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Need a Name releases Aria free synth for Reaktor

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Need a Name has introduced Aria, a free synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Need a Name Aria

Hey guys, I released a new Reaktor ensemble named Aria, it’s an experimental synthesizer.

The synth is mostly enjoyable when playing it with a dynamic keyboard, ’cause filters are modulated by velocity.

Aria is a free download at Need a Name. Requires Reaktor full version.

More information: Need a Name / Aria

40% off Chromaphone + 3 free Chromaphone soundbanks at Plugin Boutique

Plugin Boutique has launched a 24-hour exclusive sale on the Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer by Applied Acoustics Systems.

Chromaphone Sale

Exclusive Plugin Boutique promotion. Grab Chromaphone for 40% off and receive three Chromaphone Soundbanks.

This offer is only available for 24 hours and is only available at Plugin Boutique.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Chromaphone Sale

Image-Line updates FL Studio Mobile for iOS to v2.3

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FL Studio has announced version 2.3 of FL Studio Mobile for iOS, which now includes MiniSynth, a real-time synthesizer ready to be used in your FL Mobile projects.

Changes in FL Studio Mobile v2.3

  • MiniSynth (including 70 presets).
  • Modulation via accelerometer (new option in the keyboard setup).
  • Transfer button in the in-app shop for emailing your purchases to another device.
  • Bug fixes (report bugs and we will fix them).

The update is free to FL Studio Mobile users. Android will be updated with MiniSynth sometime earlier in 2014. A MiniSynth FL Studio plugin is also in development so MiniSynth FL Mobile projects can be transferred to FL Studio.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio Mobile

Elektron updates Analog Four & Keys OS to v1.1

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Elektron OS 1.1 Analog Four/Keys

Elektron has launched OS version 1.1 for the Analog Four, and the first OS for the new Analog Keys synthesizer.

Analog Four was recently voted Hardware of the Year by the readers of Future Music, and now Swedish instrument maker Elektron is releasing a powerful new OS, making the analog tabletop synthesizer even better.

Analog Four OS 1.1 introduces polyphony, resonance boost, and MIDI multi map. Oh yeah, it also unlocks the pre-installed +Drive of all units.

Changes in Analog Four OS 1.1

  • Polyphony – Fully customizable voice allocation. With the upgrade, the Analog Four can be used as a polyphonic four voice synthesizer, as four separate monophonic synthesizers, in four note unison with user defined pitch spread between the voices, or anything in between. Get ready for lush chords, huge mono sounds and multitimbral magic!
  • Resonance Boost – The resonance boost turns the Analog Four into a screaming beast. The feature is especially useful for creating deep kicks and powerful bass sounds. The resonance boost provides the sound palette with new colors.
  • +Drive – The +Drive non-volatile memory increases the amount of storage space by two orders of magnitude. Thanks to the +Drive, Analog Four users can now enjoy working with up to 128 projects. Each project contains up to 128 patterns, 128 kits, 16 songs, 4 globals, and 128 sound pool Sounds. The machine you know and love just got multiplied by a factor of 128. Furthermore, every project has access to the +Drive Sound library, capable of storing 4096 Sounds. The Sounds are taggable for ease of use and identification. After activating the +Drive, 512 factory preset Sounds are instantly available.
  • Multi Map Edit – Lets you freely assign functionality to any of the keys on an external MIDI keyboard controlling the Analog Four. Multi map allows custom mapped sounds, pattern trigging and trigging of external MIDI units. Also, full analog drum kits, bass lines, and lead sounds can be played simultaneously. Record multi map trigs with the sequencer.

The firmware update is now available to download from Elektron.

More information: Elektron

Franke Music launches Stroke Machine drum & groove synth for iPad

Franke Music has announced the release of Stroke Machine, a drum and groove synthesizer for the iPad.

Franke Music Stroke Machine
Stroke Machine is a professional Drum and Groove Synthesizer and Sequencer for the iPad developed by Wolfram Franke.

Program your own rhythm and groove patterns and switch between them in a live performance. Mute or solo individual instruments, change parameters on the fly and record your performance as high-quality audio file for sharing or later editing on your computer.
The high-contrast user interface is perfectly suited for dim light situations on stage and assists in sound creation in the studio.

Stroke Machine’s powerful synthesizer engine features high-quality Oscillator, Filter, Overdrive and Effect models, extremly fast Envelopes and LFO, sample-exact Pattern Sequencer and a sophisticated Sample, Sound and Pattern library.

Stroke Machine features

  • 12 drum and percussion sound parts.
  • 12 melodic sound parts.
  • Number of voices only limited by CPU.
  • Four multi-effect busses.
  • Pattern with up to eight bars and 16th resolution, bar nominator and denominator freely adjustable.
  • Swing.
  • 128 patterns including all sounds in direct access.
  • Modulation sequencer for smooth or quantised automation of each continuous sound and bus parameter.
  • Track and solo mute.
  • Sample import.
  • Audio export of a pattern or the whole performance.
  • AudioBus Support.
  • WIST support.

Stroke Machine is available for the introductory price of 13.99 EUR/$14.99 USD from December 20th to 26th, 2013 (regular 17.99 EUR/$19.99 USD).

