Waldorf has announced the Rocket, a new mini synthesizer that boasts a feature set uncommon in its class.
It’s incredible sound is much more louder than the legendary Saturn V engine, and never before has this been achieved with such an enormous fun factor. It features an analog multimode VCF with lowpass, bandpass, and highpass, resonance up to self oscillation and beyond, a powerful monophonic oscillator section with Ultra High Density Sawtooth and unison for chord play.
Furthermore equipped with a powerful Arpeggiator and a destructive Booster circuit, this Rocket is technologically way ahead of all current defense systems.
Analog multimode-filter (VCF) with Low Pass / Band Pass / High Pass.
Highly flexible oscillator-section with pulse width modulation and hard sync.
Up to 8 oscillators in unison for chords or Ultra High Density Sawtooth.
Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) for modulation.
Envelopes for VCA, VCF and Sync.
Booster circuit to generate aggressive sounds.
Arpeggiator with different rhythmic patterns.
MIDI in and out.
Extensive control panel with high-end pots and switches.
Control via MIDI and USB.
MIDI clock sync.
Loud headphone output.
Launch key for easy pre listening.
Rocket is priced RRP 244 EUR (inc. EU VAT). It is expected March, 2013.
Peter Dines has announced version 1.03 of the Chroma and Gris Gris sequencer and synthesizer for Native Instruments Reaktor, which adds a few features and fixes a couple of minor bugs.
The Gris-Gris synth now has two additional filter types, bandpass and high pass, and a ring mod control for metallic and bell tones. It comes with a much expanded and refined Lemur template that allows full editing of sequences.
To celebrate the release of this new version, the Chroma and Gris-Gris sequenced synth ensemble is temporarily reduced in price from $24.99 to $19.99
Chroma can be purchased and downloaded right now. Remember, Chroma is a Reaktor ensemble and requires a full installation of Reaktor 5.8.0, not just Reaktor player.
I’ve also added further support for Lemur. The new template has three pages – the original quickpage, plus a sequence edit page and a full synth edit page that offers control of every parameter in the Gris-Gris synth. The quickpage now has controls for sequence speed, key and scale type.
Korg has announced the Wavedrum Global Edition, a dynamic percussion synthesizer with a full complement of world-class sounds.
The Global Edition boasts the largest palette of cutting-edge sounds of any Wavedrum to date, featuring sought-after percussion sounds from around the world, a major boost in the quality of each sound, and dramatic improvements in usability.
Wavedrum Global Edition contains 60 percussion models that are driven by on-board transducer microphones which – when combined with its real drum head – offer a remarkably realistic playing experience. Whether accessing go-to sounds or imaginative sonic textures, players will experience dynamics and response that are unparalleled in the electronic percussion realm. Each program also has sounds available on the durable powder-coated aluminum rim for even more performance possibilities. For those who wish to dig deeper into the potential of Wavedrum Global, all programs – both head and rim – are highly editable.
In addition to conventional drum sounds such as snares and toms; popular percussion instruments such as cajon, djembe, conga, and tabla; as well as metallic percussion such as cowbell and triangle, the Wavedrum Global Edition also provides exotic ethnic instruments and percussion sounds from all over the world, both ancient and modern. For example, it allows users to instantly experience the udu, a clay pot percussion instrument; the jegog, a bamboo marimba from the island of Bali; the talking drum of Africa; Arabic percussion such as the darbuka and daf; plus gongs that would require massive setups. There’s also a vast selection of stringed instruments, such as sitar, koto, and berimbau. For each sound, the Wavedrum Global Edition provides a faithful re-creation of the original, as well as new expressive potential that’s unavailable from any other instrument. It also enables users to easily play percussion instruments that would normally take years to master.
Wavedrum Global Edition places an emphasis on offering newly-enhanced acoustic instruments such as snare, djembe, and conga. It also provides a rich assortment of Latin American and African instruments, such as the balafon, shekere, and dundunba, as well as the Japanese taiko drum. A full complement of sound effects and electronic sounds are included, further broadening performance potential. Additionally, there are sounds for creating cutting-edge electronic dance music styles such as dubstep and moombahton.
While the Wavedrum Global Edition can be enjoyed by playing the sounds alone, it offers special features that provide the ability for users to jam along for fun or for practice. Included are 140 loop phrases from various musical genres that can be used during practice. The AUX input can be used to mix in the signal from any audio source–CD, MP3 player, or even an additional Wavedrum for double conga-style setups. Using the headphone output allows for private or late-night practice without disturbing others.
Portable, compact, and lightweight, Wavedrum Global Edition lets players bring an arsenal of stunningly accurate percussion sounds anywhere. Place it on an ordinary snare drum stand, Korg’s extended-height stand (ST-WD), or even a table. It can be played as a stand-alone instrument or added to any electronic or acoustic drum kit. It can also add an instrumental element to a DJ performance or keyboard rig.
The Korg Wavedrum Global Edition will be available March 2013 for a street price of $599 USD.
Korg has announced the KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler module and Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder at NAMM 2013.
The KP3+ provides even more creative power for live and in-studio use while retaining the intuitive and user-friendly Kaoss touchpad interface.
It offers the original KP3 effects, sounds and features, plus 22 all-new, diverse effect programs for everything from various EDM genres to rock and beyond. All are complemented by an enhanced, intuitive pad illumination system.
Use the touchpad to control effects in real time.
A total of 150 effects ideal for DJ mixing and sound design; 42 new types including:
Vinyl Break simulates a turntable.
Ducking Compressor emphasizes the backbeats.
Newly-designed looper lets you freely manipulate loops.
Effects you can use for breaks in your DJ play.
High-spec sampling functionality.
Numerous functions to make your performance even more expressive
FX Release function controls the reverberation to produce a more natural decay.
Mute function cuts the input signal and outputs only the effect sound.
Pad Motion function records and reproduces your effect usage.
Practical functions that are easy to use during live performance or production
Eight program memories let you switch effects instantly.
Hold function sustains the effect sound.
Set the tempo with auto BPM, tap tempo, or the BPM knob.
Pad LEDs ensure high visibility even in the dark.
Highly expandable for even greater potential
USB MIDI allows for use as a powerful MIDI controller.
Store sample data on an SD/SDHC card.
Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.
The Korg KP3+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $349.99 USD.
The Kaossilator Pro+ is a dynamic phrase synthesizer/loop recorder that lets you perform and create multi-layered music in any style – with just the touch of a finger.
The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with 250 programs, including more of the cutting-edge synth sounds that Korg is known for. Like all Kaoss-based products, this versatile new instrument offers creative musical possibilities and intuitive control over multiple parameters simply by moving a finger across the X-Y touchpad.
Kaossilator Pro+ features
Freely playable synthesizer; simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real time.
A total of 250 sound programs (including drum program) cover a wide range of styles, including 62 new programs.
Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, and 4 infinitely stackable loop banks are available.
Numerous functions for unlimited performance possibilities
Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes.
Note Range function lets you specify the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad.
Gate Arpeggiator function allows you to easily control phrases with the slider.
Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark.
USB MIDI allows use as a powerful MIDI controller.
Store recorded loop data and even externally –made .WAV files on an SD/SDHC card.
Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.
The Korg Kaossilator Pro+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $399.99 USD.