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Cakewalk releases Z3TA+ synth app for iOS

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Cakewalk has announced the release of Z3TA+ for iOS, bringing the waveshaping synthesizer to the iPad.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ for iOS

The legendary Z3TA+ synthesizer has been used on countless records, and it’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over. Now Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+ on your iPad.

Packed with hundreds of presets, real-time oscillator modulation, dual mode filtering, and flexible effects. Z3TA+ iOS is the perfect creative toolkit for making music anywhere, anytime.

Z3TA+ for iOS features

  • Includes over 500 presets.
  • Inter-App Audio, Background Audio and AudioBus support.
  • Classic waveshaping Z3TA+ 2 synth engine with 6 Oscillators, 6 LFO’s and more.
  • Modulation Matrix including 16 Sources, Curves, Controls and Destinations.
  • Advanced modular effects including Distortion, Mod, Compression and more.
  • External MIDI control and user-friendly onboard Keyboard.
  • Performance section with Tap Tempo, assignable XY Pad, Mod Wheels, and User Controlled In-Key Pitch Bend.

The app is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ for iOS

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The Bob Moog Foundation announces significant archive additions

The Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) has announced significant additions to the Asheville, NC-based foundation’s archives.

Included in these new additions are several rare prototypes, including one of the few Moog Apollo Synthesizers in the world (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog), the Moog Liberation, Moog Drum Controller, Moog Sequencer, Moog Song Producer, Moog Feedback Suppressor; as well as production models of the Minutemoog, and a Moog Vocoder. Also added to the archives are more than 1,000 schematic drawings dating from 1965 through 1985.

New Bob Moog Foundation archive additions

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that also includes Roger Powell’s custom keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation and daughter of the late inventor. “We’re thrilled with the ongoing interest our archives are generating from organizations and individuals.”

These latest additions to the Foundation’s collection of historic documents and musical instruments come on the heels of the permanent loan of vintage instruments by the Music Department of University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December 2013.

According to Moog-Koussa, over 400 of the more than 1,000 documents received in this latest contribution have already been inventoried and entered into a searchable database.

“But that’s just the beginning,” she continues. “We will soon begin the most detailed and formalized part of the archiving process – cataloging. It takes time to do it right, but these materials are too significant not to do it right.” She anticipates the process will take 12 to 18 months, after which the documents will be scanned and the most significant of them shared.

“Creating a wide-ranging collection that includes not only his work, but also the work of those he influenced is the goal of the Bob Moog Foundation,” she adds. “It is from this perspective that we can achieve the truest picture of his life’s work and ultimately appreciate his contributions to science and music.”

As Moog-Koussa observes, her father was generous with his talent and knowledge. “Inspiring others fueled his own creativity. We endeavor to carry on that tradition at BFM.”

Moog-Koussa points to the work of Dr. Bob’s Sound School (DBSS) as an example of BMF’s ongoing outreach and education, an important part of her father’s legacy. The 10-week curriculum teaches second grade students the physics of sound using acoustic and electronic musical instruments such as the theremin, as well as oscilloscopes. The information is supplemented by custom educational materials developed by the BMF educational team. “Bob was a life-long learner,” his daughter explains. “He never stopped asking ‘what if’ and wanted others to ask the same question. I can’t think of a better tribute to his life and work than encouraging a new generation to ask the same question.”

More information: Bob Moog Foundation

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Korg announces development of new ARP Odyssey synthesizer

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Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

More information: Korg

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Soundsdivine releases MM+ synthesizer library for Kontakt

Soundsdivine has launched MM+, a virtual synthesizer library for Native Instruments Kontakt based on the Moog Memorymoog.

Soundsdivine MM+

MM+ features

  • 3 Oscillators.
  • 31 Waveforms.
  • 2 Filters.
  • 2 Aux Envelopes.
  • 1 Programmable Arpeggiator.
  • 3 Monophonic Pitch Sequencers.
  • 2 Additional Sequencers.
  • 25 Custom Impulse Responses.
  • 5 FX inc. Transient Shaper / Phaser / Delays & Reverb.
  • 6.97GB (compressed) samples from the Moog MemoryMoog.
  • 200+ Presets.

The sample library is available to purchase for 79 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: Soundsdivine / MM+

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Amazing Noises releases Dark Synth for Live & Max for Live

Amazing Noises Dark Synth

Amazing Noises has launched Dark Synth, an additive synthesizer for Ableton Live and Max for Live.

Dark Synth is an highly innovative new Max for Live synthesizer that marries the vast possibilities of additive synthesis with a super-intuitive interface.

As a great starting point for immersive sound-shaping, Dark Synth will introduce you to new horizons in sound design.

Dark Synth features

  • Define a waveform of up to 2048 partials (sine waves) for its main (additive) oscillator, using presets waveforms, spectral processing algorithms and freehand drawing.
  • Add up to 128 copies of the Additive oscillator, and each copy (generator) can be detuned and phase-shifted with respect to the others. This creates a sort of chorus which is very natural and deep, because it is not realized with modulated delay lines, but using an actual “choir” of generators.
  • Sub oscillator which can play classical band limited waveforms, and also noise tones.

Dark Synth is available to purchase for 49 EUR. Requires Live 9.0.1 or higher and Max for Live.

More information: Amazing Noises / Dark Synth

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Roland unveils AIRA product line: TR-8, TB-3, VT-1 & System-1

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Roland has unveiled its AIRA product line, comprising the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and System-1: Plug-Out Synthesizer.

Roland’s newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of our most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products.

It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit in Roland’s own pristine units.

TR-8: Rhythm Performer

Roland TR-8
Authentic TR-808 & TR-909 experience in a modern, performance-ready instrument

The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age.

Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.

TB-3: Touch Bassline

Roland TB-3
The magic of the TB-303 with new sounds and modern, performance-ready features

Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play.

The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.

VT-3: Voice Transformer

Roland VT-3
Easy voice transformation with vocoder, lo-fi effects, and synths you can sing

Aggressively processed vocals are common in electronic music today, but producing these effects easily and reproducing them live has been a challenge—until now.

With the VT-3 Voice Transformer, you can smoothly alter pitch and formant in real time to introduce heavily processed vocal sounds into your studio tracks and stage performances with zero hassle. On top of that, the VT-3 looks great and works seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series.

SYSTEM-1: PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Roland System-1
Sounds with character and loads of controls in a Plug-Out capable synthesizer

Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound.

In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.

AIRA products will be available by the end of second quarter 2014.

More information: Roland / AIRA

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Musicrow Golden Ensembles 3 for Reaktor 50% off

Musicrow has launched a limited time sale on Golden Ensembles 3, offering the bundle of 45 instrument and effect ensembles for Native Instruments Reaktor at a 50% discount.

Musicrow Golden Ensembles 3

Synthesizers, effects, innovative and creative audio tools- Musicrow Reaktor Ensembles are packed, with hundreds of presets ready to be used!

Golden Ensembles 3 includes the two mega-synths Ebola and Cobra, Bass Lab, and many other impressive synthesizers and instruments. In addition, it contains classic processor emulations like Vintage Chorus and Crow Plate Reverb, and unique sound design tools such as Executer, White FX, Sound Pilot and other Reaktor ensembles.

Whether you are a music producer, a soundtrack composer, a mixer, or a sound designer- these reaktor ensembles will add new beautiful and unique colors to your sound palette!

The bundle is available to purchase for 85 EUR until February 28th, 2014 (regular 169 EUR).

More information: Musicrow / Golden Ensembles 3

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