More information: Franke Music

Dave Smith Instruments intros Prophet 12 Module

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Dave Smith Instruments has announced the Prophet 12 Module, a space-saving tabletop and rack-ready reworking of its recently released Prophet 12 keyboard hybrid digital/analog synthesizer.

DSI Prophet 12 Module

“We have had many requests from professional musicians for a small, easily portable version of the Prophet 12 keyboard, with all the same features and incredible sound,” says Smith. “The new Prophet 12 module is just that: it has all the power of the Prophet 12 keyboard — in fact, it has the exact same voice board — and it fits into a backpack.”

All those powerful Prophet 12 module parameters are easily editable via a well-thought-through front panel perfectly fit for purpose. “People like small these days,” declares its astute architect. “Many musicians also have more than enough keyboards, or simply don’t use keyboards. The Prophet 12 module offers a sleek design that still gives you easy and incredibly fast and intuitive control over all parameters.”

Just like its Prophet 12 keyboard counterpart, the twelve-voice hybrid digital/analog Prophet 12 module not only boasts the greatest number of voices of any instrument from the distinguished designer to date, but each of those voices features four OSCILLATORS capable of generating classic and complex waveforms, a sub-oscillator (Sub Octave), analog resonant LOW-PASS FILTER and analog HIGH-PASS FILTER, and analog VOLTAGE CONTROLLED AMPLIFIER. Additional features include a tuned FEEDBACK path, a four-tap stereo DELAY per voice, expanded ARPEGGIATOR functionality, deep MODULATION capabilities, bi-timbral operation, and much more besides. The CHARACTER section adds a variety of out of the ordinary wave-shaping and sound-sculpting options like Girth (low shelf filtering that boosts low frequencies, with some extra harmonic modification at higher settings), Air (high shelf filtering that boosts high frequencies, with some extra harmonic modification at higher settings), Hack (reduces the bit depth of the mixed output from the oscillators), Decimation (reduces the sample rate of the mixed output from the oscillators), and Drive (emulates tape saturation).

Despite its comparatively diminutive dimensions, the back panel I/O of the Prophet 12 module matches that of the Prophet 12 keyboard in almost all aspects — apart from featuring an external power supply in the interests of making it as compact and portable as possible. Headphones, Main/A Outputs, B Outputs, MIDI Thru, MIDI Out, MIDI In, Pedal 1, Pedal 2, Sustain, and USB connectivity are all present and accounted for, making musical communication with the outside world a breeze.

Be prepared to be blown away by the Prophet 12 module. It won’t break backpacks, but packs more than enough power into its easily carried form factor to meet the needs of modern music makers and savvy sound designers — wherever they take it.

The Prophet 12 Module has an MAP of $2,199.00 USD and can be purchased from any authorized Dave Smith Instruments dealer.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Prophet 12 Module

Nord updates Nord Lead 4 OS to v1.20 + Richard Devine Bank

Nord has launched OS version 1.20 for the Nord Lead 4 performance synthesizer.

Nord Lead 4 OS 1.20
OS 1.20 is an important update that both fixes some bugs in the Nord Lead 4 as well as adding a number of new features.

Changes in OS v1.20

  • Performances are now organized in 2 Banks, A and B with 50 slots in each.
  • When the Ladder M filter is selected, the filter and amp envelopes is switched into a more vintage like mode.
  • Nord Sound Manager Program Bundles are now supported – requires Nord Sound Manager 6.34 or newer!
  • Details here.

The update is available now from the downloads section.

Richard Devind Nord Lead 4 Bank

Nord has also introduced a new bank for the Nord Lead 4 by Richard Devine.

Richard Devine is an artist and sound designer based in Atlanta GA. He’s a man of many skills and his portfolio includes releasing music on the cult label WARP, remixing Ryuichi Sakamoto, sound design for Microsoft Windows 7 and doing sound libraries for many innovative companies like Ableton, Native Instruments, Propellerheads, Izotope and many more!

Richard also did some brilliant patches the Nord Modular G2 back in the day, so he can proudly call himself real Clavian!

The free bank includes 50 performances, 50 single programs, and 25 bonus drum sound programs.

More information: Nord / Nord Lead 4

Chris Wolfe updates Jasuto modular synth for iOS to v1.5

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Jasuto

Chris Wolfe has launched version 1.5 of Jasuto, a modular synthesizer for the iDevices.

Jasuto allows you to visually construct your own synths/effects, and use them to make sequences all on your device!

With the addition of a fully-featured sampler you can now record/resample/edit, and even create entirely new samples by drawing right in the app.

Changes in Jasuto v1.5

  • Added Audiobus support (input, effect & output source).
  • Completely compatible with iOS7.
  • Updated UI graphics.
  • Universal device and Retina support.
  • Zillions of bugs squashed.
  • A shinny new manual.
  • Added background audio support.
  • Low latency audio (256 samples).
  • Sample sharing through SoundCloud.
  • Dropbox syncing of samples/scenes.
  • New ADSR2, AP, Brick, EXP, Mix, Power, ZeroX, Tanh, Gain Node Modules.
  • In-App purchases
    • High Fidelity (Hi-Fi) Audio.
    • New Nodes: Chorus Module, Detuned Module, Dirty Module, Morph Module, Space Module.

Jasuto is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Jasuto