship power ups, Ship power downs, Ship door opens and closes, Wave Warped passbys.
  • Embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata.

The sound library is available to pre-order for $55 USD (20% off regular $69 USD). Solar Sky will ship September 4th, 2013.

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Audible Genius debuts Syntorial – Interactive Synthesizer Training Software

Audible Genius has announced the debut of Syntorial, synthesizer training software designed to teach musicians how to program synths and design sound.

Pairing video demonstrations with interactive challenges, Syntorial builds the user’s ability to program patches by ear. The built-in synthesizer includes 64 common synth parameters that are gradually introduced, one-by-one, to create a challenging yet enjoyable learning experience from start to finish.

Available for download on August 27th, Syntorial is the creation of Joe Hanley, a synth-loving musician determined to build a tutorial that would eliminate all of the science-speak and instead teach users the way in which each control affects sound—information they can immediately apply to real-life sound design situations. “In my early efforts to become a better synth programmer, I read a lot of books and articles and watched a lot of videos,” says Hanley. “And while I felt more knowledgeable, I was still unable to translate the sounds I was hearing into actual synth patches. Syntorial is intended to bridge that gap.”

Gone are the days of relying on presets. Syntorial advances the skill set of its users by teaching them to program the sounds they hear and gain a deep and intuitive understanding of the most common synth parameters, all at their own pace.

Syntorial features

  • 129 Interactive Challenges.
  • 147 Videos.
  • 706 Patches.
  • 64 Synth Parameters.
  • 39 Quizzes.
  • 33 “On Your Own” Tasks.

Syntorial for Windows and Mac is available to download for the introductory price of $99.99 USD through September 6th, 2013 (regular $129.99 USD).

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Roland Kuit intros Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space

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Roland Kuit Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space

Roland Kuit has announced Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space, a new e-Book on modular synthesis.

Concepts of space (re-)defined and shifted for modular synthesis

Reflections are positional essentials in creating space. How space can be thought of as an indispensable element of music, and with the kinds of approaches that emerge when space is dealt with from the start producing a sound work.

Interactive Html/PDF e-Book. The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.

The eBook costs 53 EUR.

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ADSR Sound launches FM8 EFX Sound Design & Electronic Sound Design for Massive

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ADSR Sounds has introduced FM8 EFX Sound Design and Electronic Sound Design for Massive, two new tutorial video courses by Jonny Strinati.

The FM8 EFX Sound Design tutorial series looks at using FM8 to create your own down lifters, uplifters, sweeps and impacts.

These videos explore some ideas and methods that are easy to implement with this awesome synth and hopefully sheds a little light on some things you can do differently to help improve your instruments and your sound design sessions within FM8.

The Electronica Sound Design tutorial is about programming synths, sound design, drum design and beat creation with NI Massive.

In this 4 part mini series, we learn how to design sounds, make drums and sequence with NI Massive for the electronica genre (think Warp Records).

The courses are available to purchase for $9 USD each.

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ADSR Sounds releases Growls & Pitch Mods video tutorial for Massive

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ADSR Sounds has introduced Growls & Pitch Mods for Massive, a video tutorial series by Jonny Strinati.

In this 4 part micro course, our resident Massive expert Jonny walks you through the steps of designing your own growls, bass risers and of course pitch modulated leads!

This series looks at using it for more than just bass sounds. This first installment explores some ideas and methods that are easy to implement with this powerhouse synth and hopefully sheds a little light on some things you can do differently to help improve your instruments and your sound design sessions within Massive.

The video course costs $9 USD.

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ADSR Sounds intros EFX Sound Design for Massive

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ADSR Sounds has launched EFX Sound Design, a video tutorial course by Jonny Strinati for Native Instruments Massive.

EFX sound design With NI Massive – Create Uplifters, Downlifters, Impacts and Sweeps!

In this 4 part micro course, our resident Massive expert Jonny walks you through the steps of designing your own Uplifters, Downlifters, Impacts and Sweeps! Of course once you have this knowledge you can tweak these out to create hundreds of unique variations.

The video course costs $9 USD.

