Soundiron releases Subways & Streetcars sample library

Soundiron has announced the release of Subways & Streetcars, a new sound library.

Soundiron SFX - Subways & Streetcars

Subways & Streetcars is a professional sound library, featuring field recorded sound effects and natural environmental soundscapes on and around a modern major metropolitan transit line and 3 different vintage early 20th century electric passenger streetcars. This 4.38 GB library is built for sound designers and re-recording mixers, as well as musicians and composers that are looking for fresh sonic ideas and sound sources to explore and manipulate.

The sounds are standard wav files that can be used in any audio program and you’ll find clearly named files and folders to make library navigation a breeze. The Kontakt presets put all of that excellent content into an easy plug-and-play interface, whether you’re incorporating it into music or sound design.

The library is available for the introductory price of $29 USD (24-bit/48kHz version) / $19 USD (16-bit/44.1kHz version) until March 15th, 2015.

More information: Soundiron / Subways & Streetcars

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The Unfinished releases Omnisphere Horizon V & Omnisphere Horizon V: Deluxe

The Unfinished Omnisphere Horizon V: Deluxe

The Unfinished has announced the release of Omnisphere Horizon V, a collection of 128 patches for Spectrasonics Omnisphere. It also comes in a Deluxe Version with 195 patches.

Horizon V is squarely aimed at the television underscore and independent film scoring vibe. There is a strong blend of the acoustic and the synthetic: both growling and delicate string instruments meet dark and lush analogue sounds. Melding organic bowed textures, airy guitars and pseudo-folk vibes with bristling, warm synth classics and evolving techno pulses; this soundset captures the intimate, innovative spirit of scoring for the small screen, as well as films and games that steer away from the Hollywood aesthetic.

This collection delivers haunting pianos, melancholic soundscapes, colourful guitars, eclectic strings, and supports them with impulsive basses, kinetic percussion, rich pads and robust synths.

With the launch of Omnisphere 2 not so very far away, this will be the last release in the Horizon series – but it is ending on a high. As well as the normal version of Horizon V, there will also be a Deluxe version featuring an expanded total of 195 patches, rather than the normal 128.

Omnisphere Horizon V: Deluxe takes several of the patches from the extensive Arps + Rhythms section and re-works them in different time signatures (5/4 and 3/4) to give them extra life. It also turns some of the sounds from the Arps + Rhythms section into individual, playable instruments. This adds a number of new basses, percussive noises and plucked instruments to the collection.

Omnisphere Horizon V and Omnisphere Horizon V: Deluxe are available for purchase for £19.99 GBP and £24.99 GBP, respectively (prices ex. VAT).

Until March 6th, 2015, a purchase of Omnisphere Horizon V: Deluxe includes a bonus soundset: Omnisphere Capricorn.

This bonus collection of patches come from a small The Unfinished side project and features 70 extra patches, primarily designed using Omnisphere’s extraordinary collection of analogue synth sound sources. It makes an excellent accompaniment to Omnisphere Horizon V: Deluxe.

More information: The Unfinished

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70% off Frozen Plain Colourform for Kontakt at VST Buzz

FrozenPlain Colourform

VST Buzz has launched a limited time promotion on Colourform, offering 70% off the Kontakt instrument library by Frozen Plain.

Save a whopping 70% off “Colourform” – a sample library that allows you to blend organic sounds using colours.

This is an incredible product for all electronic musicians and composers, capable of producing beautiful and unique synth soundscapes.

Colourform features

  • 20 unique Kontakt patches, with a total of 112 sounds between them.
  • Unique visual inspirational experience.
  • Stereo 24 bit samples.
  • 427MB of content (ncw audio files).
  • PDF Manual explaining all the controls.
  • Atmospheric sounds made from abstract sources: pitchforks, glass bowls, creaky gates, spanners, rain and thunder, fire and more.
  • A completely new and inspirational way of working.

Colourform is available from VST Buzz for 9.99 EUR until March 3rd, 2015.

More information: VST Buzz / Frozen Plain Colourform

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Siren Audio releases Generative & Feedback version 2

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Siren Audio has announced version 2 of its Generative and Feedback software applications for generating evolving soundscapes with granular synthesis and creating dense textures and loops.

Released in June 2011, The original Lorelei suite comprised of three applications that aimed to reduce the amount of times it took to generate new musical ideas and audio material.

After receiving awards from Computer Music Magazine, and a favourable review from Sound on Sound, the developer worked in stages to create the new versions of the original Generative and Feedback applications.

The new applications retain the same core ideas of generating drone and loop based audio material via delays and granular synthesis, but give much more control to the user over how the sound is created.

