UVI has announced the release of Vector Pro, a new suite of instruments aimed at the imaginative sounds of vector synthesis.
With a massive library of over 30gb, Vector Pro offers a staggering detail of what’s possible with classics such as the Sequential Prophet VS and FM-infused Yamaha SY22. 3 separate instruments provide an array of expressive musical options each with deep editing and performance capabilities. Over 500 factory patches deliver everything from powerful leads and evolving ambiences to surging rhythmic tapestries—an abundance of timbres suitable for all styles and genres.
Sound designers at UVI programmed and multi-sampled hundreds of custom patches on a number of restored machines providing a faithful and comprehensive core library for Vector Pro. A true exposition of these machines capabilities can be heard, from classic tones to new and experimental soundscapes. Inclusion of multi-sampled raw waveforms in Vector Pro VX allows for the creation of custom patches, while its dual-layer architecture delivers independent amp, filter, stereo, modulation and arpeggiator controls providing vast opportunities for sound design.
Vector Pro also features a newly improved licensing model allowing for 3 concurrent authorizations on any combination of computer hard drives and iLok keys. This enhancement provides users with multiple workstations an immediate workflow improvement by eliminating the need to manually move a single authorization from system to system.
As with all UVI instruments Vector Pro is powered by the UVI Engine, leveraging analogmodeled filters, a flexible modulation architecture and a vast library of sophisticated studio effects to provide intuitive control and superb sound quality. All instruments in Vector Pro can be loaded in the free UVI Workstation, providing native 64-bit performance, comprehensive plug-in compatibility with all major DAWs, stand-alone operation and dynamic performance controls.
Vector Pro is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD / 115 EUR through February 28th, 2014 (regular price $199 USD / 149 EUR).
More information: UVI / Vector Pro
VI Labs has announced the Ravenscroft Virtual Piano, a virtual piano instrument library featuring an officially licensed version of the Ravenscroft 9′ Model 275.
The Model 275 is arguably one of the greatest grand pianos on the planet. Ravenscroft pianos are different from the beginning. Each Ravenscroft piano takes more than 1,000 hours to build. They obsess over every last detail sourcing only the finest components available and employing build and design techniques learned and developed over decades of servicing, building, and repairing other world-class pianos.
VI Labs worked hand-in-hand with Michael Spreeman, the man behind the Ravenscroft pianos to make sure their Ravenscroft virtual instrument had the same attention to detail and user experience for virtual instrument users.
Ravenscroft Virtual Piano features
- Choose between four sets of discrete phase-aligned microphones including a Close Position, Room Position, Side Position, and Player position.
- Sampled Pedal and Sympathetic Resonance.
- Advanced half-pedal features.
- New Repetition Strikes, Silent Strike, and Stereo Width controls.
- Nearly 20,000 samples.
- Works as standalone item inside UVI Workstation, or as a plug-in in popular DAW hosts (Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Sonar).
- Requires 38GB of Hard Drive Space.
The Ravenscroft Virtual Piano costs $199.99 USD. It will be available to pre-order on January 29th, 2014 (shipping February 7th).
More information: VI Labs
Gospel Musicians has announced the launch of FM TiNES, a dedicated electric piano library that focuses on the 80′s sound.
FM TiNES is a sample and synth library containing over 20GB of the prettiest and most inspirational electric pianos ever heard. Our goal was to cover the complete genre of electric piano patches and not just FM. From D50 type bells, beautiful pads, lush strings, and multi-layered FM EPs, FM TiNES will be the number one electric piano library to go to for that 80s/90s sound. And because we are vintage synth addicts, we included FM emulations of the classic o1W Dyno, the JD Crystal EP, a Dyno-My-Piano, and who could forget the MKS-20 EPs.
FM Tines is a complete 80′s electric piano library and synth with an assortment of pianos, pads, strings, bells in which to use along or layer with. Given the library has 4 separate element slots, you can mix, match, layer, EQ, and filter each individual element/oscillator to your liking. The final stage includes the newly SparkVerb™ by UVI which is available for all three elements.
FM TiNES features
- 148 patches and 75 distinct EP sounds
- Size: 20GB (Huge Detailed and Exhaustive Library).
- Recorded at 44kHz/24-bit directly from the Yamaha SY99 analog outputs.
- Converted to 16-bits using iZotope’s MBit+ for maximum quality (We have decided to convert to 16-bit to save on hardrive space and RAM).
FM Tines for UVI Workstation Player and MachFive 3 is on sale for $99.99 USD until February 1st, 2014.
More information: Gospelmusicians / FM TiNES
UVI has announced support for computer-based authorization across its entire product line.