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Steinberg updates HALion and HALion Sonic

Steinberg HALion 5 / HALion Sonic 2

Steinberg has announced the latest release of its VST sampler and sound creation system, HALion 5, together with the HALion Sonic 2 VST workstation.

Both new software iterations combine creative tools with ease of use and versatility that are novel to the trade.

HALion is renowned for uniting outstanding sampling technology with the very latest in virtual synthesis. Its unprecedented functional depth and equally advanced user interface with access to all sound-shaping parameters turn HALion into an entire sound design package for discerning professionals.

The advantages of HALion Sonic lie with its simplicity and pristine audio quality, making it a true alternative to heavyweight hardware workstations. Each of the 16 instrument slots loads with presets and is routed to one of the 16 stereo outputs. This again can be saved as multi-preset for instant recall. Together with easily created keyboard splits and its dedicated performer mode, HALion Sonic is the perfect tool for studio work and stage performances alike.

“For more than a decade HALion has been considered a premium brand that transcends the typical possibilities of professional audio manipulation,” says Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “The latest two releases keep with this tradition. HALion Sonic 2 provides a wealth of first-class sounds, while HALion 5 offers endless inspiration for creating own sounds.”

HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 treat users to thousands of synthesized and acoustic sounds, dialed in through eight fantastically new instruments: the sleek virtual analog Trium synthesizer, Auron for granular oscillation, Voltage delivers extra punch, World Instruments and World Percussion, HALiotron, the Model C organ emulation and the B-Box step sequencer for beats and drum patterns.

Both HALion and HALion Sonic now feature nine new effects including VST Amp for superb guitar and bass effect sounds and Auto Filter for seamless sound morphing. Based on Yamaha’s Motif technology, FlexPhraser offers complex arpeggios, now sporting the user phrase editor to create custom patterns and phrases.

In addition, HALion 5 comes with two new sound sources, introducing the granular synthesis engine for creating beautiful sonic textures and the tone-wheel organ simulation with nine organ and percussion drawbars. Also new to HALion is the slicing mode that allows users to adjust audio material to fit any beat or track. Two new MIDI modules feature MIDI Player to load MIDI files that can be edited and triggered remotely. Drum Player is a step sequencer conceived and designed to play drum beats and rhythms.

HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 are available for 349 EUR/249 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT.

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Native Instruments launches BLOCKBUSTER SEASON sales special

Native Instruments Blockbuster Season

Native Instruments has announced the Blockbuster Season sales special, offering 50% discount on 10 Native Instruments cinematic and orchestral instruments.

BLOCKBUSTER SEASON features 10 acclaimed instruments – each serving a unique role in Native Instruments’ cinematic and orchestral instrument portfolio. ACTION STRINGS provides over 14 GB of authentic orchestral string phrases, playable via an intuitive interface for dynamic, original performance. DAMAGE combines industrial and orchestral drum samples to create intense cinematic percussion with an epic edge. KONTAKT 5 is the industry-leading software-sampler, renowned for its audio engine, flexible architecture, and 43 GB of pristine sample content. ABSYNTH 5′s semi-modular design provides pads, grooves, and abstract soundscapes with a unique, otherworldly sound.

Furthermore, THE GIANT delivers the intense sound of the world’s biggest upright piano with a second, cinematic mode perfect for adding atmosphere and sound effects to productions. EVOLVE, EVOLVE MUTATIONS, and EVOLVE MUTATIONS 2 are three distinct sound design libraries, each delivering a wealth of extraordinary rhythms, effects, and sounds for composers wishing to explore new sonic territory. WEST AFRICA is a collection of pristinely-sampled traditional West African percussion and melodic instruments with a set of highly-inspirational, pre-programmed patterns. BALINESE GAMELAN provides the rich and complex textures of a traditional Indonesian orchestra with advanced, flexible tweaking options. During the BLOCKBUSTER SEASON sales special, each of these 10 powerful instruments is available for 50% off the NI Online Shop price.

The Blockbuster Season sales special ends July 29, 2013, 24:00 (CET).

More information: Native Instruments / Blockbuster Season