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Native Instruments releases DRUM LAB drum instrument

Native Instruments has announced the release of DRUM LAB, a virtual drum instrument combining advanced drum layering techniques with an intuitive workflow designed for fast results.

Native Instruments Drum Lab
DRUM LAB’s combination of acoustic and electronic drum samples is the secret of professionals worldwide – a powerful production technique for creating punchy, present drum tracks. An included groove library provides over 900 patterns for fast groove production with uncompromising sound quality.

DRUM LAB combines the organic, expressive sound of acoustic drums with the weight and punch of electronic samples. This ‘hybrid’ layering technique is the secret weapon of countless industry professionals to give drums presence and clarity in sonically dense mixes. DRUM LAB’s acoustic layer comprises 38 carefully chosen individual drums. Each was recorded in three different rooms with high-end vintage and modern equipment on analog tape. The drums are pre-processed for instant, professional sound and feature all the warmth and subtly acoustic drums bring to top-quality recordings. What sets DRUM LAB apart from other software-based drum instruments is its electronic component: 380 drum hits were sampled from a range of classic and modern drum machines, then expertly matched, phase aligned, faded, and pitched to perfectly blend with the acoustic samples. This crucial step saves producers hours of time, allowing them to focus on their music.

DRUM LAB’s clear interface provides all necessary sound shaping controls directly on the front panel. Producers can choose individual acoustic and electronic layers, blend them to taste via a convenient slider, and quickly adjust fine details with some of Native Instruments’ most sought-after studio effects. A streamlined set of controls for TRANSIENT MASTER, SOLID EQ, G COMP, an optimized drum compressor, and a rich convolution reverb are all located on DRUM LAB’s main panel, allowing quick and easy sonic adjustments. Users can dial in a variety of sounds from detailed and rich to saturated and gritty without spending unnecessary time switching through multiple page menus or negotiating complex effect parameters. This creates an intuitive way to create completely individual drum sounds.

Alongside its extensive sound shaping possibilities, DRUM LAB also delivers authentic performances. A new set of patterns were recorded by a professional drummer, then converted to MIDI files and arranged by genre in DRUM LAB’s groove library. Users can quickly drag-and-drop these patterns into their sessions, accelerating production time without sacrificing human feel. A unique visual display lets producers see where grooves line up in their tracks for added visual reference when creating beats.

Drum Lab for Kontakt and Kontakt Player is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Drum Lab

GForce Software releases The Streetly Tapes Vol 2 for M-Tron Pro

GForce The Streetly Tapes Vol 2

GForce Software has introduced The Streetly Tapes Vol 2, a new add-on for the M-Tron Pro virtual Mellotron instrument for Windows and Mac.

Streetly Tapes for M-Tron Pro Vol2 is the perfect compliment to the previous Vol1 Expansion Pack and in our opinion is an essential add-on for all M-Tron Pro owners.

Curated from the original Mellotron® tape archives, Volume 2 combines a mixture of rare gems and definitive versions of celebrated, legendary and renowned tones, designed to berate life into your compositions 8 seconds at a time.

The Streetly Tapes Vol 2 features

  • A GForce Software and Streetly Electronics collaboration.
  • Tape banks from the original UK ‘Tron masters.
  • Derived from original EMI tape-stock.
  • 24 carefully curated sounds for M-Tron Pro.
  • 35 notes per tape bank.
  • Exclusively available via download – 600MB.
  • 100s of patches, many from luminaries including Jem Godfrey (Frost), Dave Spiers and Tony Durkin.

The Streetly Tapes Vol 2 expansion costs £59.99 GBP inc. VAT.

More information: GForce / The Streetly Tapes Vol 2

123Creative intros Vintage Guitar Boutique 1

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G-Sonique Vintage Guitar Boutique

123Creative has announced the release of Vintage Guitar Boutique 1, a bundle of guitar effect plug-ins by G-Sonique.

G-Sonique: Vintage guitar boutique 1 is collection of VST guitar effects: pedals/stompboxes and guitar combos modeled and inspired by real gear from 60s and 70s.

Vintage guitar boutique is aimed for following music styles like: rock n roll, blues, jazz, rock, surf rock, indie rock, dream pop, dub, chillout, downtempo, reggae, ska, big beat and others.

All effects are STEREO, so can be used for almost any music production, not only guitar tracks. For example tape echo or rotor can be used for various styles of electronic music and downtempo.

The Vintage Guitar Boutique bundle costs 24.90 EUR. It is currently on sale for 14.94 EUR.

More information: 123Creative / Vintage Guitar Boutique 1

Tronsonic releases Kork M500 Micro Preset for Kontakt

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Tronsonic Kork M500 Micro Preset

Tronsonic has launched Kork M500 Micro Preset, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

I tried to get it as close (both visually and audibly) as I could to the original late 70s preset synth (as used by OMD on many records), and also added a few extra features like polyphony and a tape compression and damage effect.

