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Sonic Zest releases African Tube Percussion for Kontakt

Sonic Zest has announced African Tube Percussion, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniz Zest African Tube Percussion

We recently stumbled across this instrument in a pop-up shop. The lady was selling Ghanaian imports, amongst which we found this set of African percussive tubes.

We recorded each tube being hit multiple times to give a 3x round robin. Minimal audio manipulation was required after the recording session to ensure that each note was perfectly tuned. The tones have been spread chromatically outside their normal range for playability. With a bit of sound design we created some additional patches, including a lovely sounding pad. African Tube Percussion Kontakt instrument is a great addition to any set-up.

African Tube Percussion features

  • Unique Kontakt instrument sampling pitched African wooden tubes.
  • 3x round robin.
  • Contains dry and reverb presets, alongside pad-like and arpeggiator sounds.
  • Instantly playable.
  • Full Kontakt required.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $16 USD.

More information: Sonic Zest / African Tube Percussion

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SoundToys launches Hot and Heavy Holidays

SoundToys Hot and Heavy Holidays

SoundToys has announced its href=”https://www.soundtoys.com/store/Holiday2013Promo” title=”Hot and Heavy Holidays”>Hot and Heavy Holidays, offering discounts on its Devil-Loc and Radiator plug-ins for a limited time.

Add some serious excitement to your mix with Devil-Loc’s crushing heavy compression, and Radiator’s warm tube flavor, tone and drive.

Unleash both of them on vocals, guitars, synths – anything that needs more kick in the attitude. Plus they are red and green and that’s crazy festive.

The Devil-Loc and Radiator plug-ins are available to purchase for $99 USD each until December 24th, 2013 (regular $129 USD each). Free versions of Devil-Loc or Little Radiator can be upgraded for $69 USD each during this promotion.

More information: SoundToys / Hot and Heavy Holidays

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Nick Crow updates TubeDriver free tube amp plug-in to v1.3

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Nick Crow Lab has released version 1.3 of TubeDriver, a free amp effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Nick Crow TubeDriver

TubeDriver is a Tube Amplifier Emulation for Windows (VST) and Mac OS X (VST & AU). It’s free but donations are welcomed.

Changes in TubeDriver v1.3

  • Overall Dry/Wet control added.
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) meter added.

The plug-in is a free download.

More information: Nick Crow Lab / TubeDriver

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123creative intros Vacuum tube triode warmer TRW-1

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Pentode audio Vacuum tube triode warmer TRW-1

123creative has announced the release of Vacuum tube triode warmer TRW-1, an effect plug-in developed in collaboration with Pentode audio.

Most of modern music is mixed digitally. Most of home-made digital mixes/records are missing analog warmth of analog devices, vacuum tubes and tapes. Lot of amateur mixing engineers are using plug-ins emulating analog devices, but many of these plug-ins bring just next distortion instead of analog warmth and creamy sound. This distortion is boosted in mastering process, while you can’t get perfect analog sound only with analog mastering if mix is digitally cold and sharp.

Pentode audio vacuum tube triode warmer TRW-1 is plug-in designed by team of skilled electronic engineers and dsp programmers with inner structure similar to real blocks of vacuum tube studio devices, including emulation of physical phenomena like small positive inner feedback, tube softening of transients and compression or generation of both odd and even harmonics, thanks to Pentode vacuum tube PVT8.2 emulation technology, that can generate also first harmonics! First harmonics are most important aspect of fat vacuum tube sound, while almost any digital plug-in cannot recreate them.

Pentode audio TRW-1 is aimed for mixing purposes, warming individual channels and adding realistic analog charisma to the mixes.

The effect plug-in is available to purchase for Windows (VST), priced at a limited time introductory price of 12.59 EUR.

More information: 123creative / Vacuum tube triode warmer TRW-1

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Lostin70s updates JAMP MK1 guitar amp plugin to v1.3

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Lostin70s JAMP MK1

Lostin70s has updated the JAMP MK1 virtual guitar amp effect for Windows to version 1.3.

JAMP is a new versatile VST amp based on real tube emulation.

Changes in JAMP v1.3

  • New convolution engine for spring reverb (2x less CPU).
  • Works at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and 96 kHz.
  • Available in 64-bit and 32-bit.
  • Available with and without GUI.
  • New GUI.

JAMP is available to download as a freeware VST plug-in for Windows.

More information: Lostin70s / JAMP

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Review: Goldbaby Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby’s latest sample pack Dirt and Layers features a collection of samples to enhance your drum and percussion sounds by adding some dirt, layers & more.

The dirt category comprises 140 sounds, including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. 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.

No less than 830 drum layering sounds are found in the layers category. These include kick drum subs, snare top sounds, sucking sounds, transients, and more.

The drum layering sounds 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.

For instant gratification you can drop one of the 50 loops (REX) in your track to get the authentic, characteristic sounds of vinyl, dirt patterns, etc.

While the pack is clearly designed to enhance your drum sounds and add character to (any) audio, many of the sounds are also great for using as is, or as the basis for further processing. If you like your odd percussion sounds like me, you will be in for a treat. Transient clicks and kick subs are probably best used layered with existing drum sounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them any other way. Hugo also included things like synth fx, random noises and vocoder sounds, so you really have a good variety of sounds.

Maschine and Geist users will be happy to hear that Dirt and Layers includes browser integration for these instruments, so everything is nicely ordered/tagged and good to go right off the bat.

Check this nice video demonstrating how you can use these tools to layer sounds in Maschine.

So what do I think?

Product: Dirt and Layers by Goldbaby
Format: 970 wav samples (24-bit) / 50 REX loops
Price: $29 USD
Like: Excellent tools, top notch sound design, browser integration, Goldbaby quality
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

I think this is one of Goldbaby’s best sample packs to date. Hugo has always delivered work of the highest quality, but to me Dirt and Layers is a bit special, something like a treasure trove.

Making sure you have good quality source material to work with is really important, but there usually is room for improvement. Dirt and Layers is like a toolbox filled to the brim with the best tools for the job.

Depending on the vibe you are trying to create you will want to add some of those character noises, fatten up your drum sounds, or add some excitement with sound fx type samples. This pack has it all.

And if you like a more experimental sound, you’re going to be using these samples for a lot more than layering or simply adding character. Get your creative juices flowing!

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers

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Lostin70s releases JAMP MK1 guitar amp plugin

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Lostin70s JAMP MK1

Lostin70s has released version 1.2 of JAMP MK1, a free guitar amp effect plug-in for Windows.

JAMP MK1 is designed to be a versatile VST guitar amp based on real tube emulation.

JAMP MK1 features

  • 4 channels: clean, crunch (light), overdrive, distortion.
  • Pre gain (overdrive) to adjust the amount of drive.
  • 1 Stack equalizer.
  • 2 included spring reverb models with adjustable reverb level.
  • 5 cabinets emulations. Cabinet simulation can be turned off.

JAMP MK1 for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

More information: Lostin70s / JAMP MK1

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