Effective today, all sound libraries and effects purchased from UVI will support both hard drive and dongle-based authorization via the new iLok License Manager.
This significantly enhanced authorization schema provides users with the greatest balance of security, flexibility and convenience available—supporting easy license administration through iLok’s free client software. Additionally, product licenses may now be freely moved between computer and iLok dongle at will.
“We’re really pleased to be able to support this. The enhanced flexibility is a big change in the right direction for our users.” —Alain Etchart, Global Director, UVI
More information: UVI
UVI has announced the release of UltraMini 1.5, an update to its feature-rich hybrid software synthesizer based on the classic sounds of the original ‘affordable analog synth’.
With over 200 new presets, a low-CPU mode and computer-based activation, UltraMini is leaner, meaner and easier to use than ever.
The same thick analog tones, meaty harmonics and modeled filters that made v1.0 so aggressive are back in spades. Over 200 new presets have been forged by the sound design team at UVI, giving you over 600 in total. Find the sounds you’re looking for quickly with convenient category browsing and explore a wide range of analog timbres and soundscapes provided by the newly updated patch library.
UltraMini 1.5 also introduces a new low-CPU mode, known internally as UltraMini LE. This new mode significantly reduces the processor overhead by replacing the dual multimode filters with dual single-mode LP filters. The new filters offers the same great sound as the original at a fraction of the CPU cost, making UltraMini a no-brainer go-to synth for classic analog sounds. The new low-CPU mode is perfect for laptop-based producers, composers working with large multitrack arrangements or anyone who needs to keep their processor use in check.
Also included is compatibility with the completely revised iLok system; now supporting computer-based activation. Utilizing the free iLok License Manager, your UltraMini license can now be stored on a computer hard drive or a physical iLok dongle. Furthermore you’re free to move your license from computer to iLok or vice versa at will, giving you the ultimate in convenience and portability. Gone are the days of dongle dependance — authorize the way you want to.
UltraMini 1.5 is available to purchase for a suggested retail price of $149 USD / 115 EUR. Existing owners of UltraMini can download the update free of charge.
More information: UVI / UltraMini 1.5
Gospel Musicians has announced that its UVI libraries no longer require iLok authorization.
With the advent of the Pace’s new Eden system, it is now possible to authorize licenses to your computer or iLok. Existing customers can still use their iLoks in order to authorize and future purchases will allow the choice to authorize via computer or iLok.
With the iLok License Manager, you can view your account, and add licenses to your iLok or machine. You can move your licenses between iLoks and machine as well. Legacy customers will have to continue using their iLok, but new purchases will allow machine authorizations.M5 users will not be able to authorize via machine until an “possible” update is made available.
Currently all UVI supported libraries are on sale until after Christmas, with discounts of up to 63% off the regular price.
More information: Gospel Musicians
Virharmonic has announced the release of Soloists of Prague, a new virtual instrument powered by the free UVI Workstation.
Soloists of Prague is a revolutionary new word building solo library of four fantastic voices. Haunting Soprano, Furious Alto, Smooth Tenor and Lamenting Bass. We have sampled professional, word acclaimed soloist from Prague Philharmonic Choir.
We have paid special attention to capturing the essence of their performance and all the voices were sampled chromatically in three true dynamics which can be controlled either through modwheel morph or through velocity activation and modwheel expression control.
Soloists of Prague features
- 3 powerful Dynamic Layers for each of the 4 Soloists.
- Full, easy to use word building capability.
- Close mic position for rich clarity and pure tone.
- Routing into your own outputs so you can EQ and Mix each voice from one patch load.
- Sing in Latin, English or Slavonic, but possibly even others.
- Complete control over the consonants and vowels in one settings page.
- Over 8000 unique samples.
The library is available to purchase for $199 USD.
More information: Virharmonic / Soloists of Prague
Beat magazine has announced the Beat Studio Starter Kit, a collection of 40 full version software for your studio.
It was never easier and cheaper to build your own studio and to take the first step on the stairway to professional production.
With the „Beat Workzone – Studio Starter Kit“ the German Beat magazine put a complete virtual studio on a DVD.
Including sequencers for recording, cutting or podcasting, synthesizers for melodies, basslines and drums, and a lot of effect plug-ins to shape your sound.
The 40 full versions include
- FXpansion Geist Lite
- Waldorf Edition LE
- UVI Electro Suite LE
- Cableguys Curve 2 BE
- Sennheiser DrumMic’a!
- AudioRealism ADM 606
- Tone2 Warmverb
The Starter Kit is available to purchase for 9.90 EUR at the news stand or online.
More information: Beat / Beat Studio Starter Kit