In order to maintain the purity of the waveforms, I chose not to sample to tape (hence the ‘tape fx’ section), but used valves and a chain of nearly 100 year old interstage transformers to capture the audio.

All of the presets are selectable via the interface (as with the real synth), as well as the effects/edit section under the red button.

As you can see, the tape input gain and warmth settings are also controllable via dedicated attack and decay envelopes, enabling a very accurate emulation of ‘hitting’ the tape, and its compression effects. The random gain, warmth and tone are also synced to the tape speed frequency knob, which controls the wow and flutter.

The Kork M500 Micro Preset library is available at the introductory price of £11.99 GBP until June 29th, 2013 (20% off regular).

More information: Tronsonic / Kork M500 Micro Preset

Goldbaby launches Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby has introduced Dirt and Layers, a sample library featuring a collection of drum layering samples and dirt sounds for adding texture to your productions.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. For example add some vinyl noise to give the impression that your instrument was sampled off vinyl. Add some tape noise to make your recordings sound like they were done on tape before noise reduction was invented. Use the damaged cassette noise to fake your cassette sampling skills.

The drum layering samples are a fantastic tool kit for augmenting and beefing up drum sounds. Give your drums more depth and texture by experimenting with different layers. Boost the bottom end of kicks with tuned subs or add a transient layer to help it cut through a mix. Crispen snares with various top layers or add body and substance using the sauce and body layers.

This pack is a treasure trove for experimenting and sound designing. With foley style SFX like footstep on gravel, plastic bag scrunching, glass beads dropping on drum heads, rattley door hits, movie style impacts…

Dirt and Layers features

  • 140 dirt sounds (24bit wav), including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more…
  • 800 drum layering sounds (24bit wav), including kick subs and sauce, snare tops and sauce, sucks, transients and more…
  • 50 Rex loops, including vinyl centre and locked grooves, wind up motors and dirt patterns.

The sample library costs $29 USD.

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers

AfroDJMac releases VHS Rack & Double P Keys for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has launched VHS Rack and Double P Keys, two new titles in the series of free Ableton Live packs.

This Ableton audio effect rack will give you control over the pitch inconsistencies, chorusing, saturation, and compression that are characteristic of VCR tapes. You can dial in the effect to be subtle, or go all out and make your music sound like it’s practically broken. It can be used on a track by track basis or on the master channel.

Double P Keys is a multi-layered synthesizer rack.

AfroDJMac Double P Keys

This instrument rack contains five chains of synthesizers stacked on top of each other. 3 of the sounds are designed to add ambience and texture to the sound, while 2 of them produce the musical, harmonic material that allow you to play notes and write melodies. You can mix in the level of “Double P Noise” and each synth. The instrument also has control over the filters of each of the two musical synths.

The first musical synth can be morphed from a pluck type sound to a more rounded pad sound. The second synth makes use of the filter envelop to give movement and character to the sound. All 5 layers of this sound are created from the same sample, just different sections of it. I won’t say exactly what it is, but I’m sure if you give it a listen, it will be a familiar sound.

Both libraries are available to download from AfroDJMac at no charge.

More information: AfroDJMac

Nomad Factory Magnetic II Bundle $99 at ILIO

Nomad Factory Magnetic II Bundle

ILIO has announced a limited time sale on the Magnetic II Bundle from Nomad Factory.

Included in the Magnetic II Bundle are two of Nomad Factory’s most unique plug-ins, Magnetic II and Echoes.

Magnetic II is a Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape Warming effect that gives tracks a vintage tape sound. It features nine tape models with pure analog reel-to-reel tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage-style EQ and a built-in “Boost” mastering section.

Echoes is an Analog “Echo Box” plug-in designed to emulate classic delay effects. Echoes models are based on vintage Echoplex® 1, Echoplex 3, Tel-Ray®, Electro Harmonix®, and Boss® delay units.*

The bundle is available to purchase for $99 USD until May 31st, 2013 (regular individual price $258 USD).

More information: ILIO / Magnetic II Bundle

Attack Magazine launches free Goldbaby sample pack

Goldbaby samples at Attack

Attack Magazine has announced the release of a free sample pack by Goldbaby.

We’re very excited to present an exclusive free sample pack from one of our favourite sample companies. Goldbaby is one of the world leaders when it comes to one-shots. The Tape 808, Tape 909 and SuperAnalog808 packs are some of the finest tributes to Roland’s classics you’ll find anywhere.

But there’s more to Goldbaby than just drum hits. The company also offers a broad range of loops, all produced to the same high standards as the individual hits.

In this bumper 60MB pack you’ll find a selection of nearly 200 one-shot WAVs and REX loops taken from the Tape Drum Machines and Urban Cookbook series. It’s a must-have for producers of absolutely any style of music.

The pack is a free download to registered Attack members (registration is free).

More information: Attack Magazine