Siren Audio Generative 2

The Generative application has received the biggest overhaul, with a number of new features that make it a significant tool for generating evolving soundscapes and drones. Perhaps the biggest change is the ability to save and restore sessions, allowing the user to create complex sounds and restore them. The four granular players can now have independent pitch and filter settings, and a new ‘states’ dialog allows the user to save up to sixteen states within a preset that can be switched between.

Changes in Generative 2

  • Restore sessions. Recall analysed audio with all settings to completely restore a previous session.
  • ‘States’ section to alter parameters via MIDI notes and the computer keyboard.
  • MIDI trigger section with amplitude envelope to set pitches and change state presets.
  • Ability to change each devices pitch using a sliding scale or keyboard values.
  • Graphical filter for each device, and a choice of state variable filter or graphic filter for the main output filter.
  • Improved user variation implementation for more precise variation control.
  • Aux send to effects for each device.
  • Effects channel with delay ramp, distortion, and delay effects.
  • ‘Random segments on copy’ function to bypass the previous version’s analysis stage.
  • ‘Random Segments’ window to quickly create new segments, with space and length settings.
  • User options for CPU reduction: hide graphical playheads / set number of voices used by each device.
  • Direct control of granular parameters by suspending the applications internal synthesis engine.
  • ‘User Playback Area’ for each device in order to give finer control of user playback position via MIDI.
  • Global Pitch tuning and variation settings.
  • Random pitch method by user defined scale or pitch range.
  • Option to alter pitches via MIDI by scale / range / keyboard interval.
  • Ability to view, add, edit, and delete segments.
  • Option to show segments of specific devices and/or user playback areas.
  • Better sounding state variable filters (by Tim Place of 74 Objects).
  • Reverb (by Tim Place of 74 Objects).
  • Ability to scale the application, for laptops with small screens.
Siren Audio Feedback 2

Feedback has had many refinements internally to save CPU usage, and features new audio file playback modes which allow users more creative freedom when manipulating audio files. The delay times can now be controlled via MIDI, as well as the input and output effects, which further enhances Feedback’s capabilities in as a live performance tool. Also included with this update are improved filters and a new reverb effect.

Changes in Feedback 2

  • Expanded Random Settings dialog, with random delay times based on millisecond or measure ranges.
  • Improved Granular synthesis play mode.
  • Polyphonic Sampler file playback mode with up to 10 voices.
  • Output Effects Section.
  • New ‘Play Free’ playback modes for interesting pitched playback of an audio file.
  • Darker/Refined User Interface.
  • Reverb (by Timothy Place of C74 Objects).
  • Improved state variable filters (by Timothy Place of C74 Objects).
  • New Instability and Strength controls to control delay time variation parameters.
  • Various user interface and internal changes to save CPU usage.
  • More parameters controllable via MIDI.
  • Ability to change the order of Output Effects / Reverb.
  • Visual Feedback of BPM for live performance.
  • More options for recording input source.
  • Ability to scale the application, for laptops with small screens.
  • Ability to Update / Delete Preset slots.

Generative and Feedback for Windows and Mac are available for purchase for £30 GBP and £25 GBP, respectively. A bundle of both is £50 GBP. Users who bought the software after February the 14th 2014 will receive a free upgrade, and users of the first version of the Lorelei suite will receive a 50% discount on the new applications.

More information: Siren Audio

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iMusicAlbum releases SoundScaper for iOS

iMusicAlbum has launched SoundScaper, an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending ideas.

iMusicAlbum SoundScaper

With this application you can easily experiment with creating new and unusual sounds from ordinary samples. For sound designers and those interested in creating ambient or experimental electronic music, with filtering and mixing of up to three oscillators, you can create excellent soundscapes, textures and drones for your music or for movie soundtrack or entertainment apps and games.

SoundScaper features

  • Three sample-based oscillators with circuit bending like controls.
  • Three LP, HP, BP filters and two range delay for each oscillator.
  • Spatial mixer/reverb with side and distance for each sound source.
  • Three low frequency oscillators for automation mixer and filters.
  • Possibility to randomly generating parameters for each oscillator.
  • Built-in library of natural samples grouped by categories.
  • Scenes for storing and loading all operation parameters.
  • Possibility to download additional samples in different audio formats.
  • Uploading samples thru Web access, audio clipboard, from another app and iTunes.
  • Different color schemes available for the user interface.
  • Detailed application description.
  • Supports Audiobus with “State Saving” feature.
  • Inter-App audio compatible.

The app is available for purchase for $5.99 USD.

More information: SoundScaper

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